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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
58,065 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 012010

Windstar

  • 76,576 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar wagon. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud, abnormal bang. He stated he pulled over to inspect the vehicle and noticed that the rear axle had fractured in half on the left side. The vehicle was towed to his place of residence. The manufacture advised that the failure was caused by the weather, road conditions or moisture in the area. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 76,576.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 232010

Windstar

  • 164,948 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while reversing into a driveway, the rear axle fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the rear axle was replaced at the contacts expense. The manufacturer was not contacted the failure mileage was 164,948 and the current mileage was approximately 165,200.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #12

May 312010

Windstar

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the rear axle broke. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop but had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure and current mileages were approximately 156,000.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #11

May 232010

Windstar

  • 101,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. While driving at speeds of 40 mph, the vehicle began swaying excessively. The contact moved the vehicle off the roadway and noticed that the rear axle was fractured into two. The vehicle was towed to his place of residence. Neither the manufacturer nor the dealer was contacted regarding the failure. The failure and current mileages were 101,000. Updated 11/03/10.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 242010

Windstar

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear of the vehicle began to sway back and forth. When the contact looked under the vehicle, the rear axle broke on the left side. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 135,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #9

Oct 022009

Windstar

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar. While driving in reverse, she heard a loud popping noise and noticed that the rear left axle was broken. She notified a local mechanic and he stated that he would diagnose the failure at her residence the following day. The dealer stated that there were no related recalls for that year, make and model vehicle. The contact is waiting for a repair estimate. The failure and current mileages were 104000.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #8

Apr 222004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,392 miles

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

While driving at 20 mph and with out any warning rear passenger side wheel snapped off. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, and technician determined that rear axle trailing arm broke.

- Payson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jun 242003

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer states has a power train problem from the transaxles while the vehicle is being driven. Consumer stated there is a technical service bulletin on this issued, number #98-15-19.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 272001

Windstar

  • miles
This vehicle has had numerous braking problems/axles/sway bars/calipers/electrical problems

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 202001

Windstar

  • miles
My wife pulled out of the driveway onto the road and heard a horrible screeching/squealing sound and smelled rubber burning. She pulled into the center lane, approximately 50 feet from our driveway and stopped. She asked our daughter to get out of the vehicle and see what was wrong. She said, "mom, the tire is touching the rear bumper". my wife turned the vehicle around in the neighbor's driveway and drove back into our driveway. She called me out and I looked at the rear right control arm on the rear axle assembly. It was completely severed and pulled approximately 3 inches apart. The rear right tire was scraping the bumper and had gouges in the tread (the tire is ruined). The left wheel was pushed slightly forward. I know if she had made it to the expressway and this piece had broke at 70 mph, my child, her 3 friends, and my wife would be dead. I am worried that anybody with the same style and year vehicle could have the same defect, and I want it made aware to all. I am petrified to think what could have occurred. I also have digital pictures of the defect which could be E-mailed at your request.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 102001

Windstar

  • miles

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

While traveling at approximately 10 mph vehicle started pulling to right, and came to a stop. Consumer examined vehicle, and saw that left rear tire was positioned against bumper of vehicle. Dealership has examined vehicle and determined that rear axle/ tie rod broke. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 102000

Windstar

  • miles
The sensor ring for the ABS system failed. The entire axle had to be replaced at a cost of over $300. I have the part that failed and found that the part had a manufacturing defect. But have been unable to get any compensation from Ford Motor Company.

- Wabash, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 271999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear axle broke, with 4 repair attempts to the powertrain.

- Desoto, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 041997

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer was driving down road made a 90 degree right turn began to speed up, when he reached 35mph the axle came of of the transmission, the left front wheel was face down on the ground, popped back up inside the wheel well to it's normal position. Consumer then lost all control of vehicle. The axle and wheel came out of its mountings there were no upper control arm bolts.

- Horicon, WI, USA

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