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#719 of 2608 2000 WINDSTAR PROBLEMS ARE OVER!!
Nov 12, 2001 (1:02 pm)
In response to my previous posts about my 2000 Windstar that stranded me on vacation twice, Ford has finally reacquired it and put me in a new 2002 with a 5 year premium extended service plan. It took over two months and tons of phone calls but it is over (hopefully). I hope the 02 does not have problems like my 00. I want to recommend Tri-Ford in Highland Illinois to anyone in the St. Louis metro area who might read this. Even though I purchased my 00 van at Jack Schmitt in Collinsville, IL (THEY SUCK. DO NOT GO THERE!) Tri Ford was happy to work with me and Ford Motor Co and they treated me with nothing but respect, honesty, and overall kindness. They have had multiple people come to them after dealing with Jack Schmitt. Anyway, this concludes yet another Ford nightmare.
Nov 13, 2001 (5:51 pm)
Good for you!! Hope you have good luck with your new Windstar.
I have a question for the forum. My 2000 Windstar LX is getting rotten gas mileage (12 mpg). I have taken it back once and they reprogrammed the PCM and replaced the front control module (whatever that is). This appears to be to no avail. Still getting rotten mileage (12-13 mpg). Any ideas as to what I can try before I take it back to the dealer? Any info would be appreciated.
Nov 14, 2001 (5:02 am)
How many miles do you have on your Windstar? I recently had my air filter replaced at 25,000 miles and it was completely caked with dirt. This could be part of the problem with poor gas mileage.
Nov 15, 2001 (3:20 am)
It has less than 15000 miles. I'll take a look at the filter, but I don't think that is the problem.
Nov 15, 2001 (12:18 pm)
I assume they have checked for a clogged converter. 12MPG is really low. Even if you are carrying a lot of things in it (you did not say one way or the other) it is low. My only other thought would be a bad fuel injector. My 99 is doing about 21 to 22.
#724 of 2608 strange things happen
Nov 15, 2001 (12:22 pm)
My ford dealer in Sterling VA sold a black 2001 Limited and it had been in the front of the parking lot for a month with temp tags on it and then it disappeared. I made mention of it and was told it was in the back. The man bought it and then found he could not get insurance on it based on his driving record till Jan, 2002. so it is in the back lot, he is making payments but can not drive it till Jan.
#725 of 2608 additional information
Nov 16, 2001 (5:45 am)
Van is unloaded. Checked air filter and it appeared to be normal for 14,000 miles. May replace this weekend but don't think that is the problem. Defective injector sounds like a possibility. I'm sure there are numerous possiblities. I'm going to take it back in the next few weeks. Any other suggestions would be great.
#726 of 2608 Rear Window explosion
Nov 16, 2001 (8:09 am)
Sorry if this has already been discussed before, but I am new to this, and haven't gone through all the messages yet.
Last week, while STOPPED in a McDonalds drive through, the rear window on my 2000 Windstar SE exploded outward. Thankfully my children and their friends in the car were not injured.
We heard 2 pops, then I looked in my rear view mirror and watched the rear window crack. When I exited the van, there were two large holes, one on the left and one on the right of the window, with glass shattered all over the ground. the glass that still remained in the frame was completely cracked. No glass had fallen inside the van. The witnesses (the woman stopped in her car behind me, my other adult passenger, and the McDonalds' employee who was outside taking the orders) all reported the same thing - nothing hit the van, and the glass exploded outward. It was a warm day, so there was no heat on or the rear window defroster.
My Ford dealer, of course, said they couldn't help me and I needed to go through my insurance. Someone I spoke with recently mentioned he had heard this happening before.
Has anyone had a similar experience? I'd appreciate any info you could provide. Thanks!
My Ford dealer
#727 of 2608 Rear windows
Nov 19, 2001 (10:49 am)
One friend and one relative had the rear window implosion problem but both are SUV's - although, both are Ford products (one was a Mercury).
It was blamed on the Texas heat and the dealers refused warranty replacement.
Might be interesting to see if any more "pop" up here...
#728 of 2608 Rear Windows/Warranty Question
Nov 19, 2001 (3:29 pm)
Yes, I think I have heard that happening to Explorers (window shattering: I read that somewhere?). Also, if you bought an extended warranty by Ford Motor Company, do you need to get your oil changed at a Ford Motor Co to meet warranty standards? Thanks.