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#480 of 2608 Transmission Woes - 1998 Windstar
Apr 09, 2001 (9:59 am)
I bought my 1998 Windstar in February, 1997. During the first 12-14 months, the vehicle stalled while accelerating and decelerating 5-10 times. A couple of times, my wife barely avoided an accident due to the loss of power steering. We brought it back to the dealer we bought it from 3-4 times to no avail. I went the Dispute Settlement Board route and they requested one last attempt to have the problem fixed, at the dealer of my choice. The dealer I bought it from has a decent repair reputation, but given they hadn't corrected it, I went to another dealer nearby. This was in December 1998 and the vehicle had approx 28k miles on it.
This past Friday, the transmission died. I brought it to the dealer I bought it from and I was told the repair cost would be $2,600 !!!!!
So here's a cranny with a history of problems, rebuild at 28k and 33k miles later, it dies and Ford expects me to foot the bill ???
The salesman I bought it from suggested I buy a used cranny and forget about it. Why am I not surprised.
Any one with similar stories ?
I'll go to the Chairman of Ford if necessary to arrive at a reasonable solution.
#481 of 2608 99 Transmission problems maybe?
Apr 09, 2001 (10:29 am)
Sometimes when I come to a stop or pull into a parking lot I hear a "clunk" sound as my transmission downshifts (probably from 2nd to 1st). Doesn't happen all of the time and I currently have 32,000 on it.
Does this sound like transmission problems down the road?
Apr 09, 2001 (10:42 am)
I have been experiencing a random single chime from the dashboard of my 2000 WS. It doesn't seem to correspond to any particular event. Usually just driving down the road. Sometimes accelerating, sometimes decelerating, sometimes holding steady speed. It just emits a single chime (similar to the seatbelt chime, but just one ping).
Does anyone out there have any idea what might cause this problem?
#483 of 2608 Clunking and Stalling
Apr 09, 2001 (3:00 pm)
I have a 98WS 60K no problems. My transmission does same thing at slow speeds, I think it is pretty common. Highly recommend 25 to 30K xmission fluid changes on all windstars.
There is a service bulletin out on the stalling problem, a one part replacement. Usually the stalling occurs at slow speeds while turning. Mine was done at 20K, no problems since.
#484 of 2608 Thanks Rugmankc
Apr 09, 2001 (8:57 pm)
Checked with our local Lincoln-Mercury dealer who has an excellent rep. They do not recommend oil flushes (especially for newer models with good service intervals) and are authorized to service Windstars. Bye Bye Cape Fear Ford!!! They also recommend changing the tranny fluid at 20-25k. Thanks for the great advice.
#485 of 2608 Barrye1 thank you so much for responding...
Apr 10, 2001 (12:45 pm)
My WS has been at the shop for 7 days now and they tell me to expect it to be there, still, tomorrow. I was told that the mechanic has my transmission "in pieces" right now. Well that's not very reassuring. I wonder if he'll create more problems (like when my DH tries to fix the plumbing...you know the old joke!!)
I am wondering why they won't just replace it. It would seem to me that since it's under warranty, it would be of lesser cost for them to replace it (mechanic time and my loaner car for 7 days and counting now.)???????
I can already tell that Ford won't stand behind us. We've never owned a Ford before--Chrysler and GM were our last several vehicles. I thought GM did an outstanding job with customer service and honestly, we never had a problem requiring a mechanic regarding the Chrysler. I'm wishing I'd have bought the darned Caravan!!!! It was a tie right down to the finish. The "selling" point to the WS was the ease with which I could fold down the seats with only one hand...since the other was usually holding some child! *sigh*
On an interesting note, my friend's Caravan was just in the shop for a transmission failure (2000 model!) And she experienced the same crappy Customer Service I got from Ford. The two dealers (purchase dealer vs. fixing dealer) fought over who was to give her the loaner car. She's a lot nicer than I am and she left without a loaner and went without one for 3 days!!!!! And then they put her in a Camry. She and I had a chuckle about the 3 car seats we each had smashed into the back seats of these tiny vehicles. We also both laughed because we made our oldest daughters climb into a booster seat which was already buckled, because there isn't enough maneuvering room to latch the buckle once the child is in the booster seat! (at least we were laughing...)
It actually made me think that maybe Ford is no worse than the other manufacturers???
I don't know what to think but I do know that I really appreciate your feedback. Do you have any idea about the ratcheting seat belts? Does your LX have them? They really make life with car seats much easier--I know this from the lovely Ford Focus I'm driving right now!!!
Regarding your urge for me to sell, I must confess that I've been having the same feeling. My DH is not equally inclined (yet) *sigh*
Thanks and good luck to you!
#486 of 2608 Thanks rugmankc
Apr 10, 2001 (12:46 pm)
Just got the xmission fluid/filter changed. Have you ever heard any brake noise (squealing)?
Like my 99 alot. Going out tonight to look at a 2001 SEL though.
#487 of 2608 Ford 96 Windstar "Secret Warranty" H-G & Tranny!!!!!!!
Apr 10, 2001 (3:57 pm)
I recently became another victim of the Ford Windstar ('96 with 75K) blown head gasket and tranny. Upon viewing the messages I came across references to a "Secret Warranty". Could somebody please enlighten me about this warranty. Are there any options available to me. My car is presently by my mechanic for the head gasket waiting to be repaired. The transmission was all ready replaced several months ago at a transmission place.
Thank You in advance for your advice.
#488 of 2608 Slight grinding sound when van shifts from 1st to 2nd gear from a stop.
Apr 10, 2001 (6:30 pm)
Just bought a 2001 Windstar SEL. It makes a slight grinding sound at about 10 miles per hour as it's shifting from first gear to second gear. It only does this the first time it shifts from first to second gear after you start the van. There is no grinding the rest of the trip, even if you come to a complete stop several times. But if you shut the van off and start it again the same thing happens - first time it goes from first to second gear there's a little grinding noise.
I was afraid it was a problem with the transmission and brought it back to the dealer so the service department could look at it. They told me the grinding sound was an ABS (antilock brakes) valve, not the transmission, and that there was nothing they could do about the noise. As a matter of fact they told to be worried if it doesn't make the grinding sound because then there maybe something wrong with the ABS.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Does the dealers explanation sound reasonable?
Apr 10, 2001 (8:45 pm)
Geez... it's seems like it's been yrs since i've been back here and it's only been a week and a half. And don't ya know it, my van is back in the shop again as of tonight. I don't know what happend tonight, but I was on my way to work when i was hitting the average bumps and dips in the road and this awful clunking noise was coming from the front of driver's side front end. It felt the vibrations under my feet. I was terrified the wheel was coming off or something really big was going to fall out from under the hood. I drove right into the service bay of the dealership and demanded a loaner and the van fixed once again. They really don't like me there. They were trying to put me in a escort....hahaha. Not with a family of 5. I got another windstar. Same one i've been driving each time I go in. I think i drive that one more than mine. Anyway i requested that a mechanic drive with me, so they couldnt say they didn't hear or feel the problem, he felt it. Also, the gas gauge is really screwy now. I have no idea how much gas is in the van when it hits 1/4 a tank. I get a different reading everytime I turn it on. One day I can drive for hours on below empty with the light on and then turn it on again, and the light is off and there is 1/4 of gas in it again. The driver side window is now loose and out of track, I still have a leak (still dont know what that is), when they replaced my tires, they bent up my hub cap and now it wants to pop off. I feel like they do more damage, than what it was taken in for. The great news is I have had over 800 hits on my homepage!!!!! Lots of emails, and even some insider Ford emails. Well I will be in touch once again to let you know what they find this time.