Last post on Apr 23, 2012 at 1:09 AM
You are in the Ford Windstar
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Ford Windstar, Transmission, Van
#6 of 8 Re: Manual transmission/transaxle [wwest]
Jan 09, 2011 (12:53 pm)
Manufacturer has not deemed anything, they simply build what people want to buy and for about 95% of drivers what they want is an automatic.
We did have a manual transmission in our first minivan, a 1989 Voyager. But in those days the manual gave you 5 gears, instead of the 3 in most automatics and it gave you significantly better mpg.
When we got our 2nd minivan, 1997 Windstar, automatic was the only option but at least it was a 4 speed auto by then.
#7 of 8 Re: Manual transmission/transaxle [jeffyscott]
Jan 19, 2011 (10:21 pm)
I'm sure anything is possible, if you are willing to spend enough money. I doubt it would be worth the cost, though. The same engines were used in trucks that, I assume, had manuals.
The two engines used in the Windstar were the 3.0L Vulcan V6 and 3.8L Essex V6.
The 3.0L Vulcan was used in '86-'07 Taurus but only with an automatic. The only front-wheel-drive application of this engine with a manual transmission was the '90-'92 Probe LX and '92-'94 Tempo/Topaz. The Tempo/Topaz used a slightly revised version of the 'MTX-IV' used in the '89-'91 Taurus SHO. It was designed and built by Mazda for Ford.
The 3.8L Essex V6 was used in everything from the Taurus and Mustang to the Lincoln Continental and Thunderbird/Cougar. The rear-wheel-drive Mustang was the only one that offered a manual transmission with the 3.8L. It was never paired with a manual transmission in a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
So, in theory, a Windstar with the Vulcan V6 could be modified to work with the MTX-IV. The Essex V6 has never been paired with a manual in a front-wheel-drive, so it's unlikely that it could be done without spending ridiculous amounts of time and money.
With all that said, a manual-transmission conversion is rarely (if ever) financially worthwhile. In an older minivan, it makes no sense at all...
#8 of 8 older vw transaxle beetle bug type 1
Apr 23, 2012 (1:09 am)
i have recently lost first second and reverse in my sandrail, no noises that i heard, i have already pulled it once and replaced the nose cone and bench tested it, after i put it on i tested it again and then i put the motor on and tested one last time, with no motor on it went into first gear, i could not hold the transaxle shaft with it in gear and rocking the rail. I also put a new shift shaft on the rail, i can only think maybe the shift fork for 1/2/R either broke or the cinch bolt backed out. if u have any hints, tips, tricks, or ideas plz post, i have 2 days to either fix that box, or put a built bus box on for a desert trip. any knowledge of this problem will be greatly appreciated.
ty for your help