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1996 3.8L Windstar
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By 22 yr old
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

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.


Best Features

Has better visibility than most cars. Comfy and plenty of room.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. I tried looking for a car to trade in for but no luck. Hope the newer Windstars have fewer electrical problems.


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only burnt once...
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By mom of 3 kids in OH
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

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
again!


Best Features

Comfortable seats, large space behind 3rd seat.


Worst Features

Provide reliable engine and service people who can & will fix instead of waiting until 100,000 mile warranty is up.


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Not as bad as it could have been
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By flower mom
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


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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.


Best Features

Good get up and go for a minivan.


Worst Features

Until American cars start putting out better quality, I'll pay the extra 2000 and get a Honda or Toyota.


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Very Good So Far...
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By MadManMike
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

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
shut.

'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
checked.


Best Features

Good power when needed. Good dependable transportation.


Worst Features

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.


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Enjoyable Vehicle
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By barns
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Review

We as a family have enjoyed driving
this Windstar for 5 years, Lots of
room for children, Adults and family
pets.


Best Features

Rear air and heat have been great for those who are colder or warmer than the front or vice versa has been a wonderful feature.


Worst Features

This vehicle needs a few improvement as it should have a console in the front between the driver and passenger seats.


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