1996 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America
Ford builds trucks, anything else they need to quit while they are still ahead!
Head Gasket is going bad at 58,201 miles.
Horrible Gas mileage--approx 17 mpg--with a complete tune up, proper air pressure in the tires, etc. My previous van got approx 21.
This is a nickel and dime you to death vehicle, although its 100's and 100's. I've had this vehicle for 7 weeks and thus far have put $400 into it for some basic maintenance. Now I have a head gasket going, and was quoted at starting price of $800, if the head isn't warped or cracked, which probably it is (according to the mechanic). He told me it may be cheaper in the long run to put a used motor in it. I have read so much online about the head gaskets in the 1995's being awful (class action suits against Ford) and they finally did something about it, but nothing has been done about the 96's.
My Dodge Grand Caravan (1997) had the tranny go at 118,000 miles, here I have this POS with 58,000 miles with a blown head. No more Fords for me!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th January, 2008