This vehicle is a competent van
Power steering whine: I treated it with Lucas power steering additive. The whine vanished immediately and never returned.
The right side power sliding door will not always close.
There is a little rattle from the blower motor at low setting. It is just enough to be annoying. It does not occur in warm weather.
I replaced the nearly worn OEM tires with Goodrich Traction Control T/A tires. I am happy with these tires.
We choose this van over Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna because of its lower price. The difference was about $5000.
We choose it over the Chrysler minivans because the Windstar offers a firmer road feel and the Chrysler transmissions have a reputation of braking down. Ford transmissions brake too, but the odds seemed better.
The interior gives a feel of quality, something that I missed with the GM minivans.
I was driving this van 2 days straight for 1350 miles and I was half as tired compared to doing this trip with the Aerostar.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2006