Windstars Blow Their Head Gaskets
By James Muecke on
1995 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan
There are NINE factory recalls for this
An internet search can lead to graphs
showing the EXTREME rate of Head Gasket
failure for the Windstar. The 3.8 is
the worst engine by several magnitudes
of failure over all other engines.
This engine will blow its head gaskets
because of the interaction of THREE
design failures. Repaired engines will
blow their head gaskets again.
When replacing the head gaskets most
techs will opt to drop the engine to
avoid damaging the air conditioning.
This car also blows its transmission
because of a design failure using an
aluminum hydraulic piston that cracks.
I deeply regret having bought this
My experience with the flawed engine
design and the high expense of
replacing its blown head gaskets so
overrides the positives that I cannot
say anything good about this vehicle.
The vehicle would be greatly improved
if it had an engine and transmission
that were not designed or built by