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Good ol van
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By IceBerge
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan Limited 3dr Minivan


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We've had this van for about 12 years now, buying it used from a rental car company, instead of an Explorer. Considering it's age and mileage it's held up quite well. Only real issues ore the common door sensor problem and the engine uses a little bit of oil, though no leaks. The car is extremely comfortable to drive, the ride is very smooth whether with just a driver or fully loaded with passengers. The seats are very comfortable and make longer road trips a easier thing to handle. The rear bench is a little heavy and cumbersome to remove but the middle captain chairs are as simple as can be. 107,000 miles and going strong, we plan on keeping this thing till it dies.


Favorite Features

Power adjustable drivers seat, smooth ride and drivetrain, and the Premium stereo actually sounds pretty good.


Suggested Improvements

Wish it had the drivers side sliding door. Fold in the floor back seat.


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Beater still getting it
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By Daddy
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan 3dr Minivan


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We bought this red wagon new because Mama needed a grocery getter and a young'n hauler. It's been a good machine. A few typical wear-and-tear items: water pump, alternator, a steering rack, brakes. All in all, not bad. Kids have puked in it and chewed holes in the upholstery. Automatic door locks quit working, and we've had some power window issues. Had to unplug the door sensors to keep the lights and bells off when door is closed, but I can fix the small stuff and we put up with the rest. Kids call it the "Beater." But it is paid for and is still kickin'. I keep the oil changed regularly and Mama keeps the interior clean. It's been "Ford tough." No major transmission or engine issues


Favorite Features

Durability, fuel economy, and roominess.


Suggested Improvements

Electronics tend to wear out: door sensors, radio, etc.


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Exceeds expectations
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By Jay Connor
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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230,000 after 12 years & still going strong despite slight oil and radiator leaks. Very dependable 22mpg av. Drivers door damaged by 3rd party, $1,990 estimate to repair! Found complete salvaged door and professional paint job all for under $500. Easy to do. Four bolts and door is off, pull wiring harness out of body not door and unhook two snap connectors- interior trim comes off easily after extracting 4 screws, 3 on exterior last is visible when you extract control panel which snaps off. Had same dinging problem but in wet, caused by faulty sensors beside lock mechanisms. Highly recommend vehicle but you should change engine oil regularly, transmission oil and rear axle oil after 130,000


Favorite Features

Comfort, tilt steering wheel, full size spare, easily found used parts, and 22 mpg.


Suggested Improvements

Headlights that don't become opaque, put more Headlights that don't go opaque, more sticky tape to hold wing mirrors on. One strip 2in. long is not enough, glass falls off eventually and usually breaks. Make it easier to change three rear spark plugs on V6.


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great van
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By AMAZING VAN
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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Bought this van back in 2001 and it has ran like a champ since then. It has had no problems in all the years I have owned it. The transmission is very strong I once was going down a hill and bumped it into reverse it shut of the engine but restated and kept on driving. I have put on 50,000 miles since then.


Favorite Features

Engine and transmission


Suggested Improvements

NONE


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Transmission Hint for You
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By C Perry
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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It sounds like this vehicle is hit or miss with a lot of folks. For us, it's been a total hit with a few caveats. Bought used in '04 for $6k, from day one the cruise control didn't work and every once in awhile the dome lights will not turn off. Spray some W2-40 on all contacts for each door seems to fix (and a hint I read elsewhere). Otherwise, the master cylinder went out but no biggie. This thing holds a ton of stuff and is very roomy. It's been an awesome family car for us. Be aware there is 1 side door, not two like most these days.


Favorite Features

Miraculously gets incredible mileage sometimes...can't account for it. I'm talking 25+MPG hwy.


Suggested Improvements

If you own this the transmission gets stuck in gear (ie. stuck in 2nd) DO NOT take to a tranny shop. Buy a $55 part that you can easily replace. It's located on top of the tranny, reachable from the hood, 3 bolts, 15 minutes max. Fords have issues with this..google: TRS Sensor / Neutral safety switch


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Some problems with age
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By Dan Meyers
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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The car is not that bad. I purchased it new. Occassionally the Check engine light flares , due to ethanol fuel. Ethanol is corn,which attracts water. Disconnect the battery, remove the fuel filter, blow out the gas and water,add a bottle of Rubbing alcohol to only 5 gals of gas, reconnect the battery after 5 minutes to reset the ECM.and it's good for the next few weeks. If I can retrofit a glass bowl purge type system ,that might eliminate the water. Also, I just replaced that dual speed fan control switch for $38..and saved plenty. Ford said it'll cost about $800 . That little fan switch controls the A/C vacum doors, power brake boosters, speed control and other do dads. Running good now.


Favorite Features

Plenty of room, removable seat to help save up to 25% in fuel costs, or use it as a cargo van . Plush seats that fold into a bed. Easy dashboard controls. You can now buy a snap on tent for the rear hatch door, with a flex pipe for the exhaust so you can run the engine for heat. Still get 22mpg


Suggested Improvements

Change the front seats to allow for height control. Eliminate power windows and add a roll down window for the side cargo door.


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Workhorse
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By PitbullDad
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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We bought this with 32,000 miles on it at bank repo lot. Generally dependable. Hit a curb at about 80K and hasn't been the same since. Had struts replaced twice, many alignments, and tires wearing out fast. Now with AC compressor gone out and need for tires and alignment, time to say goodbye at 131,000 miles. Still would rather have an accident in this car than most others--solid body and safe. Hauled a popup and 16' fiberglass travel trailer from TX to FL to VA and around the area with no problems. Carb went in GA but otherwise a good family vehicle... Some paint lamination problems that FORD declined to warrantee at just over 36K. Not happy with Ford about that. Won't go with Ford again.


Favorite Features

Captains chairs front and second row.


Suggested Improvements

No passenger side rear door--came out with next generation Windstar. BTW, Fords have gone thru a lot of name changes: Taurus looks like an SUV now, 500, Freestar, Freestyle, etc. Confusing!


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Problems with Two Fords so far
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By dawn
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan 3dr Minivan


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Our fam of 5, often drives from Denver to Spokane. We got the windstar after the trans on our explorer went out in the middle of WY, 100's of miles near nothing in the middle of the night. This week on the van we replaced the R&P, for DIY's this is inexpensive but difficult 100.00. And the power steering pump, a little difficult but inexpensive 60.00. The ABS light goes on and off for no reason. Dome lights don't always turn off, and door ajar stays on. Cruise control went out after it surged to 95, like the throddle got stuck. Shifts really hard. Lots of room for the kids, not much room for baggage in the back. You have to drop the engine to change plugs, wires


Favorite Features

Confortable, roomy for the passengers. Pretty good gas milage on trips. Like that you can take out both rows of seats in the back if you need to. Side pockets in the back for snacks, diapers and toys to keep kids happy. AC.


Suggested Improvements

Wish had a CD player, sterio difficult to change out. And all of the other problems. Hope the Trany doesn't go out on me (since everyone else has that complaint). Paint peeling. Also, there are metric and standard bolts on the engine, sometimes on one part, making it difficult to work on


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Ready for the Chop Shop
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By Mia B.
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan GL 3dr Minivan


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This car was great at first, but we spend more money on repairs than the car's actual value. Head gasket constant problem, finally died after hitting a pothole, knocking out its transmission. Gears get stuck, jolts when you start it up. Not a smooth ride.


Favorite Features

Safe. Less likely to roll over, nice car to travel in (when it was brand new).


Suggested Improvements

Goes to to the shop constantly, head gasket always in need of repair, transmission shot after hitting a pothole, gears don't shift. Not the best car in the world.


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Keeping my fingers crossed
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By dennis
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan Limited 3dr Minivan


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I have had seven Windstars over the past decade (presently own three) what can I say. Reliability has been great. Bought a 95 model with 175000 miles now is at 250000 and everything still works. Had gasket and bearing work done but that's about it. Nothing done to tranny or motor on any of the vehicles I have owned. Maybe my day is coming but for now it's been a good van for me.


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