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#1110 of 2608 2003 Windstar 3 weeks old in shop 1 week for electrical
Jan 31, 2003 (10:03 am)
I just purchased a base windstar for cash, on 1/11/03 and it's been in the shop since 1/27/03 due to a faulty turn signal and headlight and the driver door not closing easily.
For the lights, they thoght it was a module, replaced it, still didn't fix it, now they are replacing the wiring harness.
Called Ford, they said they have no power to do anything about swapping vehicles, called the dealer, and they said ford has the power.
For a new vehicle bought off the lot with 3 miles on it, it shouldn't need a new wiring harness.
Windstars have a five star safety rating??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHA
Tell that to my wife who doesn't want it back!
#1111 of 2608 check engine light repair
Feb 01, 2003 (4:36 am)
well, I drove the van to work on Friday and all seems well. If not for the light I would not have known there was any problem since I did not notice any drivability problems. Thanks goodness I have the warranty though.
#1112 of 2608 3 weeks old..have it back but....
Feb 01, 2003 (1:17 pm)
OK, got a call that the electrical is fixed...It'll be ready at 5pm. They replaced the entire wiring harness and fuse box.
got to the dealer at 5 to pick it up, it was up on the lift, some problem with the abs light on the dash, they fixed that and drove it up to the other side of the dealership to wash it, and the drivers window wouldnt' go up. Fixed that (45 minutes later) and it was ready to leave.
while driving home I clicked the window washer for the front, and it sprayed the front window, and the rear wiper came on...
I then sprayed the rear window and the front wiper came on.
you can bet this will be back in the shop monday.
Oh yea...they are "giving" me a free extended warrenty, my comment to the service manager was "it looks like I will need it if I keep this piece of junk".
have a nice day...
#1115 of 2608 Engine Light On
Feb 02, 2003 (8:44 am)
I was told by the mechanic that fixed my problem that all Ford motors, no matter what kind of car you drive, have sooner or later "come down" with the gasket problem. I also have experienced other minor problems, like closing the right passenger electric door and it opens back again. This problem solved by itself (???!!!), also I could not opened the rear windows, once again, it solved by itself (???!!!). Otherwise, I am very happy with my van.
I always said that I would never be caught driving a van because they seem so "mother of 11!"! Since I drove one for a vacation, I had to have one. And I don't care if I look like a mother of 11! LOL!
Has anyone purchased the TV/VCR system separately? I have checked some prices and models, and heard through a friend that I can get one for about $400, the kind that goes on the floor. I think I would prefer the one that goes on top, but I guess that is more expensive. Any input on this topic would be really appreciated.
#1116 of 2608 TV/VCR
Feb 02, 2003 (10:16 am)
We have the factory installed system in our 2000 SEL. The kids love it and we (parents) think that it is worth every penny during those long drives!
We have the older model with the screen attached to the rear of the console. The new model has the screen mounted on the top.
During the test drive period before finally going with the Windstar, I asked my son if he liked the TV/VCR of one of the GM vehicles. He said, "No, having to look up at the screen hurts my neck".
Something to think about if you have young kids. The down side to the lower model is that if you have five passengers in the back one person does not have a good view of the screen. Hope this helps.
Feb 02, 2003 (12:14 pm)
these things are machines and they wear out and break, fact of life. Funny though, my 95 had lots of little problems (to include the head gasket) but at about 70k it all of a sudden went perfect for 30k. At 100k the ground strap corroded through and then till it was hit by a red light runner at 135 not one problem to speak of. My 99 was trouble free for the 1 and 1/2 years I had it and now I hope this is it for the 2000. However, the power doors might be a problem down the road but all in all it is like any other machine, they have problems.
Good luck with the TV/VCR. It was a good comment about having to look up all the time. The one on the floor I assume is the kind built into the center counsel or is just a pack that attaches to it.
As for a van being a Mother of 11 we are mother and father to 6 retired racing greyhounds and a Chinese crested ((small little dog) and as I have said previously: A box is the best way to carry things and that is what a van is, a box on wheels no matter how you look at it. We could not do without one. You buy what you need and if a van is what you need, then you get a van. We are lucky, I have a 2001 Suzuki XL-7 and my wife has a maxima so we have all three food groups: car, van and SUV. We drive what we need as we need them. No SUV including the suburban or Excursion can hold as much as a van, plus a van is easier for the dogs to get into.
#1118 of 2608 1998 windstar engine
Feb 03, 2003 (7:39 pm)
I own a 1998 Windstar with a 3.8 liter V6. I know the history of these engines and the trannies. I've had 2 Tauruses that had the same AXOD trans. One of my Tauruses had a 3.8 liter engine that blew the head gasket before I got it, and the other had a reliable 3.0 liter engine that ran well until I sold it with 155K on it. Right now on my 1998 Windstar I have 85K. I bought it with 38K, and I have only had problems with the door sensors. I bought an exteded warranty that takes me until about 100K, which I'll be at in about 9 months. I know some of the 1998 Windstars still used the 3.0 liter V-6. If my engine blows past the warranty period, would it be possible to put in either a rebuilt 3.0 liter or perhaps one from a junk yard? Will the accessories such as A/C, alternator, PS pump, etc. transfer from my 3.8 liter to a 3.0 liter. My gut feeling is yes, but can any mechanics out there give me some insight. I got on a rebuilt engine site and the 3.0 liter engines are $500 cheaper than the 3.8 liter engine with better reliability. Other than that potential engine problem, we like the van. As far as tranny's go, I pump out fluid (about 5 quarts every 10K) myself, and to date I have not had a trans problem on two tauruses, a continental and the current 1998 Windstar that I have. This van also is typically driven about 85% highway which probably helps with trans wear. Thanks
#1119 of 2608 2000 Windstar SE with 38,000 Miles
Feb 04, 2003 (12:12 pm)
I bought one brand new in 2000. It has been in repair shop over 15 times, 4 recalls, towed twice & over $1,000 later, I appealed to Ford Motor Company and was told to hold my receipts for maybe recall later. I decided to cut my loses before the head gasket or transmission went . This vehicle depreciated over $20,000 in less than 3 years. I was lucky to get pay off at Carmax. By the way I own at Toyota now.