By Tom on
1997 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan
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)
Power, handling and 7 passenger capability. Runs like new at 130,000 miles Original tires went 80,000 miles. No rust brakes went 60,000. Tows well
Cure the gasket problems, other wise a great vehicle. Overall a good vehicle we were lucky the gaskets can allow enough antifreeze into the oil to destroy the engine, did have a valve job on one head.