9th Jul 2006, 17:39
We bought a 2000 Ford Windstar used in 2001. We thought we got a great deal, but right away we started having problems with it. No one could explain what was wrong, and blamed it on "quirks". Now that I have read all these other entries, it all makes sense.
We have had problems with the doors not unlocking, the dash lights coming on for different reasons, and most distressing, the transmission slipping. Well, this weekend the transmission blew in the middle of the desert on the drive to Las Vegas. It had 85,000 miles on it. Even with AAA, we had to pay $700 to tow it. Now we are also facing thousands to repair it. With all these known problems with the Windstar, I think Ford should have to recall the transmissions! I know that will never happen. I will never buy a Ford again!
One thing I don't understand is before I bought in 2001, I researched this van and it got great reviews!?
11th Jul 2006, 20:23
I'm also the original owner of a 99 Windstar. The right hand Power Sliding Door (PSR) has been a problem for several years. First, the end of the cable slipped off of the "post" on the door. I was able to put it back, but Ford does not sell the little cotter type pin to hold it place. So, it slipped off every few months. Finally, with the cable slipped off, the motor broke while chewing up the cable. I was left with no option, but to replace the motor. The motor and cable assembly cost approx $600, plus $1,000 for installation (because the dealer must take off several door panels. Actually, I did tell the dealer "no". For $1,600, my kids will just open the door manually, like "in the olden days." (The dealer, after they explained to me several weeks ago that I needed a new motor plus install, tried to charge me $160 for the estimate today. Just to tell me something they already had. Just asking for the supervisor was enough to erase that charge.) So... until I get rid of this Windstar, we'll have one power door, one manual door.
19th Oct 2006, 13:48
I have a 2001 Ford Wind-star that has an O/D light flashing and engine light on. I'm dead broke and if what everyone is saying on this board is true, I need a new transmission. I am finished. Time to pray and ask God to make a way.
29th Nov 2006, 15:53
OK...I have a 99 Windstar... it has approximately 84k miles on it now... the rack and pinion was replaced last year at approximately 70k miles I can tell it is going out again!!!...just had my tranny rebuilt last week by AAMCO... (2800 bucks!)
What a great vehicle!!! :) I will NEVER recommend a Ford product to anyone...
30th Nov 2006, 11:15
With all of these tranny problems I have one question, have any of you ever had your tranny serviced, or flushed?
8th Dec 2006, 23:36
This van is a piece of crap! No questions asked!
My parents bought ours just about a year ago, and since the first week on it's been nothing but a damn headache! Numerous repairs and a waste of hard-earned money! It's not like they paid 2000 dollars for it; they paid 8000 for it, so it should've been reliable, and on top of that, it was supposed to replace our former van, which also was another Windstar a '95, which was a heck of a lot better than this '99 LX model.
I wish there's something we can all do to Ford motor co. to compensate us "LOYAL" Windstar owners for this pain in the ass vehicle! Anyone agree?
But I also forget to mention this van is still not right - the radio doesn't work and it's broken down once again, It's in the shop more than it's on the road.
Come on Ford, what kind of cars are you guys building, no wonder why so many people are not buying american anymore!!! The foreign makers offer better quality/warranties and more options standard and brand new!
And far as this hunk of junk goes, we plan on getting rid of the heap and going into either a Nissan or Kia.
28th Dec 2006, 11:11
Owner of a used 2001 Ford Windstar. My first problem was with the O2 sensors. Second problem is currently with the van completely cutting off when I'm driving if I hit even the slightest nick in the road. I've experienced everything from flashing interior lights to the van cutting completely off in the middle of the road while I'm driving with my three little ones, very scary.
I have a warranty via the Dealer, so I've been paying co-pays for the repairs, but that runs out soon. So I'm wary about keeping it after the warranty is over.
31st Dec 2006, 19:21
Case # 12345
Model-Wind star Lx, Sel, Se... who cares the thing is barely worth the scrap
Mileage-Check this out-56899 original miles-second owner.
We have had a few of the typical problems; check engine light, cutting out at the absolute worst possible time, and finally the trans.
I am just so bummed that all of you are telling the truth about this total junk I bought (I thought some of you just had nothing better to do). As much as I think the local manufactures are to blame for the quality of their product, I blame myself for buying a "bargain" car. I hope I never have to lower my standards when buying a car again.
4th Jan 2007, 13:03
I owned a 99 Windstar since new. Had all the scheduled maintenance performed (including transmission fluid flush/replace. Transmission failed at just over 50k miles. Failure sounds familiar... loud bang and then only able to drive in reverse. I am saving the receipts for an anticipated class action lawsuit. Bought a Honda Odyssey and emailed Ford (that day) to tell them I am a proud owner of a new minivan. Emailed me back right away, but all lip service.
16th Jan 2007, 20:47
We have owned our 99 Windstar for 2 years now and the trany went out. My wife had to call me from a busy street because she couldn't go forward. I had to reverse the van all the way to the dealership. Decided not to use them because of the $2600 price tag. Went with another reputable trany shop and will get it back later this week. Van has only 80k miles. I've known foreign cars to go 150k+ without any issues... Ford needs to earn our business back by taking a hit on some of these repair costs due to shotty machinist work!
17th Jan 2007, 14:23
Our family owns a 99 Ford Windstar. We've had so many problems. In the last year we have had to get a new transmission and alternator. The gas tank meter never falls below 1/4 tank, so we don't ever know if we really need gas... we just always top off the tank. The engine light has been on since we've had it. A shop told us that these vans were known for engine lights being on. We have worried that we would not know if the engine actually had a problem. Now, I went to have it inspected. New emission laws require that the engine light be off or the car fails. I told them it passed last time with the engine light on, but the folks at the Station said the laws are different now. They want me to leave the car with them for $87.00 so they can diagnose what's wrong. I know they won't be able to find what's wrong. Other bright people have tried and failed. They say they'll fix it. HA HA. No one can tell me why the radio turns on by itself either. I wish we could afford another car! It's finally paid off. I hope Ford reads these comments. I feel very taken.