2001 Ford Windstar Reviews - Page 7 of 7

2001 Ford Windstar SEL from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carChrysler Town and Country

Summary:

A lemon

Faults:

The Transmission had to be totally rehauled at 25,000 miles.

Now 2 weeks later the van transmission has failed again, and they are unsure what is wrong with it.

General Comments:

I am so disappointed with this vehicle. I love my van, but for the transmission to fail twice with less than 25,000 miles? And I have 4 children, 2 in car seats, and they won't give me a loaner vehicle. The first time it was in the shop they kept it for 8 days and had to totally overhaul the transmission. Now less than 2 weeks later, the van has the same problems. They have had again already for 3 days , and they have NO idea what is wrong with it. They have tried 2 different things and nothing has worked! Ford Motor Company told me they would furnish me with a loaner car, and now says its up to the dealership manager. All the other Ford dealerships in my area said they have loaner cars for me, but can't fix it because Ford wont' pay them since its under the original Factory warrenty and I had it fixed originally by another dealership. I am very angry and very upset. I feel they have me at a disadvantage. They know I can't take my car anywhere else, so they don't have to work with me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2003

28th Dec 2003, 17:13

With transmissions on pre'99 windstars, I have heard that one problem may be the wiring harness that is in the steering column, where the Overdrive button is within the shift lever, had a friend had problems where tranny would not shift, had tranny pulled and overhauled, but yet would not shift properly, he had the Overdrive harness replaced and the problems have gone away... in general, most parts are built to last quite a long time, some will fail due to substandard parts. if the hardware checks out OK, check the wiring also..

My current problem is that I am getting grinding noises when I turn the steering left or right. Alignment is OK, so it can't be a tie rod problem, I can feel that the front shocks are needing replacing, but that is over bumps. the power steering reservoir is full. but yet it grinds and strains at the slightest turn and is getting worse every day of driving. I'm going to have to put it on a lift and pull both the pump and the rack and pinion to see whether 1.) the bearings are going bad on the pump, 2.) the rack and pinion is not meeting specification tolerances. that will take a whole day of my time in the shop, if I take it to the dealer, who knows what problems/ solutions they will come up with.

I like the windstar, plenty of room when you need to take out the third row of seats for cargo. Comfortable on those long trips, IMO it needs a larger fuel tank.

2001 Ford Windstar SE 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Good, safe, basic transportation, but extremely noisy

Faults:

There is very little that has gone wrong with my car. After 11,000 miles one of the panels has come loose and the car will require a stop at the dealer, but that is it. The car has been in the dealer for service only once since I bought it in late June.

General Comments:

The car is powerful, comfortable and easy to drive. I have one of the higher models, and we are very happy with all the "extras" that come with it.

The big negative (and this is a BIG problems) is that the van is extremely noisy. It sounds like you are riding in a convertible. You hear all the road noise. Forget about having a conversation in normal tones!

I test drove the Toyota van before buying this. I loved it. It drove like a car and was extremely quiet. I ended up buying the Windstar because Ford was offering a $2,000 rebate and the price differential was substantial. There is not a day that I don't kick myself for being penny-wise and pound-foolish. If you are deciding between a Ford and either the Honda or Toyota, go for the import. It will be money well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th February, 2002

2001 Ford Windstar SE 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance600 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

You have to drive it to see how nice it feels and handles

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

This is a very fine running van, very roomy, wife loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2001

2001 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carToyota Previa

Summary:

It is not a family van

Faults:

Everything is wrong with this car so I took it back to the cheap Ford dealer. I'd rather keep my Toyota Previa, it is almost 9 years old and working like new, not like the Ford Windstar.

General Comments:

My advice - never buy a Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2001

21st May 2001, 15:19

I bought a Windstar and love it. The gas mileage is wonderful, the room is so much nicer than a car. I had a Dynasty and loved it until I got my van. I would never go back to a car.

7th Jun 2001, 10:30

I can't believe what I've read about these Windstars. It seems every year I looked at, there were way more negative comments then positive ones. We have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport and we love it. I know the Honda and the Toyota are much better vehicles, but they are way more expensive too.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 23 reviews