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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 7 of 13)

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problem #135

Apr 182000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I have heard of many problems with transmissions on this model.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #134

Mar 292001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Stopped at traffic light, upon acceleration transmission would not engage. Engine revved as if in neutral. Also occurred as accelerating from a stop to make a turn. Presented a very dangerous situation of being put into the path of on coming traffic. Turning engine off and then back on would allow transmission to engage. Dealer determined that the transmission had failed at 43,621 miles and had to be replaced. After four days in service and a complete new transmission, within 12 hours new transmission developed at least two serious leaks of transmission fluid. Dealer says this is not uncommon. The unit is sealed and can not be serviced by them. I am waiting to hear if I need another complete new transmission.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #133

Jul 101999

Windstar

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #132

Apr 172001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After having two tires changed, consumer noticed vehicle would shake badly when going over 50 mph, and steering wheel was hard to steer because of vibration. Dealer told consumer it was transmission. There was recall 97V097000 concerning transmission.

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #131

Apr 162001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is slipping out of gear while driving from 3rd to 2nd gear, causing vehicle to almost stop, RPM's will rev high. Manufacturer has issued a tsb.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #130

Apr 082000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have returned multiple times to the dealer with a "hard shift" problem, first to second. I even contacted Ford Motor Company, and they said there was nothing they could do, and referred me back to the dealership. I was told they could not duplicate the problem, one that occurs on a daily basis, at low speeds. The dealer drove my car for a day, but evidently did not notice any problem. As soon as I got the car back, the problem was back. I have spent upwards of $3000, for repairs that I was told would rectify the problem, but it persists. This included extensive front end work that they claimed would fix the problem; this included a front-end alignment and sub-frame shift; power steering flush; replace front struts; replace front shocks; replace front sway bar, links; problem persists.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #129

Mar 152001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle downshifted from 4th gear to 3rd gear and lower while driving at 65 mph. Dealer's response was that it did not happen.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #128

Apr 112001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has replaced transmission 3 times within 51,000 miles. Ford was not able to determine cause of premature failure of transmission.

- Fairfield, NJ, USA

problem #127

Mar 252001

Windstar

  • miles
Took in the vehicle for a routine transmission fluid flush with removing the pan and replacing the filter, etc. At the local transmission shop, they discovered pieces of metal (pieces of a ring & an accumulator part) in the pan when it was removed. Serviceman said that it had probably been like that when we purchased. That it was most likely a defective part. He has seen many Windstar with the same problem. (our relative had the same problem with a 1997 Windstar) he has seen 1995-2001 with these same problems. He said it will cost from $1400 - $4500 if the dealer repairs the problem. I am going to contact the dealer today and possibly the Ford company as well.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #126

Apr 022001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed vehicle started to jerk. Also, problem occurred more since transmission filter has been changed. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer noted that transmission shift gear is slipping within the transmission.

- Petersburg, WV, USA

problem #125

Feb 162001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving automatic transmission would fail to shift properly. When gas pedal was pressed vehicle would stop. Had it towed to dealership, and was informed that gears broke off.

- N. Bildwood, NJ, USA

problem #124

Feb 282001

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission S blown I find that odd for a 3 yr old car with less than 65K miles and well maintained on my part. Ford has offered no financial help.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #123

Dec 292000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has experienced several problems with the transmission, dealer has replaced it once, however problems continue, consumer has filed for a request for arbitration, vehicle bucks, jerks, and jumps into gear before taking off. Vehicle shimmies from one side to another upon acceleration, there is a thumping sound heard also at times while driving. Vehicle experienced a speed sensor circuit problem. Speedometer jumps. Problem with power steering, dealer adjusted rack and pinion and made other repairs to steering mechanism. Right side brake light bulb failed. Battery failed. Consumer stated it felt as if vehicle was going to stall sometimes, engine has no power at acceleration, engine belt was noisy and was replaced. Tire had a slow leak due to loose tire valve.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #122

Feb 252001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission (replacement) sticks in 2nd gear just like orig. Did at 4400 miles. Orig. Stuck in second at 4400 mi. And was replaced. Replacement has rough shift and other problems reported to you by others. Ford trans. Have a defect that should be recalled!!

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #121

Oct 151999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is shifting hard and rough, it makes a slamming noise while going into each gear.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #120

Dec 161997

Windstar

  • miles
The automatic transmission has been replaced on two occasions, after second replacement the transmission was still experiencing problems, the transmission pan assembly was replaced on the third repair, possible design problem of the transmission system.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #119

Mar 052001

Windstar

  • miles
While driving transmission could shift gear without prior warning. Had to be replaced due to slip shifting.

- Central Island, NY, USA

problem #118

Feb 222001

Windstar

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After reviewing numerous complaints about this transmission of the Ford Windstar on various web sites, I am strongly encouraging the NHTSA to look in the continuing failure of Ford transmissions in the Ford Windstar.

- Esko, MN, USA

problem #117

Feb 162001

Windstar

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #116

Jan 222001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission went out, had to be replaced.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

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