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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012005

Windstar 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

NHTSA recall campaign 97V165000; Ford issued a steering gear recall. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN, but had same gear steering problems as mentioned in the recall.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle experienced the same problems as mentioned in recall97V165000 concerning steering gear box failure. The dealership will not repair free of charge because the VIN was not included.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 171999

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer has same problem as stated in recall 97V165 000. This vehicle was not part of recall due to VIN.

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 202001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

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

Received recall 97V165001 concerning steering gear. When turning steering wheel in right or left it was making a loud noise like vehicle was out of power steering fluid. But vehicle was completely full. Consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they stated other consumers were having the same problem.

- Warthen, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 281999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1)all 5 lugs: Nuts sheared off from the right front passenger hub, causing the wheel to leave the vehicle. The body of the vehicle traveled approximately 200 feet until it stopped. 2)the rear brakes had to be replaced with new pads and rotors. Dealer couldn't explain why this was a problem. 3) the next day the right passenger mirror electical system no longer worked. 4)the parking brake consistently does not disengage after use. We no longer use it, possibly creating a safety hazard. 5) the vehicle intermittently stalls out at low speeds or upon stopping. Additionally the initial gears shift hard and loud. 6) the rear seat will not move on the track.

- Leroy, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 251999

Windstar

  • miles
The engine was making a noise and it was reported and supposedly fixed by local dealer. However, within one month the alternator failed as well as the power steering box. Since it isn't under warrenty (36,000), dealer won't repair without cost.

- Douglas, GA, USA

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