1998 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: The little things don't count

1998 Ford Windstar Minivan - Consumer Review

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The little things don't count
By mhpe on


1998 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


Dependable, powerful, economical but
annoying. Windshield wiper pockets
collect ice and make wipers useless in
the snow. Door sensors don't work in
cold or wet weather and keeps dome
lights on so you can't see for the
glare, and it runs battery down. Has
had loud but unidentified engine
compartment rattle for 80,000 miles.
Brake problems. So-so seat comfort.
The Windstar has the highest load
capacity in its class but needs it just
to carry around the removable seats.
Don't try to remove them by yourself
unless you want a hernia.

Best Features

Excellent power with 3.8 engine. No major mechanical problems. Excellent load capacity. Good fuel economy for a vehicle this large and powerful.

Worst Features

Redesign or elimination of wiper pockets to keep out ice and snow, lighter removable seats, eliminate useless door sensors. Ford should have tested the little things in a cold climate before putting the Windstar into production.
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