2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L from North America
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.
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
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.
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.