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Ford Windstar Should I buy one?
I do not think purchasing a windstar or freestar brand new was a good idea, but because of the severe depreciation they experience, I think buying a used one can be a good move.
We bought a used 1998 Windstar GL in May of 2001 for $9000 with 81000 miles. Eguipment was typical for a GL (3.8L V6 engine, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, front and rear A/C, cruise, roof Rack, power rear quarter windows, rear wiper, rear defrost, AM/FM cassette, mini spare, seven passenger seating)
Now, at the end of June 2007 we have 136500 miles on the vehicle.
We have had to fix the following (total cost - About $600 at my local mechanic):
ABS gear (required new half axle)
Door ajar switch.
We have had the following Maintenance items:
Oil and filter changes,
Trans fluid and filter changes,
Two new tires,
Front brake pads,
The van still looks close to new. It still runs like new. It has never failed to start or stranded us.
If you are concerned about total cost of ownership for a mini van, I think a used Windstar/Freestar should be a strong candidate if the vehicle fits your needs.