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Hi all,


I am new to this forum, and have a few questions that I hope some of you folks can help me out with. I have a 1998 Contour SVT.


The first thing I need is to replace a broken drivers side tail light. While looking for one I came across an ad that said that it will fit a 98 only if it has a build date before 12/17/97. The sticker on my car simply says  build date 12/97. The photo looks like mine. What is the difference? How do I know which one I need? Do different years interchange? Is the SVT different from other Contours? Any and all data would be appreciated.

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The 1995 thru 1997 tail light assemblies are the same; the 1998 thru 2000 are the same. That said, the differences are in the flutting in the red lense. See the following URL's for comparison: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-00-Ford-Contour-Tail-Lights-LH-RH-/281828934291?fits=Make%3AFord|Model%3AContour&hash=item419e504293:g:bx4AAOSw~bFWH5uE&vxp=mtr

and for the earlier design: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1995-97-Ford-Contour-RH-Tail-Lite-/231725670421?hash=item35f3ed2015:g:30IAAOSwhcJWJQ0Z&vxp=mtr


btw - your '98 SVT is an "E0" model - the earlier of the two models of SVT's; later model is the "E1". Here is a good general reference on all 'Tours/Mystiques: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mondeo_%28first_generation%29#Ford_Contour_and_Mercury_Mystique

and also: http://contour.org/ceg-vb/forum/general/new-member-classroom/63172-acronyms-explained?61701-Acronyms-Explained=

and also: http://beta.motortrend.com/auto-news/112_9809_ford_contour_svt_mercury_villager/


WELCOME ABOARD!!!! Get some pics to us when you get a chance to post them!!

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mondeoman - Thank you so much for your help, and for all the great info.

You are more than welcome!!

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