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Ford Windstar

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  • koolerbkoolerb Posts: 10
    The vehicle should come with at least two keys. When I picked up my 2000 I wanted a third and got it within 45 minutes of the request. It cost about $55 total for the key and the programing. But I would get the dealer to pick up the second set.
  • sealey1sealey1 Posts: 1
    Hi Metzie. I have ordered a 2000 Windstar SE. It is now being converted for my wheelchair by Independent Mobility Systems (IMS). I'm not sure what adaptive mobility needs you have. Although I am not an expert, I don't think any of the larger adaptive mobility conversion company's work on Toyotas. As far as minivans go, IMS and Vantage convert Ford (Windstar) and Dalmer Chrysler (Caravan and T&C). Braun converts only Dalmer Chrysler. Again I'm not an expert; but after quite a bit of research that what I've found. Hope this helps a little.
  • bluesky6bluesky6 Posts: 4
    We just purchased a 2000 Windstar LX. It was between a Windstar and the Venture and the Windstar won by roominess and comfort. The Venture drove better but the seats were hard and it was slightly narrower.

    We had $2600 off msrp plus the special APR rate.

    The van is really nice and the kids love it. We're really going to use it this afternoon when I bring my wife to the hospital for a check up with the kids. They should be more comfortable in it than in our Escort.

    One thing we have been noticing is that when we brake to stop at a traffic light, there is a loud "thump" in the engine compartment.

    My theory is that this is the transmission shifting down. But it could be anything else.

    Has anyone else experienced the same thing?

    Thanks.
  • bluesky6bluesky6 Posts: 4
    We just purchased a 2000 Windstar LX. It was between a Windstar and the Venture and the Windstar won by roominess and comfort. The Venture drove better but the seats were hard and it was slightly narrower.

    We had $2600 off msrp plus the special APR rate.

    The van is really nice and the kids love it. We're really going to use it this afternoon when I bring my wife to the hospital for a check up with the kids. They should be more comfortable in it than in our Escort.

    One thing we have been noticing is that when we brake to stop at a traffic light, there is a loud "thump" in the engine compartment.

    My theory is that this is the transmission shifting down. But it could be anything else.

    Has anyone else experienced the same thing?

    Thanks.
  • jh45jh45 Posts: 2
    We purchased a 98 Windstar GL as a new car exactly 2 years ago this month. We have had some unusual problems with it and I have not seen anything similar listed on this forum. At about 28,000 miles we started stalling out whenever we slowed to a stop, such as in turning lanes, at stop signs, or when backing up slowly to a stop. As this problem increased in frequency we brought it in and were informed the throttle box needed to be replaced as the engine was not getting enough oxygen at low speeds - thus stalling. These problems all occurred under warranty. The warranty just ended in January, 2000 and in February we started feeling friction in the steering column and hearing a loud squeaking on slow turning. We took it in 2 weeks ago and found out the tie- rods were out of sinc and needed to be replaced - but it was not dangerous, yet. We were told the squeak would get progressively worse. Today I had the work done - out of warranty for almost $200.
    I am very surprised that a 2 year old van with just 40,000 miles would need new tie-rods!! I am starting to look at other vehicles and hoping to trade or sell this van before something else happens! Has anyone else heard of these quirks??
    jh45
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    The stalling problem is well documented and has a TSB on it. My 98 did the same thing at about 30K, was fixed and have not had a recurrence. I have 50K on van, no other problems and still have the original brakes and tires. I highly recommend replacing the transmission fluid every 30K or you will have early transmission problems. Otherwise, the van is superb on trips and very comfortable and safe in all driving situations.
  • I would like to use my hard-shell Luggage carrier on my '00 Windstar, and when I went to Sears to
    get the clips or brackets for my vehicle, The specs book indicates that there is no fit. The Sears salesman said that no fit means that the roof rack on the Windstar is probably not rated for at least 150 lbs. and it is not recommended that I use the luggage carrier. The manual does indicate that the roof rack is rated for 163 lbs, but has anyone had any experience with using a luggage carrier with the '99 or '00 Windstar?
  • cmcsandicmcsandi Posts: 2
    Thanks for your post on the steering problem...I too have had my 98 GL in several times for the same noise in the steering after 30,000 miles. After the steering crank shaft(?) was replaced twice and the steering pump once, the local Ford dealer told me it was a "characteristic trait" of the car and maybe I was "too sensitive to the noice"!! As of this date, I'm still waiting to hear when the district rep will be in our area so I can discuss the problem with him, the answer I received from the dealer is unacceptable! I'm going to give them a call to make an appointment to have the tie rods looked at, while the van is still under warranty.
    has others had the same problem?
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    I have a 98 with 50K and no steering noise. That is not a characteristic of the van and should be fixed. As I said in a previous post, I have had no problems other than the stalling which was fixed under warranty. I still have original brakes and tires. Definetly replace the xmission fluid every 30K. It may all fall apart in another 20k, but so far so good.
  • Indytab...My 96 Windstar had 80k,was in good shape except for the coolant leak. We owed $11,800 and were given $8100 for it as a tradein. The dealer used the rebate and downpayment to cover the negative colaterial.
  • cmcsandicmcsandi Posts: 2
    well, the dealer said they relaced the tie rods in January so it's back to the drawing board...but not for me, I just ordered a new Pontiac Montana and you can bet I will let the Ford rep know this when ever he gets around to calling or visiting our area, I just hope the problem is fixed within the next 4 weeks while I still have the Windstar
  • indytabindytab Posts: 32
    ...thanks for the info. Actually, it looks as if you got a very good trade-in compared to many other posts I've read. Most are in the $5K to $7500 range. Your's is the highest I've seen thus far for a WS with around 80K miles.

    By the way, how do you compare the Villager with your former WS (besides the coolant leak, ha!)? I just recently thought of the Villager as an option. Right now, they have a big rebate and 0.9% financing.
  • We've had the Villager for 3 weeks now and sofar we really enjoy it. It's a new 99 and came with the sport package including rear air. They dont have as much storage behind the 3rd seat as the WS but we also have an overhead cargo carrier we can use. The roof rack looks like the cross beams are the same size as the WS's rack. The kids like to recline the middle and 3rd seats on long trips. Hopefully with the Nissan motor and transmission we wont have any coolant leaks like the WS.
  • ryan41ryan41 Posts: 21
    Jh: I have a 1998 Winstar, the steering on this car has been terrible since new, the van has 15,000 miles on it now, the tie rods were replaced at 13,ooo miles, rear shock at 2,000 miles, just had a tranny sensor replaced last week. I would never ever buy another ford again.
  • l_t3l_t3 Posts: 3
    My 2000 Windstar has factory security system.
    Downside of their SYSTEM4 system :
    1)Unlocking the doors with your key does not disarm the security system !
    2)If system is armed while you are inside the vehicle,the only way to disarm is to use the remote . You cannot use the power door unlock to deactivate the security system.
    3)The flashing status indicator can be flashing even though you are driving. Very distracting!
    This is because you fail to start the car promptly after deactivating security system.
    4)Possibly a defect on my unit: after sytem has been armed for aperiod of time, and you press the arm button again, the security system is set off
  • bblahabblaha Posts: 329
    #101

    My 1999 Windstar also has the factory security system (Perimeter Anti-Theft System - haven't heard of SYSTEM4; are they the same?).

    I have none of your symptoms. It sounds like yours may be defective.

    1) Unlocking the door with key does deactivate the system.
    2) Power door lock does turn the system off; however if the system has been armed while someone is inside and then that person opens a door, it does go off. This is annoying. It should know the difference between an inside door handle and an outside one.
    3) The flashing indicator goes off the minute I turn the key to the on position.
    4) Unless yours actually is a different system, I think yours is malfunctioning. Take it back and demand satisfaction.
  • birkiebobbirkiebob Posts: 19
    This site never fails to enlighten me. I'll be taking my '98 GL in to the dealer Friday for the squeaky steering problem too, while it's still under warranty. Thanks for the tips JH45 and Cmcsandi. Hope it's easier to pin down than the chronic radio whine I get when there's a load on the alternator(lights on, a/c on, etc.). They've tried everything for that; new alternator, new radio, new ground strap, even an after market noise suppressor kit...nothing works! The van performs great and I like it a lot, but am I going to start having problems now with 32K miles? Brakes seem to have quite a bit of pedal travel suddenly now too, but the pads look like they've got plenty of life yet...maybe have them check that too now. Thanks
  • ellecartellecart Posts: 1
    It seems a lot of folks owning minivans have reported transmission problems. Even though I have no need for a towing package, would it be advisable to add this package to my Windstar SEL "wish list" given the addition of the extra transmission oil cooler??? Will it prolong the life of the transmission???
  • hansjhansj Posts: 2
    Dear Karen S.
    Why is topic # 815 no longer available?
    There was so much valuable information in
    all the letters and complaints. Please let us
    know if we can obtain this topic again.
    Thanks,hansj.
  • bblahabblaha Posts: 329
    In case Karen can't answer fast enough for you, I'll chime in. Its been archived. You can view all the archived Van topics by clicking on the "Archived Topics" at the top of the Van topics list. You can go straight to topic #815 using

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/engaged/edmund.cgi?c=Vans&f=0&t=815

    Also note that the Windstar Problems II is continued in topic #1295.
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