I love my 03 Windstar. Most comfortable van on the market. I had a 95
Windstar, which had a long series of minor problems, nothing too expensive.
I attributed that to the first model year syndrome. My 03 has 37k on it now
and it has been flawless so far.
The depreciation on these vans is phenomenal. The original owner of mine
was lost about $20,000 in value in three years. Buying a used one with low
kilometers is the only way to go. At the 100k mark you can expect to start
spending some money on it, as with any vehicle. I'll probably get rid of
mine at that mileage to avoid the problems.
Mine is an SEL model. The sport package has different wheels, different
cornering lamps in the front, a spoiler in the back. The basic windstar is
really quite a plain looking van and desperately needs either the two tone
paint treatment or the sport package to make it look acceptable.
I always take the Edmunds books with a grain of salt. It also rated the
Chevy Venture and the Chevy Cavalier as awful vehicles and my experiences
with them have been good, especially the chevy Cavalier.
D. Roy Woodcraft
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