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Great Family Vehicle, If you can find a good one! by Brian from Harvey, Il on 03/07/2012. Trim: 2001 Ford Windstar LX, Owned 8 years.
Pros: If you need a people carrier, this minivan will get the job done. If you can keep your speed below 70mph, you will see 500+ miles between fill-ups...but you should, this van has a 26 gallon tank...200 Horse engine, great sound system,
Cons: Ford had a recall due to rusted vans having issues when rear ended...they put a brace on the rear axle that causes vibration between 65-75 mph. Still working with them to resolve this issue...tie rods and ball joints seem to need replacing even few years as well. I also had a transaxle oil seal leak and intake manifold gasket leak, which seem to happen semi frequently with these vehicles. Like other owners have also stated, DIY'ers will not get to do too much with this van, even for spark plug changes the wipers have to be removed along with multiple plastic trim pieces.
Overall review: The Freestar has fold-flat middle and rear seating which is nicer than the wrestling of 85 pounds seats in the WIndstar, but the Windstar's other options and slightly higher horsepower was a better selection for me and my family...make sure a decent warranty is available, it will be needed at sometime.
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