1996 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America
Don't buy one!
Blown head gasket at 79,000 miles. Major problem in Ford 3.8 engines.
Except for the drive train problems, the van is great. Comfortable, roomy, good handling, impressive power.
The head gaskets went at 79,000 miles and turned the whole ownership experience into a nightmare. Have found that this is a VERY common problem with this motor. No help from Ford on the 1996 models yet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th October, 2000
3rd Dec 2000, 17:58
I have a 1996 GL Windstar (loaded, original sticker $27,000) with 66,500 miles. The head gasket has developed a serious leak. Thank goodness that my wife did not travel out of state with the kids at Thanksgiving!
Tomorrow the car goes in to the dealer and I get my chance at bat. Being informed in advance may make all the difference here.