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Old 09-16-2007, 14:43   #1 (permalink)
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Windstar Vans in General

Facts are facts -

Windstars ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

We bought a 2001 Sport back in late 01.

Walking through the lot at the dealership, a sinking feeling as we walk past generic minivan after generic minivan -

Then, I see it -

A black one, with a spoiler - and aluminum wheels with "meats"!

It had some cheezy decals along the bottom sides, which immediately came paritally off at the car wash. The dealer removed them, for free, cool deal.

Also had the dealer install the auxillary transmission cooler.

The van is really nice, we really have enjoyed it. Looks good, handles good, been reliable, couple minor issues, nothing to spoil it.

We hit well over a hundred mph within days of owning it, the van is a runner and in the right enviroment, makes for a decent "sport touring van".

The Ford dealer did all the service up until a couple years ago. We had them change the transmission fluid at around 35000 miles, shortly after, it blew a transmission hose and cost us several hundred to get fixed. They said it was not related. That was about the time I quit using them. Oh, and they had repaired the passenger side sliding door that never did work right again.

Now, stops at the quick oil shop every 3000 miles. I check the basic filters, need to do brakes and plugs - nearing 80,000 miles.

We really like our Windstar and would buy another again. Probably not a FreeStar, not sure why, a good, low mileage Windstar Sport, in Black, would be fine.

Windstars =
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Old 11-13-2007, 14:37   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Windstar Vans in General

Glad you were satisfied with the mini van. I've always been fond of the 3.8 engines, problems aside. They give adequate performance and return descent mileage. The Freestars in Canada only come with the 4.2L V6 and it has close to the same hp as the 3.8 does but at a lower rpm. Freestars weigh a lot more than the ol' windstars did so performance is the same even if you include the added torque of the 4.2.

The wife doesn't want a Windstar because when we go out together, I generally drive, and the dash on the passenger side "sucks" according to her! I'm more into interior styling than exterior styling since I'm behind the wheel a hulluva lot more than standing outside starting at the - minivan. Best thing is that the early 2000 models are decently priced and some low mileage ones can be found easily.
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Old 11-18-2007, 17:25   #3 (permalink)
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I like my 2000 Windstar other than all the common problems that are all over this site. by far the 3rd best vehicle i have ever owned next to the 95 taurus and 73 galaxie 500
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Old 11-18-2007, 17:40   #4 (permalink)
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We've got about 85,000 miles now.

Original engine, transmission, brakes, basically only oil changes and tires.

Time to refresh myself on the common problems . . . .

Thanks for the replies
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i have a 2001 also it has 305.983 kms never seen an engine light iv had it up to 210kms/h
and still does long burnouts all my friends laughed at me for owning a "soccer mom van" b/c im 18 but now im laughing at them b/c i can do longer burn outs and go faster then there cars (most of them are Chevys lol)
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