We're looking to buy a used Taurus wagon or a Windstar. We've looked at
several other options and have pretty much narrowed it down to one of
these two. My wife likes both of them, so I need to get some more info
before making any descissions. Both are large enough for our family, but
I some people on this list have some idea which one has a better service
record, resale, etc.
Also, is the Vulcan or the Duratec engine more reliable? I want the
Duratec for the extra hp, but I'm not sure if it's more prone to
Get the Duratec. My '99 sedan has one and it's been flawless. Still as
strong & responsive as day one.
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The Windstar has had transmission problems, even within the past few
years. It's 3.8L engine has much higher torque, and the transmission is
hard pressed to handle it. I believe it's the same transmission used in
the Taurus/Sable, and has problems with the greater weight and power.
The Taurus/Sable don't seem to have any widespread transmission problems
anymore. The peak was back in '92 or so with the 3.8L when they changed
the forward clutch piston from steel to aluminum. Ford has made many
changes, especially with a change back to steel in 2000.
Unless you need the towing capacity or the extra interior height, the
Taurus/Sable sound more reliable, and would be cheaper, too.
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