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1999 Ford Windstar - Consumer Reviews

1999 Ford Windstar

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Workhorse
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By Banjo
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

We bought this baby after it had been on the dealer's lot for a long time and got a good deal on it. We had to replace the tranny at around 100K but otherwise it's been a total workhorse. it's got 150K on it and going strong. It's a bit banged up so we don't worry about throwing just about anything in it. A mechanic told us the 3.0 V6 is the best engine option and it's been good getting around 20 mpg. We hope to get another couple of years out of it.


Best Features

Rugged reliability and ability to easily remove the rear seats.


Worst Features

Perhaps a better tranny, I guess. They all seem to go around 100K.


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Don't Do It
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By smitty
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Vehicle

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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By No more Fords
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Vehicle

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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engine light
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By Eugene Stewart
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Vehicle

1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

Since i first had this van i loved it but know i just dont know? I had to replace the catatly conveter, manifold,oxygen sensor,all four of them witch is 200 a pieace,conveter was 800 maniford 120 and to put it on the machine and that was about 130 for a test yeah!!!! all n three month period all because the engine light keep coming on. i just cant win? plus it was time for and emmission test also .


Best Features

nice dash features


Worst Features

make a better engine


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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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