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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
85,542 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. first time battery kept dying, second time unplugged fuse (1 reports)
1998 Ford Windstar lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 092009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles


Ford Windstar must be the worse van ford ever made. When it is not the doors not locking properly, it is the lights not turning off and draining the battery. It is either electrical or just poor car design. Do not buy FORD as it is probably going to go down with GM.

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

problem #4

Feb 162007

Windstar Limited 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

You know, its one thing to have to have regular maintenance on a vehicle every three months, its another when you are constantly aggravated by a bunch of damn lights that simply want go off? In result, a dead battery, being late for work because of this stupid sh*t. I do not recommend a FORD!!!!!! PLEASE DO NOT BY THIS VEHICLE!!!!!

- , Hoffman, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 092005

Windstar LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

interior lights would not go off!! running battery down--- disconnected battery that night

Ended up pulling light bulbs out so I had one light to work with --- it would go out. (then could not get all the light bulbs back in---now all lights are out)

- , Shelton, NE, USA

problem #2

Mar 142007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

We had the same problems as everyone else and nothing workrd. Then the door locks quit, and kept dying on us. We finally got fed up and traded it in for a Chevy!

- , Beardstown, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 062006

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

interior lights have not worked and we pulled the fuse at 40,000 miles. The lights would not go out due to a door not making a positive latch and it would run down the battery. We finally disconnected the fuse and go without interior lights for the past 60,000 miles and I guess it will stay that way since this van is the biggest piece of sh*t I ever owned and never mind the $6000.00 I've put into this thing. We all got ripped when we purchased this Ford product!

- , Wellsville, KS, USA

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