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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (2 reports)
2002 Ford Windstar transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 152012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


Tranny started slipping a week or so before I finally took it in. The transmission shop told me these Windstars were known for going out between 90 and 100k, so I was due. Really? They are known for it? The relays are bad. Rebuilt tranny warrantied for 2 years... Lasted 18 months but the guy at the shop kept telling me what I was feeling was normal... Now I'm out of warranty and have major issues with the rebuilt transmission. It refuses to go into overdrive. Yeah.. I lost overdrive.

- , Cottonwood, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 282010

Windstar SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

While on a Scouting trip, transmission failed. Entire transmission had to be rebuilt. Never had a problem with drive train and vehicle is maintained methodically. Mechanic stated part dislodged and penetrated casing causing transmission fluid to leak.

- , Mandeville, LA, USA

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