1998 Ford Windstar Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 27

1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Absolutely fantastic

Faults:

Extremely dependable.

Changed serpentine belt tensioner and idler pulley.

Hoses, antifreeze and thermostat.

Transmission rebuilt.

Great car; would not hesitate to buy another Ford anytime.

Still comfortable, and the interior looks new; I know it depends on who owns the car.

General Comments:

Great car, would not hesitate to buy another. It is all about taking care of a vehicle. If you do, it will last you for many years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2010

1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.0L

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

I would buy another Windstar, given the chance

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 97,000 miles.

The lifters and fuel injectors were replaced due to a clicking noise at 95,000 miles.

The transmission was overhauled at 94,000 miles.

The power steering pump has been replaced three times in one year, and the dealer can't tell me why.

The steering rack has been replaced at 93,000 miles.

It has been fun working on this vehicle, but I enjoyed it, because I saved all the labor cost. I do all my work on my cars.

General Comments:

In all the years I've had this vehicle, in-spite of all the problems, I really enjoy driving it, and my wife likes it too.

The only concern I have is that the A/C in the rear does not blow cool air. Just something I have not looked into yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th April, 2010

1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Alero

Summary:

Worst car I have ever owned!!

Faults:

My dome lights stay on.

Wheel fell off in an intersection.

Lugs sheared off of the hub.

Door ajar sensor stays on.

General Comments:

This Windstar has had the standard problem of the dome lights staying on and the door ajar staying on.

The wheel fell off when I started to accelerate from being stopped at a red light. All of the lugs sheared off the hub at the same time.

It has an unknown clunk coming from the passenger side front end; I've checked the tie rod and the C.V. joints, and they are fine.

Two days before my wheel came off, in the intersection with my kids in the van, the steering went very hard and it made a very loud clunk.

It has an exhaust leak from the muffler.

I will be buying a new car in two weeks, just shopping for the right one, then I will be giving this van to the scarp metal for free.

Overall experience with Ford Windstar... garbage!! Stay away!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2010

7th Mar 2010, 11:23

The door ajar sensors are easy enough to fix, just remove em completely.. OR you can find tips for ways to jerry-rig the sensors at a site like FixYa.com (my personal favorite, and instead of paying em for their advice, just post to community and you'll get a TON of helpful tips).

I too have a '98 Windstar, have had it since 30k miles, and now it has 115,000 and needs a lot of maintenance, but up till now it's been super-reliable. After 100k it was all downhill.

Mine has bad hubs too, and thanks to your review, I'm gonna park it till I can get that fixed!

Mine also clunks too, was told it was a transmission mount and most likely one of the motor mounts needs replaced too. Good luck!

Donate it to a needy family BTW, not the scrap yard please!

1998 Ford Windstar

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic

Faults:

My in-laws gave us their old Windstar a year ago. We thought we were getting a deal because the car was free. However, we've put more money into this car than if we had been making car payments on a new car!

So far, we've had to replace several very expensive sensors, the steering rack, and now possibly the entire power steering system.

The power lock system is broken, even though the Ford dealer fixed it before the car was given to us.

The passenger window doesn't roll down, and one of the seals leaks transmission fluid like crazy. We have to fill it up with transmission fluid every other week, because we can't afford to fix the leak. It's only a matter of time before the transmission goes out in this car.

Would NEVER get another Ford. It's by far the worst and most expensive car I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot of old crappy cars). We're getting rid of it as soon as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th February, 2010

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 109 reviews