by philwil21 on May 18, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Our ford van has done us great in the past 11 years.
Yes it had all the recalls on it but ford fixed each one.
The reason we got rid of the van is at 298,000 miles it thrown a rod through the block. It was unexpected with no warning.
Only major repair I had to pay for was the intake gaskets leaking and manifold needed replaced. I fixed & maintained the rest except tires. No transmission issues even at 298,000.
We feel lucky compared to some other reviewers.
Thank you ford
by RZ on May 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Bought it brand new. Various mechanical issues over the years - sliding door lock had to be replaced, fuel sensor fuse had to be replaced three times, power driver seat failed and its electronics had to be replaced. Luckily husband is an engineer and did all this work himself. Check engine and ABS lights go on and off at will for last 10K miles. On the plus side, mileage is great for such a roomy mini-van. At 132K miles now and still get 22+ highway, 18-20 in mixed use. Very comfortable ride, great for hauling kids, friends and equipment. Just started to rust in past 6 months, but still looks ok. Tranny just started to slip occasionally, but overall been a very solid vehicle.
by Linda Studer on Nov 15, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
We purchased our van new and it has been an excellent vehicle. The electric doors were a great feature new but after a few years they began to not work all of the time. Last year at 160000 had trouble with the break light, engine light coming on and it has stayed on. I would still be driving today at 209000 miles if I hadn't encountered a deer.
There are several model/series changes, as well as updates to the exterior, interior and powertrain. Ford says a new transmission has improved shift quality and the 3.8-liter V6 is standard on all Windstars. The base model is now called the Windstar LX three-door. The SE Sport is a new trim level and it includes driving lights, painted bumpers and body-side molding, a rear lift gate spoiler, a second-row bucket/console seat, a roof rack with brushed aluminum crossbars, black rocker cladding, and different wheels and tires.
With my 2001 windstar it has an engine shutter while maintaining a constant speed. When the van is gaining speed or going up a hill or coasting the shutter is gone. When I reach a level spot in the ro...