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Windstar been good to me...
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By tom patrick
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1999 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

heard some horror stories but the 1999 Ford
Windstar LX has been good to me... Just
make sure to keep it well tuned and oil
changed


Best Features

Dual sliding side doors Overhead storage Rear AC and seperate entertainment system removeable seats in rear


Worst Features

Lighter rear seats better engine and trans reliablity (heard stories of problems at 80,000 miles)


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5 Trannies
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By Hoppity
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1999 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan


Review

Just got rid of this thing. I bought it
certified used with an extended
warranty, with 47,000 miles on it.

It now has 84,000 miles on it, and I had
4 transmissions put in it. CD player
broke, all of the sensors started going
out. Glad to get rid of it.

Don't bother with Vista Ford of Oxnard
if you have a problem. Go up the road a
few miles to Mel Clayton in Santa Barbara.


Best Features

Rear AC


Worst Features

Too much to list. Build a tranny that doesn't burn out in 8,000 miles.


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Can you afford to
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By ttudave
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1999 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

"Buy American" I thought proudly.

Two transmissions later I'm replacing
my Windstar with a Camry or an Accord.
I can't afford to be patriotic if that
means supporting unreliable vehicles
like this Windstar.

Dealers charge over $100 to diagnose
mysterious trouble lights on the
dash...three times already.

The AC and power steering systems leak.

Ford has a problem with their automatic
transmissions. The service manager at
the dealership advised me that
transmissions were a known Ford
weakness.

Ford's customer service was useless.


Best Features

second sliding door.


Worst Features

tranmission and having the dealers charge for diagnosing dash trouble lights is outrageous. The car tells me there is a problem, I take it to the dealer and they tell me it will cost $129 to hook it up to a machine to identify the problem. That's maddening.


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1999 Ford Windstar SEL
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By psalm37v11
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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


Review

Too many mechanical failures. Required
immediate replacement of power steering
pump when brand new. Has needed two
rebuilt transmissions in less than
80,000 miles at over $2,000 apiece.
Neither transmission incident was
covered under any warranty.

In short, total cost of ownership of
this vehicle is way too high. It was
expensive to buy initially, and the
repair costs make it infeasible to keep.


Best Features

Decent sound system. Luggage rack and seating for seven is handy.


Worst Features

Poor reliability. Transmission failure every two years is unacceptable. Seats are very heavy and hard to move in and out, particularly the rear bench seat. V6 somewhat underpowered for size of vehicle.


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GOT LUCKY TOO
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By hellothere
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1999 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Review

I have to say nothing has gone wrong
just regular mantainence.As far as
tranmissions, Ya know things like not
coming to a complete stop before
placing into park can kill a trani
also when in reverse slaming into
drive and laying it out doesnt help. I
personal will go with a truck next
time but as far as my 99 Windstar i
just hit 89,000 miles and no problems.
BTW I am not a Ford person so please
don't think I am some crazed all about
fords to be honest i hate Ford I
bought it cause the price was good. I
do perfer Chevy or a bicycle over ford
but honestly this van has been great
to me.


Best Features

4 doors, smokes tires pretty easy,removable seat. I guess pretty much everything


Worst Features

Find a different vendor for head gaskets. My advice to Ford is try finding a nice AMERICAN Manufacturer to supply EVERYTHING.


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