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#228 of 804 Electrical Accesories Stay On (1999-2000 Model)
Sep 21, 2000 (10:38 pm)
Has anyone left their vehicle and noticed the electrical accessories remain on ?
Try the following: Next time you turn the ignition off, DO NOT take the key out. Instead turn key to ACCESSORY position and leave it there for 5 min with the radio on. After 5 min remove key, and open any door. Normally the radio turns off when door is opened.
You Have a PROBLEM if the radio stays on!Other electrical acc. will work such as power windows and wipers ! At the very least inconvienent if your battery runs done, but potentially DANGEROUS if you leave vehicle unattended unknowingly, and a child plays with power windows !
The dealer took almost 6 weeks with help from Ford, before someone at Ford found an internal bulletin. This bulletin was not released to dealer.Bulletin says with SOME combinations of parts in 99-2000 Windstars this can occur.
Only solution (if you happen to notice this fault)is to turn key back to start position and back to off.
#229 of 804 '99 Windstar SE Roof Channel Paint Cracking
Sep 22, 2000 (3:27 am)
This is a repost of #237, which I mistakenly scribbled out.
In response to Post #221, I also recently discovered hairline paint cracks running throughout the left and right roof channels of my '99 Windstar SE (cabernet red). I am extremely unhappy and disappointed that the paint is failing on a van that is just over one year old. I am pretty fanatical about maintaining the van's exterior (I am a Zaino devotee -- see Zaino posts in the Maintenance Conference), so I'm very concerned about the long term effects of this problem. I plan to take the van back to the dealer within the next two weeks.
A coworker who owns a Windstar SE has the same problem. He believes that each roof channel is filled with a thin layer of putty-like material, which hides a weld seam. The filler is painted and clear-coated along with the rest of the exterior sheet metal. He suspects, as do I, that excessive expansion and contraction of the filler over temperature is the cause of the paint cracks. If this is the case, simply repainting the roof channels will not solve the problem.
If anyone has a '99, '00 or '01 Windstar with this problem (any trim level), please respond to this post. I'd really like to find out whether this is an isolated or widespread Windstar problem.
#230 of 804 2000 Windstar steering
Sep 25, 2000 (5:34 pm)
Has anyone noticed a grinding noise in their 2000 Windstar? My 2000 SE has made this noise from day one, and the Ford technician (not dealer tech) tells me that this is a characteristic of the 2000 model. Says they are working on a solution, but the noise is awfully annoying and could be potentially damaging to the power steering.
#231 of 804 2000 Winstar accelerator
Sep 25, 2000 (5:39 pm)
Has anyone noticed a vibration feedback in the accelerator pedal in their 2000 Windstar? My 2000 SE has done this since it was new every time I accelarate. The Ford technician (not dealer tech) tells me that this is a characteristic of the 2000 model. We even drove another new van in the dealer lot and it did the same thing. He say that the engine vibrations are normally isolated from the accelerator, but that in this model, they are being fed back into the pedal. Obviously, since you accelarte all the time, this problem is extremely annoying , with no solution being offered by Ford. The tech says there's no solution in sight, if ever!
Has anyone experienced this, and was the problem resolved?
Sep 26, 2000 (4:21 pm)
I thought you were only in the MB ML320 community board? What brings you here?
#234 of 804 Incentives/Price Check
Sep 26, 2000 (4:25 pm)
Has anyone purchased a 2000 Windstar recently. If so, I would be interested in what kind of deals can be had. My understanding from phone conversations with dealers (haven't visited any dealers yet) is that there is a $1500 or $1000 rebate plus low financing (0.9% to 2.9%). Anyone seen or gotten a better deal? Are the rebates off MSRP or lower?
Thanks in advance for any help.
Sep 27, 2000 (1:44 am)
I've recently had the pleasure of becoming community leader of the Vans conference area, so I lurk around the topics keeping my eye out for trouble <insert evil laugh here>.
Just kidding, I'm here to help out people, just like in the M-class topic.
Townhall Community Leader/Vans Conference
Sep 27, 2000 (5:04 am)
I leased my 2000 Windstar on August 11. Ford was offering 0.9% financing for up to 36 months, 1.9% for 48 months, and 2.9% for 60 months.
We decided to lease the van rather than purchase it. The interest rate for my 36-month lease was 1.5%. Oh yeah, we also got a $1500 rebate.
We love the Windstar so far. We also have a 1997 Grand Cherokee Laredo but we needed more room for our new baby, our third child. The Grand Cherokee rides pretty decent for an SUV (have you ever driven an Explorer?) but the van rides even smoother. The Windstar has a long wheelbase, quite a bit of power (not as much as the 5.2 litre V-8 in my Grand Cherokee, though), and lots of room.
#237 of 804 Transmission Advice
Sep 29, 2000 (1:23 am)
See response #190 at Topic #111