1997 Ford Windstar Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carKia Sportage

Summary:

My husband says we will NOT buy another ford

Faults:

Within the first year the car would shut off when coming to a stop and had that repaired at my cost twice.

Overhead lights would come on and stay on.

Door ajar chime would come on and stay on for long periods of time.

Noise in wheels when turning.

Service engine light always seemed to be on.

Heater core had a leak and had to be replaced.

Antifreeze in the heads. White smoke coming out of tailpipe.

Rear air vents only blew hot air on bottom regardless if the a/c was on, NO air would come out of top vents.

Sliding door locks don't work automatically.

Rear view mirrors don't work automatically.

Rear speakers have NEVER worked in the car.

General Comments:

The car would shut off when rolling to a stop and had to be repaired twice at my cost.

The interior lights would stay on.

The door ajar chime would come on and stay on, I tell everyone that is the complimentary music from Ford.

The sliding door locks do not function autmatically anymore, has to be done manually.

I live in the South where it gets nice and hot so when the rear vents only blow out HOT air when the A/C is on makes for a great ride with 3 children.

My husband just replaced the head gaskets because antifreeze getting into the heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th June, 2004

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carChrysler Grand Caravan

Summary:

Great comfort that's all

Faults:

Ideler pully bearings go with out a warning and breaks the belt that will cause the belt to wrap around crank shaft in return brakes crank sensor. At the shop can cost you 300 to 400 dollars, Crank sensor cost 16.99 to replace yourself. Shop Charges 30.99.

Must check brake pads every 6 months due to the wear on rotors and pads.

Thank you ford!!!

General Comments:

This van has great comfort for the whole family, but in respect to design, Well they should shoot the whole design team for this blunder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2004

1997 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

A big piece of JUNK

Faults:

Check engine light is on more that it is off.

Valve cover gasket at 37,000

ABS Brakes at 60,000

Brake Master Cylnder 65,000

Intake Manifold Gasket 70,000

Speedometer jumps around.

General Comments:

I got this beacuse my uncle works at Ford and was able to get me a good discount, that discount has long since been sucked up in repair cost.

We are selling this POS before anything more can go wrong with it.

We are not a Honda/Mazda/Toyota family for the rest of my life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

24th Apr 2005, 07:27

I must agree with this review. My father owns a 1996 windstar and has had all of the mentioned problems as well as others. I bought a 1997 in 2001, because I got a great price on it. We picked it up for $5500 with 50000 miles on it. It ran great for first 2 years, now we have put ABS, head cover gasket, and the speedometer went out. They want $650 for a new one! I wrote Ford, and they ignored me. I would never buy another Ford, which is what I told them when I wrote to them. I also explained that my father owned 1964, 1973,1980,1988, and his present 1996 ford. He too will no longer be a ford man. Perhaps they should meet with the folks at toyota and get a few tips on how to build a quality vehicle!

1997 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance267000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Lots of practicality -take a chance!

Faults:

The ABS light is on constantly now for 4 years. I have been told it is a worn out sensor ring that is expensive -you have to take the axle out to replace it. I like to think it means the "After Burner System" is activated.

Replaced the steering rack soon after I bought it when it started to leak fluid.

I too noticed a clunk when starting from a stopped position. My mechanic knew exactly what it was a worn suspension part. He just added some weld in on the part and fixed the problem.

The door ajar switch goes on and off as a result of various worn out door and hatch sensors. I live with it, but it is annoying.

The speedometer needle fluctuates wildly, I live with that too.

Transmission was sticking, but I added a bottle of Lucas transmission additive and believe it or not it corrected the problem.

The worst thing to happen was one of the front suspension springs broke. There was no recall at the time and I had to replace the springs. A recall was later added to put in spring guards.

General Comments:

I really like the style of the van, both the interior and exterior.

Mechanically it has not been the best vehicle -but then again it has not been a nightmare either.

After 266,000 kilometers the van is still going strong. The interior is holding up very well. A lot of practicality in this vehicle. I will miss it when it finally gives it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

26th Aug 2005, 17:37

A quick update, I still have the van and I'm at 345,000 kilometers on the original engine -without a rebuild! I change the oil every 3 months and last tune up was at 150,000 kilometers. I have added about 4 bottles of Lucas transmission additive (drain a pint out with a tube trough the dipstick tube) to help the clunky transmission which is original too! Since my review I have had only one problem with the alternator wearing out which is just regular maintenance. I am looking at buying another newer Windstar!

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 24 reviews