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#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.
May 03, 2001 (2:47 pm)
You may want to read and re-post your question in the Ford Windstar problems discussion topic. You may find the answer to your question there.
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#429 of 804 2001 Windstar Illuminated Entry
May 06, 2001 (12:14 pm)
I have a 2001 Wind star DX with key less entry system and the interior lights come on when I unlock the doors through the key fob and they turn off when I lock the doors with the key fob. I had a 99 Wind star that worked the same way. I hope this helps with your problem.
#430 of 804 2002 models
May 12, 2001 (11:40 am)
If I order a van now will it be a 2001 or 2002. Will the rebates and low interest rates apply to 2002 models. I am ready to purchase a SEL in the next 4 weeks.
May 13, 2001 (7:45 pm)
I recently saw newspaper ad. for new 2001 EL
for $25K. This price is almost $4k below invoice.
I know there is $2000 rebate and around $1000
dealer hold back. Is there additional incentive
announced by Ford? I could not figure out how
the dealership would sell 2001 EL for $4000 below
#432 of 804 New 2001 SEL $4000 under invoice
May 13, 2001 (7:47 pm)
EL in my earlier post should read SEL. The spell
checker changed SEL to EL
#433 of 804 Hi minivan_buyer
by steve_ HOST
May 13, 2001 (7:49 pm)
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#434 of 804 95 Windstar blows second head gasket at 101,000 miles
May 15, 2001 (5:57 pm)
To the writer of message #411, I say tell your brother to grab the deal the local ford dealer is offering and get rid of that 95 windstar. My windstar blew its first head gasket at 53,000 miles and of course Ford told me "so sorry". Only months later did I learn of the "secret" warrranty and get ford to pay for the earlier repair bill. then I made the foolish decision to keep the van, thinking that the 100,000 mile warranty was protection enough. I started trying to sell the van at about 95,000 miles but was unsuccessful and suddenly I was at 101,000 miles when the head gasket went bad....Just how in the world does Ford design these things to go bad right after the warranty is exceeded? Simply amazing. So now I've paid the repair bill and I figure the head gasket is good for at least another 45 to 50,000 miles. With a bit of luck, I'll have is sold before I get to purchase head gasket number 3.
May 15, 2001 (6:05 pm)
Just curious. Do you know exactly what Ford did when they fixed it? I mean, details? Or did you just hand it to them and they handed it back when they "fixed" it?
The Windstar is a bimetal engine. A blown head gasket is not unique to the Windstar, other vehicles (not even just Fords) that use bimetal engines have problems too (Neon for example).