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50 years of Fords and this is the last
By My Last Ford on
Vehicle2000 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan
ReviewI'm 8,000 miles into the 3th transmission in 115,000 miles and I'm now getting "check transmission" errors. The original transmission died at 40,000, the second at 60,000 and number 3 at 112,000. The only other problems have been tie rod ends at 50k and a couple of engine modules at about 70,000. Ford paid for tranny #2 under their 36,000 replacement part warranty. The new error (the previous trannys died while pulling out into traffic with no warning) is likely to be a computer module that isn't part of the warrantied replacement tranny -- needless to say after $10,000 in repairs on a $25,000 car, this is the last Ford, despite a lifetime of being a Ford owner.
Best FeaturesDespite all the problems is a great driving vehicle on the highway. Virtually all my miles are a highway speeds and the beast drives well. Adequate power and pretty good handling for such a fat and heavy car. Gas mileage has always been in the 19- 21 mpg range, even in OK/TX summer with both air conditioners on
Worst FeaturesBulldoze all your plants and close down, Ford is an embarrassment to American engineering and manufacturing.
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