This van was my company van since new and its been a very reliable vehicle. I bought the vehicle from the company at 148,000 miles and haven't regreted it.The only thing major that went wrong was the fuel tank went bad. The vehicle now has 194,000 miles on it and has the original motor and tranny in it. I change the ATF fluid on a regular basis and also regular oil changes. Motor does not use a drop of oil between changes. Original front brake rotors did have to be replaced at 75,000 miles. We have taken numerous trips in the summer from PA to South Carolina with no problems whatsoever.
Heating and air conditioning work very well. Fuel economy with the 3.0 liter engine has been very good 22 around town and 27-28 on highway. Very comfortable bucket seats in front. Good power from 3.0 liter engine. Good ride quality.
Transmission shifts a lot in and out of overdrive in hilly terrain. Antilock brakes are a little funky in snow ( long stopping distance ) Poor paint quality with light blue color. Paint on roof peeled about the 4th year. Ford would not fix it. I felt they should have. They never offered anything.
Purchased new. Even though it only has 100,000 miles, it's on it's 4th set of tires. It's noisy, the front end clanks, and has since new. The door ajar problem has existed since it ran out of warranty, along with various and sundry check engine lights. The transmission is on it's way out now, so it's time to get rid of the thing. The passenger seats are nice. The front buckets are terrible. I'm glad to see it go away.
A self-immolation feature would be nice. For the car, that is.
Bought Windstar new in Nov 07. Initially - few problems. Air idle control valve - replaced, the fuel delivery - remapped, and a loose motor mount - fixed under waranty. I considered gettting rid of it but didn't. Today - 205,792 miles - highest mileage and most reliable vehicle ever owned (25 cars and 20 motorcycles). Have symptoms of head gasket failure (coolant is disappearing) for 50,000 miles. Waiting for head gasket(s) to fail - will consider replacing myself with new gaskets, head bolts, etc. I change the oil every 5K (Pennzoil) and the trans fluid every 25K. Replaced alternator once, power steering pump twice, brakes and battery thrice. Just normal maintenance. We were lucky.
I like the engine response, smoothness, comfort, visibility, and the five star crash test rating.
The brakes are weak, regardless of the type of pads/shoes used.
Reading some of the other reviews I think I may have that one in a million -- this van has been very solid. Besides the hubcaps being poorly designed (they won't stay on) and the door ajar warning (with annoying dinging below 15 mph), this van has had only the expected repairs - - transmission rebuilt at 167,000, tie rods recently replaced, wheel bearing, suspension, brakes, radiator hose -- not bad since it has almost 240,000 miles on it!! I have kept it well maintained. All I know is that this van has been very reliable.
Reliability. A good sized trunk (not like the newer ones). Very comfortable.
It has been very reliable. Bought it with 49,000 miles and have put 187,000 miles on it. Transmission rebuilt at 167,000. The most annoying thing haas been the door ajar warning and the incessant dinging until it reaches 15 mph! Other than that I have kept it well maintained and normal repairs have been done -- like tie rods, suspension, ignition coil pack, radiator hose, brakes, wheel alignment. My children say that maybe we were fortunate and got that "one in a million" good Windstars. I don't know. I just know it has been solid!
Roomy, comfortable, good power, big trunk, removalbe seats.