I am looking to get an idea of how many miles I can expect to get out
of a Windstar before it becomes a money pit. If you own or have owned
one of these vans, please chime in with your experience.
I don't expect a free ride with our eight year old Windstar, but am
concerned that maybe this might be the start of being nickel and dimed
to death. That's why I"m wondering how the vehicle has performed for
others. My Windstar has had regular maintenance: oil changes,
transmission fluid changes, etc. Up until recently it was a pretty
reliable vehicle. But in the last 3 or 4 months, it's been having
multiple problems as outlined below. .
1998 Ford Windstar, 3.8L engine with 145,000 miles - many of those were
highway miles. An oxygen sensor was replaced in December per a scan
tool reading, but the SES (service engine soon) light still comes on
occasionally. The ABS light is on, but that may be due to something
that happened when the brakes were serviced. Last week the transmission
started to slip a bit when accelarating from a stop. Last fall it was
also slowly loosing coolant. Never saw any on the ground, never smelled
it, and the mechanic pressure tested the system and never found a leak.
Nevertheless, the coolant level would drop. Three months ago the
mechanic added some sealer to the cooling system, and since then the
coolant level has held steady.