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1996 Ford Windstar

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Do not buy a Ford Windstar
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By bcorgn
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

Took care of my Ford Windstar with regular maintenance and oil changes. At 69,000 miles, mechanic now tells me I need to spend $1400 dollars on replacing the head gasket...a "common" problem, but Ford has issued no recalls. Cannot belive there is not a class action law suit yet on this common problem. Do yourself a favor and buy a Toyota or Honda.


Favorite Features

Favorite Feature is I know never to buy a Ford again based on the lack of reliability of its autos.


Suggested Improvements

Build a car that can make it to at least 100K miles, how about that?


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NO PROBLEMS
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By andy77
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

I bought this car in 1996 and have 122K on it and have not had any head gasket problem and it still has the original transmission. This thing is a tank. It has never stranded me and takes care of all of the stuff I have to carry around!


Favorite Features

200 hp V6. I raced a V6 mustang and beat it. Decent ride. Rear air


Suggested Improvements

Fix the speedometer registering element. It broke at like 60000 miles.


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Great car
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By unknown2
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

It has 93k and never had a tune- up.Never let me down-would by another one


Favorite Features

air conditioning


Suggested Improvements

none


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Comfortable Drive and Expensive Repairs
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By Don Tucci
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

I purchased a 1996 Ford Windstar GL in April of 1999 (28,500 miles). The car performed solidly to about 68,000 miles. At this point, the engine cooling gasket went bad and the entire engine needed replaced. Ford replaced the engine at a local dealer, but it still cost me about $1000.00. Now at 90, 000 Miles I am having a multitude of problems. Speedometer broken, re- winshield washer motor burnt out, wheel sensor failing, and transmission beginning to slip.


Favorite Features

The vehicle has a nice comfortable ride and the body is is solid. Good acceleration too.


Suggested Improvements

The powertrain repairs are expensive and much too prevelant. I am dissappointed in the overall durability of the vehicle. Advertised as Ford's best van, it does not live up to its billing.


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SATISFIED
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By SATISFIED
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

THE VAN HAS 107,000 MILES ON. DROVE IT TO CALIFORNIA TWICE AND TWICE TO ORLANDO NO PROBLEM. NEVER BEEN TO A DEALER FOR MAJOR REPAIR. I DO MY OWN REGULAR OIL, TRANS FLUID MAINT AND OTHER MINOR MAINT. I THINK IT WOUD LAST FOR ANOTHER 100,000 MILES


Favorite Features

GOOD REAR A/C, ENOUGH ENGINE POWER


Suggested Improvements

NEED ROOM TO ACCESS BACK SPARK PLUGS, DURABLE FRONT AIR CHANELLING SYSTEM.


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