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Ford Windstar



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,938
    More details on the '04 Freestar are coming out from the Chicago Auto Show:

    2004 Ford Freestar

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  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    I posted this question over in the "Ford Windstar Problems" thread, but I saw this one and thought I'd give it a try. Does anyone know of a rear swaybar offered for an '00 Windstar?
  • haulthault Posts: 122
    FORD stated they installed a "new" transmission in the Windstar in 2001 called "4F50N". Is this just a modified version of the transmission used in 2000 and earlier or a "new" design ? Have the problems decreased ?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,938
    It's probably a variation on the existing tranny but I suppose it could have come from the parts bin. Hard to believe that it's too new though, since the Freestar and the 2004 Mercury Monterey are coming out soon.

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  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    The 4F50N is apparently a development of the AX4N transmission.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    BUT, the 265 Foot Pounds of Torque will compensate for less HP than Odyssey, Sienna or Grand Caravan/Town & Country that all have more HP than the New Ford minivans.
        When will Ford, GM, and DC use 5 speed Automatic Transmissions? The Odyssey, MPV, Sedona, and 2004 Sienna now have 5 speed for better acceleration and fuel economy.
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    Was in the area of the Ford plant today and saw 2 Freestars on the road, both white and both with dealer plates. One was a Sport model, the other a basic, but with no "LX" or anything like it on the tailgate. For those of you expecting big visual changes, I'm sad to report you are out of luck. They looked pretty much the same as their predecessor. The headlights have changed, are farther up the fender but not as much as the Sienna (a good thing). The grill on the Sport was painted black. The door handles on the Sport matched the body colour, those on the other van were black. This is about all I could get in the minute or 2 that I saw them.

    Have a realtive that works there. Reports they have increased the sheet metal thickness and have an entire new line to assemble the body panels. Results should be better; stiffer structure as a result of the increased steel and many many more welds. Maybe explains why the engine is larger; more weight to drag around.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    The Freestar will have about 300 Lbs. more than Windstar. So the extra hp from the 4.2L engine is necessary. The 3.9 will lose some hp, 193 down from 200 (in the 3.8), but both will have much more Lb-ft of torque, to beat the competition. And these horsepower and torque will be available at a lower RPM than the current Windstar.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    The Windstar's wipers doesn't cover a big enough part of the windshield, as the Honda Odyssey, etc. So I changed their sizes.

    It comes by default: for drivers side 24", for passenger side a 20" wiper blade.

    I put size 28" for drivers side, and 21" for passenger side. It now covers a much bigger part.

    Is it something wrong if I change it from the factory defaults?
  • ramouramou Posts: 84
    Actually that doesn't sound like a bad idea, I know what u mean since I just returned from a 1990 mile rainy Smokey Mountain trip all the way to rainy Florida. I just wonder if the weight may be bad for the wiper motor in the long run, I'm not sure if those motors are made to handle all sizes or not. O well try it and see, most likely it's not a problem. Do the new wipers swipe outside the windshield or only on the windshield?
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    I measured it out before I decided which size to buy. It always bothered me that quite a big part of the windshield is NOT covered, and I was sure that it could use a bigger size. I measured it before to be sure it swiped only IN the windshield, not outside, and it's now perfect. I would recommend for everybody to do the same. This is especially useful for the snow. It's also helpful if you need to look out at the traffic light, you don't have to push yourself down (as I was doing 'til yesterday) to look at it.

    As for the weight, it's almost the same as the smaller size, and I'm almost sure this is NOT a problem at all.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    What ramou was referring to is not the weight of the wiper blade itself, but of the added "weight", or strain, placed on the wiper motor created by the extra drag of the longer blade.

    When you mentioned the larger wipers, my first thought was of this extra drag. I'd bet everything will be just fine as long as you don't try to move a considerable amount of snow or ice.
  • I have a 2000 SEL with the chrome trim. In April, I noticed that the plastic coating was peeling off. Not having too much faith in my dealership, I didn't mention it, thinking that it was just a coating. Once summer came (and naturally just beyond warranty) the affected areas turned black. The dealership said they would have replaced the entire grill had it been within warranty but now there was nothing they could do.

    Has anyone else had this problem? It looks like the surface has tarnished and was wondering whether anyone has had any success cleaning it up. The film that peeled was clear, so I don't think the "chrome" has peeled, only the protective coating.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    Unfortunately, there hasn't been any true "chrome" trim on cars in a reeaaaaal long time. I'm going to venture an educated guess here based on the norm for auto trim these days, but someone please let me know if there is an exception on the "chrome" on this Windstar. What you have is a plastic grille with a chrome "applique" that adheres to the underlayer, which is probably that black stuff. Something wasn't done right wherever that piece was manufactured, hence the "chrome" layer peeled prematurely. Dealer is right-nothing you can do but replace it. There's nothing there to buff out, really. Now you could gently sand the remaining chrome area, mask it off, and spray a few coats of dull silver or black or body color or whatever you feel looks better than peeling chrome. I can only guess what the dealer wants for a painted replacement grille!
  • ramouramou Posts: 84
    Thanks for explaining that to Samnoe the way you did. That is exactly what I ment to say but I guess I didn't describe it as well as you did, thanks again.
  • tmanttmant Posts: 70
    Yes, the grill is a black plastic material with the chrome layer on top. I think it is noticeable on some sections of the grill (the parts that aren't normally seen from a distance) when you look closely, but mine has been fine.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    Having had a 95 and now a 00 (ok, ok some people have learning problems!!) I finally found something really nice to say about the WS! The cabin pollen air filter is a cinch to change unlike most other cars I have had! One nice simple hatch to pop off under the hood! Wow, now if only they had spent half as much time emgineering the rest of it and the production of it so its not always going worng elsewhere!
  • Yes- the cabin air filter on my 2001 Windstar is easy to get at. The one on my '99 Taurus is a real pain- you have to remove 1/2 of the windshield cowl to access the filter. Nice design...
  • If you go to The Car Connection ( there is a review of the Freestar. The final word is it is much better than the Windstar but is very middle of the pack and but should still sell well.
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