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Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Windstar transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 052002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Consumer stated that while driving at any speed and without the transmission failed causing the vehicle not to accelerate. Dealer notified.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #21

May 312002

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated transmission gasket was leaking and the shifter was hard to get into reverse.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 012001

Windstar

  • miles
The vehicle would rev up when the accelerator is applied and would not shift gears until the odometer and speedometers began to work which take about 5 miles drive.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #19

Aug 192002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

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

Consumer states the vehicle has transmission problems.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission failed while the consumer was traveling.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #17

Aug 102000

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle was experiencing a small transmission leak, consumer was informed that everything was fine, however as consumer had all driven 25 miles the transmission went out.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #16

Aug 012001

Windstar

  • miles

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

The gear shift would not come out of park after starting the vehicle. Putting the vehicle in neutral before starting it and shifting it to drive corrected the problem.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #15

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission failed while the consumer was traveling.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • miles
The transmission failed while the consumer was traveling.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #13

Aug 102000

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle was experiencing a small transmission leak, consumer was informed that everything was fine, however as consumer had all driven 25 miles the transmission went out.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #12

Aug 012001

Windstar

  • miles

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

The gear shift would not come out of park after starting the vehicle. Putting the vehicle in neutral before starting it and shifting it to drive corrected the problem.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #11

Sep 182001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway vehicle jerked and made a really strange noise. Vehicle then died. Vehicle was towed to dealer, and the dealer stated that a metal piece had broken inside of transmission, and transmission would need to be rebuilt. Please provide any further informmation.

- Clinton, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 142000

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission experienced failure twice.

- Fowlerville, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 012000

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission failed. Nlm

- Greenville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jul 271999

Windstar

  • miles
While stopped at an intersection, the transmisison shifted into neutral without drivers knowledge, resulting in vehicle rolling backwards when the brake was released, shifting to park then back to drive reengaged the forward gear. Nlm

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #7

Oct 102000

Windstar

  • miles
While consumer was pulling into driveway transmission completely failed.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 122000

Windstar

  • miles
(forward clutch piston and seal) when you brake to turn left or right or even come to a stop and then step on the gas, all the vehicle does is rev. It's like the transmission is stuck in gear or slipping and then it eventually drops into place. It's a pretty hazardous situation if turning into oncoming traffic. I feel this part should have been on a recall because of what happens when all you are doing is braking or slowing down. Please, please look into this problem. I have two children and would hate for someone to lose a child because of a wreck that could have been prevented by issuing a recall. Thank you for providing this site to list problems.( dot number: Apm3jeuu02 tire size: 215/70R15 )

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission replaced two times to illiminate slipping 1st and 2nd gears, however the replacements did not rectify transmission problems. Mjs

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 221999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
I bought this van in Feb of 1998 and in a few weeks I noticed that the van would lunge forward at low speeds of about 5 to 10 miles per hour. I went to the dealer and was told there was no problem. I went to another dealer same thing. I returned to the original dealer and this time drove the van with a mechanic and showed him the problem. They ordered a new transmission but the problem has never gone. I wrote Ford but no help. Then I moved to South jersey an dshowed it to the dealer a few times and this past Jan I was told that the problem will stay and nothing more can be done. So at present every time I star the van and accelerate and then leave the peddle the car lunges. In slow traffic this a real anger because it seems as though the car is not in my control. The change in gear is very rough.

- Oceanville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 191999

Windstar

  • miles
Transmission speed sensor failed causing erratic shifting.

- Oceanport, NJ, USA

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