2000 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L from North America




Only regular maintenance items have been changed.

General Comments:

I see all the negative remarks regarding this van, and I feel compelled to respond.

I purchased my Windstar new off the lot back in 2000 when my wife was pregnant with our first of two children. The van has been an absolute warrior for us. Gone everywhere, done everything. I have been good with the maintenance, and taken care of something that cost me a pretty penny back in the day. Over 180k miles and counting; I dread the day I have to retire the Windstar and look for something new.

Take all reviews with a grain of salt... In 2000 Ford sold over 175k of these vans and 35 were deemed by reviewers to be "problematic".. Stay on top of servicing the vehicle, and if buying used, try and research that particular vehicles history as thoroughly as possible... Good Luck!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2010

25th Apr 2010, 10:22

I'm glad to hear you had good luck with your Windstar, however, I must respectfully disagree with your opinion of this being a good car.

Just based on the reviews from this very site, you can tell that this is not a quality vehicle. My own experience tells me that this is not a quality vehicle. My 2003 Windstar was nothing but problems, costing me over $6,000 in repairs for the 3 years that I owned it. These repairs included: A starter, an alternator, the upper intake manifold, and another alternator AND another starter. It was always having electrical problems (the interior lights had a mind of their own, and the gauge cluster worked periodically).

I tried many different Ford dealerships and was treated poorly by all of them. Towards the end, it needed a new transmission, however I managed to limp it along for another 3,000 miles or so by shifting manually through the gears (it just wouldn't shift automatically anymore, and it slammed into 4th gear after screaming at 5,000 RPMS. I couldn't shift manually into that gear unfortunately.)

I was going to get the transmission replaced, however, the final straw came at around 98K miles, when the multi-function switch failed and caused my windshield wipers to run all the time. Ford wanted $1800 to replace it. I refused to pay so much for such a simple part and replacement. The dealership then began talking about me buying a new car! I told them I would not be buying a Ford ever again.

I got into my Windstar and limped it a mile down the road to the Honda dealership. Bought a CR-V, and with over 50K on the clock, haven't had a single issue. In fact, just a few months after my purchase of the CR-V, I found out there was an open recall for many Ford vehicles including the Windstar for a faulty cruise control switch, which could overheat and ignite the brake fluid in the reservoir, causing the vehicle to CATCH ON FIRE, and that this could happen hours after driving the vehicle. I'm glad I got rid of that van before it hurt or killed somebody or burned my house down.

By the way, I'm also interested in how you managed to get a 4.0L engine in a Windstar, as it was only offered with a 3.8L V6.

2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L from North America


Lousy lemon


Windshield wipers failed to work. Cost nearly $500 for the repair of a defect in the wiper system.

Rear window unexpectedly broke due to cold weather, so another $250 for replacement of the defective window glass.

Engine light always on. Dealer claims it is a normal problem due to a defective gas cap. This after replacement and over $100 later.

Coolant leak due to a very poor design of the cooling system (running a tube through the manifold system). That was another $525 to fix.

Front spring broke while driving with absolutely no indication anything was wrong. Don't have cost for the spring fix, as I don't know what the total extent of damage is, or how much it will cost.

General Comments:

This is THE worst vehicle I have EVER had. There are many little things wrong with it that just annoy the heck out of me as well. I have always stayed away from Ford, but thought this one looked like it might be a good vehicle. Boy was I wrong. Due to the local dealer being downright rude and a bit nasty, I will NEVER, EVER buy another Ford of any kind again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 2010

22nd Mar 2010, 09:40

The car was nearing the 100K mile mark and you are complaining about a $1000 outlay? You could do worse. Like the transmission on these cars that may go at around 100K miles. Praise yourself lucky. A 6 year old cars is not a new car. You have to repair these. Yes, the Windstar is not the best car ever built, but not the worst either. If you want zero repairs; buy a new car.

8th Apr 2010, 21:14

The check engine light is probably on because of a leaky manifold gasket. I've got 165k on my Windstar and I love it. Just replaced the tranny and the struts. Knew the struts were gone because of a clunking noise when turning the wheel. You seem to be paying quite a bit for repairs though. I just replaced the tranny, both front struts and shocks, the exhaust, valve and manifold gaskets, spark plug set, all vacuum hoses and a general tune up and oil change for 3k. Only reason it was that much is because the tranny is just over 2k for a re-manufactured one with labor. BTW I have a SEL 3.8L.