1st Generation (1995—1998) Windstar Problems

Windstar owners with a 1995—1998 model year have the most problems with the engine (17%), interior (16%), and the transmission (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Blown Head Gasket 6 complaints at an average of 82,500 miles in the 1995 Ford Windstar.
  2. Transmission Is Slipping 6 complaints at an average of 106,876 miles in the 1995 Ford Windstar.
  3. Engine Failure 6 complaints at an average of 98,739 miles in the 1998 Ford Windstar.

What Windstar Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1998 250 14 233 29.22
1997 8 6 175 1.76
1996 92 9 176 13.86
1995 42 8 175 14.11

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