Car lasted 18 years and was driven all over Alaska
Ford automobiles are and have always been quality vehicle . Fords have been my preferred vehicles for 50 years . The Windstar was a classy van .
Take care of it and it will take care of you
This car has it's quirks, electrical system is awful and would not recommend models that boast electric opening doors and seats, lights and radio are all that you should truly need. Because of this system we've had multiple batteries and alternators through the life of this van, but invest in a battery with a long life and pro-rated replacement (Les Schwab's good) and the alternator while can be quite pricey for some new, can be replaced by anyone in under an hour with only a few cheap tools. Van is currently 240k+, had a rebuilt transmission once (any transmission will conk out after 100k miles) and unfortunately mine has a slow oil leak that I have not to taken the time to get into. Now that its old the speakers are going, but I'm not surprised considering they're factory. Hatch unlock takes a few tries from the electric unlock buttons to undo and the passenger window no longer works (need to check if it's the electrics themselves or the motor). Oil leak Is the only engine problem I have ever had, hope to run this old girl until I retire her when the tranny gives out. Worth the buy! (Did I mention I drive it for 300 mile trips over the Snoqualmie pass at least once a month now and it still has enough power from the 3.8L engine to go 80+mph up the mountainside) *Van is second owner, parents purchased around 60k miles and we've been driving it ever since
Had our van for a while it was great needed alot of work tho and couldnt afford to get it all fixed but other then small problems its a good van