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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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this is funny
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By Tony
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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This is funny. I see all these bad reviews for a GREAT vehicle. Don't let these affect your purchase. I've put 130,000 miles on mine and only thing that went wrong was a rear wiper motor. The transmissions are fine as long as you service them correctly and aren't pulling your boat behind it. I bet if i asked all these people with tranny probs if they were towing with it, they'd say yes. It's a MINIVAN. Not a workhorse.


Favorite Features

Very roomy.


Suggested Improvements

More power outlets.


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Solid
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By jimmy463j
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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This vehicle has been one of the most dependable I've ever owned. We have put over 100,000 miles on it and have only had to do normal maintenance and replace the door switches twice. It's performance for a minivan is above average, in my opinion. I've driven Chrysler, GM, and Japanese minivans and none come close.


Favorite Features

Solid handling, good acceleration, flexible interior, good cargo capacity, adequate passenger room, excellent safety, acceptable economy, excellent value for the price. I think they are undervalued because there are so many (victim of their own popularity).


Suggested Improvements

They've been done on the newer models - (Freestar).


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Oh, Man! I don't need this.
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By oh, JOY!
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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Up to 60,000 ran fine. (Got it at @30,000) Then: Brakes replaced. Brake light faulty. Traction engages inconsistently. Sides like paper - a rub is a $1000 dent. Engine light on and off, computer can't dx, head gaskets "might" leak - symptoms inconsistent. stuck with it for 6 more mos. I'd have given away from week 1 of driving it. Don't go there.


Favorite Features

Really? None. It's ugly. Upholstery is impossible to maintain. Mechanical problems endless, at 65,000.


Suggested Improvements

How about starting over? Ford declines support or responsibility - obviously faulty build.


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Very Satisfied
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By Stevenff
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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Bought this 1998 Windstar with 89000 miles on it from a GM dealer. It was on their back row. The price was right. I have put on another 45000 miles with absolutely no problems. The only thing I have replace is tires. I really didn't expect this kind of service. Figured I would have to repair something, but everything keeps on going. Was afraid the lack of a 4th door would be a problem, but Ford's stopgap solution of a large driver's door and sliding driver's seat gives adequate access to left rear passenger seat.


Favorite Features

Very comfortable on long trips. Excellent seating position. The rear quad seats are comfortable too. The front & rear heating and cooling is excellent. Fuel economy is better than I expected for such a large vehicle, 24- 27 mpg on the highway, 19 locally.


Suggested Improvements

About the only thing I can think of is already done by adding a 4th door.


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It's a Keeper
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By cwnow
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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This van has been wonderfull. It is reliable and fun to drive. I use it daily for business, then hope in for weekends on trips with the family. I have had fairly minor problems with the vehicle over time. The only real gripe I have is that the paint job has begun to fade, but being red and in the Florida Sun this was to be expected.


Favorite Features

The cloth seeting is super comfortable and has held up well.


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Top of mtn @ 70000
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By coolgolfer21
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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Purchased used w/17000, beautiful easy enjoyable ride until 70000 miles, then problems. Rebuilt tranny, dozen trips for "service engine lite". All that finally fix (at my cost) and now smooth sailing again. Never fails otherwise, trading for another but four doors this time.


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Great Minivan!!!
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By TexMorgan
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1998 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan


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We purchased our van new and have owned it for 4 years now. This is a great driving vehicle! Plenty of power and a very smooth ride with decent handling. Good quality materials inside and out. We have had very few maintenance issues other than normal wear/tear items (brake pads/rotors turned twice). Purchased an extended warranty after mfg warranty expired just in case. (Would recommend for anyone buying used) You get alot of vehicle for the money in my opinion. Highly recommend!!


Favorite Features

Overall comfort and driving characteristics, powerful engine, safety features, traction control, awesome cup holders!


Suggested Improvements

Driver's side sliding door would be nice but didn't come out until '99. Lighter seats to remove


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