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.
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.
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.
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.