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Ford Windstar, Van
Mar 11, 2003 (2:14 pm)
Sad4, I feel your frustration. In May 2001, I bought a 1998 Windstar LX with 38000 miles as part of the Ford Quality Checked Certified Preowned program. I purchased it with the expectation I would pay it off and keep it for the long term. By November, 2002, I had spent $1500 in repairs and the van had spent almost 4 weeks in the dealers repair shop. The vibration in the right front was never fixed. Ford refused to help. The dealer refused to open the transmission even though it was clearly covered in the marketing warranty agreement. I got rid of it because I lost confidence I would ever be able to rely on it. I would never consider taking it on a vacation. For those of you who have had good luck with a Windstar, consider yourself lucky and get out while you can. For those of you considering a Windstar purchase, take your money to Las Vegas...the odds are better there.
#1153 of 2608 CD player issue
Mar 17, 2003 (6:13 am)
I have a problem with the CD player in my 2000 SE, its a single CD with cassette. I took a 7 hour trip this past weekend. Along the way I was only able to play 3 CD's, by the time the 3rd CD was played the system started skipping and stuttering. The CD's are hot when I eject them from the player. Has anyone else seen this? Is it normal for CD's to get hot while being played? I have noticed this behavior before but not to the point of skipping and stuttering. It's not related to the AC/heater, this happens no matter what time of year or weather conditions outside. If this is a problem with the player, what is the fix?
#1154 of 2608 95' A/C blower problem
Mar 19, 2003 (7:21 am)
My A/C works except it hardly BLOWS, even on high and the (blower fan works good). I think the vent flap that directs the air is stuck or something? I'm guessing that it may be a vacuum hose leak or the hose that powers the vent has come off.
I need to fix it ASAP the wife is getting antsy.
I had a mechanic look at it without success. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1155 of 2608 Service Engine Light
Mar 20, 2003 (6:55 am)
I've seen a lot of posts concerning the service engine light. Mine came on about 8 months ago and I took it to Ford and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. They said to drive it and after two more tanks of gas if the light comes on again to bring it back. Since the car drives fine and they charge just to check it out, I decided to just keep on driving. The light comes on intermittently and might be on for days or maybe just a few minutes. Then it goes out and it might stay out for days or a few minutes. There doesn't seem to be any pattern. So I've driven about 12,000 miles like this and I see no reason to risk having them take a shotgun approach and start replacing things to see if the light will go out. It's amazing to read all the posts from people who have the same wierd problems that I do with the interior lights, door chimes, etc. It's like the car is posessed by a demon.
Mar 20, 2003 (9:44 am)
Which service light is on? My service light came on and I did all the things I was supposed to and it ended up being some gaskets that were letting some air into the engine and upsetting the emissions. The car ran really well and seemed to not be a problem but it was $450 to fix. I have the extended warranty so it was Zero for me. (I have a 2000 SEL with 26k)
#1157 of 2608 Service Engine Soon
Mar 27, 2003 (10:09 am)
I took my '98 Windstar to Autozone for their free analysis and they hooked it up and came up with 2 codes; 1537 and 1538. Each code said the same thing, intake manifold runner control (bank 1) stuck open and intake manifold runner control (bank 2) stuck open. Initially they said it would take 4 Oxygen sensors (2 for each side). Then they said it could be that something is clogged or that there might be a vacuum leak. So now I don't know what if anything I should do.
#1159 of 2608 RE noises while turning
Mar 27, 2003 (2:52 pm)
My windstar had a cracked sub-frame. after many new motor mounts and other attempts at the dealer, I had an independant guy look at it.
Mar 27, 2003 (3:00 pm)
I've had the worst luck with my Windstar. A partial list of repairs (all after warrantee) is as follows. Rotors ground 3 times, steering rack, motor mounts twice, struts, tie rods, steering pump, various belt pulleys and tensioners, cracked sub frame, plus other annoyances AND Now the thing throws a rod and punctures the block. All between 30000 and 76000 miles. It's dead now. Great Value! Honda here I come.
#1161 of 2608 High Mileage Transmission Problem
Apr 01, 2003 (6:58 am)
I've got a '98 GL 3.8 with 112K miles that has until recently been very reliable - no major repairs.
Now the transmission is downshifting without warning, and I'm getting "Service engine soon" warnings.
Waiting for the shop to let me know what's going on. Has anyone experienced this recently?