Used 2001 Ford Windstar Minivan

2001 Ford Windstar

2001 Highlights

There are several model/series changes, as well as updates to the exterior, interior and powertrain. Ford says a new transmission has improved shift quality and the 3.8-liter V6 is standard on all Windstars. The base model is now called the Windstar LX three-door. The SE Sport is a new trim level and it includes driving lights, painted bumpers and body-side molding, a rear lift gate spoiler, a second-row bucket/console seat, a roof rack with brushed aluminum crossbars, black rocker cladding, and different wheels and tires.


  • Top-flight safety equipment and ratings, plenty of interior features and options, sonar backup warning system.


  • Floaty ride, restricted legroom for second- and third-row passengers, noisy engine.

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Features & Specs

LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)LX 3dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)SE Sport 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Horsepower200 hp @ 4900 rpm200 hp @ 4900 rpm200 hp @ 4900 rpm200 hp @ 4900 rpm200 hp @ 4900 rpm200 hp @ 4900 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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No problems here
We bought ours used with 171,000 miles. It seems to have been well taken care of. The recall had been out for a couple of years before we bought ours, so when I brought it in, the rush was over and replacement parts were plenty. They replaced the rear axle and reinforced the front subframe free of charge. The van now has 266,000 miles on it and other than routine maintenance, we really haven't had any issues. The only gripe we have is leg room for the rear seats. You either don't have any in the middle to make the rear seat passengers comfortable or you don't have any in the rear to make the middle seat passengers comfortable. I find it amusing that people complain about having to do routine maintenance. After 100,000 miles you would expect to do struts and wheel bearings on any vehicle. Nothing lasts forever. UPDATE: 16 years old and almost 280,000 miles and still kicking. This minivan owes us nothing. We've decided to upgrade and bought a 2013 Ford Flex. The Windstar is now my commuter car. It's running so well, there's no reason to get rid of it. UPDATE: 291,000 on original engine and transmission. I was going to finally retire it at the end of the year, but it's running so well, we've decided to keep it another couple of years at least. It's nice having two separate vehicles capable of hauling the whole family. UPDATE: 304,000 miles and still counting. Don't know what else to say other than I have no plans to replace her anytime soon.
Lots of mileage on this van!
Our ford van has done us great in the past 11 years. Yes it had all the recalls on it but ford fixed each one. The reason we got rid of the van is at 298,000 miles it thrown a rod through the block. It was unexpected with no warning. Only major repair I had to pay for was the intake gaskets leaking and manifold needed replaced. I fixed & maintained the rest except tires. No transmission issues even at 298,000. We feel lucky compared to some other reviewers. Thank you ford
worst car ever owned
Worst vehicle I have ever owned. Electronics all repaired or replaced, replaced transmission, wheel bearings, rotors, complete brake system, air conditioning. Ford recalls 5 in the past three years. No one should ever buy one.
Used 2001 Ford Windstar Minivan Overview

The Used 2001 Ford Windstar Minivan is offered in the following styles: LX 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), LX 3dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), SE Sport 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), and Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A).

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