1997 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Mixed bag

1997 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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Base Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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1997 Ford Windstar 3dr Minivan


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.

Best Features

As mentioned before, this was always a great highway/travel machine (the family truckster.) Very comfortable and the engine/tranny combo were meant for the road. Way too heavy and clumsy for city driving.

Worst Features

If Ford had built it right, would have been a winner (but we'll never go there again (Ford vehicle))
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