I should have known I'd be in for
trouble when I went to the Ford
dealership and they were bragging that
they had the busiest service dept. in
town. Despite needing repairs
throughout each year, it always needed
several repairs to pass inspection -
numerous tie rods, brakes replaced
several times, "check engine" light
comes and stays on every time it is
driven over 50 miles on the highway due
to something else giving way. Now when
I go to the dealership for yet another
repair, the sales staff look desperate
for a sale.
5 star crash rating; It's so lousy I
don't care if the kids spill juice or
grind gum into the carpet.
This is the last year for the
Windstar. Good riddance. Ford may
copy features from Honda and Chrysler,
but "quality is job one" is a thing of
Our Windstar ran flawlessly for 5
years, since then the transmission was
replaced twice and the engine once.
After the engine was replaced it has
been impossible to keep the A/C charged
and running well. Otherwise, the past 2-
3 years have been relatively problem
It's my wife's car. Now she says: No
Fuel economy has been very respectable
since the beginning.
Solving the well known, almost
legendary, transmission and engine
problems would be a big improvement.
After months of research, sold after 8
yrs(intended to keep much longer) and
got a Honda Odyssey. US made engines
look like 90yr old cardiac arrest
patients on life support. Honda's is
more like art work. We never
expierenced the head gasket problem but
after the research felt the odds were
to great(esp if used for vactions/long
trips). We were having trans problems.
When it comes to head gasket&trans
reliability, I'd say it's not a matter
of if they develop, but when. I feel
Ford cut corners to save a few bucks
that end up costing consumers hunderds,
even thousands. After owning 4 Fords,
I suspect it extremely unlikely that I
will ever own another.
Comfortable seating. Very good crash
Bought this car used in early 1997
with 38,000 miles on it. Had no idea
what I was in for. By 68,000 (only
30,000 put on by me) I had replaced
the computer, the head gasket and the
transmission. By 72,000 miles, the
transmission was gone again and the AC
was blowing anti freeze into the car.
This was an extremely comfortable
vehicle to drive. If you had to drive
a mini van this was the one.
Unfortunately, this was a completely
unreliable piece of bad production
that Ford would not stand behind.
This vehicle is garbage. There are too
many factory defects to mention. Do
not buy a 1993 to 1997 Ford or Mercury
(ie. Windstar, Taurus, Sable, these
vehicles are all the same product).
They are all factory defective!!!