1995 Ford Windstar 3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Windstars Blow Their Head Gaskets
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1995 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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LX Passenger Minivan (3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Windstars Blow Their Head Gaskets
By James Muecke on

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1995 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan

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There are NINE factory recalls for this Windstar. 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 van.

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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.

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The vehicle would be greatly improved if it had an engine and transmission that were not designed or built by Ford.
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