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9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,373.00
Average Mileage:
100,857 miles
Total Complaints:
133 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (52 reports)
  2. Ford should recall it (35 reports)
  3. not sure (23 reports)
  4. completely rebuilt (15 reports)
  5. got rid of vehicle (8 reports)
2000 Ford Windstar transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #133

Jun 142005

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

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

I have had this car 14 years. I had to replace the transmission 3 times already. Twice when I was alone on the way to work, once when the kids were with me. Single mom, only transportation, can't afford a new car. I have always bought American and the new cars have been Fords but this is getting ridiculous.

Three transmissions! It's time to to recall them and find out why. So much for repeat customers.

- , Bristol, CT, USA

problem #132

Jun 012014

Windstar SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,457 miles

Bought my van last year in may. No problems till Sunday evening after driving it. earlier my husband tried to drive to the store and didn't make it out of the parking lot. When in gear, the van bucked forward and felt like driving over sticks or plastic grinding in the engine. In reverse, it has the same problem. WTF

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #131

Dec 232013

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,500 miles

Bought this van in 2001 - technically used (dealer owned) and had 26k miles on it. Main transportation at the time and was making trips from Kansas City to Shreveport LA every other week for 3 months in 2002. In 2003, at 76k miles (1k miles over extended warranty bought), transmission failure. Re-manufactured transmission put in and cost $2500. In 2008, at 130k miles - transmission failure. Another transmission replacement cost, this time $3200 (supposedly new and not a re-manufactured one). Made all the proper maintenance and care for the vehicle and taking extra extreme caution to not over exert the transmission in any way. December 2013, again complete transmission failure. Seriously not fixing this vehicle again. Ford knows the issue on why these fail - 3.8L engine that gets too hot and causes damage to transmission parts inside (mainly linkage parts). It's only on the Windstar and Taurus that have 3.8L V6 front wheel drive vehicles. Vehicle is in near perfect condition to be 14 years old with normal wear and tear to be expected. Can't believe Ford won't see this as lemon defect. KBB value for this vehicle is between 2.6k and 3.5k. New transmission between 2.5k and 3k. It's just not worth it anymore - about to just start scrapping the vehicle out on parts - all other parts seem to be fine on this one.

Ford help your customers out....do the right thing.... make people stop saying F.O.R.D. (Fix or Repair Daily).

- , Blue Spring, MO, USA

problem #130

Dec 272013

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,900 miles

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

Just replaced the alternator on my Ford Windstar the day before Thanksgiving, 2013. Last January, 2013 it was a fuel pump. Two very expensive repairs. Today driving to work, the car starts to "de-accelerate on its own and I was able to pull into a parking spot. No forward or reverse. Had to have van towed after tow truck driver eliminated broken hose and low or bad transmission fluid as possible causes. Mechanic said no broken axle either. Will have to send out to a transmission place with an estimate of probably $2500.00 to replace it. Single mom, no other means of transportation, broke and this is what I have to deal with. I only have 79,900 miles. I am the original owner, garage kept, maintained. No warning about the transmission going.Thank you Ford! Apparently with all of the complaints about failed transmissions, they are aware of the problem and will not recall to fix. I counted on keeping this vehicle for a few more years with the low mileage. Will not be looking at Fords in the future.

- , Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #129

Aug 312012

Windstar 3.8L Sel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

bad torque converter

Buy American not sure on FORD figure on repair daily

- , Hederson, KY, USA

problem #128

Nov 142012

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,271 miles

The Ford Windstars with the 3.8 V6, were prone to many problems ............

- , Auburn, NY, USA

problem #127

Feb 282013

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,001 miles

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

this is bullshit the transmission died to day and i was one hour away from the house i paid $200 for towing the problem is that you put it in Drive and will not go forward if you put it in reverse it will not go back does not have any noise or grinding so what kind of bull is this can any one tell me does the ford has recall on it. if they do please let me know, if they don't they should

- , BOWLING GREEN, KY, USA

problem #126

May 072011

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

had to have transmission sensor replaced in early 2011. The transmission began not shifting correctly in April of 2011 and losing fluid, but fluid does not leak out of vehicle. Transmission completely stopped functioning in May of 2011. Have not had any other recalls done on vehicle because can't drive it to dealer. The vehicle has been in storage since May of 2011. The engine runs great, no rust underneath and body in good shape. Transmission went out a month after putting on new tires. Just can't afford to pay over 2000 dollars or more for transmission replacement. Ford should recall transmission along with everything else. From now on I will stick to GM or Jeep.

- , North Canton, OH, USA

problem #125

Aug 242012

Windstar ES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

I'm through with FORDS will try Toyota. just driving down road trans just quit pulling no sign of trouble i had transmission oil changed at 60,000 miles. along with filter oil changed every 3000 miles for motor oil and filter rotated tires every 6000 did every thang to keep up.

- , Hederson, KY, USA

problem #124

May 272012

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

This transmission was replaced at 55,000 miles and then the torque convertor went at 118,000 miles, so far we have spent $4000 on transmission work for this vehicle. I have always been a Ford believer but now will be purchasing a Chevy or Chrysler if Ford doesn't offer some kind of benefit

- , Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #123

Jan 012012

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

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

This car has a whole lotta problems.

As soon as you fix one thing, another goes.

We are trying to get rid of it, but after spending so much money on it, the other person, more than likely will think it's a great car. We are so dependent on the car that it is hard to get rid of it, we hate depending on other people to give us rides, my family is big and we all have different things to do at different times, so its difficult being without a vehicle. It's a giant pain to keep spending on it though. My complaint is similar to those of the others I have read. The light work today, don't work tomorrow, sometimes, the lights don't come on at all when you open the door, then two weeks later tada! We have electrical problems, Security problems, drivetrain problems, i don't know what ISN'T wrong with it.

- , Hartford, CT, mexico

problem #122

Nov 042011

Windstar 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

HAD PROBLEMS WITH TRANSMISSION SINCE FIRST DAY I BOUGHT IT. I FOUND OUT FORD COMPANY PUTS CHEAP TRANSMISSIONS IN THEIR CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS THAT IS WHY THEY DO NOT LAST LONG. SHAME ON YOU FORD MOTORS.

- , Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #121

Nov 042011

Windstar 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN ACTING UP FROM THE FIRST DAY I BOUGHT IT, I AM ON A DISABLED INCOME AND A SINGLE PARENT, ALSO I THINK THE FORD PLACE SHOULD RECALL AND FIX IT SINCE IT HAS ACTED UP FROM THE FIRST DAY I BOUGHT IT AND THE OD FLASHED ALL THE TIME I KEPT THIS VAN UP VERY WELL AND CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER VEHICLE OR GET THIS ONE FIXED, I SHOULD HAVE NEVER BOUGHT A FORD VAN. I WISHED I HAD LISTENED TO MY FRIENDS WHEN THEY TOLD ME I WOULD BE SORRY CAUSE ALL WINDSTAR VANS HAVE THE TRANSMISSIONS FALL OUT, AND I DO MEAN ALL. SAME ON THE FORD COMPANY FOR GIPPING EVERYBODY OUT OF OUR MONEY, I HOPE THEY CAN SLEEP WELL KNOWING HOW THEY CHEATED ALL OF US.. THANKS FOR LISTENING, BUT I REALLY DON;T KNOW WHAT TO DO, I ONLY GET 700 A MONTH FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTER TO LIVE OFF OF, NOW WE HAVE NO WAY TO GET AROUND OR BUY GROCERIES

- , Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #120

Feb 082012

Windstar LX 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

Transmission problems for years, leaks, slippage, and now it finally dies.

- , Fenton, MI, USA

problem #119

Oct 272011

Windstar LX 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,332 miles

Ford recalled this used rust bucket because the sub frame and rear axle was a danger. They spent $2,500 renting a car for me for 2 months while it was being fixed at Donway Ford. My guess is all this work plus 2 months storage cost more than $1,000

Why would they even fix this thing if they know the transmission was bad. Even the trans. oil pan was rusted through and leaking - I had that replaced with the oil and a month later, the transmission failed.

No offer was made, they just took it in and did the repairs. I would have taken a discount on a new car at the time instead of spending the additional $1,800 that it also needed to get roadworthy.

- , Toronto, ONT, canada

problem #118

Nov 142011

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 214,000 miles

This is the second time that the transmission has failed. The first time was at 100,000 miles and I had a new transmission put in...This one lasted 114,000 miles. Going to junk it this time. See Ya Ford !

- , Milford, DE, USA

problem #117

Jun 012004

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My family was on the way to vacation and the transmission decided to fail. I had to drive in low gear for 200 miles to get to destination! The replacement cost was $3000.00. Now the transmission has failed again! This time it was at 214,000 miles. I guess they only last about 100,000 miles, and after reading all the complaints about Ford Windstars, I guess I should not bother to rebuild it at this point! Foreign cars sound like a better bet when it comes to longevity. Oh, yea, I might add that the transmission started acting up at 20,000 miles, but the dealership could never "replicate" the problem!! Bye Bye Ford!

- , Milford, DE, USA

problem #116

Dec 032011

Windstar ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,900 miles

Never liked Ford vehicles much. Always a problem and it's always expensive to repair.

- , Northampton, PA, USA

problem #115

Sep 272011

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 207,538 miles

Hi there! Previous to this 2000 windstar i had owned a 2002 windstar. it hadn't given this exact problem, but it did cost me quite a bit for different repairs. i had only had this van since june this year. i didn't expect much of it because it was used, but that changed when me, my two year old, and his daddy traveled on a trip that we had taken before a couple of times before this trip. all of sudden we smelled smoke,so we parked and my spouse told me the transmission was leaking and was slowly going. i panicked a bit because we had our two year old with us. thankfully a couple let us park our van in their yard while we waited for my sister for 5 HOURS!!!! it was so unexpected and such a pain. now we have to hold off on family trips while we search for a NEW and different vehicle.

- , Saskatoon, Sask., canada

problem #114

Apr 132011

Windstar SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 206,000 miles

We just had the fly wheel replaced and the next thing I know I'm going to leave...with my 5yr old and 3 yr old, and i go to turn around and when I went forward it was fine, put it in reverse and it was fine, then when I went to put it back in drive it made a big bang and jerked then started revving up really bad and wouldn't go anywhere. I was PISSED!!!

I have only had this van a little over a year and have only been able to drive it maybe 5 months total. I had only had it out of the shop for maybe 3 weeks at the most when this happened!!! I have read that A LOT of people have had the same problem that I have and think that Ford should take it upon themselves and voluntarily recall the transmissions on these vans.

Thank god I am a mechanic and can put one in without sending it out, but it's gonna be a pain in the ass...not to mention it's not been easy trying to find a good tranny to put in it at a decent price!! UGH! I am a Ford person and this has about had me in!

- , Cambridge, OH, USA

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