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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,180 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Oct 122010

Windstar

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Windstar with star fire flite line iv all wheel drive tires size 215 /70 R15. The contact stated that the tread peeled off of all four tires. The failure occurred with less than 18000 miles on the tires. The tire distributor told the contact that tires only last five years and should be replaced. The dot number was unknown. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #35

Jan 152007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving his 1998 Ford winstar at 35 mph on June 26, 2005 the passenger side front tire came off the vehicle and fell to the ground, the vehicle ran over the tire. On January 15, 2007 the passenger side front tire fell off and went behind the vehicle then hit a fence across the road. The front passenger side went into the ground and the vehicle spun around once and came to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed and repaired on both occasions.

- E. Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #34

Mar 092006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked for six hours, the left front tire exploded. Also, the tread had separated. The dealership inspected the tire and determined the contact over inflated the tire, resulting in the tire exploding. The dealership replaced the tire, but refused to give the damaged tire back to the contact. The tire was size: P21570R15. The brand name was an all season cooper dominator.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #33

Jan 172003

Windstar

  • miles

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

Purchased 2 cooper trendsetter SE tires, tire identification no. 2utm3C2J4702, on January 17, 2003. Since that time, tires have not held air and have suffered loss of trend and traction causing a dangerous condition. Returned to retailer in March of 2005 and tires were taken off and resealed at a cost of $15 but tires still continue to loss air. Since the date of purchase, only 23,000 have been put on these tires.

- Dubois, PA, USA

problem #32

May 152001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
This van has all the defects and complaints listed on thegovt. Recalls the NHTSA site and others ihave too much info to put on this site if there is anyone I can send my complaint to please let me know iam putting it back into the shop again ive been thru a nightmare along with trying to assure my 4 kids that they were safe in this van thankyou angela wallace and by the wat the dealer that sold me this van will not cooperate at all

- Phippsburg, ME, USA

problem #31

Jul 152002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The transmission failed after having the fluid and pan gasket changed within the previous 6 months. Since it is a '98 and although it has the same transmission as earlier years (whose transmissions have been replaced at no cost to the owner because of either recalls or secret warranties) Ford refused to replace this transmission at cost.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #30

Jun 192003

Windstar

  • 97,000 miles

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

While driving 10 mph the vehicles right front tire fell off.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #29

Jun 202003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion, the left rear tire tread peeled off and caused extensive damage to the vehicle. Size P215/70R14, dot 30913urbw16895-1, original tires with 10,000-15000 miles on them. The left rear tire tread exploded. The consumer was passing another vehicle in the left passing lane when the tread separated. The consumer pulled over and saw the tire was not deflated and the tread was tightly wrapped under the vehicle. The consumer's wife brought to his attention, the other bad experiences with the tires. One had blown out through the tread and the second tire developed a bulged that caused a wobble in the steering.

- Kearny, AZ, USA

problem #28

Jul 302000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,477 miles
Tires are Goodyear integrity. Consumer had all four tires fail on four different occasions.

- Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #27

Oct 022002

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, the van would vibrate. The dealership stated they replaced the motor mounts, however the condition still persists. The motor mounts were replaced again due to the same problem of unknown vibration. Nlm the passenger side front tire wore out. The tie rod ends were replaced.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #26

Nov 182001

Windstar

  • miles

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

Tire blew up while I was driving on the freeway. (tiresize: P20570R15)

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #25

Sep 292001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
I went to purchase 2 new tires after an average road hazard blowout at costco for my fwd Windstar w/ antilock brakes. They refused to put the new tires on the front, even though the tires not being replaced had good tread wear remaining. They sighted an article on the counter and a handout from Michelin stating it was their "policy" to place the tires on the rear. This makes no sence!. it appears to be a ploy to sell more tires by leaving old tires on the front where they wear faster, extend the warranty on the new tires by letting them wear less on the rear, and decreasing possible tire liability by having the new tires not control (steer) the vehicle! do you have any information that this practice is safer or is it a marketing ploy that is out of control??.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #24

Sep 012001

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to repair shop because front tire tires were balled inside. Mechanic told consumer that upper ball joints and tire rod ends were defective. Consumer replaced them. There was no accident.

- Pitt, PA, USA

problem #23

Aug 202001

Windstar

  • miles
My wife pulled out of the driveway onto the road and heard a horrible screeching/squealing sound and smelled rubber burning. She pulled into the center lane, approximately 50 feet from our driveway and stopped. She asked our daughter to get out of the vehicle and see what was wrong. She said, "mom, the tire is touching the rear bumper". my wife turned the vehicle around in the neighbor's driveway and drove back into our driveway. She called me out and I looked at the rear right control arm on the rear axle assembly. It was completely severed and pulled approximately 3 inches apart. The rear right tire was scraping the bumper and had gouges in the tread (the tire is ruined). The left wheel was pushed slightly forward. I know if she had made it to the expressway and this piece had broke at 70 mph, my child, her 3 friends, and my wife would be dead. I am worried that anybody with the same style and year vehicle could have the same defect, and I want it made aware to all. I am petrified to think what could have occurred. I also have digital pictures of the defect which could be E-mailed at your request.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #22

Jan 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experienced problems with three Goodyear tires size: P215/70R15, dot: 4bn3ddwr037 on 1998, Ford, Windstar. First tire had 23,000 miles on it, and belts bunched up in it, distorting the shape of the tire, egg shaped. Second tire had 30,000 miles on it, and the steel belt came through sidewall of tire. Third tire had 46,000 miles on it, and steel belt bunched up, allowing a bubble to form in tread of tire. Goodyear invicta gs.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jul 242001

Windstar

  • miles
Purchased tire from T & T tire on 6/23/2000. Tire separation at 75 mph. Store sold tire to me as new when it was 9 years old. Michelin is working with me on it but store owner doesn't seem to feel that he is responsible for damage done to vehicle and future debts to be assessed to get body damage repaired. Do not feel this is right and would like to see changes made to hold the store owner liable for all damages when knowingly sell a tire that should have been removed from stock. (dot number: 1991 tiresize: P215/70R15)

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #20

Jun 012001

Windstar

  • miles
Right passenger's side tire veered to right. Dealership was aware of problem. Had tires replaced with brand new ones. Dealership changed the tires to left.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #19

May 112001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front right coil spring broke while consumer's daughter was driving at approximately 10 mph. When coil spring broke, it caused front right tire to blowout. Consumer replaced original tire with a spare, resulting in spare being destroyed because of broken coil spring.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #18

Mar 092001

Windstar

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle. (tiresize: P215/70R15)( dot number: Tire size: P215/70R15 )

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 302001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Just an angry citizen who hopes that maybe you can steer me in a proper direction. I was traveling through California to santa cruz for vacation. I own a 1992 Mazda extended cab 4X4 and was the last of four cars in a very serious accident in which a brand new looking (I don't know the actual year) blew a tire (or lost front wheel) and flipped. My vehicle is totalled and it will cost me thousands to replace since my insurance will not cover all damages. Police filled out reports, people taken away in helicopters.... yet my insurance company can't seem to find any police reports. Do I have any rights to pursue as the consumer" shouldn't Ford or the insurance company of the minivan pay for my losses" I don't mean to sound selfish or cold since many people were hurt, but I am currently being partially covered by my insurance for losses that were not of my fault.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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