I have 83K. The front end has had
problems since day one. I had bad
pinging caused by leaky intake manifold
gaskets ($1000). Rack & Pinion went
bad ($600). Rear window leaks. Dealer
installed remote keyless entry has
never worked properly.
Comfortable interior, powerful V6
Quality needs to be job one again at
Ford. I'll be looking hard and long at
Toyota and Honda in a year when I go to
replace this vehicle.
Bought our SEL just before our first
was born. Now 4.5 yrs later we have 2
and the Windstar is still getting it
done. Great family & Home Depot hauler.
The leather has held up well and the
carpet is very tough. We shopped for a
new van/suv 2 weeks ago and didn't find
anything that motivated us to replace
the Windstar. I change the coolant,
trans & PS fluids every year. Other
than routine maint it has needed a MAF
sensor, battery & tie rod ends. Our
dealer returned it in 1/2 day each
time. No cost w/ext warr. We ALWAYS buy
them. Any late model vehicle can break
the bank without one. The power doors
are a great with an armful of kids,
Styling, power doors, power front
seats, 4 captains chairs, built-
in "systems" check.
Better mileage. SERVICE TIPS: Change
the coolant, trans & power steeing
fluid yearly to avoid big $$$ repairs.
If your power doors "act up" replace
the van's battery.
I bought a 1999 Windstar used from a
dealership. It had 36,000 miles when we
bought it and we thought we were getting a
good deal. The engine light went on befor
we got it home from the dealer. Thank
goodness for the extended warrenty we
bought, and a good dealership, becasue the
light went on 4 more time within the next
4,000 miles. I had read about all the
problems others had had but we bought it
anyway, figuring who writes in good
reviews. Now I know why they were all bad.
Don't buy this car..please!
I thought maybe I was the exception
and just had made a horrible mistake.
After reading these reviews I realize
I am in solid (and unfortunately
miserable) company. It is hard to
conceive of how Ford can keep selling
this garbage with a straight face.
When I talked to the "service
supervisor" about how shocked I was
that the tranny died at 50K miles, he
nodded and said "yep, that really
shouldn't happen." Then I had to be
the jerk attorney I can be and
threaten them with all kinds of bad
stuff just to get a new tranny for
$800. Never again. Buy foreign, you
won't be sorry.