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Ford Windstar, Ford Windstar Cargo, Van
#159 of 804 honken
Jul 26, 2000 (1:15 am)
I had a light flashing on my dashboard that said TRACOFF and every thing they used to stop the flashing did not work.They changed a brake switch, and it worked for a few weeks, and then the light started flashing again, and this time the ABS light came on. They changed the ABS module, and that fixed the problem for a few more weeks, and then the TRACOFF light started flashing again.They then said that the computer had to be reset, and that fixed it for about a week. Then it happened again, and they had the van for over a week. They did one more thing(cant remember) and insisted that it would fix it, and if it didnt, they would take back the van, and give me a new one. Well, we drove all the way to Florida from NY and back, and thought they really fixed it and then one day, it started flashing again, so I called them, and they said they would arrange to give me a 2000. This all took place over a 6 month period.
If you look on the ntsa database for technical service bulletins :
and you look under Ford Truck/Windstar/1998,
you will see that there are a few complaints about the TRACOFF light intermintenly flashing, but as I saw, they could not fix it.
#160 of 804 96 windstar tranny problems
Jul 27, 2000 (3:12 pm)
My 96 windstar van just went in to the dealer with a transmission problem. Does this seem to be a problem with the 96's? I have read the disaster stories about the 95's. We have 59000 miles on this van. I am not very comfortable with my family riding in this right now. Have any dealers been receptive to helping with what seems to be a problem engine (3.8)?
#161 of 804 1sg1 THANKS!!!!
Jul 27, 2000 (8:32 pm)
Thanks for the tip.
#162 of 804 2000 LX Sport
Jul 29, 2000 (3:19 pm)
We just purchased an LX Sport. The sticker said this van comes with the Comfort Group (which includes a roof rack), however, our van had none. When we questioned our salesman he said that since it had the spoiler, that took the place of the roof rack. Does that make since? The van also came without floor mats. We specifically found where "floor mats with sport logo" were included in the sticker's standard equipment, so he's ordering those for us. But this roof-rack thing has me stumped. Other than that the dealer was great and we love the van.
#163 of 804 1998 Windstar LX
Jul 31, 2000 (2:43 am)
We've had numerous problems with ours mainly with plastic trim pieces on the seats which was an aggravation especially since the dealer kept ordering gray instead of tan.
My city mileage was down to 10mpg recently until I happened to speak to the service rep. at the Mitsu dealer next door to the Ford dealer. We also own a 2000 Galant(fine car). He told me that a hesitation had been reported on some older Mitsubishi's and that rang a bell with me since I too have hesitation with the Windstar(32,000)and also experienced the same with the 3.0L Dynasty I had. There is an electrically controlled choke mechanism mounted right above the butterfly plate. You can take it off yourself and spray carburetor/choke cleaner in it and Voila!, no more hesitation! It had gotten real bad on my Dynasty and after the cleaning performance improved. I just wish I'd get the mileage on the van like I did on the Dynasty. I even moved up to premium gas on the van so that it could clean the injectors better than regular. Three tanks of premium so far and I have yet to see if the mpg improves.
Ford called us last week to tell us that the 2001 Windstars won't be out until January. They look so much better than the '00 models. But we'll have to stick with a '00 since our lease is up soon. I'd prefer a new MPV but the wife still wants her Windstar. The MPV is packaged nicer with features and costs a lot less.
I agree with some of the other contributors here in that Ford has not been consistent with options and features inside. For instance, tell me why in the world could the overhead console work in the 3-door '98 but it can't work in the same model for '00? It has to be only in the 4-door.
I'll be glad to get rid of this van. Like my neighbor say's "Dodge sucks" but I had less trouble with my Dodge than this Ford!!
#164 of 804 gdmartin1
Aug 01, 2000 (1:55 am)
You said in your post that the 01 Windstar looks better than the 2000 model. Are they restyling again so soon? What has changed?
#165 of 804 Used Windstar 200
Aug 01, 2000 (4:30 pm)
I just purchased a used Windstar SE 2000 with 3600 miles on it for $23,000, fully loaded. Is that a good price?
#166 of 804 200 Windstar CD player
Aug 01, 2000 (7:53 pm)
err msg, CD will not play or load unless Car turned of and back on.
Vistion is saying they did have a bad batch of single CD / tape AM/FM radios.
My dealer just put in new one (took 3 weks to get)
doing SAME thing.
Vistion is calling my dealer to see if serial# on new radio(and the one they removed) is also from bad batch.
#167 of 804 Windstar 2000 LX
Aug 01, 2000 (10:12 pm)
I am thinking of purchasing a 2000 LX. I have been reading of the horror stories with the gasket problems in the 3.8 engine. Is there any other problems I should be concerned about.
Aug 02, 2000 (12:13 am)
your price is excellent, carolf1