1996 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Be Wary
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1996 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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Be Wary
By BoDerek on

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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

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Repeatedly in dealership for "Check Engine" light. Meticulously well maintained car blew head gasket at 88K miles. Ford resonse: "Sorry, 1995 3.8L Windstars are covered for head gasket problem..." However Ford maintains they "corrected it in '96 and later models..." so too bad if you are having trouble. Local mechanic says 3.8L head gasket woes are a Ford trait, not unique to Windstar, but all 3.8- powered Fords with 60-90K miles. Also clunky transmission makes me very nervous about its future. Lots of interior room though. Soft, quiet ride. Rear seat too heavy--needs two people to remove.

Favorite Features

Roomy.

Suggested Improvements

Engine/transmission reliability. Better/more stereo speakers. Lighter, easier to remove third row seat.
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