1995 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Vulcan Series V6 from North America
Safe, reliable, substantial
Fender damaged by vandal, fender damaged by electric gates at work.
Hood seal replaced under recall.
Clear panel over the instrumentation cracked, replaced under warranty.
New tires approx every 80,000km, lube every 5,000km, new shocks at 120,000 and 210,000 approximately.
Transmission fluid changed.
Bodyside moulding replaced.
After some problems with the Camry and lack of space, the Windstar was purchased as a family vehicle. It now shares the driveway with a 2000 Chevrolet Astro, which has been less than stellar.
This van has reported engine and transmission problems, however after being used for 6 years car pooling, going on vacations, shopping, and going to sporting events, this vehicle has proven to be extremely durable.
Love the green interior, electronic instuments and dual blade windshield shades, etc.
No problems whatsoever, however replacement time does loom near due to the high mileage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2001
27th Feb 2003, 14:07
It's good to hear somebody actually used one of these vehicles without the transmisson and head gasket failing. I noted in your review that you list mileage in kilometers (kilometrage??). If this is a Canadian-built Windstar, sure wish I'd gotten mine there.
12th Feb 2004, 00:00
Were the Canadian built ones different? We had a '95 Windstar that sucked big time. No head gasket or transmission failure when we had it (only for about 60,000 kilometers, so about 40,000 miles) But we had SO many little problems that we turned it in on the lease early.