1996 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Turned In The Clunker

1996 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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

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Turned In The Clunker
By webwandererx on


1996 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


We finally traded our Windstar as our clunker. It served our transportation needs over a decade and it protected us through two accidents. Power steering that growled and Ford replacements that growled worse did not give us confidence about Fords. The worst part was that the Ford dealership was essentially telling me that the vehicle was used up well under 100K. The engine blew up at 80K when a non-dealership mechanic was doing a head gasket leakage test didn't help matters. We were nursing a sick transmission when the CARS program came on. We jumped at the chance!

Best Features

The five star crash rating came in handy. The engine had reasonable power and road handling was reasonable.

Worst Features

Factory should send out rebuilt power steering units that is quieter than the bad ones! I don't think that Ford cares much about suggestions on minivans since they don't do them anymore!
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