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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan - Consumer Reviews

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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


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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.


Best 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


Worst Features

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.


Best Features

Captains chairs front and second row.


Worst Features

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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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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