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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.


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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DON
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By jennyl
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

purchased because of comfortable, roomy interior... everything Ok for SHORT while... it is costing a fortune to own it! Head gasket replaced ($2500) which Ford would not cover... transmission...door ajar alarm stays on all the time while driving (it does go off though if you drive over 25mph, with the lights off- go figure- trying to trade it, but nobody wants it!!! DON"T BUY!!!!


Best Features

roominess, aside from all the problems, very comfortable, pleasure to drive


Worst Features

I think they made this car to keep the Ford mechanics in business... IMPROVEMENT-A car that holds up!!!


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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


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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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Don't Buy One
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By foxult
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


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Speedometer went out at 49000 miles ($750 not covered by warrantee, of course). Transmission problems under 75000 miles (warrantee). Heater problems at 120000 miles ($1100). Final transmission problems at 124000 miles ($3000). Donated to Goodwill. This van has been nothing but an expensive problem.


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Quality is NOT job one!
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By Never again!
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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ford does not stand by its product. 3.8l eng. with head gasket leaks and trans. problems. (replaced twice) Even under warranty, ford refused to assist customer. You get the run around. Ask ford for help, they till you its the Dealer. Ask the Dealer for help, they say you have to ask ford. NEVER AGAIN!


Best Features

The tow truck that hauled it away!


Worst Features

Take responsibility for your mistakes! They made a HORRIBLE engine. (see recalls on the 95' 3.8l) Refused to help good folks who bought the 96'.


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