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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,519 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Windstar accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 302004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,620 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Door actuators failed in this minivan in 2000. In 2001 the relay switches were replaced and in 2002. Now in 2004 they say I need to replace the door actuators again. As a result the doors do not lock automatically everything must be done manually.

- Brandon, SD, USA

problem #8

Jan 012004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door ajar lights come on even when all doors are securely closed. The lights continue even when the car is moving. Eventually, sometimes after a day, the lights go out on their own.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #7

May 262002

Windstar

  • 50 miles
I own a 1998 Ford winstar. I bought it two years ago and a month after I bought it the door ajar light goes on when I open the slider or the trunk and it won't go out therefore my dome light stays on and if I don't pull the fuse I risk the chance of loosing my batteryand when the fuse is out I can't open my windows.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 182004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We have a 1998 Ford Windstar, the door switch, is a safety problem when the doors are shut, the light showing the door open, the door locks will unlock, and the in side lights will stay on. I had new rear door locks replaced, my wife safety is a factor if you leave the inside lights on, the battery will fail, if you take the fuse out, then the windows will not work.

- Douglass, KS, USA

problem #5

May 302003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Continual problems with interior lights and locks because of the door ajar monitor. Have to use passenger side door to enter because drivers door normally sets it off, and have to unplug battery to let system reset, so battery does not go dead which normally takes a couple of days. Locks will lock and unlock on their own while driving. Door ajar will also activate with the other doors on its own while you are driving. This has been happening for at least two years. Everytime I wanted to take it to the dealer, it would stop and the dealer said they could do nothing unless it was happening at the time.

- Social Circle, GA, USA

problem #4

May 282002

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle was struck while parked causing sliding door to close onto child's head while getting out of vehicle. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Accelerator went down on its own while in reverse, no brakes to stop, resulting in a accident. Steering vibrates, recommend rotating the tires. Interior seats slightly twisted, door locks works sometime, interior lights work sometimes.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 252002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger's side door lock is inoperative, causes interior lights to stay on at all times.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 182001

Windstar

  • miles
Ajar bell keeps ringing, dash light is on, and lights up. Door is not open, but bell continues to ring.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

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