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.
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