1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America


Good ride, too many little problems


The cigarette lighter in the front doesn't work.

The O2 sensors failed on vacation and were not available for a long time.

The door lock buttons broke.

The thermostat hung and caused the car to get hot at about 38,000.

The rear door lock failed around 40,000.

The windshield wiper cleaner container has not work since we got it.

The transmission failed at about 80,000 miles. Wrong type of sleeve in the transmission. Ford knows about it but doesn't care.

At 120,000 one of the computers failed, the speed sensor failed and the thermostat failed again.

Too many recalls.

General Comments:

The comfort and ride are fine.

The interior is a plus for us (2 teenage boys).

Overall I like the van, but the problems I have had are too many for me to buy another Windstar.

I have always liked and owned Fords, but after this van and the way both the dealer and Ford Motor treated us, I will likely buy something else in the near future.

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

Review Date: 4th February, 2001

1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L from North America


Never again!


Brakes, transmission, engine, defroster, molding on the frames of the doors, radio cuts out, short in the wiring system under the hood.

More to come I'm sure...

General Comments:


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

I want to bring to your attention another coverup by the Ford Corporation.

This problem dates back to the 1995 and younger Ford Windstar minivans.

Ford has recently recalled the issue with the faulty head gasket and has put attention towards this issue.

However they have not put forth attention to the growing problem of the transmission.

This as well as the head gasket problems that seem to be happening to an overwhelming population of 1995 and '96 Windstar owners.

I have read and talked to countless people with a problem of their transmission slipping and failing.

This could become a fatal hazard if not addressed.

Not to mention that people are paying upwards of 1800 to 2000 and more dollars to have the transmissions in their vehicles repaired or replaced.

And it has happened more than once and under 100,000 miles... some as soon as 30,000 miles.

This is a cost the consumers are paying for another one of Ford's mistakes.

Please let's not let people have to pay with their lives.

Again thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me

Sincerely, Carlene Blair (1995 Ford Windstar owner)

Phone number 760-757-9655

Below are links to sources of people with the same problem as mine.

Problems with 95 and 96 Ford vans and cars.


Scroll to bottom and there are more stories of problems.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2001

28th Feb 2001, 13:55

I too have a '95 Windstar. While my experiences haven't been nearly as bad as yours, I agree about the head gasket thing. Getting any sort of acknowledgment that this was a known problem was impossible until mid-last year. Very, very annoying.

It's been OK for us, but I'll say this after its gone: That 3.8 V6 never really "ran right"; just OK. No matter how many times we had it in, it never ran as smoothly as you'd expect.

1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America


The head gaskets are bad.. the dealership will not buy it back. Walser Ford of St.Louis Park Minn say I'm stuck with this piece of crap. I believe that this dealership knew about the bad head gasket problems and now they don't want to help me or anyone else out. They need to take responsibility for this problem that Windstar owners are having with this type of van.

If I were to do this all over again I would never have bought this piece of crap of a van... and also Ford Motor Company who built this van need to take responsibility for this mistake and allowing this kind of mistake out on the roads today.

Ford won't help you either, if you received a letter from these people it's as good as a three dollar bill. I've had 2 motors and one transmission in the 16 months that I've owned it and the motor is ready to go again and what does Walser want to do??? Yep, put in another motor. When will dealerships realise that when you mess over someone like this they will tell the world about these problems that this type of van has, sad huh?

Take my advice, don't buy a Windstar and don't buy from Walser Ford of St.Louis Park, they will mess you over to make a buck and the smile that is on their face is nothing but a knife in the back... They treat the consumers like what they sell and that is crap...

Debbra J Cridge.

Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2001

15th Jan 2001, 13:06

Complain away... keep complaining... that's how the recall came about for the head gaskets.

13th Feb 2001, 04:20

Not just a problem in America!!

I just passed the one year date of owning my proud purchase of a 1995 Windstar for my new family. Since that lovely 1 year anniversary, it has been one problem after another escalating in cost and driving me deeper into financial hell. First it started with the head gasket, then the brakes, after that was the oil pan and finally, well let's just say that as I'm typing this message I am in search of a 3.8l V6 to get my kids to school and back home. I will never purchase a Ford vehicle again.

1st and last Ford buyer,

Niagara Falls, Canada

P.S. Anyone see any stardom as the first to go over the falls in a Ford Windstar?