1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.0L from North America
Fantastic family minivan!
Nothing has gone wrong with this car.
This is a wonderful minivan. It rides beautifully, very comfortable and easy to drive. Visibility is great and it has room for everything. All the seats are comfy, but especially the two front seats. Long trips are a breeze. We've put 20,000 miles on this car in the past 2 years, both long trips and about town driving. We LOVE it! Paid $12,000 for it and worth every penny!
The only strange thing about this car is a whistling noise through the air vent at certain highway speeds on windy days!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2004
2nd Jun 2004, 12:25
You are one of the few Windstar owners who is actually satisfied with the vehicle. I am happy to hear that you are having more luck than I am. However, my advice to you is to sell the van NOW, because at approx 30K miles you will need a steering rack, struts, and possibly tie rod ends ($800.00). At 50-60K miles your engine light will come on and you will need an intake manifold/gasket ($800.00), but only after you replace the 4 O2 sensors at $50.00 each. After you have paid to fix these problems, the engine or the transmission will go and result in a huge expenditure.
The engine in my 99 Windstar blew at 80K miles. I had the van for sale during this occurrence. Fortunately I was able to locate an engine with 37K miles on it for $750.00. Installation is scheduled for next week, then I will sell the van at a lower price just to get rid of it (or perhaps trade it in for a Nissan, Toyota, or Honda).
I am a mechanical Engineer by education & experience, and I take great care of my vehicles.