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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 35
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,536 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #50

May 221999

Windstar

  • miles

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

Various problem with power lock locking by itself/windshield wipers working intermittently/dome light not operating, and door ajar light staying on. Vehicle been in / out of dealer shop on several occasions, and problems still reoccurring. Possible electrical problem with failure of power locks, windshield wipers, dome light, door ajar light, door ajar switch, lift gate door ajar switch, battery saver relay inoperable, and washer light illuminating. Brakes noisy at times, dealer stated this was due to brake dust. Power steering is noisy when turning back and forth, dealer replaced tie rod end. Sliding door rattles while driving over bumps, dealer added foam tape to back side of panel, driver door rattles, sliding door hard to open at times, dealer lubed sliding hinges and latch. Dealer replaced shocks due to rattling noise when riding over bumps. Drivebelt replaced. Maf sensor replaced due to hesitation. Window guide did not fit tight.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #49

Feb 262001

Windstar

  • miles
While driving straight or when making an U turn about any mph steering wheel will lock up without a prior warning. Then, engine will stall. Dealer said this problem could not be found.

- N. Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Nov 122000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #47

Aug 292000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

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

Vehicle experiences rough idle, erratic idle and stalling which has been a problem since new and has continued to deteriorate to frequent stalling while driving, the dealership has failed to yield any remedy to the mechanical issue. Nlm

- Southbridg, MA, USA

problem #46

Oct 152000

Windstar

  • miles
Engine will have lower than normal RPM when first coming to a stop. Has stalled 3 seperate times.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #45

Oct 162000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
I have had 2 Windstar - the first a 1995 had multiple problems. The dealer - premier Ford would not fix the van and Ford's complaint department was tedious and unresponsive. Therefore, I turned to arbitration which resulted in replacement of the vehicle under the lemon law in nc. Because of this, I reluctantly purchased a 1998 Windstar. This vehicle has had the head gasket replaced before it had 36,000 miles. It started stalling. The van was taken to lee motor, a Ford dealer in wilson, nc. They could not find anything. Since that time, it has continued to stall at least 5 times that I can document. It has concerned me that the recent news regarding stalling includes up to 1995 Windstar. There is a very great safety issue here - as great if not worse than the problems with the much publicized tire recall.

- Fremont, NC, USA

problem #44

Oct 122000

Windstar

  • miles

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

Engine stalls when wheel turned to far left/right.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #43

Oct 202000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehcile will stall when motor is hot, putting consumer in a dangerous situation. Sliding door malfunctions.

- Equinunk, PA, USA

problem #42

Aug 012000

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle stalled without prior warning. Vehicle has been at dealership several times.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #41

Jul 312000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Van stalled twice when in slow turn, usully would restart now it is stalling and will not restart at all.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #40

Jul 071999

Windstar

  • miles

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

On numerous occassions this vehicle while stall when coming to a stop (stop sign/traffic lights). This vehicle has been to the repair shop over 8 times and was last worked on for this problem in June 2000. Then in July 200 while on vacation the power steering pump failed and the emission control failed. Although the dealership has been repairing the problems the vehicle has lost it's creditability as being safe.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #39

Jan 202000

Windstar

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #38

May 012000

Windstar

  • miles
Intermittently while driving vehicle stalls unexpectedly, which when coming to a stop or going through a drive trough may cause a rear end collision. Been to dealer several times, but could not determine the cause of problem.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #37

Jun 222000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
While traveling at any speed vehicle would stall without any indication. Dealer has been notified.

- Lamirada, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 122000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is stalling when slowing down/turning and in parking maneuvers possibly due to computer misfire and carbon build in engine. 3 tsbs have been issued.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #35

Dec 141999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle continually stalling, unable to be fixed. Mjs

- Southingto, CT, USA

problem #34

Sep 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The engine experiences intermittent slow speeds and lack power.

- Palm Deser, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 152000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When moving slowly to turn or to park, orfully warmed up,1/2-full tank of gas. Vehicle stalled or shut off without prior warning. Contacted dealer, and was told that there was an air leak. Dealer made the necessary repairs..et.

- Libonia, MI, USA

problem #32

Oct 011998

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle has been in numerous times for new seals on front right passenger door for wind noise: Also been in for failed brake system numerous times and front rotors have been on back order for almost 2 months: In numerous times for front end alignment-checked and rechecked by several Ford dealers and they cannot do anything, vehicle has always pulled to the right; engine has died several times and would not start back up; front pads on brake system have been replaced and rotors turned at only 10,000 miles still grinding and will not stop correctly; vehicle feels to me as unsafe for my wife and two younger boys.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #31

May 121997

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problem with vehicle stalling intermittently. Also, transmission is slipping whenever vehicle comes to a stop. Sometimes vehicle would have to shift into park and back into drive for the gear to engage.vehicle been in/out dealer shop for stalling and transmission slipping on three occasions each.

- Massa, VA, USA

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