1999 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8 from North America
They are junk
I have a 1999 Ford Windstar, and my transmission hasn't went out yet, but it's on its way. I think Ford needs to get their heads on straight, and quit selling junk. They don't understand that it is already hard enough to have money to live, and an added car cost isn't going to help, so I think they need to fix the problem or buy all of them back. At least Toyota offered to buy theirs back. Ford cars and trucks and van are the most POS I have every seen, and I will never own another one.
I don't have anything to say, but the Ford Windstar is junk.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2011
We bought our 99 Windstar used with 74k miles on it.
Around 100k it needed new head gasket. I went ahead and had both head and intake gaskets changed.
It went to 190k with no repairs; at that time it needed a new fuel pump.
It now has 205k miles on it. I just replaced the EGR valve to fix rough idle, and the engine and trans run/shift smooth, clean exhaust.
An occasional wet carpet near the passenger side 3rd seat mount turned out to be the grommet where the tube for rear hatch glass washer passed through the body. 3M RTV fixed that easy.
I've wet sanded and polished the headlamps back to clear twice during the 205k miles.
I love my 99 Windstar, and most repairs have been expected maintenance items such as tie rods, brakes, struts/shocks, etc.
The 134a has just begun to leak this fall, which at 12 years and 205k miles is completely normal. I just looked at an 07 Freestar with 63k miles for $7,000 today, and think I will buy it this week. Have to work out a deal with the car lot to swap the ceilings, console, wiring harness to keep the LCD rear seat entertainment out of the 99.
Most of the complaints I've read on here about failures at 100k+ miles, are parts that usually fail at much less mileage on Chrysler and GM vehicles. Since GM switched to an electronic transmission around 94, I haven't had one last pass 90k. I've known Dodge owners that had trans rebuilds at 10k miles. I come from a family of GM owners, but can't deny that I've had much less problems out of my Fords than other brands I've owned.
"Ford cars and trucks and van are the most POS I have every seen, and I will never own another one."
Ford's "traditional" full-size cars are the only models worth owning.