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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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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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Sep 222000

Windstar

  • miles

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

Head gaskets were leaking anti-freeze, had no heat under 30mph.

- Curtis, NE, USA

problem #12

May 011999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed @ approx. 24,000 miles without warning, had to be towed, took 3 weeks for dealer to replace, transmission failed again with approx. 49,000 miles, unable to get out of 1st gear, drove to dealer for repair - transmission has never seemed right on this car - at a reguarly scheduled service appointment we specifically asked the dealer about the transmission, they said it was fine and shortly thereafter the transmission failed - upon review of the other reported complaints re: Transmissions for the 98 Windstar, I do not feel I drive a reliable car - I have also had brake problems with this vehicle - they started smoking when driving in the mountains - I have also had problems with power window locks as well as problems with oil leakage

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 041999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
When making a turn / reverse there is a noise present. Dealer replaced the mounts to correct problem.

- Spring Church, PA, USA

problem #10

May 041999

Windstar

  • miles

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

With no prior warning vehicle stalles while driving 30-35 mph. ABS brake light comes on.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 011998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Motor mount broke.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #8

May 011999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Motor mount broken. Mjs

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 181999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When vehicle starts to pickup speed after making a turn, it would have a strong jerking motion, like having a tow chain attached.

- Douglas, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Piston and gasket failed causing the vehicle to shift harshly and make noise.

- Sturgeon B, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Piston and gasket failed causing the vehicle to shift harshly and make noise.

- Sturgeon B, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 091998

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission would jerk as if being rearended. Front end would work itself loose. Had to replace bushings, tracking bar & motor mounts due to being defective. Vehicle is not drivable after being in an accident.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 281998

Windstar

  • miles

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

While driving at any speed the vehicle stalls and the brakes grind. Had to be replace brakes twice and engine once. Consumer is hearing a banging noise coming from the vehicle and the vehicle will cut off without prior warning.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 121997

Windstar

  • miles
There was an engine head gasket leakage and the dealer fixed the leak. Also, the vehicle will shift from first gear into second gear, and from second to first while driving or sitting in traffic. The dealer can't detemine the problem, and the vehicle has been in the shop three times and they can't find the problem.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 301998

Windstar

  • miles
25 gallon oil tanks are collapsing, leaving room for only 16 or 17 gallons of gasoline. Dealer contacted, and stated they are not responsible for the defect.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

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