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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 5 of 13)

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problem #175

Sep 262001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Insured was traveling when he smelled something funny. Flames had start to come up from the hood. Insured tried to put fire out but couldn't, possible transmission leak onto manifold, claim 40-2554-562.

- North Charleston , SC, USA

problem #174

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission failed while the consumer was traveling.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #173

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission failed while the consumer was traveling.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #172

Apr 042002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Vehicle lost power, rpms went up, transmission slipped while travelling 55mph on local expressway.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #171

Apr 042002

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle lost power, rpms went up, transmission slipped while travelling 55mph on local expressway.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #170

Mar 102002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Complete transmission failure.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #169

Feb 212002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

We were stopped at an intersection. When the light turned green, the transmission locked up, and the engine revved as if it was in neutral. I took two men to push it to the side of the road on a downward slope. The dealership claimed to know of no problem with 1998 Windstar transmissions. We know of 3 other owners of these vehicles who have had the same problem.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #168

Sep 262001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer smelled a funny smell and then saw flames coming up from the hood, consumer was injured in accident, possible transmission leak onto manifold, claim 40-2554-562.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #167

Jan 252002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #166

Feb 042002

Windstar

  • miles
Should be covered by Ford but they refuse. No safety derfec tlisted for above vehicle.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #165

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer experiencing numerous problems with torque converter, transmission slipping, and lurching forward, problem is intermittent making it difficult for dealer to diagnose problem.

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #164

Oct 011999

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission has been replaced, and still has the same problem.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #163

Dec 302001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have owned two Ford Windstar, the first being a 1996, the transmission had to be rebuilt on it at 63,000 miles, the van was 3 1/2 years old at the time, we then traded it for a 1998 Windstar and at 3 1/2 years old and only 60,000 miles the transmission had to be rebuilt on it!

- Moline, IL, USA

problem #162

Dec 222001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the transmission seal separated from the transmission causing transmission fluid to leak to exhaust pipe, and the torque converter seal came off, dealer was contacted.. consumer wants to know if her vehicle is involved in the recall 97V097000.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #161

Nov 212001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple problems with transmission kicking while at a stop sign or light, broken piston.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #160

Dec 092001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle started smoking, and when consumer lifted up the hood there was a smell of coolant sprayed all over vehicle, and leaking from underneath onto the ground. Transmission was replaced. But problem was still there.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #159

Aug 102001

Windstar

  • miles
Premature failure of autotransmission @ 50000 miles & $2200.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #158

Aug 012001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Can be turned off in gear--and put in gear when off--will roll.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #157

Nov 022001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever vehicle is shifting from 1st gear to 2nd gear it would jerk. Problem happens at low speeds, 20-25mph. Can maintain control of vehicle. Had been to 3 different mechanics, and each time was informed that problem was torque converter.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #156

Oct 182001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed without warning while driving. When coming to a stop and trying to proceed vehicle would not go faster than 15 mph and in first gear. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated there was nothing they could do. Please add VIN.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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