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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan

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By reggie
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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i have had this car for 10 yrs and have put only 68,000 miles on it. Have had numerous issues since day 1. We've had 2 computer unit recall, 1 rear a/c recall, and recently the cruise controll recall. We had to spend close to $1,000 on new tires and struts and shocks after only 18,000 miles. Ford nor the dealership would repair those two problems because it was past the 3 yr warranty period, though it was under 36k miles. At around 40k miles, it started to get a p0174 lean code (check engine light). I took it to several ford specialty mechanics and they all say the same: intake manifold gasket was faulty because it was made of cheap plastic. It would cost around $600 to repair.


Best Features

smooth comfortable ride, nice big front seats, lots of leg and head room. It doesn't have thick roof pillars, which allows great view of traffic.


Worst Features

Ford should stop using cheap materials to save a dollar. When so many people are blogging about the issue of intake manifold gasket or any other problems, offer to fix it free!!


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guess we got a good one!
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By jjs
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought it used with 18k miles on it. Now has 143,000 and runs just great. Had a transmission problem at about 55,000 miles but fixed at dealer andno further problem. Power doors don't always work, but the 3.8 burns no oil and no drips anywhere. Resale is terrible, so I'll drive it till it stops! Meanwhile, it remains a nice comfortable ride.


Best Features

interior space, good seats and nice little features like adjustable pedals and driver's info display.


Worst Features

fold into floor rear seat, which showed up in 2004 model.better gas mileage.


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Not bad
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By trevor
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SE Sport 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Pulled a boat back from a different province with my stepdads 01 sport. Liked it so much I bought the identical van. Other than the typical ford engineering that makes it hard to work on yourself its been a great family van. I pull trailers with it all the time and use it for road trips with the family. It gets great gas mileage,has lots of power and has no problem with the cruise set at 145km/h. I think a tranny cooler helps deal with trans problems.


Best Features

Power,gas mileage. Stable for towing and high speed cruiseing.


Worst Features

Needs beefier suspension front and rear. Ford really needs to make their products backyard mechanic friendly


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Good Van for the Price
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tommy
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Prior to this van we had another 2001 LX. We sold it with 165,000 miles. We have an SEL that has 168,200 miles Now. Sure we have had some problems, but these cars are VERY easy to repair and maintain. Forums are readily available to diagnose problems, and parts are very inexpensive. So far the car has never left us stranded. This car has a bad reputation but, it has been an overall comfortable and decent van.


Best Features

Ride Height, Floaty Ride, Mirror turn indicators, leather, rear a/c, motorized sliding doors


Worst Features

Fold in seats, Fog Lights, Motorized trunk hatch


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By family van
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SE Sport 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Moulding issue 2002 Check engine light started to come on in 2003 Wouldn’t accept gas in 2003 Rear windshield wiper motor issues started in 2002 Multiple O2 sensor repairs at $200+ each Intake manifold repaired in 2008 to fix Check engine light repair $500+ Stabilizer Bar Control Link repaired in 2009 Alternator repaired in 2009 Intermittent ABS computer hydraulics control issues Heating mechanism burned out On top of all that, the passenger side sliding door rattles Final straw...Rear Axle Cracked while family was in the car. Despite multiple issues reported online, Ford says there is no recall.


Best Features

When working, comfortable ride, adjustable floor pedals, interior room


Worst Features

Ford should take a stand and honor its products.


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