1996 Ford Windstar from North America




This car we bought from a colleague. It was displaying check engine. we ignored. colleague not suggested its being displayed from the day one. while we drove to county for regn this car stopped right on middle of freeway. towed to mechanic, found the check engine led blinking, found the head gasket broken. spend 2k for repairs.. now needs weekly 1QT of engine oil for maintanance.

Avoid this make.

General Comments:

Comfort wise its good, very spacious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2006

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America


F.O.R.D. Found on road dead


Needed a new transmission, Head gasket blew and had to be replaced, door look sensors stay on even after doors are slammed shut. Terrible gas guzzler.

General Comments:

I wouldn't recommend this van to anyone. Ride a bike instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L V6 from North America


It started out great, but has turned into a money pit!


I guess we are fortunate that our van has lasted this long. I started having problems about 2 days after making the final payment. It started with a severe "chugging" and the check engine light.

I have replaced the front brakes 4 times!!!

The dome light stays on and the door ajar alarm will go on dinging for several minutes.

The power locks have just started to fail.

The turn signal/wiper lever is no longer functioning.

The passenger side power window will not go down.

The car will run smoothly for about a minute then run rough for approx. 45 seconds. It cycles this way pretty continually. Does anyone have any ideas or is it time to give up the battle?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2006

1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.0 from North America


Needs to be retired


Engine problems, and various other things.

General Comments:

The van is big and comfy, enough room to seat our family, but it's had a lot of problems. I think this vehicle was once reliable, but it's over due for a retirement.

Our engine "blew" at about 120,000 miles, and I thought it must have been my fault, but after reading the reviews and how common of a problem this is, I realize that it probably wasn't (a huge relief)

I've also experienced power steering fluid leaks and a problem with the serpentine thing. Last week it started leaking oil, and water, and we can't figure out from where. It's not losing from the radiator, it's being lost from the rear of the engine.

I would not recommend that a family purchase this vehicle unless by some miracle they found one with very few miles on it, otherwise, it is just an unneeded expense. Believe me, we owe my in-laws thousands of dollars in repair loans for this vehicle. At it's age, with how many miles it has on it, it has become nothing more than a sinking ship.

A word to the wise - a 10 year old vehicle with high mileage is never a good deal unless it's free, because you'll only end up paying more in repairs than what the car is worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2006

1996 Ford Windstar from North America


Good car, but needs touch up


Brake lights will not work.

Cruise control will not work.

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

Review Date: 31st March, 2006

1996 Ford Windstar LX from North America


An Fabulous Used-Automobile


I've only had the car for 7 months now and I've only encountered these following problems...

- Front struts needed replacement at 150,324 miles.

- Sliding door needed to be re-aligned.

- Seats have started to slightly wear.

General Comments:

Ford has outdone itself again. Although this is my first car, my family has had many Ford's before. This car has many unique and dis functional qualities. They are...


- A great car for moving you and your friends around town.

- Has very comfortable seats.

- Can accelerate quickly and stay that high for parkway or around town use.

- Has a very stylish interior and exterior design.

- Has great cargo room while both the second and third rows are up.

- Has a cool second row radio with earphone jacks so when me and the front passenger can talk, the rear people can listen to music.

- There are so many great features I cannot describe them all.


- The one side sliding door. Although it is inconvenient, I really don't have a HUGE problem with it.

- The Car is great so there isn't many cons on this car.

* I would recommend this car to any first time drivers, It's the best for me!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2006