1998 Ford Windstar User Reviews

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr GL Passenger Van Review
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    65

    A Survivor — This mini-van has held up pretty well despite bad quality reviews. Mine is 11 years old and has 99000 miles on it. Knock on wood I have never done motor or tranny work on it. The rear wiper just stopped working and the motor for it was replaced at 65000. getting rusty around the rocker panels and front wheel bearings are shot like most front-wheel drive domestics I have experienced. A little bit of care can go a long way. I feel this mini-van has a bit more torqey feel than others with v-6's in it's class. If I was getting a new mini-van, I would drive the Ford first.

    Pros: Power, Reliability, Comfortable Seating Up Front

    Cons: It's a Mini-Van

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr GL Passenger Van Review
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    The Ultimate Mini Van — The sport family truckster! What can I say, it's a mini-van but it's a sweet mini-van. The 3.8 V-6 provides more than enough get up and go while delivering decent mileage. With over 170,000 miles on the clock we still get 26 mpg hwy with six full size adults! Other than a few wear items it has been relatively trouble free.

    Pros: Quality, Power, Mileage

    Cons: You always get to drive!

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    1998 Ford Windstar Review
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    45

    My Van — its my party van love to drive my van very roomy can take a lot of people with me were i go great to have when i go shopping a to do landary. my van is my home on wheels

    Pros: big a cool

    Cons: bad on gas

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr LX Passenger Van Review
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    Nice Family Town Car — My friend's family car, lasted a while, had some problems (cradle creak), had get up and go though.

    Pros: Had power, can fit all your friends and some stuff.

    Cons: Never been a fan of the 3 doors, drives a little bulky.

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr GL Passenger Van Review
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    Great As A Daily Driver......for A Short Time. — I had this van for about 8 months before I scraped it, it was very roomy for seven people, and had power, easy to merge on highways and accelerate (I had the 3.8 L engine). Major problem was rust, but thats common on Ontario's cars. Maintenance was a pain, doing something simple like new spark plugs were a real pain, 3 spark plugs in the rear were under the windshield, and could only be accessed from underneath. Rear windshield wiper motor broke, rust in door frames, hatch, quarterpanels, anywhere you look, there is rust to be found, either big or little. Overall, a good minivan for a used vehicle. Mine broke down 3 weeks ago due to a torque converter and transmission failure, common on these Wndstars of this year, I scraped mine.

    Pros: Roomy for seven people, power is there when needed, easy and comfortable to drive.

    Cons: Common mechanical failures, pain in the arse to maintain. Mine had a leaky power steering pump and oil pan. And lastly, RUST!!!

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr LX Passenger Van Review
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    It Gets Me Around With My Bunch Of Kids Lol!!!! — I have had this van for about 3 1/2 months and so far it has been very reliable. I wish I could have gotten something a little more sporty and not so soccer mom, LOL. It is large enough for 5 kids from carseats to teenagers.

    Pros: Enough room for 5 kids including two carseats and a teenager.

    Cons: Very Soccer Mom.

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr LX Passenger Van Review
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    For A Minivan, Not Too Bad! — Decent performance for a minivan. Friendly interior styling.

    Pros: Power door lock switch in the rear cargo area. Genius!

    Cons: n/a

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr LX Passenger Van Review
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    It's A Family Vehicle — Has good power for passing and long trips lots of room inside for passengers and cargo Awesome braking power, helped me avoid a deer. Good reliable engine, never engine problems Has made many long trips and never let us down

    Pros: Only money we have to put into it is for damages caused by our lovely roads in this area.  Great for the dogs and doing shopping....lots of shopping

    Cons: Getting it into small parking spots.

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr STD Passenger Van Review
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    Where The Bloody Hell Is The Power !? — Having driven this car along with a Dodge Ram Van 1500, Ford Windstar, GMC Safari and Plymouth Voyager for work, I must say that this car compares rather unfavorably to the competition. Driving this car in a cargo van version, the first thing that hits you about it is how incapable at towing anything this vehicle is (3.0 V6). With the load common to all the other vehicles I have used, this car is the one that performs the least favorably. You really wonder if there really is a V6 in that engine bay, and I can't blame it on the wear of the car I have used as I tried 3 different ones. Drivetrain reliability isn't very good and problems occur often although nowhere near as bad as the Dodge. Driving position isn't all hat great either, and I hope that the lack of arm rests is specific to the cargo models only, as this is intolerable in any vehicle designed strictly for comfort. The rear wiper sprayer is one of the most useless additions I've ever seen on a car. The fluid comes flows down the window, but so slowly that it doesn't make it low enough before being wiped-off by the wiper, so it basically washes about a half an inch wide strip of the rear window. Useless. A good aspect of the car is it's height thus. Car sits very low, much like other standard vehicles on the road and not like SUVs or Vans, which is good when you have to reach for ladders on the top of the car for example. Apart from the fact that the front-end looks very good, this car is NOT very cool. I wouldn't unrecommend it, but stay away from that vehicle if you can. On a side note, the engine sounds absolutely awsome when revving high (high rpm zone in which you stay all the time anyways because the car pulls so less).

    Pros: Front end looks very aggressive, engine sound is superb at high rpm. Dimensions are ok for city driving (not ideal, but ok). Height.

    Cons: High rpm operation because of lack of towing capacity means very very bad fuel consumption. Reliability is questionnable. Engine is absolute garabage and very misadapted (3.0). Seems to rust rather easily. Rear wiper sprayer useless (but would be very needed). Etc..

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    1998 Ford Windstar 3 Dr STD Passenger Van Review
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    Very Reliable, Well Built Vehicle — My current vehicle is now at 182,647 original miles. Faithfully changed oil every 3,000 miles. Well maintained. Still running great.

    Owner for 7 years, 4 months

    Miles Driven per Year:14,000

    Pros: Reliable transportation. Good mileage.

    Cons: There are 2 items:
    [1] Erratic electrical problem with relays. Hard to diagnose exactly which relay is fluttering. Does NOT cause any problems at this time, but very annoying.
    [2] Door sensors have been replaced 2 times on drivers door.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2003 Ford Windstar Reviews

    Getting Tired By Ben

    Good minivan that my parents bought almost new in 2004 for our move from OK to WA. Difficult to get into the furthest back seats because the seatbelt is in the way. Weird design there... Good minivan... Read More

    Great Family Hauler By Rhobbs

    commuted 70 miles a day in this mini van. Comfortable and easy to drive. it is on a car chassis instead of a truck chassis so the ride is softer. also, it is low to the ground and easier to get into t... Read More

    2002 Ford Windstar Reviews

    Comfortable Ride For Short Or Long Trips. By Crummer

    This is a great car for long rides and families. I have driven it to work daily. it handles well, has a great sound system and AC, it's quiet, and all the seats are adjustable for ample leg room. I es... Read More

    Comfortable Ride By Crummer

    This car is great for long trips. It allows for ample leg room and cargo space. the AC can be adjusted by rear passengers. I haven't had any handling problems and very little maintenance issues. My wi... Read More

    2001 Ford Windstar Reviews

    Great Car By BuddyBoy58

    I love this car. Great for a family or as a delivery van. It has all the gadgets fo keep the kids entertained on those long trips. Plenty of space for strollers, bikes, packages, sports equipment ... Read More

    Efficient And Reliable 7 Passenger Vehicle By jonflournoy

    The car fit our family very well. Plenty of cargo space to haul our belongings. Very safe and reliable. Front wheel drive handled well in all types of weather. Above average gas mileage. Heat/air... Read More

    2000 Ford Windstar Reviews

    Perfect Family Car!! By Mr_Hunter

    I like the fact that it has tons of room and is very comfortable. I like that it has a very smooth ride and great MPG. The options are decent for a vehicle of its age and purpose. The Ford Windstar wa... Read More

    Great Family Vehicles By tlksk5

    We like Ford Windstars so much that we purchased two. Purchased our first in 2000 and the second in 2002. Great for commuting to work, family trips and errands. Easy to drive. Front wheel drive make... Read More

    1999 Ford Windstar Reviews

    Ok But Definately Not Worth What Ive Put In It By Tashina

    body sucks, fuel mileage sucks, rusting undercarriage, child locks dont work right, getting to the spark plugs is a pain in the rear, flap for heating element in the front broke so no heat up front-wt... Read More

    Great, And Reliable! By el_cs_15

    I probably listed more things wrong with it than right but this van is GREAT. It has taken me and my family across the country and back. It easy to put miles behind you when you drive it, it's very co... Read More

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