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Ford Windstar, Van
Feb 29, 2004 (3:51 am)
It may be possible to find a 2000 with 50Kmi for $8K, but that would be a tough find. I have seen high milage (60Kmi+) 2000-2002's go for $8K or less- which would be a good deal if it was WELL maintained and/or has an extended warranty. Having recently bought my 2001 windstar, I can tell you, you get the most for your buck with a windstar. I shopped, haggled & test drove all the domestic minivans (2001)- chrysler, GM variants, ford. I liked them all, but the same money (for the same year & milage range) will only get you a short wheel base, smaller engine, GM or chrysler van.
#1394 of 2608 interesting thought
Mar 03, 2004 (8:31 am)
In an area where domestic brands are popular, do the used ones tend to be cheaper or more expensive than in an area where imports rule? On one hand, being more popular means there're more used cars available which should drive down the price...but demand is high too; on the other hand in an unpopular area, there're fewer domestics to choose from which ought to drive the price up, but since demand is low, the sellers might be more willing to negotiate? Does anybody have any thoughts on this?
Mar 03, 2004 (10:12 am)
I think that you think too much. Have you considered buying a Volvo?
Mar 03, 2004 (1:37 pm)
Maybe I do And I don't quite understand the connection with Volvo...
#1397 of 2608 Used car prices domestic vs imports
Mar 03, 2004 (4:21 pm)
I heard that Surburbans can be picked up in Janesville, WI, where they are manufactured, cheaper than anywhere else because employees buy them often at a discount - then sell used one themselves and get new more often. The whole area seems to get lower prices near the plant of manufacture. Just what I have heard. If you live near where a model is made that you desire, you may see a similiar result based on local ads.
#1398 of 2608 import vans..
Mar 04, 2004 (2:09 am)
Used import vans will always command a higher price than a comparable windstar regardless of area. Consumers are willing to the pay the price for a second-hand honda or toyota. It's a matter of supply and demand. If it's important to you to buy new & drive it for many years (say 7+ yrs) you will be better off with a honda or toyota van. I usually dont keep a daily driver much past 100Kmi, so nearly any make/model will get you there. Living in the rust-belt as I do (Buffalo NY), a premium dollar honda will rust out just as fast as a ford. In most cases the import bodies don't hold up as well as the domestics.
#1399 of 2608 domestic vs domestic
Mar 04, 2004 (11:14 am)
I was thinking of domestic vs domestic in different areas. Based on the supply-demand rational, I guess domestics should be cheaper where they're more popular. I used to be in Texas as you all probably guessed. The domestics there (a college town) seem to be cheaper than those in the college town in the Midwest where I'm now. I know domestics are very popular here in the midwest...Well I guess the demand could be a lot higher. Anyway, we're moving to Seattle where imports must rule. I'll see what kind of a deal on the windstar I can find. There doesn't seem to be a lot of them though looking on the internet.
Mar 10, 2004 (6:15 am)
I own a 2000 ford windstar SE. I am having a problem starting my windstar. I turn the key and nothing. I have 3 keys and 2 of the 3 keys do the above but the 3rd key works after the second try and only after a hestitation. Had it in the dealer and they reprogramed the keys (all 3) and it seemed to work but went out the next morning and the problem occurred again.
the dealer said they thought it was in theft mode. any ideas?
#1401 of 2608 Passive anti theft system....
Mar 10, 2004 (7:41 am)
Some things to check: 1) Make sure you have no large metal objects on your keychain.
2) No other transponder type keys near your windstar key.
3) No flash pass type cards / transponders near your windstar key(s).
These things wont wipe the code on your windstar keys, but will cause a no start condition.
Mar 12, 2004 (10:52 pm)
Try to push & hold the shift lever more to the left of 'P' during starting. It may do the trick. The starting sensor may treat the shift lever in 'R' and not yet in 'P' so refuse to start. As you know the car can only be started in either 'P' or 'N'.