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1999 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Good, but not Great

Faults:

This is the second Windstar my husband and I have owned. The 1996 Windstar had the head gasket blown and it was covered under the recall. We traded it in just as the transmission started to slip.

We were so excited with our 1999 Winstar. It rode like a dream for the first two years of ownership. Then the nightmare set in. The "phantom" engine light. We were told that was because the gas cal wasn't on tight enough. The Ford dealer was about to charge me $35.00 a pop to turn it off. Luckily, a relative of a close friend agreed to turn it off for us periodically. He'd put it on the computer and just make sure that is all it was.

The third seat is lopsided, but I think that was because my daughter and her large teenage friends took it to the beach for the day.

We rebuilt the transmission because it wouldn't change from 2nd to 3rd gear.

There is also a grinding noise when we brake. It seems to come from the left rear wheel. It started to happen just when it rained. Now it happens very frequently. I notice when it DIDN'T happen now. Ford, Meineke, Sears, and our friend cannot find out why.

Recently, we noticed a tick in the engine. We checked the oil level and it was fine. I arranged an appointment for the oil to be changed and to have the tick checked out. Well, it was too late. The engine is blown. The head is cracked, and the valves blew. This car dose NOT even have 100,000 miles on it! Now, I have to find other means of transportation. This is getting expensive!

General Comments:

I can honestly say that I was always comfortable in the car. It drove great for long distances. It could speed up enough to get out of the way when needed.

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

Review Date: 30th September, 2004

1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

Lemon-Star

Faults:

This van is an electronic nightmare. I have had one sensor problem after another.

I have replaced the IAC sensor twice, mass airflow sensor, anti-lock brake sensor and a transmission sensor.

My check engine light has been on since 40,000 miles. I have had Ford and other mechanics try to fix it, and so far no one can figure it out.

It has been so many things that I would not ever buy another Ford again.

General Comments:

The ride is comfortable and stable.

The gas mileage is terrible, and I have kept this vehicle maintained per manufacturer specifications.

The fuel injectors have to be flushed out by a mechanic every 15,000 miles, including additives every 3,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th September, 2004

1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance76700 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Works for me, everything has problems

Faults:

The brakes need replacing. I know that a lot of people are complaining of a check engine light coming on and staying on. In the front of the engine on most Windstars is a silver piece for the EGR system. It cost approx. $75.00 it takes about 10 minutes to replace it and the check engine light will go off. Do not waste your money taking it in. If after you replace the part the light will not go off on it's own. Take the negative battery cable off for 10 seconds and the replace it. If the check engine light comes on again you have a more serious problem. Trust me I have a 1995 as well. I hated replacing things, but I loved my van. I lost it in an accident, now I have a 99' life goes on.

Good luck.

General Comments:

Please see above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

1999 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

I would NOT recommend to anyone, well, maybe to Mr. Ford himself

Faults:

The check engine light has come on.

The back power windows work sporatically.

The transmission is starting to go bad. The car will actually start to shift through the gears while stopped.

The air control/valve went bad.

General Comments:

Ford is such a brand and household name that sells America on the fact of it's tremendous safety features. I'm sorry, but 2 Wind stars have left me and 3 children stranded now over 250 miles from home. Both with only 70k miles. The 1995 had the engine go bad and our 1999 now needs the transmission replaced. This is unacceptable, our other car is a 2000 Ford Taurus, which besides the occasional check engine "phantom" light, runs OK. Many people I know have the Dodge vans and have been very happy. Apparently Ford does not want my business anymore or they would make a product that keeps leaving me stranded.

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

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

Average review marks: 4.5 / 10, based on 92 reviews