1999 Ford Windstar LX gasoline from North America
Dangerous piece of junk
Transmission blew (literally) at 92,000 miles. This was at least the 3rd tranny that had been put into this piece of junk.
Front brakes to the tune of $1100 at 86,000, but since brakes are regular maintenance, I have no idea how often this had been done by previous owners.
O/D light started blinking at 92000 miles. Van started smoking, and within a few miles there was so much smoke I had to pull over to the shoulder as I couldn't see.
Was sitting in car after calling for tow truck, when it dawned on me that maybe I shouldn't remain in vehicle due to the heavy smoke and burning smell. I exited vehicle and a minute later it sounded like a bomb went off.
When it was towed to an independent transmission shop, I was told that parts of the tranny had melted and there was a good possibility it could have caught on fire. After a new tranny was put in at a cost of $2300, I was informed that this was AT LEAST the 3rd transmission to be put into the van. Two months later, I got rid of it after reading countless reviews on the internet, including this site, about defective Windstar transmissions and the horror stories that people had to tell. Why I hadn't done this before purchase is beyond me. We were in desperate need of a vehicle at the time, so that may have had something to do with the haste in purchasing this piece of garbage.
Ford should be held accountable for producing these pieces of dangerous junk. Anyone looking to buy a Windstar - DON'T. Read the stories here and do a websearch using Windstar transmission problems as search words. I didn't, and had to take the consequences.
BTW, I often drive by the tranny shop that did the work. Every time, there are at least 2 or 3 ford vehicles parked in the service area. It is obvious Fords have huge tranny problems but the company will refuse to acknowledge this. Buyer beware.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th January, 2010