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4.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,840 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 152003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,880 miles

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

1998 Ford Windstar head gasket failure with vehicle just over warranty coverage status. Normal maintenance record as well as driving techniques/habits.

- Orcutt, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 112004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
Heater on car wasn't working, smelling something burning. Advised that Windstar with 3.8 engines seem to experience head gasket failure wherein coolant is either being burned or mixing with oil and will cause engine failure. Advised to contact Ford, nhsta and local dealer.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 022003

Windstar

  • 55,000 miles
The consumer had to refill the vehicle with coolant fluid often due to engine overheating.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 092001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle started smoking, and when consumer lifted up the hood there was a smell of coolant sprayed all over vehicle, and leaking from underneath onto the ground. Transmission was replaced. But problem was still there.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #3

May 011999

Windstar

  • miles
Ne lamp light on- al maroone Ford attempted to repair 4 times, but was unable. 5th time svc engine light appeared, the van broke down with a blown engine. Fluid leaked into oil, causing gasket to blow through engine block. Ford will not admit past problem

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 031999

Windstar

  • miles
Routing of hose caused contact with battery tray corner causinghole in hose

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #1

May 141998

Windstar

  • miles
The 1998 Ford Windstar has on several occasions cut off in the middle of left hand turns I've made in intersections. It also cuts off if whenever I have to come to a sudden stop. For example once in September of 1998, in the middle of a left hand turn at a busy intersection another driver driving West ran through the caution light while I was turning. I had to slam on my breaks to keep her from hittting me and my car cut off. When I drive up hills it stalls[my drive way] and cuts off. Three days after I brought the van home it leaked what looked like to be antifreeze. It also hesitates when I slow down.

- Inkster, MI, USA

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