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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan - Consumer Reviews

2001 Ford Windstar Minivan

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Worst vehicle I have ever owned!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By FORD, Never again!
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased a 2001 Windstar, brand new in October of 2001. Since new, this car has been nothing but problems. Major safety issues including the rear axle and front subframe (which are all over the internet), make this vehicle unsafe to drive. I have to say that FORD motor Company SUCKS, since they chose to not fix/replace my rusted and subframe. The metal completely failed and the subframe is ready to collapse! Additional problems include the instrument panel cold soldering failing, the intake manifold gasket failing, the plenum (which is sometimes called the upper intake manifold) isolated bolt gaskets/grommets failed, two alternators, one fuel pump, camshaft position sensor, coil pack, the struts, and the transmission all failed This van is a piece of crap and in my opinion, FORD SUCKS! This is the last FORD I will ever buy.


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guess we got a good one!
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By jjs
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought it used with 18k miles on it. Now has 143,000 and runs just great. Had a transmission problem at about 55,000 miles but fixed at dealer andno further problem. Power doors don't always work, but the 3.8 burns no oil and no drips anywhere. Resale is terrible, so I'll drive it till it stops! Meanwhile, it remains a nice comfortable ride.


Best Features

interior space, good seats and nice little features like adjustable pedals and driver's info display.


Worst Features

fold into floor rear seat, which showed up in 2004 model.better gas mileage.


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Good Van for the Price
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tommy
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Prior to this van we had another 2001 LX. We sold it with 165,000 miles. We have an SEL that has 168,200 miles Now. Sure we have had some problems, but these cars are VERY easy to repair and maintain. Forums are readily available to diagnose problems, and parts are very inexpensive. So far the car has never left us stranded. This car has a bad reputation but, it has been an overall comfortable and decent van.


Best Features

Ride Height, Floaty Ride, Mirror turn indicators, leather, rear a/c, motorized sliding doors


Worst Features

Fold in seats, Fog Lights, Motorized trunk hatch


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Quality doesn't = American anymore
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By RG
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I never owned a Ford before and I will probably never own one again. American cars are unreliable compared to Japanese brands. No big issues with the car so far, but the Engine light has gone on and supposedly it is a problem w/an oxygen sensor, spark plugs or vacuum leak. Trying to fix it yourself is impossible and Dealer wants $90 just for diagnostic! Guzzled gas before and now with sensor/leak problem it's consuming $10 a day just to drive around the corner! Not a lot of road noise, but the vehicle shakes terribly. It feels like it's going to break apart on the highway. Doors are quirky and won't unlock w/keyless when too cold. I'll buy a Japanese or Euro make at trade-in.


Best Features

Leather interior, child rear view mirror, adjustable seats and gas pedal. Automatic doors.


Worst Features

Make it lighter, stronger, reliable and more economic in fuel mileage.


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Great van with a few problems
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By Lou
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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At 83000 miles, have replaced the intake manifold gasket, $1000, and ABS unit, $600. On second set of tires. Father-in-law is a car nut and says it rides like a limo, very comfortable for long trips between Houston/Denver. Styling is nice, no paint problems. Gas mileage has consistently attained the 18/24 rating. I drive conservatively and do all maintenance, so can't explain problems others have had.


Best Features

Came in handy on a remodel when I needed to transport 4'x8' sheetrock/plywood in the back of van. Forget the tent! When camping fits a full size air mattress in back with seats removed.


Worst Features

Looking forward to next generation with seats that fold into floorboard and new MP3 players / DVDs, GPS but that's about it.


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