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#418 of 804 Ford Windstar - Freeze plugs
Apr 27, 2001 (3:25 pm)
We purchased a 1999 Ford Windstar SE in May 1999. We have 38K miles (2K past warranty). The van overheated on me this week. No warning lights appeared. The temperature gauge did however register "H". Unfortunately, I did not notice the temp gauge while on the highway. We had the van towed to the dealership. We were told the "freeze plugs" were the cause of the leak. Not a major problem but it was good we caught it. However, according to the service guy, this is not supposed to happen. In order to get to the freeze plugs they have to drop the transmission. Being we are out of warranty (only by 2K miles, Ford will cover 80% and we pay 20% which amounts to about $80. Anybody have any similar problems?
#419 of 804 Windstar Illuminated Entry
Apr 30, 2001 (2:16 pm)
I just bought a 2001 LX. On my 99 LX, the interior lights would illuminate when you unlocked the doors with the remote entry pad. The dealer said that you need to have the keypad on the drivers door for this to work on the newer models. Does anyone have a 2001 LX that has the interior illuminated when the doors are unlocked via the remote entry or is the dealer really telling the truth?
#420 of 804 in the news
by steve_ HOST
May 01, 2001 (3:25 pm)
Sales are down; negotiate hard
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May 02, 2001 (6:41 am)
Awww. I really feel for Ford. Maybe if they treated their customers with a little respect and dignity and took some responsibility for poor workmanship and defective designs, the public might be more sympathetic. And, maybe if they hadn't given each of their assembly line workers $14,500 in bonuses over the last two years the public might also be more willing to believe their price increases are somehow justified and necessary. To borrow a phrase from history, 'If they get hungry, let them eat gaskets!'.
#423 of 804 well that explains everything
May 02, 2001 (8:06 am)
however, Ford was down 14.5% for April, better than GMs 15.7% and DaimlerChryslers 17.5%
#424 of 804 callo: Just blowing off steam ....
May 02, 2001 (8:42 am)
I'm still pissed at Ford for not owning up to their defective products. However, the Edmunds news story did have different figures than the ones you posted above :
"Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. auto sales slid 16 percent in April ......
The 16 percent skid in sales of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles included a 22 percent slide in cars and a 12 percent drop-off in trucks compared with a year ago. Formerly fast-selling, high-profit SUVs showed particular weakness. Sales of the Explorer dropped 16 percent, while demand for the Excursion tumbled 32 percent. Sales of Ford's Windstar vans plunged 35 percent"
#425 of 804 give or take a percent or two.... per USA Today online
May 02, 2001 (6:46 pm)
one thing that is common in both stories is that domestic vehicles are taking a beating. I do believe that a turn around is near. Peace
#426 of 804 95 windstar head gasket
May 02, 2001 (7:01 pm)
1995 WS 65K miles, head gasket blew causing engine to sieze. Had van towed to local garage I use & trust for all my repairs. Garage recommended having local ford dealer assess van and recommend repair. My borther-in-law had similar problem and ford offered him kelly blue book value + 3,500 for engine replacement to use on purchase of any new ford. Has anyone had a similar experience. I need to know what my options are.
#427 of 804 1997 Windstar - trashed transmission
May 03, 2001 (10:14 am)
First time here on Edmunds... anyway, I've got a 97 Windstar GL, with 106k miles. Just the other day the transmission started downshifting sporadically - I had it towed to my mechanic who referred me to a transmission guy that he works with. Two days later I'm about to be out almost $2000 for a rebuilt tranny. Seems wrong that I would need this with only 106k miles. I've had other vans (that I towed with) go well over this.
I've seen a couple of other postings about pepple with problems, but I haven't seen what people have done about them and/or what the final solution was.
Any suggestions or similar situtations?
I got this used, bought the extened warranty from the used car dealer, and it expired about 15k miles ago.