I purchased a 95 Windstar 1 yr old
with 15K mi. At first it ran well,
great comfort and ride. Then came head
gasket failure, resulting in engine
rebuild. Ford recalled engines, a year
after $4000 bill. Also replaced brake
system (2x), trans, speedo head (3x @
$350 a pop). The door ajar chime
always turned on/off at random.
Towards the end cruise control and FI
system failed. I got 140K miles out of
this beast, but at WAY too high a cost
of ownership. Just donated it to
charity since repair estimates were
greater than value. To anyone
considering Windstars (any year but
especially '95), be smart and look
elsewhere -- no matter what the price!
Great interior comfort; exceptionally
smooth ride; good power from 3.8L V6
Windstar has been replaced by
Freestar, but anyone considering a
Freestar should be warned of Windstar
I have owned my Windstar for about six
years. It has proved to be a very
good vehicle. Its ride is very
comfortable and it is very quiet
inside. It has most all the options I
need and want and is very versitile.
It has great cargo room when seats are
removed. I have automatic lights and
mirror which I appreciate and the
electronic dash has all the
information I want. I have driven
many newer vans and still have not
found one the equal of mine.
The electronic dash. The comfortable
arm rests of cloth and the door trim
which is cloth. Good visibility.
Automatic lights and dimming mirror.
Could use a little more power in the
engine. I would like an electric
compass and backup warning sensors.
Problems: head gasket; door chimes (all
the time); wipers work sometimes; check
engine half the time; seat belts broke
in back; HUGE cruise off button was
easy to accidentally hit; this was the
first vehicle ever that I had to look
at the radio to do anything with it.
Volume, on/off, presets, every button
was the same size and feel. F.O.R.D:
Full Of Retarded Design.
The check engine light never needed to
be replaced. Everything else did. Towed
ok w/ tranny cooler. Comfy ride when it
Replace interior w/ Honda design.
Replace exterior w/ Honda design. Put a
Honda emblem on the hood. Then I'll buy
the Windstar again.
I bought this car used one year old
with 20,000 miles. It ran fine for the
first two years. Then after that the
car started costing. First the A/C
compressor broke causing the entire
A/C system to fail. That cost me
$3,000 dollars. Then the transmition,
that cost me another $2,500.Rack on
pinion and power steering-$900. Head
Gasket-$800. Water pump-$300. Power
steering again-$250. axels, cb
joint, etc. This list could
go on forever. This vehical has cost
me over $11,500 in repairs in a 5 year
Rear A/C and radio controls. Rear door
I think this whole cars powertrian,
and mechanical parts should be
This has been a good car. However,
there are some specific problems with
Head gaskets. Ford gave me an extended
warrantee until 100,000 miles or 7
years. The head gaskets blew at
107,000 miles, resulting in a large
bill ($2,500). I am fixing this car
because I believe it will last many
more years...I in spite of this problem
this car has been good to me.
Premium Sound --- Aux A/C & Heating --
Remote rear windows -- excellant
Drives Great on the Highway...very
stable at high speeds!!
Too late...Ford replaced it with the
Freestar...so we'll see if they learned