24th Jun 2007, 12:48

I agree with the higher octane. We have a Aerostar and it pings unless you have a higher grade of gas. Then again it has 114,000 on it.

13th Sep 2007, 16:49

I like the "Lucas Fuel Treatment". I almost always use it. I really noticed the difference when I didn't use it for a tank or two. Carbon deposits in the combustion chamber increase the compression ratio and affect the swirling of the air/fuel mixture. It can cause pinging. Carbon deposits on the valves restrict the flow of the air/fuel mixture. The treatment seems to keep things clean around there. There is nothing wrong in using the higher octane gasoline; it just seems a bit pricey.

29th Oct 2007, 12:17

I have a 2003 SEL. I bought it second hand and I love it. I almost fell asleep driving it home.

There is just one thing that drives me nuts and that is when I'm driving and the cabin lights start flashing; the worst part about it is when it happens at night when the kids are sleeping. Anyone know how to fix it without going to the mechanics to pay a fortune in trial and error?

20th Mar 2009, 09:35

I have an 03 Sport and we have the same problems with the interior lights flashing. I have noticed that if I re-close the door to the trunk, it usually stops, if not then it is one of the other doors that is not closed enough. Don't rely on the door ajar signal, I don't think it's sensitive enough.

31st Jul 2009, 21:51

I used to have a Windstar with the same "pinging" problem. I couldn't get it to stop. I tried fuel additives, even using 93 octane fuel for awhile. It never stopped.

2nd Apr 2010, 22:58

You can try to use PB Blaster to get some rust and crud off the door hinge; that's what PB Blaster does; that stuff works wonders.