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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,171 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 #5

Dec 072011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the vehicle taken to a local mechanic for inspection of the sub frame when the contact was advised that the sub frame was severely corroded and that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The contact stated that the brake lines were also found to be corroded. The brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the sub frame failure and denied any assistance with the repair. The sub frame was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 114,000. The tie rods, front wheel bearings and battery had to be replaced within one year of owning the vehicle. The wheel cylinders, brake adjusters, spring kit, drums, rotors, shoes, and pads all had to be replaced. Also, the turn signal level stopped working for the left side. When the brake was applied, it went to the floor and then pulsated back up, and then the ABS light illuminated. Updated 02/01/12

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 072005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,105 miles
The rear brake line above the spare tire was rusted and blew apart when my wife hit the brakes to slow for a turning vehicle. This line is in a very bad spot. It is not visible and there is the greatest chance to hold moisture there. It is a safety issue. It only has 70,000 miles on it.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 022003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,750 miles
1998 Windstar brake line failure over catalytic converter similar to 1996 Ford Windstar recall 4/3/02 02V101000. Local mechanic with knowledge recall on 1996 Windstar contacted brockport Ford (closest dealer) for information on repair and if any special materials were available to repair. The mechanic was told there wansn't anything available. Throug my own research on your website after repair on 9/3/3, 1996 recall describes specific repair for the 1996. Are and Ford sure the same recall isn't necessary on other model years? under other conditions, our failure could have been devestating to my wife and 4 children!!!!

- Holley, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 011999


  • miles
Brake fluid leaking. Have taken it in several times and they can't solve the problem. Simular to the 1996 Windstar recall.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 122001


  • miles
Brake hose leak caused a sudden total loss of breaking power. Amazingly, there was no accident. The gasket failure was attended to at the first hint of a problem, since I had the same problem on my Ford Taurus one month prior.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

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