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1996 Ford Windstar

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Windstar = Happiness
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By Vinb2k5
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

Great van, ours has lasted 198,000 miles. Even when the engine developed a crack in the block it still ran, until the tags expired. Extremely reliable providing 8 years of service to our family. Definitely would buy another one.


Favorite Features

3.8L engine, handling, the styling. The best car I've ever had.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission started to kick between 1st and 2nd at 70k, could use a better sound system. Poor fuel economy.


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What happened to Ford?
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By Robert
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


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This has to be one of the worst automobiles ever made.I once was a big Ford supporter but after owning this van I will never buy another Ford again. Transmission problems, front end problems; just a terrible van.This is an automobile that is used for family outings. Stay away from Fords.


Favorite Features

Nothing.


Suggested Improvements

Refund anyone that has purchased one of these disasters.


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FORD (Frequent Overhaul Repair Damage)
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By Getting _Me_A_Honda
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


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Bought new - continuing trips to the dealership for repair from the first 100 miles (now have 70K miles) while under warranty and the problems described by other posts just escalated after warranty expired. Total cost of repairs to date: $5,000.00. NO MORE. Buying a Honda CR-V this week. Most unfriendly mechanics, but with a product this bad one should expect nothing but bad.


Favorite Features

Room. A/C. Heater. Wide view. Comfort .


Suggested Improvements

FIX your product. Improve quality, reliability, and get some real professional help in your service department. Maybe get some training from Toyota or Honda. I've had no problem dealing with them - courtesous, friendly and professional. Their products speak for itself !


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Outstanding
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By 4Brooks
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

We bought it with 20,000 miles on it and it has been flawless! No major problems. We've kept it maintained by a mechanic and it's been great. Long road trips are enjoyable because of all the room, and the power is great. No fears when passing or climbing hills. Everything still works great, original tranny, water pump, etc. It now has 113,500 miles, and still runs great.


Favorite Features

Power, high seating position, comfortable room for seven.


Suggested Improvements

Wish it had dual sliding doors, and lower rear window to see out of.


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Good for the Goose
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By Brownie2121
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

This vehicle was my first ever car purchase. It was resonably priced, and it has been a great family vehicle. Its build is very safe, when I had my front end collision, the car took all the impact and all I needed was to replace the hood and the grates. Like most cars, its not without faults. The lights were always coming on so I'd take it in and have to have them reset. So, if you can get used to driving with your check engine light on, and are willing to rely on instinct as to when you really need it checked, this is the car for you. Great Family Van and not bad for driving around town either.


Favorite Features

Keyless Entry. Power Windows, Locks, Doors and Mirros. Seats easily removed.


Suggested Improvements

Check out whatever makes the lights misfire.


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