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#470 of 2608 1999 windstar questions: transmission probs? ratcheting seat belts?
Apr 06, 2001 (7:51 am)
Hi I have a 99 WS with 20,000 miles. Long drawn out story which I won't go into---I surmise based on other complaints here that we're in the same boat/van! But I specifically need to know this... does the 99 LX model come with the ratcheting seat belts? My Dh and I specifically remember being sold on this, and we think we remember using them once for the child safety seat, but they haven't worked in a long time and after many complaints my current dealer (not where I purchased--that one's too far away from my home) says these vehicles do not have ratcheting seat belts. So, were we dreaming? Does anyone know about this or how I can find out whether we ought to have ratcheting seat belts in this vehicle? Thanks.
Also, fyi my van's in the shop (sigh, again) as they try to fix the rough shift between 1 and 2 gears. I finally requested and was granted permission to drive a mechanic around in the vehicle so I could replicate the problem which they said they were unable to replicate. Ugh. How I'm driving this lovely Ford Focus as part of their required loner program. Gee thanks. ANyone else try to get 3 car seats in the back of a Focus? It's gymnastics to get the kids all buckled in! I mean, I bought a van because regular vehicles don't have enough room! blah blah blah. I promised myself I wouldn't rant today--I'm supposed to just be information seeking. So I'll stop now!
Any advice would be appreciated. I reviewed about 75 archive messages but I didn't see anything about the seat belts so hopefully someone can help me. Many thanks..and good luck to all of us
#471 of 2608 Poor Fuel Economy and Pinging
Apr 06, 2001 (8:23 pm)
Have had ongoing pinging problem with 99 WS SEL. Dealer claims the K & N Air cleaner I installed is contributing to the situation. The oil in the air cleaner creates a film on the Mass Air Flow Sensor and causes premature failure in addition to fuel delivery being calculated wrong. I have gone back to the Ford OEM filter and have noticed improved fuel economy and no pinging in 1,000 miles of driving. Unfortunately I have wasted a lot of gas in the 25,000 miles this was happening.
#472 of 2608 Fixed the "Swinging" Thermostat?
Apr 06, 2001 (10:53 pm)
Well - got the van back this week. If they didn't "FIX" the swinging thermostat they have, at least, minimized its movement. Now it only swings between the R and M in NORMAL. They stated that there was an "air bubble" in the cooling system.
Please, Please, Please... let this be the last time I see the service department for a while...
Hope yours treats you better than mine does!
Mar 30, 2001 (8:21 pm)
any ideas why my ws door ajar light remains on and the "chime" chimes.. it starts when you decelerate to 15 mph and then stops when you accelerate past 15 mph.. any ideas would be most appreciated. thanks
#475 of 2608 Door Ajar Chime & Light
Apr 05, 2001 (7:01 pm)
Hi, had the same problem. The car thinks one of the doors is open and the interior light and chimes are on until the car senses you are moving (15 MPH) and not just pulling away from a curb. It was one of the sensors in the door - my husband tried each door until he got it (ours was the drivers side).
And that's the *least* of my problems with my '95 Windstar!
Apr 06, 2001 (4:14 am)
We had that annoying chiming problem (as well as the overhead light coming on!) with our 95 WS quite some time ago, but I recall that it was easily fixed and there might even have been a Technical Service Bulletin about it. It was just a sensor and that was one fix I was so glad to have had done
#477 of 2608 Battery Failure
Apr 06, 2001 (8:08 pm)
99 WS SEL has had battery replaced 3 times. Also replaced alternator two batteries ago. Dealer is nice about it but has no idea on the solution to my problem. I'm interested in input or feedback from others with this type of problem. Is the Dispute Settlement Board recommended?
#478 of 2608 99 Transmission Failure (elvee1)
Apr 07, 2001 (9:12 pm)
I have a 99 WS with 42k miles. I too had the problem of 1-2 shudder and tried unsuccessfully to get the dealers to find the problem before the 3/36000 warranty expired. When at 39k I finally did get the transmission tech to see the problem, he said "oh yea you are going to need a new tranny". Ford did not back its product. They made me pay $500 for an extended warranty to replace the tranny. I am currently seeking help through our attorney general's office.
Get rid of the van ASAP. Ford will not help you down the road. This is from someone who had owned 7 different Fords in his life and got burned on his Windstar. I have never been more disgusted at a company in my life.
I am trying to sell the van and am not having much luck. Hope you have better luck, or can get rid of the van faster than I. By the way, the new tranny is still sometimes unsure of shifts between 1 & 2
#479 of 2608 Need advice on 99WS LX purchase
Apr 08, 2001 (1:27 pm)
I need some feedback from any 99 Windstar LX owners with high mileage (90K). My brother-in-law (a good, honest, man) drives a 99WS. This is a company car that he has driven since it was new. It currently has 99K on it. He states he has had no problems with the van(he should know, his personal vehicle is also a 99WS). I can purchase vehicle from him for around $8000-$10000.
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