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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

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1998 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 162002

(reported on)


  • miles


Owner didn't realize that emergency parking brake didn't release completely. Once she did realize thatowner released it. A 1 1/2 later, lost brakes completely while going through an intersection due to brake fluid boiling in master cylinder. Also, emergency brake was integrated with hydraulic system.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 281999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1)all 5 lugs: Nuts sheared off from the right front passenger hub, causing the wheel to leave the vehicle. The body of the vehicle traveled approximately 200 feet until it stopped. 2)the rear brakes had to be replaced with new pads and rotors. Dealer couldn't explain why this was a problem. 3) the next day the right passenger mirror electical system no longer worked. 4)the parking brake consistently does not disengage after use. We no longer use it, possibly creating a safety hazard. 5) the vehicle intermittently stalls out at low speeds or upon stopping. Additionally the initial gears shift hard and loud. 6) the rear seat will not move on the track.

- Leroy, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 051999

(reported on)


  • miles
Parking brake does not hold vehicle, even on slight incline. Brake does not meet FMVSS test for effectiveness. Brake cable has been adjusted by dealer for minimum slack, and foot brake is fully applied before setting hand brake, but parking brake still does not hold vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

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