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Mixed bag
By Sigh... on 11/11/09 16:55 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Have owned the car since it was new. Now have 180,000 miles on itso we know the good and the ugly. The good: great concept and design, very comfortable, great highway vehicle (primary use for us - never was a city car which is prob why we have so many miles on it),tranny is orig and fine engine/trans/systems well conceived (but see the bad...) now has 180K on it and runs great - still not burning oil. The bad: it was made so poorly!!! We have replaced virtually every seal in the engine, rebuilt all the brakes, cruise control and ABS computer quit working years ago. Have replaced many parts - it has been an expensive car to maintain.
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Engine Reliability?
By Tom on 12/31/07 05:47 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Purch van in 97 with 4,500 miles. The vehicle has been fairly rugged, except the 3.8 L engine, 200 hp and tows well. The intake and timing chain cover gaskets failed at ~ 110,000 miles (should not fail), about $2,000 from a private mechanic including water pump. Gas mileage is 22/17, handles and drives well Problems: Speedo bounces @ 40,000 did not repair ($500) 3 sensors $250 for parts Intake, timing cover gaskets, water pump @110,000 ~ $2,000 Alternator @120,000, $130. Power steering pump hose $60. Weld front suspension supports $250. Intake manifold gaskets 2 hours Labor, $25 for gaskets Need to clean the sliding door contacts every few years (10 minutes a little steel wool)
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Run, run for a better car
By Joel on 07/16/07 09:07 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan

Review

Blown head gasket from failed sensor. Body scratches very easily, and visibly! Rack in constant need of readjustment. When driving on the hwy, feels like there is a sail attached to the roof. Very poor turning radius. Fix or Repair Daily. Never Ford. Never again.
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Windstar?
By Tom on 12/20/06 04:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Bought demo 4600 miles, 22 mpg on trips, 16 city. Solid vehicle with unfortunately some flaws; front stabilizer bar came loose ~ 70K shop welded both sides for $250, speedometer bounces 40K, $500 live with, intake leaked 115,000K, $1,500, stuck valve before I caught it and radiator leaked transmission fluid $450, water pump $300, couple sensors died $160 for parts. I have a cheap mechanic - cost might be double at dealer. It still runs like new, 10,000 miles on synthetic oil with no oil added. 3.8 still squeals the tires if you want. Advice: Change transmission fluid no problems. If you loose coolant find the leak and fix. Great vehicle, mainly need to fix the gasket problem.
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Ford is NOT quality
By stevenoford on 03/23/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

The van itself has been fine. Few repairs over the past 7yrs. Now, we were expieriencing a leak of greenish- brown fluid (uh oh). $2200 for replacement of two gaskets. I hope ford comes through and pays for some of it. But, not likely to happen. First/last ford no matter if they pay for it. I mean come on.... seems like there is a problem w/this 3.8 engine. They should recall it vs. designing the engine for 70k miles (just out of warranty) Ford is where quality sucks.
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Local Use Only!
By SteveFromSyracuse on 03/19/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Don't ever take this baby on the LONG HAUL! That transmission will sing you an expensive tune. It heats up after an hour or so and everything starts to blink and go alarmed. Fixed the traditional things like the mysterious power windows & lights & warning alerts. Just over 100k miles now, front bearings are going. Must sell and buy anything but a FORD.
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What problems? Do preventative maint.!!!
By ezrider on 12/16/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

If you take car of this vehicle, it will not give you many problems. It's true the front driver side door sensor was a little bit of a pain, an alternator went (it's pushing 80K) but so what! It still has its original FoMoCo battery after almost 6 years of dependable service! This vehicle is as solid and reliable as any foreign car I have owned (about 10 Honda's)
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Windstar Review -Jmmcoolebay@hotmail.com
By Jordan M on 02/22/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

This minivan is great. Has Great power, aceleration is very good, you can roast the tires in this very very good. Gas Milege is also good
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Jack Nasser ruined Ford in only 10 years
By Compaq_Dude on 01/21/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Van has had nothing but problems wince purchased. What a "pile"! Transmission is about to go, at 76K. Fought the door sensor thing like sooo many other "lucky" Windstar owners. Now ABS computer has died. $1300.00 to repair. After yelling at the dealer, they knocked 2/3rds off the cost. This tells me that they have that much markup to work with from the beginning. One month ago it was the steering rack,and fluids leaking, $1200.00. This thing is falling apart. I have driven Fords my entire life, but Jack Nasser made himself rich, and trashed the Ford name! I will NEVER buy a F-ound O-n R-oad D-ead again!!!!
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Blown engine
By steverob on 11/20/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan

Review

Head gasket failed and destroyed the engine (3.8). Only has 77,000 and Ford will offer no assistance. We will never buy another Ford product.
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