1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.6 L V6 from North America
Head gaskets, again and again. The engine and head gaskets had been replaced when I purchased the used van with 89,000 miles. One year later, they were replaced again at 108,000 miles. Six months later and they need to be replaced again at 115,000 miles. Neither dealer nor Ford are willing to stand behind their work. Needless to say, the van has been traded in on a historically more reliable model.
The windshield wiper control would not always work without turning it on and off several times. The intermittent wiper setting is extremely irregular between cycles. Front wiper fluid took a long time to come out while button was being pressed.
Thermostat fluctuated wildly while the car was stopped at traffic lights, the gauge often reading "H" until the car started moving again. Thermostat would often start out mid-way up the gauge, even after an overnight rest.
This van may be comfortable and powerful, but it is a waste of money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th October, 2001
12th Oct 2001, 00:16
30th Sep 2003, 09:44
We purchased a 1995 Windstar with 44,000 miles, in 1999. In September of 2000, we replaced the head and head gasket. This was after two prior visits to the dealership, which told us it was only a cracked piston. The warranty covered that repair because we were under 100,000 miles. At 119,000 miles and just 13 months later, the head gasket and head blew again. This time the dealership agreed to fix it, but we had to pay labor which was over $800.00. The van is sitting in my driveway now, two months after it was paid off, with yet another blown head and gasket. It has approximately 130,000 miles on it and we don't want to sink anymore money into this lemon. From the outside it looks like a perfect van. But, looks are deceiving!