1999 Ford Windstar Consumer Review: Too much grief

1999 Ford Windstar - Consumer Review

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LX Passenger Minivan (3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Too much grief
By mnmlst on


1999 Ford Windstar LX 3dr Minivan


Bought new for $24,000 all up in May
'99. Now has 54,000 miles. 4-door LX
with dual a/c. Ended up at the dealer a
lot that first year: cruise control (3
trips to fix), liftgate piston failed,
battery died, cabin air vent mechanism
came loose and stopped the HVAC,
taillight came loose, rear wiper motor
died, odometer is 4 percent off. Since
that teething period it's needed a
manifold repair ($1100) and new front
brake rotors. Cabin lights strobe,
passenger side front seat is jammed in
its track, upholstery wearing out
quickly. Get a GOOD, extended warranty.
Pay a lot for foreign and avoid the
repair shop or pay less for domestic,
then pay the repair shop. Six of one...

Best Features

Separate A/C controls; three children love that. Good power, easy driving, cold a/c, rear wiper, cupholders, cheap oil changes, gets 17 mpg around town, nice loading and lifting heights.

Worst Features

Engine should be quieter. Once a vehicle model has a reputation, it doesn't make sense for the manufacturer to spend a lot improving it. Windstar rep is so bad it got a new name. Freestar will be garbage too. Ford, start over.
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