1st Generation (1995—2000) Contour Problems

Contour owners with a 1995—2000 model year have the most problems with the engine (25%), fuel system (17%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Loss of Power, Car Dies 17 complaints at an average of 100,128 miles in the 2000 Ford Contour.
  2. Dashboard Peeling Away From Windshield 10 complaints at an average of 47,327 miles in the 1999 Ford Contour.
  3. Loses Gears 3 complaints at an average of 106,333 miles in the 1998 Ford Contour.

What Contour Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 53 7 91 8.36
1999 41 5 182 10.37
1998 58 12 253 15.24
1997 15 8 203 4.24
1996 23 11 223 4.05
1995 11 12 223 1.62

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