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Ford Let Us Down.
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By Martha
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

I love the body of this minivan. It is comfortable and has plenty of room! It is a great car to drive. Now that said mechanically it stinks. Ford knows all about this vehicles problems, O ring failure, transmission failure, O2 sensors failure, door sensor failure, driver side door lock failure and on and on. If we knew then what we know now we would never have bought this car. Fortunately we bought it used and still have not spent up to the new price. We put over $5,000 in repairs into this car over 6 years. I will think twice before I risk another Ford purchase.


Best Features

Front seats are comfortable. Plenty of space in the back. Seats are removeable. The larger bench back seat can be moved to the front seat position to give more storage in the back. Best designed front cup holders of any car I've ridden in. The auto-adjust side view mirrors are great.


Worst Features

Transmission


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Windstar - Maybe it will get you there
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Nancy
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


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This van has been a total disappointment. We've had problem after problem, some of which left me stranded on the side of the road with my three kids in the car. Problems range from transmission to electrical to mechanical. Every problem that results in a visit to the Ford Service department takes days to fix. I bought the van because of the high safety rating - I didn't feel safe stuck in the breakdown down lane of I-95. I cheaped out and didn't buy the Toyota Sienna back in '99, I won't make the same mistake this time. I hear Ford is getting out of the minivan business due to lack of demand of minivans. They must mean lack of demand of their poorly built piece of garbage van.


Best Features

I like the room the van provides.


Worst Features

STOP MAKING MINIVANS!


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Never Again
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Karen E
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


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Worst, most unreliable vehicle ever. We are looking at cars and won't even consider Ford after our Windstar experience. Nearing 50K miles needed new transmission. Interior lights and locks don't work properly. Noises galore. Check engine light perpetually on - need to clear this for third time at 60K. Clunky metal squeak from rear of car. Windshield cracked twice above rearview mirror which kept falling off. Tires went bald at 20K. Nightmare.


Best Features

Roomy enough for kids.


Worst Features

Clean up Ford from the top down or go out of business already. Put this company out of misery. This type of reputation is shameful.


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Done With Fords
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Towers
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


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I needed a minivan because we were having twins. It was a great vehicle while the kids were infants. Easy to get babies into and out of the vehicle,and was roomy enough for everything. Too many problems were shared between me and another Windstar owner: both had idling problems in the morning; both have a transmission that slips; both have a stuck temp. control switch; and both have a check engine light due to a vacuum leak. It's a safe vehicle that is great on road trips, but it's time for a more reliable vehicle for me.


Best Features

Ease of entry and exit for the kids; captain chairs in the middle row; very smooth ride.


Worst Features

More reliable transmission; hopefully they have addressed some of the engine issues.


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Not a happy camper
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Not A happy camper
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


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New transmission at 37,000 miles; this was a nightmare since the new transmission still slips. New rack at 38,000. At 99,000 I am installing a newer used motor due to the loss of the original motor. I would drive this van off a cliff but can't find one high enough around here. I now have a new Toyota Tundra in the driveway.


Best Features

Nice seats and lots of room.


Worst Features

Take some classes from a foreign automaker.


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