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1997 Ford Windstar Passenger

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 21/Comb 17 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 3.8 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: Canada

1997 Ford Windstar Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 218 Ratings for the 1995 - 1998 models.

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  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    7.5/10

Bought new in 1996 and it loves the highway

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 399,566

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable and comfort, can load almost anything."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only major repair was tranny about 375,000 miles, still loves highway but has started to dislike city traffic. Plan to run it for another 10 years."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Better van than anything you can buy nowdays

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value and durability"

Cons: "No left side rear door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been an awesome vehicle for our family of 7. We have owned it since 1998. The only major issue it needed was a transmission overhaul. Even with 5 boys the interior still looks like new. The exterior, other than tough grime on the wheels, looks almost new but has no rust. I've checked into some of the newer vans and they all seem really cheaply built compared to this one. I would buy the Ford Windstar anyday over these other pieces of garbage."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This Van has been a work horse for my wife.

By on Sunday, September 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great in snow and rain. Runs all day long."

Cons: "Paint Fatigue. One Spark Plug almost Inaccessible."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We purchased this Van from an Air Force Pilot and his wife at Fairchild Air Force Base, WA in 2004 following my 1st Deployment to Iraq. They had driven it up from Florida, where they had bought it new. With the chassis on a Lincoln Continental Frame the Van had approximately 85,000 miles on it at time of purchase and now has just over 205000. In addition to running children to and from school, and school events as well as a daughter in Club Gymnastics, attending Gym Meats throughout the State for 5 years. My wife was a Volunteer with the Washington Army National Guard Family Readiness Programs logging many, many miles in trips across the State for untold number of Conferences from 2004 through March 2012 when she was hired full time. But she has continued to use it for a primary source of transportation. Maintenance and upkeep being a given, we have not had major expenses except for keeping excellent tires on it. Paint fatigue and another vehicle backing into the passenger rear tail light in a parking lot are the only significant issues it has ever had. As I mentioned from the out set, this vehicle has been a workhorse for my wife while getting 22-24 MPG in a consistent basis."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This is the best car I've ever owned.

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Still great after 18 years!"

Cons: "It eats windshield wipers and brakes."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This van is wonderful! It can actually seat 8. The rear bench seat is removable, and the other bench seat folds down, so plenty of cargo room. I had 2 passengers in the backseat once, and they were very impressed with the pickup, thinking that it was a "soccer mom van". Guess again!"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love it.

By on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good on gas, reliable, comfortable, roomy."

Cons: "don't know of any, other than the recalls."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Second Ford I'd ever owned and if I wasn't on disability I'd get it fixed. It's reliable, instant start up in winter, it's roomy and comfortable. Good on gas with tune up and oil change.Just an all round good Ford product, and I've always been a Chevy girl.Interior is in great shape. Under the hood is almost spotless. reliable just needs body work."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Old Reliable

By on Friday, April 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "roomy, great payload capacity"

Cons: "body is starting to rust a bit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"We bought the GL with the 3.8L engine new back in 1998. I drove it EVERYWHERE and loved it. In 2011, we got a new SUV because of travel baseball, but still used the van as our "workhorse/truck." Though it sat more often than not over the last few years, I recently started driving it again and aside from getting some wheel bearings and the drivebelt pully fixed, it still runs great and still averages about 18 mph!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this van and will continue to drive it until it dies!!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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