1998 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: 1998 Ford Windstar 3.0 L Passe

1998 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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

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Reliability Value
1998 Ford Windstar 3.0 L Passenger Van
By Barry Riordan on


1998 Ford Windstar 3dr Minivan


This van was my company van since new and its been a very reliable vehicle. I bought the vehicle from the company at 148,000 miles and haven't regreted it.The only thing major that went wrong was the fuel tank went bad. The vehicle now has 194,000 miles on it and has the original motor and tranny in it. I change the ATF fluid on a regular basis and also regular oil changes. Motor does not use a drop of oil between changes. Original front brake rotors did have to be replaced at 75,000 miles. We have taken numerous trips in the summer from PA to South Carolina with no problems whatsoever.

Best Features

Heating and air conditioning work very well. Fuel economy with the 3.0 liter engine has been very good 22 around town and 27-28 on highway. Very comfortable bucket seats in front. Good power from 3.0 liter engine. Good ride quality.

Worst Features

Transmission shifts a lot in and out of overdrive in hilly terrain. Antilock brakes are a little funky in snow ( long stopping distance ) Poor paint quality with light blue color. Paint on roof peeled about the 4th year. Ford would not fix it. I felt they should have. They never offered anything.
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