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6.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,300 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

May 232007

Windstar

  • miles

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

Ford Windstar throwing persistent ses light P0740. This was common with almost most Windstar. There should be a recall for the manifolds/gasket. Rough ride and stalling at dangerous points.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 302003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,800 miles
Current mileage approx. 55,800.. on a recent trip to cape may, NJ (approx. 150 miles from our home in bayside, NY ),the engine seized and the car died on the garden state parkway. The car was brought to the nearest Ford dealer/ service station, chapman Ford (June 31,2003), where it is being serviced currently. The technician could not evaluate the damage until July 2,2003, where he stated that a rod broke causing a puncture in the oil pan therefore causing a loss of fluid and a seize of the engine. At lease inception, we took an extended warranty through Ford hempstead with interstate warranty services. This warranty company ordered a complete tear down of the engine to find out why the rod broke, we agreed knowing that it was due to no neglect on our part, the tear down did not occur until July 10th and was examined on July 11th by an inspector hired by interstate. The claim is now being denied, even though we supplied them with all the documentation they requested on the upkeep and maintenance of the car. Their claim is that the last maintenance (oil change, filter and lubricants) were not done. We have the documentation to prove that monahan Ford, flushing, NY did this maintenance along with other work in January. Also, hempstead Ford, hempstead, NY, did service on the car April 2003 for the exact hesitation in acceleration that we experienced immediately before the engine seized. Unfortunately monahan Ford went out of business and we are being told that our car was not kept in good condition when documentation proves it was in two separate dealerships within a sixth month period. I now am faced with a $5000+ bill to repair a car that was kept well and has an extended warranty. I am being forced to file suit with monahan Ford for fraudulent service and file suit with hempstead Ford for failure to correctly analyze the car's problem.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 082003

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer states that vacuum motor switch fails. He also states that the rubber diaphram fails all the time. This part of the auto is suppose to be working in relations with the intake manifold.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Driving at about 35 mph in moderate traffic, engine slowed, oil and check engine light came on. Engine began making a sputtering sound and white smoke billowed from the tail pipe. Vehicle decreased speed rapidly, endangering three children. Engine diagnositc proved blown head gasket.

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Black carbon getting on the body from the exhaust pipe and tail pipe extension installed.

- Palm Deser, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 041999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The exhaust was emitting black smoke. The tail pipe had black soot inside. Took to dealer & mechanic cut tail pipe on side. According to manufacturer's instructions, it would run it underneath van & then turn down. Its an engine manifold design flaw.

- Apex, NC, USA

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