Driver's seat cover pulled apart when it was 12 months old. Took it back to the dealer who replaced the cover and once the warranty expired, the bottom cushion broke down.
Rack and pinion unit went at 38,000 miles; car was about 4 years old. Shortly there after rear brake cylinders began leaking and had to be replaced.
Interior lights started blinking on and off at about 45,000 miles - typical door sensor short circuit.
Intake manifold cracked and had to be replaced at about 48,000 miles.
Engine coolant pipe across back of engine began to leak at 59,000 miles. Part cost $89, repair cost almost $400. Top of engine had to be removed to replace pipe.
63,000 mile and the obligatory transmission failure occurred without warning. Trans is being replaced with a rebuilt for $2700.
This is the second Windstar I've owned. Had a 1995 for 4 years and sold it to get this one. I never planned to keep it this long and now I'm paying for that mistake. I'll never buy a Ford again. I had two early Mustangs (1967 & 1970) and I loved them both. I now hate Fords.
We had a Dodge Charger piece of crap back in mid 80's that was total garbage and I've never bought or even considered a Chrysler product again. Now Ford gets added to the list.
Our 2004 Odyssey is great and from now on I'll be buying Honda, Toyota or Nissan.
Ford is in a death spiral and they deserve all they get. They put themselves in this position I hope they pay as dearly as we are for their crap engineering.
Sad thing is this Windstar never broke under warranty, but started all its antics just after it expired. Good job Ford, way to build for the short term. May you reap what you sow.