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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Nov 262001


  • miles
Interior lights in passenger's compartment remain illuminated. Consumer stated that battery had to be disconnected. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Eadaton, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 232001


  • miles
While driving vehicle stalls. When vehicle shuts off, engine check and battery lights come on.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 292000


  • 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 #2

Sep 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The negative battery cable cover is broken and replaced.

- Palm Deser, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 261999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brake pedal became stiff and the vehicle did not stop or slow down. Has happened 5 times, once resulting in a crash. Also happened in reverse. Dealer has seen vehicle 3 times, and though it was the leaking battery acid which was causing causing the defect.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

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