1998 3.8 Windstar - 5 years and 117K
miles so far. Oil changed every 5K and
the complete evac of trans fluid every
25-30K. New parts: master
cylinder and brake booster at 115K
(don't know if they were bad but the
brakes were still spongy after new pads
and shoes and bleeding did not help),
four air filters, one fuel filter, one
battery, two power steering pumps,
three serpentine belts and one
tensioner and two radiator flushes.
Overall, the van has been excellent.
It's powerful, smooth, and roomy. It's
great on long trips. I've read a
bunch of horror stories about the
Windstar, but so far, it's the best
car/van out of 20 I've owned.
Engine power and smoothness. Roomy
interior. Trouble-free dual air
conditioner. The tires (Uniroyal Tiger
Paw Nail Guard) wear perfectly without
cupping, feathering,etc. The van has
never left us stranded.
The front seats have cheap foam/
springs. The power steering pump quit
twice. Taurus power steering pump? The
lug nut wheel covers on the aluminum
wheels are easily damaged when tires
are replaced. The remote entry to the
driver's door has been working slowly.