I have had the same problems with this vehicle as others. Over the last 6 months I have encountered the following problems.
The ABS light went on and I had to replaced the ABS sensor ring on the front driver side.
I had to replace the front tire rods.
The Steering rod and pin went.
Check engine light occasionally turns on then turns off days later.
Recently the door ajar light stays on and the interior light will not turn off. I took out the fuse and now the power windows do not work.
The power locks do not work in unison. They also make a loud noise when using key less entry.
The engine makes a cricketing noise. I was told by a mechanic that it was the tension pulley for the timing belt.
The windshield wipers also have gone.
They will only work on high.
Overall I haven't had any problems with the van until recently. I find it roomy and easy to drive.
Although I have had my difficulties with this vehicle, I do plan on purchasing a 2002 Windstar sport next week.
Hopefully my luck is better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th November, 2004
8th Nov 2004, 08:43
You brought it at over 100k miles and had put 60k miles on it, I think you already had lot of luck with this one.
1998 Ford Windstar GL from North America
Comfy Roomy Ride with Endless Mechanical Nightmares
ABS Braking system - an absolute nightmare. I have nicknamed it the Deathstar. Even Ford deemed it unsafe to drive. Nothing ever seemed to correct the problem and I continued to drive it until my daughter was born. Now, I refuse to put her life in jeopardy. Dealer offered to diagnose the problem for $300.00-$400.00. I took it elsewhere (5 different places before anyone could figure out what the problem was) and the ABS computer was bad--to the tune of $2,000.00 to have it repaired. I didn't and it now rests in my yard.
Check engine light has always been on. Every time I take it anywhere to be diagnosed I would have one more thing repaired until I gave up and just continued to drive it with the light on. I took it long distance frequently and never broke down.
Interior lighting always on with the bell alert for door ajar - like the rest of you I got tired of listening to the "Bong, Bong, Bong" and the lights on... I replaced the sensor and cleaned the door connections and that corrected the problem.
Sensors and switches constantly go bad on this vehicle, more than any vehicle I've ever owned. For example, reverse lights, passenger window control, etc.
The interior of the vehicle has a lot of perks. It's roomy and comfy. I have driven long distances on a regular basis and never became uncomfortable.
The controls and cup holders were well within reach.
Decent sound system.
Great for transporting passengers in comfort and class as well as cargo, although the seats are a real pain to take out and are extremely heavy and awkward.
Great power. You step on the gas and it responds without hesitation.
Good gas mileage.
Basically, it's not mechanically sound, but you can ride in comfort until the components fail and it kills you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th October, 2004
18th Nov 2004, 06:23
My daughter owns a 1998 Ford Wind-star van. She has owned it for about four years. Two years ago it began having electrical problems off and on. She was told it would cost about $700 to $800 to fix so she didn't fix it. She just had the brakes repaired a couple of months ago to the tune of $250 - then the master cylinder went out. She got that fixed to the tune of over $500 - now the transmission has gone out and the engine has blown at the same time. It's not worth fixing. She is a single mom with two children, a new job, and no vehicle. How can all of these major things go wrong all at once? It only has 80,000 miles on it. It was a nice van up until all this happened. Thank you Ford.
Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 110 reviews