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9.7

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$340.00
Average Mileage:
110,984 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (8 reports)
  2. replace the part (4 reports)
  3. going to stick weld extra metal (2 reports)
1998 Ford Windstar suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 052016

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,214 miles

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

The axle is rusted thru afraid to drive vehicle. Dealership said it will break even though it has the safety brackets welded on!

- , Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 232011

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles

I was driving home with my three children from seeing Santa when my car started to go into the passing lane on the highway. I tried to steer it into the correct lane and discovered that I had no control of my car and did a 360 on the highway, flipped the car over onto the guard rail and flipped back over facing traffic. I found out the next day that my rear axle snapped in half. I am very thankful that noone was hurt but very discouraged that I did not receive a recall notice in regards to this. We could have been seriously injured if not dead. Needless to say my car is totaled and I will never again purchase a ford of any kind again.

- , Owego, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 062011

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

My rear axle cracked and just recently there was a recall on my vehicle for this issue for people who live in salt belt, which is me. So I called gave Ford my vin and they said I would be added on to the recall. I did not hear from Ford so I called them and they told me my van would not be added to recall because it was built 3 months prior to the ones listed on recall. Even though I do have the issue for the recall, they told me I could go get it fixed myself. Obviously, Ford needs to extend their recall to other Windstar because it is not an issue of it may break, it already did break.

- , Somerset, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 182008

Windstar Limited 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

While highway driving on secondary Highway in Canada in the middle of winter I lost my rear end, probably due to this rear axle breaking.

I could not recover with counter steering and the van flipped 3 times. My 15 year old was in this car and thank God this car has a good crash rating and snow banks that cushioned the rolls, this combo made us survive this horrid crash with only minor injuries.

I just got my recall July 2010, 2 years after my near death experience! If only this recall would have been issues a little earlier, NOT at year 10! I suppose it's a question of cost versus risk.

Since the previous FORD crash safety features made me survive the crash, I purchased another FORD and now I am seriously doubting my safety because FORD was most likely the cause of this crash. I now have a FORD Freestyle and it's the second time I have a defective throttle body and as I have come to expect from FORD, nothing will be done unless serious injuries or deaths occur.

There are risk calculations and then there's common sense, integrity and simple ethics. Worst fear is all car manufacturers do the same so what, if any, car is safe? What protection does the consumer have if recalls are only issued if there are serious injuries and possible death(s). Preventative measures are only issued in the form of a recall after the damage is done. This is not a fully preventative measure and there's nothing the normal blue collar can do about it.

- , Laval, QC, Canada

problem #10

Jun 012010

Windstar 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Put me on the list of Cracked rear axle. Same place as other complaints. Severe metal rubbing noise. Waiting for estimate from local mechanic.

- , Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jun 112010

Windstar 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,093 miles

I know the cost to fix this problem will be more than the van is worth. I have no choice, cannot afford another vehicle. I have read that Ford Windstar's have a huge track record of broken rear axles. Why has there not been a recall on this matter?

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #8

Mar 172010

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

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

ok i got the van from a family a family member and i noticed this issue about two weeks after i got it. a cousin drove it and said that it shakes real bad and i was told to replace the track bar. and now i am told that the rear axle is cracked in 2 places

WTF ford u need to own up to the issue. i have noticed 8 on the 98 and 30 for the 2001. wtf is the problem - they need to do a recall.

- , Middlefield, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 212010

Windstar ES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,325 miles

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snapped rear axle snapped rear axle

We have a 98 Windstar whit only 98xxx miles,

and like other many people we was on the way back from nyc to our town

we stop for a coffee, when we was parking the car make a noise and we was not able to move the two tires in the back tilt to the inside,and the axle was and two pcs and crack in the other end. thanks GOD we ok, we drive whit our 4 kids, and we was doing about 70 miles. i think somebody should do something, the car can be fix, but people live can never been fix, and i hope its not like always, that they going to do something when its too late.

- , Ellenville, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 262010

Windstar GL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I own a '98 Ford Windstar. This van is a piece of crap ever since I bought it! Approximately two months ago I started hearing a bump in the rear end when I would hit a pothole or make a right turn. I had the shocks replaced thinking this was the problem. No such luck. The sound got more frequent and about two weeks ago I noticed the rear end would sway uncontrollably when hitting bumps. I thought maybe my shocks were bad again or maybe it was the little bit of snow on the ground. Drove the car the next day and had to turn around because I couldn't control it. My husband came out and looked under the van and found the rear axle almost completely busted in half. It's only being held together with about an inch on top. My rear tires are bent inward and the car is still sitting there undrivable!! Ford needs to do something about this before someone gets killed! I think maybe a class action lawsuit ought to be started to make them open their eyes to the serious problem that exists on these vans.

- , Weirton, WV, USA

problem #5

Dec 192009

Windstar GL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I am going to have my vehicle repaired if

1. It's not too expensive

2. The mechanic can locate a part

The only reason I am having it repaired is because I don't have the money to buy another vehicle. Considering how many other complaints about this same problem, not just with my year of vehicle, but multiple years I feel Ford should be doing a recall on the axle. I just received a recall notice regarding the cruise control possibly causing a fire, whether you use it or not. Nice to know after I've driven my vehicle for 11+ years. If anyone reads this and knows about such recall, please send me a note informing me of it.

- , Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152009

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,090 miles

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

Add me to the list. About 2 ft. from the left wheel, it cracked

- , Elmira Heights, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 112009

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

ON OCTOBER 11, 2009 WE WERE ON OUR WAY HOME FROM MY DAUGHTERS BAND COMPETITION. THE VAN HAD BEEN ACTING UP FOR A WEEK OR SO, BUT AFTER CHECKING THE FRONT END, WHICH WE BELIEVED WAS THE PROBLEM WE DECIDED TO GO, WE WERE ON A MAJOR HIGHWAY DOING 70 MPH. THE VAN FISHTAILED AND CARRIED ON BUT WE MADE THE SHOW..WE STARTED HOME AT AROUND 11 PM ON THE 10TH. WE MADE IT ABOUT 30 MILES FROM HOME AND IT SNAPPED. WHEN WE LOOKED WE COULD NOT BELIEVE OUR EYES. THE LEFT REAR TIRE WAS TILTED INWARD AT THE TOP. THANK GOODNESS FOR GOOD SAMARITANS THAT SAW WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND STOPPED. THESE PEOPLE WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO TAKE MY FAMILY HOME AFTER MOVING MY VEHICLE TO A SAFER LOCATION. THE NEXT DAY WE HAD A FRIEND GO GET THE VAN, WHICH WE HAD TO GIVE HIM TO COVER THE TOW. WE WERE TOLD THAT THIS VAN WAS NOT WORTH FIXING. I AM OUT OVER $2,000.00. WHEN WILL FORD ADMIT THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY? I BELIEVE THEY OWE ME A CAR AND EVERYONE ELSE THE COST OF REPAIRS. I HAVE NO WAY TO WORK OR ANYWHERE ELSE. MY OLDEST SON IS AWAY AT COLLEGE AND MAY NOT GET TO RETURN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THANKS TO FORD. FIX THESE PROBLEMS FORD. YOU OWE YOUR CUSTOMERS THAT MUCH!

- , Sistersville, WV, USA

problem #2

Aug 312009

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Similar to others it seems it is fairly common for the rear axle to fail. Ours broke into without any prior warning. Fortunately we weren't going real fast but it happened suddenly so that the rear passenger wheel started scrubbing the wheel well. $75 towing + at least $150 in labor + more than $350 for the part. So I decided to weld it up now I notice that the other side of the axle has a weld too! This is unreal a rear axle should never fail under normal driving conditions. So Ford got a bad batch of axles recall them! I'm surprised no one has died yet.

- , Export, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042009

Windstar LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

What the heck!!!! Snapped rear axle!!!!!!! How does that happen???? This is the clean

version of what I said when I simply pulled my 1998 FORD (FOUND ON ROADSIDE DEAD) Windstar out of my garage. This vehicle not only transports my 3 children, but also other young children. If this would have happened transporting them to school or

wherever the final destination was it could have been a very serious or even deadly situation. I hear that I am not alone in this situation but everybody I talk too has never

- , Cleves, OH, USA

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