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#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
#169 of 804 96 Windstar Trans Problem
Aug 04, 2000 (12:59 am)
I will be bringing my '96 Windstar (V6-3.8L) in to check the transmission as we just started having problems with it. Only have 48K on the VAN. Is there any recourse as of yet from Ford on this other than the class action suit? I see there is a buyback for the gasket problem but any thing on the tranmission problems?
#170 of 804 96 transmission failure
Aug 07, 2000 (2:34 am)
My '96 Windstar just blew out its transmission after only 53K. Sounds like the 96's may be following in the 95's footsteps. If anybody knows of any class action suits or any Ford acknowledgement of the problem let me know.
#171 of 804 my Ford TOUGH 95 Windstar
Aug 07, 2000 (5:44 pm)
hi, i have a 95 windstar that i bought new and it still runs perfectly. tons of stop and go city driving, lots of idling, and hundreds of highway driving. current mileage is about 165,000 miles and it has been service regularly. i dont see what all the fuss about transmissions going and "oh!! better trade that 95 in quickly!" obviously, not all 95 windstars are like this.
#172 of 804 1999 Windstar
Aug 08, 2000 (5:51 pm)
Call me crazy (after reading all the posts I must be) but I am considering purchasing a 1999 Windstar LX. I have researched the well known problems with older ('95-97) Windstars including, but not limited to, head gaskets and transmissions. My question to this forum is "in your opinion, do you think Ford has resolved many of the Windstar issues? Does the 1999 have similar reliability concerns of the older models?
The dealership I am dealing with is a reputable (i think) one in which I know the used car sales manager personally. He said to avoid the '95 & '96 models and that in his opinion, the 1999 with modifications to the engine & transmission has solved most of the problems.
I would appreciate the board's thoughts on the '99 WS.