1995 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Windstars Blow Their Head Gask

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Windstars Blow Their Head Gaskets
By James Muecke on


1995 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


There are NINE factory recalls for this

An internet search can lead to graphs
showing the EXTREME rate of Head Gasket
failure for the Windstar. The 3.8 is
the worst engine by several magnitudes
of failure over all other engines.

This engine will blow its head gaskets
because of the interaction of THREE
design failures. Repaired engines will
blow their head gaskets again.

When replacing the head gaskets most
techs will opt to drop the engine to
avoid damaging the air conditioning.

This car also blows its transmission
because of a design failure using an
aluminum hydraulic piston that cracks.

I deeply regret having bought this

Best Features

My experience with the flawed engine design and the high expense of replacing its blown head gaskets so overrides the positives that I cannot say anything good about this vehicle.

Worst Features

The vehicle would be greatly improved if it had an engine and transmission that were not designed or built by Ford.
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