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Still Runnin'
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By Northwest Guy
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

Like many posts here, had no serious
problems to speak of until 75K mi.
The sensitivity of the oxygen sensors;
ultimately replaced them all; head
gasket went this year at 84K.

I've owned a number of 4 different
Fords since 1982; not perfect by any
stretch but this year had to replace
the engine in a 1994 Honda Civic with
104K - That's NEVER supposed to happen
with them; have owned Toyotas (3),
Mazda and an Acura. Fact is, NONE of
these cars have been perfect.

This van was the best deal on the road
when we bought in 1997 with 29K. It
is a comfortable vehicle that has been
surpassed by newer versions by
competitors.


Best Features

Comfortable seating, rear radio, air; digital speedometer display; all-trac and load level; great field of vision


Worst Features

Seats from that era are heavy and somewhat difficult to remove; engine valves.


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GL = Good Luck!
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By mtalk
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

No wonder it's got a good safety
ratin: it never leaves the driveway.
Check engine light goes on, only to go
off a month later with no explanation
from Ford. Door ajar bell keeps
ringing and interior light stays on
until 20 mph, so replaced the sensor.
Then the big stuff. Cylinder went down
at 100,000 ($1200). New engine at
112,000 ($3000). Just waiting for the
tranny to drop now. We will be getting
rid of this soon for something better
and will never buy a Ford again.


Best Features

Hauls a lot of people.


Worst Features

Be honest with people that this was a lemon. Send all current owners a coupon for a free trip to Hawaii.


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3.8L FWD - Ford Stinks
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By ca2stay
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1996 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

Had a 91 Taurus (3.8L FWD) tranny @ 25k
& 54k miles. Traded in for 96 Windstar
LX 3.8L FWD. Tranny started giving
trouble slipping @ 50k and finally
replaced @ 90k $3k, head gaskets @ 85k
$2k and engine still runs poorly,
radio/CD @ 50k. Fortunately w/tow
package & 4W Disc Brakes so none of the
brake pblms my frinds w/drum brakes
had. Now CV joints and the rest of the
steering and suspension.

My wife's next vehicle will be Japanese.


Best Features

I won't put any more money into it.


Worst Features

fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on ME.


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Be Cautious
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By Date83R
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

We bought ours new @ 60K. It was
great until last year. When it hit
100K the fur hit the fan. We have put
well over 3000 into it in the last 9
months. Everything from tie rods to
all sorts of electrical problems. The
problems just keep piling up though.
Even the techs at the dealership were
scratching their heads with the last
one. We're trading it in for a
Caravan tomorrow.


Best Features

I love the room and the AWESOME Ford heater.


Worst Features

Stand behind your mistakes and fix the things you know are wrong with it.


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Buy with caution
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By mario starr
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

Paid too much for the van to benign
with; that was my fault. Let me begin
by listing the numerous problems I’ve
encounter as an owner of a “Quality”
Ford product: Power steering pump,
water pump gasket, lower intake gasket,
popping noise from front end, A/C
condensation leaked inside van,
shifting cable, speedometer, door ajar
caution light works intermittently,
intake breaker valve ($200)... My
local dealership has been very friendly
to me while they have me over this
barrel called Windstar.


Best Features

Roomy, plenty of power, corfortable ride.


Worst Features

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