pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,600 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced gaskets (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2000 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 252013

Windstar SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles


I was a dwindling Ford fan until I bought this van. Losing confidence in them over the years, this POS was the straw that broke the camel's back. Bought with 110k miles and not a single problem, I have found the following major issues over the last 20k miles: (please note, this doesn't cover the "small" complaints like the spare tire carrier not letting me lower the spare to use it, or the factory jack buckling on level ground and letting the van fall with no front tire on it, or the shoddy front suspension, or the cheap interior parts, or etc.......)

It is riddled with odd electrical problems like random door locks and windows working intermittently, ABS sensor failures that magically go away, only to come back the next day, and the transmission control computer randomly deciding to throw the thing out of gear at highway speeds.

The van has also developed a strange oil leak that only surfaces while driving it, which splatters the oil all over the place, making the leak impossible to detect without pressure washing the engine, driving a quarter mile, then getting out to see if it leaked or not. Imagine a few miles of that only to find that the oil came out quickly during the last quarter mile, soaking everything again and hiding the leak again in the process.

Let's not forget to mention the transmission issues that plague MANY newer Ford vehicles... This one is leaking fluid all over the place and has broken a few teeth off some of the gears, leaving them sitting in my transmission pan for me to find during a routine fluid and filter change. Add this to the electrical issue with the transmission control computer, and you've got a real pain in the ass problem, a time bomb. I'm sorry, but to be the company that pioneered the planetary gear automatic, I really thought they'd have it down to a science... Ford seems to be going down the toilet instead.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 202007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Had head gaskets replaced in 2008. It is again using antifreeze and blowing white stinky smoke it has only been 4 years and it is not driven hard. The paint is falling off! This car is a piece of junk! Will never own another ford!

- , Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #3

Apr 082013

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

Had the van for 8 years and never really had a major problem. Bought it with 30K miles on it. Had tranny problems last year. Now has a cracked head gasket so it's going to junk yard.

- , Monticello, IA, US

problem #2

Jul 182009

Windstar 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Again, another problem with Ford Windstar 2000. Leaking oil pan gasket was replaced. What next FORD? We have many problems with this van. How much more money we need to pay? This is a lemon car, Ford need to make a recall ! This van is a piece of junk !

- , Offutt AFB, NE, USA

problem #1

Aug 312005

Windstar ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

What can I say, a real pain. I think I had gasket replacement done 2 x's, can't remember the exact dates or mileage though.

- , Feasterville, PA, USA

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