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Never again
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By trspd
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY A WINDSTAR!
Bought it for its 5-star safety rating
at 69K miles. Replaced the engine at
70K miles. Engine light is always
coming on-$55 to diagnose and re-set
computer every time. Since May, I've
put in $3300, including new
transmission at 120K miles (never had
warning codes on dash come on, and
nothing showed up on diagnostic machine
when trans. started slipping),
alternator, partial catalytic
converter, O2 sensors, and much more.
Driver's window doesn't work, and
ignition cylinder needs to be
replaced. Stress fracture across
windshield. Money pit! I'm buying
Japanese from now on.


Best Features

Rides very smoothly compared with other minivans. Can lock/unlock the van from the rear cargo area - great with kids, bat bags, camp chairs, etc. Rear air is a must. Very roomy.


Worst Features

Where do I begin? How about better reliability? Cars shouldn't fall apart by 120,000 miles, but all Fords I've owned start breaking down at 100,000. Can't pump heat into rear a/c vents. Rear seat is really heavy to remove - hard to get back into the track.


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tragedyinoregon
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By exxfiler
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

My father bought it. Was decent but
later began to have problems
overheating, traction control
disingaging Would bring it to Ford
to have them fix it only for the
problems to return within weeks They
had terrible customer service and
charged us every time He demanded they
fix something that should have been
fixed, they agreed When it
was supposed to be ready one day he was
told it wasn't. My father was forced
to drive his 68 coug to work. On his
way home was killed in an accident
The police told us had he had an
airbag he most likely would have lived
Had ford cared about their customers,
he might be alive. They finanly fixed
it though.


Worst Features

Customer relations and mechanic standards. Reliability. I will never buy ford.


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Been had by Windstar
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By Been had by Ford
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


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Transmission, Head and Engine Gasket
failure and very expensive


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Watch out
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By NCYankee
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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As with many of these 3.8L models, my
headgasket went out at about 78k,
causing the connecting rod on #4
cylinder to break. Dealer wanted 4K to
install rebuilt motor, so I fixed the
original one for about $500 in parts
and many hours of my labor. Running
good again, but I'm holding my breath.
ABS light is comming on all the time
now, but brakes seem to work fine.


Best Features

Power, comfort


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Good for the long haul
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By happy driver
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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I have owned this vehicle since May of
1996. It was the first vehicle I found
that could pack all my kid's stuff for
college and still ride well enough that
my wife did not get carsick during the
4 hour drive to college. During all
the time we have owned it, it has
always been available for duty and has
only needed the routine maintenance. I
did finally this spring put new brakes
on the vehicle. I look forward to
buying a Ford again.


Best Features

Smooth ride for a mini van.


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