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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,236 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 12 of 13)

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problem #35

Jan 151999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at any speed and slowing down to make any type of turn vehicle jerks real hard and stalls. Dealer can't determine the problem.

- Douglas, GA, USA

problem #34

Mar 261999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing park to reverse failure.

- Montville, NJ, USA

problem #33

Mar 141999

Windstar

  • miles
No summary

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #32

Aug 011998

Windstar

  • miles

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

I have had my 1998 Ford Windstar for less than one year. It has been out of service for transmission problems 4 times. The first time they replaced the clutch pistons, second time they replaced the transmission. I am continuing to have problems with severe shifting between 1st and 2nd or 2nd to 1st. Ford Motor Company will only offer me an extended warranty, although they say they can not fix the problem. I am concerned for my safety and my the safety of my children. I have several friends having the same problem with their 98 Windstar only theirs have now begun to downshift when traveling on the highway! this is a safety hazard and Ford doesn't care help!!!

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #31

Oct 201998

Windstar

  • miles
No summary

- De Soto, MO, USA

problem #30

Mar 021999

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission problem for third time. Was rebuilt after second time. Slipping and banging 4 months later.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #29

Feb 121999

Windstar

  • miles

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

Transmission failed, replacement failed also.

- Spring Hil, FL, USA

problem #28

Oct 111998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tried to shift gears. Hard to shift into park properly. Makes loud noises when shifting. Also, brakes make loud noises when applied.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #27

Jul 091998

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission would jerk as if being rearended. Front end would work itself loose. Had to replace bushings, tracking bar & motor mounts due to being defective. Vehicle is not drivable after being in an accident.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #26

Feb 241999

Windstar

  • miles
Automatic transmissions failed twice in less than one year. Each failure resulted in a replacement transmission from the Ford dealer. This vehicle has less than 50,000 miles on it and two transmissions have been replaced. I have requested a replacement vehicle from Ford due to the unreliable performance of this vehicle. I was told by the Ford consumer hotline that it is not their policy to replace a vehicle, only to repair or fix as needed.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 011998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling, upon making a stop when approaching an intersection, the vehicle shifted gears from drive into netrual. Without knowing consumer depressed the accelerator, and the engine raced up and the vehicle was at a dead stop. Consumer contacted the dealer, dealer replaced parts within the transmission.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #24

Aug 101998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Multiple transmission failures.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

problem #23

Feb 021999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on the highway the transmission abruptly downshifted to 2nd gear. After getting off the highway, vehicle would not shift out of 1st gear. This happened, 3 times and had vehicle had been towed to the dealership twice. The dealership has not been able to find anything wrong, or to duplicate the problem.

- Nort Reading, MA, USA

problem #22

Apr 011997

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission malfunctioned.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #21

Dec 191998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Our entire family (two adults, two chilldren both under age 10) were in the car when this incident occurred, and could have easily been killed. We had just exited the outer loop of the Washington, D.C. capital beltway and were in the process of slowing to a stop at the light at the end of the exit ramp, when we heard a loud thud from our transmission. When we started again the car seemed to hesitate. It went another two blocks and then the transmission completely failed in the car, leaving us in the right lane in an intersection with no way to move the vehicle. None of the gears worked. Our car spent 12 days in the dealership being fixed. This could be a potential life threatening problem if this occurs while someone is on the highway (as we almost were), and I felt I should report it. I haven't yet contacted Ford about this, but I plan to.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #20

Jan 011998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Sappington, MO, USA

problem #19

Dec 121997

Windstar

  • miles
There was an engine head gasket leakage and the dealer fixed the leak. Also, the vehicle will shift from first gear into second gear, and from second to first while driving or sitting in traffic. The dealer can't detemine the problem, and the vehicle has been in the shop three times and they can't find the problem.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #18

Jun 061998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has experienced problems with gas tank. The consumer statevehicle doesn't hold the capacity of gas that is stated on the sticker. The gas tank gauge will read empty when it has 4+gallons gas. The manufacturer has been to be contacted. Two repair attempts and both failed and currently third repair has been postponed due to lack of parts. The transmission has developed a second leak..et.

- Medlin, MI, USA

problem #17

Aug 171998

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission malfunctioning causing vibration, mph sensor failed causing the gears to stick.

- Calvert, AL, USA

problem #16

Aug 171998

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission malfunctioning causing vibration, mph sensor failed causing the gears to stick.

- Calvert, AL, USA

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