1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L from North America
A very poor performing vehicle, mechanically. This does not work for mom's/kid's
Began using oil at 14,000 miles. It has worsened now, with 29,500 miles. At first, the oil consumption was a pint each 750 miles or so. I just completed a trip towing a 1500 lb. pop-up camper. The Windstar used 1 1/2 quarts of oil over the 825 miles as confirmed by Jiffy Lube. The dealer in Lebanon, OH says "oil use is normal" after they began tracking the oil use. I gave up after the dealer said even a new engine uses oil. I have now written Ford executives. This is my second Windstar and the '95 had the transmission go out at 36,011 miles.
The '99 has had 3-4 recalls involving electronics, lube tube, and other stuff!
The Windstar is easy to drive and handles well. I have no confidence in the engine (headgasket issues, oil usage) or the transmission. I will try to get this oil usage fixed and then sell the vehicle so I can buy something else!
So far, Ford dealers have not been helpful so I will write the Ford execs for help. If that does not work, I plan a lawsuit as it is still within the base warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2001