Ford Windstar

Ford Windstar

Rok výroby 1994 - 2003

Kategorie: USA / Austrálie

Anglicky (český popis chybí)

The Ford Windstar is a minivan that was produced and sold by the Ford Motor Company from the 1995 to 2003 model years. Thisfront-wheel drive minivan was the second minivan designed by the company, serving as a replacement for the rear-wheel drive Aerostarminivan. The two were sold concurrently for three model years until the Aerostar's 1997 discontinuation. For the 2004 model year, the third-generation Windstar was introduced as the renamed Freestar. All Windstars were assembled in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Although sold in the Ford car lineup, the Windstar broke from tradition by not having a Lincoln-Mercury counterpart and was completely unrelated to the Mercury Villager. The successor to the Windstar led to the first Ford-developed Mercury minivan, the Mercury Monterey.

First generation (1995–1998)

The all-new Windstar was released in March 1994 as a 1995 model. While stretched 12 inches longer than the extended-length Aerostar, its sleek design, front-wheel drive, and better car-like handling made it more competitive with similar offerings from Chryslerand GM. The Windstar had beaten the third-generation Chrysler minivans to the market by over a year, which played a crucial role in Ford taking significant market share in the minivan market.

For its first year on the market, the Windstar was priced above both the Aerostar and the Mercury Villager. By 1997, however, the Villager's base price had surpassed the Windstar's by several hundred dollars, and top-of-the-line Villager Nautica models were priced some $6,000 USD higher.

Standard features on the Windstar were anti-lock brakes, dual airbags, seven-passenger seating, and a 3.8 L V6 engine, borrowed from the Taurus/Sable. This engine produced 155 hp (116 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) of torque. For its inaugural year, the Windstar was available in base GL and high-end LX trim, as well as a cargo version called Cargo Van.

Year-by-year changes

  • 1996: A new 3.0 L 150 hp (112 kW) Vulcan V6 became standard on base GL models, while the larger 3.8 L V6's horsepower was upped to 200. The driver's seat gained an available tilt/slide feature for access to the rear from the driver's side. The only exterior change is the addition of a contrasting metal strip inside the side rub stripe (1995 models are solid plastic).
  • 1997: A bare-bones unnamed base model was now available. A CD player became a new option on models.
  • 1998: The Windstar received minor cosmetic changes including a new grille and headlights, and the blue Ford logo on the rear liftgate was moved just above the license plate; it had previously been located in the lower right corner. In compensate for the lack of a driver's side rear sliding door, the driver's door was extended six inches (152 mm), as it was not possible to create a driver's side sliding door with the current bodyshell. Ford, at the time, claimed that a drivers-side sliding door was not noted a key feature needed by focus groups. An ultra-luxury Limited model was new. It included leather seating and faux wood interior trim. Second-generation airbags that deployed with less force were also new for 1998.

Trim levels

  • Cargo Van • 1995–1998
  • base • 1996–1998
  • GL • 1995–1998
  • LX • 1995–1998
  • 3.0L • 1998
  • Limited • 1998


Throughout its life, the first generation Windstar developed a long list of reliability issues. The 1995 3.8 L V6 Essex engine was susceptible to headgasket failure, as in the Taurus and Mercury Sable; however, the Windstar's problem was exacerbated by an even tighter engine bay and higher loads, the van being 700 pounds heavier. Ford extended the warranty on the headgasket to 100,000 miles on most Windstar models. The 3.0 L V6 Vulcan engine was not susceptible to headgasket failure, being a completely different engine design.

The Windstar was paired with an AX4S transaxle, which was prone to internal failure. The transmission suffered from cracked forward and reverse clutch pistons. These transmission failures were most susceptible with the 3.8L engine, as the transmission could not handle the extra torque and the extra vehicle weight. Windstars with the 3.0L engine could go far past 150k miles with regular maintenance.

IIHS Crash Test Results

The 1995-1998 Ford Windstar, which was tested as a 1996 model received a "Good" rating from the IIHS in all marks, in which the driver survives the accident without any injuries.

Second generation (1999–2003)

The Windstar was completely redesigned for the 1999 model year; the most visible part of the redesign was the inclusion of dual sliding doors. The 3.0 L and 3.8 L V6 engines were carried over from the previous generation. It was built on a dedicated platform, unlike the previous generation based on the Ford Taurus. Among new features were front seat-mounted side airbags, dual power-sliding doors, and rear reverse sensors. From lowest to highest, 1999 Windstars were available in Cargo Van, base, LXSE, and SEL. Dual sliding doors came standard on SE and SEL models, and were optional on the other models. SEs and SELs were equipped with 2nd row captain's chairs and adjustable head restraints , while base and LX models came with a 2-passenger 2nd row bench seat and fixed head restraints.

Year-by-year changes

  • 2000: The Limited model returned as the most luxurious model. A VCR-based rear-seat entertainment system featuring a flip-downLCD screen was a new option on SESEL, and Limited models.
  • 2001: Slight cosmetic changes were made to front and rear fascias for '01. LX became the base model, and a new SE Sport model joined the lineup. The smaller 3.0 L was gone, leaving the 3.8 L as the sole engine choice. Models with 2nd row bucket seats now got their own center console. Front-seat side airbags became standard on Limiteds. The chrome grille on the SE and SEL models was redesigned. The steering wheel was updated to a more modern style, with the blue Ford Logo placed in the center.
  • 2002: Dual sliding doors became standard on all models.

The 2002 Windstar was the most dependable minivan on the market in the JD Powers dependability survey at three years in service in the 2005 survey. The Windstar beat out the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey for these honors. 

  • 2003: The last year of the Windstar; no major changes were made in anticipation of a 2004 redesign. In a new marketing strategy, the upcoming third-generation Windstar was rebranded as the Ford Freestar. The last Ford Windstar was produced on July 25, 2003.

Trim levels

  • Cargo Van (1999–2003)
  • base (1999–2000)
  • LX (1999–2003)
  • SE (1999–2003)
  • SE Sport (2001-2003)
  • SEL (1999–2003)
  • Limited (2000–2003)


In September 2010 Ford recalled 500,000 1998–2003 Windstars over rear axle cracking.

In March 2011 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford announced another Ford Windstar recall over corrosion concerns. 425,288 of the model year 1999-2003 Windstar vans originally sold or currently registered in some cold weather states are part of the recall. The problem involves rusting of the subframe. Most of the corrosion occurs on the passenger side of the subframe. If the subframe collapses while driving, the vehicle could potentially lose all steering control and end up in an accident. According to the NHTSA action #PE10026, some Ford Windstar owners had their drive axle detach from the transmission. Ford is offering alternative transportation to owners if their vehicle is unsafe to drive. If the minivan can't be repaired, Ford will repurchase the vehicle. 

Crash Test Results

The 1999-2003 Ford Windstar received an "Acceptable" rating by the IIHS for fair structural performance, moderate injuries to the left foot, and fair dummy control. Although most redesigned vehicles outperform their predecessors to cut down insurance costs and possible injuries to the driver, this generation Windstar did not perform as well as its first generation predecessor. The NHTSA graded the minivan an overall rating of 5 stars in both the frontal and side impact tests.

Yearly American sales

Calendar YearTotal American sales
1999 213,844
2000 222,298
2001 179,595
2002 148,875
2003 113,465

Redesign and name change

For the 2004 model year, the Windstar was redesigned; the nameplate was discontinued in favor of "Freestar" as part of Ford's new naming scheme of using nameplates starting with the letter "F". Despite a restyled nose, front fascia, revised interior and new engine (3.9 V6 Essex), the new Freestar was built in the same factory as the Windstar and suffered the same problems. The redesign and new name did not help Freestar sales. The Freestar was pulled from the market after the 2007 model year as it was replaced with the new Ford FlexCrossover.


source: Wikipedia

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