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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,758 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Nov 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Paint is peeling on roof, and sides of the vehicle

- Westboro, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Paint is peeling off of van interor remain on panel shows door open when its not and the lights will not go out until you reach about 20mph try driving at night with this.

- North Evans, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 182003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Ford 1998 Windstar power train failure. In Jan 1999, I purchase a used 1998 Ford Windstar. Also paid for a 72 month/60,000 premium care extended warranty. In 2000, the transmission failed almost causing and accident. I brought the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the transmission under warranty. After that I brought the vehicle back more than 5 times stating that the new replacement transmission was not working properly. The trans would slip coming out of first gear and bang into 2nd gear. Also, when driving on a highway the car would stall when downshifting coming off an exit. The dealer, springfield Ford, stated that they could not find a problem. On July 18, 2003 the transmission failed while I was driving. The vehicle just stopped and would not go into gear. As a disabled individual this was a major problem and almost caused an accident. With my flashers on, I was able to put the car into neutral, and drive off the road and safely pack it. This seemed strange that I was able to drive the vehicle in neutral. The vehicle was towed to springfield Ford on July 18, 2003. The dealer called and said that my warranty had expired and it would cost $3000 to fix the transmission. I spoke with Ford and the manager at springfield Ford. They stated that my warranty expired in June of 2003. I believe that my warranty is in effect thru 2005. This vehicle has 47,000 miles on it. I believe that a defective transmission was installed in my vehicle. This has created a major safty issue for me and my family. As of today Ford has not offered to fix my car, offer me a loaner car, or offer any resolution to this problem. As a disabled individual, this van is my main transportation and family car. I am still waiting for Ford to offer to fix my car, describe the failure, and provide a solution. At this point I believe that the entire power train needs to be replaced with oem certified new parts installed and paid by Ford Motor Co. Thank you L

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 152003

Windstar

  • miles

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

The vehicle jerked when driving at any speed.

- Canyon, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 032001

Windstar

  • miles
While driving vehicle at any speed speedometer will freeze. But, tires are still spinning. If traveling at 60 mph speedometer reads zero. Consumer feels this can be unsafeif he doesn't know how fast vehicle is going.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #6

May 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling in warm weather, making sudden stops/parking and while in stop and go traffic, vehicle would stall without any indication. Please provide further informaiton. Air bag light illuminated due to faulty module, the drivers side door adjar switch was sticking causing the door adjar light to illuminate, outer tie rod failed causing noise in the front end, vehicle experiences loss of power/slipping due to faulty transmission, check engine light illuminated and vehicle stalled, dealer replaced sensor, speedometer was off. Nlm

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Jan 012001

Windstar

  • miles

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

Speedometer jumps around; consumer cannot have accurate speed because speedmeter jumps around and around. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #4

Dec 292000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has experienced several problems with the transmission, dealer has replaced it once, however problems continue, consumer has filed for a request for arbitration, vehicle bucks, jerks, and jumps into gear before taking off. Vehicle shimmies from one side to another upon acceleration, there is a thumping sound heard also at times while driving. Vehicle experienced a speed sensor circuit problem. Speedometer jumps. Problem with power steering, dealer adjusted rack and pinion and made other repairs to steering mechanism. Right side brake light bulb failed. Battery failed. Consumer stated it felt as if vehicle was going to stall sometimes, engine has no power at acceleration, engine belt was noisy and was replaced. Tire had a slow leak due to loose tire valve.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 032000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The speedometer stopped working. As a result, when driving speed cannot be determined. Dealer has been contacted.

- Zimmerman, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission replaced two times to illiminate slipping 1st and 2nd gears, however the replacements did not rectify transmission problems. Mjs

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 271998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer doesn't return to zero upon stopping vehicle and stays at a particular speed, even if you brake or accelerate. (qcaw)

- Rockville, NY, USA

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