I just took my 2000 Contour in for repair due to a problem with the shift
interlock system. I could place the vehicle into drive with the key in
lock position and without pushing on the brake. I was informed that this
is a common problem and normally parts/labor would be just under $200.
However they also found that the interlock cable was broke and so would
cost well over $400 to repair. I decided to get a second opinion and
picked the vehicle up. I have now noticed a change with the way it shifts.
Before I could push the shift button in while in park and easily shift into
gear. Now I can't push the button in while in park and I have to apply
pressure to get into gear. I asked the dealer about this change and they
couldn't offer any reason for this change. They did indicate that the
cable broke at the connection point near the shifter. Based on
before/after change did this cable get broke when they were working on this
or am I being paranoid?