1994 Ford Windstar Reviews

1994 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Previous carDodge Spirit

Summary:

Great family minivan

Faults:

54,000 miles; had to replace the power steering pump.

60,000 miles; needed a new taillight. My wife accidentally smashed it out parking.

68,000 miles; had to replace the front wheel bearing.

77,000 miles; sliding door had to be realigned.

General Comments:

I bought this vehicle new when my wife was pregnant with our third child, and we needed more room, so that meant it was time for our Dodge Spirit to go; although it was a small, car it was reliable.

I love the Windstar; it's spacious, the seats are comfortable, great acceleration, great visibility.

The Windstar has a nice appearance.

It's nice on long road trips; every summer my family and I would drive from New Jersey to Kentucky. Got there without a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2012

1994 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance274000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Wish it had good reliability

Faults:

Head gasket 160000 K.

Steering rack 20000k.

Radio 18000k.

Radiator gauge 24000k.

Side door lock 60000k.

Back door lock 100000k.

General Comments:

I used to drive a Jetta diesel, but I needed more space, but still wanted OK fuel economy so I bought the Windstar. This was my first new vehicle and my second Ford (67 mustang). The Windstar did have the space I needed, but like most owners I have had issues.

I have learned over the years many tips on how to make a car last and have applied these tips to my Windstar. First let me say that rust and hard driving are the biggest killers of cars. So I have had it annualy oil sprayed since new and drive like an old lady. Second I change the oil every 5000k and the rest of the fluids when needed. Third other than warranty work I never take it to a dealership.

When the head gasket went I had to get it fixed at Ford. They wanted big bucks for the repair, but after calling Ford customer relations I got the price down to $600 but I feel I should have not had to of paid any thing.

Since I bought the Windstar new I wanted to get 500000 kilometers (300000 miles) out of it. But I think that the poor reliability of the van will make that a real challange. Rust protection has saved me from a lot of maintenence issues (I have heard horror stories). And I will keep changing the oil every 5000k and hope the engine holds together. But I am worried about the transmission.

The Windstar drives well for its size. And I think the aerodynamics are good. The interior is comfortable and with the rear seats out of it one can sleep in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2006

1994 Ford Windstar G.L 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

I should have it painted lemon yellow because it truly is a lemon

Faults:

Wiper blades replaced at 2,000 miles.

Windshield wiper stops at high speed, intermittently.

Windshield washer intermittent.

Engine head gaskets blew 50,000 miles.

Door ajar contacts.

Replaced fan motor, high pitch noise.

Starter.

Engine main bearings, engine replaced 66,000 miles.

General Comments:

After spending over $6,000.00 to repair Ford's defects, I am not interested in another Ford product.

Ford did not repair the head gasket defect for at least four years.

I would have liked to give this piece-o-crap to one of the Ford executives and been able to force him/her to attempt to live with all the problems. It definitely was an "experimental" vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2002

8th Aug 2007, 21:38

Yes, yes,yes. I would love to see the guy at the Ford dealer drive this, and try to be at work on time.

22nd Mar 2008, 17:00

I love how wiper blades get replaced at 2,000 miles is a problem. That's maintainence and you can't go by miles with wiper blades. If you used them every single day they could go bad within a month. I've had wiper blades on my car that only lasted maybe a 1,000 miles.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews