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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 3 of 13)

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problem #215

Aug 282003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,900 miles

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

My Windstar van, at 58,000 miles, had a premature catastrophic transmission failure while driving 65 mph on highway I-84 East. This event put my young children and myself in danger on the side of the busy highway due to the smoke and steam coming from the vehicle that we had to rapidly evacuate. My van was out of my service for over one full week and has a repair price tag of just under $2,800. I have requested Ford to pay the full cost of this repair through one of their "special" programs. Ford knows about the defects of these transmissions (I am glad I don't own a 1995 Windstar!) and must be made to take responsibility and accountability for not using quality transmission units on these vehicles.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #214

Aug 202003

Windstar

  • miles
While driving consumer heard a loud noise from under the vehicle. Then, vehicle started to decelerate, causing consumer to pull over. Consumer had made contact with dealer.

- Alden, NY, USA

problem #213

Aug 172003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Powertrain failure transmission felt like it dropped into neutral and then would not respond. Family mechanic inspected vehicle and the transmission was completely locked up..$2000. Later transmission was replaced..if this is such a "known issue" with these vehicles why doesnt Ford do something to compensate their customers? I used to be a Ford gal but not anymore!!!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #212

Aug 092003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

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

My 1998 Windstar has 89,000 miles and the transmission completey broke apart, with no warning at all. No slipping or anything. Sitting at a red light, the van jerked like we had been hit in the rear by someone doing 80 miles per hour. It is going to cost me $1800 to have it rebuilt. I know numerous complaints are filed with your organization on Ford transmissions. I want to register my complaint.

- Pfafftown, NC, USA

problem #211

Jul 082003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40 mph, the transmission failed without warning.

- Poinciana, FL, USA

problem #210

Jul 232003

Windstar

  • 62,000 miles
While driving vehicle lost all power and the ability to shift gears. Dealer notified.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #209

Jun 242003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,626 miles

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

Transmission failed and cost me $1900 to fix.

- Vanderbilt, MI, USA

problem #208

Mar 012002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Transmission failure on 1998 Windstar with only 61,000 miles on vehicle.Ford refused to give us any type of compensation. After searching this database, it seems bad transmissions are a common problem with Windstar.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #207

Jun 242003

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer states has a power train problem from the transaxles while the vehicle is being driven. Consumer stated there is a technical service bulletin on this issued, number #98-15-19.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #206

May 212003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,177 miles
Intermittently while driving there was a kicking noise from the transmission, which resulted in the vehicle losing transmission fluid. Transmission jerked and seemed to kick more on turns and acceleration. On one occasion, transmission fluid leaked all over the engine which resulted in smoking. Transmission needed to be replaced.

- San Benito, TX, USA

problem #205

Jun 102003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,700 miles

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

Our '98 Ford Windstar (3.8L) has just experienced a major transmission problem; it drives along just fine on the highway at 65 M.P.H. and then bang -- the transmission shifts from over drive into second (or first!) gear. This sends the engine from a casual 1,500 R.P.M. to a dangerous 5,500 R.P.M., and makes for scary and dangerous highway driving. Ford (kachel Ford in shillington, pa) says that the valve body or possibly the entire transmission has gone bad, but I have uncovered literally thousands of complaints about this very same, and potentially life-threatening problem with the Ford automatic transmission being used in the Windstar. Something needs to be done about this immediately. Contact me at once if you would like full cooperation -- I am willing.

- Shillington, PA, USA

problem #204

Feb 062000

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Transmission stalls during down shifting at low speeds. Shifts hard into gear, causing the vehicle to lunge forward, three times has been repaired, first time @ 32000,3600,65,000. Dealer said that it's a known problem, but there is no fix.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #203

May 212003

Windstar

  • miles
The gas pedal was pressed while driving 55 mph but the vehicle would not gain any speed. The dealer was contacted and the technician indicated that the transmission needed to be replace. Spoke with consumer 10/16/07, was told to disregard complaint. Vehicle has been traded.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #202

May 192003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • 88,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle stopped in the middle of traffic without warning. The dealer stated the transmission and head gasket needed to be replaced.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #201

Apr 202003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,500 miles
Power transmission on 98 Ford Windstar failed.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #200

Mar 252003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Automatic transmission failed while driving (60,000 miles on van).

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #199

Mar 202003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,700 miles
Reliability issue: 1998 Ford Windstar automatic transmission failed at 33,000 mi, then their replacement failed after another 65,000 mi, then the $2700 rebuild failed after another 29,000 miles. This is garbage!!!

- Portola Valley, CA, USA

problem #198

Mar 052003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The vehicle experienced transmission problems.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #197

Sep 242002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Transmission started slipping and stopped altogether within one day.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #196

Feb 112003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,700 miles
The automatic transmission failed. Mr scc

- Reno, NV, USA

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