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1996 3.8L Windstar
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By 22 yr old
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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Get an extended warranty because it's worth it. There were a few minor repairs and the transmission had to be rebuilt at 72K miles when the warranty ran out at 75K. At 94K there are some electrical problems popping up, but nothing too bad. The speedometer has been replaced once and it's getting a bit shaky again. The right windows stopped operating, but my dad simply took the motors apart and put it back together and it just started working again. The door light started coming on even though all doors were closed. I cleaned the contacts where the doors close and now the light only stays on for an extra 5 seconds every now and then. Despite its problems, I like the van.


Best Features

Has better visibility than most cars. Comfy and plenty of room.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. I tried looking for a car to trade in for but no luck. Hope the newer Windstars have fewer electrical problems.


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only burnt once...
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By mom of 3 kids in OH
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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Bought Windstar based upon safety ratings at the time. Thought we had a great van- but the Check Engine light went on every time we drove on a trip over 200 miles. Ford dealer never could figure it out - or why we had rough cold starts. Now at 112,000 miles, already fixed the gaskets and now need a new transmission. Wish I had checked consumer reports before I had purchased. Going foreign, but only because they have forced me. Will never buy a Ford again!


Best Features

Comfortable seats, large space behind 3rd seat.


Worst Features

Provide reliable engine and service people who can & will fix instead of waiting until 100,000 mile warranty is up.


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Not as bad as it could have been
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By flower mom
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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Well, the car is only OK. The head gasket problem, allegedly fixed by the 1996 model, is not fixed; it will need replacement at about 80K miles - a surprisingly consistent benchmark. If you buy a used one, make sure it's already been replaced. And the speedometer breaks. And the ABS. Luckily, the brakes themselves still work fine. Nuisance stuff.


Best Features

Good get up and go for a minivan.


Worst Features

Until American cars start putting out better quality, I'll pay the extra 2000 and get a Honda or Toyota.


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Very Good So Far...
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By MadManMike
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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Bought used in end of 1999, with the 3.8 Leter engine. Never had any major problems. First Van even owned and love it. But there are electrical problems galore but fortunately none have lead to a significant problem: Engine light comes on and stays for months - mechanic can't find anything wrong, thus resets. Interior lights frequently don't shut off after closing doors for up to 30 minutes at a time. Occasionally, the 'Door is open' alarm does not shut off after the door is shut. 'Door is open' light indicator seemingly always shows that one of the doors (or rear hatch) is open when, in fact, they are all closed and double checked.


Best Features

Good power when needed. Good dependable transportation.


Worst Features

At low speeds, when the trans. changes from 1st to 2nd the van noticably jumps. Make the rear 3rd seat weigh less - it's a bear to remove by oneself. Vans need full-size spares - not donuts. Make the Spark Plugs easier to get to.


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Enjoyable Vehicle
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By barns
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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We as a family have enjoyed driving this Windstar for 5 years, Lots of room for children, Adults and family pets.


Best Features

Rear air and heat have been great for those who are colder or warmer than the front or vice versa has been a wonderful feature.


Worst Features

This vehicle needs a few improvement as it should have a console in the front between the driver and passenger seats.


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