1998 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Workhorse

1998 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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By PitbullDad on


1998 Ford Windstar GL 3dr Minivan


We bought this with 32,000 miles on it at bank repo lot. Generally dependable. Hit a curb at about 80K and hasn't been the same since. Had struts replaced twice, many alignments, and tires wearing out fast. Now with AC compressor gone out and need for tires and alignment, time to say goodbye at 131,000 miles. Still would rather have an accident in this car than most others--solid body and safe. Hauled a popup and 16' fiberglass travel trailer from TX to FL to VA and around the area with no problems. Carb went in GA but otherwise a good family vehicle... Some paint lamination problems that FORD declined to warrantee at just over 36K. Not happy with Ford about that. Won't go with Ford again.

Best Features

Captains chairs front and second row.

Worst Features

No passenger side rear door--came out with next generation Windstar. BTW, Fords have gone thru a lot of name changes: Taurus looks like an SUV now, 500, Freestar, Freestyle, etc. Confusing!
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