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#3 of 32 Slamming Transmission
Jul 15, 1999 (2:46 am)
My 98 Contour is currently at the dealer to replace the transmission. The problem was that the car would slam into gear when it accelerated. The first time it happened I thought I had been hit - that is how violent it was. Then I thought I must have hit the mother of all potholes, but, when I drove back I couldn't find any kind of hole in that part of the road. After it happened several times I took it in and the word is new transmission. Hopefully Ford will stand by it's bumper to bumper warranty - 3 years/36,000 miles. Until this happened I was a Ford fan. Is this just a fluke or has it happened to anyone else?
Jul 15, 1999 (6:47 pm)
I bought a 97 Contour in Sept. of
The only thing that 'really' went was
the relay for the engine fan in the front.
However, it's now July 1999 and I've just
had my 30,000 mile service.
The tranny has and still is fine. (touch wood!)
Everything else is fine.
Some nick picks though: The CD player even if
there's no CD in there (and you have the
radio on) will 'think' it's trying to accept
a CD and will whirr-click it's way on and off
until you either
i) put a CD in or
ii) turn the power off.
Annoying but, to me, minor.
The car's MPG is a bit dissapointing though,
I'm only getting 22MPG and I do a lot of
Other than that, I'm pretty happy with my
Jul 18, 1999 (9:28 pm)
S7teve, I would ask that same mechanic if he can look at the module and positively identify the date THE PART was made. If he cannot, then possibly the part on your car was a leftover one from the bad batch.
Also, do you have good repoir with your salesman? Take him on a drive, and ask him if that would be acceptable for HIS new car.
Always be nice to them, you'll get further. Unless they don't care for nice people.
#6 of 32 Contour shifts
Jul 23, 1999 (12:22 am)
I have a 96 Contour SE and I absolutely love the car. The transmission is a bit clunky, my CD player gets a mind of its own every once in a while, and God forbid you should drive through water while turning left (the main drive belt gets wet and starts slipping..). I understand they have service fixes for these, and except for these minor items my Contour has been superb. If you want some fun from the engine, get one of the downstream modules for the computer and change the intake to a free-flow and the V6 will develop about 30 more HP. Talk about move..it changes the whole personality of the car!
Jul 23, 1999 (10:23 pm)
My company once rented me a 4cyl ATX Mystique for a business trip. I drove it for two weeks/several hundred miles. I do recall finding the transmission unacceptable in performance and smoothness. Granted, this was a rental car with 17K, but the tranny reminded me of an mid-80s Accord transmission - very clunky. To get any performance out of the car, I had to keep constant pressure on the accelerator. I drove the car during Texas summer, so the A/C did not help with the performance.
Although I was quite unsatisfied with the 4cyl ATX drivetrain, I really liked the car. I bought a 6cyl MTX Contour in 1998 and the experience is completely different. I actually think the 96 Mystique rental had slightly better road feel (near perfect ride/handling trade-off), but this platform needed a few more horses under the hood (or, at least, accessible horses - 4cyl MTX is probably quite acceptable). The Duratec and Zetec are very Japanese-like: they truly need to rev, so it's worth learning MTX to have fun with this car (that's exactly what I did.)
#8 of 32 O/D light
Jul 28, 1999 (2:46 pm)
I have a 96 Contour and it suddenly seemed stuck in gear and the O/D off light started flashing. It calmed down to continue driving and the light went out when I restarted it. The book says to take it in for service. Any experience with this?
#9 of 32 intheshop
Jul 31, 1999 (4:36 am)
I have a 98 SVT Contour. At 9500 miles, the speed sensor that makes the speedometer go quit and the check engine light went on. I took it in and the speed sensor was replaced. They didn't tell me till later that the old sensor 'crumbled' and parts fell into the 5 speed manual transmission. A day later, I couldn't shift into 1st or 2nd anymore and shifting into 3rd resulted in some mega crunches. After removing the transmission and replacing syncronizers, gears, it's ok but I'm more then a little dissapointed.
#10 of 32 My 97' Contour SE issues
Aug 22, 1999 (6:26 am)
First, I made the dealer replace my carpet because it did not fit, two weeks later I spilled 44 oz fruit punch on it(Murphy's Law). Second, I noticed the front wheels were out of alignment at 18K (Ford won't cover this past 12K) and it cost me two new tires. Third, my CD player went bonkers at about 25K. The dealer replaced it with a 98' model which was backlit blue (with the lights on) and did not match my green backlit dash. Fifth, at about 30K the engine light came on, the dealer downloaded the information from the OBDII and found it was the O2 sensor and replace it. It was OK for about three months, since then it been on 50% of the time. Sixth, the A/C went out at 33K and the dealer had to replace O-rings, expansion valve and other parts to fix the A/C. At this time the engine light was back on and again the dealer found the problem was the O2 sensor and replaced it. Seventh, my sunroof went out at 35K and dealer sent my car to another company to be repaired. While out, my blue backlit CD player was stolen and dealer replaced it with a green backlit one. (Imagine, a thief assisted with customer service.) Eighth, the battery put a bullet in its head at 40K. There was silence until 54K when the clutch snapped in two pieces and I had to pay out of my pocket. My mechanic said the transmission is a Mazda unit, so you may want find out more about that.
Having said that, I love driving it it's a car that like to run. But,if Honda Accord V6 came with a stick I would have bought it.
Aug 24, 1999 (5:26 am)
I have a 98 Ford Contour and I would rather walk the 6 miles to work than drive it well lately when I drive and come to a stop it smells like the local sanitation plant I have no idea what it could be any suggestions and also I find it burns gas so bad I think I would be better off driving a bus it does not matter what gas I use or whether I drive like an old lady I still have not come to see good mileage and I brought it to the dealer and they said well you have to keep putting miles on it they said around twenty thousand you should be all right well it has only 12,500 miles on it and I have moved so know to work and back it is only six miles at this rate I am twenty know before I will see an improvement with the mileage I will be twenty five and let me tell you if this car is still kicking around in 6 sixth month I will be kicking it all right
Aug 25, 1999 (5:26 am)
A smell like rotten eggs (which you didn't say you had) can be indicative of a bad catalytic converter. Maybe this helps you, and maybe it doesn't. You also might've caught a plastic bag on the exhaust, which can give off a heavy burning odor.
Hope these help.