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Ford Windstar



  • rainersrainers Posts: 50
    I am interested in buying Daylight running lights relay for my van. Does anyone know where the factory receptical is located and the part number.

    Any info would help
  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    I presently have a 99SE but prior to that I had a 95GL and it was totaled by a red light runner at 135K and never had a ball joint problem.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    this is a very negotiable item, you should be able to get at least a 1/3 to almost a half off the "list" price easily with some hard bargaining (have done that for a windstar, venture and two subarus).I usually negotiate a price for the car, then I tell them I'm walking out unless they give me a big discount on the warranty, works every time! if you don't get a big discount go shop around, the dealer who sold you the car does not have to be the dealer who sells you the warranty. some car makes even have dealers selling cut price manufacturers warranties on the internet. its easy money for them, just some paperwork!
    generally speaking manufacturers extended warranties are less hassle in terms of getting approvals and also knowing the company is still around when you need it, a big problem with many after market ones in previous years- they are out of business when you need them. you are however stuck going to a dealer with a manufacturers warranty though. most dealers nowadays have their service computer systems set up so that if you have an extended warranty and work covered is necessary, it automatically tells the service manager its covered, gets approval electronically from the manufacturer etc etc expediting things quite a bit. also, at least with the subarus (the windstar and venture are still new enough- 2000 models - not to have had to invoke the extended one yet) I have had the dealers cover non covered items as good will gestures. have had one experience with non manufacturer warranty before - for an audi, big hassle getting approvals always necessitating another trip back to get the work done (and if you think a windstar is trouble - I had a 95 too - ok I'm a slow learner!, audis in the 80s were garage queens!).
  • shorneshorne Posts: 1
    MOMx2 refers to a return customer rebate of 1,500.00. Anyone have any info on this rebate?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    I wonder if the return customer one is in addition to the ones shown (in my zipcode) for the Windstar on our Incentives and Rebates page?

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  • kelleyokelleyo Posts: 182
    worst quality I have ever seen in a vehicle. It has only 20,000 miles on it. We have had it in numurous times with Service Engine light. The last time they had to replace the gas tank to fix the problem.

    The Low Tire pressure warning light stays on constantly. I keep the tires set at 32 to 35 lbs and reset the light and within an hour it comes back on. Dealer has never been able to fix.

    We have a gasket leak around the drivers side sliding door that has never been fixed.

    We have had many (4 ?) recalls.

    It is now leaking oil like a sieve. They replaced the oil pan gasket but it has started leaking again.

    I would not recommend this car to my worst enemy.
  • monty2222monty2222 Posts: 48
    Regarding the passenger captains chair seats, is there any year of Windstar where these can slide together to almost form a bench seat? If Windstar does not offer it, can anyone tell me which makes/models do? Thanks. (reason is, sometimes I want the kids together, sometimes apart).
  • autolover3autolover3 Posts: 53
    I have been researching vans (don't own one yet), but to my knowledge, the Honda Odyssey has what you want (at least the 1999+ models). The middle row can be two separate captain chairs or can fit together to make a bench. I have never seen anyone mention this as a feature of any Windstar model year that I know of. Hope this helps.
  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    The MPV has what they call "slide by side" middle buckets. True, it is smaller than the Odyssey but then again it also has the fold away rear seat.
  • monty2222monty2222 Posts: 48
    I think I saw it on the Kia Sedona, but have to go look again. One thing about their middle captains seats, even seperated, there is very little space to squeeze between them into the back. I also do like the fully reclining rear seat in the dodge caravans, fold back like into a bed. Not on Windstar, correct? Here is another seat possibility for you. If the vans have an option for bench or captains chairs in the middle, and I buy it with one type, could I buy the other type seat froma junk yard and have both so I can exchange in as I like?
  • haulthault Posts: 124
    So far I have 20000 miles. No sign of problems yet. I am now using synthetic oil in engine and intend to change trans fluid and antifreeze at 2yr/20000 intervals. I have a 6/60 extended FORD warranty and intend to trade it prior to warranty expiring.
  • rrmanrrman Posts: 21
    My wife's Windstar will be 4 years old next month. I bought a new Chrysler Concorde for myself recently and after Zainoing it I decided to do the same for her Van. Looks better than new! Dissolved one clay bar in the process.
    The Park to Drive transmission clunk has "always" been with us. A new battery (preventative), radiator flush and fill and the usual oil changes about every 5000 miles has been the only maintenance - except for the "reprogramming" TSB for the stalling problem.
    But after perusing this board, I'm keeping it in my prayers!
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Glad your 98 is doing well. I have a 98 with 78000 and no problems to date. I do recommend xmission fluid changes every 25k. When I had mine done, mechanic said there was a fair amount of metal shavings. If I had not been changing fluid, I may have had the common xmission problem alot of other owners have had. Good Luck.
  • After reading of all the problems of past models and current models, is there anyone out there who is pleased with their 2002 Windstar?? I have been given a price of $21,150 before taxes, registration etc. Is this a fair price? I requested the standard edition with quad seats and no family entertainment system. If I decide to purchase it, should I get the extended warranty and how much should I expect to pay for it? Thanks in advance. K.
  • Will the Windstar have anything new for 2003?
  • momx2momx2 Posts: 14
    I purchased a new 2002 LX in May. I paid $22,411 with tax, title and tags. I purchased a extended warranty (offered at edmunds). Scroll to message number 564 for more information. My LX has quad seating and the center console for options. It did not have entertainment center, so the dealer discounted the van an additional $995.00. I have not had any problems so far. I like it very much. Hopefully I will have the same opinion in the months and (years?) ahead. After reading the problem list on this board, I purchased a extended warranty for 8 years/100,000 miles.

    I test drove a KIA Sedona, it looked nice and was relatively inexpensive. The test drive was horrible, first it had to be jumped started, there was a horrible popping sound when the brake was pressed, the steering wheel shook ( quite obvious even at low speed) and the back seat was broken, it would not lock in properly. It is the first model year out for KIA. Ford was offering the huge $3,000 rebate and I qualified for the costumer loyalty program ($1,500 off) and after they discounted for the lack of entertainment system how could I say no? I bought my van the same day I drove the KIA.
  • haulthault Posts: 124
    Try They had best prices. I felt the extended care warranty was the best value. I have a 2000 LX w/20,000 miles. Only problem to date was factory tires sidewall cracking. My tire store helped me. Now I have Michelin Symmetry tires. I suggest trans flush 20,000 mile intervals. It may prolong/save transmission.
  • tmanttmant Posts: 70
    My 2000 Windstar SE has captain's chair in the middle row. You can interchange with the small bench. And if you didn't already know, the third row can be moved into the second row. Or you can get another 3rd row bench and seat 8 people?! Wow, I never thought of that.
  • Anyone have any word on the new Windstar. I guess it will be updated in 04. I am hoping it will have the magic seat and roll down windows like the MPV and since ford owns part of Mazda they should be able to get the technology.
  • flj168flj168 Posts: 12
    I have a '95 Ford Windstar (built 9/94) with 42K original miles that’s garaged 75% of the time. Does anyone know what's the battery life on the original battery? There's no color on the indicator eye on top of the battery, does this mean that I should replace the battery soon?

    The batteries sold by Costco are 1/2 the price of Sears' Diehard. What replacement batteries would you recommend?

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