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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 1 of 6)

problem #110

May 282006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine oil found in coolant. Timing cover gasket failure. Loud engine knock from rear valve bank- possible wrist-pin/lower intake gaskets/valve problems.

- Broadview Hts., OH, USA

problem #109

May 112005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Service bulletin #01205 or NHTSA #625715 I have a Ford Windstar gl 1998 I only had it turn over to 70,000 and my engine light keeps coming on and I'm getting trouble code po 171 and I'm also notice that fuel gage don't not go to the full mark and I had to have all 4 H2O sencer replace and now my odemeter and trip meter quit working and I only have 72,000 on my van is there something I can do with these vechile problems that I shouldn't have with such low miles I just bought the van in Aug 2004 with only 56,000 are any of these problems on the recall list. Please help if you can I can't afford to keep repairing my van that should be a recall problem.thanks for any help you can give

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #108

May 062003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
I have a 98 Windstar mini van. After the minivan has been running for awhile and you go to stop it will go dead or what you call stalls. So after I crank it back up and try to take off again it will stall again. So therefore I have to make sure there is no traffic coming, because there has been some close calls of me and my children getting into a wreck due to this piece of $#*$.the interior lights will not go off, so my husband had to take the light bulbs out: Also the passenger side window will not go down or up. This thing is so bad I wish jimm skinner Ford would have just kept the piece of $#*$.

- Vance, AL, USA

problem #107

Oct 012003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Vehicle check engine light is illuminated. Engine developes a rough idle at stop while driving and has on ocassions stalled completely. Not in warranty at present time. Taken to independant repair shop and diagnosed with Ford tsb 01205. Replace manifold gasket and bolts, etc. Ford motor needs to issuse recall on the problem asap.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #106

Sep 032002

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle died completely with power steering and electrical all off, lights and all when driving at night.

- Hagatna, GU, USA

problem #105

Apr 031998

Windstar

  • miles
While driving the vehicle hesitates and stall, also the engine light was illimated.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #104

Sep 052001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, insured heard a large popping noise, smoke emmited, then an fire erupted, claim 42-1402-914.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #103

Jan 062001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle one was driving and started to smell something like plastic. Insured pulled into sevice station, lifted the hood and found a fire burning inside the compartment, claim 36-A159-793.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #102

Jan 062001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer smelled something like plastic, pulled into service station and opened the hood and saw a fire in the engine compartment, adjuster stated that the upper intake gasket, fuel pressure regulator, upper and lower pieces of servo, and some of the fuel line and vacuum lines were damaged, claim 36-A159-793.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #101

Aug 162001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer rearended another vehicle, that vehicle ran into another vehicle, consumers vehicle caught fire in the engine compartment, 2 people were injured in the accident, fireman stated fire could have been mechanically related, claim 43-R763-433.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #100

Sep 282000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle caught fire under the hood, claim 04-1243-985.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #99

Jun 252000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion, the engine caught on fire, claim 53-C579-741.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #98

Mar 282000

Windstar

  • miles
The engine was making a knocking noise, consumer was informed that a new engine was needed, the check engine light came on again and there was a noise in the front end consumer was informed that a flywheel was needed, the check engine light came on again and it was determined that there was an oil leak.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #97

Sep 262001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Insured was traveling when he smelled something funny. Flames had start to come up from the hood. Insured tried to put fire out but couldn't, possible transmission leak onto manifold, claim 40-2554-562.

- North Charleston , SC, USA

problem #96

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parked for a day inside of insured's garage, a fire started in the engine compartment, claim 23-C025-105.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #95

Mar 122001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle loss, fire under hood, claim 59-V719-855.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #94

Jan 052001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion insured smelled gas and pulled over. Looking under the hood, he saw flames shooting from the engine, claim 42-1328-321.

- Memphis , TX, USA

problem #93

Sep 052001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer heard a large pop and saw smoke, vehicles engine compartment caught on fire, claim 42-1402-914.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #92

Jan 052001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer smelled gas and pulled over, consumer looked under the hood and there was fire shooting from the engine, claim 42-1328-321.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #91

Oct 262001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parked for one day, engine compartment caught on fire, claim 23-C025-105.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

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