1999 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Avoid Ford -- especially this

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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan


We're 3 months from end of 3 year lease and want to return it now; 38000
mi, leased at 15000/year. Broke again last week. $2 spark plug, $167 fix;
took vehicle into leasing dealership every scheduled maintainence. Ford
replaced entire transmission; leaving a parking lot, transmission died.
mechanics found lots of "ground up metal"; they've replaced steering column
twice, most of the front suspension twice, plus an innumerable HOST of
"minor" problems (rear heater control died, mechanic said "due to some bare
wires"). The rear window has a low frequency rattle; the steering now has a
dead spot after they "fixed" it twice. After 35 years, I've bought my last Ford.

Best Features

Double sliding power doors, except half the time when you pull on the handle they refuse to move.

Worst Features

Start from scratch, fire every Ford engineer and replace with either with Honda or Toyota engineers, or with BMW / Mercedes engineers.
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