2000 Ford Windstar SE 3.8 from North America


No wonder they stopped making them


Transmission replacement at 89000 in June 2007.

Burning oil and coolant right now (head gasket?)

Right front blinker stopped working (wiring?)

Rear heat/air blower went out completely January 2009.

Horrible struts/shocks/tie-rods.

Driver's rear door makes a rattling sound on damp days.

Horrible rusting on bottom of that door (see that on most of the same models I see).

Second transmission starting to make noises, and clunk at putting in gear.

The message board never worked correctly for temp/direction/home link.

Brake fluid is vanishing, but can't see where, since it isn't leaving puddles.

Driver's door keyless entry/power door lock stopped working on warm/damp days. Only works in winter/cold weather it seems.

There has always been a loud whirring noise when turn right... now it has started when turning left after 5 years. Mechanic could not figure it out for 3 years.

Hard to start when parked on an incline.

General Comments:

The van is roomy enough for a large family to get in and out. Trunk space is small for cargo. So for trips, a lot of stuff goes in between the seats, and at everyone's feet.

Have had a lot of issues with transmission, electrical, and suspension. I think the head gasket needs to be replaced, but that will cost more than it is worth. I can't wait to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th March, 2010

21st Apr 2010, 09:35

Brake fluid vanishing:

Make sure to check the brake pressure switch at the master cylinder. Look over the air cleaner to the firewall. It could leak and allow the fluid to run down the wire and get into the ABS control. That situation could even cause a fire.

Whirring noise:

That's a common power steering noise. It's a nuisance for sure, but in itself it is no reason to replace the power steering pump. You could try replacing the power steering fluid or to add "Lucas Oil" Power Steering Fix. It raises the viscosity and therefore reduces the noise.

2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L V6 from North America


Reliable and dependable


Speed control sensor switch at 125,000 miles.

Driver's side power window at 140,000 miles.

Front heater/AC blend door actuator at 155,000 miles.

Automatic transmission failure at 97,000 miles.

Check engine light from leaking intake manifold gasket at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

Overall I am pleased with this minivan and find it much more pleasant driving experience than a car. It's 3.8 L V-6 has plenty of torque and gets good gas mileage. It handles like a car, it's easy to drive, you sit up high, and the line of sight gives you ample view of what's up ahead.

It's aerodynamic style and handling does not result in drivers fatigue like full size vans can cause. It is susceptible to highway noise, but quiet compared to other minivans in its price range.

It serves as a multifunctional vehicle, and has served my lifestyle well. It seats up to 7 people, and when the seats are taken out, it is great for hauling small loads. When taking trips, removing the back bench seat provides room in the back so one person can rest while the other drives. I am happy with it.

As for the above problems, it's expected and except for the automatic transmission (which is unusual for a Ford), all repairs can be done by an owner familiar with basic automobile repair.

I will probably always own at least one minivan, and would purchase another used Windstar.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2009

21st Dec 2009, 12:47

I had a 2003 Windstar LX myself. I liked the van for a short time, then things began breaking... and breaking again. I really don't want to go into to much detail, as it would be an ENORMOUS list of repairs, It really disappointed me that so many happened within the first 50,000 miles or so. Put me off of Ford for good, and for the most part, domestic vehicles.