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KS has some complaints about her van. Her complaints are serious enough to raise some concerns. The van has only 66,000 miles but has required major repairs. The van is in its third transmission, fourth speedometer and new crankshaft. The van has needed a new head gasket, air bag, door gasket and seat belt. She exclaims "If I hadn't purchased an extended warranty, I would have traded [it] a long time ago." She is especially surprised by all of the problems considering she maintains the vehicle well. There are some things she likes about the van. The interior wears well and still looks good. There is adequate power. Unfortunately, for KS says the positive points with this van do not outweigh the negative.
2 of 5 - 1/26/2000
"Ford Windstars seems to be bad about blowning head gaskets and going through transmissions as well. The 1995 Windstars seem to be the most affected but have read about many other 1996 models having the same problems.
Trouble Free: No
3 of 5 - 1/4/2000
"Although the van was rated high
at the time of purchase, it has had numerous problems. The electrical
system has given great grief - the door lock system has failed
twice; the sliding door lock has had to be repaired twice because
it quit working even though the others would work; the 'door
open' indicator can stay on for days if the rear door is used
- even if the contact points are cleaned and the doors are securely
closed. The rear power windows motor (both windows) failed. The
engine light keeps coming on (dealership can figure out 'what'
is wrong, not 'why'); there is a very noticable 'clunk' in the
front end when turning corners to the left or even driving straight
- very inconsistent in that it will clunk 12 time in 1/2 hour
driving, then not again for days. The service mechanics cannot
find the problem.
4 of 5 - 1/18/2000
"We really like the van because
of the way it handles and because of the room. We have driven
others recently, and none of them seemed as roomy as the Windstar."
Trouble free = no
4 of 5 - 2/4/2000
"This was my second Windstar. My first was a 1996 which was far from trouble-free. It had problems with the engine light coming on as well as the antilock brake light coming on. It was leased so now it's gone. As for the 1998 Windstar, it did not fare much better. It has been serviced several times for a faulty gas gauge. The transmission has be service three times for faulty sensors (or so I'm told). Even as I drove it back to the dealer last month when it's lease was up. The transmission went again. The car is gone now and I am the owner of a new Ford Focus which I submitted a survey on about 2-3 weeks ago. I've been buying Fords for a lifetime and discounting the Windstar, They are not bad cars."
"The Gas Gauge never accurately displayed the amount of fuel. It would go to E and show a low fuel warning when there was more than a half tank of gas. It was serviced several times for this but it was never resloved."