1999 Ford Windstar Reviews - Page 23 of 25

1999 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Get the Extended Warranty - You'll need it!

Faults:

We purchased the van as a program vehicle in 2000.Since then we have had.

The rack and pinion replaced twice in less that 1 year (luckily covered under warranty)

The transmission replaced ($2552.37-not under warranty)

The air bag light and check engine light are continuously on. (these have been checked out and supposedly fixed-the lights didn't come back on until we left the dealer parking lot)

General Comments:

The van is pretty comfortable and is still running.

The next vehicle I will buy will be a van.

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

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

20th Dec 2003, 22:17

I Purchased my 1999 Wind star April of 2002 with 43,000 miles on it. (used) The first week the check engine light came on. I took it back to the Dealership. It was checked. Within a week the light was on again. That's the first of my problems. I do oil changes when require. I also change my transmission fluid. My most recent problem is the flashing O/d light and sluggish changes in gear. I pull off the road and called AAA club to be towed to the dealer where. I purchased the car. The next day, I was informed. I needed a new transmission at the cost of $2,600.00dollars. This my second Wind star. I previously owned a 1995 Windstar. I had the same problem. I like Ford Motor Company. My other Car 1980 Grand Marquis and 1984 Lincoln Town Car. I never had any with these cars only these two 1995 & 1999 Wind star Vans. The reason I'm writing this letter so your Company could check if there is a problem the transmissions on these Wind star. I don't want to change the " Ford" brand. I have the car in AMCO transmission Shop costing $2,150.00 with 82,400 miles. I'll appreciate your comment and response. Thank you. Lore--

1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Hope you have better luck than I have!

Faults:

Factory battery failed at 32,000 miles. Was replaced by dealer.

Front end needed to be totally rebuilt at 38,000 miles. Ford accepted most of responsibility. Cost: $200.

Heater box failed winter 2003. (46,000 miles) Would only blow cold air and was not a repairable part, only replace. Cost: $900.

Check engine light on winter 2003 (48,000 miles) Resulted in replacement of intake gasket and bolts. Cost: $450.

Carpet and seats wearing badly... look cheap.

Very poor in-town mileage.

General Comments:

I had previously owned a 1995 Windstar and traded it in when I heard horror stories of bad head gaskets.

Was still relatively sold on the Windstar, so went with the '99.

Spending almost $2000 in repairs in less than 3 years has soured me on this vehicle.

Looking to trade for a different model.

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Review Date: 3rd March, 2003

24th Mar 2005, 10:57

I have 1999 Windstar LX in which the heater went out 14 months ago. I was told the heater door assembly was broken. Luckily I had an extendend warranty -- a "must have" for these vehicles, in my opinion. Otherwise repair would have cost me $750.00. This morning on the way to work I could not get heat. Hopefully it is something simple this time like a thermostat --- my warranty is expired now! I've also had the rack & pinion steering repaired twice under warranty.

1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carMercury Topaz

Summary:

Need to be reconsidered before buying!!!

Faults:

In the past week my 1999 Ford Windstar LX van has completely went to excellent and reliable to poor and unreliable. I had bought the van for my children which I have 3 ages 12, 3, 2. Here is the list of repairs I have had in the past week.

Started with tire change. No problem.

Next oil change maintenance. No problem.

Alignment for new tires. No problem.

Struts need to be replaced. Problem (Can't get alignment) Cost $300.00.

Outer tie rods needs replaced. Problem Cost $150.00.

Power Steering Pump replaced. Problem Cost $250.

Rack and Pinion replaced. Problem Cost $500.

Engine Light always stays on. Problem Cost $1000.

The van currently has 53,000 miles why do I have these problems isn't Ford made tough?

General Comments:

Must need recall on all 1999 Windstars!!!

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

Review Date: 1st March, 2003

12th Apr 2003, 17:29

I also have a 1999 Ford Windstar with multiple problems aside from the numerous recalls I have had:

Paint peeling

Door latches not functioning properly (the door indicator says door is open, leaving me with my interior lights on all night.)

Seat belts malfunctioning.

Now at 40'000 miles my power steering pump is going out, I called Ford motors and they said they were not aware of a problem (but I found 377 websites devoted to the problem.)

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