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

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1998 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 132000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When coming to a complete stop and brakes applied, engine will suddenly start to rev, causing vehicle to accelerate. Dealer has been contacted.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 262000

(reported on)


  • miles
When at a stoplight transmission goes into neutral unnoticed, but when you step on the gas the engine revvs up and then suddenly jumps back into gear and shoots out into traffic with out warning. Ford knows of the problem, and told me it was a aluminum piston that fails in the trans. But wants over $2000 dollars to fix it because I didn't report it soon enough. I was lucky that the intersection was empty, or it could have been a bad accident! this is clearly a safety problem that Ford does not want to deal with. I want to know if there are any others out there with this problem" I called several transmission shops and they all knew of the problem, even some of the Ford dealers admitted that the transmission is defective! for $26000 the trans. Only lasted 2yrs. Is there anything I can do"

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #2

May 092000


  • miles
Sudden acceleration while braking into a curved parking space, causing vehicle to rearend another vehicle in front. Dealer notified. Provide further details.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 191998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing problems with automatic transmission. Transmission went out after the vehicle had 314 miles. In addition, the consumer has been experiencing problems with cruise control cable. The consumer stated that while driving, cruise control cable wrapped around their accelerator cable, which caused the vehicle to run without being able to stop it. The consumer had to turn the vehicle off in order to stop the vehicle. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- Cherryhill, NJ, USA

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