Bought our SEL just before our first
was born. Now 4.5 yrs later we have 2
and the Windstar is still getting it
done. Great family & Home Depot hauler.
The leather has held up well and the
carpet is very tough. We shopped for a
new van/suv 2 weeks ago and didn't find
anything that motivated us to replace
the Windstar. I change the coolant,
trans & PS fluids every year. Other
than routine maint it has needed a MAF
sensor, battery & tie rod ends. Our
dealer returned it in 1/2 day each
time. No cost w/ext warr. We ALWAYS buy
them. Any late model vehicle can break
the bank without one. The power doors
are a great with an armful of kids,
Styling, power doors, power front
seats, 4 captains chairs, built-
in "systems" check.
Better mileage. SERVICE TIPS: Change
the coolant, trans & power steeing
fluid yearly to avoid big $$$ repairs.
If your power doors "act up" replace
the van's battery.
I bought a 1999 Windstar used from a
dealership. It had 36,000 miles when we
bought it and we thought we were getting a
good deal. The engine light went on befor
we got it home from the dealer. Thank
goodness for the extended warrenty we
bought, and a good dealership, becasue the
light went on 4 more time within the next
4,000 miles. I had read about all the
problems others had had but we bought it
anyway, figuring who writes in good
reviews. Now I know why they were all bad.
Don't buy this car..please!
I thought maybe I was the exception
and just had made a horrible mistake.
After reading these reviews I realize
I am in solid (and unfortunately
miserable) company. It is hard to
conceive of how Ford can keep selling
this garbage with a straight face.
When I talked to the "service
supervisor" about how shocked I was
that the tranny died at 50K miles, he
nodded and said "yep, that really
shouldn't happen." Then I had to be
the jerk attorney I can be and
threaten them with all kinds of bad
stuff just to get a new tranny for
$800. Never again. Buy foreign, you
won't be sorry.
Liked this car initially, however,
developed a "check engine" light problem
that persisted for several months and
about $1100+ dollars later. Also had
suspension problems in front. Engine was
stalling and running rough. Not Ok for
me, this car has low mileage (65K) and
shouldn't be like this. Can you say
Toyota or Nissan??
When it's running right, it is very
pleasant and does what it's supposed
to do. The 3.8 V6 is plenty for
most. Pretty good visibility for a
minivan. Looks great. Had it a
little over a year and have had
several problems. Window motor, some
seals, guage lights flickering, paint
chips too easily, sensors gone bad.
Thankfully nothing like major engine
and trans work. Just aggrevating
little stuff. Without the extended
warranty I bought, I would have had to
shell out quite a bit of coin.
Versatility. Remove bench seats and
haul plywood, etc... Remove backseat
only and have a lot of room for family
of 4 to pack up. Very pleasant and
comfortable to drive on long trips.
Plenty of engine.
Read carefully, YOU WILL WANT THE 4
DOOR MODEL!!! Sideways mounted V6 is
nearly inaccessable to work on
(remember the extended warranty!)