2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America
Becoming a stress full issue and a scaring trapped feeling with only for payments into it
We have made a total of 4 payments on the 2000 Wind star LX 3.8L.
The engine light comes on a running temp and idle is sluggish, and some times rough.
After reading similar problems with other Wind stars I am afraid of putting any money in to this car.
Especially if it is a manufacture defect.
We are pulling codes PO171 & PO174.
Which neither offer a fix just a list of expense and time taking trail and error. We are in the middle of trying to purchase a home and this could not be happening at a worst time. I am scared to death and what this will cost. And can't afford the time away form work to get it fixed. I feel ford should be taking some responsibility for this defect and helping the customers out. Fix it or pay it off so that we can afford to fix it, is my suggestion.
This car runs OK, but idles rough, research states it will only get worse.
The interior light come on and off on there own.
Since the engine lite starting coming on we have noticed a drop in gas mileage.
Engine noise I cannot identify, but sounds like metal on metal tapping hard when accelerating up hill.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd November, 2005
3rd Nov 2005, 16:19
I don't know if this will help you or not, but on my 1996 Ford Ranger pickup (4L engine) I pulled the same codes you got when I had a rough idle/ stalling at red lights problem. The codes mean a lean air/fuel mixture (extra air getting into the fuel) so the dealer changed the intake gasket twice before figuring out that the EGR assembly was rusted out. Just a thought.
Also for the dome light issues, try spraying WD40 into the mechanism on the door frame that activates the light. These are notorious for trouble.