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GL = Good Luck!
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By mtalk
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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.


Favorite Features

Hauls a lot of people.


Suggested Improvements

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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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.


Favorite Features

I love the room and the AWESOME Ford heater.


Suggested Improvements

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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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.


Favorite Features

Roomy, plenty of power, corfortable ride.


Suggested Improvements

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


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

All wheel drive.


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