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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
145,714 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
1996 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 062011

Windstar SXT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles


car ran great the day we purchased it drove it all over no issues then the next day bam everything going crazy with it.

- , Salt Lake, UT, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010

Windstar 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

i got the car from my mother for my son and every since we got it i have been dropping dollars left and right .i have replaced the wires,pluggs,and coil,the o2 sensors .the car still has the check engine light on and still sputters and boggs when accelerating .i have exhausted all means on what to do next .pls. help

- , Hebron, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 252008

Windstar GL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I have had this fixed twice already. I am doubtful I'm going to fix it again. The van is not worth that much money! The book value is less than $2,000.

- , Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172007

(reported on)

Windstar V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles


At this point I am getting 11 mpg. There is a hesitation even when idling.

Had a diagnostic done and was told $700 to clean out the carbon buildup.

UGH. hoping to hear about a better cheaper solution.

- , Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 092005

(reported on)


  • 117,000 miles

The 1996 Windstar has the check engine light on. The Windstar acts like its not getting enough gas after it warms says injector # 3 is bad. Do I replace all of the injectors? Ive had the injectors cleaned. One has been replaced and problem occurred all over again.

- , Friendship, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 142006

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.0 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles

When you are sitting at a light or idling it misfires and seems like it wants to stall. and it does. It also hesitates and sputters too. what can i do take it to a dealer or do a recall on it. i want them to fix it if it is their problem (ford). the van drives good, but for that problem i can't even drive out of town because i'm afraid i'll be sitting on the side of the road. Can anybody give me some type of solution?

- , Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 012003

(reported on)

Windstar LX

  • 146,000 miles

Why, after all the efforts at fixing it, does the mechanic always say, "Well, the first thing we do know is...." Like, I had never been there before and forked over my money for his feeble try!AAAAgh!

- , Frankenmuth, MI, USA

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