pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,650 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. get rid of it (1 reports)
  3. tighten shift lever on steering column (1 reports)
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problem #7

Jul 312012

Windstar LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

well driving along at 75 mph. all of a sudden rpm just to 6500. in the fast lane. check engine light came on. i pulled over shut the van off. i waited about 10 mins. started the van back up. went to pull further off the road and NOPE the engine made all kinds of banging and clanking noises. the call for a tow and wait an hr yay so much fun. so to the point i wouldn't buy this van. wish i would of found this site before i bought the van. RRRRRRGGGGGG

- Joshua C., Riverside, CA, US

problem #6

Mar 142011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Noticed engine rev with no acceleration between every shift. Transmission will then engage after a slight delay. This will probably cost me more to fix than the vehicle is worth.

- raysnj, Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 242010

Windstar LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

Transmission shifting very slow and after 4 gear its doesnt go to 5th at all, O/D light comes often.

- Adeel A., Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

problem #4

Feb 012010

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

shifter was loose feeling on colum, unsure of what gear she was in, in omaha she put in park,got out to open rear door and van rolled fwd. the fix was to tighten two torque screws on shift tube inside car above break pedal. removed access panels bottom of dash and find shift cable to transmission. where cable attaches to steering column there is a bracket attached to shift tube with two torx head screws that were loose. my cost was time spent and 13.00 dollars to buy torque screwdriver bit set witn a t-30 bit. maytbe this will help sombody as this was a potentially dangerous problem

- alp, Onawa, IA, USA

problem #3

May 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

A month after we bought this the engine light came on..had it for a few years and the transmission messed up...I have kids so its dangerous to drive this, when you put in forward and it goes in reverse....should of known about this thing considering when we bought it, it already had another transmission on it..serious piece of sh*t!

- tweiser, Niles, MI, US

problem #2

Jun 012009

Windstar SEL V6 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Happy day ... I just traded this clunker in yesterday! Horrible transmission issues. It started with rough, jerky, clunky shifts between gears three months ago. By the time I sent it on it's way, there was no way to tell if the van was in Park, Reverse, Neutral or Drive. To move from gear to gear in the end, it felt like you were trying to align tumblers in a safe.

Mystery gear driving. What I thought was park was reverse, reverse neutral, neutral drive. A few dangerous hops back into a van I thought I had put in park but which was rolling backwards.

We spent good money on regular maintenance for the vehicle. We had just dumped $2,000 into the beast in the spring so no more.

- Clyde I., Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 042009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles

Since i bought this car last year its been one problem or the other.This is the second time am having the same problem with the car. And they said it will cost about a thousand dollars to fix.I dont have such budget now and thank God i had a parking space to dump it.

The gear in this car just refused to work well and most of the time it will heat up the wheels and the tires at a very high temperature.Can somebody help me on a lasting measure on how to fix this gear problem once and for all.Thanks.


- Godspeed M., Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria