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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan

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

1996 Ford Windstar Minivan 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 Minivan 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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DON
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By jennyl
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar Minivan 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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Don't Buy One
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By foxult
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


Review

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!
on

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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


Review

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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