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#4 of 804 2000 Windstar LX
Oct 30, 1999 (2:22 am)
I just picked up my new 2000 Windstar LX(which the dealer gave me because my 1998 GL was a lemon!)
I was thrilled that they were giving me a 2000, rather than a 1999.
I had to bring the van back already, because of 3 things wrong. The power mirror on the passenger side does not work. 3 buttons on the radio(eject, FF and REW) do not illuminate when the lights are on(They told me this is normal-can someone let me know if their 3 buttons don't illuminate and this is normal?) And the last problem was one of the sliding doors made a griding sound when closing. They put more lub on it, and that is fine now, but they have to order me a new power mirror. What I did notice though, is that Ford seemed to get cheap on some items compared to my 1998 Windstar. For example....The floor mats in the 1998 were really plush, and these are thin and junk. The overhead console is now a mini console(doesnt have the mirror or change holder). My old overhead console had rear control for the radio(and I didnt have premium cd player), and the 2000 does not have this on the console. There is no longer a tape or CD holder at the bottom center(just a big open space). They did not give me a cargo net, or vinyl mat for the rear(I took mine out of the 98 and kept them). And lastly, when opening the rear hatch, it feels almost sharp under my hand while squeezing the hatch release. I never had this on the '98.
Sorry if I am going on and on about this, I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed these things, or it is just me being too picky.
At least I didnt have to pay for this van!!
Oct 30, 1999 (2:30 pm)
You are right they did get cheap on some interior items. The old floor mats were great- the new not so good. They also eliminated the double visor which I had really gotten used to. I have and SEL which does include some of the other things you talked about. I will check on radio button illumination thing next time I'm out at night.
Not that this is a comfort to you but atleast your dealer is trying to fix things and replaced your lemon with a 2000. My dealer just told me they "never buy back vehicles" and wanted to know why I felt this was a possibility. Obviously, they don't check out the internet.
#6 of 804 2000 WindstarLX-gas filler tube
Nov 01, 1999 (4:31 am)
Thats probably not the right term for where you put the gas in ...but has anyone had trouble filling up their Windstar with gas?My Windstar was purchased in Sept. and every time I try to fill up the gas tank the filler tube doesn't seem to vent correctly.Three times it spewed gas back out and all the time you have to put the gas in very slowly.I do plan on taking the van to the dealer,but until this week my schedule has been too busy.I did call the dealer and ask if there were any service bulletins on this and they said no,but would like to check it out. I got a call from Ford about a week later asking about the van and I explained the problem to them.This week I plan on taking the van in to the dealer,but would like to be armed with more info from other people who may have had this problem.I also was promised floor mats and they have been on back order since Sept.The dealer said Ford and the manufacturer who makes the floor mats hadn't got around to making the 2000 floor mats?Do they really think I'm that stupid?Which leads to the question of why would the floor mats for a 2000 be any different than the 1999? Not to mention that in the brouchure for the Windstar it says that floor mats are standard on the LX. I like driving the van and the features and price were much more reasonable than the Honda or Toyota. I guess you get what you pay for.
#7 of 804 floor mats
Nov 01, 1999 (2:41 pm)
adgate, We had the same problem with getting floor mats for our 99. We bought our van in the middle of August and just received our mats last week. They ordered a complete set, after 4 weeks only the rear one came in. The salesman finally took a complete set from a 2000 that came in. Haven't had the gas filler problem.
#8 of 804 2000 SE Pricing
Nov 01, 1999 (4:18 pm)
Just got some pricing info on a new Windstar:
The only options on this vehicle are leather interior and quad bucket seats(of course the SE has most every option we want anyway). The leather option is already figured into this price.
I would still have to pay tax & tag.
#9 of 804 2000 SE Pricing
Nov 01, 1999 (4:20 pm)
Cut my last message short...does the informed group here think this is a good price? If not, why not?
#10 of 804 Adjustable pedals
Nov 01, 1999 (6:53 pm)
The 2000 is available with movable brake and gas pedals. Does anyone out there have this option? How well does it work? Any information would be appreciated.
Nov 02, 1999 (3:26 am)
Adgate, are you sure it wasn't the gas station? If the vacuum-hose on the pump is not working properly, that will cause gas to flow out. Have you tried more than one station?
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#12 of 804 2000 LX Questions
Nov 02, 1999 (6:05 pm)
I have a few questions about the Windstar LX.
1. Is rear air standard on the LX?
2. Is privacy glass standard on the LX?
3. When does the $1500 rebate expire?
4. What kind of gas milage can I expect.
5. Is the quality of the 2000 LX good. I have 1995 Windstar, it has had many problems. The overall structural integrity doesn't seem too good either. It creeks, moans, and groans.
#13 of 804 Gas filler tube,etc.
Nov 02, 1999 (6:44 pm)
Yes,guitarzan I have been to four different gas stations and had the same result.Last night as I was coming home from a rehearsal
I tried to fill up at a Mobil station and it spewed out.I couldn't fill up the tank all the way because it kept on shutting off and gas would leak back out.In the morning the inside of the van really smelled like gas.I am going to take the van in this week after my last concert on thurs.Thanks!