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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,776 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

May 192003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • 88,000 miles

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

While driving, the vehicle stopped in the middle of traffic without warning. The dealer stated the transmission and head gasket needed to be replaced.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #32

May 102003

Windstar

  • 169,000 miles
The head gasket failed. A technical service bulletin was issued for the earlier models.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #31

Mar 232003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,093 miles
While driving 35 mph engine locked up without warning, leaving the consumer without power. The dealer was notified..

- Hazelwood, MO, USA

problem #30

Jan 052003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

I have maintained my 1998 Ford Windstar very well - having all recommended maintenace performed. It has only 80,000 miles on it and the head gasket now has a leak. Coolant has leaked into the #4 cylinder. The dealer wants $3500-4500 to put a new engine in it. The head gasket leaking is a known problem with Windstar. Ford has has a program for earlier models to replace the engine. But Ford has yet to apply the program to the 1998 models. I expect a Ford vehicle to get at least 180,000 miles when the owner has all recommended maintenance completed. I want Ford to pay for a new engine! I was to put another 100,000 miles on that van.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #29

Jan 132003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer statedthere are problems with the vehicle. Dealer was contacted and they stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #28

Oct 022002

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, the van would vibrate. The dealership stated they replaced the motor mounts, however the condition still persists. The motor mounts were replaced again due to the same problem of unknown vibration. Nlm the passenger side front tire wore out. The tie rod ends were replaced.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #27

Aug 292002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was parked and head gasket blewout. Vehicle had to be towed. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #26

Jun 072002

Windstar

  • miles
Head gasket failure, coolant leaked into cylindar, bent connecting rod.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #25

May 282002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
White smoke coming from the exhaust and the engine was missing due to blown head gaskets. Dealer contacted. Also found blown intake manifold gasket. Transmission replaced at 45,000 miles.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #24

May 092002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle was losing anti freeze, and engine would keep getting close to overheating. Contacted dealer, and dealer replaced head gasket.

- Clinton, IN, USA

problem #23

Apr 082002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Head gasket failure/replacement - Ford has had ongoing problems with the head gaskets on the 3.8 engines. Ford informed me that they do have "programs" for this problem on earlier models but have not extended them to cover the 98 models. While my Windstar is a 98 model it was built in January of 1997.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #22

Nov 122001

Windstar

  • 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

problem #21

Dec 172001

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
While driving, the engine fell out to the ground. Dealer said someone removed the engine bolts. There were no existing bolts. (engine support held in place by friction on the threads until final failure)

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #20

Feb 012001

Windstar

  • miles
# 4 cylinder was checked by Ford dealer as defect, but it was headgasket paid $300 for computer check wrong information, car kept stalling before and after installation due to head gasket failure while making turns or sudden stops.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 292001

Windstar

  • miles
The 1998 Ford Windstar 3.8L V-6 engine's head gasket leaked on our Windstar and the coolant contaminated the engine oil, which created engine failure due to excess bearing wear. In the last 2,000 miles we lost approximately 2 quarts of coolant. Ford says it does not have a recall for the 3.8L head gasket problem and will not compensate us for the costs of installing a new fqr 3.8L engine. The new fqr engine only has a 24 month/24,000 mile warranty, which may fail again after the 2year/24,000 mile and the customer is taken advantage of again! Ford is aware of the 3.8L engine head gasket problem and has had the problem since 1988 model year. Ford has issued two onps (owner notification program) 98M01 which extended the warranty for 5years/60,000 through 1995 model years, and the 00M09 which extended the 98M01 warranty to 7years/100,000. I have checked the NHTSA complaint database and found they are still having problems with the 3.8L head gaskets through the 1999 Windstar, mustangs, Sable, Taurus, Lincoln continentals, and Cougar. Many of these vehicles are having the problem as early 18,000 to 36,000 miles but the bulk are having the problems in excess of 3years/36,000 and the customer is stuck with a huge repair bill, of $4,000 to $6,000 dollars. Ford claims they corrected the problem after the 1995 model year with new head gaskets even though it is obvious the problem has not been corrected. Ford has sold and still may be selling a product that is defective that could lead to creating accidents with multiple fatalities. Ford has admitted to the fact that the 3.8L head gaskets should not fail before 7 years/100,000 miles for vehicles manufactured through 1995 with the 00M09 owner notification program. Ford is still having a problem with the 3.8L head gaskets failing through the 1999 model year! why aren't they taking care of these problems. Why hasn't the government (NHTSA) investigated this and permit Ford to take advantage of the consumer?

- Laurelville, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 292001

Windstar

  • miles
The 1998 Ford Windstar 3.8L V-6 engine's head gasket leaked on our Windstar and the coolant contaminated the engine oil, which created engine failure due to excess bearing wear. In the last 2,000 miles we lost approximately 2 quarts of coolant. Ford says it does not have a recall for the 3.8L head gasket problem and will not compensate us for the costs of installing a new fqr 3.8L engine. The new fqr engine only has a 24 month/24,000 mile warranty, which may fail again after the 2year/24,000 mile and the customer is taken advantage of again! Ford is aware of the 3.8L engine head gasket problem and has had the problem since 1988 model year. Ford has issued two onps (owner notification program) 98M01 which extended the warranty for 5years/60,000 through 1995 model years, and the 00M09 which extended the 98M01 warranty to 7years/100,000. I have checked the NHTSA complaint database and found they are still having problems with the 3.8L head gaskets through the 1999 Windstar, mustangs, Sable, Taurus, Lincoln continentals, and Cougar. Many of these vehicles are having the problem as early 18,000 to 36,000 miles but the bulk are having the problems in excess of 3years/36,000 and the customer is stuck with a huge repair bill, of $4,000 to $6,000 dollars. Ford claims they corrected the problem after the 1995 model year with new head gaskets even though it is obvious the problem has not been corrected. Ford has sold and still may be selling a product that is defective that could lead to creating accidents with multiple fatalities. Ford has admitted to the fact that the 3.8L head gaskets should not fail before 7 years/100,000 miles for vehicles manufactured through 1995 with the 00M09 owner notification program. Ford is still having a problem with the 3.8L head gaskets failing through the 1999 model year! why aren't they taking care of these problems. Why hasn't the government (NHTSA) investigated this and permit Ford to take advantage of the consumer?

- Laurelville, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 202001

Windstar

  • miles
Engine failure 1 month after head gasket replacement and approximately 2000 miles.

- Barrington, NH, USA

problem #16

Feb 152001

Windstar

  • miles
Blown head gasket is diagnosis after noticeable loss of antifreeze and heat in vehicle.

- Victoria, MN, USA

problem #15

Nov 272000

Windstar

  • miles
The idler pulley and drive belt were replaced, failure was causing noise.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 272000

Windstar

  • miles
The front cover gasket failed and causing leakage.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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