really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,703 miles

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problem #9

Aug 112004

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Car stalls when parallel parking, especially in reverse, or when parking slopes. Car stalled when starting up from red light in center city philadelphia intersections. Headlamps out of alignment (don't shine down onto road, beams not centered). Air bag light on control panels blinks sporadically, frequently; anxiety that air bag will deploy while driving. Dealer comment on stalling: "probably something stupid" and wasn't able to fix problem, mentioned something about a vacuum tube. Dealer charged $95 to tell me that the memory in the vehicle didn't give any codes for the stalling or air bag problems, then added that the memory is wiped clean every time the car is turned off. Question: If they know that about the car in the first place, why charge the customer for a pointless diagnostic? headlights still out of alignment after having been "adjusted" by dealer in January 2005.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #8

Jun 102003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving a noise is heard. There is a problem with the clock spring. Crown Ford dealership in nashville Tennessee stated no problem could be found.

- La Vergne, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 232000

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,327 miles
Both driver and passenger side airbags deployed for no apparent reason

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 212002


  • miles
No summary.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 201998


  • miles
My son was involved in a traffic accident where the car rolled over and hit numerous trees. Both air bags did not open and the seat belt broke away... miracously my son ended up in the back seat with only a modest bump on his head..... witnessess as well as the towing/wrecking yard could not believe there were no serious injuries, especially considering the condition of the vehicle... when purchasing the auto I recall that safety reports were generally favorable... given the impact of this accident it is incredible that the airbags did not open and that the seat belt broke away...

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 131998


  • miles
While traveling down interstate 295, New Jersey, I slowed down to get off at exit 4, suddenly I heard a loud explosion (which I thought was my car exploding) and the next thing I knew both air bags exploded (passenger & drivers side). The force and power of the explosion caused my windshield to crack on the passenger. I did not hit any other car or object, I was traveling no more than about 35, because I was preparing to get off at exit, and the road surface was smooth. Car was towed to the dealer, murphy Ford, chester, pa, who offered little or no assistance in determining the exact cause of why two air bags would explode other than to tell me I had too much air in one tire. Ford Motor Company was contacted and I have yet to hear from them.

- Boothwyn, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 081997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag did not inflate in accident.

- Wisconsin, WI, USA

problem #2

Apr 281997

(reported on)


  • miles
Short driver wants airbag disconnected.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 181996

Contour 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Violent deployment of airbags, causing injury to head, neck and face.

- Bronx, NY, USA