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1999 Ford Windstar - Consumer Reviews

1999 Ford Windstar

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Warning lights and rust galore
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By Benzing Family
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

We have owned this vehicle for 7 years and change the oil every 3,000 miles. We have had no major repairs. It has been very reliable. It has 163,000 miles on it and going strong. However, despite routine underbody flushes with a car wash, it is extremely rusty and it has eaten its way through completely under the driver side sliding door. Never mind the warning lights on the dash, it doesn't mean a thing. We have driven with the engine light, ABS light, and traction control light on for 3 years. When only the check engine light was on, the mechanic said "it shows its running lean". He said it would be reflecting in MPG.


Best Features

Extra comfortable seating and upholstory.


Worst Features

Figure out the electrical issues! Have a horn that works when its pressed.


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A dangerous vehicle to own.
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By Former Ford Man
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

This van started off serving us well but quickly became a nightmare. At 75k mi. the transmission failed requiring rebuild. At 85k mi, the speed control deactivation switch caused a fire at the ABS module while the vehicle was off and parked in the driveway. Along the way, electrical system issues caused the power windows, power door locks and horn to stop working. This vehicle has major electrical system flaws causing a dangerous safety issue!


Best Features

Well designed interior, lots of room.


Worst Features

Transmission appears to be a known problem and the electrical system problems are common. The ABS / Cruise control system fire makes this a dangerous vehicle to own


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Won't Make Same Mistake Again
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By bill davis
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

While the exterior design is very good and the interior is adequate the overall quality of this van is horrible. Shortly after purchasing it the transmission went out. It is extremely noisy on the road and in town. Idles rough, the service engine light and the ABS light stays on. The "door open" light stays on and the automatic locking system works intermittently. I wanted to but a Toyota or Honda but I let my wife talk me into this Ford because she liked the exterior better than than the Toyota/Honda. She agrees now that tis Ford has really lived up to its name "Found on road dead". Can't make this mistake again since the Windstar is no longer made which is a GOOD thing.


Best Features

Room inside


Worst Features

Already taken care of. No longer in production.


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At what point should I scrap it?
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By C Horton
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

We bought this from German friends who were returning back home. They kept detailed records and had every service done and every repair done imaginable. I figured we should have a good run. We bought it with 80k miles. After 2 1/2 years, with only 98k miles I've had to repace the transmission. The door locks never quite work and the check engine light goes on every and ever trip to the dealer/service station costs at least $600 to fix it. I'm crossing my fingers to get six more months out of it as the inspection comes up at that time. I'm fed up with all of the maintance costs for this poorly designed vehicle. Ford dealerships love all of the high margin work they get from this car.


Best Features

Sliding doors Interior room


Worst Features

Quality and reliablity are key and this is a major turn off where I will not consider buying a Ford in the future unless someone else pays for it and it's repairs!


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Do not buy
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By Terry
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

Bought van 5 years ago with around 50000 mi. 77000 on van now. Started while under warranty with check engine light had intake gaskets replaced and after warranty out same problem. Replaced o2 sensors and still have intake manifold leaks. Tranny out now. Suprised ford not richer with what they are selling. No help for the working guy. I also had door switch replaced at my cost. Good luck if you have one. Still debating on fixing tranny maybe I should get out while the getting is good


Best Features

Interior is nice


Worst Features

1. Transmission 2. Intake manifold If anyone from ford reads this just make good on something you know is wrong


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