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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan

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By Phillip
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Hard to find a van with such great features and an attractive look. We looked for months to catch a great deal and what a deal we got. Bought it 5 years used and still looked brand new. Lots of power and love the easy oil changes compared to my 2001 Ford ZX2 (oil filter almost impossible to remove) that I currently own as well. Have newborn twins and a 3 year old and it fits them all nicely and the strollers and groceries as well. Overall it has impressed this Ford Man!


Best Features

6-disc changer, quad seating, power everything, lots of storage room, and great looking alloy rims.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy, I thought a huge tank would last longer.


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no more Fords here
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By justin
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Rear fan for A/C and heating goes out every year for $100 a pop. OUCH! After 100,000 miles transmission, shelled out. $2800. Now A/C compressor locked up. $750. Very high maintenance on this van. Also has trouble with dust on auto door locks. Suspect poor engineering and will now look into higher quality vehicles. Good-by Ford, hope you do well with one less customer.


Best Features

Liked extra features, and style of the vehicle. Interior was very convinant. Removable back seats were nice, and enjoyed having dual sliding doors. Interior very nice!


Worst Features

Dust control down gravel roads. Brushless DC motor for rear climate controls. Better engineered drive train. A/C compressor was understandable, but transmission going out after 100k is silly. Other vans performed much better why can't you?


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Very disappointed
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By Ray
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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In 4 years that we have had this car, we have in the past year put in over $3500. This includes $1200 for intake manifold problem where the oil leaked. Funny I saw the same problem noted also on this website review. Then a few months later we ended up replacing the engine at a cost of $2500 with Ford pitching in the other half. Now we are having to replace the ABS computer brain that controls the hydraulics for the brakes. That is $1200. The dealership has offered to work with us on this repair as well as offering us an option on purchasing another car with them like a Freestar. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED that this car would have had $5000 in repairs while under 85k miles.


Best Features

Outside of the major problems, it has been a good car for the family.


Worst Features

Build a better car that lasts at least 100k miles without major expensive repairs! Sure we could have purchased an extended warranty but I just find this to be unacceptable.


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can't trust it
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By nomorefords
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2001 Ford Windstar Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought the van new in '02. From the very day we bought it, it had electrical problems. In 3 years it had 11 electrical repairs. The power seat quit a few times, the dome lights quit a few times, the rear window blew in on a cold morning when defroster turned on. The windshield was replaced because it wouldn't seat properly. Dealer couldn't figure out electrical problem, so they replaced the entire wiring harness inside. After warranty expired the relay and wiper motor blew during heavy downpour (dealer fixed under warranty anyway). Other than too many electrical problems, we loved the van. Couldn't trust it anymore, traded it for a Honda Pilot.


Best Features

Very comfortable and the engine was strong and reliable.


Worst Features

Ford needs to do something to figure out their electrical problems.


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


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I bought this vehicle used. The 5 star safety rating was the big attraction. It has performed well and is very reliable. Had to put 2 new tires on at 40k miles. Previous owner had knocked wheels out of line and never had them realigned. My van doesn't have all the options that some of the Windstars have but that will be less to break in the future. I had one problem with a fuel metering valve that Ford replaced for free. It was covered under a technical service bulletin. I'd like better fuel economy but otherwise really like this vehicle.


Best Features

5 star safety rating, comfortable seating, strong engine, and awesome heating/ac system.


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