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#642 of 2608 1995 Windstar Replacement of 3.8L Engine
Aug 23, 2001 (12:10 pm)
Well, found out that my 3.8L has a bad bearing and
timing chain cover is leaking. Milage is 65k. The head gaskets replaced at 40k.
Total cost to me according to the dealer, $495.
This includes everything for a rebuilt engine, labor, add'l parts ,etc.
I asked several times and he assures me that $495
is the total cost.
I am the original owner and according to the dealer, the warranty was out a few days ago. But Ford rep was in and said"Relace it"
This is the best news I have heard so far.
But worried that my transmission will probably go out at 75k like my other vehicle, 1994 Taurus.
$2500 to replace transmission and no help from Ford.
Maybe their getting their act together.
Or maybe this is just dreaming.
Only time will tell.
#643 of 2608 Warranty Extension - 95 WS Springs...
Aug 27, 2001 (6:10 am)
Got a "Warranty Extension Notification" this weekend from Ford regarding the 95 WS and their springs... It seems that in "high precipitation climates" (e.g., snow and salt in the upper midwest) can cause the springs to rust through. In some cases, customers have reported losing a front tire after the spring goes...
I will try to get the verbage from the entire notification into another posting. I think that this is a 10 year/100000 mile deal...
#644 of 2608 95 W/S Springs
Aug 29, 2001 (6:47 pm)
Regarding the "Warranty Extension Notification" on the front coil springs for the 95 W/S - it is for 10 years/unlimited mileage. I received the same notice. There is a sticker that you are supposed to put with your warranty book that states:
"The front coil springs on your Ford Windstar are now covered for 10 years from the warranty start date, REGARDLESS of mileage. This part may prematurely wear or break, especially when operated in high-corrosion areas of North America for an extended period of time. Coverage is automatically transferred to future vehicle owners."
Sounds to me that Ford did not have a choice in this warranty, because if they did, they sure would not be doing it this way......they would be leaving us all out to dry. (But I'm not bitter)
Also, just for the record I, also, had to replace my transmission on my 95 W/S and, it sure is starting to shift harshly again.....what a surprise.....put me on that 'NO FORD AGAIN' list!!!!
#646 of 2608 2000 ford windstar
Aug 30, 2001 (7:11 pm)
We bought our 2000 windstar in Feb 2001, used with 8500 miles. I think the day we drove it home was the only day we haven't had problems. At first it was minor things like the trans shifter indicator was off( when in OD it was between od and 3). Then it began to get worse. The paint on the drivers side rear sliding door is peeling. The shop needs it for 4 days, and of course no loaner. The windshield rattles,whines, whistles with a cross wind, cant prove it sitting in lot so too bad. CV or ball joints clunking more often then not when turning, told they are well within limits of wear. Passenger side rear slider rattles terrible, been "fixed" twice, but cant tell. Rear bumper clips keep coming unclipped and caused the bumper to split down the middle, was told that i must have backed into something cause they cant just do that on their own. Trans leaks when mates with the motor, this one is getting fixed next week and took everything I had to get a loaner for this one. the factory installed General GS60 tires are seperating and bulging with only 22k on them. Deal wont fix tire problems so have to drive 90 miles to closest general dealer to have them swapped out on adjustment. Asked about the two new recalls for the aux a/c blower and the wiper motor(01s25 and 01s26) dealer new nothing of them so I was SOL, will have to wait for them to get notice of it. I am sure there are other problems i have forgotten, but this gives you a hint of the problems. i blame my self for these problems because i was the idiot that bought my first and only Ford. if there is anyone in NE North Dakota thinking of buying a ford, I would definetly stay away from Hansen Ford in Grand Forks, ND. I know a lot of folks who have bought both new and used vehicles from them and had nothing but problems with them. if you must buy a Ford (why on earth would you want to do that) drive the extra hour and go to the dealer in Fargo. I just wonder how many others are having these same problems. GO CHEVY
#647 of 2608 2001 Windstar Limited
Aug 31, 2001 (10:47 am)
Any info on changes Ford has made to the Windstar to fix past reliability problems?
#648 of 2608 Re. 2001 Windstar Ltd.
Sep 03, 2001 (7:28 am)
I have a 2000 SEL and it is an excellent vechicle with 10,000 miles on it. No complaints. I'd buy another one in a heart beat.
#649 of 2608 2000 Windstar SEL
Sep 04, 2001 (9:54 pm)
I bought a 2000 W/S SEL in February 2000, got it one hour after it rolled off the truck. 11,000 miles later and it still runs and rides as good as Day #1, no regrets so far. One one minor adjustment has been necessary to the passenger side sliding door, and a 30 minute fix was all it took. I highly recommend Birch Ford in La Habra, California, I got a first class deal with them using the numbers I got right here at Edmunds.com. I take the W/S in for it's scheduled maintenance to Capistrano Beach Ford, and so far no bad issues to report, they have been reasonably competent. My wife drives this car the most, transporting 3 kids around town in comfort. This is the best vehicle I have ever owned, and I would buy another tomorrow.
#650 of 2608 2000 windstar lx sport problem
Sep 05, 2001 (2:11 pm)
We bought our 2000 lx new in August on 2000. When I took it in for the first oil change they replaced some electronic device. Then a few weeks later the sport decals started peeling off on the side, so we took it back in and they replaced them. About a month ago the rear a/c motor started making noise, so we took it in once again to be repaired, that was before the notice of recall came out. about a week or two after that I noticed a whirring sound while driving. when I took it to the dealer they said they couldn't get to it right away. So I asked if they could give me a loaner car and the girl asked if I has an extended warranty. Of course I said no it's still under the factory warranty. She said well then you are on you own. I then told her that if something were to happen to my family I would make sure to name her in the lawsuit. She then had the shop foreman take a ride in my van, at first he said "Oh that's just tire noise" to which I replied, "I haven't had anything done to the tires so why would they begin to make noise all of a sudden?". He then said that it could be a wheel bearing going out. Oh and I forgot to mention that I have had the rear passenger door adjusted twice and it still leaks rain at times. And now the drivers seat has a hole in it where the cheap padding moved off of the metal causing the hole. The seat cover has been or order for about 4 weeks now. We went to our dealer and wanted to trade the damn thing in, they have offered us between $16,000 and $14,000. The sticker price when we bought it was for ALMOST $28,000!! So we still owe about $20,000. I guess that just shows you how over priced the Ford products are since it's now worth about half of the sticker. The van only has 13,500 miles on it! At this point I don't think we will ever buy another Fix Or Repair Daily product. We have been able to talk with the owner of the dealership and he has agreed to give us a rental car so the repairs can be made, but when we have called they say "We dont' have anything available at this time", they are now supposed to call us when they have a loaner car for us. Needless to say I won't hold my breath.
#651 of 2608 reply for Chuck
Sep 05, 2001 (6:06 pm)
Hey Chuck, count your blessings...this would probably be a good time to buy another Windstar because pretty soon you'll need the engine from your new one to replace the old when it blows. The rest of us know only too well that it's only a matter of time. We'll be here when you need us Chuck....