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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,662 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar miscellaneous problems

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Mar 232016

Windstar

  • 64,500 miles

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

The front subframe to which the engine and steering components are mounted is rusted to an extent that a dangerous accident could occur. Ford has issued recalls for the 1999 through 2003 models for this problem. Since my Windstar has the same problem as issued for the later models, I believe it should receive the same remedy. Since complete failure of the subframe has not yet occured, it is not possible to state whether it will occur whether the vehicle is stationary or in motion

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #36

Jul 072015

Windstar

  • 250 miles
Sorry, about this but it is not a complaint. I want to ley you know that the cae discribed is not working anymore I sent it to the junk.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #35

Nov 142011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Ford Windstar van with sub frame rotted right thru. Because it is one year older than recall Ford will not take care of it. Does not care about hurting or killing their customers.

- Mount Carmel, PA, USA

problem #34

Mar 242011

Windstar

  • 96,000 miles

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

Took vehicle in to a mechanic for repair work. When mechanic placed the vehicle on the lift, he noted that the subframe that cradles the engine and transmission and serves as the attachment point for the front suspension was extremely rusted. The corrosion has caused large and numerous holes in the subframe. He stated that the vehicle is unsafe to drive in its current condition and would not work on the vehicle because it was unsafe. He stated that the engine could actually fall though the subframe, or the subframe could brake at the suspension connection points causing loss of control of the vehicle.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #33

Nov 032010

Windstar

  • miles
Failed component is unknown. However, a recall notice from Ford arrived in mid-December, over a month after fire occurred, stating that the speed control system needed modification. Additional recall information accessed online states that the speed control deactivation switch could cause a vehicle fire. On November 3, 2010, the van began to smoke, driver parked it, turned engine off and opened hood. He saw small fire near the windshield area of engine, ran to get help and within 2 minutes returned to find engine fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle has since been junked (prior to receiving recall notice) because fiberglass hood melted into engine and water damage caused from fire department assistance totalled the vehicle.

- Catskill, NY, USA

problem #32

Oct 252004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My heating was working intermitently so I brought the vehicle to crown Ford in lynbrook to diagnose the problem. I was told that the head gasket needs to be replaced. The radiator also needs to be replaced due to the head gasket leaking into it. Cost for the repair would be approximately $2300. There was a recall on previous years vehicles and there are many tales of woe regarding this problem posted on the web. I don't believe Ford has fixed this problem sufficiently for the vehicles produced after 1996.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #31

Aug 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

When we purchased the van, we also bought a diamondkote warranty, for 499.99$ and told at the time of purchase that is was a good warranty.we then found out that we should not have been sold the warranty and plaza Ford Lincoln will not honor it, we can't even get a refund, so we spoke to someone at diamondkote and this person told us that we should not have been sold the warranty and have been trying to get a refund ever since, either from plaza Ford Lincoln or diamondkote. I had intentions of suing Ford Motor Company two years ago when my husband took my two daughters to halifax, because my 8 year old had cancer at the time, she had a appointment at the I.w.K hospital and it was by the grace of god that thay were not killed when the front suspention spring broke in which case my husband lost steering. I spoke to a lawyer who sadly told, because there was no death or injury there was nothing he could do, well my 8 year old who is now cancer free was so scared, she still gets very scared to get in a vehicle. I could go on but for now this is just the begining. I am going to pursue the matter of the diamondkote warranty further, and possibly more.we have had alot of vehicals before but never a Ford with as much trouble as this has been.

- Sydney, UN, USA

problem #30

Jun 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I purchased my 1998 Windstar with approx 20,000 km on it in 1999. Just after the warranty expired (at 60,000 km) I noticed 2 large bubbles in the paint on the two front doors. I took the car to the Ford dealership where they agreed to pay 80% of the cost of repainting. This was not entirely agreeable to me but I felt I had no choice. My vehicle how has 86,000 km on it and the paint is peeling on the roof and around the sliding door. I have contacted Ford Canada but have not heard back from them as yet. Other problems encountered include having to replace a motor for the power windows, the fan mechanism (the blower would not move off of defrost), a leaking brake cylinder as well as what I would consider standard maintenance such as brakes, tires. I am also having intermittent problems with the electrical system eg. The warning bell signalling that the lights have been left on or the keys are in the ignition goes off for no reason. This then prevents me from being able to lock the vehicle.

- Burlington, UN, USA

problem #29

Jun 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I purchased my 1998 Windstar with approx 20,000 km on it in 1999. Just after the warranty expired (at 60,000 km) I noticed 2 large bubbles in the paint on the two front doors. I took the car to the Ford dealership where they agreed to pay 80% of the cost of repainting. This was not entirely agreeable to me but I felt I had no choice. My vehicle how has 86,000 km on it and the paint is peeling on the roof and around the sliding door. I have contacted Ford Canada but have not heard back from them as yet. Other problems encountered include having to replace a motor for the power windows, the fan mechanism (the blower would not move off of defrost), a leaking brake cylinder as well as what I would consider standard maintenance such as brakes, tires. I am also having intermittent problems with the electrical system eg. The warning bell signalling that the lights have been left on or the keys are in the ignition goes off for no reason. This then prevents me from being able to lock the vehicle.

- Burlington, UN, USA

problem #28

Aug 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,800 miles
The first item listed under other was for a power steeringn leak, which ended up being a power steering rack that needed to be replaced. My car had just gone out of warranty, so a portion was paid for by Ford. I also had to get a front end alignment when the new rack was put in. The next day I drove it and it was making the same noise as before. I returned to the dealer where it was determined that they also need to replace the return hose for the power steering. They said they missed that and didn't charge me anymore. My service advisor is an extremely nice and understanding person. August 2003 problems with the rear brakes and master cylinder. The car is not at a Ford dealer. That repairis $615. I have more problems, but these are the two big ones and the brakes are the current issue.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #27

Dec 151999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,930 miles

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

A/C Oct. 99 $168.98, Dec. 99 $134.40 suspension July 01 $664.61, Dec. 99 $515.85, Jun 01 $61.78, body Jun 01 $443.61 other cd player Jun 01 $19.50 and $366.86 turn signal Jan 02 $161.04 dome light Jan 02 $84.02 Jan 02 $89.72 door Oct 99 $134.52, Mar 03 $285.07 steering Sept.02 $258.82, Mar. 03 $569.32 computer controls Sept. 00 $106.02 engine Jan 02 $784.75 coolant smell (found front cover gasket leaking) Sept. 02 $85.95 (told throttle body worn out, sold me update computer software, seams to run better) currently in shop for check engine light and A/C system intermittent. Mechanic found engine problem, says main bearings or crankshaft bad, possibly due to coolant in oil system from January 02 problem

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #26

May 152001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
This van has all the defects and complaints listed on thegovt. Recalls the NHTSA site and others ihave too much info to put on this site if there is anyone I can send my complaint to please let me know iam putting it back into the shop again ive been thru a nightmare along with trying to assure my 4 kids that they were safe in this van thankyou angela wallace and by the wat the dealer that sold me this van will not cooperate at all

- Phippsburg, ME, USA

problem #25

Nov 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Paint is peeling on roof, and sides of the vehicle

- Westboro, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 152001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Some type of computer chip failed that enable the vehicle to shift gears. Vehicle was taken to dealership and was repaired at no cost to me. We were told by the service advisor that a recall was done on the part. However I was never notified, the amount of the repair was unknown. Now the paint is falling off & rusting everywhere! started to rust on top of the van roof then paint started "chipping" on the roof side, was small at first then one day we had a lot of rain and all of the sudden at the end of the day I noticed a lot more paint missing. I take excellent care of my vehicle and this is not usual for any of my cars.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #23

Jul 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I bought this van because of the clean condition of it. I have the 3.0 ltr engine which has been excellent. The transmission so far is ok. Steering is a dangerous mess with almost everything new and 3 alignments. If you take your eyes off the road even for a second you can end up in a ditch. My wife & I both went off the road in a 1 month span. We both have excellent driving records. The front end seems ok to Ford. Something serious is wrong with the steering. Won"T let my wife drive it anymore. Has a little vibration that you cannot get rid of. Sending this to you because I called Ford and they said there was no safety recall or any steering issues with that van. Had a service bulletin in front of me at that time stating there was. But that is not the problem. Ford denied the all of the above. Am afraid to sell to someone because I think someone will get hurt. Don"T know why Ford keeps putting in the same bad parts year after year. I have had all the dome light problems and door locks etc. They will still say no problems. Bought it used at a good price thinking it was a bad tire causing the problems. If accident occurs will seek damages

- Alton, MO, USA

problem #22

Feb 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Paint is flaking from roof and driver's side door. Progessiveley getting worse.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #21

Feb 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Paint is peeling off of van interor remain on panel shows door open when its not and the lights will not go out until you reach about 20mph try driving at night with this.

- North Evans, NY, USA

problem #20

Apr 152000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Paint is peeling off large areas of roof and sides

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #19

May 151998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The paint on the roof of the van is peeling that it looks like someone took a can opener to it.

- Douglassville, PA, USA

problem #18

Apr 122003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Loss of front right wheel while driving. While driving the front passenger side wheel separated from the vehicle. The separation caused damage to the front passenger side fender. It was later determined the wheel in question separated from the vehicle as a result of inappropriate clamping force to the assembly. It also appeared that the lack of clamping force was the result of an under torqued wheel or a wheel and a brake rotor combination the was inappropriately seated. The rear wipers were defective and the air conditioner was inoperative.

- Uknown, DC, USA

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