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Only about average, but still a good buy
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By CED
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2001 Ford Windstar SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this van used and have had it about a year. No mechanical problems yet, always starts and drives fine. 3.8L V6 has plenty of power, but no sports car. Fuel mileage averages 20 mpg. Easy to drive for its size, controls are easily reached and logically laid out. Seats are average or better for comfort and the rear seats are roomy enough. Its hard to get into the rear seat, no lever that lets seats slide/tilt forward easily. Biggest complaint is noise. The engine is always loud. Ride is smooth enough but terribly loud. Wind noise also a problem. Owned a Sienna before that was much more refine as is typical for Toyota. Overall a good buy if used but otherwise performance is only average


Best Features

Lots of cool features like power adustable pedals, back-up sensors and "kiddy mirror" that were not readily available on other cars of its day. I don't have the power doors but wish I did, lots of Windstars have them so try an find one that does.


Worst Features

This van would have been a real competitor if it had been more refined. There's a sense of implied quality when a vehicle is smooth and quiet.


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Good for only 90,000
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By mike
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2001 Ford Windstar LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Do you notice some trends in these reviews. Mine is bad valve blowing oil and coolant everywhere. Expert Tire says it will take $680 to fix and flush refill fluids and clean it all up. Then they say the manifold and also tell me ford doesn't have parts. I will be checking this out. Why fix it? Look at all the review that follow up valve problems with blown transmissions! I have a hard time believing garage didn't see the manifold problem! Look at your price carefully! Consider these vans are great until about 90,000 and then a money pit. Expect tire and ford both rip you off! next time a Honda or Toyota it can't be any worse!


Best Features

Great van until 90,000 roomy and comfortable.


Worst Features

How about some reliability!


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Just letting ya know
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By Italian Family of 5
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2001 Ford Windstar LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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When we first purchased the car at 80,000 miles we were very happy with it. We've taken it on one long drive from Colo to Calif with me with pnemonia (sp?) and it was confortable anyway. Now that we've owned it for 2 years we've only had to replace the ABS module, and brakes. Something weird is happening with the fuel getting down past 1/4 tank. It won't start as if it's out of gas. We just watch the fuel gage and all seems well. Drives well and we feel really safe during snow storms. Been through a couple of blizzards and only got stuck once. Tire pressure gauge is great letting us know when to get new tires or fill up the tires with air.


Best Features

Don't hear any of our boys yelling "he's touching me!" Great space for bringing boys' friends with us.


Worst Features

Probably better gas mileage. It's about 18 mpg with now 114k miles on it.


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


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Purchased this Windstar new in 2001. It was our second, the first being a 2000 which we also still have. Now have 140,000 miles and have no issues with either. 23 mpg on the highway. Always starts. No repairs or tune ups have been needed, only 1 set of tires, one set of brake shoes and regular oil changes. I suspect that people who have had bad luck with Windstar have selected poor mechanics.


Worst Features

The seats are heavy and awkward to remove.


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Good vehicle that has a few problems.
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By greg7100
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2001 Ford Windstar LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Comfortable, flexible van that serves us very well. We enjoy the mini van experience, but have been dissapointed with some major repair issues. Many brake problems and 2 failures, transmission was replaced at 144000 km, intake gaskets need to be replaced every 90000 km at about $700 per time. No other troubles aside from usual maintenance. The van is great for trips, you just never seem to run out of storage space. Towing my little utility trailer is a dream with the Windstar, you can hardly tell it is behind you.


Best Features

Large flexible storage area and convenient controls.


Worst Features

I'm sure the newer self storing seats would look after the troulbe of removing seats to move large items. Improve brakes and intake gasket reliability. Improve base model handling.


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