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Hi Patty, I've just bought a Ford Windstar, my boyfriend says that the maintenance on this car is will have consequences on my pocket book. The vehicle has 56,000 miles on it. The tires are all good and for the time being, everything seems good with the exception of the gas mileage. Can you tell me if you have heard any negative words concerning the 2001, ford windstar?

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Amy Plant-Lowe, Owner at Plant's Auto Service Seems there are several recalls and technical bulletons about problems - Your boyfriend may be right after all. Next time you buy a uesd car be sure to do a www.carfax.com reports to get all the vehicle history info BEFORE you buy: FORD Aerostar Windstar FACT SHEET (Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's) are listed in brackets below.) Brakes/Suspension: Front disc brake popping/clunking, 1991-93 Aerostar (93-25-5); Parking brake won't rachet on first application, 1991-93 Aerostar (93-23-25); Rear ABS -adverse characteristics, 1990-93 Aerostar (93-17-9 & 93-15-16); Brakes stick/bind/grab, 1987-92 Aerostar (93-11-7); Rear brake squeal when cold, 1986-92 Aerostar (92-21-9); E4WD driveline pop/tires Chirp/wheel hop, 1990-91 Aerostar (91-16-14); Intermit. brake squeal, 1986-91 Aerostar (90-22-6); Coil spring noise, 1986-90 Aerostar (90-23-11); Park brake fails to release, 1995-98 Windstar (98-5A-28). Electrical: [Free repair: Speedometer gear replacement, 1995 Windstar (94B47), W/S wiper motor,1986-88 Aerostar (90M72)]; Fuel pump whine/buzz heard in speakers1986-97Aerostar, 1997-99 Windstar (95-11-3, 99-12-9); False door ajar warnings, 1995 Windstar (95-2-9); Erratic fuel gauge operation, 1990-94 Aerostar (95-2-3); Inst. cluster warning lights,1986-91 Aerostar (93-24-10); Dim/blank EATC or inst. display,1986-90 Aerostar (90-23-9,93-23-13); Temp gauge reads high, 1992-93 Aerostar (94-8-16); Inop. heated backlite,1986-94 Aerostar (93-26-1); Digital fuel gauge displays CO error code, 1991-92 Aerostar (93-23-3); Fuel gauge erratic,1989-90 Aerostar (91-13-4); Speedometer reads high speed in low temp., 1990-91 Aerostar (92-12-9); P/door locks grind, inoperative 1995-98 Windstar (98-4-16). Engine: [Free repair: Bolts attaching pulley to crankshaft break. 6 yr/60,000 warranty,1986-93 Aerostar (M69); Head gasket, 1995 Windstar w/3.8L 7yr/100,000 warranty 00M09)]; Oil leaks, 1993 & Prior Aerostar w/4.0L (94-12-13); A/C & Accessory drive belt chirp/squeal or wear/breakage, 1992-93 Aerostar (94-5-12, 94-10-19, 94-1-10, 93-25-3); Rear crankshaft oil seal/Dipstick tube leaks oil,1987-91 Aerostar (94-3-6); Rough idle/hesitation/poor heater output,1986-94 Aerostar (93-24-8); Intermit. knocking at idle,1986-91 Aerostar (91-9-8); Rear engine oil leak,1986-91 Aerostar (91-7-8); Hesitation/stall at idle,1986-88 Aerostar (90-23-6); EGO Sensors -Silicone Contamination,1986-94 Aerostar (93-23-6); No start - Worn dist./camshaft gear, 1992-93 Aerostar (93-18-5); Fuel line knock, 1990-92 Aerostar (93-5-11); Service engine soon lamp, 1991-93 Aerostar (92-24-3); Fuel pump whine,1989-93 Aerostar w/21 gal. fuel tank (92-25-12); Tank thud/clunk,1986-89 Aerostar (92-14-8); Hard cold starts/hesitation,1986-91 Aerostar (91-25-7); Idle boom under load,1986-89 Aerostar (90-16-12, 90-13-10); "Chirping" 1995-97 Windstar w/3.8L (97-5-16); Hard "hot soak" starts, 1995-97 Windstar w/3.0L (97-24-22); Oil contaminated with coolant, 3.8/4.2L 96-98 (99-20-7) Paint: Rough texture &/or orange/rust dots, 1985-96 Aerostar, 1995-99 Windstar (92-6-4, 95-6-1). For detailed package on peeling paint on 1985-92 models, go to CAS-Ford Paint.. Steering: P/S rapping/clanging, 1990-94 Aerostar (94-13-11); Air in p/s system, 1990-94 Aerostar (93-26-5); "Rapping/clanging" P/steering cooler 1993-96Aerostar w/4.0L (96-7-19); Loose steering column support brackets,1986-90 Aerostar (90-12-13); P/Steering reduction, FEAD belt slips & squeals or knocks, 1995-98 Windstar (98-9-4) Transmission: Fwd/Rev engagement concern, AXOD, AXOD-E, AX4S, 1995 Windstar (94-24-7,94-20-9); A/T - Increase in RPM on light throttle 2-3 upshift, 1990-92 Aerostar (93-14-21); Low transaxle fluid level, 1995 Windstar (94-26-7); Shift lever PRNDL position may not match gears, 1992-93 Aerostar (93-5-14); ATF leak under middle or center of van, 1990-91 Aerostar (92-11-14); Fluid in clutch housing,1988-91 Aerostar (91-18-14); Grinding when shifting w/ M50D Mazda R1 & R2,1988-91 Aerostar (91-18-11); Poor retaining ring retention, 1990-91 Aerostar (91-17-11); M50D Hard shift cond.,1988-91 Aerostar (91-10-15); A/T floor shifter binding or misaligned,1986-90 Aerostar (91-11-19); Torque converter replacement guidelines, 1993-97 Aerostar, 1995-97 Windstar (96-26-12): Transfer case leaks, 1993-95 Aerostar (95-10-12); Rear axle whine or howl, 1993-96 Aerostar (96-17-22). Other: Muffler corrodes, 1990-93 Aerostar (93-14-19); Loose catalyst/muffler heat shields,1986-97 Aerostar, 1995-99 Windstar (94-7-10, 98-20-10);" "Rattle/buzz" at dash panel sides 1993-96 Aerostar (96-2-6); Rear view mirrow detaches 1993-95 Aerostar 94-17-2); Sliding door latch misadjusted 1993-96 Aerostar (96-26-16); A/C compressor failure 1994-97 Aerostar (97-10-5); Blower motor chirp or squeak 1993-98 Aerostar, 1995-97 Windstar (97-6-10, 97-25-5); Whistle from front A/C plenum, 1995-98 Windstar (98-1-25); A/C compressor moan, 1995-97 Windstar (.97-17-11); A/C musty or mildew odor, 1995-98 Aerostar & Windstar (98-2-7, 99-19-5); Instrument panel noises 1995-98 Windstar (98-5-15). MAJOR RECALLS (Copies may be obtained by calling NHTSA's Technical Reference at 202-366-2768.) Brakes: Master cylinder failure, 30,000 1990 Aerostar (89V-223); Spare tire connector causes brakeline fracture, 9,400 1995 Aerostar (94V-239); Master cylinder fluid warning not visible 790,000 1996-99 Windstar (99V-147). Electrical/Fires: Tow package relay short, 60,000 1986-88 Aerostar (88V-091); Power seat short, 90,000 1986 Aerostar (88V-145); Alternator output wire short 112,000 1995 Windstar (94V-223); Ignition switch short, 200,000+ 1988-91 Aerostar - (96V-071); Fuel pump wiring harness short 23,200 1994-95 Aerostar (99V-028); Accessory power feed circuit short 757,000 1992-97 Aerosstar (99V-029). Fuel & Fluid Fires: Fuel tank leaks, 107 1986 Aerostar (86V-123); Spring lock fuel line coupling, 100,000+ 1986-87 Aerostar (87V-139); Fuel leaks, 91,000 1986 Aerostar (90V-121); Transmission fluid leak 10,000+ 1997 Windstar (97V-097); Fuel tank cracks, 140,0001988-90 Aerostar, 93,654 1995 Windstar (98V-190, 99V-309); Fuel line separates, 3,000 2000 Windstar (00V-164). Seats/Seatbelts: Seat belts may be cut, 118,787 1986-87 Aerostar w/captains chair (89V-226); Seat pivots forward, 1989-90 Aerostar w/captains chair (90V-144); Driver seat not secured 200 1996 Windstar (96V-114); Other: Structural weld integrity in rear suspension, 38,947 1986 Aerostar (86V-006); Rear liftgate strut fails, 112,000 1987-88 Aerostar (91V-136); Park gear failure, 100,000+ 1990-91 Aerostar , 10,000+ 1996 W, 5,000+ 1996 Windstar (91V-189, 96V-086, 96V-166); Bearing & axle damage 3,421 1995 W-school & transit buses (94V-222); Poor passenger airbag inflation, 1000+ 1995 Windstar (95E-006.002); Tire information mislabeled, 1,200 1995 Aerostar, 5,000+ 1996 Aerostar (95V-037, 96V-161); Driver door latch fails safety standard 5,000+ 1996 Aerostar (96V-070); Rack & pinion steering assembly 300 1998 Windstar (97V-165); Hood panel separates 50,000+ 1995-96 Windstar (97V-180); Transfer case &/or transmission fracture 75,000 1992-97 Aerostar, 11,000 1992 Aerostar (97V-204, 99V-094); W/S & Tailgate window not securely bonded, 1,475 2000 Windstar (00V-020); Headlights too dim, 5,000+ 1996-98 Windstar (00V-168).

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