pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
77,580 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1999 Ford Windstar body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012006

Windstar SEL V-6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The paint has bubbled and peeled in large sections all over the vehicle but started on hood. I was told by several people that in this particular 4-5 year of fords made there were problems with the annealing process (sealing, hardening) of the paint. It does not appear to be a thick layer and nor does it show any undercoat or primed surface. My van is soooooo ugly. I've reported it on several occasions to Ford Motor Co. and did not give up easily on my complaint process, but after many attempts failed, I'm done.

Other problems have occurred with this windstar also such as the electrical system is pretty fail. The interior lights flicker the door locks lock 15 minutes down the road.

Additionally; the electric windows don't work, one auto rear door does not work, the other only on occasion.

The operation of the heat/ac switch has a huge issue that would cost $300 to replace, so I can only keep it on A/C or nothing.

- , Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #3

May 092008

Windstar 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,321 miles

who can interbeing .. I have the same problem of many people who have WinStars ford paint on me all the paint has faded above the roof above the door ... and next to the front has bubbles and is flaking ... this is a defect or it may be that it looks horrible ..... fix the company would have to ford this is a defect in his paintings ..... who can vouch me ... I never buy a ford car and never recommend it for those problems .....

- , Allentown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 072008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Quality it is not! Hand sized flakes falling off. Ford is leaving a very bad impression with this issue by not stepping up to fix the problem.

- , Tumwater, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Briefly: How come a 6.5 year old, well cared and maintained Windstar is "changing skin"? Mine began about two years ago (I bought it used in july 01 as a birthday gift for my wife). The problem began in the passenger front door, in the upper rear corner, as a small "bubble". Soon the paint began to fall off, uncovering the original primer (grey), until it looked junkish. I took it to the paint shop garage and the man charged me 100 USD for a perfect job. One year later, in 2003, the driver door began with exact symptoms, so I just let it fall off completely for about 3 months, took it again to the same paint shop and the man charged me with 200 usd, which I refused and finally negotiated to 140 USD. Two days later I payed for a mediocre job that had to be re-detailed and left, knowing I would never see that man again in my life. One year later, that is about two months ago, my wife noticed that the roof paint was starting to bulge and fall off, so I checked the Van thoroughly and now the problem is spreading to other distant points. Besides, all the roof paint has come rough and discolored. Now I estimate the crazy paint shop man will drain my wallet for the multiple "details" in my Van. I have not known of any other Windstar 98 with the same problem. Please post a complaint if you have encountered this stupid problem in your van. Mine is Champaign color. Thanks for reading: Gabriel Zamora. Mexico City. (I wish I could afford to buy a 2004 Toyota Sienna, I've heard it is awesome and bears a quality reputation that Ford Windstars will never have!!!)

- , Mexico CIty, Edo de Mex, Mexico

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