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Don't Do It
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By smitty
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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

We purchased this vehicle used, two old, with about 40,000 miles on it. A comfortable ride, decent fuel economy. We had the extended 100,000 mile warranty. The van had numerous recalls. Spent thousands of dollars for repair after warranty ran out. Van seemed to stay in the shop. My mechanic started to feel bad fixing the van, only to have other things go wrong. Had to replace the transmission. Tie rods went bad. Numerous engine problems. Eventually I sold the van to my mechanic for $500. Then the engine blow on him a month later. Ford needs to be ashamed for selling the Windstar. A total piece of junk and very unreliable.


Best Features

Great room inside. Comfortable to drive when running.


Worst Features

Reliability.


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Ford blew this one bigtime!
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By No more Fords
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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

Bought car new in 1999. Was worried about the power doors and they did need initial adjustment, but to my surprise they kept working for 10 years. The car rides well, when its working. This car is probably responsible for Ford losing 10's of thousands of customers. The AXOD transmission is the worst designed tranny ever. I know, I had 4 of them in my Windstar. The first went out at 86,000 (2003). The second one lasted 29,000, the third only 23,000. At this rate, Ford should just use velcro to put these in and save me the labor. The forth had 33,000 and was starting to show signs of distress. CASH FOR CLUNKERS is was. I am the proud owner of a 2009 Honda Odyssey.


Best Features

Nice styling and interior features. Got to trade my Canadian built Ford Windstar for a Honda built in Alabama.


Worst Features

Fire the whole AXOD/AN4S transmission design team. Fire management who would stand behind this lemon. All 4 of my transmissions were factory Fords replaced at the dealership. Ford did not care. My family has may cars to buy in our lifetime and none of them will be Fords!


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1999 Ford Windstar SEL
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By MotorStreet
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

The Windstar isn't a good car. The engine is noisy and rough. The transmission in our car had to be replaced after 13000 miles and made rough shifts. The ride is pretty good and the seats are good. There is also a lot of space in the back as well as the cargo area. The problem is that the all the very heavy rear seats have to be removed. The V6 engine is fairly powerful, but it isn't fast at all. The wind noise is the most annoying part of this minivan. The Windstar should get good gas mileage, but ours averaged 14 mpg with a roof rack. The Windstar is a good used buy, but if I were able to make the purchase again I would have chosen the Honda Odyssey.


Best Features

Lots of space, comfort, power sliding doors, and safety.


Worst Features

cupholders, build quality, transmission, acceleration, rear seats, noise, and it is very bad to drive.


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Mechanical design flaws
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By Norma
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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

There are design flaws in the oil pump that cause engine failure and the transmission is weak. Both had to be replaced BEFORE 100K miles.


Best Features

Very comfortable seating and large cargo area. The seating versatility is great. The vehicle holds its value well considering the flaws.


Worst Features

A stronger transmission and an oil pump that will hold up to use and not cause engine failure when it quits without warning.


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Never buy a Ford again
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By Chris
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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

I grew up in a Ford city and a Ford family. Locks and doors don't work consistently, Check engine light is on constantly despite several thousand dollars and trips to multiple dealers; an independent finally told me Ford used inferior parts in the intake manifold, Ford is aware and has published tech bulletins but wouldn't offer to help. The dealers don't care anymore. Do not buy a Ford. I also bought a Lincoln LS, I got tired of visiting it and traded it for a BMW which has been extremely reliable.


Best Features

None really, the seats hurt my back, road noise is terrible, it won't stay aligned, the brakes are bad and the engine is garbage.


Worst Features

Ford needs to reach out to those of us. I hope they go out of business and their executives have to feed themselves by scrounging in trash cans. They ruined a once proud company by compromising quality. I drive by a Ford plant everyday and feel sorry for the employees.


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