Get an extended warranty because it's
worth it. There were a few minor repairs
and the transmission had to be rebuilt
at 72K miles when the warranty ran out
at 75K. At 94K there are
some electrical problems popping up, but
nothing too bad. The speedometer has
been replaced once and it's getting a
bit shaky again. The right windows
stopped operating, but my dad simply
took the motors apart and put it back
together and it just started working
again. The door light started coming on
even though all doors were closed. I
cleaned the contacts where the doors
close and now the light only stays on
for an extra 5 seconds every now and
then. Despite its problems, I like the van.
Has better visibility than most cars.
Comfy and plenty of room.
Better gas mileage. I tried looking for
a car to trade in for but no luck. Hope
the newer Windstars have fewer
Bought Windstar based upon safety
ratings at the time. Thought we had a
great van- but the Check Engine light
went on every time we drove on a trip
over 200 miles. Ford dealer never could
figure it out - or why we had rough cold
starts. Now at 112,000 miles, already
fixed the gaskets and now need a new
transmission. Wish I had checked
consumer reports before I had purchased.
Going foreign, but only because they
have forced me. Will never buy a Ford
Comfortable seats, large space behind
Provide reliable engine and service
people who can & will fix instead of
waiting until 100,000 mile warranty is
Well, the car is only OK. The head
gasket problem, allegedly fixed by the
1996 model, is not fixed; it will need
replacement at about 80K miles - a
surprisingly consistent benchmark. If
you buy a used one, make sure it's
already been replaced. And the
speedometer breaks. And the ABS.
Luckily, the brakes themselves still
work fine. Nuisance stuff.
Good get up and go for a minivan.
Until American cars start putting out
better quality, I'll pay the extra 2000
and get a Honda or Toyota.
Bought used in end of 1999, with the
3.8 Leter engine. Never had any major
problems. First Van even owned and
love it. But there are electrical
problems galore but fortunately none
have lead to a significant problem:
Engine light comes on and stays for
months - mechanic can't find anything
wrong, thus resets.
Interior lights frequently don't shut
off after closing doors for up to 30
minutes at a time.
Occasionally, the 'Door is open' alarm
does not shut off after the door is
'Door is open' light indicator
seemingly always shows that one of the
doors (or rear hatch) is open when, in
fact, they are all closed and double
Good power when needed. Good
At low speeds, when the trans. changes
from 1st to 2nd the van noticably
jumps. Make the rear 3rd seat weigh
less - it's a bear to remove by
oneself. Vans need full-size spares -
not donuts. Make the Spark Plugs
easier to get to.