pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
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problem #2

Mar 252009

Contour ES 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I have spent $200 so far to no avail. I have replaced the fuel filter, used a fuel injector cleaner, a had a mechanic diagnosis the problem. The mechanic said he read something about alternators that were not OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cause the loss of power. It sounds ridiculous to me! I'm going to take it to Ford for $97.50 to get diagnosed again and return to get my money back from the mechanic.

Update from May 5, 2009: I put an alternator in the car. at around the same time the car began to stall, die, choke, etc. It felt like it wasn't getting fuel/ the first tech checked the fuel system, vacumme hoses, electrical connections etc. then told me that his best guess was the alternator was doing it. I felt he was guessing as he charged me $200.00 more. Took it to ford they thought spark plugs (which i just changed. I told them to try it. didn't fix it. I told them about the alt. so the tech unplugged it and BAM. It fixed it. the alt. which i bought from autozone interfered with my computer. it charged the battery fine and that's it's job so why would you think it was the alt. except that i changed it but i thought it was happening before it was changed but app. i was mistaken. after $600.00 paid to ford it cost me $1000.00 to change the alt. myself.

- Rik L., Newberg, OR, USA

problem #1

Dec 242002

(reported on)

Contour SE

  • 36,000 miles

Car has been checked by dealer. Can't fix. Problem occurs hot or cold. Seems to occur most often when turning slightly and just starting out from stop

- Robin L., Tucker, GA, USA