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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,333 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 112013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Ford issued a tsb on this problem. The repair is to reprogram the powertrain control module (PCM). Stall during deceleration to a stop, parking and/or coasting during slow speed turns. Vehicles equipped with 3.8 liter engine. My van is doing this but shows no recall with VIN #

- Union, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 302001

(reported on)


  • miles
I have basically had everything that could go wrong with this vehicle.. go wrong. It has been in several times for the seal around drivers side door (air flows in). The door ajar indicator continually goes on and the dome light comes on(making it very unsafe to drive at night. Especially when trying to back up. The dome light then stays on causing battery to die. I have had problems with the traction control light to blink have had in shop they say they replaced a sensor. As soon as my warranty was up. It happened again(cost me over $400) when either window is rolled down about 3 inches(as soona S it hits that point) a buzzing sound will occur. I had a huge gash on the interior of my right tire(no known cause) I believe the van was 3 months old at this time.... had to purchase a new tire. I have had work done several times on the front passenger side. Including the bearings replaced.... a sensor ring that had broken in half, tie-rod... I am so disappointed in this vehicle, we bought this because it was convient to tote around 3 children but the fact that I am so afraid to drive it alot of times ins't very convenient at all. I am amazed that it has made it this far (90,000) the back hatch seems to have some electrial problems as whenever it is opened it woll set off the door ajar light and when closed it never goes off.. for some reason it has periods of time that it will stay on for weeks and then when that stops the window buzzing starts. I am not under warranty and am very tired of sinking money into a van that we apid well over 30,000 for. Why is something so expensive........... such a money pit"???? I feel I get no response from the dealers. They seem to be able to word it in a different way when they fix something and you have to take it back in to be re-fixed.. although it does the same thing??" I guess we will have to do more research on vehicle manufactors when buying our next family vehicle. I have never been so disappointed. Please send recall informat

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 112001


  • miles
While warming vehicle up, it surged forward and then backward, it ran over conumer's toes and the door hit consumer in face, vehicle dragged consumer for about 6 feet before it stopped, it also took out 2 posts of the deck, consumer states a recall regarding the powertrain control module was received and feels this might be the cause of the accident, however vehicle is still at dealer awaiting repairs.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292000

(reported on)


  • miles


PCM module failed.

- Southbridg, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 55mph on the highway and it was raining, and ABS light came on the dashboard. Also, traction control light was blinking, saying the system was off. ABS brake system stopped working.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 152000


  • miles
Computer module that controls ABS system failed, also affects the traction control feature of the vehicle, that also has failed. Cost to replace part is $980. Plus labor. This is a major component of the ABS braking system, which is part of the vehicles safety features and a failure so earlier in the life of this vehicle is absurd. The maintenance person at the dealership said there was a bulletin out on this but we can't find it. My sister and brother-in-law have the same year and model of Windstar and are having a failure of their traction control feature which is intermittent but their dealer can't find the cause.

- Jackson, MO, USA

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