1996 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: A good eight years, BUT.....

1996 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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GL Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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A good eight years, BUT.....
By electricjohn on


1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


This was a very nice vehicle for 8 years, but things started falling apart after that. Ride quality went downhill fast at 50,000 miles. Still have the original motor and transmission at 113,000 miles, now getting C.E. light, front end needs major refurbishing, losing coolant, power steering acting up, speedometer dances, blinker switch replaced, needs shocks, power window problems, O-2 sensor, transmission is sluggish. The power the 3.8 engine had when new started disappearing at 50,000 miles too. For the short term it is not a bad vehicle; being a good, comfortable travel vehicle and small trailer hauler. If you are thinking about a Freestar, think short term ownership (less than seven years or 70,000 miles).

Best Features

Captains chairs(4), original power, towing package, rear AC, safety features, cargo room, easy to read dash, rear radio controls, and original ride comfort.

Worst Features

Long term quality, more cup holders, deeper cup holders, quieter ride, softer ride, and lighter weight removable seats.
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