1998 Ford Windstar from North America


My in-laws gave us their old Windstar a year ago. We thought we were getting a deal because the car was free. However, we've put more money into this car than if we had been making car payments on a new car!

So far, we've had to replace several very expensive sensors, the steering rack, and now possibly the entire power steering system.

The power lock system is broken, even though the Ford dealer fixed it before the car was given to us.

The passenger window doesn't roll down, and one of the seals leaks transmission fluid like crazy. We have to fill it up with transmission fluid every other week, because we can't afford to fix the leak. It's only a matter of time before the transmission goes out in this car.

Would NEVER get another Ford. It's by far the worst and most expensive car I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot of old crappy cars). We're getting rid of it as soon as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th February, 2010

1998 Ford Windstar 3.0L from North America


Great price, reliable... best Ford vehicle!


Check engine light, power window motor passenger side and side mirror fell off.

General Comments:

Great van, and excellent gas mileage for its size.

Reliable daily driver, and excellent for hauling large items when the 3rd row seat is removed.

Never had any major problems, drives well in snow and will probably own this van for a few more years.

I use synthetic oil. Just replaced the original battery. Van was stored for 4 years and still drives like when we first bought it as second hand with 27,000 miles on it.

I recommend buying a used 1998 Windstar, 3.0L with low mileage. You will get your money's worth compare to overpriced older Honda and Toyota vans with over 100K miles. I almost bought another Windstar with 60K miles for only $3,500.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2010

30th Jan 2010, 18:48

My '03 Windstar couldn't even make it to 100,000 miles without needing over $6,000 in repairs. I never got it to 100,000 because I refused to replace the transmission. I'll take a Honda or Toyota van anyday. Especially an old Toyota Previa, those things are indestructible.

1998 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America


Piece of junk


One of the worst vans I have ever owned. Too many maintenance items.

1st transmission replaced at 80k, $3500 all my cost, while on vacation trip.

Second trans replaced at 120k, but was covered under warranty.

CV joints replaced 30k, front disc replaced 35k, blown radiator at 67k, head gasket, manifold gasket replaced for oil in radiator.

Front end steering components all replaced at 150k.

This van was a big money pit. Ford should be ashamed of themselves for selling such a piece of junk. Shame on you Ford. Forget about me buying another Ford, and I tell everyone I know how Ford put this unreliable garbage out on the market. They should have went bankrupt since they don't know how to design cars.

Has anyone replaced the 3 spark plugs by the firewall? Have to lay on the engine to reach back and replace plugs by feel. The auto engineers should work on the cars they design. They would not do this design again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th October, 2009

1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America


My favorite vehicle ever!!!


I had the transmission rebuilt at about 168,000, and I have had quite a bit of front suspension work done on this van and brakes as well, but it has been the best vehicle ever. I love it, and wish they still made them.

It still gets around 20 miles to the gallon on gas, it never overheats, the air has never been recharged and still blows really cold air, and it still very quiet.

All of you who work for Ford, please take a bow!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2009

1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8 from North America


One of our all-time best buys!


We had to have some work done on the brakes at about 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

This vehicle has been phenomenal for us! We have driven it many miles, and it is so great I am almost emotional attached to it. (Lucky for me, as I bought the van at an auction without planning to, and without my husband's knowledge)

We have used it to pull our camper, and it has performed the task faithfully.

As a mom, this has been my "headquarters" as I hauled the kids around here and there.

I do wish it had a driver's side rear door, and I am sure the newer minivans have easier and better ways to move the seats around, but I am sticking with this one as long as I can.

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

Review Date: 28th May, 2009