Auto Defects

Ford Thunderbird

November 1999

Dear Ford Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your 1985-97 Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar or Lincoln Mark which are built on the same platform and share common features. After 1997 Ford killed off the T-bird/Mark and replaced the Cougar with a car built on the same platform as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique. The T-bird in its dying days little resembled the legendary '55 T-bird and may come back in 2001.

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Ford Tempo

January 2001

Dear Tempo/Topaz Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Tempo or Topaz. Introduced as one of Ford's first front wheel drive vehicles in 1984, Ford replaced it in 1995 with the Contour. CAS has received numerous complaints from consumers on fires, chronic stalling, unintended acceleration, paint peel, and tie rod failure.

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Ford Taurus





January 2001

Dear Taurus/Sable Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Taurus or Sable.

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Ford Probe

March 2001

Dear Mustang/Probe Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your 1984-later Mustang or Probe. CAS has received hundreds of complaints concerning engine and transmission troubles, peeling paint, fires, stalling, and unintended acceleration.

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Ford Mustang

March 2001

Dear Mustang/Probe Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your 1984-later Mustang or Probe. CAS has received hundreds of complaints concerning engine and transmission troubles, peeling paint, fires, stalling, and unintended acceleration.

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Ford Full Size Vans


September 1998

Dear Ford Van Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Econoline, Club Wagon or E-series van. CAS has received many complaints from consumers concerning fires, peeling paint, brake failure, transmission and front end shimmy/vibration.

Fires have historically plagued these vehicles. Since 1980, Ford has conducted 12 safety recalls for defects that could cause fires.

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Ford Escort

January 2001

Dear Escort/Tracer Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Escort or Tracer. CAS has received numerous complaints from consumers on passive seatbelts, fires, transmission failures, tie rod breakage, premature tire wear, stalling and costly engine damage.

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Ford Crown Victoria

July 2002

Dear Ford Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or Lincoln Town Car or Continental.

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Ford Contour

January 2001

Dear Contour/Mystique Owner:

Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Contour or Mystique. CAS has received complaints from consumers on faulty gauges, air conditioning leaks and mold, difficulty shifting out of Park, water leaks, lurching while in first gear, inoperative gas cap levers, stalling, hard starts and other driveability problems..

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