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Runs and Drives like a new one!
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By cardawg29
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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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I reluctantly had to purchase a used van to accomodate the new addition to our family. I had a tight budget and had to find the best vehicle at the best deal. I acomplished both. This van is absolutely wonderfull! Extremely reliable, and the performance is surprising for a Mini van. We are very pleased. Ford built this one Tough!


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abs, rear air conditioning, cruise control, traction control.


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Unless you like to throw money away...
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By Mouferdog
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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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First, the speedometer needle flys all over the place, then the water pump needed to be replaced (this is the 2nd time). The electrical system is severly flawed (admitted by a Ford technician at the dealership) There is nothing quite like the sight and smell of your steering column smoking while all the dash lights dance on and off. Now the transmission needs to be replaced. I just want to thank Ford for knowing that this van is one big piece of junk and instead of proving their integrity by offering to fix problems that they have had a multitude of complaints about, they instead offer an open palm to accept our money to fix their junk!


Best Features

Roomy interior...nice large dash layout that you can bang your head against as you see your money flying out the window to fix this lemon!


Worst Features

If you KNOW that there are problems with the vehicle..offer to fix it at your expense, not the consumers..we are the ones who can make or break a company...don't abuse us. Electrical system is a big caution..a fire hazard! Sliding passenger bench seats..these are just too heavy.


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1996 Windstar
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By windstarowner
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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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I have had problems with coolent leaks and sensors. It goes through a set of front brakes about once a year. It is hard to work on. You have to remove the vent cowling every time you want to get at the back side of the engine. We have had 2 recalls both relating to the brakes.


Best Features

It is comfortable to drive. Its quiet. It has plenty of power.


Worst Features

Better brakes. A hood that gives you decent access to the engine compartment. Scrap the 3.8 liter V-6.


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Best vehicle so far
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By Steve from Alberta
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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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Best vehicle we have ever owned. Bought in 98' with 25,000km in perfect condition. Now have almost 150,000km and have only done tires and brakes (once at 110,000km). Pulls our trailer (albeit a smaller one) and our 16ft boat with ease. Only knock we can come up with is a faulty speedometer (at 40,000km approx). Ford said this was normal and within the tolerances of manufacturing ($800 to fix). If the Windstar had a higher towing rating we would definitely buy another.


Best Features

Power is great (with the 3.8L), rides smooth and comfortable (especially with quad seats) while handling is better than expected for a van. Love the reliability we have enjoyed, space, removable seats and visibility.


Worst Features

Third row seat is awkward and heavy, difficult to remove by one person.


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best van ever
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By ford dude
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1996 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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I,ve had dozens of cars and this is the best I've ever had for service, comfort, reliablity and fun to dirve on the highway.


Best Features

comfort at high speeds


Worst Features

prettier seats


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