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1996 Ford Windstar

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GL = Good Luck!
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By mtalk
on

Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

No wonder it's got a good safety
ratin: it never leaves the driveway.
Check engine light goes on, only to go
off a month later with no explanation
from Ford. Door ajar bell keeps
ringing and interior light stays on
until 20 mph, so replaced the sensor.
Then the big stuff. Cylinder went down
at 100,000 ($1200). New engine at
112,000 ($3000). Just waiting for the
tranny to drop now. We will be getting
rid of this soon for something better
and will never buy a Ford again.


Best Features

Hauls a lot of people.


Worst Features

Be honest with people that this was a lemon. Send all current owners a coupon for a free trip to Hawaii.


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Be Cautious
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By Date83R
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

We bought ours new @ 60K. It was
great until last year. When it hit
100K the fur hit the fan. We have put
well over 3000 into it in the last 9
months. Everything from tie rods to
all sorts of electrical problems. The
problems just keep piling up though.
Even the techs at the dealership were
scratching their heads with the last
one. We're trading it in for a
Caravan tomorrow.


Best Features

I love the room and the AWESOME Ford heater.


Worst Features

Stand behind your mistakes and fix the things you know are wrong with it.


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Buy with caution
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By mario starr
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

Paid too much for the van to benign
with; that was my fault. Let me begin
by listing the numerous problems I’ve
encounter as an owner of a “Quality”
Ford product: Power steering pump,
water pump gasket, lower intake gasket,
popping noise from front end, A/C
condensation leaked inside van,
shifting cable, speedometer, door ajar
caution light works intermittently,
intake breaker valve ($200)... My
local dealership has been very friendly
to me while they have me over this
barrel called Windstar.


Best Features

Roomy, plenty of power, corfortable ride.


Worst Features

"Quality", "Quality", "Quality", "Qualit y", "Quality", Reliability, Reliability, Reliability and Reliability


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Was good for a while, but...
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By smilingbrownbear
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

Bought this program vehicle in 1997.
Had 22,000 miles and now has 120,000.
Was very good (although it had some
irritating electrical problems) until
it hit 100,000 miles. Needed a
transmission - surprise! Got a
remanufactued one for $2,400. New
tranny is fine. Terrible electrical
system now requires trips to the shop
every few months. Also has some
problems when just started and idling.


Best Features

Good for comfort, and was pretty reliable until it hit 100,000 miles. Looked good and felt good for many years.


Worst Features

Electrical system is the worst! Ford lost lots of customers because of the transmission and head gasket problems and unwillingness to stand behind its product. We have chosen to buy a Dodge Grand Caravan as our next van.


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Nice mini van for the price
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By freddyford
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

We bought this van used with 75000 miles.
We have used it to pull a tent trailer for the
last two years and it's been excellent.
Nothing but regular maintainence. I did put
in a set of rear air-adjustable shocks but
that's it. Great van for the price.


Best Features

Drives nice, lots of power. I like the towing package that is an option on this van.


Worst Features

All wheel drive.


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