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Love my windstar~hate poor engineering on recent recalls~ford is handling this wrong
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By teh1223
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SE Sport 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought our windstar in 2002 with 14,000 miles 2nd owner. I love my minivan. It is comfortable and gets good gas mileage. works well weather I am hauling people or cargo. has 165,000 on it but in new transmission at 154,000. no other no big problems just small stuff. But now with the rear axle and the front sub frame rust problems just don't know. Ford says it is safe to drive. fix will be months. Husband who is machinist and brother mechanic says the motor mount on pass side is split. We had planned to keep this van for a couple of more years. But husband says it is gone. I have always had a ford and now it looks like I am getting a Chrysler. Yuck! Freestar is the same chasis.


Best Features

reliability, comfort and space, handles well in snow and rain. quad seating great. dual ac/heat controls. Engine is strong and reliable. well maintained could easily do 200,000 on engine.


Worst Features

recent recall & the way ford has handled the problem. Rear axle &front subframe can't handle the salt and are rusting. design that allows the a/c water to run down on the passenger side frame in front wasn't great design. The transmission is notorious for going out around 80-100,000 miles. We watched ours and made 154k when it slipped. most people don't get that lucky. Ford should be buying me out or finding a way to fix this that replaces our problem and they should stand behind the fix more than 12 months or 12,000 miles? This says they don't think they have fixed it yet. I should have got new axle not a brace. They still aren't sure on the front and parts are months from coming.


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Multiple safety issues outweigh the positives.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By sandypants
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 3dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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If Ford would just stand by their products and fix the numerous safety issues, this would be a great van.


Best Features

With the third row seat removed, there is tons of room. Our giant-breed dogs fit in comfortably, and thanks to the space between the rear seats we've been able to load up with building supplies (such as long boards) that were too long to fit in vans/SUVs with bench seats in back. The drive is quite comfortable, the heater/defroster works really well, and the back of the van has separate temperature controls. I apprecaite that the road noise is not bad. The van has a very good crash rating and having the two sliding doors is wonderful too.


Worst Features

Now the bad news...The van has serious "quirks" and thanks to Ford's lousy customer service and unwillingness to stand behind it's products, the van deserves it's horrible reputation. The ABS and Brake warning lights come on when the engine is warm, and this can be a fire hazard (fluid drips onto a circuit board for the ABS) plus having the ABS not function is problematic, but Ford will not issue a recall and repair is about $1500. The back axle is subject to a recall (they have rusted through on numerous occasions and caused deaths) but Ford is very slow to get replacements manufactured, and will not even have their techs inspect the back axle for flaws until parts are available.


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'01 Windstar SE
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By RZ
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Quad seats, huge gas tank has been great on long trips (we've gone 550+ miles on a tank of gas).


Worst Features

Seats are very heavy and hard to get in and out.


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check engine light
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By reggie
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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i have had this car for 10 yrs and have put only 68,000 miles on it. Have had numerous issues since day 1. We've had 2 computer unit recall, 1 rear a/c recall, and recently the cruise controll recall. We had to spend close to $1,000 on new tires and struts and shocks after only 18,000 miles. Ford nor the dealership would repair those two problems because it was past the 3 yr warranty period, though it was under 36k miles. At around 40k miles, it started to get a p0174 lean code (check engine light). I took it to several ford specialty mechanics and they all say the same: intake manifold gasket was faulty because it was made of cheap plastic. It would cost around $600 to repair.


Best Features

smooth comfortable ride, nice big front seats, lots of leg and head room. It doesn't have thick roof pillars, which allows great view of traffic.


Worst Features

Ford should stop using cheap materials to save a dollar. When so many people are blogging about the issue of intake manifold gasket or any other problems, offer to fix it free!!


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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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