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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,780 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Windstar exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 242003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles


I purchased a 1998 Windstar van from the Ford dealer located in corning ca. I have had nothing but trouble with it passing smog for the oxy sensor. And the transmission has never worked right. The turbo thing is bad. When I went to trade it in I found that the vehicle was out of Canada. And these things were part of the recalls reported to you. But, Ford of corning said they did nothing to this van before selling it to me. I found 14 things wrong with this vehicle. I acted up a month after purchase. But I was on aware of my rights as a consumer. Also, I was not sure what oms meant. The van is stuck in folsom, ca at aamco transmission repair shop. Financed through fireside bank. Ford of corning said they did nothing to the van before I purchased it but cleaning it.

- Corning, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 252003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles
Check engine soon light came on. I took it to the Ford dealer where I purchased my 1998 Ford Windstar. I told the service advisor I had a coolant leak. When the mechanic did the diagnostic test he said the leak was at the valve covers and intake. The gaskets had to be replaced at a price of over $900. It appears to be a major problem of the 1998 Ford Windstar which is not covered under the defect warranty. My Windstar had just over 50,000 miles on when this defect happened.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Jun 091998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving there is excessive smoke coming out of the tail pipe, mechanic does not have solution for consumer concern. Dealer replaced defective bank #2 hego sensor. But consumer states problem still exist. Door light on dash board illuminated. A special part was ordered.

- Livingston, CA, USA

problem #2

May 221999


  • miles
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 #1

Nov 161998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oxygen sensor failed.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

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