Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
984903/02/1998601270Concerns with coolant may leak from the head gaskets and / or the vehicle may overheat. *yc07/16/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
952401/01/199539120New radiator manufacturing process/modification. *tw03/17/1995
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
0222111/11/200210008304Engine-gear driven synchronizers-incorrect installation-camshaft position synchronizer (cmp) installation tool correct application. *mj07/27/2004
87019710/22/200210000592Incorrectly installed gear driven camshaft position (cmp) sensor synchronizer assemblies causing surge, lost of power, malfunction indicator lamp on and diagnostic trouble codes p1336, p1309 and p0340. *tt03/25/2003
0112406/25/2001622665On some vehicles, engine oil may continue to leak from the engine oil pan gasket area after an engine oil pan gasket repair has been performed. *tt10/22/2001
00M0910/01/2000618535Information regarding premature failure of head gaskets. *jb04/16/2001
531212/01/1998615412Concerns with hesitation on acceleration after camshaft position sensor (cmp) installation. *tt01/16/2001
00M0906/01/2000613867Subject regarding customers with prior after warranty adjustment (awa) head gasket repair. *tt09/20/2000
00M0903/01/200098M01612897Some vehicles may experience premature head gasket(s) failure, which may result in engine coolant leakage, which if not detected, can cause engine overheating. *mjs06/13/2000
1318009/01/19996090538Information regarding camshaft position (cmp) sensor alignment tool chart. *mjs03/21/2000
699709/01/19996090310Some service manuals may list the incorrect camshaft position sensor alignment tool for vehicles with various engine sizes. *tt03/14/2000
981132902/01/1998607497Information regarding the the availability of the revised headgasket for coolant loss conditions on some engines. *tt09/24/1999
98M0105/01/1998605465Premature failure of engine head gaskets may occur. this condition may result in engine coolant leakage, which, if not detected or if ignored, will cause engine overheating, or in extreme cases, could cause engine failure if overheat con06/21/1999
9751603/03/199751954Engine- 3.8l - chirping noise during normal engine operation. *jd07/17/1997
9761003/17/199751990Blower motor- chirping or squeaking from blower motor at low speeds. *jd07/17/1997
974302/17/199751682Blower motor- chirp or squeak from blower motor at low speeds. *jd06/27/1997
BC025696010212/01/199546457A rear end adaptor, p/n 111933, is now available from bendix through the sds program. it can be used to repair tf-550 air compressors that have elongated or damaged rear mounting holes. the damaged mounting holes may be evident when the ai04/25/1996
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
0124612/10/2001630515Engine oil system priming procedures, service tips for reports of premature engine failure. *tt04/18/2002
021401/21/2002630001Some engine assemblies with aluminum cylinder heads repaired in-vehile have been found to leak coolant and/or oil from the cylinder head gasket area. *tt04/11/2002
00M1001/01/2001625888Information regarding engine replacements warranty extension program. *yh12/10/2001
1224412/01/1998615501Some vehicles with 3.8l engines may exhibit a hesitation on acceleration after camshaft position sensor (cmp) installation. *tt01/17/2001
00M0901/01/2000613563Important recall information regarding vehicles that experience premature failure of the head gasket. *tt07/21/2000
9918309/06/19996090051Service tip information on revised oil pan gasket replacement procedure. *tt03/06/2000
9981605/03/1999606420Ford motor company now recommends sae 5w-30 viscosity grade for servicing any ford gasoline-powered vehicle regardless of model year. *tt08/19/1999
98251112/21/1998603649Service tips on composite fuel rail. *yc03/01/1999
BC324595030103/01/199539193Vehicles may not start after being parked for 15 minutes to 2 hours in freezing temperatures. *tw03/30/1995
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
98201010/12/1998603695Experiencing a buzzing or rattling noise from the exhaust system. *yc03/02/1999
986403/30/1998601312Information on a buzzing or rattle noise from the exhaust system. *tt07/21/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL
98231011/23/1998603724Mass air flow (maf)- sensor contamination- service tip. *ak03/03/1999

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
08/28/201089000
 Tl- the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the contact stated the vehicle has started to have black smoke come out the tail pipe and the vehicle has a strong smell of gasoline. the contact stated that the vehicle has been burning fuel since the black smoke has started coming from the tail pipe. the contact has replaced the o2 sensors, spark plugs/wires, intake gaskets and intake isolator bolts. all work performed on the vehicle was by a certified technician, because the manufacturer has refused to work on the vehicle. the failure mileage and current mileages was 89000.rl
08/28/201089000
 Tl- the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the contact stated the vehicle has started to have black smoke come out the tail pipe and the vehicle has a strong smell of gasoline. the contact stated that the vehicle has been burning fuel since the black smoke has started coming from the tail pipe. the contact has replaced the o2 sensors, spark plugs/wires, intake gaskets and intake isolator bolts. all work performed on the vehicle was by a certified technician, because the manufacturer has refused to work on the vehicle. the failure mileage and current mileages was 89000.rl
08/28/201089000
 Tl- the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the contact stated the vehicle has started to have black smoke come out the tail pipe and the vehicle has a strong smell of gasoline. the contact stated that the vehicle has been burning fuel since the black smoke has started coming from the tail pipe. the contact has replaced the o2 sensors, spark plugs/wires, intake gaskets and intake isolator bolts. all work performed on the vehicle was by a certified technician, because the manufacturer has refused to work on the vehicle. the failure mileage and current mileages was 89000.rl
08/28/201089000
 Tl- the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the contact stated the vehicle has started to have black smoke come out the tail pipe and the vehicle has a strong smell of gasoline. the contact stated that the vehicle has been burning fuel since the black smoke has started coming from the tail pipe. the contact has replaced the o2 sensors, spark plugs/wires, intake gaskets and intake isolator bolts. all work performed on the vehicle was by a certified technician, because the manufacturer has refused to work on the vehicle. the failure mileage and current mileages was 89000.rl
12/01/20081580001
 My 1995 ford windstar engine has stopped several times while driving at interstate speeds and also when coasting while driving down hills. it also stops while at traffic lights. mechanic adjusted the idle speed and replaced the idle control. the problem is still there. the real danger here is that at low speeds, the power steering and power brakes also fail making the vehicle very hard to steer and stop. on a very tight turn i almost lost control of the vehicle. *tr
11/11/2008200000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the vehicle shut down without warning while she was driving 45 mph. the failure was diagnosed by a mechanic on several occasions. the mechanic replaced the starter and the alternator twice; however, the failure continued to occur. the vin was not available. the dealer will make an attempt to diagnose the failure. the failure mileage was 200,000 and the current mileage was 260,000.
09/04/20091701
 My 1995 ford windstar developed a fire under the hood on the driver's side while parked in my driveway. the car had not been driven at all during the two weeks prior to the fire. the last time it was driven prior to the fire, the car repeatedly lost power (decelerated, nearly to a stop) while driving on an uphill incline. depressing the accelerator was ineffective during such episodes. power returned and the car would acclerate and maintain a steady speed once the car returned to level ground. i had not used the cruise control system at all during that last trip and used it rarely in the 12 years that i owned the car. the fire completely destroyed the engine and all other major systems under the hood. the fire damaged the surface of my driveway and a small area of my lawn. *tr
04/29/2008126000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. three days after the vehicle was purchased, the engine stalled while driving 5 mph. the failure occurred up to seven times per day. the contact was unable to start the engine and the vehicle was towed to her residence. she called a repair shop and they informed her that the alternator was defective. she removed the alternator from the vehicle and took it to the shop to have it tested. the mechanic informed her that the alternator was no good; therefore, the contact purchased a new one and placed it into the vehicle. she was able to start the engine and run the vehicle, but it stalled once again 4 blocks later. she restarted the vehicle, drove home, and called the dealer from where she purchased the vehicle. she took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the oxygen sensor failed. they replaced the sensor, but it still did not correct the failure. the vehicle remains at the dealer. the vin was unknown. the failure and current mileages were 126,000.
04/19/2008135000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. the check engine light illuminated on april 19, 2008, which was the purchase date of the vehicle. the dealer stated that the light would dim after fuel was placed into the vehicle; however, the light remained illuminated. the dealer placed sensors and new motor mounts on the engine and, afterwards, the contact was unable to drive more than 25 mph. due to the loud noise from the engine, a mechanic at a muffler shop advised her that there were no new motor mounts on the vehicle. in fact, the motor mounts on the vehicle were old and defective. the dealer has had the vehicle since may 1, 2008 and stated that no additional repairs will be made. the dealer accused the contact of damaging the motor mounts and adding 750 miles since purchasing the vehicle. the vehicle has been at the dealer several times since it was purchased. the estimated failure mileage was 135,000.
03/09/2007132838412/01/2004
 Purchased the van used in 2004. a few weeks later the transmission had to be rebuilt. shortly after that the brake lights came on. mechanic could not find anything wrong with the brakes, although periodically they made a noise and would stiffen up, then the pedal would go slack and then return to normal. the muffler fell off and was put back on. the check engine light had been on, when hooked up to the computer it only showed codes for the exhaust system. then it started overheating and a bit of white smoke came from the tailpipe. the intake manifold gasket was replaced. 2 days later the overdrive light started blinking and the van didn't have much power and would stall out while emitting a thick cloud of white smoke from the tailpipe. mechanic says now the head gasket is blown. *jb
01/15/200676000107/02/2004
 My wife was leaving church in the parking lot, the head gasket blew. hi. my name is robert stringer. i am the unlucky owner of a 1995 ford windstar. the windstar has a factory defect in the head gasket mounting, that causes premature gasket failure(service bulletin #00m09). well my windstar blew the head gasket on january 15th, of 2006. the van only has 76,000 original miles on it. when i contacted ford about this, they informed me that they would not repair it. i made 3 contact attempts to riser ford, in hot springs, and 2 contact attempts to the customer relations dept' at ford motor co. each time they said they would not help me. i intent to take this all the way. i should not be responsible for defective part repairs to my vehicle. *jb
01/15/200676302106/16/2004
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving at 15 mph in normal conditions, the engine blew a head gasket. the contact noticed white smoke and water coming from the exhaust system. the vehicle was driven back to the residence where it was inspected. the contact discovered the #1 plug was full of water and no repairs were made. updated 03/22/06. *jb
12/24/20041160001007/01/1994
 Numerous problems with my 1995 ford windstar. it is the worst car i have ever purchased! as soon as one repair is completed (two transmissions, head gasket, electrical problems, brakes, suspension), then another one occurs. now, as in every christmas, the engine light is on and the car is running so poorly that you can't even pull the car out of the driveway without it choking and spitting, lots of smoke, and the car is actually shaking!!! i know it is another head gasket and i just can't pay anymore money into this piece of garbage. i have been looking for a new car and it certainly will not be a ford!
12/21/2004970001
 Head gasket failure. took to dealer and was told it had been recalled - i never got a notice and am now out of warranty. estimate of $1800 to replace. reading other posts, t appears this is not a definite permanent solution. my van only has 97,000 miles on it.*ak
06/23/200467000108/01/2001
 Engine overheated once. mechanic said coolant was leaking from timing chain cover. while saving for repair, have kept coolant added and engine has not overheated again, but now engine surges while idling, misses sometimes, and has low compression in three cylinders. mechanic said all due to coolant leak, and engine unsafe, may blow at any time. dealer said there was a ford information campaign on problem. i was not notified. only have 69000 miles on vehicle, but ford told dealer they would not assist in repair. please give any information about problem to help me when i call ford myself. thank you!*ak
06/22/200413630010
 My 1995 ford windstar started cutting off on me when i was driving it. i usually am transporting my children and their friends around and it is dangerous when in traffic the van just shuts off. it starts right back up, but i do not feel comfortable driving it anymore. after several visits to the dealer and other car repair places, the dealer sent us home without fixing the problem. we have replaced the iac valve, fuel filter, air filter, mass air flow sensor, and the camshaft position sensor. one place we took it checked for vacuum leaks and checked the fuel flow, which according to them was all fine. we did not keep any of the old parts listed above. there has got to be a reason for a car to just shut off, but everyone seems to be baffled. event leading up to the failure the first time: got in the van to take my son to an orthodontic appointment. and as i pulled into the parking place in front of the building it just turned off. after the appointment. driving home, it cut off on me 3 more times. i was very scared someone was going to hit me from behind or as i made a turn it cut off and a car just missed my front end. another thing that is scary is when the engine cuts off, the steering locks up and i can barely get it pulled over to put it in park to start it again. if you can help i would really appreciate it. *ak
02/04/200478000502/03/2004
 I asked the seller at ford to completely service the van before i would buy it. he said his mechanic would. i checked the van out two weeks later, low on oil, no brake fluid, trans fluid very low, no water hardly at all in receiver, then the starter went out, replaced it no good, replaced switch, no good, brakes gone out, can't keep fluid in systems, engine light came on, emission problems, mechanic stalls for the hour amount, and still can't fix/test ii code. inside lights dim when extra. lights come on. it's a damn piece of junk and they sold us a lemon. i paid over $4,000.00 cash for it, and all they wanted to so was sell it for money. what can i do? it has 72,000 etc mile and now has 82,000. we are both disabled with two kids. we have been screwed. i can get the ford info on the ford windstar 95 3.8 it rattles, water runs out of the exhaust pipe and the converter. i want to sue them, i calld them and they said the hell with you, you bought it as it was. ford products are the worst auto's on the market. we want revenge and all our money back now. avery herring res8cvfs@verizon.net 8284977787. what is next a head gasket? i heard that cost over $1,600.00 to fix. and there are alot of them going out. ford needs to stand behind it's products or get out of the bussiness. i have had my kids tossed to the dash when i step on the brakes before we even get out of our drive way. we wear seatbelts, i wouldn't dare ride in it. it is a death trap tp me.*ak
06/16/20041
 On february 2001 dealership replaced the head gasket. two years later the same problem recurred, engine overheated. mechanic replaced the head gasket at consumer's expense of $2500. *ak
01/19/200082000201/06/2000
 I have owned my van since january 2000. shortly after purchasing, my van had a blown head gasket, which was fixed under the ford recall. still within the recall, a head gasket blew again. ford told me the recall only allows for a one time repair. since then, my van is on its third engine and third transmission. most recently we have had to replace the main computer as well. we have spent more money fixing the van than what we paid for it. *ak
01/15/20030
 Head gasket gone, dealer says the engine is going, due to leak from head gasket damaging bearings on crankshaft. ford is aware of this, and continues to allow this, while their dealers continue to profit from this engineering flaw. it is a slap in the face, to lose $4000 dollars to a known flaw, and worse to have to have the dealer, tell you entirely about it, to sell you another vehicle! purchased for $8200 in may 02,warranty expired aug 02, vehicle is dead jan 03 (offered $2000 so the dealer can sell it to someone else?)it has been a costly year.
01/15/200360000
 Ac coolant was low and switching mechanism had to be replaced. at 54000 miles was told timing cover was leaking and head gasket was leaking. head gasket was finally covered at no charge but timing cover got little relief. now at 80000 miles, the coil assembly fails and i am told that my head gasket is leaking again and the dealer says they only guarantee their work for one year. we had the head gasket fixed on the recall. it appears the headgasket may be leaking again (one ford dealer says it leaks another says it doesn't). we are in for regular servicing next week --we will see what they find). our vehicle being repaired once and beyond 7yrs old seems to be beyond what will be covered. the van has only 139,000 kilometers on it (so we are not past the 100,000 mile barrier). we have had another gasket on the time cover replaced which i think was also a recall item. i appreciate keeping up the pressure in the campaign against ford.
01/15/200360000
 Ac coolant was low and switching mechanism had to be replaced. at 54000 miles was told timing cover was leaking and head gasket was leaking. head gasket was finally covered at no charge but timing cover got little relief. now at 80000 miles, the coil assembly fails and i am told that my head gasket is leaking again and the dealer says they only guarantee their work for one year. we had the head gasket fixed on the recall. it appears the headgasket may be leaking again (one ford dealer says it leaks another says it doesn't). we are in for regular servicing next week --we will see what they find). our vehicle being repaired once and beyond 7yrs old seems to be beyond what will be covered. the van has only 139,000 kilometers on it (so we are not past the 100,000 mile barrier). we have had another gasket on the time cover replaced which i think was also a recall item. i appreciate keeping up the pressure in the campaign against ford.
11/15/2001107829
 2003 - door ajar light 2002 - blew head gasket; 2002 - heater core replaced 2001 - ignition coil pack & ignition leads replaced 2001 - front tie rod ends replaced 2000 - refrigerant coolant loss 1998 - egr valve replaced 1998 - transmission fluid cooler hoses replaced 1997 - blew head gasket, repaired under warranty
11/15/2001107829
 2003 - door ajar light 2002 - blew head gasket; 2002 - heater core replaced 2001 - ignition coil pack & ignition leads replaced 2001 - front tie rod ends replaced 2000 - refrigerant coolant loss 1998 - egr valve replaced 1998 - transmission fluid cooler hoses replaced 1997 - blew head gasket, repaired under warranty
08/15/199994000
 Heater core failure that led to immediate cylinder head cracking that led to coolant entering engine oil system and total engine failure. transmission failure of original and replacement transmission. told by auto parts store employee about the cylinder head recall as his sister owned same 1995 windstar 3.8l, ford had a vendor answering calls. representative stated that ford had mailed recall information to the wrong address, that is why i never recieved it. rep unable to explain how ford mailed hood recall info to correct address, but not the cylinder head recall info. rep refused to address issue further. i would love to taker part in any cylinder head or transmission class action proceeding.
08/15/199994000
 Heater core failure that led to immediate cylinder head cracking that led to coolant entering engine oil system and total engine failure. transmission failure of original and replacement transmission. told by auto parts store employee about the cylinder head recall as his sister owned same 1995 windstar 3.8l, ford had a vendor answering calls. representative stated that ford had mailed recall information to the wrong address, that is why i never recieved it. rep unable to explain how ford mailed hood recall info to correct address, but not the cylinder head recall info. rep refused to address issue further. i would love to taker part in any cylinder head or transmission class action proceeding.
10/15/200361576
 On 6/13/2003, at 57049 miles, our 1995 windstar overheated and seemed to be losing coolant so we took it to zimmerman ford, st. charles, il to be checked out. they reported no problem found and we paid $66.79 for a cooling system service and lube service. on october 4th,2003, the check engine light on our windstar went on. we took it to the same dealership to be checked. they charged $111 for sbds tests and told us we had head gasket failure and quoted $2100 to repair. we contacted five other dealerships in the chicago area who quoted between $900 and $1600 to do the job. our van is currently with family ford of west chicago being fixed. we have been told to expect a bill of about $1300. moving from zimmerman to family ford was not just a cost decision. zimmerman refused point plank to help us get help from ford. family ford have agreed to keep the faulty parts and help us in any way they can. we have contacted ford at several levels trying to persuade them that their 7 year / 100,000 extended warranty, plus the 6 year / 75,000 mile extended warranty that we purchased both imply that the head gasket should not have failed at 60,000 miles as ours did. we have also put forth the argument that the original extended warranty 5 year or 60,000 states or not whichever comes first so we feel we have a case to be covered under the terms of this warranty, given that we reported a possible problem at 57049 miles. ford has said (several times by phone and e-mail)that they are unable to help as we are outside the terms of the extended warranty. they also say that they have very few complaints on this vehicle any more so they will not make an exception for me. i was told that they have made no exceptions outside the 7 year / 100,000 parameters. i feel that we have been penalized by ford because we have a low mileage on our vehicle and the poor engine construction on the 1995 windstar, in our case, still failed prematurely at 60,000.
09/15/2003116000
 Head gasket failed. was blocked tested by aaa service center, san jose, california. was informed that is will cost me between $1500 and $2000.00 to repair this problem.
09/15/199835279
 Head gasket failed at 35,279 (3/98) and repaired by ford under warranty. head gasket failed a 2nd time at 80,957 (3/01) and repaired by ford under warranty. head gasket failed a 3rd time at 116,298 (9/03). on 24 sep 03 i wrote ford requesting they fix the original problem. head gaskets do not regularly and predictably fail. i would appreciate any help you can provide. i believe my problem is unusual as i am told the head gaskets don't fail this often. september 24, 2003 ford motor company ford customer relationship center p.o. box 6248 16800 executive plaza drive dearborn, mi 48126 ttt i am the original owner of a 1995 ford windstar van. the vehicle has 116,298 miles and has blown the head gasket for the third time. warranty work performed on this vehicle by ford motor co. in 1998 and again in 2001 did not solve the problem. my request is for ford motor co. to take appropriate responsibility and action to fix the vehicle. history: march 16, 1998, with 35,279 miles, under warranty, the engine's head gasket failed and was repaired by ford of walla walla, wa. invoice attached. march 29, 2001, with 80,957 miles, the engine's head gasket again failed and was repaired by harrell?s ford in placerville, ca, under warranty at no cost to me by ford motor co. september 16, 2003, with 116,298 miles, the engine's head gasket has again failed. i have spoken with harrell's ford service manager, mike alunbaugh, and he informed me that harrell's ford would not be able to repair the engine under warranty. he also told me he spoke with his regional manager and informed me that the regional manager can do nothing to resolve the problem because the regional manager has no authority to respond to problems when a vehicle has over 100,000 miles. i called the ford customer relationship center and spoke with chairman. this was a very frustrating experience. her advice was to wait for a recall!
09/15/20030
 Case 1 my family was coming home from vacation when the engine blew while we were on the highway. smoke came up from under the hood and we were force to stop the van on a crowded highway. thanks to a nearby truck driver who stopped behind us, we were able to call someone and get to safety. it took a lot of negotiation for me to get ford to take care of this matter, but they finally did. now again on our recent trip to ga on 08-28-03 while driving home, our check engine light came on and overdrive light started blinking and the transmission blew. transmission fluid leaked all out and on the back of our van too. it also started smoking underneath the hood and from the tailpipe. we were informed by freedom ford in norfolk va that we had transmission failure. our check light has come on numerous occasions and despite their action it still keeps coming on. in addition, our overdrive lights blink, our cruise control do not work, the door adjar lights stays on at times even when the doors all locked and causing the inside interiors lights to stay on, our gears do not shift properly and gets stuck between gears and upon acceleration it sometimes hesitates, repaired coolant leak from timing cover gasket and front crankshaft seal, coil ignition, the air condition when on makes these strange noises, etc. replaced. we are very dissatisfied with ford windstars and have spent more money on repairs than what it was worth. we even still owe on the van. ford needs to issue a recalll or a refund. this is not a safe vehicle to drive. please keep me informed. thanks and god bless.
09/15/200360
 Ford windstar 95 shift lever prdnl does not match gear. when in park car rolls have to find d or r by moving shift lever. sometime have to put lever in to park twice or three times befor it catched and car starts. when the car rolls back and kills someone it will get fords attention. also replaced head gasket engine and head gasket again. tranny sensor, door ajar sensor. what a car mark hershkowitz
08/15/2003147000
 The transmission tore up in our van at the end of 2000 and has failed again. when it tore up the 1st time, we were covered under warranty, but since we only had 60 days left the company refused to put in a new and put in a rebuilt. now we have to fix it again. we have been luckier than alot of customers that i've researched, but we are still getting a raw deal with our van and we are very unhappy! we are still in the process of arguing our message to the ford co. but can tell it will be a failure also. and our heat quit this past winter and now the air is out. when it rains it pours.
02/15/200359270
 The engine problem was the infamous head gasket problem. even though the engine was over the arbitrary 7 year limit, it was far below the 100,000 mile extended warranty limit. in my opinion, setting a time limit is discriminatory against anyone who drives fewer miles than average. the transmmission problem appeared suddenly. after waiting to turn left, i attempted to accelerate, but the vehicle behaved as though it were stuck in neutral. by the time i had a transmmission expert check the problem, it would no longer shift either into reverse or first gear.
07/15/200372000
 It is well documented that the 1995 ford windstar head gasket is defective. we own a 1995 ford windstar, and at only 72000 miles the head gasket blew off and we now have engine damage. ford told us that they would do nothing even though there is well documented evidence (tsb 94-9)(oomo9) that the head gaskets are defective on the 1995 ford windstars. ford told us that because we have owned the van 9 years that we do not qualify for the ford head gasket replacement program because we have had the van too long. this is ludicrous! any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
07/15/200379000
 My 2 main problems are my transmission & timing gear cover. the tranmission is very hazardous. mine is slipping between 1st & 2nd gear. i have been reading on the internet that on some of the transmissions they have been slipping out of gear. i sure don't want to have that surprise. i'm disabled & need my van to haul my powerchair with me when i go to the doctors office. i wouldn't know what to do. i talked to a mechanic & he said if it goes it will leave me on the road. i think this van is very dangerous on the road. ford know they were having head gasket & transmission trouble on the 1995 windstar why don't they take care of there problems. they know they had bad gaskets on the heads,timing chain covers,& transmissions but they still went with the cheaper gaskets that leak. i think the government should step in & make them pay for those repairs before more people get killed like that ford police car that jumped out of gear & ran over some people in southern mn. a few yrs. ago. whats it going to take? a few more thousand people to get killed before they figure that there transmissions are no good.
07/15/2003100017
 We bought this car used from a ford dealer with 86000.miles on it and we put 14000,on it and it blew a head gasket, we are retired on a fixed income and can't afford extra bills like this, we couldn't even afford a new car. so we are stuck with a car that we are afraid of. we were told by the dealer that this was a one owner car and that there were verry few problems with this car.
06/15/20030
 Brake work x2 transmission x2 all belts tire & suspension work lugs on wheels not properly replaced ,it almost fell off still paying on vehicle while it sits in ashley ford parking lot w/ dead transmission i am unable to pay close to $2000 for repairs
05/15/200388750
 1995 ford winstar head gaskets leaking. head gaskets were replaced mar 1999 at 40352 mi. under 98m01 recall. and again jul 2001 at 79464 mi. under 00m09 recall. talked to my local ford dealer, they said to call dealer that did repair. both said there was nothing they could do for me. but head gaskets should last more than the 9246 mi. said repair warrenty only good for 12 months.
04/15/200378000
 On march 29, 2002, my 1995 ford windstar experienced a knocking sound. noticing the oil light was on, i immediately pulled into the shopping center nearby. i was amazed when i had to add 3/12 qts. of oil, which immediately drained out. this vehicle just recently had an oil change, so i know it was not low on oil. the vehicle was towed to autofair of manchester, nh. on april 2nd, i was advised by the service advisor, k. hamel that the timing cover gasket was the problem and i needed to replace the engine at a cost of $3,639. i also spoke to k. hamels' boss, and was told no warranty was available. i then called the boston area customer service representative, justin boyson. he proceeded to ask me how i got his name...not, how can i help you? he advised me there was nothing that can be done...there is no program available for my auto. this is an outrage, since ford is well aware of this faulty timing cover gasket which is a known ford defect which was admitted to by the regional reprsentative, and it should be included in the extended 100,000 warranty.
05/15/200176000
 The engine was the main problem due to the head gasket recall. in july,2000, we argued with ford about a bad engine running for which we had just paid over $300 to evaluate by an outside repair shop. after about 6 weeks we received our car back with a new long block paid for by ford, including a rental van for the time in the shop. in january 2001 the engine was running rough again and we were charged $81.45 to check it out and replace a wire bad on cylinder 6 which was misfiring. three months later in april 2001 the car ran rough again and the engine light was back on (happened for years intermittently since we owned the car). the new long-block had another bad head gasket reinstalled per the second ford dealership service center. after nearly another month we had the second new long-block in less than one year. now less than 2 years and 40,000 miles later, following the 110k service of radiator flush and oil change at 113,098 miles the engine rapidly lost oil and is misfiring and burning oil. ford's position once again is that the warranty was only for 12 months or 12k miles. on a smaller note, the brakes have gone out numerous times and we have replaced rotors and pads numerous times with no improvements. the power steering has performed very poorly. we changed the fluid in 2000 and then the ford service center and they replaced the outer tie rods and reset the alignment. within months it was going out again intermittently. most often when starting out the power steering goes out and you must manually steer the vehicle.
04/15/2003146000
 At 146,00 miles i was just informed that i will have to have another head gasket repair done (that would make it the third time this part has failed) to save the car...i will not do it, as in february, i spent over $750 to have the rear brakes repaired for brake fluid covering the shoes of the brakes, cause by brake line corrosion (just as in the right front brake line corrosion that was a national recall!!!!) but there was no recall for the rears
04/15/2003146000
 At 146,00 miles i was just informed that i will have to have another head gasket repair done (that would make it the third time this part has failed) to save the car...i will not do it, as in february, i spent over $750 to have the rear brakes repaired for brake fluid covering the shoes of the brakes, cause by brake line corrosion (just as in the right front brake line corrosion that was a national recall!!!!) but there was no recall for the rears
03/15/200389523
 The engine headgasket on my ford windstar has failed a total of 4 times in a 4 year period (57117 miles, 57722 miles, 71713 miles and 89523 miles), resulting in total engine failure because of coolant leaking into and fouling internal parts. the initial defective engine design was never addressed and installing new headgaskets provided only a temporary bandaid solution until the extended warranty period ran out.
11/15/20020
 To whom it may concern, in june of this year(2002) i was shopping for a vehicle for my wife and found a 1995 windstar at pat mccraken ford in dewitt michigan. it was in nice shape and ran good. i had no idea of the headgasket problem that i was about to inherit. around the middle to the last of november my wife was driving home and it overheated. i replaced the thermostat, radiator cap and waterpump before taking it back to the dealer. he wants to charge me $900.00 to replace the headgaskets not including new heads which might be bad. on a trade-in on something else he only wants to give me $1000.00 for the van, which i know he will fix for his cost and put back on his lot to cheat some other unsuspecting person. what makes me mad is that he knew before he put it on his lot that the 1995 windstar's were prone to engine failures. being unemployed at the present time i didn't need this problem. terry
04/15/200363165
 I experienced 3.8l head gasket/engine failure on april 6, 2003 without any prior symptoms or warnings. vehicle had just been serviced at 60,000 miles which including flushing the cooling system. cost of repair is estimated at $3,500.
09/15/199615000
 Transmission- shifting rough since 30,000 mi. 2 dealers tested over the years & said no problem (just adjusted shift points. same complaint in july, 2003. dealer checked, said no problem. 1 month later had independent shop rebuild transmission. engine- head gaskets replaced at 15,000 mi & 35,00 mi. same symptoms now at 103,000. just past extended warranty
07/15/200385000
 
11/15/2002118625
 This vehicle has had more than it's share of problems. the head gasket was brought in for a recall and it still malfunctioned.
11/08/2003360006
 I own a 1995 ford windstar the paint is blistering off in huge pieces. ford says it is not their problem , paint should not peal from a car like this it is blistering off in sheets . i have read that ford is paying for painting only if the customers are really loud about complaints. i have also read that many complaints have already been sent here. this automobile has been a nightmare with defects and recalls. anyone in the automotive business laughs when they here what kind of car i own. 10 years to pay it off, 3 head gaskets later rebuilt trans engine heads warped from factory coils springs breaking electrical malfunctions , paint lifting off the vertical sides, brake problems....the list goes on and now ford no longer lists the windstar on their site. they have changed the name to free star i wonder why?
1
 When consumer took vehicle to dealer for an oil change, dealer determined that engine head gasket needed replacement.*ak
1
 While driving vehicle jerked and smoked from under hood. vehicle was towed technician, who determined that engine head gasket needed to be replaced. *ak
02/15/2004840001
 Engine head gasket failed. the consumer stated recall repairs on the head gasket were done; however, problem still occurred.*ak
09/08/200311600008/08/2003
 Ford windstar: head gasket failed.
06/18/2001305/01/1997
 Vehicle overheated. the cylinder head gasket was replaced. *mr while traveling, the vehicle overheated on three occasions. when the third occasion occurred, the mechanic found the main head gasket was cracked. *scc *jb *cb
09/10/20031
 While driving at 55mph engine started knocking . vehicle was forced to pull out of the road. independent shop diagnosed the problem as a engine head gasket failure. *ak
 The engine was replaced after having the vehicle for two years. the replacement engine is burning one quart of oil for every 451 miles. please provide details.
04/09/2003
 The head gasket is cracked and leaked coolant into the engine. the dealer has been notified. *nlm
04/07/20031
 At 48000 miles the vehicle was recalled by manufacturer due to coolant leaking into the engine. the dealer rebuilt the entire upper part of the engine. now the vehicle is stalling intermittently without warning while driving. dealer diagnosed that the stalling was due to a drop in oil pressure which shut off the fuel pump in turn shutting down engine. *nlm
01/03/200312400005/13/1996
 On 1/3/03 check engine light came on. took it to ford dealer that had replaced the first engine at 67,000 due to head gasket failure. dealer notified me that head gasket had failed again with 124,000 miles this time. after dealer took engine apart to check the problem,dealer notified me to tell me now its the whole engine that needed to be replaced. this would be the second time with in 124,000 miles. ford would not cover under recall warranty. i was told it would be 3,000 dollars to fix. after i refused dealer costs at 3,000 dollars dealer wanted 800 dollars to put engine back together still not fixed had van towed home with engine in boxes. have paper work from dealer that shows they never had permission to take engine apart. they only had approval to do a diagnosis test. *nlm
10/02/2000480002
 The engine had blown at 48000 miles in october of 2000 and the engine was replaced. the second engine's head gasket had blown. *jb scc
02/06/2003
 The head gasket is cracked. please provide further information. ph
01/30/2003137000101/29/2003
 After start up and driving about 10 to 15 minutes, temperature gauge needle indicating engine is hot. dealer diagnosis is the head gasket. ts head gaskets, thermostat and spark plugs had to be replaced. *tt
01/10/200307/31/1995
 Blown head caskits at 62,000 miles which ford fixed at no cost due to defect and now again at 92,000 miles it has happened again and they will not do anything about it since the extended warranty of 7 years or 100,000 mile whichever comes first since it is 7 years old. they know it is their problem and they have examined the vehicle and verified blown head caskets for the 2nd time
01/24/200398000110/29/1994
 While driving home from work the check engine light lit up and the temperature gauge spiked into the red zone. the next morning i took the car to my mechanic who later informed me that the head gasket had failed, coolant had leaked into at least one cylinder and the timing chain. i contacted ford because i had received a notice of an extension to the warranty for this very problem. however ford only extended the warranty to 7 years and 100,000 miles. this vehicle has 98,000 miles on it and is 8 years and 3 months old. as a result ford will not service the car under the warranty extension. my mechanic tells me that this is a problem with this particular ford engine and that he has had to replace the head gasket on numerous vehicles witht his engine.
12/21/2001110000108/04/1996
 1995 ford windstar engine head gasket failure - ford will not admint to a defect in quality. this van now sits in my driveway for over a year and no one will fixit for under 3500.00. problem is that because of the defects in this van, the value of it is 1000.00. i also put two transmittions into it, water pumps, thermostats, radiator and no one informed me of a potental defect with the head gaskets
01/10/2003
 Consumer stated that while driving and without warning the head gasket timing chain snap causing fluid to leak. dealer notified. ts
10/24/20027700012/21/1995
 My ex-1995 ford windstar has 77,000 miles showed a overheating problem. ford affiliated dealer (young ford in rochester, mi) said it was fixed by replacing a water pump. but overnight the same overheating appeared. next time the dealer said it was a head gasket problem, when ford was contacted to be told it was under recall twice but my car could not be covered due to expired recall warranty (7 years or 100,000 mile whichever comes first). i fixed and sold it because i do not want to drive a car from unreliable manufacturer.
12/31/20026399907/17/1995
 Cylindar head gasket failure on a 1995 windstar with less than 64,000 miles
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 The consumer states that the head gasket failed due to a manufacturer's defect. the consumer is requesting ford motor company to repay the cost for replacing the the entire engine (well over 4k dollars) which was the case in the recall. scc
12/18/2002
 The vehicle was park and smoke was coming from underneath the vehicle. the vehicle caught fire please provide addittional information dealer is.
12/16/200275000104/01/1995
 Head gasket blew and caused timing belt gasket to fail as well. per ford recall is only for 7 years or 100,000 miles and the van is 7 years and 8 months old and has 75,000 miles. brought van to dealer @ 40,000 and dealer refused to check gasket and informed me that once it goes bad, bring it in and we will fix it and never mentioned anything about a time limit. now dealer and ford is refusing to fix gaskets and they are asking $2,305 to fix problem that i believe should still be covered.
12/13/2002125200112/28/1999
 Engine 3.8 was remanufactured (68,500) under recall and now has same issue, blown head gaskets (125,200). ford has issued a tech service bulletin in the last 6 months on this. it seems that the issue was not adequately fixed on the first recall, or the tsb would not have been issued.
09/01/2002
 While driving at normal speed vehicle started to run a little rough. engine light illuminated, temperature gauge went to hot. consumer pulled over, and saw smoke coming out of tailpipe. consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced head gasket. please provide any further information.*ak
07/01/20013
 Consumer stated the engine light woul illuminate, antifreeze was leaking, head gasket failed, thermostat and thermostat gasket failed, o-ring were leaking and also if the vehicle was sitting for any length of time the vehicle would start to overheat. * yd 2 oxygen sensors were replaced. updated
02/01/2000202/01/2000
 On two occasions the temperature gauge reached the hot zone and dropped. the vehicle also started to smoke. the dealer replaced the engine under manufacturers head gasket recall, but the problem reoccurred, then the dealer replaced sensor and thermostat. finally the engine had to be replaced for the second time, but ford will not pay for these repairs. *yh
03/17/1998108/05/1994
 The engine leaked oil onto the exhaust, the intake manifold leak was replaced under the head gasket warranty which also failed, also the water pump failed @79,000 miles.*jb
 While driving smoke emerged from exhaust. also, engine light illuminated on dash and temperature gauge immediately went from cold to hot, causing head gasket to blow out. *ak
 While driving engine light illuminated. smoke emerged from vehicle, and temperature gauge immediately went from cold to hot, causing head gasket to blow. please provide any further information.*ak
12/25/199911/01/1995
 The ford windstar experienced the engine temperature guage fluctuating up and down the scale; the radiator fluid level was low; next bubbles were noted in the over flow reservoir. the dealer said the engine gaskets were bad and replaced tehm at a cost $1446.02. nothing was said about a safety recall at this time. less than a month later we received in the mail from ford vehicle service and programs (no. 00m09). the letter stated additional warranty was extended for head gasket failure for 7 years or 100,000 miles whichever came first. we had 103,000 miles at the time of our $1400 repair. the problems started before the 100,000 mile warranty but we could not afford any repairs until jan 2000. again notice of the extended warranty came in march 2000. why can't ford stand behind us on this instead of running from us?*ak
03/17/1998108/05/1994
 The engine leaked oil onto the exhaust, the intake manifold leak was replaced under the head gasket warranty which also failed, also the water pump failed @79,000 miles.*jb
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 Consumer states head gasket failed, engine leaked oil on exhaust, and the water pump was also replaced due to excessive noise and a loose shaft.*yh
08/13/20011
 Vehicle was going 60mph and engine lost oil pressure and constantly overheated. engine check light didn't come on as a warning. problem has been ongoing since 1998. problem was previously caused by coolant deteriorating the bearings. engine needed to be replaced, but dealer will not get involved financially. consumer will be fully responsibile for the repairs. *ak *jb
1
 Transmission failed one month after consumer's extended warranty. vehicle is experiencing engine and engine cooling problems, head gasket blew causing timing cover gasket to fail, after repair of head gasket, engine started to rattle, now there is a bearing problem which is due to vehicle overheating, dealer stated vehicle needs a new engine. *slc the transmission failed the head gasket blew the timing cover gasket failed. the consumer wants reimbursment from the manufacturer for the above failed parts that had been replaced.
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 Due to head gasket recall, consumer had head gasket repaired, days after repair, rattling was heard and timing cover gasket was repaired at consumer's cost, the bearings have failed due to overheating and dealer is now stating that the engine needs replaced, consumer is requesting that repair be covered by ford and requesting reimbursement for repairs to the timing gasket. *slc
01/22/2001107/01/1995
 Heater not working properly. temperature gauge overheated. took it to dealer to check out. i was informed needed a new engine. the 3.8 liter v6 head gasket was a problem they were knowingly aware of. there is a special program providing coverage for 7 years or 100,000 miles. at 105,000 miles i do not qualify. my 5 year old vehicle needs a new engine at my expense. the vehicle was religiously maintained. the dealer, and supposed zone manager, won't budge. why didn't they recall my car and replace the faulty head gasket before the engine failed. unbelievable. as a consumer i feel i was mislead and intentionally kept uninformed. i fail to believe ford can get away with having a product on the road they know is an engine failure time bomb. *ak
01/14/20010
 Engine gasket blew, and temperature gauge kept running hot. took vehicle to a mechanic, and they said it was a blown head gasket, there was a recall, consumer never received recall letter. *ak
01/01/1997
 I just wanted to find out about a problem that i am having with my 1995 ford windstar. i had it in my local repair shop for have the oil changed when i told them that the temperature gauge had gone crazy that morning. we replaced the thermostat and the radiator cap thinking that might be the problem. the next morning it was doing the same thing so i contacted the repair shop and they got to looking and figured out that the head gasket had broken. i have my car in the shop getting this problem taken care of. i fill that this problem needs to be looked into because i have found out just today that there has been several of these vans headgaskets replaced for the same reason. i know that the taurus & mustang had a recall on these gaskets and that they are the same engine that i have in my windstar (just turned sideways). if you would please just let me know if there is anything that i can do that will keep someone else from getting stuck with a repair bill like i am about to.
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 Temperature gauge would go up/down. would add freeon to try to correct. had map sensor changed. vehicle was leaking fluid. there was liquid in the exhaust pipe (antifreeze). been in contact with the dealer & manufacturer. was informed that program, which was for 7 years, and unlimited mileage from date of vehicle's manufacturer, has expired & nothing could be done. vehicle was not beyond the 7 year limit. *ak
02/08/20002
 The vehicle experienced several engine related failures, the head gasket failed two times, the dealer would not compensate for the second failure and also did not offer the consumer the $4000.00 certificate towards a new vehicle, after the first head gasket repair, the vehicle continued to lose coolant, the engine cylinders were replaced, the timing cover was cracked, the serpentine belt was replaced, and the blown gasket caused the vehicle to overheat, shake, and smoke. *slc
11/29/2000111/01/1995
 Our head gaskets failed on the vehicle. the only warning was an erractic tempature gauge. we are air force officers serving in the uk and transported the vehichle with us. we are only allowed one vehicle, and we are now without a vehicle for a very long time due to very short supply of parts in the uk. it is very disappointing to find out that ford was and is well aware of this failure, yet refuses to pay the cost. i would never sell my car to someone else knowing full well the headgaskets are going to blow, so ford has knowlingly stuck all windtar owners with this huge bill. ford should be held responsible for a recall of this vehicle due to thier knowledge of the problem. *ak
09/14/20003
 Consumer has had head gasket replaced 3 times starting october 24th, 1997. problem has never been resolved. dealer has sent a letter to extend the warranty. warranty was up at 100,000. consumer only had 10,000 miles to go. engine blewout the first time. other problems have occurred, such as the temperature gauge.*ak
04/01/20000
 Engine check light came on, temperature gauge flew up, anti freeze had mixed with oil, and ruined the engine.*ak
03/14/200002/01/1995
 After initially getting the head gaskets replaced at no charge in dec. 1999, the van had the same symptoms in march 2000. the symptoms were no heat, irradic temperature gauge, and loss of anti-freeze. i brought the van back to the dealer in march 2000. i was told that the timing cover gasket needed to be replaced. initially the estimate was for $900 but i had complained to ford motor and the dealer (able ford) charged me $715 for the repair. now the van started to exhibit an erratic temperature gauge, the needle going up and down probably from air pockets in the system, and running a little rough. my dilema is whether or not to trust the dealer and ford to diagnose, and fix the car properly. *ak
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
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 Temperature gauge failed. nlm
211/01/1995
 Temperature guage malfunctions and no heat is available. yh
01/03/2000107/28/1997
 Vehicle exhibit leaking oil pan gasket. dealer replaced pan gasket, timing cover gasket leaking, replaced timing cover gasket. *tt
02/07/20000
 While traveling down highway, engine check light and heating light came on. consumer moved close to the lane. then heard a loud pop, and white smoke came out from everywhere , consumer was completely blinded. but, felt safe enough to move to shoulder and wait for help. *ak
11/23/1999303/01/1999
 While driving the temperature gauge barried at hot, then engine check light came on. pulled over and white smoke came from tail pipe. then van would not restart. a mechanic replaced the head and i drove it for approx. 400 miles when the engine started nocking and the trans. would not shift out of 2 gear until it got hot then wouldn't shift out of 1st i believe the head gasket damaged the engine and trans. van is undriveable and still owe for it. *ak
01/12/2000105/01/1995
 Premature headgasket failure on ford 3.8l engine left me stranded at the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures. van temperature guage rose rapidly, followed by loss of all heat, reduced power, and illumination of the check engine light. fortunately, i was in a populated area, and i was able to arrange transportation from there. this premature engine failure occurring in a remote area under similar temperature & weather conditions could have been disasterous. dealer troubleshooting yielded headgasket failure and major damage to #4 cylinder. van now needs new engine. personal research has shown that this is a well-known engine design & manufacturing problem plaguing ford 3.8l engines, yet ford motor company refuses to accept any responsibility for the $3500 cost to replace the engine, or to issue a recall to correct the problem before catastrophic damage occurs. ford's own instruction manuals list headgaskets as a 120,000 mile maintenance item. headgaskets should last the lifetime of the engine. the dealer acknowledged that this is a huge problem in these engines, but could not or would not help resolve the problem. i was advised of a ford program that extended warranty on this problem to 5-yrs, 60,000 miles. this alone seems like ford's accnowledgement of a problem, but is clearly not adequate for a 120,000 mile part. the dealer also acknowledged that not all owners received the notice on the program (i haven't found anyone who did), and that they are dealing with a tremendous number of very-upset customers because of it. in daily use, this van is routinely used to transport small children, including my 10-year old son who has muscular dystrophy, is non-ambulatory and is confined to a wheelchair. ford has produced a well-known and well-documented design/manufacturing defect in these engines, and in doing so, has placed the safety of my family (and countless others) in jeopardy, yet refuses to admit the problem, and worse yet, to act.
02/17/20000
 Temperature gauge went to red many times, and engine check light appeared on the dashboard unexpectedly. consumer received recall notice 98m01 on that problem. but, dealer did not work on the vehicle because the recall expired. consumer received two more recalls, 97s88 and 99s33. *ak
02/02/2000104/01/1995
 Temperature guage shot up to high and there was no heat. i was on my home from work and driving on the x-pressway. when i reached home i called dealer immediately. i was told not to drive the car. the car remained in our garage for a day and then was driven to the dealer. i was told that the head gaskets needed replacing for a total cost of $1400. this car has only 66,000 miles on it and from what i have seen and heard this is a problem ford has with this van. warranty was up at 60,000 miles. i need to know if they timed this failure to occur until the warranty ran out. i even had the extended warranty, which of course is good for nothing. this car does not have that many miles on it to have this type of costly repair. *ak
12/12/199904/13/1998
 Temperature indicator light came on, and anti-freeze came out and spilled throughout the reservoir, causing vehicle to overheat. took vehicle to dealer, found blown head gasket. vehicle is out of warranty and owner will have to pay for repairs. *ak *ml
01/03/2000
 While driving home vehicle started to overheat. temperature gauge needle indicated overheating. took vehicle to dealership next day. mechanic indicated head gaskets had blown. owner would need to pay part of cost of repairs. owner feels manufacturer should fill the bill. *ak
12/12/1999
 Experienced problems with temperture gauge going up & down., and blower emittiing cool air instead of heat. vehicle operated very sluggishly. radiator leaked as well. vehicle is being serviced by a ford dealership. dealer informed consumer that the engine head gasket had blown out, and there was a service program for the some make and models. since vehicle had exceeded mileage requirment, consumer would have to pay for repairs. *ak
12/10/19990
 Engine began to heat up, temperature gauge went up, and anti-freeze blew out of the exhaust. consumer pulled car over, and had it towed to a manufacturer. *ak
10/05/1999
 While driving around town. heard a funny sound, restarted vehicle and the temperature gauge went high. towed to dealer, and dealer determined that head gasket blew out and needed to have the engine flushed. contacted dealer, and replaced head gasket. oil light was coming on. dealer said that vehicle will continue to have problems. stepped on gas pedal and vehicle would hesitate when stopping, then shut off. *ak
10/24/1999
 While driving at 35 mph the engine head gasket blew out. steam was coming from vehicle. temperture gauge went up to hot level, and all the water came out of the vehicle. *ak
08/15/1999104/01/1998
 We have had the same defects/repairs that most of the other windstar owners have had. ford motor company will not assist in helping to pay for these repairs. we feel that ford motor company knows that these problems are because of their design flaws, but they are not standing behind their product. our most expensive repair has been the engine which needed to be rebuilt. per the ford dealers, and other sources, this is due to engine coolant leaking into the engines, and has been occurring approx. 10,000- 20,000 miles after the head gaskets have been replaced.
10/12/1999
 While driving temperature gauge went from cool to hot in seconds. there was smoke and a strange smell coming from under the hood vehicle had to be towed . *ak
12/15/19983
 Consumer has experienced engine gasket failure a third time. the first time in april 97,repaired and reinbursted, second time, in august 98, and the third time in december 98. all three times the temperature gauge would fluctuate and consumer noticed all the coolant was gone from the engine. the problem this time involves the timing cover gasket going bad. noticed that whenever driving on incline the temperature gauge fluctuates. *ak
06/21/199909/01/1997
 A local ford dealer has informed me that this vehicle needs a head gasket replacement. i find it unacceptable that a head gasket failure should be expected at any time, especially in a vehicle that has not seen severe driving conditions. in the two years that i have owned this vehicle, various dealers have been unable to correct some issues that were merely annoying (speedometer wavering and jumping; whistling sound coming from engine compartment; rear wiper arm boot failure; buildup of snow/ice on front wipers during snow). with this recent failure (head gaskets), i am convinced that i have purchased a lemon.
04/14/1999
 Vehicle overheated while driving 65mph and was making weird noises. gauge indicated overheating. pulled into gas station. after vehicle been restarted & downshifted, white smoke appeared in rear. had vehicle towed to dealer next day *ak
04/22/199907/05/1997
 Consumer was driving approximately 35mph when engine temperature light came on. consumer pulled over and smelled anti-freeze. then called tow truck, after towing vehicle, garage found nothing. again, on 22-apr-99, while driving at 40mph temperature light came on. driver pulled over. then had vehicle towed to a dealership. dealer found a leak in engine head gasket. dealer replaced head gasket/oxygen sensor, and checked engine cylinder head. found engine cylinder head to be okay. an open investigation of coolant leakage in engine head gasket is pending, ie-98-080. *ak
 Check engine light came on when the temperature gauge went up because there was a leaky engine head gasket that blew. dealer said it was a manufacturer's design flaw. *ak
05/14/199906/01/1997
 On may 14, 1999 while driving home from work in moderate city traffic, my 95 ford windstar's engine started to skip as if a spark plug was not firing. i was about 2 miles from home and continued to drive slowly watching for further signs of trouble. at about 1/2 mile to 1 mile later the check engine came, on and i slowed my speed to about 20 when i noticed the engine temperature gauge began to rise. i started to pull over when the vehicle stalled while running ( a white vapor cloud was emerging from the tailpipe) i coasted to a stop. the mechanic at dave dinger ford at braintree ma said the head gasket(s) failed causing damage to other engine parts due to the anti-freeze mixing with the oil, and recommended a remanufactured engine at a cost of $ 4,200.00 . ford has an extended warranty covering this part for unlimited mileage, but not later than 12-31-98. i have contacted the manufacturer ford and they refuse to pay or negotiate the cost of engine repair even though this was a known defect for them in the 3.8 liter v-6 engine (taurus & sable 94-95) for some time prior to my buying the car used in 6/97. the car was previously registered as a ford corporate vehicle in massachusetts since new. i feel strongly that they should be responsible for the repair of a latent defect, known to them, at the time of sale. *ak
03/27/1999
 While driving at any speed vehicle stalls/ overheats, and the temperature gauge will go up to high. also, engine check light keeps coming on. consumer just got the vehicle out of the repair shop, and the same problems have reoccurred. *ak
04/01/199803/14/1997
 Blown engine cylinder head. in addition, replaced faulty transmission/air bag sensor and temperature sensor.
03/10/1998
 Consumer noticed vehicle idling a bit rough and jerking on highway. the heater was not working correctly, then consumer noticed the temperature gauge was at the highest temperature possible. consumer took vehicle to a mechanic who took the engine apart, and saw that the head gasket was faulty, then replaced it. there were other problems due to faulty head gasket which all were repaired. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
01/22/200374133204/21/2001
 Took 1995 ford windstar to haldeman ford (this where i purchased the van), because it was overheating, they made the repair which we paid $614.54 and told us that we needed a head gasket, we had an extended warranty for the used vehicle and that was suppose to be included on the warranty, but they told us that because we did not maintenance the car the proper we had to pay for it ourself, and that we had to buy a new engine (not a head gasket like they said at first) and pay out of our pocket $3,000 not including labor. i need to know what steps should we take in order for some one to hear us out. i also have copies of the warranty, receipts for the oil change and the receipt that i had paid for the repair. thank you . *ak
02/04/200478000502/03/2004
 I asked the seller at ford to completely service the van before i would buy it. he said his mechanic would. i checked the van out two weeks later, low on oil, no brake fluid, trans fluid very low, no water hardly at all in receiver, then the starter went out, replaced it no good, replaced switch, no good, brakes gone out, can't keep fluid in systems, engine light came on, emission problems, mechanic stalls for the hour amount, and still can't fix/test ii code. inside lights dim when extra. lights come on. it's a damn piece of junk and they sold us a lemon. i paid over $4,000.00 cash for it, and all they wanted to so was sell it for money. what can i do? it has 72,000 etc mile and now has 82,000. we are both disabled with two kids. we have been screwed. i can get the ford info on the ford windstar 95 3.8 it rattles, water runs out of the exhaust pipe and the converter. i want to sue them, i calld them and they said the hell with you, you bought it as it was. ford products are the worst auto's on the market. we want revenge and all our money back now. avery herring res8cvfs@verizon.net 8284977787. what is next a head gasket? i heard that cost over $1,600.00 to fix. and there are alot of them going out. ford needs to stand behind it's products or get out of the bussiness. i have had my kids tossed to the dash when i step on the brakes before we even get out of our drive way. we wear seatbelts, i wouldn't dare ride in it. it is a death trap tp me.*ak
11/01/2003150000109/11/1997
 In june '99 took van in as per owner notification to have head gasket checked. dealership found nothing. in nov '99 head gasket failed. ford would not do anything. in dec '99 sent letter to tx state atty general consumer division with lists of complaints found on this web site. in feb '00, ford moved warranty up to 100,000 miles and got refund. in may '00 engine failed. in aug '00 ford replaced engine with another 3.8 l. in sept '00 transmission started failing (but noticed problem since day purchased. dealership states problem in all windstars, tauruses, and sables. in feb '03, replaced transmission. in nov '03 head gasket fails again in new motor close to 60,000 miles on this motor. ford will do nothing. seek help through your state atty general consumers affairs office, send copy of letter to ford, your local bbb, detroit bbb, and consumer reports. also, my engine cuts off when taking off after stopped with wheels turned sharply left or right.
10/28/200341000203/29/1995
 While driving vehicle overheated. *ak the temperature gauge kept rising. consumer turned vehicle off and then on again. the temperature gauge raised again. there was a 7 yr. 70k mile warranty but ford would honor it. consumer feels ford should cover the cost of tests, and repairs. *ph
07/14/20031
 Consumer states engine is leaking coolant. dealer notified.*ak
01/02/2003
 We own a 1995 ford windstar va n that had a recall for bad heads & head gaskets. in 2001 the engine blew up,and ford said they would fix it for free. after nearly three to four weeks they gave the van back with a new short block and said it was fixed. it ran alright for about 1 year, then it started not peforming like it should.i changed the spark plugs and that seemed to work. then it got cold this winter, and my wife said she had no heat. i added radiator fluid and it heated up. three days later , she said she had na heat again! i looked up recalls and noticed how many problems ford has had with this model years head gaskets! i called fords 800 number and was told you have no warranty left on your van! they told us it expired after 1 year! i am a retired on disabilty,and cannot afford thousands of dollars in major repairs. what makes it worse is that ford knew about the problems they had with the head gaskets in this model year.i feel totaly ripped off ,because an engine should last longer than just under two years! i have already put more than a thousand dollars into transmission repairs into this vehicle! ford should make good on a problem they knew about,but did not rectify,but rather just repaired the damaged parts,and sent me on my way! the same problem happened again, but now ford refuses to fix it!i am without a car now because of this.
02/23/1999677491
 Ford windstar - 1995 - engine replaced due to head gasket problem at 67,749 miles
07/16/2002309/01/2095
 Engine head gasket replaced at 47,000 miles, engine timing cover gasket replaced at 92,000, engine failed (rod bearings, crankshaft, and rod) shortly thereafter shutting down braking and steering systems in vehicle. have been told this was due to coolant leaking into engine oil system from previously mentioned problems and is being experienced by many owners due to poor engine design. engine failure had the potential to cause accident had the driving situation been different when it occurred.
06/17/2002
 Engine is overheating while driving. dealer was not notified at this time. feel free to provide any further information.*ak
 Vehicle overheated due headgaskets blowing engine. dealer contacted. *ak
04/13/2001
 Ongoing problem with engine overheating while driving, vehicle been to a repairs shop on three occasions, and various parts were replaced. but, problem reoccurred. feel free to provide any further information.*ak
07/18/2001105/21/2001
 There was an anti-freeze smell, dealer installed a clamp on heater hose to intake manifold which was leaking coolant, dealer also replaced cycle switch.*yd
10/01/2001
 Light indicators coming on, loss of coolant and sound ford diagnosed leak of timing chain assembly and bill pierre ford said no leak, no work done.
07/18/2001105/21/2001
 There was an anti-freeze smell, dealer installed a clamp on heater hose to intake manifold which was leaking coolant, dealer also replaced cycle switch.*yd
11/06/200103/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
05/01/19990
 Vehicle would overheat, and using fluids frequently. took to dealer, and they replaced head gasket, but problem still exists. please provide any further information.*ak
09/18/2001107/01/1998
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
05/10/2001104/01/2001
 Brakes have vibrated and noisey shortly after purchase. service centers state nothing is mechanically wrong. 08/22/01, coming back from family trip we experienced a brief roughness of operation and overdrive service light came on. 08/26/01, the vehicle spew white smoke from exhaust, overheated and stalled. everyone i called and all literature show that to be symtoms of head gasket failure. the oil is like coffee with cream in it, indicating that both gaskets have failed. the dealership service center states the recall extension to be expired. the engine date is 10/25/94 and miles are 94516 within the extension guidelines. one dealership states 3 weeks before they could get to it. i have found many summaries and many other people with this same problem. please help me to have ford repair their mistakes.*ak
08/18/2001102/01/1995
 The car got overheated and started throwing lots of smoke through the exhaust system the smoke was with water and some oil,the engine light was on, and the abs light also. *ak
06/01/2001106/01/1998
 I have had a continuing stream of endless repairs to this ford windstar. staring with the water pump one week after purchase; then the left front spring and strut collasped; next the abs system almost cost me my life by failing on a downgrade into an intersection; a compoent of the fuel injection system in the main computer failed; the rear master cylinder on the brakes was leaking; the transmission has never shifted correctly almost giving passengers whiplash; the rear power door lock on the tailgate has just never worked form day one; i did receive a recall for the hood and that was replaced; now the power windows operate without the key in the ignition, but the door locks do not work and the vehicle is totally diabled, it will not start or even try to turn over. i am just a nurse not a millionaire, i have paid almost $5,000.00 in repairs into this vehicle in the 2 1/2 years i have owned it. and now it is dead, leaving me with no transportation to work, my only source of income. please help.
05/10/20010
 Vehice would overheat. consumer took to dealer and they said dealer needed a new motor.*ak
05/22/2001105/01/1997
 Ford refuses to compensate repair beyond 100,000 miles. no safety defect mentioned. *ak
05/01/2000205/01/1998
 Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and vehicle was running hot she was able to pull over to shoulders. a tow truck had to tow the vehicle. dealership was aware of problem.*ak defective head gaskets caused engine failure, consumer is requesting reimbursement due to not being notified of the defective head gaskets. *slc
02/23/2001107/01/1994
 We purchased our ford windstar new in 7/94 (it was anearly 1995 release). problems began immediately with the engine control, door closure sensor, etc. there were also other nuisances such as the suspension that had a banging noise when going over any bump. the door sensors and engine computer were replaced. the suspension problem was never resolved. then before the warranty expired (36,000 miles) there were problems with the check engine light coming on (which it is still on 5 years later). after trips to the dealer and a $500.00 tune-up the engine light problem was supposedly fixed-- which it never was. at that time years ago i told them that the transmission did not seem to shift properly especially when we went on vacation through the mountains. their answer whiule it was under warranty was that the engine was electronic and that if a sensor was bad or the fuel mixture was not proper it would cause that to happen. they said that the sensors did not indicate a transmission problem. we, however, knew that something was wrong. the car progressively became worse , but again the only thing they could find is that the engine indicated that it was running too lean. the check engine lights came on and eventually would go off, but this happened more frequently. finally, the car became unreliable, and we again took it to the dealer. they said that they would check the engine head gasket. sure enough it was going bad! they estimated to fix it would cost $2000+ i said that my concern was also that the transmission was perhaps in failure also. they said that again they didn't think so. with all of the problems, i was hesitant to pay that much too fix the head gasket. i then asked if ford warranty would pick up any of the cost. after talking to numerous people the answer was, no! shortly, thereafter, the engine failed and i had it towed to an independant mechanic who agreed to fix it for $800-900. since that time the engine has never been the sam
05/14/19972
 Water pump failed 2 times, front timing cover failed, and the oil pump had to be sealed. *slc
01/15/20011
 While making a right turn at 5 mph front left coil spring broke, causing front end to drop. dealer has been contacted.*ak the coil spring breaking damaged the strut and velocity axles. the vehicle was leaking coolant due to water pump failure. *yh
12/14/2000104/01/1999
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
11/01/2000105/01/1999
 Transmission: vehicle hesitates and has difficulty shifting up; engine revs up while attemting to upshift; must back off on accelerator pressure to baby it into shifting up; when slowing vehicle down, it downshifts with a clunk; sometimes gets stuck in park position; overdrive light blinks on and off for long periods of time. engine cooling system: overheating; interior heating system inoperable; pipe of thin metal continually ruptures causing coolant and water to spew out. engine: vehicle sometimes stalls when slowed down to turn a corner or to stop; vehicle sometimes won't start for five minutes or more after it has been started, run for two or three minutes and turned off. *ak
01/05/200102/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
1
 Temperature gauge would go up/down. would add freeon to try to correct. had map sensor changed. vehicle was leaking fluid. there was liquid in the exhaust pipe (antifreeze). been in contact with the dealer & manufacturer. was informed that program, which was for 7 years, and unlimited mileage from date of vehicle's manufacturer, has expired & nothing could be done. vehicle was not beyond the 7 year limit. *ak
05/14/2000108/01/1995
 Headgasket replaced under recall. water pump gasket replaced at owner cost. vehicle is now running poorly (suspect same failure or failed engine crank and bearings) and leaking oil from main seal. another 1000 dollar repair according to dealer.
11/27/2000107/01/2000
 Head gasket went out along with the starter & believed to be water pump also went out..all with in 2 days....no notice at all engine light came on when gasket blew.covered with a lot of smoke which filled my whole backyard.i turmed the van off and it would not start...i contacted paydays south where i purchased the van when they directed me to ricart ford in columbus,ohio.they had believed it was still covered under factory warranty.i spoke with a kevin daniels at ricart who was very nice and is going to set up a appt for us....also when we replaced the starter..we attempted to start the van and it made two very loud clanking noises.which left me very concerned about the damages done to the engine.
07/04/2000207/01/1998
 This will be the 3rd engine within a year for this van. we can't afford to do this again and we need help. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
 Water pump and transmission failed due to cracked forward piston which was made out of aluminium, causing vehicle to jerk and slow down speed. also, engine blewout about 1 week after transmission was replaced due to head gasket.*ak
10/09/1998107/03/1998
 Head gasket, timimg cover gasket and water pump gasket failed. *et
06/18/2000101/01/1995
 Brought car to bell ford on 10/3/00 for recall service repair after local svc mechanic indicated engine problem is one that ford initiated a recall for in may 2000. bell refused due to current mileage of 106000 on vehicle exceeding recall limitation of 100000, and repair deadline of 10/1/00. ford refuses to cover the $1400-1500 repair under the recall. we had never received a recall notice, although ford insists that they sent us one in may 2000.
04/01/20000
 Engine check light came on, temperature gauge flew up, anti freeze had mixed with oil, and ruined the engine.*ak
106/01/1994
 The timing cover gasket is leaking anti-freeze according to dealer. will cost between $650 and $850 (depending on dealer) to replace gasket. dealer explained that if leak becomes internal, engine may be harmed.
108/27/1996
 Water pump seal failed resulting in short block replacement, which caused the vehicle to stall and surge several times. nlm
106/05/1995
 Water pump leaked. yh
08/10/2000108/01/2000
 Coolant has possibly leaked via the head gasket to the oil system and therefore main engine may be ruined.
01/01/1995
 Ford has made good on the repair by reimbursement under onp. no safety defect listed for above vehicle. *ak
03/01/200003/01/1998
 My van first lost its heater so we replaced the thermostat. when that didn't fix the problem, we replaced the water pump. we took the van to the local dealership after receiving the recall and was told there were too many miles on the van to fix it. we told them not to do any chargeable work to the van, they did anyway. they charged us $49 to look at 3 of the check engine codes. this van has had numerous problems since i bought it from chilton's auto sales in eden, nc. the lights stay on, the door ajar light staying on not to mention the annoying beeping that accompanies these lights. we finally took the fuse and some bulbs out to keep the lights from running down my battery. head gaskets are supposed to last the life of a vehicle and since all the other parts of the van seem to be getting along good i don't think my van's life is over no matter how many miles it has on it. thanks for any help *ak
05/18/200005/01/1996
 No summary listed fro above vehicle. *ak
1
 A hose clamp had become loosened resulting in a lower radiator leak. nlm
02/04/2000104/01/1994
 Blown head gasket; 2.5 months later, bad water pump and transmission overhaul needed. *ak
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
12/30/19991
 Engine cooling system failed. yh
04/06/2000106/01/1997
 Common problem with this model...ford will not pay for repair because of mileage. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
01/22/20001
 The engine coolant is leaking. yh
08/26/19983
 Recall repair was not done due to faulty diagnosis (sensors replaced), vehicle continued to overheat and then recall repair completed, however vehicle sustained damage to engine from extensive time of overheating and faulty diagnosis. *mjs 98m01
03/12/2000101/01/1997
 I had this windstar towed to whitehead ford in panama city fla. they checked it out and said it would cost $1410.00 to fix and it was not covered under warranty because it was 216 miles over the 100000 mile 7 year ext. waranty . it seem to me that ford has known about this problem for several years . and i think ford should refund me my money back. who should i contact before i take this matter to court . thanks. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak( dot number: n/a tire size: n/a )
03/11/200012/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
03/11/200012/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
03/11/200012/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
703/09/1997
 Water pump leaks coolant and timing case cover leaks antifreeze. cause unknown. other failures include left and right tie rods, ignition key lock, a/c, and head gasket. *ak *ml
02/29/20000
 While driving engine could heat up at any speed. consumer has to turn vehicle off for it to cool off, then restart it. *ak
12/30/1998203/19/1995
 Timing cover gasket failed and replaced as stated in the recall notice 98m01, however one year later extensive replacement to engine gaskets and thermostat which should have been included in the recall replacement, inadequate recall repair for failure. *mjs
08/26/1998203/16/1995
 Vehicle experienced failure of the recall component (engine head gasket), the sensors were replaced prior to head gasket repair (98m01), however due to overheating and failure of the head gasket the engine was severely damaged. *mjs (attorney for consumer).
01/30/2000102/01/1998
 Problem is so well know...ford is warning dealers on trade-ins.no safety defect listed in the summary. *ak
12/12/199904/13/1998
 Temperature indicator light came on, and anti-freeze came out and spilled throughout the reservoir, causing vehicle to overheat. took vehicle to dealer, found blown head gasket. vehicle is out of warranty and owner will have to pay for repairs. *ak *ml
112/16/1999
 Water pump failed. yh
01/28/2000011/01/1999
 While driving engine overheated without a reason; no leaks of anti-freeze, and the weather was in single digits. *ak *ml
01/10/2000105/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
03/22/1999209/01/1997
 12-13-99 till 12-30-99 no heat leaking anti-freeze, replaced watter pump 373.97 take van back in then need another new engine, but ford said the maker of the engine would only replace head gaskets. *ak
09/01/1998
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
11/30/199904/01/1994
 This vehicle has had problem from the day we purchased. most recently, it is currently at dlrship for service due to engine overheating, just short of van catching fire. prior to this, we had to replace the transmission (approx. 1 1/2- 2yrs. ago). at this point, we are truly concerned about the safety of this vehicle even after repair.
12/02/1999107/01/1996
 No summary
06/15/199905/01/1997
 Though beyond ford's 60k mile extension, teh service attendant told me that the cracked head casuing the rough ride and coolant leak could have happened many weeks if not months before it got so bad that my wife noticed a problem. the vehicle may have been much closer to the 60,000 mile mark when the damage occurred, though we didn't get it to the shop unitl 70,000. though no one was injured, the potential for injury was great, i think. if my wife hadn't noticed the coolant level indicator, a much more terrible problem could have happened, not to mention the danger of this problem causing my wife and two young daughters to be stranded along a highway many miles from home at the time.
110/01/1996
 Engine cooling system failed. nlm
04/28/1999112/01/1996
 April 1999, vehicle was taken to bob tomes ford in mckinney since the engine was smoking. the head gasket was replaced at a cost of $1001. a letter from ford indicating possible failure of the head gasket had been received 1 year earlier, but the dealer indicated that the gasket did not need replaced. when it did fail, we were past the 60,000 miles indicated by ford as covered under warranty. since there was still smoke coming from the vehicle, it was taken back to the dealer (bob tomes). they indicated that the transmission needed replaced. since they had initially said that the smoking was due to the head gasket, we sought a second opinion at a local transmission shop (economy transmissions of mckinney). they replaced the transmission at a cost of $1353 (05/07/99). approximately 1.5 months later, the torque converter in the transmission failed. then approximately 1 month later, the torque converter failed again and had to be replaced. since then, i've noticed these same two problems listed on several web bulletin boards associated with the 1995 ford windstar minivan. in fact, 2 class action lawsuits are being prepared to bring against ford at this time. i will probably submit my name to those lawyers. (see www.cartrackers.com/forums under lemons or minivans). obviously, this site has over 2,000 complaints listed for this particular vehicle. in comparison, my 1992 toyota celica has just over 50 complaints listed. it would seem like ford has known about these 2 problems for a long time and has continued to ignore the complaints. many people who have contacted their customer service personnel have been very disappointed at the lack of cooperation received. i will register a complaint with them, although i sincerely doubt that it will be of much value. this is a case where our government could be of extreme value to the consumer. please do what's right and necessary. thank-you.
10/03/1999204/01/1995
 Driving at average highway speed. sudden loss of engine power with excessive engine vibration. engine began overheating with excessive amounts of white smoke from exhaust system. *ak
 While driving vehicle engine overheated and vapors from the coolant came into the passenger compartment. also, vehicle's engine started stuttering. this was due to blown engine head gasket. dealer has vehicle now. *ak
10/17/1999101/01/1995
 No summary.
110/01/1995
 I had received the extended warranty notice from ford stating they had a problem with premature failure of the head gaskets on the 95 windstar. the letter stated the warranty was only extended to 60,000 miles or 5 years. my van started overheating whenever i would drive it. i re-plenish the antifree several times. the check engine light came on and it had a heavy exhaust. i thought at first it was a sensor going bad but when i took it to the shop to be checked. they informed me the head gaskets were blown. i contacted a local ford dealership. they told me they could not fix the problem since i had over 60,000 miles on the car, even though it was less than 5 years old. they gave me ford customer service's number to call. i spoke to them and they said they could not fix the problem because the warranty had expired. i could understand this problem if i had abused the van. however, i kept the maintenace up on it. i think ford should be made to recall the 1995 ford windstar to correct this problem.
09/15/1999108/01/1999
 No summary.
09/11/1998202/01/1995
 The head gasket has blown twice in 53 weeks, and from what i have seen on the web this is not an isolated incident.
09/22/1999111/01/1995
 No summary.
06/02/1999112/01/1994
 Timing cover gasket & seal failure and cylinder head gaskets failure at 48,834 miles. symptoms were hesitation/jerking when accelerating & coolant loss. both failure symptoms began at the same time, increasing in frequency for 1-2 weeks until engine warning light came on. vehicle was in for routine maintenance, including cooling system flush/coolant replacement about 2 months prior to failure, & no problem was identified at that time. dealer covered cost of cylinder head gasket replacement, but did not cover timing cover gasket & seal replacement($708.61). appealed to corporate level, asking if the coolant leakage might be the root cause of the known cylinder head gasket problem, but they refused reimbursement, saying both failures were independent. i find it oddly coincidental & hard to believe that both problems initiated at the same time, but are unrelated.
09/23/1999106/01/1995
 Head gasket went out. it was replaced with recall. rear hatch lock acuator broke not fixed yet. windshield washer works only after it is pushed repeatedly about 20 times, not fixed yet. i'm tird of spending money on a 4 year old $25000.00 car.
09/01/1998205/01/1997
 In researching defect found in the ford winstar, i have found numerous complaints by other owners about transmission failure. i have spoken with my local ford dealer about this problem and he has acknowledged numerous (more than normal) failures in this model. transmission failure is a safety related issue as the vehicle failed during driving on a busy interstate and had to be quickly driven off the freeway under limited power across several lanes of traffic.
03/15/1999101/01/1995
 No summary
04/23/1999104/01/1995
 I would appreciate your looking into all of the defects concerning the 95 windstar. ford is taking no responsibility and this seems to be a huge problem considering all of the people that i am finding out are having the same problem. even though there was no accident involved, breaking down in the middle of traffic, or having your engine die while on the interstate is a serious safety issue! i would really appreciate any help that you could give to me and all ford windstar owners! thank you!
06/23/1999106/01/1998
 No summary
06/04/1999110/01/1996
 Ford had extended warranty coverage to 12/98- they knew they sold faulty product (again like pinto) now will not fix it. *ak
08/13/1998304/01/1998
 Cooling system and head gasket related failures in 1995 ford windstars are common from 35 to 70k and result in major repair expenses. *ak
04/10/1998107/01/1996
 Ford extended warranty on this failure until dec '98. failed 4/99. no safety defect indicated. *ak
04/08/1999107/01/1996
 Ford was aware of this problem and extended warranty coverage to 1/99.
03/06/1998108/01/1997
 In august of 1997 i purchased a used ford windstar from robin ford in glenolden,pa. i traded in my 91 ford topaz. the mileage on the windstar when purchased was 28,853. in september of 1997 i took the windstar in to ford in hazelton to flush and fill radiator, and a new fuel filter. at that time i was having problems with my doors sticking. they lubed cylinder. in december of the same year, i took it back to have all locks replaced, have a recall done, oil change and filter, and at that time i informed them that i was smelling anti-freeze, to please look into it. they checked for leaks and loose hoses, and found nothing. even though i continued to smell it, they told me that they could find nothing. in march of 98 i complained of my windows fogging, again. they told me there was no leaks that they could see.they installed new head gaskets oil and filter two plugs. i also had an inspection done and an alignment. things seemed to be okay to me. then i started smelling anti-freeze again, and went back to tell them that there was something wrong. when they checked it they found that the gaskets had not set right. and that they would have to replace them again. that was in febuary of this year. also had a state inspection done. although i did not have to pay for the gaskets i did have to pay for a head cover, because they told me that was separate from the gaskets. i picked my car on the 26th of febuary that was a friday, and by monday morning i was back telling them that i still smelled anti-freeze, and that the car was not running properly, that it felt as if it wanted to stall, everytime i stopped or put in reverse. i was told that the computer would have to relearn itself??????? and that i probably would smell anti-freeze for awhile. then this past weekend i had to take my son to visit with a friend, and the car seemed to not have any pickup, and it started to stall, it would stall when i came to a stop, or tried to park it, when i was sitting at a light it. *ak
5
 Coolant leakage is causing engine head gaske/timing belt and water gasket to fail. dealer cannot determine what is causing the coolant leakage. *ak
03/27/1999
 While driving at any speed vehicle stalls/ overheats, and the temperature gauge will go up to high. also, engine check light keeps coming on. consumer just got the vehicle out of the repair shop, and the same problems have reoccurred. *ak
03/24/1999109/01/1994
 Ford is aware that this part is defective. refuses to compensate.
11/28/199703/01/1996
 Initially, the problem was a loss of coolant and an inability of the heater to produce hot air. after a trip to the dealer, we were told that the timing cover, water pump and head gaskets had leaked, and replacing the gaskets would cure the problem. within 500 miles, out of state, the engine knocked horribly, then stalled. we had the van towed to mock ford in grant's pass, oregon. after an engine teardown, we were notified that a rod bearing had spun, seizing the engine. ford in oregon wouldn't help us, ford in california wouldn't talk to ford in oregon and henry curtis wouldn't help us. subsequently, ford has had a recall on the head gaskets and we've gotten a refund for the gaskets. since the replacement gaskets blew and damaged the engine, i tend to feel ford should cover the replacement or repair of the engine. henry curtis has refused to cooperate with us, and ford's warranty reps won't talk with us. i'm aware of the numerous similar windstar problems, and i invite you to browse www.cartrackers.com/forums/mechgoblins/html *ak
02/20/1999106/01/1996
 No summary
02/01/1999103/01/1998
 Leak of coolant in head gasket caused fluid to enter engine block causing damage to bearings and valves
07/01/1994
 Transmissions has been always a problem. when the vehicle was new it was taken several times to the dealer that after it is placed on park, thethere is a play of about 3 -4 inches and the vehicle moves forward by 3 - 4 inches. was told that is the design of this type of transmission from ford. was not satisfied at all. all along problems with this transmission. finally it gave way at 49, 000 miles. had a rebuilt installed and that too gave way at 61k. now a blown head gasket at 65k. other numerous electrical problems to list. ford is ripping off consumers.
08/15/199805/20/1994
 Head gasket failed prior to recall. also, water pump and engine piston rod bearings #2,5 and 6 replaced.
02/15/1997109/01/1995
 On the cylinder head gasket issue, i received a letter from ford last may 1998 and took the vehicle to the dealer to have it inspected. i was told that they check the vehicle and there was no problem with the gasket. now i am face with major repairs on the engine. the fuel tank is extremely slow filling. i fear a potential fire or explosion related to the fuel filler issue. the transmission groans mostly in the morning and at times does not engage in drive or reverse. also the form wheel bearings failed early in the vehicles life , another expensive repair was necessary. there is no temperature control to modify the rear heater temperature.
02/08/1999108/01/1996
 This is a known defect and the manufacture refuses to cover the cost of repair
01/15/199905/01/1995
 This is an on going defect that ford has been aware of and refuses to fix. it has been in the process of failing since the engine was built!
10/12/19971
 When driving at 40 mph and without prior warning the vehicle overheated, lost power, and shut down,causing the consumer to pull over to the side of the road and wait to start the vehicle back up. when starting the vehicle i back up, the vehicle overheated again and cut back off. consumer is also having problems with the windshield wipers, the transmission was replaced at 40,000 miles,the new transmission began to slip because of a blown head gasket and the dealer can not determined the problem's. *ak *jg
12/14/19981002/01/1995
 Ford is aware of defective trasmissions in '95 windstar. car lurches forward after not accelerating from a stop position, could cause accident if another car were in front, slipping transmission at 50,000 is unconscionable. dealer checked and said i would have to have a new transmission installed at $2,400. check online under ford windstar automatic transmission problems there are thousands of cusotmers with transmissions and head gaskets blowing at very low milage. is there a class action suit regarding this defect? apparently, ford is aware of the problem but won't do a recall because it's too expensive. i am single mom with 3 children whom i must drive to and from school every day and i am very concerned about our safety. please help me! according to other owners, after their transmissions began to slip, it was only weeks before the whole thing blew. i do not have the money to buy a new transmission. ford should do something. *ak strater faile at 55,955 miles. the vehicle would not start numerous times. abs light stays on due to master cylinder failure. loud noise in front suspension due to struts failure. brakes make grinding noise. serpentine belt failed. temprature guage running hot because of temprature sensor failure. the consumer states that the vehicle is a lemon and should be recalled. *yh
10/18/1998101/01/1995
 Same problem exists on my 1994 ford taurus, vin# 1falp5244rg231435
11/01/1998
 Summary not provided by consumer.
10/09/199807/03/1998
 Engine head gasket/water pump seals, and timing chain and gear failed.
 Water pump was leaking which caused water to get into head gasket of engine, resulting in a blown head gasket
 Driving at 35-40 mph, water pump was leaking water onto engine, causing head gasket to blow up, and vehicle to make loud noise. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - FAN
09/01/1996
 Fan control module and radiator fan motor burned out. rebuilt engine and hugo sensors. frequent stalling. rear wiper motor, water pump, starter and fuel pump replaced.
4
 Enigine motor blower fan has been replaced four times for a ticking sound that it stills makes. dealer has been contacted. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - HOSE
02/05/20011
 The head gasket and timinig cover leaked as stated in the manufacturers warranty, upon removal of the two components the mechanic found that the engine severely sludged and worn, the dip stick and engine coolant tube are corroded, consumer was never notified of the head gasket problems which were the cause of the engine damages. nlm
11/19/199908/01/1994
 Several minor engine components (o2 sensors, coolant lines, computer, rough running engine, check engine light coming on & off) failed over a one year period followed by the head gasket failure. after it was repaired, about 100 miles later the engine failed. the oil pressure light came on, the van lost power and the speed started fluctuating. this was on a high speed, but no shoulder bridge, so slowing down could have caused an accident. fortunately it didn't this time. the dealer recommended towing the van to the garage, and after review the engine was recommended to be replaced.*ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
02/29/2000309/16/1995
 While traveling on highway, vehicle started slowing down. consumer was able to pull over to shoulder and oil or antifreeze was leaking from underneath the vehicle. *ak the vehicle has been in for repair three times for a failed gasket. the engine won't heat up properly due to the thermostat being stuck in the open position. new oxygen sensors had to be installed due to being contaminated from the coolant. *jg
 Vehicle would intermittently smoke. it would overheat and empty fluid from radiator. guages never showed that vehicle was overheating. also, driver could smell anti-freeze whenever vehicle would start to overheat. this was all due to faulty head gaskets. *ak
02/02/20011
 Radiator fluid was bubbling over, coming out tailpipe and smoking. head gaskets blew out, and engine has to be replaced because of damage. ford released a warranty extension for head gaskets. there were no prior problem when letter was received. vehicle was to be only brought in when problem occurred. also, letter was based on mileage which vehicle had exceeded at the time of problem. ford was not willing to do anything dealing with letter. rounded off it will be near $4000 damage, to be repaired. *jb
01/01/1997
 I just wanted to find out about a problem that i am having with my 1995 ford windstar. i had it in my local repair shop for have the oil changed when i told them that the temperature gauge had gone crazy that morning. we replaced the thermostat and the radiator cap thinking that might be the problem. the next morning it was doing the same thing so i contacted the repair shop and they got to looking and figured out that the head gasket had broken. i have my car in the shop getting this problem taken care of. i fill that this problem needs to be looked into because i have found out just today that there has been several of these vans headgaskets replaced for the same reason. i know that the taurus & mustang had a recall on these gaskets and that they are the same engine that i have in my windstar (just turned sideways). if you would please just let me know if there is anything that i can do that will keep someone else from getting stuck with a repair bill like i am about to.
01/01/1997
 I just wanted to find out about a problem that i am having with my 1995 ford windstar. i had it in my local repair shop for have the oil changed when i told them that the temperature gauge had gone crazy that morning. we replaced the thermostat and the radiator cap thinking that might be the problem. the next morning it was doing the same thing so i contacted the repair shop and they got to looking and figured out that the head gasket had broken. i have my car in the shop getting this problem taken care of. i fill that this problem needs to be looked into because i have found out just today that there has been several of these vans headgaskets replaced for the same reason. i know that the taurus & mustang had a recall on these gaskets and that they are the same engine that i have in my windstar (just turned sideways). if you would please just let me know if there is anything that i can do that will keep someone else from getting stuck with a repair bill like i am about to.
11/23/2000105/01/1997
 Head gasket went, repaired under warranty but ford will not take responsibility for the radiator or timing cover gasket which are both directly involved in the damage done by the head gasket failure. the radiator is separating at the seams due to fuel getting into it from the blown head gasket and the timing gasket is also damaged by the introduction of fuel into the coolant system. they wanted us to pay $1,400 to fix even though it was the defective head gasket that caused the damage. how can i get them to repair the damage done?
03/01/200003/01/1998
 My van first lost its heater so we replaced the thermostat. when that didn't fix the problem, we replaced the water pump. we took the van to the local dealership after receiving the recall and was told there were too many miles on the van to fix it. we told them not to do any chargeable work to the van, they did anyway. they charged us $49 to look at 3 of the check engine codes. this van has had numerous problems since i bought it from chilton's auto sales in eden, nc. the lights stay on, the door ajar light staying on not to mention the annoying beeping that accompanies these lights. we finally took the fuse and some bulbs out to keep the lights from running down my battery. head gaskets are supposed to last the life of a vehicle and since all the other parts of the van seem to be getting along good i don't think my van's life is over no matter how many miles it has on it. thanks for any help *ak
01/02/19991
 Faulty thermostat caused the check engine light to illuminate. nlm
01/13/19981
 Radiator is leaking. yh
01/20/2000110/01/1999
 I got my 95 windstar from my dad 3 months ago. he had been the sole/original owner. the heat gauge started going way up and then back to normal on jan 20, 2000. it would go up and down sometimes 8 times in a 30 minute ride! i checked the easiest, and least expensive things first - engine coolant, radiator, and thermostat. but it kept doing it. finally, on jan 27, 2000 it overheated and stayed hot. i called the local ford dealer (helgesen's of evansville, wi) and they got it in on the following mon. the 31st. they said it was the head gasket and mentioned the recall on it. i talked to my dad, who bought the van new and is very meticulous about saving papers, and maintaining his automobiles. he said that he never got a recall letter on it and certainly would have had it checked out if he had. in fact, when i got the van from him, he gave me his whole file of info on it, which consisted of the original sales & order papers, and oil change receipts, but no repairs or recall info of any kind. i will be calling ford tomorrow as i just found a web site with the recall # and phone # on it tonite. obviously, i am not the only one with this problem! thank you for your ear... sue herman
01/20/2000110/01/1999
 I got my 95 windstar from my dad 3 months ago. he had been the sole/original owner. the heat gauge started going way up and then back to normal on jan 20, 2000. it would go up and down sometimes 8 times in a 30 minute ride! i checked the easiest, and least expensive things first - engine coolant, radiator, and thermostat. but it kept doing it. finally, on jan 27, 2000 it overheated and stayed hot. i called the local ford dealer (helgesen's of evansville, wi) and they got it in on the following mon. the 31st. they said it was the head gasket and mentioned the recall on it. i talked to my dad, who bought the van new and is very meticulous about saving papers, and maintaining his automobiles. he said that he never got a recall letter on it and certainly would have had it checked out if he had. in fact, when i got the van from him, he gave me his whole file of info on it, which consisted of the original sales & order papers, and oil change receipts, but no repairs or recall info of any kind. i will be calling ford tomorrow as i just found a web site with the recall # and phone # on it tonite. obviously, i am not the only one with this problem! thank you for your ear... sue herman
12/12/1999
 Experienced problems with temperture gauge going up & down., and blower emittiing cool air instead of heat. vehicle operated very sluggishly. radiator leaked as well. vehicle is being serviced by a ford dealership. dealer informed consumer that the engine head gasket had blown out, and there was a service program for the some make and models. since vehicle had exceeded mileage requirment, consumer would have to pay for repairs. *ak
12/27/199903/01/1995
 Head gasket failure diagnosed after coolant loss, two thermostats replaced in 9 months, engine miss at idle, check engine light on, and inability to remove number 4 spark plug. estimate cost to repair $2126.60. not covered by the extended ford warranty to 60,000 miles.
11/19/1999105/01/1997
 I gradually lost my heat. i had taken my minivan to have a thermostat replaced the week before because that's what i thought the problem was. i had already sunk $75.00 into it before i took it into the ford dealership becasue the problem was still happening. it continued to overheat after the thermostat was installed. i paid approximately $1000.00 right before christmas to have my head gasket replaced. i was really in a bind for christmas this year having to pay for my van. i alos was without transportation for a week. i have three children to transport to and from school and all their sports events. i was inconvienced for an entire week. ford offered me a rental , but i would still have to pay. i declined. i have written to ford customer service and gotten a response. they are not willing to help me in the least bit financially. *ak
10/15/1999
 While driving on the highway engine check light kept coming on. vehicle began to overheat and water came out of tailpipe. also leaking radiator fluid on the engine block and heater, creating toxic gases inside the vehicle. contacted the dealer not under extended warranty. *ak
07/01/1999106/18/1998
 Engine overheating due to faulty thermostat. mjs
09/01/1994
 Ford will not recognize there is an engine problem with the first year model of this vehicle. the ford dealer said it would cost $1500 to have spark plug wires, oxygen sensor, thermostat, and head gaskets replaced. *ak
11/19/1999110/01/1996
 Coolant system problems since vehicle was purchased - sensors, radiator, head gasket. i thought i received a recall concerning head gasket in 1998 from ford - when i went to the dealer i was told to come back when the head gasket failed. the dealer kept the letter that i received from ford despite two attempts of having it returned. a year or so later the head gasket failed ,and i was told by ford that the head gasket was not covered by a recall, but was under a warranty extension. (i was not told this by the dealer in 1998) now the vehicle is past the alleged warranty extension, and ford will not address my problem further. apparently the radiator is poorly designed. it's cheaper for me to have it replaced under a third party warrenty than have it flushed only to clog again. i purchased the vehicle in october 1996 and have replaced the front tires in 1997, 1998 and 1999. *ak
08/07/1999208/01/1994
 Engine overheated. at 82,904 miles, dealer replaced thermostat and head gasket on 8/7/99. on 10/29/99 with 86,411 miles in rush hour traffic, the engine just stalled on us75 n. dealer now states that engine is blown and needs to be replaced.
09/01/1996
 Fan control module and radiator fan motor burned out. rebuilt engine and hugo sensors. frequent stalling. rear wiper motor, water pump, starter and fuel pump replaced.
11/04/1997407/01/1995
 Since 1997 we have replaced 4 heater cores, 2 radiators, head gaskets twice, we are facing repairs again only a few weeks after replacing the 3rd heater core. damage unknown at this time. we wish to sell this minivan, but feel it would be unfair to burden an unsuspecting consumer with this poorly designed vehicle. *ak
08/07/1999109/01/1995
 On 12/21/98 (50,795 miles), our windstar had been bucking and began overheating. we had the transmission serviced, the thermostat replaced, and the coolant flushed. on 12/27/98 we began to emit white smoke from the exhaust. the following day it was towed to ford which replaced a blown head gasket under recall. however, we had to replace with a re-built transmission at a cost of $1,993 since we were over 50,000 miles. a transmission leak repaired on 5/17-18/99 (56,866 miles) under warranty. on 8/7/99 we had our gas tank replaced at a cost of $445 due to what the technician called a stress fracture - an inherent defect.
07/13/1999105/01/1995
 First over-heating problem was taken to thornton ford on 4/23/99 @ 57,687 miles and radiator was diagnosed as half plugged by thornton on 5/28/99 (~59,600 miles). radiator replaced on 6/8/99 and both oxygen sensors replaced on 7/1/99. head gasket problem finally diagnosed on 7/13/99 at 62,144 miles. did not receive a copy of the extended warranty letter for service program no/ 98m01. dealer only paid one-half of head gasket repair because the car was now over 60,000 miles allowed on the extended coverage.
02/04/1999105/01/1995
 Car first ran hot on 2/4/99. ford would not pay since it was out of warranty. had an independent to replace the head gaskets. picked up car - car ran bad. returned car to garage was told that crankshaft and crankshaft bearings were bad. elected to replace the engine in lieu of repairing. car ok for 3 months. ran hot again. replaced thermostat. continued to run hot. took it to hillard ford in arlington tx. hillard checked it out for a week. could not get it to overheat but replaced spark plugs and an ignition module. have had car for 3 days. car overheated, again. haven't had a chance to identify the problem, but is a continual problem with the windstar. *ak
04/14/1999
 Vehicle overheated while driving 65mph and was making weird noises. gauge indicated overheating. pulled into gas station. after vehicle been restarted & downshifted, white smoke appeared in rear. had vehicle towed to dealer next day *ak
03/16/1999106/01/1994
 My windstar recent engine failure was preceeded by the check engine warning indicator coming on as i was driving the vehicle. i pulled off the road to investigate. upon opening the hood i was immediately exposed to a dousing of both boiling water & steam escaping from the radiator overflow reservoir which overflowed itself from the head gasket malfunction. i received painful burns on both my hands and face. *ak
12/22/1998105/01/1995
 On 12/22/98 vehicle overheated. took vehicle to the closest service station for fear of damaging the engine. the service station replaced the thermostat. car overheated again, immediately took the vehicle to the shop that replaced the thermostat. upon hearing head gasket remembered the warranty letter. took car to dealer for repairs, but dealer said ford would not cover. the condition described in the letter was indeed exhibited within the extended warranty period, but ford refused three times to back extended warranty.
03/10/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket/radiator/thermostat and heater core failed.
03/10/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket/radiator/thermostat and heater core failed.
01/31/1996110/21/1994
 Radiator failed, causing driver to smell antifreeze.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
12/16/2009140000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1995 ford windstar. while driving 40 mph she noticed that the brake light appeared on the dashboard and that the temperature gauge had risen; within a few minutes, an explosion occurred in the vehicle causing black smoke to fill the interior of the vehicle. the vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. the next morning, the contact heard an explosion outside of her home and noticed that the front end of the vehicle was on fire. the fire department extinguished the fire. the vehicle has not been diagnosed for the failure. the contact previously noticed that the vehicle was making a squealing sound moments before the brake light appeared on the dashboard. the current and failure mileages were 140000.
06/14/20042
 I purchased a 1995 ford windstar from a private owner who reported no problems with it. after owning it for about 1 year, the engine began to run roughly. shortly after, it would stall out if idling and i noticed the smell of gasoline. i took it to a repair and they told me it was shooting raw fuel out of the exhaust. i replace the computer module, two blown open fuel injectors, the spark plugs and the wires. they said that should correct the problem. two months later the exact same thing happened again. this time it was suggested that the entire engine be replaced along with a new computer module. i donated the vehicle to a group listing all the items that were recommended to be fixed. we do not miss our blow up mobile. *tr
06/03/2005406/03/2005
 Dt: the contact owned a 1995 ford windstar. the contact purchased the vehicle on june 3, 2005 and the odometer read 59,000 miles. contact ran a car fax report, and in the year 2000 the report was showing 100,300 miles on the vehicle. also, the vehicle was not drivable because the transmission, head gasket, and fuel injection broke. she spoke with the dealership, and stated when they sold the van for someone else they would try to get contact money back. *ak
02/01/20053
 Dt: took vehicle to dealer to be serviced in february 2005. dealer told consumer motor mount was bad. the motor mount was replaced. 3 days later the new motor mount failed. took vehicle back to service department and it was replaced. was able to drive vehicle afterwards, but currently the motor mount broke again. *ak front motor mount had to be replaced. *tt *nm
03/01/20054
 Defective 1995 ford windstar with recurrent mechanical malfunction. *bf the transmission was replaced soon after the vehicle was purchased. the consumer experienced an engine knock for the 3rd time which was due to a mechanical malfunction. *jb
08/25/2004650003008/25/2004
 1995 windstar with 3.8v6. head gasket leak. have researched online and came across scores of this problem and have seen that many of these issue were reolved at no charge because it is a manufacturing defect. i am wondering if this is so and how do i present this to the ford repair people. thank you for your time and consideration sincerely, james haugh. *ak
06/23/20041
 Problems with head gaskets, transmission, and faulty brakes on 1995 ford windstar.*mr *jb
03/03/2004128000110/28/1997
 I want to complaint on the ford windstar headgasket/engine. 4 time repair now again need repair and ford is refusing to fix it unless i pay 4100.00 *la
01/01/19011
 Consumer wanted to know if there are any pending class action suits against ford motor company regarding engine and transmission problems with 1995 ford windstar. *la *sc *jb
05/10/2004125000104/10/2000
 Water in oil due to blown head gasket. on a 1995 ford winstar.*ak
05/11/200483028102/07/1998
 The engine head gasket cracked and the anti-freeze went into the motor and the vehicle stopped running on mother's day. previously, the vehicle had no power and anti-freeze was seen coming from the exhaust. the consumer could not drive the vehicle so he had it towed to the dealer who told the consumer that he had a cracked engine head and it would cost the consumer approximately $2000.00 because there was no recall on the problem. *ak *sc *jb
04/29/2003758041
 Fwd let to regional administrator (region 9) on behalf of dolores & ira dahm (ca) re defective engine head gasket for a 1995 ford windstar, requests a defect investigation, reply attn. joan b. paredes@ san francisco ofc. *ph *jb *sc
03/09/2004103/07/2004
 1995 ford windstar overheating - blown head gasket. *ak
02/03/2004303/13/2000
 Consumer stated that brakes were defective. a couple of times, almost did not stop at a stop sign, vehicle kept going even when he kept pumping the brakes. consumer took vehicle to the mechanic, and mechanic determined that a cylinder was missing in the motor. also, mechanic told consumer that calipers and rotors needed to be replaced. consumer insisted that brakes/calipers, and rotors were replaced, but brakes still did not work properly. then, consumer received a recall notice. took vehicle to the dealer,and left vehicle at dealers. 20 minutes later, mechanic called consumer and stated there was nothing wrong with vehicle. *ak *mr
01/15/20045
 My winstar has 144,000 miles on it and i have just replaced the head gaskets for the fifth time. they blow every 25,000 - 30,000. this last replacement cost me almost 1,800 dollars. ford put a remanufactured engine in it after the fourth time and 25,000 miles later they blew again. ford says there is nothing they will do. i know this has been a major problem with the 95 windstars. is there anything i can do. five sets of head gaskets is a bit extreme. *jb
01/17/2004101000103/01/1998
 The head gasket on the ford windstar 1995 3.8 liter engine has a design flaw and is likely to blow out. this leads to engine heating and damage. the repair costs for changing the head gasket is over $1000. engine repair/replacement is much higher. *la
12/24/20021
 Just like everyone else, my 1995 ford windstar blew the head gasket. the car only had 56,200 miles on it. why isn't ford being forced to do something about this?*ak
10/01/20011180002
 Consumer was complaining about an engine head gasket problem. vehicle was running hot, and was no longer under warranty. however, head gaskets were replaced in october 2001, and 700 miles later head gaskets failed again.*ak
11/26/2003101000105/25/1995
 Ford knew windstar 1995 model's had head gasket problems and have extended warranty twice, from 3 years or 36,000 miles to 5 years or 60,000 miles and finally to 7 years or 100,000 miles. why stop at 7 years or 100,000 miles for a know defect? how did ford determine that they were only responsible for this problem up to 7 years or 100,000 miles of use? ford gives the impression that their customers should not expect their vehicles to last longer although blown head gasket is a major defect and they have admitted this since june 1998 and possibly knew earlier. *la
11/25/2003660001
 While driving at a normal speed the head gasket blew without warning. the vehicle was towed to the dealer and they replaced the engine. please provide any further information. *nlm
10/29/2003650001
 While driving 45 mph head gasket failed at 65,000 miles. *ak
09/23/2003100300112/01/1997
 My 1995 ford windstar gasket has blown for the second time. the last time it blew in 2001, ford finally replaced my engine, after fighting for 2 months, as the faulty part blew the engine. ford also at this time extended the owner notification gasket problem (#98m01) from 60,000 to 100,000. now,only 2 years later, the gasket has blown again, and ford again refuse to claim responsibility as my odomoeter reads 103,000, only 3,000 miles over the cut-off, but my engine is only 2 yers old. this part is the problem and ford put it in and ford should fix it. *ak
09/01/199823450112/29/1994
 Vehicle transmission went out on 1995 windstar.*mr when starting up vehicle the van was engulfed in white smoke. the consumer was informed that engine needed to be replaced, water had leaked through the head gasket destroying the engine. *ts *jb
1030001
 The vehicle was riding rough and idling high. the driver noticed white smoke coming out of the tailpipe. dealer was aware of the problem, who stated it was a blown head gasket. please provide any further information. *jb
08/01/200375000202/01/2002
 Problems with vehicle's head gasket.*mr the engine head gasket blewout twice*ts *jb
09/14/2003660002
 While driving various speeds and without warning vehicle would overheat because head gasket blew, causing cold air to come out of the heater. had taken vehicle to dealership, but the problem has not been resolved.*ak
09/08/200311600008/08/2003
 Ford windstar: head gasket failed.
61349608/30/1994
 Engine failed twice due to a faulty head gasket. also, original automatic transmission failed and was rebuilt. about two years later, transmission failed and the dealer replaced it with a new transmission. another two years later, the transmission failed again and was rebuilt. the cause of the failures was not determined. *ak the recalled engine blew and the manifold gasket blew. when the consumer contacted ford they stated they couldn't do anything right now but would notify them later and maybe they could help. consumer had two windows that didn't go up or down - replaced $412.34. both tie rods were replaced. *ph *jb
09/12/2003108000106/05/2003
 My 1995 windstar has been diagnosed with a failed head gasket. this vehicle has the 3.8 liter engine. the vehicle has 108,000 miles on it. given the known history of this vehicle, engine and component, i find it unbelievable that ford has not issued a service campaign that would cover this repair for the expected life of the vehicle. or does for expect that the vehicle will only last 100,000 miles? *jb
602001
 Head gaskets blew out while driving due to a manufacturing defect.*ak
08/28/200310203/11/1998
 It's us again!!! on our vacation to ga, about 250 miles or less, our engine check light came on. we went to the nearest ford dealer in lumbngton, nc and had an engine diagnostic done. the ford dealer was said they fixed the problem. codes p1150, p1151, and another code. however the engine check light came on again while in ga and then went off. i called the ford dealership back in nc and he stated that we should be okay and should make it back home safely. on our way back home the check engine came on again aroound nc-va and s no warning lights came on, nor did the engine overheat and it was driving okay. we decided to pull over at a rest stop and thats when the car hesitated to move and then smoke came out from the tailpipe and underneath the hood and leaked out all the transmission fluid including all over the back door and windows was greasy from the leak. . this is the second time something like this has happened to us while driving long distance. thee vans are very unsafe to drive and ford needs to do a recall on these vans. we have put more money into this van then i can imagine in a lifetime. these incidents has also cause us unneccesary strain. in addition, our door ajar lights comes on, cruise control don't work, our gears do not shift correctly and gets stuck between gears, overdrive light starts blinking when we try to use it, the air conditioner makes strange noises when using it and driving,etc. it just does not work. i am very unsatisfied with this van and would appreciate a remedy and prompt solution. this is our only means of transportation and we still owe more than what the vehicle is worht. please help us and contact me when you have receive this. thanks and i look forward to something being done to take care of us ford windstars owners. we would also like reimbursement for our emergency expenses,tow charges to freedom ford from emporia, virginia. we also had our oil changed by freedom ford before we left and a 15 point multi inspection done. *ak
08/23/2003109000105/17/1997
 On june 18, 2001 while on a road trip to visit relatives the car overheated and mr. john campbell from bob bennett ford service department in columbia, sc performed the warranty work to repair the problem. he replaced the cylinder head gaskets. *ak on december 4, 2002 the car again overheated while we were driving on the local toll way and we had the car towed to greenway ford in orlando, fl. mr. josh knowles received the work order to identify why the car overheated. according to invoice c50990 mr. knowles pressure tested the system and no external leaks were found. he test-drove the vehicle and let the vehicle run. no reason could be found for the vehicle to overheat and the coolant to leave the system. the car continued to show temperatures above normal but within the normal range on the temperature gauge. we modified our driving habits to shorter trips around town and this abated much of the raised temperature problem. on august 23, 2003 while we were driving on the highway the car again overheated and we again had the car towed to greenway ford. mr. brad johnson received the work order to identify why the car overheated. according to invoice c85933 the main head gasket was cracked and repair would require a new or rebuilt engine. when i inquired with mr. ron kremer, service manager, about the warranty from the previous time this happened he informed me since the car was driven over 24,000 miles and over 24 months had passed there was nothing he could do. upon further investigation the cooling system overheating and/or loss of coolant in 3.8l engines is a well-known and documented problem. the mitchell repair information company published the issue of coolant may leak from the head gaskets and/or the vehicle may overheat in a technical service bulletin dated march 2, 1998 pertaining to 3.8l engines in 1995 ford windstars.
07/29/2003104/01/2001
 While driving and with no warning, the left rear axle snapped. the dealer was notified. *ak *scc the consumer also stated the vehicle had engine problems in the past. *jb
06/28/2003130141305/15/2001
 This is in referance to odi number 10030637 i have drained the oil out of the engine and have found aluimum shavings in the oil, this is a rebuilt engine with just 45,797 miles on it and i had this problem fo a whilethis is a lemon of a vecheil and i hope that the ford motor company will fix this engine as i have taken very good care to change the oil when needed at about 3,000 miles every time and it only had 50 miles on the rebuilt engine on it so i think that 45,797 mile is not enough milage to need a engine to do this.ws. *ak
07/21/2003190000202/10/2003
 1995 windstar lx transmission failure and head gasket failure three weeks apart. *ak
07/09/20031
 Consumer states that while driving and without warning head gasket blew, causing the consumer to pull over. dealer notified. *ak
07/03/200257206209/30/1994
 Our 1995 ford windstar with only 57,000 miles on it experienced an engine failure while we were on a family vacation hundreds of miles from home. the engine had to be replaced due to the premature failure of a faulty head gasket that caused coolant to leak into the engine. we had no warning or overheating before the engine failed. we had previously experienced some coolant leakage and had the timing cover gasket fail also. our van was no longer covered by the 100,000 mile or 7 year ford service program by several months even though we had so few miles on it. since then we have learned that this defective gasket and related engine failures are occuring on nearly all 1995 windstars. i believe ford should be required to stand behind their faulty engines for 100,000 miles with no time limit since a properly manufactured engine should last at least that long without a head gasket failure.*ak
12/04/20027000011/24/1994
 The head gasket on my 1995 windstar failed after just 70,000 miles; ford has refused to help me since it failed in december 2002 and i have owned the car for 8 years. since coolant has leaked into the engine, the ford mechanic has recommended a new engine which costs $4600. *nlm
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 The head gasket had blown and was been a problem with the 3.8 liter engines since ford used them in their vehicles. dealer would not fix due to the expired warranty. *mr *scc *jb
05/01/20038107901/01/1995
 I took my 1995 ford windstar to the dealer, after the check engine light came on and the car started to over heat. i was told the head gasket is damaged and will have to replace the engine at a cost of $5600. it is unbelievable!!! the car has only 80,000 miles on it. *jb
05/18/20031
 The vehicles head gasket blew and caused $2000 worth of damage to the vehicle. *nlm
04/29/200375804111/15/1994
 While driving, white smoke emitted from the trail pipe and then the engine failed due to a defective head gasket. *jb ph *jb
05/03/2003208/15/2001
 One year ago (2002) my 1995 ford windstar blew a head gasket without warning. the engine was replaced by the dealer under tbs 00m09. one year later and under 30,000 miles the new engine has blown a head gasket and ford refuses to honor it stating that a small pin hole in one of the heater hoses caused the block to drain of fluid and blowing the head gasket. i inspected the engine shortly after it occurred and the radiator and reserve tanks were both full. i told this to the service manager at the dealer and i was told i must be mistaken the engine was empty. i am an aircraft mechanic and know when an engine is out of water or not but i am running into a brick wall. i have contacted the ford customer service and am not having any luck with that either. *jb what recourse if any do i have?
06/12/1998910001
 The vehicle had a leak. it was later determined that anti-freeze was getting into the oil. the dealer replaced the head gaskets. *nlm
04/15/20031
 While driving the vehicle stalled and was difficult to restart. *nlm
10/02/200235103/01/1998
 Engine light came on today after we had the engine replaced on 09/21/01. we also smelled fumes around the car and inside the car. we have had problems after problems with this windstar and would appreciate something being done about it. we are very disappointed in ford. we have been with them for over 12 years. please start an investigation into this matter. *ph *jb **dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**768031 *ts
606/01/1995
 The vehicle has had the brakes replaced on average every 6,000 miles. the catalytic converter has been replaced at 40,000 miles, the head gasket at 20,000. the cutting out, engine failure has been happening since head gasket was corrected. ford has responded to a written letter, at which time i was accused for forging my husband's signature (later i was told he was just kidding). this vehicle is unsafe transportation for my 3 children. when moving out into traffic, we are in danger of a collision if the engine fails, as it often does. please feel free to contact myself or my husband with any questions. barbara smith. *ak *jb ****dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****724221.
08/15/199940000205/01/1995
 Intake gasket cover failed shortly after recall work was completed on other recall gasket failure. ford and dealer refused repairs while both confirmed they have had a lot of problems with these gaskets. *ak *****dims 11 ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis------759790.
04/24/2003208/01/1995
 While driving, flames emitted from the engine compartment area due to head gasket failure for the second time. *jb also the fuel tank contained a leak and there was a recall regarding the issue. ph *jb
 While driving engine shut down which caused loss of power steering. *nlm
04/22/20031
 While driving the consumer heard a bang. the vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated the engine had failed. *nlm *scc *jb
12/20/200272000304/12/1995
 Failure of 1995 windstar engine for the 3rd time. first time engine gasket fixed, then at 50,000 miles 2nd gasket fixed , then failed at 72000. first 2 fixes covered under extended warranties but the last one i was required to pay to fix. have disposed of this vehicle. *jb
12/20/20021
 Due to a defective head gasket, the vehicle blew a thick cloud of white smoke from the tailpipe. the manufacturer had a voluntary head gasket replacement program that expired 1 month prior to gasket failing. *jb
03/13/200388410106/19/1995
 Blown head gaskets on 1995 ford windstar that ford motor company was aware of as a problem on this particular model/year. check engine warning light kept coming on but no problem could be detected. of course my head gasket problem developed after the limited extended warranty had expired. *jb
 While driving smoke came from the undercarriage and then engine shut down. *nlm
03/29/20035589509/12/1995
 My complaint is about my 1995 ford windstar van with the 3.8 lt v-6 engine. i bought my van new on 9/12/95 and have taken care to keep it in good shape. it had recently, in later part of march, began to run roughly. i took it to a mechanic on april 1, 2003. the mechanic informed me that the head gaskets has blown out. my van only has 55,900 miles on it! ford had extended the warranty to cover only the head gaskets for 100k miles or seven years whichever came first. even though my warranty, according to ford, ran out in sept. 02, i still feel that 56k miles is too low to suffer this kind of major repair. when i contacted ford, they said there was nothing they could do. i feel i should not have to pay for a defective design by ford. the mechanic said the repair would be between $1000 and $2000 dollars depending on the extent of the damage. it could even be higher if the damage is extensive. *nlm
03/27/2003730001
 The oil pan gasket leaked. *jb *ts
03/26/20031001125
 1995 ford windstar lx head gaskets blew out at 100,112 miles today. warranty through 100,000 miles. i've had to have the brakes repaired at least once per year for the last 4 years. *nlm
12/15/20021040001
 The head gasket blew out, in which gas had mixed with the antifreeze. *jb
600002
 After the recall was performed regarding the engine, the problem recurred.*jb
11/15/20031
 The vehicle stalled without warning, and it was difficult to restart the vehicle.*jb
06/01/1996783301
 The head gasket failed.*dt *jb
01/18/200354300109/10/1994
 Engine defect - blown head gasket resulted in dangerous sudden loss of power/overheating condition for the driver, and a danger to other traffic due to heavy smoke and water from the tail pipe on the roadway in subfreezing temperatures. ford should be required to recall these engines for the known head gasket defect that continues to be a major hazard.*jb
01/15/20035780003/07/1995
 I was told on 1-15-03 by mullinax ford service dept. in amherst, ohio that i needed new head gaskets and engine in my 1995 ford windstar. there was a major design flaw in those engines and ford knows it. they did an extended 7 year, 100,000 mile warantee on it and because of my low miles (57,800) i did not experience the problem until now. i am 10 months past the warantee. i feel that ford should take full responsibility for these engines and should have recalled them all. i have gone through many channels and ford will not help me. the cost estimate for my repair was $4,500.00. this is now an unsafe vehicle.
01/03/200372900009/27/1995
 Head gasket blew on 1995 ford windstar on january 3, 2003, approximately 7 yrs, 3 mths after purchase of car, while on trip approximately 450 miles from home. my mileage was approximately 73,000 miles. ford knew that head gasket had product defect and avoided a nhtsa recall by entering into a voluntary repair program for 1995 ford windstars with gasket problems if problem occurs within 7 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). i tried to get ford to repair within the time period but head gasket was not damaged. ford said i would have to experience problem. i experienced the problem at 7 years, 3 months. ford will not pay for repair. car is appraised for trade-in (with problem) at $4000 below blue book price. calls to ford (dealer and corporate office) are totally ignored.
01/07/20031
 Consumer stated while driving, the head gasket blew, causing fluid to leak.*jb
12/11/2002208/21/1998
 1995 ford windstar was recalled for the head gaskets, had dealer fix problem and the problem has resurfaced.
08/21/20021
 The consumer stated that the engine head gasket failed. at the time the vehicle oveheated and failed. *scc
01/01/20012
 Consumer stated the engine began making noise, consumer took the vehicle to a local dealer to have the head gasket replaced, however the head gaskets failed again, consumer was then informed by her personal mechanic that there was no need to fix the gasket without replacing the engine because there was too much damage, the dealer did not think it was in their best interest to rplace the consumers engine so they offered her 2500 off any brand new vehicle on the lot, consumer did not accept the offer, and has since purchased an engine from her personal mechanic.*jb
11/25/200276582103/01/1999
 Consumer has received a notification regarding the head gaskets. consumer took the vehicle to the dealership to have the gasket repaired and was informed by the mechanic that the repairs could not be done until the head gasket has failed. the notifaction also indicated a waranty of 7yrs and/or 100,000 miles. ts *tt
412/24/1996
 The entire engine was replaced, however the vehicle continued to have engine problems, the transmission side pan gasket, heat, power window, defroster, door switch assembly, were all replaced, the dome light would stay on continuously, and the right caliper was leaking.*jb
08/21/20011
 Consumer received two letters concerning the head gasket problem. the letter pertained to an extended warranty of 7 years or 100,000 miles. consumer feels this should have been a recall because the problem presented itself 48 days and 6,431 miles beyond the warranty. the engine head gasket over heated and failed. now, the ford motor company refuses to correct the problem. consumer expects a full refund of monies paid for repair. *jg
08/05/2002
 Consumer states that after the vehicle had been park and without warning the engine caught on fire under the hood and totaled the vehicle. dealer notified. ts
 Consumer states that the vehicle was taken to a dealer about a year a go and had the gas tank fix because of a crack in it and is now leaking gas again and dealer is refusing to repair damages on the vehicle again . ts
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 Consumer was aware of the head gasket defect with these particular vehicles. consumer proactively requested a head gasket service check on march 24, 2000. at the time there were no leaks detected and they were not eligible for the trade in. on sep 7th 2002, consumer started the vehicle and it turned over without starting. consumer waited and tried again. this time, coolant poured out of the bottom. the head gasket had blown. ford informed consumer that because it was past the 7 year extended warranty they were ineligible for the trade in. *jg
10/10/2002
 Consumer states that while driving and no warning the head gasket blew causing the consumer to pull over and the vehicle to be non drivable. dealer notified. mr
09/26/2002107/01/2095
 Ford issued a customer satisfaction notification in 2000 for potential head gasket failure. they extended the warranty on that component to 7 yrs/100,000 miles. our windstar is now inoperable due to a failed head gasket and we are told by ford that we are no longer covered. mr
10/09/2002110375108/01/1994
 Vehicle suffered sudden acceleration at the speed of 50 mph. the engine raced at 4000 rpm. and there was gasoline coming from the tailpipe. dealer notified. * mr dealer found that the throttle was stuck. however consumer declined repairs. he felt that an improperly installed mass air flow caused the engine to race at high rpms. *tt
06/01/19981
 Consumer states dealership refused to do recall on two occasions on the head gasket, and now the head gasket is giving problem, they don't want to fix it,due to it being out of recall warranty. nlm scc
09/15/20021
 Consumer states that recall # 98 m 01 describes the same problem consumer is experiencing with vehilce, which is head gasket failure. consumer was informed that the head gasket must fail before anything could be done, once it failed the manufacturer stated the head gasket was out of warranty.*mr *jb
09/07/200212/01/2094
 #4 head gasket failed. ford is aware of the defect that causes the failure but refuses to pay for the engine replacment necessary due to the failure. the warranty period expired 9 months ago but the van only has 65k miles.*ak
09/07/2002106/01/2098
 It is apparent that the ford 3.8 l is experience head gasket failures. although i have spoken with ford they refuse to acknowledge a problem, they further advised me that i was out of luck because my extended warranty that they issued as a customer satsifaction program had expired. in ford's letter of 1998 they did advise me of possible head gasket failure, i to bring to a dealer if something was noted to happen, what should have been done is have the dealers check these engines at that time, because it is apparent that the only way we as the consumer will know about the problem is when the engine seizes. what is going to take for this manufaxture to own to a defective product, highway deaths?*ak
09/07/2002
 While driving vehcile started shaking. engine check light came on.had vehicle serviced. head gasket had blown. this was a common problem. contacted dealer, not very helpful.*ak
08/15/2002
 While driving and with no warning head gasket blewout, causing vehicle to stall. consumer was forced to pull over. dealer notified. *ak
09/01/2002
 While driving at normal speed vehicle started to run a little rough. engine light illuminated, temperature gauge went to hot. consumer pulled over, and saw smoke coming out of tailpipe. consumer took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced head gasket. please provide any further information.*ak
08/26/200208/01/2095
 The extended warranty for head gasket failure on our 1995 ford windstar was 7 years from date of purchase. the head gasket is failing now, 20 days after the warranty expired. elk grove ford and the ford motor company say that it's not their problem. the warranty should be extended! in good faith ford should repair this obviously defective part that wasn't detected on a oil change not too long ago!*ak
08/19/2002
 Consumer is concerned that manufacturer sent him a recall in march of 2000 for head gasket. august of 2000 vehicle started smoking which came from exhaust system, and vehicle was running hot. engine check light appeared on dashboard.*ak
08/21/2002105/26/1997
 Engine overheats and smells like anti freeze burning. it's making a wierd noise. took vehicle to mechanic, and they replaced head gasket.*ak *jb
07/30/2002110/01/2000
 We purchase this vehicle in 2000 and we were not informed that ford had generous repair for their head gaskets. we meet the requirement for the mileage, but not the timeframe for two months. i feel that this should be taken care of because we were not notified or told when we purchase the van. the estismate cost is going to be around 1600.00 dollars. i feel someone should have to pay for this because we were never informed.*ak
03/01/1998202/01/1998
 The engine has been replaced on two occasions at the consumers expense, the first occasion occurred when a rod blew, the second occuurrence the head gasket blew, ford will not assist consumer at all even though they have a notification and extended coverage offer for the same problem. *slc
06/01/2002
 Engine blewout while driving. vehicle checked by dealer, who determined that engine head gasket was faulty. consumer had gasket replaced at 93000 miles, 2,000 miles later engine blewout again. *ak
04/08/2002
 Vehicle was overheating while driving. dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle had a blown head gasket. feel free to provide any further information.*ak
07/12/2002104/19/2001
 Consumer's vehicle experienced the same problem with the brake line as stated in recall #02-v-101-000. but by this vehicle not included in recall due to vin. dealer contacted.*ak head gasket failed. consumer is asking reimbursement for repairs. *yh
07/06/200211/01/2097
 Head gasket failed 3 weeks past 2nd extended warrenty by ford causing the engine to need to be replaced. *ak
11/28/20011
 Consumer states they were never notified of recall 00m09 and had the head gasket on their vehicle fail, consumer is requesting reimbursement. *slc
04/05/2002103/02/2001
 Consumer stated the head gasket and manifold had blown, consumer inquired about the head gasket being under warranty and was informed that the extended warranty ended in january.*jb
07/16/2002309/01/2095
 Engine head gasket replaced at 47,000 miles, engine timing cover gasket replaced at 92,000, engine failed (rod bearings, crankshaft, and rod) shortly thereafter shutting down braking and steering systems in vehicle. have been told this was due to coolant leaking into engine oil system from previously mentioned problems and is being experienced by many owners due to poor engine design. engine failure had the potential to cause accident had the driving situation been different when it occurred.
07/16/2002309/01/2095
 Engine head gasket replaced at 47,000 miles, engine timing cover gasket replaced at 92,000, engine failed (rod bearings, crankshaft, and rod) shortly thereafter shutting down braking and steering systems in vehicle. have been told this was due to coolant leaking into engine oil system from previously mentioned problems and is being experienced by many owners due to poor engine design. engine failure had the potential to cause accident had the driving situation been different when it occurred.
02/01/2002111/01/1994
 The vehicle started running roughly with a large amount of white exhaust and an over heated engine. consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer, their diagnosis, a failed head gasket. consumer has discovered that ford is aware of the flaw with the head gaskets and that there are complaints from other consumers with thesame problem. consumer would like reimbursement for monies paid. *jg
02/11/20021
 Consumer stated the head gasket failed on vehicle, consumer stated there was an extended warranty on the head gasket, however she was informed the warranty ended in august 2001 consumer was also informed the warranty covered up to a time period 0r 100,000 miles and consumer had 68,000 on the vehicle.*jb
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 Consumer received recall letter concerning the head gaskets coming loose and letting water into the crankcase diluting the oil. vehicle was fixed and three weeks later the fix was no more and the engine was totalled. consumer traded vehicle. *jg
07/01/2002308/01/2001
 Consumer states that the temperature gauge would often show hot. the dealer stated there was also a problem was with a part of the transmission. the part was replaced but a few weeks later the transmission failed. the transmission was rebuilt. the transmission failed again. at this time the dealer realized that the cause of the problem was a leaky head gasket. the transmission failure was caused by the overheating which was caused by the temperature sender burnout caused by the thermostat malfunction caused by the leaky head gasket. consumer is requesting reimbursement due to never being told of the customer satisfaction warranty. *slc *nm
10/22/2001109/01/2098
 The head gasket failed allowing coolent to leak into the fireing chamber, thereby causing the engine to bind up. upon removal of the #4,5 and 6 spark plugs, anti-freez leaked out of the #4 spark plug hole. this is consistant with the known failures of the gasket in question.
12/20/1999207/01/2097
 Vehicle parked after july,2000 as problem could not be identified. was taken by ambulance 3 times while in the vehicle. october 31, 2000, sought a third opinion-car taken to inver grove ford. internal head gasket leak. this was the second time that the head gaskets had been replaced. while driving car home, it overheated and was returned to dealership for engine replacement. was advised that the flexpipe as corroded and exhausting into the car. was tole this was the probable source of my getting sick in the car. even after the repairs, i am so chemically sensitive that i can not even get into the car. this car has been parked since july,2000 as it is too toxic for me to be in thius van at all. ford has been contacted on multiple occasions as well as the dealerships. i advised them in june of 2000 that this van was making me quite sick and they were advised of the ambulance call and emergency room visits. i specifically advised them of the odors exhausting in the car and that i had been diagnosed with chemical sensitivites, providing ford with medical documentation, which also advised that my doctor felt the car needed to be replaced. i have forwared correspondance to the ford customer service department, the ford appeals board twice, and the attorney general of minnesota. no one has been able to help. there are multiple problems with the car including probable mild in the heater box, and the exhausts and chemicals in the car. i have tried to trade the car in but dealerships, including ford will only offer a trade-in value about $6,000 or less than the book value. i am told over and over that no one wants any of these cars. i don't fell at all comfortable selling the car personally since it has made me so sick. i could go on and on but i wont.... i would appreciate some type of response. thank-you.*ak
07/09/2002
 Vehicle was making a strange noise upon starting. took vehicle to a mechanic, and they stated that head gasket broke. please provide any further information.*ak
02/29/2000309/16/1995
 While traveling on highway, vehicle started slowing down. consumer was able to pull over to shoulder and oil or antifreeze was leaking from underneath the vehicle. *ak the vehicle has been in for repair three times for a failed gasket. the engine won't heat up properly due to the thermostat being stuck in the open position. new oxygen sensors had to be installed due to being contaminated from the coolant. *jg
04/28/2002
 While driving heard a popping noise/vehicle will run roughly, and would not go into reverse.contacted mechanic.outer head gasket had blown.also, replaced transmission. *ak
01/01/19011
 Ford offered an extended warranty, 7 years or 100,000 miles because of head gasket problems. the consumers vehicle has 43,000 miles but the 7 years expired in march. on april 22 the vehicle was diagnosed with a blown head gasket. ford will not remedy the problem. *jg *nm
05/02/2000
 Vehicle was leaking engine coolant and oil due to head gasket failing. consumer had head gasket replaced. but after only 22,000 miles head gasket went out again. dealer did not want to replace head gasket again.*ak
08/01/20011
 Smoke was coming from tailpipe. dealer determined that headgasket was blown and had to be replaced.*ak consumer adds while driving, heard a cracking sound, and smoke began to come from tailpipe. dealer found cracked head gasket and water leaking from exhaust pipe. *tt
02/14/2000205/01/1995
 Consumer received a recall notice for head gasket, repair shop also had to replace the engine because of piston damage and smoking. vehicle is experiencing the same problem but dealer won't fix for free. *jg
05/01/2002
 At 55mph head gasket had overheated, and they can see black smoke coming from gasket. cause unknown. dealer notified.*ak
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 While being driven, the vehicle overheated. one dealer says it was due to the heater core another dealership says it was due to the head gaskets. vehicle has been repaired. not under recall.*jb the head gasket failure was determined to be the cause for the vehicles overheating. *yh
05/24/2002301/01/1997
 While driving 30 mph, transmission failed, no prior indication that something was wrong. this is third transmission in vehicle.*ak. consumer stated vehicle also experienced 2 blown head gaskets, and an oil leak.*jb
03/29/2002107/05/1994
 Vehicle started leaking coolant and would not start. contacted dealer, and dealer indicated head gaskets had blown.*ak *tt
04/15/2002201/01/2098
 Head gasket was replaced along with a new engine , under warranty, at 99250 miles. it lasted 49750 miles before it blew again. i am not sure if the engine needs to be replaced also!*ak
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 Engine head gaskets are leaking antifreeze onto engine. dealer has been notified. *ak consumer adds abs brake system defective. vehicle repeatedly stalls and will not restart. *tt
03/01/2002106/01/2094
 Timing chain cover gasket failure, other known owners of same vehicle report same problem, resulting anti-freeze leaks. expensive repair and no known recall*ak
 Engine head gasket blew out.*ak
03/25/2000
 Head gasket needed to be replaced again although it has been replaced once already. contacted dealer, and the dealer could not find cause. *ak
05/09/2002106/25/1999
 Whle driving, engine overheated and vehicle started smoking . had to be towed. it was all caused by a busted head gasket. *ak dealer states engine needs to be replaced. *slc
09/04/20011
 Consumer states that while driving, the head gasket coolant is linking fluid. *jb
01/01/2002
 Head gasket was leaking, and engine failed making vehicle inoperable. consumer took vehicle to dealer later then the time was allowed for vehicle to be looked at as a recall put out by manufacturer. *ak
 Vehicle overheated due headgaskets blowing engine. dealer contacted. *ak
09/01/2001104/15/1999
 The head gasket failed within 2000 miles of the expiration of an extended warranty. ford refuses to assist in the repair of this vehicle.
 Engine gasket blew out.*ak
10/28/20011
 Consumer had driven less than a mile when he noticed the temperature gauge went all the way to high, vehicle was towed and consumer was informed that the head gasket had failed and a new rebuilt engine would be needed, consumer is aware of recall 98m01 and is requesting reimbursement. *slc
03/14/2000310/01/1994
 Consumer stated that check engine light constantly illuminated, tech advisor determined it was the heated oxygen sensor which was replaced, however when pressing the accelrator, the engine hesitated, consumer received warranty extension on head gasket, the engine ultimately failed, and the head gasket was replaced under the extended warranty, however the hesitation problem improved but the engine did not respond as well before, the heistation became worse and it was determined that the engine had failed, but not due to the head gasket, consumer received a second opinon by an independent mechanic and was informed that water was detected in the #6 cylinder and determined that this caused the engine to fail, the mechanic attributed the root cause of problem to be a head gasket failure, however manufacturer is not honoring warranty stating that the gasket was replaced previously and that the dealership determined that the failed engine was not due to gasket failure, and also the independent mechanic was not an authorized ford repair facility.*jg
04/20/20021
 Head gasket and timing cover gasket leaking is causing damage to main bearings leading to premature engine failure. several ford dealers have confirmed this as the cause and ford is not accepting responsibility.
04/20/20021
 Head gasket and timing cover gasket leaking is causing damage to main bearings leading to premature engine failure. several ford dealers have confirmed this as the cause and ford is not accepting responsibility.
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 The head gasket failed at 125,000 destroying the engine and the transmission, consumer states it took six weeks to get a replacement engine rebuilt, consumer is requesting compensation since ford has a known head gasket problem.*jb
05/02/2002
 Head gasket blewout, causing vehicle to have motor problems while driving.*ak
03/01/2002
 When accelerating vehicle jerks back and then it takes off. vehicle is assumed to have a cracked piston. dealer was notified. please provide more information.*ak
 Head gaskets keep prematurely blowing out. engine was replaced at least 4 times. took vehicle to dealer, and dealer stated this was a design flaw in engine. please add vin. *ak
05/01/2002110/01/2094
 The head gaskets on my car failed. i knew there was an extended warranty on them, but you could not bring the car in until they failed which i thought was absurd in the first place. well they failed two weekends ago and i brought my windstar in and now they tell me the warranty expired a few months ago. i do not understand why this is under extended warranty instead of an outright recall . after perusing the web, i saw what a widespread , dangerous problem this is. thank god, my husband was an experienced, level headed, driver. i've read some stories where the outcome was not positive. 1995 ford windstars should have a recall on their head gaskets . thank you for your attention to this matter. i know you guys must be very busy indeed.*aki
03/19/2002106/01/2095
 After experiencing engine overheating/loss of coolant, the engine head gasket was replaced under the terms of a ford program in 1998. in march 2002, problems recurred with anti-freeze vapors filling the passenger compartment via the vent system. ford dealer diagnosis indicated head gasket failure (again) and gasket was replaced. within days of this repair, vapors returned and car was taken back to dealer. current diagnosis is a ruptured heating coil, requiring replacement. total charges for the two problems comes to about $1500.
04/04/2002105/01/2096
 Head gasket failed causing the engine to overheat and fail.*ak
04/05/2002411/01/2094
 First the head gasket leaked-dealer replaced on an open end recall, second the transmission went. had that rebuilt with all updates included. cost $1450.00 out of pocket. third the seal arount the timing chain leaked. had all the gaskets replaced to the out of pocket expense of $450.00. fourth, on a family vacation we were driving down i79 south from erie pa and all of a sudden there was this clinking noise coming from the motor. we were fortunate enough to get off the interstate before the engine died completely. there were no engine warning lights on prior to the complete shut down. had vehicle towed to nearest garage and found that we had thrown a rod. they are replacing the engine with a large block to the out of pocket cost of $3,000.00. when we called the manufacturer we were told that because we did not tow the vehicle to a ford dealership they could not help us. the nearest dealership to us was 88 miles away from where we broke down. the van only had just under 57,000 miles on it. i cant believe that ford won't help us.
04/05/2002411/01/2094
 First the head gasket leaked-dealer replaced on an open end recall, second the transmission went. had that rebuilt with all updates included. cost $1450.00 out of pocket. third the seal arount the timing chain leaked. had all the gaskets replaced to the out of pocket expense of $450.00. fourth, on a family vacation we were driving down i79 south from erie pa and all of a sudden there was this clinking noise coming from the motor. we were fortunate enough to get off the interstate before the engine died completely. there were no engine warning lights on prior to the complete shut down. had vehicle towed to nearest garage and found that we had thrown a rod. they are replacing the engine with a large block to the out of pocket cost of $3,000.00. when we called the manufacturer we were told that because we did not tow the vehicle to a ford dealership they could not help us. the nearest dealership to us was 88 miles away from where we broke down. the van only had just under 57,000 miles on it. i cant believe that ford won't help us.
03/28/2002
 While driving at 60mph head gasket blewout, causing vehicle to pull over.*ak
 After putting fuel in vehicle and start driving engine started to smoke. parked vehicle. contacted mechanic and vehicle was towed in. mechanic indicated fuel was entering oil for motor, which was a problem. a new engine would be required.*ak
04/06/2001
 While driving white smoke came from tail pipe. vehicle taken to dealer, and was informed of a blown head gasket. feel free to provide any further information.*ak
05/16/200101/01/2001
 1995 ford windstar lx has had reported symptoms of head gaskets leaking since 90483 miles. car repaired by several mechanics in as many times and never told about this problem. head gaskets leaked causing water to leak into oil inside of engine and causing a rod to throw through the block of the engine. engine is unusable now due to this defect by ford when installing head gaskets.*ak
03/22/2002106/01/1994
 Contacted manufacturer who stated that the extended warranty ended in 7 years. my vehicle's head gaskets failed 7 years, 9 months. coolant leaked into the engine causing major damage. no warning such as check engine light went on until after failure. nkm
02/01/2002111/01/1994
 Add another member to the ford windstar club with failed head gaskets. because we purchased our vehicle in november of 1994, we missed being covered by the extended warranty by three months, even though our vehicle had only 62,439 miles at the time of the head gasket failure. ford says there is nothing they can do. i'm preparing a small claims suit where i will ask for an exception to the extended warranty requirements, and reimbursement in full for the cost of repairs. nlm
12/01/1999202/14/1995
 Head gasket has blown twice. had to replace engine 2 times. problem still exists. *ak *yh
03/11/2002101/01/1995
 Head gasket failure was recall item, but not covered in our situation because we are low-mileage drivers. recall warranty was under 100,000 miles or less than 7 years, which ever came first. our car was 7 years and 6 weeks old. failure at 62,000 miles was within average for head gasket failures, but not covered because we didn't reach this mileage until 6 weeks after warranty. warranty shouldn't have time limitation if within mileage limits.*ak
03/11/2002101/01/1995
 Head gasket failure was recall item, but not covered in our situation because we are low-mileage drivers. recall warranty was under 100,000 miles or less than 7 years, which ever came first. our car was 7 years and 6 weeks old. failure at 62,000 miles was within average for head gasket failures, but not covered because we didn't reach this mileage until 6 weeks after warranty. warranty shouldn't have time limitation if within mileage limits.*ak
10/01/2001
 Light indicators coming on, loss of coolant and sound ford diagnosed leak of timing chain assembly and bill pierre ford said no leak, no work done.
11/01/2001
 After first start it takes 15 minutes before dash lights and power windows work. mechanic determined an electrical short under dash.*ak
01/01/2002
 Timing belt gasket is causing a problem with vehicle. coolant is leaking from this engine part.*ak
 Vehicle would intermittently smoke. it would overheat and empty fluid from radiator. guages never showed that vehicle was overheating. also, driver could smell anti-freeze whenever vehicle would start to overheat. this was all due to faulty head gaskets. *ak
01/08/2002406/15/2001
 Head gasket replacement, ford reassembled and the other head cracked (at the same spot) in less than 350 miles.
02/11/2002112/01/1994
 The cylinder head gasket failed. the dealer tells me the engine needs to be replaced. ford sent out a letter to owners of these vehicles for this failure. extending the warrany to 7 year or 70000 miles. my van went outside of the 7 years 12/04/02. from the research i have done every one of these engines are failing. i asked ford for help since the vehicle has low mileage. they said no. i think since every one of these engines fail they should repair it at no cost to the consumer. 57000 miles is not very many miles on a vehicle. please help. what is the criteria for a recall?? thank you in advance for any help . john mcdermott. *ak
01/01/2001
 Head gasket is shot, dealer says warranty ran out 5 months ago, says there is no recall on the head gaskets and that they won't replace it. contacted ford and was told the same thing. we have been told there is a recall on the head gaskets in the windstar and that the warranty was extended but we can't get anywhere with the dealorship or with ford customer service . *ak
10/28/20011
 Consumer had driven less than a mile when he noticed the temperature gauge went all the way to high, vehicle was towed and consumer was informed that the head gasket had failed and a new rebuilt engine would be needed, consumer is aware of recall 98m01 and is requesting reimbursement. *slc
03/14/2000310/01/1994
 Consumer stated that check engine light constantly illuminated, tech advisor determined it was the heated oxygen sensor which was replaced, however when pressing the accelrator, the engine hesitated, consumer received warranty extension on head gasket, the engine ultimately failed, and the head gasket was replaced under the extended warranty, however the hesitation problem improved but the engine did not respond as well before, the heistation became worse and it was determined that the engine had failed, but not due to the head gasket, consumer received a second opinon by an independent mechanic and was informed that water was detected in the #6 cylinder and determined that this caused the engine to fail, the mechanic attributed the root cause of problem to be a head gasket failure, however manufacturer is not honoring warranty stating that the gasket was replaced previously and that the dealership determined that the failed engine was not due to gasket failure, and also the independent mechanic was not an authorized ford repair facility.*jg
03/24/1999311/01/1996
 Engine replaced by newman ford 03-99, head gasket failure #2 jan 10 2000 mil.60240 #3 head gasket failure feb 6 2001 mil. 67500.*ak
01/05/2002109/01/1994
 I have had numerous problems with my 1995 windstar. the transmission failed in 10/99 and i had to replace the entire transmission. i have had many problems with the computer/electrical system with sensors and fuses going out. my timing gasket cover cracked and coolant was leaking (10/01). i had to have that replaced along with the water pump, etc. now, my engine has either a bearing or has thrown a rod and i have been told i need to have my engine replaced at a cost of $3500. there have been many more problems (struts, engine mounts, etc....). i have spent over $6000 (not including regular maintenance costs --oil changes, brakes, tires, tune ups, etc). i have had to spend much $$$ on car rentals while my car was being repaired. now i'm faced with a huge new problem--the engine. *ak
01/05/2002109/01/1994
 I have had numerous problems with my 1995 windstar. the transmission failed in 10/99 and i had to replace the entire transmission. i have had many problems with the computer/electrical system with sensors and fuses going out. my timing gasket cover cracked and coolant was leaking (10/01). i had to have that replaced along with the water pump, etc. now, my engine has either a bearing or has thrown a rod and i have been told i need to have my engine replaced at a cost of $3500. there have been many more problems (struts, engine mounts, etc....). i have spent over $6000 (not including regular maintenance costs --oil changes, brakes, tires, tune ups, etc). i have had to spend much $$$ on car rentals while my car was being repaired. now i'm faced with a huge new problem--the engine. *ak
01/31/2002
 Steam would be visible when vehicle was idiling or parked, contacted dealer, dealer stated head gaskets were leaking, please provide further details.*ak
10/30/1997210/01/1994
 Headgasket started leaking at 50683 miles and had to be replaced. at this time headgasket is leaking again, and needs to be replaced.*ak *slc
203/01/1995
 Transmission being replaced for the second time. started reporting problems at 10,000 miles. dealer could not identify. (slugish, bucking, rough acceleration.) at 60,000 miles would not move out of park. dealer replaced head gasket and made other adjustments (don't know what because they are all in code on repair slip) at 90,000 miles the transmission went. motor mounts also had to be fixed. problems with acceleration and bucking came less that 7,000 miles later. second transmission went less than 20,000 miles later! also have had numerous problems with the ignition switch (replaced 3 times and still does not work right) and warning lights for the brakes and airbags. (no problems ever found) ford dealer says transmission is not a recall item and there is nothing that they can do. i find this shocking in light of the nearly 4,000 complaints that the nhsta has logged for the 95 windstar, (669 for transmissions!!!). ford should be ashamed!*ak
203/01/1995
 Transmission being replaced for the second time. started reporting problems at 10,000 miles. dealer could not identify. (slugish, bucking, rough acceleration.) at 60,000 miles would not move out of park. dealer replaced head gasket and made other adjustments (don't know what because they are all in code on repair slip) at 90,000 miles the transmission went. motor mounts also had to be fixed. problems with acceleration and bucking came less that 7,000 miles later. second transmission went less than 20,000 miles later! also have had numerous problems with the ignition switch (replaced 3 times and still does not work right) and warning lights for the brakes and airbags. (no problems ever found) ford dealer says transmission is not a recall item and there is nothing that they can do. i find this shocking in light of the nearly 4,000 complaints that the nhsta has logged for the 95 windstar, (669 for transmissions!!!). ford should be ashamed!*ak
12/13/2001102/01/1999
 Head gaskets went bad causing vad oxygen sensor, air intake valve and $1400 dollars worth of repair @ my cost ; unfortunately , there was an extended warranty caverage on this. i however did not receive the notice.
01/08/2002107/01/2000
 Headgaskek blew. called a service garage and was told he heard there was a recall for that type of van he wasnt even a ford dealer either. was told to call a ford dealer. i called kelly ford and gave them the vin number and was told there was a recall on my van but they needed to see the van to see if that was the problem but i couldnt drive the van. i then called palm bay ford and gave them the vin number and was told the same thing about a recall and ford pays it but i was told by a few service people and friends to stay away from palm bay ford.i then called paradise ford and gave them the vin number and was told again about the recall.i then called back kelly ford and was told it would take about 3 weeks to fix .ithen called back paradise ford and they said about 2 to 3 days and i asked if towing was inculed in the recall but was told no. but amy gave me a towing co so i had the van towed up there. when they got my van they called me and told me it wasnt covered any more because the recall ended on my van. i then called ford customer relation and told them my problem and they called paradise ford and told me to call and talk to debbie and ford couldnt help me so i called and talked to debbie and was told that amy so of never told me that because she doesnt work in that department and the recall wa for 7yrs or 100000 miles and my van went in service in 94 so i missed it by 6 months. debbie said she would talk to her rep to see what she could do and cal me back. she called me and said her rep said they would pay 900 if i wanted to pay 600. why would they even pay anything if they weren wrong or even still having problems. debbie told e she doesnt know why ford stopped the recall because there still having problems . ican even proof it by the vans waiting to be fixed at the places i called. i even wrote a letter to ford customer relation but i guess there not doining anything i just want ford to know the problem still and pay me 600.00 for my repair.*ak
11/15/200104/01/1995
 The 3.8l engine that was installed in the 1995 ford windstars and other cars have a had a consistant failure of the head gaskets. with the total number failures, why hasn't there been a complete recall of these engines. i hope this helps!!!*ak
01/17/2002405/01/2000
 Vehicle was leaking coolant. took vehicle in for head gasket recall. after recall repairs were done manufacturer contacted owner stating that timing cover gasket needed replacement. *ak front brake hose ruptured in may of 2001, causing vehicle to not stop, rear brake lines ruptured in 2002, causing vehicle to not stop. *jb
01/17/2002405/01/2000
 Vehicle was leaking coolant. took vehicle in for head gasket recall. after recall repairs were done manufacturer contacted owner stating that timing cover gasket needed replacement. *ak front brake hose ruptured in may of 2001, causing vehicle to not stop, rear brake lines ruptured in 2002, causing vehicle to not stop. *jb
06/02/1999405/01/1997
 11-20-98(boise) (98m01)(45,636mi.) head gasket inspection-sent heads to be surfaced & checked reinstalled with new bolts 6-28-99 (57,495mi.)engine loses power, makes loud knock noise, blowing smoke while on interstate 5 hours from home, drive slowly to next exit and find ford dealer-davis-tremonton ut find #1 cylinder rod bearing worn out, needs crank kit, gaskets, etc.7-27-99 picked up vehicle drove 20 mi. on interstate -again ,engine loses power has loud knock and quits 9-21-00 brought van in(boise)(80,867mi.) for a hard shake at 45-50 mph along with abs lights and check engine light on head gaskets need to be replaced and 1 head cracked 12-28-01 alexandria mn van quits whenever slows down, heat working sporadically make an appt. for service and that day engine overheats get it in and head gaskets have failed again @110,000. *ak
06/02/1999405/01/1997
 11-20-98(boise) (98m01)(45,636mi.) head gasket inspection-sent heads to be surfaced & checked reinstalled with new bolts 6-28-99 (57,495mi.)engine loses power, makes loud knock noise, blowing smoke while on interstate 5 hours from home, drive slowly to next exit and find ford dealer-davis-tremonton ut find #1 cylinder rod bearing worn out, needs crank kit, gaskets, etc.7-27-99 picked up vehicle drove 20 mi. on interstate -again ,engine loses power has loud knock and quits 9-21-00 brought van in(boise)(80,867mi.) for a hard shake at 45-50 mph along with abs lights and check engine light on head gaskets need to be replaced and 1 head cracked 12-28-01 alexandria mn van quits whenever slows down, heat working sporadically make an appt. for service and that day engine overheats get it in and head gaskets have failed again @110,000. *ak
 While driving engine check light illuminated on dash, indicating that head gasket was blown. vehicle completely shut down. took to dealer for repairs. *ak
12/19/2001201/01/1997
 I had to pay for replacement of blown head gaskets for the second time in 2 1/2 years. i previously had blown head gaskets repaired on this engine in 07/1999. at that time, this vehicle was covered under ford's extended service plan (esp). i do not think i should be responsible for paying $1380.42 for repair of blown head gaskets again approximately 2 1/2 years after having the same problem repaired. it appears to me that this motor is defective if the same major problem appears again after 2 1/2 years. i feel that ford should cover the cost of this repair in a recall of this engine problem. it just seems very unfair to have to pay this amount twice within a 2 1/2 year period. i will be glad to provide copies of invoices showing payment of these 2 incidences for the same problem. *ak
 While driving smoke emerged from exhaust. also, engine light illuminated on dash and temperature gauge immediately went from cold to hot, causing head gasket to blow out. *ak
 While driving engine light illuminated. smoke emerged from vehicle, and temperature gauge immediately went from cold to hot, causing head gasket to blow. please provide any further information.*ak
12/01/2000
 Head gasket blewout. consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and dealer stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. but, yet the problem still occurs. dealer was not willing to do anything.*ak
12/23/2001108/01/1997
 Loss of coolant while driving. taken vehicle to dealer and informed consumer that head gasket blewout and vehicle was not covered under extended warranty. asking nhtsa to assist in this matter. *ak there is no recall for this particular year of vehicle that would relate to the condition of this vehicle, consumer believes that the vehicle was manufactured with a defective head gasket causing serious damage to the engine. *tt
12/01/2001
 Head gasket is defective,it blew while consumer was driving, and anti-freeze mixed in with oil. there is a service bulletin on the vehicle for that problem. please provide more information.*ak
07/01/1999
 We have done all the research and continue to get the runaround on the head gasket failure for this 1995 windstar. it's not the vehicle, but defective parts and my family was put in danger by all of us being in the van and the head gasket blew....good thing we weren't traveling down the highway yet. we had just pulled from the stop sign onto the highway and bam....this should be covered and we are still paying for a hazardous vehicle that we can't afford to fix due to ford's defective parts. thank you!! p.s. i did call in a complaint on this and was told i would receive paperwork to verify the info, i have never received anything, this info is correct, thank you.*ak
12/10/2001102/01/1999
 Engine had a blown head gasket. vehicle would overheat and experience loss of coolant and a complete loss of steering. dealer/manufacturer contacted. was informed the engine would be replaced. upon verification of warranty, the vehicle was not covered but dealer agreed to pay half the cost. *jg *ak
11/01/2000111/01/1994
 My engine head gasket had to be replaced in october 1999, and november 2000. i was told my entire engine will need to be replaced. *ak
11/28/2001107/01/1999
 Vehicle runs very rough, and then overheats, dealership is aware of problem mechanic told consumer that the vehicle head gasket needed to be replaced.*ak *slc
 Engine blewout at 30,000, and it was replaced. engine blewout again at 60,000 due to a leak in timing cover. also head gasket blewout. please provide further information. *ak
 Engine blewout at 30,000, and it was replaced. engine blewout again at 60,000 due to a leak in timing cover. also head gasket blewout. please provide further information. *ak
 Head gasket blew and engine completely shut down. please provide futher information.*ak
305/01/1995
 I've have the transmission replaced/rebuilt 3 times, meaning this is my fourth transmission. twice in 1999 alone and both times serviced by coastal ford. i had the engine head gaskets blow, also in 1999, and serviced by coastal ford and i also had to pay for that, which was over $1,400.00. i just replaced the transmission again in nov 2001 (for my 4th transmission in 6 years). i've replaced the brake abs system and had the brakes serviced repeatedly for new rotors, and other componants (not the usual pad replacement). i've written ford and the local ford dealership several letters over the years and they have never replied to me. i have spent well over $12,000.00 in repairs on this van several thousand in rental car charges, even when it was a known ford recall and ford would not even cover the cost of the rental. van always hesitates and engine races and slows while stopped. *ak
305/01/1995
 I've have the transmission replaced/rebuilt 3 times, meaning this is my fourth transmission. twice in 1999 alone and both times serviced by coastal ford. i had the engine head gaskets blow, also in 1999, and serviced by coastal ford and i also had to pay for that, which was over $1,400.00. i just replaced the transmission again in nov 2001 (for my 4th transmission in 6 years). i've replaced the brake abs system and had the brakes serviced repeatedly for new rotors, and other componants (not the usual pad replacement). i've written ford and the local ford dealership several letters over the years and they have never replied to me. i have spent well over $12,000.00 in repairs on this van several thousand in rental car charges, even when it was a known ford recall and ford would not even cover the cost of the rental. van always hesitates and engine races and slows while stopped. *ak
12/25/199911/01/1995
 The ford windstar experienced the engine temperature guage fluctuating up and down the scale; the radiator fluid level was low; next bubbles were noted in the over flow reservoir. the dealer said the engine gaskets were bad and replaced tehm at a cost $1446.02. nothing was said about a safety recall at this time. less than a month later we received in the mail from ford vehicle service and programs (no. 00m09). the letter stated additional warranty was extended for head gasket failure for 7 years or 100,000 miles whichever came first. we had 103,000 miles at the time of our $1400 repair. the problems started before the 100,000 mile warranty but we could not afford any repairs until jan 2000. again notice of the extended warranty came in march 2000. why can't ford stand behind us on this instead of running from us?*ak
11/23/2001110/08/2000
 Timing belt covers becomes loose and coolant leaks out which can cause head gaskets to fall. contact dealer, and dealer stated no recall on timing covers. *ak *slc
10/28/200111/01/1994
 This complaint is related head gasket failures in the 1995 ford windstar minivans and 1994/1995 ford taurus sedans. *ak
10/29/200106/01/1998
 The head gasket needs to be repaired and it is a recall. *ak
09/24/2001806/01/2001
 Head gaskets failed 8-00, 5-01,9-01 (cracked head) 10-01 (cracked head) after only 350 miles. the dealer and ford refuse any help with the repair. *ak
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 The head gasket failed at 125,000 destroying the engine and the transmission, consumer states it took six weeks to get a replacement engine rebuilt, consumer is requesting compensation since ford has a known head gasket problem.*jb
08/15/1999109/01/1997
 The head gasket failed on my van at 109k miles and i still owed $6,000 on it although the blue book value at the time was $8 - 9,000 depending on condition. i took the van to sharp ford in indianapolis and they told me the repair would be $3800. they gave me $2500 for the van as is. that day i purchased a new 99 windstar and used the $2500 for a down payment. i know alot of people are having problems like this. i talked to ford several times trying to get compensation for the failure and was told different things including that they would have reinbursed me if i had paid for the repairs. since i bought the van used i suspect this was not the first blown head gasket for this vehicle. i think ford should be held accountable for their defective vehicle. i lost $5,500 on that van because of this defect. *ak
10/16/2001412/01/1995
 Engine gasket has failed 4 times. engine misfired during acceleration. ford customer service representative (michelle) refused to answer my questions and concerns. the failure of the engine on the highway had the potential to cause a serious accident. *ak
09/01/2001104/15/1999
 The head gasket failed within 2000 miles of the expiration of an extended warranty. ford refuses to assist in the repair of this vehicle.
09/01/2001104/01/1999
 Headgasket failure @ 2k miles over extended warranty period. ford & local dealer refused to offer any assistance.*ak
08/10/2001108/01/1999
 In 1999 i bought a 1995 ford windstar, which i have had problems with ever since. the latest problem is a faulty head gasket. my van currently has 104,000 miles on it, and was taken to a ford dealership for repairs when it had 88,000 miles on it. i questioned if head gasket was bad, which they denied and preformed other repairs. in august 2001 i started losing antifreeze and took the van to a mechanic who said the head gasket was bad. i immediately contacted ford customer service who said the van was out of warranty and would not do anything. i then proceeded to write a letter to jacques nasser the president and copied such to various other executives. ford has acknowledged that there is a problem with the head gaskets but refuses to do anything. my van should have been fixed when it was still under warranty, but instead ford chose to wait and hope the head gasket would not break until it was out of warranty as it is now. such is not acceptable. this is ford's problem. i am a single mother trying to support the household but i have no vehicle to get to and from work and after the events of september 11th, i was laid off from my job. having no vehicle makes it extremely hard to find a new job, and without a new job i can not afford the costs for the repairs, which i should not be responsible for. i appreciate any assistance you can provide in getting ford to fix my van. ford has already extended the warranty for the head gaskets to 100,000 miles/ 7 years, but such is not enough and needs to be extended. *ak
10/05/20010
 While driving could detect burning smell of anti-freeze, and found a leak into engine. consumer took vehicle to mechanic. who indicated that consumer had received a recall notice for engine head gasket that had already been repaired.also timing belt was leaking. please provide more information.*ak
10/05/20010
 While driving could detect burning smell of anti-freeze, and found a leak into engine. consumer took vehicle to mechanic. who indicated that consumer had received a recall notice for engine head gasket that had already been repaired.also timing belt was leaking. please provide more information.*ak
05/01/19990
 Vehicle would overheat, and using fluids frequently. took to dealer, and they replaced head gasket, but problem still exists. please provide any further information.*ak
09/05/2001105/01/1995
 This engine gasket failure occured 10,000 mile after an owner notification warning that this could occur up to 100,000 miles. this vehicle was stopped when the incident happened. the potential for fatal injuries is extremely high if a vehicle was riding on the highway. ford motor company left us with a $4000.00 repair. it is my hope that the owner notification is changed to a recall which includes fixing this gasket for as long as the vehicle is in operation.*ak
05/10/2001104/01/2001
 Brakes have vibrated and noisey shortly after purchase. service centers state nothing is mechanically wrong. 08/22/01, coming back from family trip we experienced a brief roughness of operation and overdrive service light came on. 08/26/01, the vehicle spew white smoke from exhaust, overheated and stalled. everyone i called and all literature show that to be symtoms of head gasket failure. the oil is like coffee with cream in it, indicating that both gaskets have failed. the dealership service center states the recall extension to be expired. the engine date is 10/25/94 and miles are 94516 within the extension guidelines. one dealership states 3 weeks before they could get to it. i have found many summaries and many other people with this same problem. please help me to have ford repair their mistakes.*ak
08/16/200104/01/1997
 Number 6 cylinder rod bearing failed resulting in need to replace the crankshaft rod bearings and number 6 cylinder rod. according to the ford mechanic this was probably due to an anti-freeze leak (most probably from the head gasket). this occurred 17 months after warranty head gasket replacement by ford. contacted ford and they said the warranty recall no longer applied because of the milage and age of the vehicle. i advised that i already had the head gasket replaced under warranty to avoid this very problem. they contacted orange motors in albany ny who replaced the original head gasket to see if they would warranty their work. they would not. this occurred 1,000 miles away from home in tomah wisconsin at norris-vernier motor sales (a ford dealer). due to the excessive cost of the repair ($2,500) and the significant time required to repair, we left the vehicle, rented a car and drove home. we have since donated it to the american cancer society. it's my expectation that a vehicle should be able to go more than 89,000 miles and last more than 6 years without this type of major engine failure, especially since i had all recall warranty work performed, had regular oil changes and spent significant amounts of money on non-warranty work to keep it running. i just couldn't see putting another cent into this piece of garbage. i am especially disappointed that ford won't stand behind this obviously defectively designed, ill conceived product.*ak
08/16/200104/01/1997
 Number 6 cylinder rod bearing failed resulting in need to replace the crankshaft rod bearings and number 6 cylinder rod. according to the ford mechanic this was probably due to an anti-freeze leak (most probably from the head gasket). this occurred 17 months after warranty head gasket replacement by ford. contacted ford and they said the warranty recall no longer applied because of the milage and age of the vehicle. i advised that i already had the head gasket replaced under warranty to avoid this very problem. they contacted orange motors in albany ny who replaced the original head gasket to see if they would warranty their work. they would not. this occurred 1,000 miles away from home in tomah wisconsin at norris-vernier motor sales (a ford dealer). due to the excessive cost of the repair ($2,500) and the significant time required to repair, we left the vehicle, rented a car and drove home. we have since donated it to the american cancer society. it's my expectation that a vehicle should be able to go more than 89,000 miles and last more than 6 years without this type of major engine failure, especially since i had all recall warranty work performed, had regular oil changes and spent significant amounts of money on non-warranty work to keep it running. i just couldn't see putting another cent into this piece of garbage. i am especially disappointed that ford won't stand behind this obviously defectively designed, ill conceived product.*ak
12/27/200004/01/1997
 We were stranded on the road twice in this 1995 windstar and both times the loss of engine power could have caused an accident had we not been traveling at low speeds. this head gasket issue should be investigated and considered for recall since ford is using their secret warranty program to escape responsibility for putting unsafe vehicles on the road. ford has not been forthcoming to the nhtsa with the large number of affected vehicles that are still on the road with 3.8 liter timebombs just waiting for the head gasket to fail. in their own intercompany memo regarding head gasket repairs ford admits their manufacturing problems but limits their service departments repairs to just the head gasket. i would like to see the nhtsa survey owners and former owners of ford vehicles with 3.8 liter engines, particularly the 1995 windstar. i think you will find many people who had related accidents as well as many who had to bear the cost of the engine failure in the repair or tradein of that vehicle.*ak
08/01/2001
 Engine head gaskets have blownout. entire engine needs to be replaced. dealer has been contacted. please provide further details.*ak
07/29/2001107/01/2001
 My husband and i purchased our 1995 ford windstar used. after 1 week of owning our vehicle it blew a head gasket. we were told that the van was under a recall. this made us relax until we found that ford has done little to fix the problem that they have known about for some time. we are praying that they truely fix the problem instead of just putting a bandaid on it until the recall is over. we have 3 children and cant afford to keep replacing things that ford knowingly, have defects. we owe $10,000 for our van and thought we were getting a good buy as the van looks perfect! magazines for new mothers endorse the ford windstar as being a great van. i just dont understand how ford could keep making this van without being responsible for the vans that they have already on the market that are lemons. the ford motor company should have to replace all the defects on these vans before making new ones. i hope that someone will work for the little people and make ford stand by their american made product. thank you ms
08/13/20011
 Vehicle was going 60mph and engine lost oil pressure and constantly overheated. engine check light didn't come on as a warning. problem has been ongoing since 1998. problem was previously caused by coolant deteriorating the bearings. engine needed to be replaced, but dealer will not get involved financially. consumer will be fully responsibile for the repairs. *ak *jb
08/15/200103/01/2000
 The head gasket was replaced under the ford program. i drove the car 2 times, each time approximately 4 miles. the second time i drove it it overheated and had to be towed back to the dealership. they replaced the timing chain cover gasket. i was told by a ford dealer that the timing chain cover gasket was as likely to be bad as the head cover gasket but ford didn't cover that. both gasket problems allowed coolant to get into the engine oil. i was also told that because the head gasket was fixed it allowed more pressure to build and that is why the other gasket blew so quickly. i believe the gasket problems are related and that both should have been covered under the factory program.*ak
07/16/20011
 Am i responsible for sharing in the cost w/ford for an engine replacement? i believe that this is due to the blown headgasket that was replaced in 12/98. one dealership said it was covered under warranty and the other said no, i must share in the expense of a new engine. in the meantime, i am still driving it (ford won't pay in full for a rental car) with children and spouse. please provide any info you can. thanks. *ak
06/13/2001
 Ford had extended warranty about head gasket failure engine, but mine is expired. i feel very very very unfair and upset.*ak
07/01/2001102/01/1999
 Head gasket failed-numerous head gasket 482 reported in 2000-ford refused to help-used money from children fund to pay for repairs. please help
12/15/2000108/01/1995
 Head gasket failure--just past warranty mileage cutoff--ford refusing payment. *ak
07/09/2001105/01/1995
 Transmission failure six months/9k miles after ford dealer replaced engine under program for head gasket failure. *ak
06/12/2001103/01/1995
 Vehicle taken to ford for engine light on and running rough. ford dealer said head gasket was bad and replaced. also found front timing cover leaking, and charged $901.00 to repair on may 17, 2001. while on vacation in alaska, vehicle had 3000 miles on it since repair was done and oil was changed. after traveling a short distance a noise was heard in the motor. when pulled into the garage the motor had a serious noise, the oil pan was dropped and the bearings were wiped out. motor needed to be replaced in order to make it back home. cost $4000.00. would like refund from ford for money paid out for the new motor.*ak
06/12/2001103/01/1995
 Vehicle taken to ford for engine light on and running rough. ford dealer said head gasket was bad and replaced. also found front timing cover leaking, and charged $901.00 to repair on may 17, 2001. while on vacation in alaska, vehicle had 3000 miles on it since repair was done and oil was changed. after traveling a short distance a noise was heard in the motor. when pulled into the garage the motor had a serious noise, the oil pan was dropped and the bearings were wiped out. motor needed to be replaced in order to make it back home. cost $4000.00. would like refund from ford for money paid out for the new motor.*ak
07/06/200106/01/1995
 Head gasket failure on van. warranty ended 2 weeks ago. this should not happen on a vehicle with so little mileage. i understand thousands of people across the country are facing this problem daily with their windstars. why is ford not being more aggressive in compensating for an obvious and admittably falty construction design with the engine?*ak
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 The consumer believes the vehicle has an electrical computer system defect which causes coolant back up and effects the transmission burning it out, it also causes repeated damage to the head gasket and transmission, the consumer is requesting reimbursement for all repairs made. nlm
02/01/2001210/01/1996
 Transmission and head gasket sfailed at 48000 both replaced. engine failure at 50,000 now waiting 8 weeks for replacement engine.
05/21/2001108/01/1995
 Only 65,200 miles and i am original owner, and took great care of my windstar but the head gaskets still blew. when my windstar was at the dealership for other factory recalls, i was already aware of the head gasket warning notice and my check engine light was coming on constantly so i asked the dealership to replace my head gaskets. the dealership refused, saying there weren't enough symptoms and that it had to break down before they would install the improved head gaskets! *ak
06/07/2001206/07/1997
 Premature wear of the head gaskets. head gaskets blew out, causing engine to lock up, resulting in driver losing control of vehicle, dealer was replacing motor. *ak the consumer stated that the vehicle had an engine knock. the dealer examined the vehicle and found that the head gasket was leaking and the bearing had failed. after an oil pressure test, it was found that the oil pressure was low and the coolant was in the oil. the dealer replaced the engine. the consumer later received an extended warranty coverage notice from the manufacture for possible head gasket failure which could cause the engine to overheat. *yh
03/12/2001212/01/1996
 I have had two head gasket place on my van within about 18 months from each other. but this time i took my van in to have the head gasket repair and was charges 150 % more than the other repair. i took it in and told them that white smoke was coming out of the tail pipe. they told me it was the head gasket . they suposely fixed it for $2,479.00 then two day later i had to take it back in because of the oil pressure. they told me that i needed another engine which would cost me another $1,000.00. my question is that they did not do a diagonotic check, just placed parts on my van without approval , charged me for it. now i have to pay a total of $3,479.00. the frighten part is that with the head gasket going out twice, i am afraid the it might go out again. the other thing is that ford new about this problem and should have evaluated the problem just like they said with the recall, place the correct gasket (which they did not) and fix the problem instead of costing me another $1,000.00 for an engine. i need your assistance.
06/07/200105/01/1999
 Leaked quite a bit of antifreeze...had to replace timing cover gasket. also more recently, a front tire blew due to rusted front springs and struts which had to be replaced. *ak
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 Within 97,000 miles transmission has malfunctioned, reverse position is inoperable, cause unknown . *ak consumer also states that low one gear is inoperable, consumer also experienced head gasket failure, as well as overheating in the fuel tank.*jb
03/07/2001101/01/2000
 The timing cover began leaking externally and coolant was observed in at least #4 cylinder, this defect caused the vehicle to overheat, causing the engine needing to be remade, consumer is furious that the head gaskets can not be replaced under manufacturer's recall. nlm
03/07/2001101/01/2000
 The timing cover began leaking externally and coolant was observed in at least #4 cylinder, this defect caused the vehicle to overheat, causing the engine needing to be remade, consumer is furious that the head gaskets can not be replaced under manufacturer's recall. nlm
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 The head gasket failed causing damage to the vehicles engine, antifreeze leaked through the gasket into the block and destroyed the lubricating effect of the oil causing the engine to overheat. nlm
03/25/200008/01/1997
 We have replaced the engine, transmission, head gaskets, and many additional parts. i have spent close to $6,000 in repairs since buying this vehicle. i just want ford to admit that the 95 windstar has problems.
05/14/2001101/01/1996
 Engine blew head gasket and must be replaced. *ak
02/05/20011
 The head gasket and timinig cover leaked as stated in the manufacturers warranty, upon removal of the two components the mechanic found that the engine severely sludged and worn, the dip stick and engine coolant tube are corroded, consumer was never notified of the head gasket problems which were the cause of the engine damages. nlm
02/05/20011
 The head gasket and timinig cover leaked as stated in the manufacturers warranty, upon removal of the two components the mechanic found that the engine severely sludged and worn, the dip stick and engine coolant tube are corroded, consumer was never notified of the head gasket problems which were the cause of the engine damages. nlm
01/20/19982
 Vehicle was running rough when idling. dealer replaced headgaskets at 26,041. then, on 14 sept 1999, temperature gauge would go up and down. at 37, 543 miles, consumer took vehicle to dealer, and the replaced both head gaskets. then on 12/10/00 at 43451 miles, took vehicle in for the same problem which occurred twice. *ak
 Engine head gaskets blewout and leaked coolant onto engine, causing engine to fail. dealer has replaced head gaskets under ford extended warranty ploicy.*ak
05/17/2001108/01/1996
 This is the fourth head gasket failure requiring engine replacements.*ak
02/09/2001102/01/2001
 Head gaskets were repaired for free. they wouldn't repair leaking timing chain gasket under the head gasket warranty they should have replaced that at the same time. many people are having problems with the timing gear cover leaking & lossing coolant
02/09/2001102/01/2001
 Head gaskets were repaired for free. they wouldn't repair leaking timing chain gasket under the head gasket warranty they should have replaced that at the same time. many people are having problems with the timing gear cover leaking & lossing coolant
05/14/2001105/01/1999
 Engine failure occurred after dealer replaced head gaskets under extended warrantee. *ak
01/01/2001
 A private mechanic diagnosed that both engine head gaskets have gone out, and were leaking engine coolant. manufacturer extended warranty to cover this defect to 100,000 miles. however,consumer was never informed about this defect, and was receiving no assistance from the dealership/manufacturer. please provide any additional information/attachments.*ak
12/01/1999
 Engine started blowing white smoke from underneath the hood and running very rough. consumer took vehicle to a private mechanic, he diagnosed that head gasket had blownout, and fuel injectors needed to be replaced. manufacturer was aware of defect in head gasket, but vehicle exceeded the mileage necessary to be included in manufacturer's recall. please provide any additional information/attachments. *ak
05/01/1998
 Van has been running hot and ngine check light came came on. they told us at the dealer we needed a new head gasket. detroit told us it was under the onp but then when we told the dealer that they said we needed a new engine and that wasn't covered. later that day we found out they made a mistake and weren't covering the head gasket either. ford needs to do something for the consumer with this big problem. they keep passing the buck when it seems to be their fault. isn't this typical of ford with all the other problems they're having that they won't take any blame. *ak
05/05/20010
 When starting vheicle could see a white smoke just like mentioned in recall on engine head gasket. *ak
04/25/2001
 Bolts used in the heads of engine can snap, which can allow water to flow into chamber that holds vehicle. ford issued a service campaign regarding this defect, and has informed consumer that his vehicle was included in this campaign, however, consumer's vehicle is over 100,000 mile limit, and ford is refusing to perform service at no charge to consumer. please provide any additional information/attachments.*ak
11/14/19972
 Head gaskets and timing cover failed twice which was covered under warranty, except for the second time manufacturer states timing cover failure was not related to head gasket failure, as well as piston rod failure once. *jb
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 Consumer states head gasket failed due to engine problems, engine was replaced at no charge. *jb
11/14/19972
 Head gaskets and timing cover failed twice which was covered under warranty, except for the second time manufacturer states timing cover failure was not related to head gasket failure, as well as piston rod failure once. *jb
04/25/2001
 Vehicle had been driven home and parked in garage. started noticing fumes coming inside house. later went out to start vehicle which failed to start. had vehicle towed to an independent mechanic who informed consumer that head gasket failed. problem has happened twice under warranty.*ak
04/21/2001109/01/1995
 Re: ford extended warranty on ford windstar 3.8l head gaskets (ford notice 00m09). my 95 windstars head gasket blew and hydro locked my engine at 81,000 miles. the process pumped a lot of coolant through my block and out the exhaust and caused the engine to severely over heat. sawgrass ford (sunrise fl (954) 851-9100) has agreed to replace the head gasket under the warranty but wants $1176 to cover the following additional work: reseal leaking coolant at timing cover $784. tune-up $110. thermostat and gasket $85. flush cooling system $74. engine power flush $120. i had just flushed and replaced coolant and hoses within the last 10,000 miles. there were no leaks in the engine. (my garage floor is clean!) i believe that had the head gasket not blew, this other work would not be necessary and should be included in the 00m09 extended warranty work. the only reason the cooling system and engine would need flushed at this point is because the cylinders flooded with coolant when the gasket blew. that also fouled the plugs. the overheating damaged the thermostat. the overheating is also the likely cause of damage resulting in coolant leaking from the timing cover. i called ford customer care and was told the extended warranty only covers the head gasket replacement. the owner is responsible for other repairs. (even if the block froze or the heads warped!) they will not provide me a copy of the 00m09 extended warranty. i will have ford do the warranty work and take the vehicle to my local repair shop for the additional repair. any help to have ford cover this additional damage is appreciated.*ak
11/01/1999
 Head gasket failure. *ak
04/02/2001104/01/1999
 Premature head gasket failure resulted in a destroyed engine.*ak
04/05/200101/01/1997
 Engine head gasket blown. *ak
12/10/2000104/01/1999
 Head gasket failure,transmission failure between 47,500-49.500 miles. unsafe lemon.ford will not take responsibility. *ak
04/11/20011
 Engine starts to charge and white smoke comes out of the tailpipe. took to dealer, and it was a blown head gasket, and timing cover gasket.*ak ford denies any responsibilty due to mileage. *slc
04/11/20011
 Engine starts to charge and white smoke comes out of the tailpipe. took to dealer, and it was a blown head gasket, and timing cover gasket.*ak ford denies any responsibilty due to mileage. *slc
10/23/1998209/01/1996
 Bought windstar lx 3.8 used 1996, two years later head gasket blew,. i had extended warranty insurance to cove all expenses, how ever the replacement head gasket blew this week destroying the engine, for tell me i am out of look, because i did my own oil changes in the past year, my van has never been recalled, nor was i notified in march 2000 about a defected head gasket, the replacement gasket in 1998 was the defected gasket, the cost to replace engine ids $6000,00. canadian please note there appears to be no organisation in canada to complain to can you advise me terencealkin@aol.com i need help. *ak
208/01/1999
 Both head gaskets failed months after the consumer received a letter stating they (manufacturer) would replace them for free, the manufacturer refused reimbursement because the vehicle was slightly over the mileage requirement, in jan 01 the oil valve stuck causing the oil not to flow thus blowing off the oil filer, the oil light never came on the vehicle began to overheat and the engine was damaged. nlm
208/01/1999
 Both head gaskets failed months after the consumer received a letter stating they (manufacturer) would replace them for free, the manufacturer refused reimbursement because the vehicle was slightly over the mileage requirement, in jan 01 the oil valve stuck causing the oil not to flow thus blowing off the oil filer, the oil light never came on the vehicle began to overheat and the engine was damaged. nlm
12/12/2000206/01/1996
 Serviced at dealership for leaking head gasket per extended warranty letter (00m09). extensive cooling system damage caused as result of head gasket failure. dealer quoted $1,500 worth of work that would be out of pocket expense. vehicle driven immediately to independant certified mechanic for remainder of repairs (less than 3 miles door to door). dealer quote more expensive and included work that was not necessary (replacement transmission pan gasket-gasket was less than 6 months old). engine failed same day work was completed (driven less than 20 miles). replacement engine on 5 week backorder from manufacturer. engine replacement failed 3 days after work completed. second engine replacement performed by another ford dealership. vehicle was returned leaking fluid and with clamps and hoses disconnected (had to be returned again). ford has acknowlegded problem and existence of $4,000 coupon program to owners for repairs. however, best ford still will not honor program. have spent 15 weeks and more than $5,000 to have vehicle returned still running rough.*ak
03/22/2001203/01/1996
 Second failure of head gasket. first failure at 60k. ford refuses to warrant work second time. apparantly this 3.8l engine requires expensive head gasket repairs every 50-60k miles.
09/15/2000209/01/1994
 Purchased new in late 1994, this windstar 3.8l engine blew its first head gasket at 39 months of ownership and 50,000 miles. several years after paying for repair ford finally offered owners reimbursement for such repairs and extended engine warranty to 100,000 miles. although i had local dealership check on low fluids at 97,000 miles they did nothing but top off fluids. at 103,000 miles they told me my head gasket was blown and that engine coolant was going into engine. ford was contacted and refused to honor repair work under extended warranty. on. *ak
03/18/2001
 Head gasket stopped operating, resulting in replacement of engine. please provide any additional information/attachments.*ak
05/01/2000205/01/1998
 Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and vehicle was running hot she was able to pull over to shoulders. a tow truck had to tow the vehicle. dealership was aware of problem.*ak defective head gaskets caused engine failure, consumer is requesting reimbursement due to not being notified of the defective head gaskets. *slc
07/06/2000212/01/1994
 Persistent failure of headgasket due to error in engine design.*ak
05/01/1999305/01/1998
 I purchased a 95 ford windstar, in may of l998 with an extended warranty. after 90,000 i began notciing leakage from the head gasket. warranty had ended i sought an independent dealer for service. i was not notified by ford of the extended warranty issued on the gaskets for 95 windstars. as a consumer i feel that ford voilated mly lrights as a custmoer for not notifying me of the recall. *ak
02/01/200120
 Transmission has failed. *ak vehicle completely shuts off with no warning while in motion, consumer states it feels as if the transmission locks up, mechanic checked vehicle and found that the problem was in the head gaskets. *slc
03/13/20010
 Consumer never had a warning of a problem until she had 100 thousand mile check up. then, heard a noise. took automobile back to dealer, and when mechanic took it back to bay area head gaskets blew up.*ak
12/04/20001
 Engine head gaskets failed, replaced at owner's expense, owner would like ford to help with repairs made, ford extended warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles. cj
02/23/20012
 Recall for head gasket was performed, but now engine is leaking all water out of it .*ak consumer states heater core rotted out, crank case oil keeps turning black, oil filter keeps plugging up oil, oil light illuminates when slowing down for full stop or just slowing down, consumer has been charged for additional repairs. *slc
03/12/2001
 Vehicle was leaking antifreeze. dealer found timecase cover gasket needs to be replaced. *ak
02/19/200111/01/1994
 It is my understanding that ford has an unusually high number of gasket failures, and that there is already a recall on the head gasket. however - the front cover gasket failures are not covered under this recall repair. i am interested in information on the number of front cover gasket failures in the early windstar models, and whether or not this issue is under investigation. thank you.
05/26/2000108/01/1997
 Ford replaced engine after head gaskt repairs contaminated.jerking again!!the original engine was replaced aug 2000 after ron robert's ford contaminated it when repairing the head gasket that went out. (which in order to have repaired i had to get my state attorney general consumer protection office involved because ford and ron roberts refused to replace the gasket even after i had been in and had it checked 4 months before as per an owner notification i received.) i took my vehicle to be repaired by pruitt ford in burkburnett, tx after the ron roberts fiasco. pruitt did the engine replacement. my check engine light was still on...i took it back and had some hoses replaced. i was advised that no tune up was needed (note: my oxygen sensor was replaced 4 months before my engine blew). for the first time in 3 years my check engine was off. i just got on the road for long trip (the first since the hoses were replaced) after 1 hour the vehicle started jerking when i was travelling at 50-60 mph. only lower speeds (40-50mph) or higher speeds (70-80 mph) stopped the jerks. i pulled over for about 15 mins, restarted the vehicle and, once again, the check engine light is on. the engine also stalls when making sudden and hard stops. this jerking is the exact same thing the firt engine was doing before the head gasket went out. i was told by pruitt that ford would not hold up the 100,000 mi head gasket repair on my new engine even though it only has 12,000 mi. on it. can nhtsa do anything to stop this thing. i have been going round and round with ford about my vehicle since 1998. i like the windstars ride and roominess but i do not like how ford is treating me. i have taken my vehicle in for all the owner notifications (3 so far) and keep up my maintenance. who protects the consumer from half truths and just plain bad business ethics?*ak
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 Blown head gasket replaced twice, the first time the replacement was reimbursed under manufacturer's recall, the 2nd failure the consumer had to pay for. *slc
05/14/19972
 Water pump failed 2 times, front timing cover failed, and the oil pump had to be sealed. *slc
05/14/19972
 Water pump failed 2 times, front timing cover failed, and the oil pump had to be sealed. *slc
212/01/1994
 When driving no more then over two miles vehicle was leaking coolant and overheated. consumer has contacted dealer, dealer corrected problem under recall at 65 thousand miles. head gasket replaced with an aluminum part. vehicle experienced same problem at one hundred nine thousand miles. manufacturer refused to correct problem. *ak the manufacturer was aware of both the transmission and head gasket problems even before the consumer purchased this vehicle. still, there were no attempt by the manufacturer to correct these problems. *yh
09/01/2000201/01/1998
 We have had ford replace the head gasket once, and the entire engine head & gasket on another occassion. now, the engine is leaking coolant from around the timing belt housing. i can not get any satisfaction from ford motor co. my personal mechanic says that there should be no way that coolant should be leaking from that area of the engine with only 76,000 miles on the car! can you help me? thanks!*ak
02/01/2001407/01/1995
 Transmission failure in aug. 2000, replaced at my cost,then head gasket blew, ford recall/program fixed under warranty, immediately aftr main bearing shot. ford says it is not their problem. *ak
01/16/2001
 Engine blew out, and headgasket had to be replaced prior to that. *ak
02/01/2000
 While driving engine check light came on, and white smoke started coming out. then vehicle started to sputter and overheated. *ak
 Head gaskets have blown prematurely. dealer replaced head gaskets at 80000 miles under t extended warranty policy. head gaskets have blowed since then. manufacturer has been notified. *ak
01/01/2000106/01/1994
 Recall on sliding door - problem ever since repaired. rear wiper motor died three times and was replaced. recall on head gaskets. since ford dealer replaced them, the intake manifold gaskets blew, replaced those at our expense (approx. $1000), then the front water pump gasket blew and replaced those at our expense (approx. another $500), then the engine blew and we were informed that the cause was water and antifreeze got into the engine and spun the bearings.... told by the parts manager that it all started back with the head gaskets. ford is not backing their engine due to this problem. also, was not told the first time we came in that the replacement of the head gasket would cause more gaskets to break until after our second return to the service center. since then, we authorized them to replace the engine. ford does not have any on the shelf because they have gone thru so many of them and it would be another four weeks waiting period! meanwhile, we will be wihtout a vehicle for two months and it will cost us another $1,000.! as far as the anti-lock brakes, the rear passenger side would make a loud thumping sound when brakes were applied....however, dealership said they could not find any problem. therefore, we had to put up with the loud sound, which frightened my passengers and myself.
12/27/2000106/01/1996
 Ford has extended the manufactuers' warranty on this head gasket failure and associated damage up to 100,000 miles... because our car had 104,200 miles ford was unwilling to provide any repairs. these head gaskets fail at a rate over 200 times the rate of other cars. we were well aware of this problem, however our car was asymptomatic until it suddenly failed. *ak
02/10/2001
 Tried to start vehicle and failed. after several attempts vehicle started. then, thick white smoke came out of rear of vehicle. vehicle was towed to dealer, and notified consumer that head gasket blewout. *ak
06/22/2000108/01/1994
 Major head gasket problem with this vehicle now problem with front engine cover due to poor workmanship when engine was replaced. ford needs to admit that this is a real problem and fully compensate for repairs . coil spring failure is very dangerous. i am glad that it happened when the vehicle was going into the driveway and not at highway speeds like when the engine blew. it is two bad this model year was a disaster and ford play such a game with a serious safety issue.a m. *ak
02/02/20011
 Radiator fluid was bubbling over, coming out tailpipe and smoking. head gaskets blew out, and engine has to be replaced because of damage. ford released a warranty extension for head gaskets. there were no prior problem when letter was received. vehicle was to be only brought in when problem occurred. also, letter was based on mileage which vehicle had exceeded at the time of problem. ford was not willing to do anything dealing with letter. rounded off it will be near $4000 damage, to be repaired. *jb
01/25/2001106/01/2000
 Have heard of numerous problems with heads on ford 3.8litre. *ak
06/01/2000108/01/1995
 Driver side front suspension spring broke. initially vehicle was drivable but eventually the spring collapsed enough to cause rubbing on the tire. spring was replaced after a 3 month wait due to ford not having any. this is on top of 2 head gasket replacements and a transmission replacement. the vehicle is a lemon, ford knows it, and the consumer gets screwed. .*ak
 Head gasket has failed, causing anti-freeze to leak. ford will not cover it under extended warranty. *ak
01/22/2001109/01/1999
 We experienced a problem with our head gasket failing and subsequent repairs as a direct result of the head gasket failure. we had received a letter from ford stating that there was a potential for the head gasket failure and there would be an extended warranty to cover the replacement of the gasket however our problem is that ford knnows there is a problem with the 1995 windstar and did not cover the additional expensed we incurred because of a direct correlation with the failure of the head gasket. we had to pay $1100 out of our own pocket. if ford had simply placed a recall on these defective parts we would not have had this expense. i have spoken to three different people at ford's customer relations and not one single person wants to hear what i have to say. our service mmanager informed us it is a problem and form motor co. is well aware of it and chooses to do nothing to help the customer. basically i was told by sherwin in customer relations that unfortunately i am an unsatisfied customer and they only have a handful of unsatisfied customers. he also told me they did an investigation and found that my repairs were not a result of the failure of the head gasket. i spoke to the service manager at dennison ford in bloomington and he confirmed my suspicions that he never talked to anyone in customer relations concerning my vehicle. luckily i was only going 25 mph and am wondering what could, have happened if i would have been traveling at 65 mph on the interstate when my engine failed. i tried to file a complaint with sherwin today and i was told, i do not have a complaint to file. i was told i have no proof whatsoever to back up my claims however i was told,,,,,,,,,,by someone at dennison that yes indeed some of this engine fail,ure was a result of the head gasket problem. i feel that ford is not genuinely concerned with the safety of their customers. is there anything you can do to help me? thank you.*ak
01/25/2001110/01/1996
 Numerous problems with '95 windstar including head gasket, oxgen sensor etc. *ak
01/22/2001107/01/1995
 Heater not working properly. temperature gauge overheated. took it to dealer to check out. i was informed needed a new engine. the 3.8 liter v6 head gasket was a problem they were knowingly aware of. there is a special program providing coverage for 7 years or 100,000 miles. at 105,000 miles i do not qualify. my 5 year old vehicle needs a new engine at my expense. the vehicle was religiously maintained. the dealer, and supposed zone manager, won't budge. why didn't they recall my car and replace the faulty head gasket before the engine failed. unbelievable. as a consumer i feel i was mislead and intentionally kept uninformed. i fail to believe ford can get away with having a product on the road they know is an engine failure time bomb. *ak
06/01/1999105/01/1995
 Two sets of head gaskets have blowenout since replacement. also, motor mounts broke on new engine.*ak the transmission was slipping and may fail soon. *yh
06/01/1999105/01/1995
 Two sets of head gaskets have blowenout since replacement. also, motor mounts broke on new engine.*ak the transmission was slipping and may fail soon. *yh
 The 3.8 engine , cover for anti freeze has deteriorated, and is leaking antifreeze into engine compartment. *ak
09/20/2000109/01/1995
 Ditschman ford service dept found timing gear cover gasket was leaking, while van was in shop for head gasket recall. while this problem has a tsb (961714 in your db) dealer refused to fix it unless i paid $1100.00 for the service. since the leak was minor and the dealer would not budge on the cost, i declined the service at that time.
01/11/2001109/01/1997
 Failed head gasket repaired under extended warranty/ timing gasket to the price of $808.00. *ak
01/11/2001109/01/1997
 Failed head gasket repaired under extended warranty/ timing gasket to the price of $808.00. *ak
 Engine head gaskets have gone bad, causing a major oil leak in engine compartment. dealer has been contacted.*ak
09/20/2000109/01/1995
 Ditschman ford service dept found timing gear cover gasket was leaking, while van was in shop for head gasket recall. while this problem has a tsb (961714 in your db) dealer refused to fix it unless i paid $1100.00 for the service. since the leak was minor and the dealer would not budge on the cost, i declined the service at that time.
01/14/200112/01/1999
 More that 90% of windstar owners have had same complaint of van problems...seems that the transmission and the head gasket problem happen close together in time. i know that this has been submitted tons of times...dont you think that its time to pull these off the road and fix them once and for all before something serious happens? it was a close call for me and my three kids when the transmission went on the ford that i have.*ak
1
 The head gasket blew with only 51,000 miles on the vehicle. nlm
06/01/1999112/01/1995
 Vehicle experienced failure of the recall component prior to notification which caused damage to the entire engine, premature head gasket failure. yh
01/14/20010
 Engine gasket blew, and temperature gauge kept running hot. took vehicle to a mechanic, and they said it was a blown head gasket, there was a recall, consumer never received recall letter. *ak
12/15/2000112/01/1994
 Ford seems to set limits just inside expected fairlure times... limit is 100000 miles for known head gasket issue. had some type issue with gray paint peel off on 1990 bronco... started 2 months after 5 yr warranty ended. *ak
12/14/2000110/01/1997
 Head gasket failure resulted in 3 different ford dealers recommending a complete engine replacement even though the car was driven less than 100 miles after the first symptom. i was never notified of a recall/program to replace the head gasket. ford was contacted and claims they will not provide financial assistance even though this is a known engine defect. *ak
02/01/1999
 This vehicle has a salvaged title, and last march ford sent me the information on the extended warranty for the head gasket problems. they then rescended the extended warranty saying that the vehicle has a salvaged title. do i have a claim against them? then, just this month i found out that the head now has a crack in it, thus another major repair. i would appreciate any help on this matter. thanks. rich rohde. *ak
12/25/2000105/01/1997
 I was told by 2 different mechanics that 1995 ford 6 cl are notorious aluminum heads blowing thus killing the motor.*ak
12/02/2000202/16/2000
 While driving, consumer noticed vehicle was leaking fluid, rpm's started running high and vehicle overheated, consumer turned vehicle off and tried to restart it, but it would not, mechanic stated that the engine blew, after head gaskets were replaced 2 months later, the engine blew, a used engine was installed and 70 miles after driving, it blew. *slc
11/01/199904/01/1998
 I had to replace the transmission aproximately november 1999 ($2000.00), a couple of months later i thought the thermostat needed replaced in the engine but it turned out to be the head gasket problem ford is having($1200.00), i contacted ford and got refused immediately because my van had over 100,000 miles on it. i believe ford knew of this problem when my van was under the 100,000 mile mark but did not notify the owners of this problem. i have a newspaper clipping stating that ford is having the head gasket problem and i am looking for reimbursement for this.*ak
01/05/2001105/01/1994
 Why won't the nhtsa do something about these constant head gasket failures in ford windstars? why are consumers left to fend for themselves ? what will it take for the nhtsa to begin action? help us or stop pretending that ford windstar owners have some imaginary recourse in these matters? i have experienced a blown transmission at 33,100 miles and now a blown head gasket at 70,800 miles. *ak
08/01/20000
 While driving about 10 mph front of vehicle started making noise like cranking hard, and engine lost power. then, consumer took vehicle to dealer where they said that it was a head gasket failure. they could not take care of this problem, even though there was a recall because there was too many miles on vehicle. *ak
 While traveling vehicle overheated. had vehicle serviced, and technician noticed head gasket needed to be replaced. please provide further informaition.*ak
12/19/2000
 Vehicle experiencing problem with a rusted/corroded timing chain cover due to coolant leakages. dealer notified, and informed consumer that part was not covered under warranty or manufacturer's recall. any repairs would be at consumer's cost. please feel free to provide any further details on this matter. *ak
 Timing belt and oxygen sensor changed, causing the check engine light to come on, during repair mechanic noticed failed head gasket which was causing engine overheating. *cj
 Timing belt and oxygen sensor changed, causing the check engine light to come on, during repair mechanic noticed failed head gasket which was causing engine overheating. *cj
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 Consumer had the engine replaced due to a leaking head gasket, the consumer heard of a secret warranty and was questioning if this vehicle could be covered under that warranty. *slc
11/10/1999106/01/1997
 Head gasket faield. *slc
 Blown engine head gasket. *cj
11/29/19991
 The vehicle has a blown head gasket. *slc
11/29/19991
 The head gasket failed causing damage to the engine, ford issued an extended warranty to cover the defective head gaskets, however the consumer was denied repair due to the mileage being over 60000. *mjs
01/23/1999111/01/1996
 Head gasket failed. nlm
01/20/20001
 The engine head gasket blew causing the engine to overheat, ford issued an extended warranty due to the defective head gaskets, however the vehicle is not covered due to the mileage being over 60000. *mjs
1
 Consumer was denied recall repairs (manufacturer's recall regarding head gaskets) due to the mileage on the vehicle was beyond the cut off, the vehicle is now experiencing leaking from the front case which is from the same problem with the head gaskets. *slc
05/14/2000108/01/1995
 Headgasket replaced under recall. water pump gasket replaced at owner cost. vehicle is now running poorly (suspect same failure or failed engine crank and bearings) and leaking oil from main seal. another 1000 dollar repair according to dealer.
07/21/1998202/01/1995
 Head gaskets failed at 52,000 and at 103,000 miles. would like to recieve compensation from ford motor company for this obvious defected product. *ak
11/15/2000111/14/2000
 Vehicle was parked in a carpart and noticed oil staines on road. and there was corrosion inside of engine compartment.*ak the vehicle has excessive rust underneath. the dealer under stated the odometer reading when the consumer purchased the vehicle. *yh
 Vehicle was sold to consumer with a manufacturer's recall for head gasket on nov. 30, 2000. program ended in october, 2000. dealer has been contacted.*ak
12/04/2000104/01/2000
 Ford has agreed to repair a blown head gasket via their ownership notification program. i would like to see this handled as a recall instead of an onp, since (1) i have heard of many people that have had this same problem, and (2) there would be no 7-year expiration date of the notification. *ak
12/09/20001
 I recently have been experiencing problems with my heating system and my car overheating. i've been told it's a head gasket failure, and ford motors will not fix it nor reimburse me. they have told me that i am 18000 miles over the allowed limit. i feel this is a manufacturer's default and there should be a recall or a unlimited extended warantee.
11/27/2000107/01/2000
 Head gasket went out along with the starter & believed to be water pump also went out..all with in 2 days....no notice at all engine light came on when gasket blew.covered with a lot of smoke which filled my whole backyard.i turmed the van off and it would not start...i contacted paydays south where i purchased the van when they directed me to ricart ford in columbus,ohio.they had believed it was still covered under factory warranty.i spoke with a kevin daniels at ricart who was very nice and is going to set up a appt for us....also when we replaced the starter..we attempted to start the van and it made two very loud clanking noises.which left me very concerned about the damages done to the engine.
11/27/2000104/01/1999
 This is a known ford defect, 3.8 lt engine with faulty head gasket. our engine self destructed 400 miles from home. ford is un co operative as far as what they accept responsiblity for, unnecessary cost are being incurred by owner of these vehicles, head gasket failure causes coolant to enter the engine fouling out the spark plugs, and oxygen sensors, when engine self destructs as mine did ford,to refuses replace plugs, wires, and gaskets. the ford dealer that repaired my vehicle also charged me labor costs to install the parts that ford refused to replace due to the engine failure. *ak
11/25/200003/01/2000
 Head gaskets: van purchased in march 2000 from a used car dealership - mileage 91,000. at 102,637 head gaskets blown & possibly cracked head. notified ford they stated the previous owner was notified of this possible problem in may 2000 and because we were over 100,000 miles there was nothing that could be done. now it is costing us $3,500 for a new engine because this problem was not corrected and we were not notified that this vehicle had a recall. dealership says there is also nothing that they can do. i spoke with our local ford dealership they said to speak to someone at ford headquarters that they were the only ones that could override the 100,000 mile warranty. the woman i spoke to at ford hq was extremely rude and really couldn't care less. i informed her that it was unfair that this letter was sent out in may (when we had already purchased this vehicle) and yet because the previous owner received it we have to pay for it. she again told me that a letter had been sent out to the previous owner there. *ak
11/22/2000101/01/1998
 We previously had head gasket replaced on this vehicle through a ford recall. now, the engine has spun a rod bearing at the crank shaft. we believe that there is a problem with the manufacturing of the 1995 ford windstar engine overall.*ak
11/29/2000111/01/1995
 Our head gaskets failed on the vehicle. the only warning was an erractic tempature gauge. we are air force officers serving in the uk and transported the vehichle with us. we are only allowed one vehicle, and we are now without a vehicle for a very long time due to very short supply of parts in the uk. it is very disappointing to find out that ford was and is well aware of this failure, yet refuses to pay the cost. i would never sell my car to someone else knowing full well the headgaskets are going to blow, so ford has knowlingly stuck all windtar owners with this huge bill. ford should be held responsible for a recall of this vehicle due to thier knowledge of the problem. *ak
03/06/1998210/01/1994
 I have had 2 head gasket failures on my 1995 ford windstar. the first one was repaired by ford under warranty @ a cost of $2378.60. it failed again 38,000 miles later. i had it repaired by an independent mechanic at a cost of $2,003.97. i contacted a ford dealer and called their customer service organization but they would not cover the cost of the second failure. i believe that the ford dealer did not properly make the repairs the first time resulting in the second failure. i don't know where to go for a solution. please help!! *ak
11/23/2000105/01/1997
 Head gasket went, repaired under warranty but ford will not take responsibility for the radiator or timing cover gasket which are both directly involved in the damage done by the head gasket failure. the radiator is separating at the seams due to fuel getting into it from the blown head gasket and the timing gasket is also damaged by the introduction of fuel into the coolant system. they wanted us to pay $1,400 to fix even though it was the defective head gasket that caused the damage. how can i get them to repair the damage done?
11/23/2000105/01/1997
 Head gasket went, repaired under warranty but ford will not take responsibility for the radiator or timing cover gasket which are both directly involved in the damage done by the head gasket failure. the radiator is separating at the seams due to fuel getting into it from the blown head gasket and the timing gasket is also damaged by the introduction of fuel into the coolant system. they wanted us to pay $1,400 to fix even though it was the defective head gasket that caused the damage. how can i get them to repair the damage done?
11/25/200003/01/2000
 Head gaskets: van purchased in march 2000 from a used car dealership - mileage 91,000. at 102,637 head gaskets blown & possibly cracked head. notified ford they stated the previous owner was notified of this possible problem in may 2000 and because we were over 100,000 miles there was nothing that could be done. now it is costing us $3,500 for a new engine because this problem was not corrected and we were not notified that this vehicle had a recall. dealership says there is also nothing that they can do. i spoke with our local ford dealership they said to speak to someone at ford headquarters that they were the only ones that could override the 100,000 mile warranty. the woman i spoke to at ford hq was extremely rude and really couldn't care less. i informed her that it was unfair that this letter was sent out in may (when we had already purchased this vehicle) and yet because the previous owner received it we have to pay for it. she again told me that a letter had been sent out to the previous owner there. *ak
09/14/2000107/01/1995
 The head gasket failure was instantaneous and could have resulted in injuries if it occured at highway speeds.*ak
10/01/1998
 Nothing new to ntsa: head gasket failure, timing cover rotting, engine check light on, door agar light on, etc....you are very familiar with 1995 ford windstar and related problems!*ak
10/01/1998
 Nothing new to ntsa: head gasket failure, timing cover rotting, engine check light on, door agar light on, etc....you are very familiar with 1995 ford windstar and related problems!*ak
11/20/2000103/01/1999
 This is a problem known by ford and the fact that the ford dealer in my area will not fix the head gasket, but will only replace the engine is suspectible. this repair could cost me 4000 dollars versus the typical 1000 to fix the head gasket. *ak
09/15/2000112/01/1994
 On 9/15/00, after about 3 days of research, jerry's ford of annandale (703) 256-5000 concluded that the noise i was hearing at 35-40mph, 50mph, and 60mph was due to a leaking piston and that the engine would have to be replaced at only 85,548 miles. my invoice read: needs engine. ford offered 50/50 split. owner advised. after i was told that failure was not imminent, i decided to wait. by november, the noise had worsened, but jerrys ford could not get a replacement engine until january. i called sheehy ford on 11/3 and made an appointment with david garrett for 11/6. i told david about the 50/50 offer from ford on the invoice, showed it to him on 11/6 when i dropped off my van, and faxed a copy that day. he called me later and said all the work would not be done until noon on 11/7 and that irene berry, the ford regional rep, had not answered their calls about the 50/50 promise. i called sheehy daily and was told that they could not get hold of irene. on 11/15, i asked for the phone number of irenes boss. he referrred me to fords north american customer service center. they said ford policy denies customer service access to the phone number of irene berry or her boss. they promised to send irene an e-mail about my predicament and mention my request to be reimbursed $233.91 for a rental car due to her delay in contacting sheehy ford. on 11/16, sean told me that irene had to talk to jerrys ford to refresh her memory on the 50/50 pledge. i called fred javier at jerrys. he said irene had left a message for him to call her without saying why. i explained my dilemma and 9-day wait and asked him to call her. later, ford customer service called to say irene approved the 50/50 payment, but refused to pay for the rental car. i picked up my van on 11/16. how could an engine fail at 85,548 miles? *ak
11/01/2000211/01/1995
 1999 engine repair was head gasket covered under extended warranty. 2000 engine and transmission failure required replacement with rebuilt transmission and engine. *ak
11/23/2000
 Front cover gasket of timing chain is leaking coolant into oil system. dealer notified, and informed consumer that that this vehicle was not covered under manufacturer's recall due to vin. please feel free to provide any further details on this matter. *ak
11/12/200010/01/2000
 We brought in vehicle for repair of coolant leak diagnosed as timing chian cover gasket by autofair ford in manchester nh. charged 630.00 recieved car back on thursday the 9th of november today the 12th of november i have experianced some form of engine failure!*ak
11/01/2000109/01/1994
 Already replace head gasket now timing gasket leaking. *ak
11/07/2000101/01/1996
 The head gasket issue is wll known to ford, as they extended warranty to 7yrs/100,000 miles, i have been told that since i have passed 100,000 (by 300 miles) warranty is invalid...apparently this problem may be large enough to consider a recall. *ak
09/15/2000112/01/1994
 We experienced head gasket failure on our 95 ford windstar. although the dealership has agreed to pay for the head gaskets, they refused to pay for secondary damage (timing cover gasket) we had to pay $840. small claims court against ford on 12/12/00. hope to gather as much info as possible. email gonzodeb@erols.com. *ak
11/05/2000109/01/1999
 Engine overheated due to a defective head gasket that was recalled. *ak consumer never received a recall letter and feels that she should be reimbursed for the repair costs she incurred. *slc
11/01/19982
 Head gasket failed causing damage to the engine cooling system, vehicle repaired however head gasket failed again causing extensive damage and leakage, which requires engine replacement.*et
07/21/2000103/31/2000
 Head gasket failed causing leak, after repair of the gasket the engine failed and had to be replaced. nlm
 Water pump and transmission failed due to cracked forward piston which was made out of aluminium, causing vehicle to jerk and slow down speed. also, engine blewout about 1 week after transmission was replaced due to head gasket.*ak
10/31/20000
 Engine is running hot due to a defaulted engine gasket. *ak
02/25/199920201/01/1996
 Blown head gasket,ford engine replaced, head gasket going .electrial problems since i purchased the van.thousands of my money spent for repairs with problems still occurring.no relief from ford motor company. years of aggraviation &out-put of monies.repairs, rental cars,etc.*ak
09/14/20003
 Consumer has had head gasket replaced 3 times starting october 24th, 1997. problem has never been resolved. dealer has sent a letter to extend the warranty. warranty was up at 100,000. consumer only had 10,000 miles to go. engine blewout the first time. other problems have occurred, such as the temperature gauge.*ak
01/01/19951
 Consumer replaced engine and computer due to the manufacturer recall component failure dealing with head gaskets, manufacturer refused to cover this due to vehicle mileage being over 60,000, egr valve was also replaced when engine light came on, consumer requests reimbursement. *slc
09/01/2000102/01/1997
 I had the head gasket fixed under the ford recall; one week later the engine threw a rod, and it required a new long block and assorted parts. they had my car for 5 weeks, and never explained wether it was a defective engine or a mhuman failure. it then, one week later, started having transmission problems, with the car slipping out of gear on the freeway at 60mph. i called the dealership, only to be told it wasnt their fault, and the repairs would be at my expense, yet this wasnt happening before they took my car apart. i still have the car, driving it only as absolutle necessary; i cant afford the repairs and dont feel im responsible. this particular model has a terrible track record for defects.
 Both gaskets blew out, ford decided to replaced the entire engine.*et
10/09/1998107/03/1998
 Head gasket, timimg cover gasket and water pump gasket failed. *et
10/09/1998107/03/1998
 Head gasket, timimg cover gasket and water pump gasket failed. *et
 Both gaskets blew out, ford decided to replaced the entire engine.*et
07/01/1999210/01/1995
 In july of 1999 we experienced total engine failure while driving on a cross countyr trip. the head gaskets failed, ford claimed no defect or responsibility even under warranty. calls for legal action produced a replacement engine but we absorbed all the associated costs. in november 0f 1999 the second engine failed in the exact same way, again ford said there was no problem with the ford engines, they refused to replace the engine and replaced both head gaskets instead.*ak
05/26/2000205/22/1999
 Was driving 55mph and engine exploded. coolant system mixed in with the oil according to mechanic after taking vehicle to dealer. head gasket was cause of problem. prior to engine exploding, head gasket was replaced. there was engine stalling problems. took to dealer & it caught fire. was notified problem was the engine (twice). it needed replacing.*ak
02/10/20001
 Head gasket blew. *et
02/01/19982
 First head gasket failed at 59000 miles, new engine replaced and head gasket failed again at 101,000 miles. *et
09/15/200001/01/1997
 They would cover the head gaskets, but not the problems that were caused by the head gasket failure-1500 dollars worth. i have a letter saying they cover related problems, but now ford says it is up to the dealership. and they aren't covering the other problems caused by the head gaskets. *ak
02/22/2000207/01/1998
 On 2/22/00 the head gasket blew on the 1995 3.8l engine. the dealer replaced the gasket on 2/28/00. they would not honor the 100,000 mile recall on the engine. on 4/28/00 the engined failed while driving on route 495 in ma with a speed of 60 mph. the failure was from leaking coolant from the replaced head gasket that result in wiping the bearing and #5 & 6 cylinders. at first the dealer would not warranty the work. on 5/16/00, the dealer finally warranty the work and stated that a new engine would take 2-5 weeks to receive. the engine was not received until mid july. a replacement vehicle was not offfered to me until i had to raise a little stink at the dealer on 6/20/00. i also inquired if there was a buyback program for the vehicle. the dealer ever responed. come to find out there is a program for the '95 &'96 windstar to the high failure rate of the engine. i also was never reimbursed fro the head gasket work done originally on 2/28/00. *ak
08/10/2000211/01/1994
 Failure of head gaskets was originally repaired about march 2000, second occurance on august 10, 2000. vehicle is still at dealership awaiting parts. ford motors cannot tell dealer or myself when to expect part or repair to be completed. only response fromford was after i went to the trouble of contacting them through their web site. i am not happy with the ambigous response i was gien at this time. your part is on emergency order & will be shipped it has to come from back east. *ak
07/05/1999107/01/1994
 I also had the head gasket fail on our ford windstar. so , the dealer replaced the engine as per the recall by ford at no cost to me. about one month later the low oil light comes on. when i checked the oil, it was not even touching the dipstick. it was filled and brought back to the mentioned dealer who did the original replacement of the engine. they found no oil leaks and said the engine would have to break in for 5000 miles. my wife and i drove the car 6000 miles and logged the mileageand the amount of oil every time we had to add it. we were burning 1 quart every 1000 miles. the cars was brought back to the dealer in april 2000 as perf there request to return once the engine was broken in. they ran an oil consumption test and requested that i return with the car whne it was 1 qt low ( basically they changed the oil and filter and marked the level on the dipstick. after one month it was a quart low after driving about 1200 miles. when i returned to the dealer. they stated that consumption of 1 quart of oil every 900 miles is within ford specifications. i have written letters to the dealership, ford's complaiint dept. and to the director of ford vehicle service programs. i receved *1* phone call stating that my letters was received and ford would look into the problem. that was back in june, 2000. i have not heard from anyone since. since then the transmission has also failed in the same vehicle @ 51k miles and another of these reports filed. i have found many people on various discussion boards with the same problems, yet ford refuses to do anything.. we need your help!!!
110/01/1996
 The numerous failures on ford transmissions are because they used aluminum instead of steel in a high pressure area,it will probably take a class action suit just like the head gaskets and the ignitions. *ak
07/05/1999107/01/1994
 I also had the head gasket fail on our ford windstar. so , the dealer replaced the engine as per the recall by ford at no cost to me. about one month later the low oil light comes on. when i checked the oil, it was not even touching the dipstick. it was filled and brought back to the mentioned dealer who did the original replacement of the engine. they found no oil leaks and said the engine would have to break in for 5000 miles. my wife and i drove the car 6000 miles and logged the mileageand the amount of oil every time we had to add it. we were burning 1 quart every 1000 miles. the cars was brought back to the dealer in april 2000 as perf there request to return once the engine was broken in. they ran an oil consumption test and requested that i return with the car whne it was 1 qt low ( basically they changed the oil and filter and marked the level on the dipstick. after one month it was a quart low after driving about 1200 miles. when i returned to the dealer. they stated that consumption of 1 quart of oil every 900 miles is within ford specifications. i have written letters to the dealership, ford's complaiint dept. and to the director of ford vehicle service programs. i receved *1* phone call stating that my letters was received and ford would look into the problem. that was back in june, 2000. i have not heard from anyone since. since then the transmission has also failed in the same vehicle @ 51k miles and another of these reports filed. i have found many people on various discussion boards with the same problems, yet ford refuses to do anything.. we need your help!!!
110/01/1996
 The numerous failures on ford transmissions are because they used aluminum instead of steel in a high pressure area,it will probably take a class action suit just like the head gaskets and the ignitions. *ak
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 The head gasket failed prior to recall notice but the consumer was denied repair because the vehicle was over 100,000 miles, however the vehicle is experiencing the symptoms of the recall. nlm
106/05/1995
 Front cover gasket leaked. yh
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 Head gasket failed 8,000 miles after extended warranty. nlm
106/05/1995
 Oil pan leaked. yh
08/30/200010/01/1994
 Recently had head gasket failure which resulted in a cracked head. ford reimbursed the bill for this repair, but now the vehicle is in a service provider with a new problem. they say that i have a bad or blown bearing which might require a new motor costing upwards of $4000.00. i'm totally disgusted with this vehicle. under 60,000 miles and i've had the head replaced and now i'm told that the motor needs to be replaced. is there anything that can be done? is ford aware of this new problem and if so are they going to make good??? please help. desperate
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 Vehicle experienced failure of the manufacturers recall component (head gasket) consumer has had to replace the engine due to defective head gasket failure. yh
 Not contacted and unaware of the recall on 1995 ford windstar for head gasket failures.i've had numerous problems with my engine for at least one year now.i just crossed the 100,000 mile mark in the past 2 month's, and the head gasket has blown.i'm not sure why the manufacturer does not send out letters to inform there customers of obvious and major defects to there vehicle's. what if any actions can i take to offset some of the cost of repairing this vehicle manufactured defect. thankyou
04/15/1999109/01/1998
 When the engine seized up, i took the van to phil long ford. they proceeded to run the diagnosis and informed me the van needed a new engine which would cost $3500.00. i did not have the money for the engine and waited. in may of 2000 i received a recall notice on the head gasket. took the car to phil long in july. according to phil long, all that needed replaced was the head gasket. they replaced the head gasket, spark splug, changed the oil (antifreeze had leaked into the oil), and the oil filter. this was at their expence. all of a sudden, no new engine was needed. two months later, to the day, i lost all the gears except low. i need to know if there has been a recall on the transmission and what the warranty is on the transmission for a 1995 windstar. it seems unlikely that the transmission would go on such a new model.
05/05/20003
 Was experiencing problems with head gasket leaking on 01 jan 00. had vehicle towed to mechanic & informed head consumer that gasket was repaired previously. problem caused engine to be damaged. mechanic indicated vehicle is driveable, but engine was dying & had owner drive off lot. returned vehicle & engine was replaced. new engine started to have electrical problems. air conditioner did not work & dome light came on and off.*ak
01/01/19991
 Vehicle experienced continued problems with the engine overheating and faulty head gaskets, recall was issued by ford in regards to head gasket failure, consumer was denied reimbursement due to exceeding the mileage requirement. *mjs
06/23/2000002/19/2000
 5548 miles over the recall (head gasket recall) dealer locked at it and said it was ok, 500 miles later the engine went out due to the recall.
12/22/1999104/01/1997
 Head gasket repaired 1 month before recall was extended to my model year. now ford will not honor my receipt for refund.*ak
11/01/1999108/01/1995
 Blown head gaskets at 44k told they would be covered by recall. additionally told that the timing cover gasket needs to be replace but not covered by recall. when i told them not to do the work i was warned by the ford service manager that i would have serious damage that would not be covered within 1 month. cost for timing gasket cover was to be $800 but settled and paid $400. it took 3 weeks (nov 1-21, 1999) to get the work done right. march 2000 i receive a letter for ford customer credit. dealership could not explain the program so when i called and provided my info i was told that since my $400 payment was not for the recall (head gaskets only) that i was not eligible for the $4000 credit that they previously had lead me to believe that i was. i have a new taurus picked out waiting to be picked up and now i am told that i don't qualify for the credit. if this ends up being the case, this windstar will be the last ford that i own! i promise! *ak
03/01/19983
 Within past 5 years consumer had to replace engine 3 times due to failure of head gasket and rod bearings. *ak
03/01/19983
 Within past 5 years consumer had to replace engine 3 times due to failure of head gasket and rod bearings. *ak
07/21/2000103/01/2000
 Head gasket was replace on 5/10/00. dealer says no correlation to blown engine. traveling out of state, while on vacation at 60mph. loss of power. was traveling with my mother and two small children. stranded for 3 days, no car. car remians in pa, i in ny. will take 8-12 weeks to repair. ford is doing nothing for me. not answering my questions, no loaner car, nothing.
07/20/200008/01/1997
 Engine failure several months after head gasket failure. ford has serious quality problem that is not being addressed
07/04/2000108/01/1999
 Blown head gasket on 95 ford windstar. i've never received a letter from the manufacturer about the problem with the 3.8 cylinder engines. the ford dealer is telling me that its too late to fix the problem now. do you have any information about this problem?*ak
06/20/1999105/01/1996
 The transmission failed at the same time that the engine overheated due to faulty head gasket . i took the van into koons for check engine light and they found nothing, but charged me $500, later, the engine seized and had to be replaced; upon getting my van back with a rebuilt engine, the transmission was not working properly and failed within the week. the aamco dealership told me that a forward clutch thing was not working, but worse yet: the transmission completely failed because it had become extremely hot; in fact, so hot that any internal components that were rubber or plastic actually melted, and the gear teeth became so hot that they changed color to purple-ish and cracked in places. yet ford refuses to associate the damage to the transmission with their faulty head gasket. incidently, i have been fully reimbursed for the rebuilt engine, but not the $500 ford 'service' response to the 'check engine' light, or the $2,500 transmission. *ak
06/23/2000202/01/1995
 While drving engine head gasket started to leak. water was getting into the oil. this caused vehicle to lose power. also, transmission would slip, and it took too long to shift into 2nd gear from 1st gear. took vehicle to dealer & mechanic indicated that transmission needed complete overhaul. also, would check head gasket.*ak
05/01/1999211/01/1998
 This is the second time that we have had to bring our windstar in for head gasket failure. ford is aware of the chronic mechanical failures of their windstars. i understand that the transmission will probably be the next thing to go. i would like you to do something about making ford accountable for their failures and not making the public pick up the tab as usual. thank you for your help.*ak
01/01/2000105/01/1995
 Piston went through engine block so engine had to be replaced. dealer & ford responded verbally denying fault, request for voucher of $4000 for new car, and/or repayment of repairs. *ak
07/02/1998208/01/1997
 The head gasket blew at 45,000 miles the first time and the head gasket blew at 78,402 the second time. both times cooler was detected in the oil. *ak
08/09/20000
 Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and engine just stopped/ vehicle shut down, no electrical power. coolant and water was running out from underneath the vehicle. headgasket blew out. dealership was notified.*ak
07/25/20001
 Vehicle overheated, and smoke was coming from pipe. then. consumer took vehicle to dealer, where technician saw that problem was a blown engine head gasket.*ak transmission failed three times. gas tank failed. windshield is defective. and side door clamps failed. *yh
07/03/2000112/01/1994
 When vehicle is at operating temperature, automatic transmission fails to engage properly from a standing start. several second delay when trying to accelerate from a standing start. transmission is slipping. upon investigating in various web-sites appears to be a widespread problem. hope others are complaining too. transmission fluid is at proper level. suffered the head gasket failure. engine was replaced in december 1999.*ak
06/28/2000107/01/1994
 Engine seized after head gasket failure in dec 1998. stengers ford (now out of business) took in excess of one month to repair. they admitted this was their first attempt to replace windstar engine. within a few weeks of receiving windstar back. also, transmission failed. *ak
07/09/20007506/01/1995
 This problem has occurred since head gasket was replaced. ford has tried numberous times to repair this problem. engine failure occurs intermitently while making turns sometimes going down steep hills leaving the driver with no steering and very little brakes. this van is dangerous. close calls from being rearended from cars behind you who do not know the van is going to lose all engine power.*ak
06/26/2000108/01/1999
 There is a recall in process for this, however, i was told that it only covered vehicles with 100,000 miles or less on them. the van had 96,000 miles on it when we purchased it, and now neither ford nor wynn's warranty are going to cover the cost of the repairs for a problem that was so common that a recall had to be issued.ak
01/01/1999
 On june 27, 2000, i heard a ticking noise and took the van into mullinax to have it checked. they did a thorough check and informed me that the problem was the timing cover gasket and could be repaired for approximately $900. i wanted to have my own mechanic check it out. he looked at it and said that the timing cover gasket was not leaking; however the head gasket was. he was leaving for vacation, so he could not work on it for several weeks. i then took it to another respected mechanic and was told immediately that the ticking was coming from the transmission, but the head gasket was also bad. he recommended i take it to a transmission specialist immediately and bring it back to him for the head gasket problem. on the way to the transmission repair (july 5), the transmission went, completely needing to be replaced at a cost of $2,000. the head gasket repair will be approximately $650. the timing cover gasket does not even need replaced, which was the only thing mullinax told me was wrong with it. after researching, i have found hundreds of people who have experienced almost identical problems. ford did extend the warrantly to 100,000 miles. unfortunately, i am over that amount. by extending the warranty, they have admitted that this is a problem. i feel that making a limit on the mileage is unfair, considering the fact that almost everyone who owns a 1995 windstar has experienced this problem (or will if it hasn't happened yet.) ford will offer no assistance. they won't even give out phone numbers to anyone higher than a district manager. the people on top just sit in their quiet offices and deny these claims. something should be done to protect innocent people. i do not have $2600 for these repairs. they should be held responsible for their error.*ak
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 Head gasket failed. nlm
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 Head gasket failed. nlm
07/12/20000
 Consumer was traveling about 60mph on the highway and air conditioner was blowing hot air . vehicle overheated on the highway due to engine head gasket blowing out. *ak
04/05/2000
 Engine head gasket blew out, causing anti-freeze to overheat.*ak
03/11/20000
 Vehicle just cut off. consumer had to be told to take vehicle to dealer. dealer replaced motor and oil gasket. then, july 6 of 2000 motor went out again . took vehicle back to dealer, and they said they had to replace motor and crankshaft. *ak
07/07/20000
 While driving about 65 mph when vehicle stalled without a warning. problem was reoccurring. vehicle was taken to dealer, and they told consumer that problem was with a timing cover leak. *ak *ml
06/03/2000
 Engine head gasket is defective
07/05/20000
 Consumer vehicle had a recall notice for the head gasket. damage was done antifreeze and oil mix up together and the head gasket blew. and the rear and front bearings were replaced. the engine cracked. *ak
07/05/20000
 Consumer vehicle had a recall notice for the head gasket. damage was done antifreeze and oil mix up together and the head gasket blew. and the rear and front bearings were replaced. the engine cracked. *ak
06/15/2000106/01/1994
 Vehicle has been well maintained and routinely serviced per manufacturers recommenations and does not have towing capability. transmission would occasionly behave as if it were in neutral when trying to accelerate from a complete stop. it finally lost all drive in first and reverse gears, resulting in a $ 2000 transmission repair at the dealer. the faulty part was a cracked aluminium forward clutch piston, which is now replaced by a steel part .(i have the damaged part.) the transmission troubles started after the main head gaskets blew and overheated the engine. i had to repair the head gaskets myself because my vehicle was 4 months beyond the original recall notice limitations. after i repaired the head gaskets with the new ford parts, i just recently received the recall extension notice in the mail approx 2 months ago. what lousey timing.*ak
10/26/1999104/01/1996
 Electrical brake light problem required dealer to pull out dash to repair 8/19/96. letter from ford says out of warranty. failure of auto trans at 59,428 in 11/4/97. there is a service bulletin issued by ford for forward clutch pistons. ford refuses again to cover.-- manufacturing defect. in oct 24, 99 head gasket failure--replaced engine at 87,376 miles. ford issues recall letter and we receive $3200 from ford june 16, 2000. second transmission replacement at 89,021. mechanic states overheating of engine affected the second transmission. during test drive of third transmission, the speedometer malfunctions. the ford dealer repairs problem. the total of these repairs alone total approximately $9500.00! *ak
01/05/19991
 Was driving to ball game and van lost power and started to make clicking motor noise. shut off engine and re- started . the engine keep making noise. drove home at a very slow pace. this reduced noise from motor . had it towed to garage, who informed me i needed a new engine at a cost of about $3,400.00. they thought the main bearings where bad but would have to tear it down to find out for sure. had van towed home. was afraid to drive van to go trade it in. paid a guy $300.00 to put lower bearings in so i could drive it. lost $2500.00 on trade in for bad engine. total lost was $2,990.00 for towing ,work performed and lost trade -in value. a friend of mine had same problem with his 95 windstar ford. he took his to ford dealer and got relief. we did get recall on head- gasket and had that work performed. it was to late ,i think it had done caused damage to engine. ford should have something for people like me who took a hit on trade in because for a bad engine. *ak
06/03/2000107/01/1995
 Vehicle failed on the pennsylvania turnpike at somerset, pa. vehicle towed to bedford ford dealership located in bedford, pa. service manager (paul weiss) admitted that engine head gasket on 3.8 liter ford engines are notorious for early failure. service manager refused to provide any financial relief. service manager refused to provide name or contact point of ford district service representative. the ford customer assistance 800-number is not authorized to provide any financial relief...they can only record an individual owner's complaint. does nhtsa have any authority to compel ford motor company to take responsibility for a substandard defective engine component and reimburse the owner for a premature head gasket *ak
06/01/2000206/01/1998
 Overdrive light blinking, we brought vehicle to ford dealership. the transmission needs to be replaced at a cost of $1500-$2100 (2 quotes from 2 different ford dealerships). told us that the transmission was only covered up to 75k under special warranty, we had 80k. we choose to let the vehicle sit in the driveway. a week later check engine light came on. took it to another ford dealer, told us the head gasket needs to be repaired again (we repaired it last year). ford won't let us use the buy-back option as stated in the march 2000 letter to windstar owners who have head gasket failure. the dealership and a ford motor corp customer service rep said that once we accepted the reimbursement for the first head gasket repair, subsequent head gasket failures could only be repaired, the buy-back option was no longer available. the letter from ford does not state this and we were not informed at the time of the first repair that this could be a reoccurring problem and that we wont have that option later to use the buy-back program instead of repairing the vehicle. car is now sitting in driveway until we figure out what our rights are. we would like ford to buy back our windstar for what we owe*ak.
05/25/2000107/01/1995
 I would intermittently smell coolant when my '95 windstar was stopped and warm. i brought it into to the dealer to check out because i was aware that there have been many issues with head gasket failures on the windstar (even though i was never notified by ford motor co that there was any kind of extended warranty or recall on the head gasket). end result was that the head gasket was not leaking, but the timing cover gasket was. because i was aware there was the potential for the head gasket failure, i had the dealer replace both the head gasket and the timing cover gasket. the head gasket repair was covered under the extended warranty by ford, however the timing cover gasket was not. after looking into this service issue further, i realize that the timing cover gasket failure is also a very common repair in conjunction with the head gasket repair. i am looking to put pressure on ford motor co to step up and admit that the timing cover gasket is also of poor quality and subject to failure, and am hopeful that an extended warranty or recall will be issued on the timing cover gasket repair as well. *ak
03/01/1998
 Head gasket defect. *ak
05/25/2000107/01/1995
 I would intermittently smell coolant when my '95 windstar was stopped and warm. i brought it into to the dealer to check out because i was aware that there have been many issues with head gasket failures on the windstar (even though i was never notified by ford motor co that there was any kind of extended warranty or recall on the head gasket). end result was that the head gasket was not leaking, but the timing cover gasket was. because i was aware there was the potential for the head gasket failure, i had the dealer replace both the head gasket and the timing cover gasket. the head gasket repair was covered under the extended warranty by ford, however the timing cover gasket was not. after looking into this service issue further, i realize that the timing cover gasket failure is also a very common repair in conjunction with the head gasket repair. i am looking to put pressure on ford motor co to step up and admit that the timing cover gasket is also of poor quality and subject to failure, and am hopeful that an extended warranty or recall will be issued on the timing cover gasket repair as well. *ak
02/01/1995
 Timing gasket cover replaced at my cost although head gasket was recalled.*ak
04/19/2000112/01/1999
 We purchased this used 1995 windstar and a bumper to bumper warranty in april 2000, and our first mini vacation to boulder city, the engine failed in the city of barstow california. we had seven passengers in the van at the time, and had to drive to the nearest ford dealer in barstow to find out the engine was blown. we then had to rent a mini van, and was told my windstar would be fixed in about a week. after two weeks and a rental charge of $1058.00 the van was not repaired. we then contacted the dealer where we had purchased the mini van ken grody in the city of buena park, they had picked up our van from the barstow ford dealer on may 3, 2000 and was promised they would install a new engine within a few weeks. now it is june 8, 2000 and today i had called for tenth time to the service department and was told the engines are still back ordered. we are very frustrated because we had far in advance made reservation to go on vacation to arizona to the grand canyon with our four children and we are now told we will not have our van for this trip. ken grody ford has given us a rental mini windstar van to use, but the rental agreement prohibits us to leave the state of california. we need a vehicle to go on our family reunion in arizona. this chaps our hide. we need help!! we had looked on the web site under ford and found out there is a problem with the engines of the 1995 windstar, and was not told of this problem when we made the purchase, and did not receive any inforamtion from ford regarding a recall. what is the next step we take to get satisfaction? we had notice that ford motor was offering $4000.00 towards a new purchase, but we just had purchased the vehicle for $16,000.00 and owe $10,000.00, this is not a very good incentive to move forward to another purchase. we don't know when we will ever see our van again. i feel now we should recieve a new complete drivetrain to include the transaxle. please help us in this matter, again what should we do? *ak
05/29/2000107/01/1995
 Just had timing cover gasket replaced before holiday vacation. i believe repair had direct impact on why engine failed. engine was more sluggish after repair. i noticed problems (lack of acceration) going up hills after the repair. this vehicle's engine is definitely a lemon. this has happened to many others. i'm hoping (praying) ford will do something. nhtsa should force ford to cover their mistakes on this model and year.*ak
05/29/2000112/01/1994
 Engine head gasket was replaced 1/00. engine knock started 5/00. dealer and ford refused payment or assistance. *ak
06/07/2000105/01/1995
 Where's ford's accountability? i've changed a gasket in the motor 2 weeks ago and now that $801 repair will be thrown out when the motor is replaced. ford built tough & to last has now died at 99001 miles. i think ford should pay for a new motor and reimburse me $801 for a useless gasket., plus $450.50 for a new catalytic converter and hose that got blown bec. of it. *ak
05/20/200008/01/1998
 The last incident reported dated 1/07/00 i was told a very common occurrence with the 3.8 liter engines. commonly seen in the 95 windstar and the ford taraus. i had a coolent leak and had to replace the timing cover, and gasket. this was extensive work with required replacement of the front crankshaft, oil seal and new timing belt. this also did damage to my water pump and i had to have this replaced also. i have copies of my invoices for the services completed and would like to know how to report this to ford directly. *ak
05/20/200008/01/1998
 The last incident reported dated 1/07/00 i was told a very common occurrence with the 3.8 liter engines. commonly seen in the 95 windstar and the ford taraus. i had a coolent leak and had to replace the timing cover, and gasket. this was extensive work with required replacement of the front crankshaft, oil seal and new timing belt. this also did damage to my water pump and i had to have this replaced also. i have copies of my invoices for the services completed and would like to know how to report this to ford directly. *ak
03/07/2000106/07/1994
 The engine malfunctioned due to premature head gasket failure. yh
05/29/2000
 Ongoing loss of engine coolant. vehicle was taken to dealer, and dealer informed consumer of a blown head gasket. manufacturter was notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under manufacturer's entended warranty of 7 years/100,000 miles. *ak
05/09/2000108/14/1995
 Timing chain cover gasket is prematurely leaking, cause unknown. *ak 95 windstars were recalled for intake manifold gaskets and valve cover gaskets failures. on all most all of these recalls the front timning chain gaskets are leaking. *yh
07/04/19980
 Vehicle was losing coolant, and there was also a funny smell. however, cooliant was not noticeably leaking onto the ground. *ak
05/01/2000104/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets blew on highway. ford will cover repair up to 100,000 miles only, per notification letter in march 2000. if vehicle has over 100,00 miles the $1300 repair is customers problem for ford's known-design flaw!*ak
03/03/2000109/01/1995
 Head gasket blew and ford decided not to compenstate us since the mileage was over the magical 100,000 not to happy considering all the problems ford is having with these head gaskets and engines for the 1995 windstars. can you help us?????????? thank you, steve chiodini
03/14/200002/01/1995
 After initially getting the head gaskets replaced at no charge in dec. 1999, the van had the same symptoms in march 2000. the symptoms were no heat, irradic temperature gauge, and loss of anti-freeze. i brought the van back to the dealer in march 2000. i was told that the timing cover gasket needed to be replaced. initially the estimate was for $900 but i had complained to ford motor and the dealer (able ford) charged me $715 for the repair. now the van started to exhibit an erratic temperature gauge, the needle going up and down probably from air pockets in the system, and running a little rough. my dilema is whether or not to trust the dealer and ford to diagnose, and fix the car properly. *ak
12/17/1999106/01/1999
 Head gasket failed requiring upper half of engine replaced. 1 week after getting minivan back, spun a rod in the engine, requiring engine being replaced. 1 month after getting back w/rebuilt engine, transmission failed requiring new transmission. dealer states that head gasket and transmission failures i experienced are very common with '95 windstar. ford not interested in helping me w/problems. *ak
03/23/200007/01/1998
 Had to replace expensive timing case cover or head gasket failure would have occured as per my mechanic. *ak
03/23/200007/01/1998
 Had to replace expensive timing case cover or head gasket failure would have occured as per my mechanic. *ak
05/15/2000107/01/1995
 On 5-15-00 i brought my windstar back to the dealer because it continued to lose coolant. i was told that it was the head gasket and that all costs would be covered by ford due to an extended warranty. when i picked my car up it didn't seem to engage into gear properly. on returning home(1/2 mile) i called the dealership to report the problem. i returned the van and was told that the transmission was gone and would cost almost $3,000.00 to repair. i have since contacted ford and must now wait for two business days before i will be contacted by the dealer. *ak
10/01/1998
 Head gaskett failed letting water into block. *ak
09/30/1995107/01/1995
 Engine head gasket was leaking from time i took car home. was an itermittent problem on and off until seal finally gave way completely. in my opinion this should have been fixed by the dealer while the vehicle was under warranty. it was never properly diagnosed. now when i take it in, and there have been many others like mine, they know what the problem is and they know the gasket was defective to begin with. i believe that i should be reimbursed for this repair completely (along with many others). obviously people already know about the valve cover gasket problem with this vehicle amongst many others. ford should do much more for the 1995 owners than they have done. *ak
04/02/2000105/01/1995
 My head gasket blew, and as soon as i had my windstar in the shop, four other windstars came in with the same exact problem! and were in a small town auto repair shop in bosenheim,germany. we are all soldiers stationed in bad kreuznach, germany.*ak
08/14/19972
 The consumer has had two head gaskets failures, the second failure caused damage to the engine. nm
01/05/19991
 Head gasket failed prior to recall notice 00m09 causing the check engine light to illuminate. nlm
05/08/200008/01/1998
 Transmission failed after having repaired to head gasket and engine block. ford dealer does not acknowledge any connection. *ak
05/10/2000211/01/1997
 Seeking asst for repair of apparent defect as 60% of online reported incidents involve head gaskets. 2nd time head gaskets blew w/ 117132 miles. 1st time at 83,000 miles repaired. *ak
10/01/1997
 Received an extended warranty notice on head gasket. when van began overheating and using coolant i took it in to have the head gasket checked. it was found to be bad and replaced under warranty. however, mechanic also inspected timing cover gasket and found it was also leaking but not covered under warranty. i was unable to afford the repairs for the timing cover gasket and mechanic advised it would be ok to drive if i watch coolant level until i can get this fixed. ford customer service representative stated that the i would have to pay for this repair as it was not covered by the extended warranty. transmission problems became apparent when the vehicle started shifting roughly and then could not be put in reverse. transmission required rebuilding. *ak
10/01/1997
 Received an extended warranty notice on head gasket. when van began overheating and using coolant i took it in to have the head gasket checked. it was found to be bad and replaced under warranty. however, mechanic also inspected timing cover gasket and found it was also leaking but not covered under warranty. i was unable to afford the repairs for the timing cover gasket and mechanic advised it would be ok to drive if i watch coolant level until i can get this fixed. ford customer service representative stated that the i would have to pay for this repair as it was not covered by the extended warranty. transmission problems became apparent when the vehicle started shifting roughly and then could not be put in reverse. transmission required rebuilding. *ak
05/01/2000108/01/1995
 Timing cover gasket is a $30 part that cannot be reached unlees the motor is taken out for an additional $750. in labor. this is outrageous because of the way ford built the windstar. they advertise ford built tough and built to last. this is the second failure of a gasket on this car. it doesn't seem that it is built to last. ford should be made accountable and should cover this repair.
02/04/2000104/01/1994
 Blown head gasket; 2.5 months later, bad water pump and transmission overhaul needed. *ak
05/08/200008/01/1998
 Transmission failed after having repaired to head gasket and engine block. ford dealer does not acknowledge any connection. *ak
05/07/2000105/01/1997
 Engine head gasket recall work was done . engine overheated and failed one month later .engine needs to be replaced .they found othere gaskets that also went bad as in the timming chain cover. *ak
05/07/2000105/01/1997
 Engine head gasket recall work was done . engine overheated and failed one month later .engine needs to be replaced .they found othere gaskets that also went bad as in the timming chain cover. *ak
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
 Recall 99s33 says windstar may be exposed to very high ambient temperatures in my area and they have determined that the rmined that the fuel tank in my vehicle may crack as a result of temperatures. fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could potentially cause a fire. dealer will installed a revised fuel tank strap and a specifically designed fuel tank brace designed to eliminate the potential for fuel tank stress cracks on the windstar. in the care where the fuel tank is already leaking from a stress crack, a replacement tank will be installed at no charge. my question is - if the cracks are caused from very high temperatures, how can a fuel tank strap and a fuel tank brace eliminate potential fuel tank stress cracks on this vehicle. seems this procedure may stabilize the fuel tank but has nothing to do with stress cracks caused by high temperatures. my automobile is in shop as i previously wrote today for blown head gaskets, and ford and dealership are refusing to honor their extended warranty. i do not wish to jeopardize myself or my passengers under the false pretenses that a strap is going to make a difference to a defective fuel tank that is susceptible to cracks under excessive temperatures which are the conditions that normal in the gulf coast area. please let me know how this strap and brace will prevent future leakage from temperatures and potential fire. *ak
05/01/2000307/01/1994
 Anti- freeze is leaking from the front of the engine at the head gasket. this is the third occurrence of this problem. the two prior gasket failures were repaired at the dealorship where i purchased the vehicle, at no charge. i was informed by the ford customer assistance center that the warranty for the head gasket had been extended to 100,000 miles. however my vehicle has 118,000 and is no longer covered. *ak
04/20/2000108/01/1999
 Went ten miles, stoped for 30 minutes. restarted and the head gaskets blew. *ak
05/01/20006003/01/1994
 The abs brakes were inspected three times by the dealer under warranty and the problem was not solved, and the brakes continue to act erratically. engine head gasket was replaced by ford under its warranty in 1998 but it continued to leak small amounts. the timing chain gasket is now leaking. the transmission was replaced at our expense in february 1999 (we've reported it here earlier) all these problems are well known by ford, but except for the head gaskets, it has stonewalled us and other customers about the repairs. the transmission and the abs are definite safety hazards, and the engine damage that can result from the gasket failures can leave people stranded without notice. *ak
05/01/20006003/01/1994
 The abs brakes were inspected three times by the dealer under warranty and the problem was not solved, and the brakes continue to act erratically. engine head gasket was replaced by ford under its warranty in 1998 but it continued to leak small amounts. the timing chain gasket is now leaking. the transmission was replaced at our expense in february 1999 (we've reported it here earlier) all these problems are well known by ford, but except for the head gaskets, it has stonewalled us and other customers about the repairs. the transmission and the abs are definite safety hazards, and the engine damage that can result from the gasket failures can leave people stranded without notice. *ak
03/01/1995
 Head gaskets blew, leaking timing belt gasket, blown speed sensor, transmission problems
04/12/2000208/01/1997
 The vehicle has had head gasket failure twice in two years and 20,000 miles apart. *ak
03/01/1995
 Head gaskets blew, leaking timing belt gasket, blown speed sensor, transmission problems
1011/01/1994
 Transmission has never worked properly. hard shifts between gears, and reverse gear fails intermittently. have had to ford many times in last 5 years (when under warranty) and they refused to look at or fix saying that's the way it's supposed to be (don't think that's true since there are days i can't back my van up). ford has never owned up to this problem. the 1995 windstar is a lemon with multiple problems and should be taken off the road. other problems are a leaky engine head gasket and spongy/faulty abs brakes. *ak
08/14/19972
 The consumer has had two head gaskets failures, the second failure caused damage to the engine. nm
1
 Head gasket failed causing coolant loss. nlm
06/01/1997407/01/1996
 We have replaced the transmission four times. we now have a head gasket problem with my 3.8 liter ford windstar engine. the reason i could not provide the vin # is because my car is in the shop at this moment being repaired. the approximate cost for the repairs is approximately $2,500. *ak
07/02/199905/01/1994
 This minivan was my worst nightmare. after having the head gaskets checked and transmission serviced at 58702 miles my gaskets went @ 66940, transmission @68420,engine replaced at 71843 miles. all this happened at our busiest time of year. my daughter is a softball pitcher and the tranny went on my way to a rural town tourny, the engine went over 100 miles from home on our way to state tourney which we sent our daughter with the coach. but we missed it. after having the enginge replaced with a used one pulling into my driveway my poer steering went and the car caught fire from the fluid spraying onto the engine. the original hose was used with the replacement engine. new hose was routed a different way so the hose wasn't so close to the exhaust pipe. i was lucky this happened in my driveway. all this happened within a few months and ford or the dealership were not helpfull. i sold the van and will never buy another ford. *ak
07/02/1999101/01/1997
 Engine failure due to head gasket defect. vehicle was towed to dealer. dealer informed us that the recall had expired. we told them that we weren't the original owners therefore did not receive the notice; they told us 'tough'. we attempted to escalate the problem and three days later a 'supervisor' left us a msg. on our answering machine telling us ford will do nothing! they had our main source of transportation for almost 30 days while we struggled to save enough money to pay for the repairs (~$1200.00). computer failure incident: we took the vehicle in for the replacement of a 'dpf sensor' that was discovered after the head gasket repair and before we picked up the van. now we were told the main computer was gone and the code wasn't coming up saying the dpf sensor needed replacing. $530.00 later, we take the van home and the check engine light comes on (dpf sensor problems??); the van has leaked fluid all over our parking pad; the vehicle is stuttering when pressing the gas pedal after a stop; a transmission wire that controls the vehicles ability to go into park, reverse, neutral, etc. has come loose and we are afraid to take it back to ford. ford is going to refund us our $1200 for the gasket work, but what about the trauma they put their customers through? what about the loss of work time encountered due to the vehicle having to be at the dealer for a month? they owe us more than just a refund! if they had fixed their admitted error in the first place, we wouldn't have had to suffer without our vehicle for so long. i'm not going to be satisfied with just the refunding of the cost of the work (which i was informed yesterday that it may take 6-10 weeks instead of the normal 4 weeks due to the high volume of refunds they have for this problem) we have been beyond inconvenienced. something has to be done in the favor of the many, many, many folks that have suffered at the hands of ford. hopefully, nhtsa can get the ball rolling. *ak
12/03/1999111/01/1996
 I kept burning out brakes every 6 months until the whole brake line blew up caused from heat. mechanic said brake line melted due to placement next to heat from catalytic converter. a very serious manufacturers default. potential fire and fatality safety issue! line needs heat resister shield next to converter. head gasket blew but dealer claims recall only goes to 100k miles and won't cover blown engine. just paid van off now the engine is gone! expected more than 5 years out of it. the van should be recalled! *ak
04/17/200007/01/1995
 Recall #98-mo1 on a 1995 ford winstar - contacted for motor company because i have 122,000 miles on my vehicle that will not pay to have my head gasket fixed. if i had received a recall i could have had my vehicle checked prior to the 100,000 miles. my question is if this a recall why do they have a right to put mileage limitation on this. if the head gasket is a problem on the winstar (95) then they need to be repaired at the ford companies expense. just because maybe i maintained my vehicle better and it took longer for this to happen i do not know! why should i be punished for their faulty head gasket. i feel that it should have been their responsiblity to notify all owners of 1995 windstar that this needed to be replaced. it is not like i bought this used, i purchased directly from the dealership so they should have all my information, plus i have it financed with the ford motor company. i need help to see that this is corrected. *ak
04/15/2000210/01/1997
 This is the second time this engine has started to smoke heavy. i paid once before to have a new head gasket and heads put in. ford send out a letter for defected heads and gaskets before. i called up ford after receiving this letter and was refunded my money for head job. 7 months later this same van, just quit running so i took it to a ford dealership. they just said it was a loose clamp,and send me on my way. that same day the engine check light came on, the reason for this i don't know because everytime i told them about the light,they just tell me it's a sensor. i never could get this fixed since i bought the van. now this van is smoking from the tailpipe again with the problem as before so i called ford again and was told ther was nothing they could do for me since they already reimpursed me my money once before. all i want is to get problem fixed,considering ford knows that this problem on this specific van exists. *ak
04/10/1999105/01/1998
 The head gasket failed while driving to the airport. average speed 35 mph. the transmission slips while taking off. from a stop. *ak
04/15/2000210/01/1997
 This is the second time this engine has started to smoke heavy. i paid once before to have a new head gasket and heads put in. ford send out a letter for defected heads and gaskets before. i called up ford after receiving this letter and was refunded my money for head job. 7 months later this same van, just quit running so i took it to a ford dealership. they just said it was a loose clamp,and send me on my way. that same day the engine check light came on, the reason for this i don't know because everytime i told them about the light,they just tell me it's a sensor. i never could get this fixed since i bought the van. now this van is smoking from the tailpipe again with the problem as before so i called ford again and was told ther was nothing they could do for me since they already reimpursed me my money once before. all i want is to get problem fixed,considering ford knows that this problem on this specific van exists. *ak
03/15/200009/01/1996
 The failure is with the head gasket which causes coolant to leak into the cylinders and which causes the engine to over heat. ford extended the coverage of this problem to 100,000 miles but i had 114,000 miles on the vehicle. i feel that if this problem is a known defect in the head gasket then it should be replaced whether or not it is over 100,000 miles on the vehicle. *ak
03/15/200009/01/1996
 The failure is with the head gasket which causes coolant to leak into the cylinders and which causes the engine to over heat. ford extended the coverage of this problem to 100,000 miles but i had 114,000 miles on the vehicle. i feel that if this problem is a known defect in the head gasket then it should be replaced whether or not it is over 100,000 miles on the vehicle. *ak
03/15/200009/01/1996
 The failure is with the head gasket which causes coolant to leak into the cylinders and which causes the engine to over heat. ford extended the coverage of this problem to 100,000 miles but i had 114,000 miles on the vehicle. i feel that if this problem is a known defect in the head gasket then it should be replaced whether or not it is over 100,000 miles on the vehicle. *ak
03/15/200009/01/1996
 The failure is with the head gasket which causes coolant to leak into the cylinders and which causes the engine to over heat. ford extended the coverage of this problem to 100,000 miles but i had 114,000 miles on the vehicle. i feel that if this problem is a known defect in the head gasket then it should be replaced whether or not it is over 100,000 miles on the vehicle. *ak
04/27/20000
 Engine head gasket blew out, and water was getting inside the engine. *ak
04/17/200007/01/1995
 After further investigation of this problem i have learned that this blown head gasket on windstar 1995 was an owner notification. well, i never received this notification and had i would have taken my vehicle to the shop to go over. i undertand that ford has changed its limitation from 60,000 to 100,000. i do not understand that if they are having so many problems with the head gaskets so now i am reading all the horrible stories and how people were treated. it concerns me that they have ommited that there is a problem and why should owner be penalized and expected to take the loss because of a faulty problem with the ford head gasket. i have 1979 ford bronco which has over 200,000 or even alot more and we have never done anything to this vechicle accept replace the clutch and we bought it brand new. i feel that the ford motor company has a responsiblilty to the owners of the windstars to stand up and take the responsbility, again why should i be penalized and expected to pay for something they new would possibly happen sooner or later. i am not sure why i got mileage out of my vehicle before this happen. maybe because i took very good care of my vehicle and serviced it regularly. i put on a lot of miles a year. i am a sales person who is on the road 6 days out of the week on business. and again i did not receive owner notification. i would like for this information to be recorded and reported to whom ever it takes to stand up and take notice of the responsibility that the ford motor company should stand behind their products or not be in the business to manufacture something that they will not accept responsibility on when a problem occurs. *ak
07/02/199905/01/1994
 This minivan was my worst nightmare. after having the head gaskets checked and transmission serviced at 58702 miles my gaskets went @ 66940, transmission @68420,engine replaced at 71843 miles. all this happened at our busiest time of year. my daughter is a softball pitcher and the tranny went on my way to a rural town tourny, the engine went over 100 miles from home on our way to state tourney which we sent our daughter with the coach. but we missed it. after having the enginge replaced with a used one pulling into my driveway my poer steering went and the car caught fire from the fluid spraying onto the engine. the original hose was used with the replacement engine. new hose was routed a different way so the hose wasn't so close to the exhaust pipe. i was lucky this happened in my driveway. all this happened within a few months and ford or the dealership were not helpfull. i sold the van and will never buy another ford. *ak
08/14/19971
 Head gasket failed. yh
211/01/1995
 Head gasket failed. yh
1
 Head gasket failed, ford will not cover vehicle due to mileage. nlm
1
 Head gasket failed. nlm
12/01/1999108/01/1997
 Blown head gasket due to poor design caused vehicle to overheat while consumer was driving. nlm
111/01/1995
 A broken piston rod caused a metalic rattling noise. yh
01/01/20000
 While driving anti-freeze leaked. owner requests that this complaint be removed, ford has corrected the problem. *ak.et.
01/27/2000
 Consumer had no idea vehicle was leaking coolant while driving. head gasket blew out. consumer received letter about extended warranty up to 100,000 miles. vehicle was taken in with 104,000 miles on it, and dealer would not cover head gasket repairs, according to letter. consumer spoke with ford rep and was told that all she could do was to hold on to her service bill, the warranty might be extended. *ak
04/24/20000
 While driving on freeway vehicle experienced loss of engine/ overheated/ loss of power and shut down due to engine head gasket blowing out. vehcile was towed to dealer. *ak
 When driving consumer noticed an anti-freeze smell within the passenger's compartment. when vehicle overheated, consumer contacted the dealer, dealer stated that engine head gasket blew out. also, transmission needed replacing. please provide any further details. *ak
 While traveling vehicle overheated, and temperature was on high. dealer has been contacted, and stated cracked head gasket. please provide further information. *ak
10/01/19990
 Automobile is in the first phase of the head gasket going out. it is losing coolant at a rapid pace, and after a 2 hour trip engine heated to a high temperature.also, manufacturer is aware of consistent defect, but has not issued any recalls. *ak
03/30/200005/01/1996
 I understand you are compiling information regarding blown engines due to head gasket failure. please add my 1995 windstar to your list. *ak
03/22/200004/01/1994
 At 50,000 miles the head gaskets went out. at 60,000 the transmission went out. there was no reverse, and the car was very dificult to drive. at 70,000 the brakes went out. we had no anti-lock brake system and finally no brakes at all. ford compensated us for the head gaskets only. this car is a hazard on the road! but we cannot afford another car right now!
06/01/1998
 The headgasket problem is obviously a factory defect, even if the vehicle is over the 100,000 limit, it should be paid for by ford, especially because it already blew up at 52,000 miles and was badly fixed then, that is why it blew up again now. nhtsa should make ford responsible for this headgasket problem, and also for the transmission problems. thank you. *ak
04/05/2000101/01/1997
 Contacted aamco. told this problem is known. sun roof broke and they use updated one as original is thin and breaks at weld. additionally, dealer thought flywheel might be cracked and stated they had one in 2 days prior with same problem.
03/15/200001/01/1996
 I have contacted ford motor co. about this and they will not refund my money of $1410.00 for the repair caused by the blown head gasket. i feel that ford should have recalled these motors years ago for they new that they had a head gasket problem and just inorged it. *ak
10/30/199910/01/1999
 Our vehicle is currently being worked on for recall oomo9 for defective head gasket. the dealer is also saying the front cover gasket needs to be replaced because it is leaking antifreeze also. this is a $600.00 dollar repair job. in dec of 1999 we spent $242 to have an intake gasket replaced which was also leaking antifreeze. we feel ford motor co. put defective gasket material and should be responsible to replace or reimburse the customer for these expenses. *ak
09/01/1999207/01/1995
 My 1995 windstar has had problems since day 1. paint job had to be repaired; windshield had crack..replaced; sliding door was leaking and had to be adjusted 3 times; head gasket failure; timing gasket failure; wheel bushing failure; interior parts not installed properly; abs light/elect system failure (2x); i feel so bad about this thing i don't know what to do. ford doesn't care. i can't sell this thing with a clear conscience....but ford did. can you help us!!!! there are many, many others like me. i am very concerned the tranny will go next as has been reported by so many other windstar owners when they reach the 60-75000 mile range. in addition, the timing cover gasket costs approximately $850 to fix. i don't want to pay for this repair but neither ford or my dealer will fix the problem. mechanics i have spoke with said to talk with the dealer...this should not happen at such a low mileage. i believe it was happening since day one intermittantly. (i have always had antifreeze leaking on my garage floor since day 1. the dealer said it was loose fittings. so now i am stuck with it. help us!!!
09/01/1999207/01/1995
 My 1995 windstar has had problems since day 1. paint job had to be repaired; windshield had crack..replaced; sliding door was leaking and had to be adjusted 3 times; head gasket failure; timing gasket failure; wheel bushing failure; interior parts not installed properly; abs light/elect system failure (2x); i feel so bad about this thing i don't know what to do. ford doesn't care. i can't sell this thing with a clear conscience....but ford did. can you help us!!!! there are many, many others like me. i am very concerned the tranny will go next as has been reported by so many other windstar owners when they reach the 60-75000 mile range. in addition, the timing cover gasket costs approximately $850 to fix. i don't want to pay for this repair but neither ford or my dealer will fix the problem. mechanics i have spoke with said to talk with the dealer...this should not happen at such a low mileage. i believe it was happening since day one intermittantly. (i have always had antifreeze leaking on my garage floor since day 1. the dealer said it was loose fittings. so now i am stuck with it. help us!!!
04/10/1999105/01/1996
 The transmission on our 1995 windstar van failed after 78000 miles, 3000 miles after our extended warranty period had expired. this vehicle has been a lemon from the start. we have had the hood bonding problem fixed under the recall on that problem, had the head gaskets replaced on the extended warranty before that recall came out, replaced the fuel pump inside the gas tank at my own expense, and now i am presently having problems with the power windows, the air bag system, and the power door locks. if this is read by anyone contemplating a mini-van purchase, i would think long and hard before buying a windstar. from the number of complaints from people from all over the country on the internet, i'd say this wasn't just an isolated thing, but should be looked into by the government regulatory people. none of our failures have resulted in accidents or injuries, but could have easily done so, had we not lived in a more rural area. i definitely would not want to have one of these vehicles in a more high-speed metropolitan area. *ak
09/06/1999107/01/1995
 @ 64000 miles we're told to replace engine, which is now out of warranty. this is a known defect to ford - failing headgaskets (100's of others reporting this problem in internet news groups) ford expects us to pay the full $4200. we feel wronged by this response and feel that ford should make full restitutionf. *ak
03/07/2000
 Engine head gaskets needed to be replaced. consumer spoke with customer service concerning extension of warranty. request was denied. also, rear axle/ windshield wipers/ cassette, & oil pump were broken. manufacturer wasn't responding. dealer was out of business. *ak
03/07/2000
 Engine head gaskets needed to be replaced. consumer spoke with customer service concerning extension of warranty. request was denied. also, rear axle/ windshield wipers/ cassette, & oil pump were broken. manufacturer wasn't responding. dealer was out of business. *ak
08/31/1999108/01/1995
 Van started to overheat and then after i pulled off the road to let the engine cool, i tried to restart the engine and the head gasket blew. ford is giving me a hard time about this after they at first offered to pay half the repairs...recall this vehicle now. *ak
05/30/1999110/01/1995
 We were driving in w.va. and began to notice engine running loud, turned off air conditioning then noticed engine temperature was hot. kept air off for awhile then tried it again only to notice continued hot temperature. pulled over as soon as saw a repair shop, closed due to holiday. engine started blowing white smoke out of tailpipe, very scary for us and our young children. the van was towed to a small repair shop in the area and engine was replaced. ford will not help us with repair, although they did notify of possible premature head gasket failure. *ak
07/01/1999110/01/1997
 The head gasket has blown at less than 65000 miles. it seems that there is a major problem with this engine. i've heard that they will replace the gasket if it fails at less than 60,000 miles. is that all i should expect from a ford head gasket? i would appreciate it if you would look into making the warranty for htis repair longer that 60,000 miles. *ak
 Engine head gaskets failed, causing the engine coolant to leak onto engine compartment. also intermittent stalling. gaskets have been replaced by the dealer twice, and the engine has been replaced once.*ak
03/20/2000007/17/1995
 Took car in for recall repairs on engine head gasket. when picking up the car and dealer found a nother problem with the engine head gasket. consumer could smell anti-freeze inside the car. felt this was a result of recall repairs. *ak
 Timing chain cover and timing chain gasket failed. cause unknown. please provide futher information. *ak
02/21/20001
 Blown head gasket caused vehicle to overheat, dealer refused repair due to high mileage. nlm
02/17/2000103/01/1996
 3.8 engine blew its head gasket and its engine manifold prematurely at 101,000 miles. *ak
03/24/2000
 Vehicle experienced a problem with 3.8l v6 engine failure due to a spun bearing and a damaged cam. dealer / manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under manufacturer's exteneed warranty.*ak
01/22/20002
 Head gasket and timing cover gasket failed. yh
01/22/20002
 Head gasket and timing cover gasket failed. yh
03/02/200001/01/1999
 Head gasket failure. *ak
06/22/1999205/01/1994
 We had to replace our engine this past summer do to crank and bearing damage. we have been in communication with ford regarding these problems. we replaced the timing cover gasket in may 1999 (the head gasket was replaced in mar 1998) and three weeks later the engine went due to lower crank and bearing damage. we thought this would be taken care of with the extension of 7 yrs/100,000 miles but when we took the paperwork in, they said that it wasn't due to the head gasket problem. we have pulled additional information on the internet regarding the many problems with both the timing cover/head gaskets go out at the same time or shortly after having one or the other repaired. they denied our claim completely. we think having these gaskets repaired so close together was no coincidence. any help you could offer us would be appreciated. *ak
06/22/1999205/01/1994
 We had to replace our engine this past summer do to crank and bearing damage. we have been in communication with ford regarding these problems. we replaced the timing cover gasket in may 1999 (the head gasket was replaced in mar 1998) and three weeks later the engine went due to lower crank and bearing damage. we thought this would be taken care of with the extension of 7 yrs/100,000 miles but when we took the paperwork in, they said that it wasn't due to the head gasket problem. we have pulled additional information on the internet regarding the many problems with both the timing cover/head gaskets go out at the same time or shortly after having one or the other repaired. they denied our claim completely. we think having these gaskets repaired so close together was no coincidence. any help you could offer us would be appreciated. *ak
03/13/200005/01/1996
 We bought this van 6/96. it has been in the shop 14 times since then, including a recall for the gas tank, and the head gaskets (which blew and we replaced and then a year later found out there was a recall). now, with less than 90,000 miles on it, the transmission is going out. we have owned 14 vehicles in 24 years, and have never blown head gaskets (engines) or transmission. these (this) vehicles have a problem!
04/25/1998109/01/1996
 No summary listed for above vehicles. *ak
03/11/2000309/01/1996
 03/11/2000 date of failure is the third failure of the head gasket on this vehicle. if you need the original date of failure and mileage at that time please contact us. thank you. *ak
03/10/2000101/01/1997
 Head gasket&timing cov.gasket replaced. 357 miles later, engine blew. *ak
03/10/2000101/01/1997
 Head gasket&timing cov.gasket replaced. 357 miles later, engine blew. *ak
02/07/20000
 While traveling down highway, engine check light and heating light came on. consumer moved close to the lane. then heard a loud pop, and white smoke came out from everywhere , consumer was completely blinded. but, felt safe enough to move to shoulder and wait for help. *ak
06/01/19992612/01/1994
 I have experienced multiple incidents with my windstar stalling while at stop signs and while driving on the freeway or highway. the car would not start at times and finally the engine would not start at all. the head gasket defect damaged my engine. i was forced to replace the head gaskets and have the engine and transmission rebuilt for a cost of $5,000.00 approx. ford motor company refused to cover the cost of the damage caused by defects. i continue to have engine failure driving around town and on the freeway. my safety and that of my family is a risk each day that we drive in this car. i have asked ford to refund my money and they refuse to back their defective product. i continue to take my car back to the dealership for repeated attempts to fix the problem. during the last attempt, my van was at the dealership from 11/16/99 to 01/25/00 and the problem still exists. i am trying to hire an attorney to pursue a lawsuit. i am a single working mother and cannot afford to purchase another car. i purchased a windstar and have paid $367.00 per month for 5 years. i was looking forward to paying my car off and having a dependable car for many years to come. my car is almost paid off but it is unsafe and unreliable and ford refuses to reimburse me. i am an extremely unsatisfied customer and will seek legal action. ford motor company does not back their unsafe and defective vehicles. apparently human life is meaningless to this company or they would be more responsive to my problem.*ak
02/05/20001
 Head gasket failed while driving due to flaw in engine manufacturing. yh
03/15/2000106/01/1995
 Ford will cover the head gasket repair with their extended warranty, but they will not cover the front cover gasket repair. these problems are directly related to each other because as the engine overheats. this heat is transffered to the aluminium cover, causing it to warp. ford has even issued a techinical service bulletin regarding this front cover gasket stating that when it is replaced a new type of gasket needs to be used. this new type of gasket reduces the heat transfer to the front cover preventing warpage. *ak
03/16/2000104/01/1995
 Timing chain cover leaked anti-freeze and needed to be replaced due to redesign. the old timing chain cover was clearly defective and should be covered under a recall. ford currently has recalls for timing chain covers on other vehicles. this repair cost $927. *ak
03/08/2000108/01/1998
 The first time my engine failed it was with the head gaskets which i found out later...i went out to my van after work and tried to start my van after it started it immidiatly overheated and the engine turned off. i tried to start it agine and then i noticed the engine acting unusal...got out and noticed the antifreeze coming out of the tail pipe...i took it traight to my mechanic who is a blcok away he then discoverd the problem and contacted ford who the fixed the head gaskets. about 6 months later i was driving about 55 mph doew the interstate and noticed the oil light on then noticed a very loud noise and proceded to exit . my engine then failed and i was stuck on the off ramp. i had the van towed to my mechanic and he diagnosed it as a blown engine due to a bad oil regulater and pump which in turn blew the engine due to the complete loss of oil in the engine. my mechanic contacted ford to have them pay for a replace engine to no avail..he diagnosed the the problem with the oil regulator dameged due to the coolant previously flowing throughthe engine during the head gasket failure . i ahve had to have the engine repalced at a price of 3000. nd had to rent a car for one week and then struggle without transportaiton therafter..for about 1 month while we looked very hard for an engine which seemed unusally ahrd to find. *ak
03/20/200005/01/1995
 Consumer took vehicle to dealer for recall repairs concerning engine head gasket. dealer noticed that the timing belt gasket cover was also leaking. dealer will repair only at the consumers cost. in addition, dealer indicated that every windstar taken apart showed that timing belt gasket cover was leaking. *ak
03/20/200005/01/1995
 Consumer took vehicle to dealer for recall repairs concerning engine head gasket. dealer noticed that the timing belt gasket cover was also leaking. dealer will repair only at the consumers cost. in addition, dealer indicated that every windstar taken apart showed that timing belt gasket cover was leaking. *ak
03/22/1999102/11/1999
 Heating and a/c system failed due to head gasket failure. yh
10/01/1999105/01/1998
 Replaced head gaskets due to failure at 68350 miles. drove additional 500 miles and rod bearing failure due to antifreeze leak from blown head gaskets. replaced engine with a ford remanufactured engine. with total parts cost around $2000.
10/01/1999105/01/1998
 Replaced head gaskets due to failure at 68350 miles. drove additional 500 miles and rod bearing failure due to antifreeze leak from blown head gaskets. replaced engine with a ford remanufactured engine. with total parts cost around $2000.
02/26/200010/01/1996
 The # 3 cylinder fuel injector went out, which in turn made the module in the computer go out, and we have been informed that you can't replace the individual module you have to replace the whole computer at a estimated cost of 600 dollars. this is after having the head gaskets replaced and two new transmissions installed. *ak
03/01/200005/01/1998
 Vehicle brought into ford dealer (feduke, vestal ny) due to engine skipping. dealer diagnosed leaking head gasket which is covered under warranty. dealer repaired vehicle, very next day loss engine power. dealer said engine bearings bad due to contamination of oil by coolant as a result of the leaking head gasket. ford corporation declined to cover damage resulting from leaking head gasket.
03/01/200005/01/1998
 Vehicle brought into ford dealer (feduke, vestal ny) due to engine skipping. dealer diagnosed leaking head gasket which is covered under warranty. dealer repaired vehicle, very next day loss engine power. dealer said engine bearings bad due to contamination of oil by coolant as a result of the leaking head gasket. ford corporation declined to cover damage resulting from leaking head gasket.
02/26/200010/01/1996
 The # 3 cylinder fuel injector went out, which in turn made the module in the computer go out, and we have been informed that you can't replace the individual module you have to replace the whole computer at a estimated cost of 600 dollars. this is after having the head gasketts replaced and two new transmissions installed. *ak
03/06/2000210/01/1994
 Original headgasket problem was diagnosed and repaired 6-97, before ford had publicly accepted responsibility for the defect. one year later there was a recall, and we were reimbursed. the problem is the repair was made with the same part that failed, not the redesigned part, and 54,000 miles later, we have head gasket failure again, as well as engine damage. because we are at a vehicle mileagle of 128,000, they are refusing. our claim is the head gasket was of faulty design, and this should again be replaced and the engine repaired, with new, redesigned headgasket. *ak
02/29/2000107/01/1995
 Front cover gasket leaking. *ak
03/14/200011/01/1995
 I have a friend with a 1995 windstar and she also, had to replace the headgasket. i need to know if this is a defect which has been overlooked or just ignored by the ford manufacturers. *ak
02/01/2000102/01/1995
 I have a 1995 ford windstar which had a recall about a year and a half ago to replace head gaskets that had defects. this was replaced under an extended warranty . one year and a half later the timing cover gasket failed. this requires an engine to be lifted and is a $1400 job quoted from my dealer. i just received a service bulleten about ford extended the warranty to 100,000 miles, however it is only for head gaskets and not for timing cover gaskets. it appears, after reasearching this on the internet that the timing cover gasket problem is just as prevelant as the head gasket problem. has the nhtsa investigated whether or not these gaskets have the same defect? it appears that the cars are having the timing cover problem just as much as the head gasket problem. i have never owned a vehicle that needed two major repairs. ford basically said, too bad..does the nhtsa have any power over these companies? no wonder we are buying japanese cars. any help would be greatly appreciated.
02/01/2000102/01/1995
 I have a 1995 ford windstar which had a recall about a year and a half ago to replace head gaskets that had defects. this was replaced under an extended warranty . one year and a half later the timing cover gasket failed. this requires an engine to be lifted and is a $1400 job quoted from my dealer. i just received a service bulleten about ford extended the warranty to 100,000 miles, however it is only for head gaskets and not for timing cover gaskets. it appears, after reasearching this on the internet that the timing cover gasket problem is just as prevelant as the head gasket problem. has the nhtsa investigated whether or not these gaskets have the same defect? it appears that the cars are having the timing cover problem just as much as the head gasket problem. i have never owned a vehicle that needed two major repairs. ford basically said, too bad..does the nhtsa have any power over these companies? no wonder we are buying japanese cars. any help would be greatly appreciated.
1
 The engine is defective and head gasket failed. yh
1
 Head gasket failed causing damage to the engine. yh
08/13/1999105/08/1995
 The head gasket in the engine malfunctioned causing damage to the engine. nlm
02/22/200010/01/1997
 The liability of a premature failure of a head gasket should reside with the manufacture, not the customer. *ak
07/01/1999104/01/1997
 I have a 1995 ford windstar with 68,000 miles. it started with the engine check light going on, and i took it in for a check. i got a tune up and the engine check light turned off. after ten minutes, the light came back on and i went back to the mechanic . three days later i was told the o2 sensors are bad, the head gaskets are bad and it will cost me over $2,000.00 to fix. i called ford motor co. and they said there was nothing they could do for me because i was over the 60,000 mile warranty. my husband called as well and got the same thing. i took the car into omeara ford to have the head gaskets fixed and they told me i needed a whole new engine which would cost over $4,000.00 . i have not been able to drive the car because it won't even pass emissions, and i cannot afford to get it fixed. i have not been able to drive the car for the last 8 months! i take very good care of my car and an engine should not blow at 68,000 miles. ford also said they sent out letters to owners about this problem, we did not recieve any letter or we would have gone into the dealership and had it looked at. they said that isn't their fault either.
12/30/1999105/01/1994
 The reported failures are a common problem on this vehicle. i would think ford would compensate owners for these failures. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
03/01/2000210/01/1995
 Head gasket leaking coolant to engine. *ak
11/23/1999303/01/1999
 While driving the temperature gauge barried at hot, then engine check light came on. pulled over and white smoke came from tail pipe. then van would not restart. a mechanic replaced the head and i drove it for approx. 400 miles when the engine started nocking and the trans. would not shift out of 2 gear until it got hot then wouldn't shift out of 1st i believe the head gasket damaged the engine and trans. van is undriveable and still owe for it. *ak
06/07/19991
 Head gasket failed at 83,00 miles. antifreeze leaking form tailpipe. cost of repair over $1000.00 plus rental car and lost wages. *ak
10/19/1999102/01/1995
 Notified by ford sliding door latch, had it repaired. then front end doesn't stay in alignment, head gasket blew, causing loss of starter and other related parts, total cost of $1800.00 at this time the car only had around 50,000 miles. door light stays on indicating that a door is open when one isn't. sometimes goes on and off and beeps. interior lights stay on for extended period of time. heard on news about recalls and buy back, called ford, they tell me about 3 other recalls on the van,: head gaskets, hood separation, feul tank mounting (which will only replace or repair if they feel its necessary). i looked on the net and found that there is also an airbag problem on the passenger side. i was never notified of these and only recently became aware of them. i am in the process of trying to get a refund for the $1800.00 on the head gasket and related problems. i was told to go and speak to a mary flanagan at the sanders ford in jacksonville, nc where i live and purchased the vehicle. i would like to find out more information a out all these recalls and repairs that are needed and if the buy out program applies to my vehicle. i have 3 children and i am feeling very unsatisfied with safely transporting them in this vehicle. *ak
12/30/19991
 Head gasket failed, recall on other model years for component, however vehicle not included. *mjs
10/06/1999109/01/1994
 Oct 99 head gaskets failed / mar 00 transmission failed both replaced by dealer both are safety issues and have to be corrected by ford. do we need a major injury before someone does something about everything wrong with this van. *ak
11/22/1999209/01/1998
 Head gaskets failed prematurely. i understand this is a common problem on 1995 windstars, and i want to know when ford is going to reimburse us for these costly repairs. *ak
12/31/199908/01/1994
 Worn head gasket
12/15/1998101/01/1996
 The head gasket on my ford failed and the engine had to be rebuilt. i am aware of what ford is doing now with the extended warranties on these windstars. however, i have a letter dated 6/98 that states on vehicles for which the extended warranty coverage has expired, vehicles are eligible for this program(engine repair/replacement) through 12/31/98 regardless of mileage. i want to know if my repairs will be covered as my engine blew on 12/31/98. i paid for all repairs myself . *ak
703/09/1997
 Water pump leaks coolant and timing case cover leaks antifreeze. cause unknown. other failures include left and right tie rods, ignition key lock, a/c, and head gasket. *ak *ml
703/09/1997
 Water pump leaks coolant and timing case cover leaks antifreeze. cause unknown. other failures include left and right tie rods, ignition key lock, a/c, and head gasket. *ak *ml
 Consumer noticed an anti-freeze leak. contacted the dealer for routine repairs and inspection, also, consumer noticed white smoke coming from the tail pipe. dealer stated that engine head gasket had blown out. please provide any further details. *ak
07/08/1999
 Engine head gasket was fixed under warranty. time & cover failed because head gasket had messed up the whole engine head, causing it to crack. dealer had to order whole new short engine block. *ak
07/08/1999
 Engine head gasket was fixed under warranty. time & cover failed because head gasket had messed up the whole engine head, causing it to crack. dealer had to order whole new short engine block. *ak
 Engine head gaskets blew out without warning, causing the engine to seize and stall. dealer and manufacturer have been notified. *ak
11/25/1999203/01/1999
 Owned van less than one year. headgasket problem, repaired by dealer. now timing chain cover gasket is shot. repairs costing in excess of $1400.00 needed to do major tune up due to fluids in engine costing us another $250.00. was told by ford dealerships and ford co. that they wont help in any way. very bad business to not consider consumer a priority. word of mouth and internet can do harm to a reputable company. would like ford co to make good to it's faithful customers. *ak
11/25/1999203/01/1999
 Owned van less than one year. headgasket problem, repaired by dealer. now timing chain cover gasket is shot. repairs costing in excess of $1400.00 needed to do major tune up due to fluids in engine costing us another $250.00. was told by ford dealerships and ford co. that they wont help in any way. very bad business to not consider consumer a priority. word of mouth and internet can do harm to a reputable company. would like ford co to make good to it's faithful customers. *ak
11/01/1999109/01/1994
 Head gasket failed while driving. *mjs
 Engine head gasket had blown out at approximately 59,000 miles due to a design flaw with the gasket. *ak
05/05/199901/04/1995
 Intermittently while driving at any speed, vehicle cuts off without any kind of warning. dealer was aware of the problem. engine has been replaced twice because of blown head gaskets. *ak *ml
11/22/1999106/01/1994
 Initially took vehicle to dealer nov. '99 for follow-up check on head gasket replacement from sept.'99 because of chugging and what felt like engine hesitation. i suspected complications from repair work performed on engine. dealer was not able to verify complaint. now know this was an initial indication of a premature transmission failure. it disengages at stops without warning. when attempting to accelerate from a stop engine revs and vehicle moves very slowly, or not at all. when this first occurred, had an incident where the vehicle moved slowly into speeding traffic when attempting to turn onto road from a stop. vehicle would not fully accelerate because trans would not engage (engine racing) and a collision was barely avoided because of this. my family was stranded in the middle of a high speed intersection with oncoming vehicles having to swerve or stop to avoid hitting us. trans eventually engaged. however, a very close call. we now know not to pull out into fast moving traffic unless there are no vehicles in sight, or we know they have ample time to slow down if the vehicle gets stuck in front of them. dealer now acknowledges problem is due to forward clutch piston failure and transmission requires replacement. *ak
308/01/1995
 Engine coolant is leaking into engine cylinder, causing internal engine damage possibly due to an engine head gasket failure. *ak
02/11/2000211/01/1998
 Noticed that white smoke was coming from exhaust, pulled over and had vehicle towed to nearest repair facility. they told me the head gasket was blown and there was anti-freeze in the cylinders. the repair facility contacted easy care(extended warranty) folks and they had the mechanic open up the engine and drop the oil and report back to them. the repair facility at that time told easy care that the vehicle required a new engine. easy care sent an inspector and he also suggested that the engine be replaced. easy care opted to overhaul the engine. the day after i got the vehicle the engine died on the highway doing 65mph and i could not get it started again. i had it towed back to repair facility where it sits to this day. easy care will not authorize any additional work nor will it replace the engine. i am stuck with a $12000 piece of metal. *ak
12/12/1999
 Engine head gasket and the transmission were defective. there was no heat inside of the car, and white smoke was coming from the exhaust system. transmission went into neutral, and slipped upon shifting gears. also, there was a clanking and knocking noise. *ak
01/01/20001
 The engine head gasket failed. yh
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 Head gasket failure caused extensive engine cooling system damage, hidden warranty for head gasket failure, however warranty expired (98m01). yh
1
 Engine head gasket failure after notification, however consumer had to pay portion of repair even though recalled. *mjs
09/01/199702/01/1997
 We also had our headgasket replaced three weeks ago.i'm beginning to think we bought a lemon.
12/01/19991
 Head gasket failed due to bad/defective design. yh
08/01/1998107/01/1995
 Headgasket, while on travel, failed within one week of receiving a service advisory regarding the problem. headgasket was repaired under warranty at no cost. concerned about reading large numbers of other owners with same engine experiencing the same problem. headgasket failure is extremely premature compared to other ford and other engines. *ak
02/18/2000
 Engine head gasket problem: while driving vehicle started smoking white smoke and overheating. after vehicle cooled off, it was driven to a repair shop where the bolts on the head gasket were found to be stretched. vehicle was being repaired by the shop. please provide any further information. *ak
 Engine head gasket blew out, causing coolant to leak onto engine.please provide further information. *ak
11/30/19991
 Head gasket failed. yh
01/21/2000
 After owner noticed van was leaking van was driven around and began to smoke. after contacting several mechanics, van was towed to a garage, after being advised not to drive. van was checked for problems, and engine head gasket was found to be blown. engine head gasket will be replaced at owner's expense. please provide any further information. *ak
02/11/200011/01/1998
 The head gasket blew on this engine and thankfully i was covered by an additional warranty. they chose not to replace the engine but to have my mechanic overhaul it. i got the van back a week later and while traveling on the highway the next day the engine just shut down and would not restart which almost resulted in an accident. thankfully i was able to pull of to the side of the road. now the mechanic is telling me that the crankshaft is bad. they have already paid out 2200.00 and who knows how much more they will have to pay before they figure out that replacing the engine is the way to go. *ak
01/31/2000108/01/1995
 Suddenly overheated.blown headgasket. engine was destroyed. *ak
11/04/1999205/01/1998
 The alternator went out 4 times and the head gasket went out. then the engine went out because of head gasket damage. with a total repairs being $7,500.00 dealer only covered alternator after 4 monthes of fighting with them.
01/12/2000105/01/1995
 Premature headgasket failure on ford 3.8l engine left me stranded at the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures. van temperature guage rose rapidly, followed by loss of all heat, reduced power, and illumination of the check engine light. fortunately, i was in a populated area, and i was able to arrange transportation from there. this premature engine failure occurring in a remote area under similar temperature & weather conditions could have been disasterous. dealer troubleshooting yielded headgasket failure and major damage to #4 cylinder. van now needs new engine. personal research has shown that this is a well-known engine design & manufacturing problem plaguing ford 3.8l engines, yet ford motor company refuses to accept any responsibility for the $3500 cost to replace the engine, or to issue a recall to correct the problem before catastrophic damage occurs. ford's own instruction manuals list headgaskets as a 120,000 mile maintenance item. headgaskets should last the lifetime of the engine. the dealer acknowledged that this is a huge problem in these engines, but could not or would not help resolve the problem. i was advised of a ford program that extended warranty on this problem to 5-yrs, 60,000 miles. this alone seems like ford's accnowledgement of a problem, but is clearly not adequate for a 120,000 mile part. the dealer also acknowledged that not all owners received the notice on the program (i haven't found anyone who did), and that they are dealing with a tremendous number of very-upset customers because of it. in daily use, this van is routinely used to transport small children, including my 10-year old son who has muscular dystrophy, is non-ambulatory and is confined to a wheelchair. ford has produced a well-known and well-documented design/manufacturing defect in these engines, and in doing so, has placed the safety of my family (and countless others) in jeopardy, yet refuses to admit the problem, and worse yet, to act.
12/15/199904/01/1995
 This is the continuation of problems with a highly problematic vehicle. 5 years, 90,000 miles have replaced so far: head gaskets, rear suspension twice, front suspension, ignition wires, o2 sensors twice, and now injector and fuel pump. over $3,000 in out of pocked expenses over what was covered on extended warrantee. vehicle is not reliable and am looking to trade in on anything other than a ford! at ford, quality is job none!
12/23/1999108/01/1997
 Head gaskets failed at 60,849 miles. ford would not honor the extended warranty due to excess of miles. dealer wanted $1,000 to repair the vehicle. when we contacted ford they said there was nothing they could do for us. we purchased the van just 2.5 years ago. the dealer commented that if we had bought the van brand new he might consider trying to help us. ford should honor the 120,000 miles original lifetime standard and stand by quality is job 1!! we are looking to change to a different company such as dodge. *ak
02/05/200004/01/1999
 I will also have to replace the rod,camshaft & oil pump at additional costs
02/05/200004/01/1999
 I will also have to replace the rod,camshaft & oil pump at additional costs
01/17/2000
 A part or bolt broke off and fell in to the oil pan which caused engine problems. also, while driving it caused vehicle to stall which could have resulted in a crash. please provide further information. *ak
02/09/2000109/01/1995
 Billowing smoke caused hazard on road. *ak
02/17/20000
 Temperature gauge went to red many times, and engine check light appeared on the dashboard unexpectedly. consumer received recall notice 98m01 on that problem. but, dealer did not work on the vehicle because the recall expired. consumer received two more recalls, 97s88 and 99s33. *ak
12/12/1999
 Engine head gasket leaks anti-freeze into the engine. ford is aware of the problem. problem has not been corrected. report given by mike prevost(father-in-law) please provide any further nformation. *ak
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 Prior to recall, defective head gasket failed, consumer (98moi) was not received notice, now repair denied because out of warranty period. yh
12/19/19991
 Head gasket failed. nlm
02/11/2000109/01/1994
 1989 ford taurus, same engine size, same problem at 75,000 miles. presently own a 1999 ford mustang with the same size engine. is there a problem with the design/manufacture of this engine? no trailer has ever been towed. vehicle is driven very casually never fast acceleration, mostly highway type driving. i've never in 40+ years of driving ever blown a head gasket before in anything! two times with the same size engine - is this coincidence, or a problem with the engine. what can i do so as to not have the same problem with the mustang? all three vehicles have been automatic overdrive transmissions with regular scheduled maintenance. thank you. *ak
 The vehicle overheated and the coolant bubbled, allowing cold air into vehicle when heat was on. this is due to a blown out engine head gasket. dealer said it needed a new head gasket. *ak
03/01/1996
 Mechanic states that the head gasket needs to be replaced.he just worked on a 1995 mustang with the same size engine with the same problem. coincidence! i don't think so. dealership said if the warranty was still in effect, they would cover the cost to repair. 7,000 miles over the warranty. the vehicle had 39,000 miles when we purchased. we have put 28,000 miles on it in 4 years. somehow i do not think this low mileage would cause the head gasket to blow. i also know that there was a bulletin issued for this same problem on the 95 mustangs. if it was put on the mustangs why not the windstars since they have the same engine? *ak
12/20/1999111/01/1994
 We have a recall letter from ford on the head gasket problem which covers the first 5 years from date of purchase or 60,000 miles. the car overheated on 12/20/99 and it could not be determined at that time by our mechanic at another shop if it was the headgasket. on 12/22/99, the problem occurred again and our mechanic said it was definitely the headgasket but he didn't think the motor was affected. he suggested returning to the dealer, tousley ford, for repair even though, tousley said they would not honor the recall as it was 25 days out of warranty. we were approximately 6400 miles under the 60,000. tousley had us contact customer service at ford who declined to also honor the warranty. our mechanic felt that having the work done at the dealer would be the only way we might get any money back on the repair if ford was required to honor this recall. tousley told us the whole motor needed replacing, not just the headgasket and the repair cost $3,538.15 not including the $35.75 we paid our mechanic to diagnose the problem. we don't feel this has been fair as our mileage was considerably under the 60,000 and feel we are being penalized for not driving enough as we were only 25 days out of the 5 year warranty. ford knows this is a problem but this eliminates a number of owners who don't use their vehicle enough and saves them a lot of money. this expense, for us, was one and one half month's take home pay and hurt considerably. i don't know if this communication with you will help us get a full refund or even a partial refund, but we would be grateful for any help you can provide. i am also going to file a complaint with our state attorney general's office. i do see the dealer's point in that they cannot honor work not approved by ford, but i don't think either the dealer or ford were fair. thank you. *ak
01/31/2000103/01/1997
 A loss of heat plus an overheating engine were the first symptoms of an engine problem. a new thermostat was installed, but (8) days later the same symptoms were observed. a service center testing confirmed that the head gasket(s) were blown and required replacement. ford had extended its warranty to 60,000 miles, but failure occurred at 70,000 miles. ford refuses to be responsible for this repair. this is the second 3.8 l engine that has had this problem in our family. a 1993 thunderbird with the same engine type had to be repaired at a cost of $1100.*ak
01/28/2000108/01/1994
 My 1995 windstar overheated and anti-freeze blew out to the tail pipe like a big cumulus cloud. my wife and kid got so frighten. i found out later that the 1995 windstars have a history of failure in head gasket. i am writing this because i want to help other windstars owner in the future when they are in the same problem. nhtsa should demand a recall on the 1995 windstar and ford should covered this part to 100,000 miles on this vehicle. *ak
02/04/2000102/01/1999
 Engine head gaskets are blown, seems to be a very common problem with these 3.8 liter v-- 6, ford should have a recall on all of these vans. *ak
02/08/1999208/01/1995
 This vehicle 1995 ford windstar is a lemon,do a search on the internet and it becomes obvious.all people that replaced transmissions and head gaskets in the 1995 windstars should be compensated.espeacially those that had less than 70000 miles such as mine .this vehicle is a nightmare and consumers should be compensated. *ak
11/01/1999101/01/1996
 Engine head gasket failed. this is our second ford car with a 3.8l engine that had failed. *ak
01/10/200004/01/1994
 The headgasket blew on the way to work with little warning! i steamed into the nearest gas station where he immediately knew what the problem was as he has had several 1995 ford products with the same problem. fortunately, the heads weren't cracked or apparently that would have cost another $1,000.00. i did not receive a warranty extention, but even if i had, it had expired. although i got nowhere with the dealer, i intend to send a compaint to ford as this just isn't right. *ak
12/26/199903/01/1995
 June 1998, ford motor sent us a letter saying the head gasket could fail. they didn't recall these cars, instead extended the warranty. well, sure enough, ours failed after the mileage extension. we travel to nm & ca causing us to have a higher than normal mileage. extension was 5 yrs, or 60,000. we had 76,375. luckily we were not on an interstate when this happened. i can only imagine the hazard on a super highway. we sincerely feel this should be a total recall. if this is not the place to complain, please notify us to the correct contacts. this was not a cheap repair, as you can imagine. ford motor should know how to build head gaskets by now!!! thank you....janet reynolds. *ak
12/13/199912/01/1994
 At $2,200.00 per fix this is great business for the dealerships. no safety defect listed within summary. *ak
02/08/2000105/01/1996
 Low mileage minivan, one owner, with blown engine head gasket .ak
02/02/2000105/01/1997
 Head gasket failure. never received notice of problem extending warranty to 60000k. ford says out of warranty and will not assist. dealer repaired at very high rate of failure and repairs about 1 a week. said nothing he could do to assist.*ak
01/14/2000110/01/1998
 Engine head gasket failure. *ak
02/06/2000110/01/1998
 Coolant leaked into bearings from previous blown engine head gasket. *ak
02/07/2000105/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets have blown out prematuraly. dealer has been notified. *ak
01/07/1999
 Vehicle with a 3.8l engine experienced blown head gasket while traveling at highway speed of 55 mph. dealer notified, and informed consumer that repairs would be done at consumer cost. *ak
01/27/2000103/01/1999
 Head gasket blown causing $3460.00 in repars> ford refuses to acknowledge any fault. *ak
02/04/200006/01/1997
 Although i'm not the original owner, i have received recall notices and other literature from ford regarding this vehicle. yet i have never been notified of any problem with the head gaskets failing. however, i now have come to find that this is a known problem that ford has acknowledged in recall 98-mo1. i have never received this, and now the dealership i've taken the car to says it's too late. the forementioned letter from ford indicates the warranty on this problem expires after 5 years or 60k miles. not whichever comes first! this car came into service 3/31/95 (according to york ford) so the 5 yrs has not expired. hopefully this complaint does not fall on deaf ears, i'm at my wits end in trying to deal with ford on a problem that they acknowledge. thanks for your time. *ak
12/28/1999112/16/1996
 There was an improvement campaign for the gaskets on the engine that applied up to 60,000 miles. consumer was over 60,000 miles, and had this work done before finding out about the campaign. the dealer has been contacted.*ak
02/02/2000102/19/1995
 Engine head gasket has cracked, causing safety hazard. dealer and ford have been notified. *ak
02/05/2000109/01/1995
 3.8 liter engine; head gasket has blown at 80,000 miles due to defective material. *ak
02/04/2000107/01/1996
 Failed head gaskets. *ak
12/10/1999106/01/1996
 Took my van to the garage for new head gasgets. only to find out it need a new engine. a friend told me he heard that ford has known this is a problem with 1995 windstar vans and that they extended the warranity to 60,000 miles. called the fod garage to check this out and they told me it was true. they confirmed that this was a problem but i didn't fall under the warranity with 80,000 miles. when you buy a vehicle they say 80,000 isn't anything but when you have a problem they say well, you have 80,000 miles. being upset that this was going to cost me $3,600.00 and only being not 5 years old yet i did some phone calling. ford motor wouldn't give me the time of day so i called the dealer where i bought it. they called their rep. and he would do nothing. the service manager of the dearlership told me they put in at least 6 new motors a month and it is a big problem. usually the motor goes after 60,000. so ford is trying to make themselves look good and extend the warranity but noone benifits from it. also they never notified anyone that this was a problem. so if you had your own garage take care of the problem and were under the 60,000 miles you would have paid for it anyway. i also called other dearlerships and they too confirmed that the 1995 ford winstar vans had a problem with the engine. ford admits it but will not take responsibilty for it.
09/13/1999101/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets failed .this caused the engine coolant to leak into the engine. this resulted in the engine overheating , which then caused the block to crack. had to have a small block put on . plus all the various other components that went along with replacing a block. *ak
01/14/2000210/01/1997
 Head gasket blown. coolant leaked into crank case resulted in bearings needed to be replaced. *ak
 Engine head gasket have blown out, causing engine to overheat. dealer and manufacturer have been notified. *ak
12/20/1999101/01/1995
 The pressure relief valve broke. had to relace the timing cover since this is wear the pressure felief valve is located . this was done 3000miles after the engine had to be replaced due to the head gaskets going. i was told that this valve should of been replaced at the time that the engine was to avoid having to tear it apart running up labor costs.
12/22/19991
 My understanding is that head gaskets should last the life of the engine, a failure at 72,000 miles is not acceptable. i believe ford should cover this component since so many 3.8 liters have this problem. *ak
01/22/2000
 Engine blew a head gasket. also, while consumer was driving he noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood. *ak
09/27/1999101/01/1995
 The oxygen senor was not working after i picked up my van from the dealership after they had just replaced my engine. this was done due to the head gaskets failing. i was told this was not related . but the oxygen sensor was working before the engine service was performed. i thought this was covered under the 80000 mile warranty on the emissions system. i was told it wasn't by the dealership.
12/01/1998
 Warped head gasket diagnosed at 61,500miles by a ford dealership in december of 1999. *ak
02/02/2000108/01/1997
 Vehicle overheated in seconds and engine seized. *ak
12/18/1999110/01/1994
 The engine problem is two-fold. in december of 1999 the head gaskets were replaced and shortly thereafter we began hearing a knocking noise and were told the rod bearings were going out and we would need a new engine. when the local ford dealer was contacted regarding an estimate their response was don't feel bad we are seeing a lot of these problems on this engine. some consolation for someone who has to replace an engine that only has 70,000 miles on it. the dealer contacted was not the dealer where the van was purchased. the speedometer has now failed twice and because the reading is not an accurate mileage trade in on it is drastically reduced. when contacted about the second failure ford offered no help or explanation for the problem. the original speedometer was replaced while under warranty at eastside motors in greencastle, in. there has got to be a problem that two speedometers would fail on the same vehicle. the dates on my report are approximate. these are things that i didn't record but i guess from now on i will. the odometer reading that i recorded on the questionaire is the combined mileage of the 2 odometers. the whole unit was replaced not just the speedometer. *ak
12/18/1999110/01/1994
 The engine problem is two-fold. in december of 1999 the head gaskets were replaced and shortly thereafter we began hearing a knocking noise and were told the rod bearings were going out and we would need a new engine. when the local ford dealer was contacted regarding an estimate their response was don't feel bad we are seeing a lot of these problems on this engine. some consolation for someone who has to replace an engine that only has 70,000 miles on it. the dealer contacted was not the dealer where the van was purchased. the speedometer has now failed twice and because the reading is not an accurate mileage trade in on it is drastically reduced. when contacted about the second failure ford offered no help or explanation for the problem. the original speedometer was replaced while under warranty at eastside motors in greencastle, in. there has got to be a problem that two speedometers would fail on the same vehicle. the dates on my report are approximate. these are things that i didn't record but i guess from now on i will. the odometer reading that i recorded on the questionaire is the combined mileage of the 2 odometers. the whole unit was replaced not just the speedometer. *ak
11/01/1994
 Engine head gasket failure of 3.8 liter v6 engine. although this failure occurred in a mini-mall parking lot, it could have occurred at highway speed and would have put my wife and son in harm's way. at the very least, they were stranded some 15 miles from home. ford had an extended warranty for the premature failure of the head gasket, but my mileage was beyond the warranty. the incident cost me $703.84. *ak
02/03/2000111/01/1996
 Dealer replaced engine head gasket cost $4077, said no warranty, gave me 800 number. *ak
02/02/2000104/01/1995
 Temperature guage shot up to high and there was no heat. i was on my home from work and driving on the x-pressway. when i reached home i called dealer immediately. i was told not to drive the car. the car remained in our garage for a day and then was driven to the dealer. i was told that the head gaskets needed replacing for a total cost of $1400. this car has only 66,000 miles on it and from what i have seen and heard this is a problem ford has with this van. warranty was up at 60,000 miles. i need to know if they timed this failure to occur until the warranty ran out. i even had the extended warranty, which of course is good for nothing. this car does not have that many miles on it to have this type of costly repair. *ak
12/28/19991
 Head gasket malfunctioned. yh
102/01/1995
 Head gasket blew up. yh
01/21/2000103/01/1998
 There was a recall on head gaskets - ford failed to notify us by mail nor did they notify us when we took it in for routine services. now they won't fix it because it's past 60,000 miles. i took it to another mechanic, who fixed the problem at a cost of over $800.00. the other mechanic is how i found out about the recall - ford shared that information with him - however, they failed to let us in on the secret. *ak
12/01/199908/01/1995
 Red engine light started glowing @ approx. 70-80k miles. reported problem...nothing found. car fails at 107000, head gasket. was repaired for $1600, jan 2000. *ak
02/01/2000210/01/1994
 Transmission failed 3 times, head gaskets failed 2 times, ford doesn't care! *ak
01/15/2000104/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/17/200009/01/1995
 In november of 1998, the head gasket was replaced after vehicle was taken in to dealer for antifreeze leak. dealer informed us that head gaskets were not yet bad but advised us to replace them before further damage was done to engine. we complied and had the head gasket replaced to avoid further problems. when we took the windstar in on january 17, 2000, we were informed that we needed a new engine. the preventative head gasket replacement in 1998 should have avoided the engine failure, according to the dealer. apparently, there is much more going on with this engine than we are aware of. we cannot afford to keep putting money into this vehicle, and we hope that ford will issue a recall on the product. incidentally, our service person at venus ford (willie willett) has heard of thousands of 1995 ford windstar owners with identical problems. visits to various sites on the internet confirm this. why is no one taking any positive action on this major problem? *ak
11/24/199910/31/1995
 Vehicle experienced overheating due to blown head gasket which led to engine failure. engine needs to be replaced. dealer contacted. *ak *ml
06/02/1999101/18/1995
 Head gasket failed causing smoke to come out from exhaust. mjs
112/16/1999
 Head gasket and timing cover failed. yh
112/16/1999
 Head gasket and timing cover failed. yh
11/22/199906/01/1996
 Head gasket failed and was replaced. less than 1000 miles after this repair the engine started making loud noise at start when cold. i was told that the short block was bad and was most likely damaged when the head gasket failed. currently in process of
1
 Head gasket failed. nlm
01/03/2000
 While driving home vehicle started to overheat. temperature gauge needle indicated overheating. took vehicle to dealership next day. mechanic indicated head gaskets had blown. owner would need to pay part of cost of repairs. owner feels manufacturer should fill the bill. *ak
01/28/200007/01/1995
 Head gasket blew at about 55,000 miles. *ak
11/01/1997104/01/1994
 Head gasket - slow loss of coolant up to 65,000 miles when coolant leak observed around rear head. bars leak added to coolant which stopped visible leak. currently at 112,000 miles and coolant has steadily dropped since this time with no visible leaks. apparently entering combustion chamber. gaskets are a well known problem with these vehicles. transmission - abrubptly downshifts approximately 6 times since purchasing new. has occurred at freeway speeds in od then suddenly drops into second gear causing vehicle to over rev and slow down suddenly (of course with no brake lights). disconnecting battery and then reinstalling always corrects problem (resets computer). both problems seem to be very comman with 95 windstars, both potentially dangerous. *ak
01/18/200001/01/1995
 Engine seals released anti-freeze. *ak
01/22/2000111/01/1994
 We purchased this 1995 windstar new from the dealer and paid cash up front expecting this vehicle to be our main family car for at least 10 years. when we experienced an intermittent heater around 75000 miles, the dealer replaced the thermostat at a cost of $107.77 and said nothing about the headgasket. two days later the heater was again intermittent and when examined by the dealer i was told that the head gasket was defective. actually they misdiagnosed the problem the first time i brought in the vehicle for an intermittent heater. the following day the dealer service manager said that i had to pay $495.00 or the cost of an extended service agreement to fix the head gasket and ford will pay the balance. the extended service agreement would cover my vehicle only to 75000 miles. i have 75115 miles on my windstar now. i feel that ford should pay the full amount of repairs in this case because of the head gasket design flaw described in the 1998 head gasket recall. we are very dissatisfied with the unfair way ford is treating its best customers. john and karen taylor. *ak
01/10/2000107/01/1997
 Head gasket failure of 3.8l ford 1995 engine. did not (thankfully) cause injury for me or my family, but this is an engine defect that could cause an accident at any time, since the failure is not predictable.
1
 Head gasket failed. yh
12/15/199907/21/1995
 Engine head gaskets have blown out, causing coolant to leak onto the engine. damage wa sin excess 0f $1800. dealer has repaired the vehicle. *ak
01/27/20000
 While driving head gasket blew out .vehicle only had 34,000 milles. dealer was contacted. *ak
01/20/2000108/01/1997
 Up to now i found two windstar-owners, who had the same problem. the dealer and ford told me that they are aware of this problem with this engine. *ak
01/17/1999
 Engine head gasket failure, causing leakage of coolant from 3.8l engine. *ak
12/22/199906/15/1995
 While driving van it overheated. when the van was taken to the dealership, it was found that the engine head gasket was bad and needed to be replaced. dealer advised consumer that it would be wise to replace the whole engine. the head gasket has not been replaced. please provide any further information. *ak
01/21/200002/01/1996
 Head gasket and timing cover leak (dealer estimate to fix = $3600). previously complained to dealer and ford (10/4/99 at 58207 miles) about a transmission problem that i now think was related to the current head gasket/timing cover problem (in another report here, the head gasket/timing cover was listed as a solution for transmission symptoms that were the same as one's i had experienced and reported). *ak
01/10/20001
 Engine failed due to blown head gaskets. have owned vehicle for 5 years and never recieved any type of recall on this. cost 1300.00 to repair. just learned that these engines have been a problem. it seems that ford should pay for the repairs because of the poor design. is there any way i can be reimbursed for all or part of the repairs.
09/15/1996
 Ongoing problem with engine head gasket blowing out on three occasions. dealer notifed, and repairs were made at a deductible cost to consumer. *ak
 In low temperature vehicle overheated. recall on vehicle for this problem. dealer will not repair vehicle. please provide further information. *ak
12/12/1999
 Experienced problems with temperture gauge going up & down., and blower emittiing cool air instead of heat. vehicle operated very sluggishly. radiator leaked as well. vehicle is being serviced by a ford dealership. dealer informed consumer that the engine head gasket had blown out, and there was a service program for the some make and models. since vehicle had exceeded mileage requirment, consumer would have to pay for repairs. *ak
12/19/19991
 Ford has admitted that this has been a common problem with these engines and yet they will not assume any liability for them. the dealer said that he is seeing 2 of these every week ! *ak
 When traveling consumer noticed shaking coming from the front end engine compartment area. also, fluid was coming from the tail pipe , and there was a burning smell within the passenger compartment. consumer has contacted the dealer. dealer noticed a cracked head gaske,t causing fluid leak. dealer has yet to correct the problem. please provide any further details. *ak
10/08/1999106/01/1998
 Engine head gasket blew during my vacation. known problem with ford 3.8 liter engines. warranty extended by ford to 5yr 60,000 miles. of course my engine blew at 5 1/2 yrs and 69,000 miles so i'm not covered. i had head gasket reapired by phil long ford (denver, co) for $2,065. phil long dealership report van was ready for me to continue my vacation. i picked up van from phil long ford dealership and drove 230 miles. engine died at 230 miles due to anti-freeze getting into engine when head gasket blew and caused the crank bearings to fail. just paid $3,500 for engine to be rebuilt. help!!! i don't like being screwed by ford. i just paid $6,500 not including car rental costs for a ford motor company design flaw.*ak
01/10/2000303/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets have failed for the 3rd time in 80000 miles. dealer repaired 1st under warranty, 2nd under ford m.c. special extension of warranty, and now dealer and ford m.c. won't repair at no cost. this obviously has been an ongoing problem with the 1995 windstar and one that the cause of the failure has not been addressed...only band-aided. i want ford to buy out the balance of my loan !!! *ak
12/16/1999103/01/1995
 Failed intake timing cover gasket
04/01/1996103/01/1995
 Rear shocks failed at 3000 mi. a/c compressor relay failed summer of 1996 (hasn't work reliably since). tailgate lock motor failed, pass window motor faled, sliding door elec contacts replaced, head gaskets failed 3 times in 80000 mi. and many other problems that the dealers have fixed under warranty or service bulletins. how much will it take for ford to take responsibility for the 1995 lemon windstar !!!
01/13/2000305/01/1995
 I did contact ford motors headquarters and received no help.no safety defect mentioned in summary. *ak
10/10/1998205/01/1996
 Engine head gasket broke, causing the engine to throw a rod and destoy the engine. it is now less than a year later and the head gasket on the engine which we had installed,( which we had to get a loan for) has failed again. on top of last years costs on a new engine, this will be at least another $700 . and new engine again should it throw a rod again. the vehicle can not be driven now. *ak
12/10/19990
 Engine began to heat up, temperature gauge went up, and anti-freeze blew out of the exhaust. consumer pulled car over, and had it towed to a manufacturer. *ak
11/28/19991
 The head gasket was contaminated causing complete damage to the engine. *yc
12/01/1999105/01/1995
 Ford has admitted that they put the wrong head gasket into this engine. i was told by the mechanic that they gave a silent warranty of an additional 30k or 5 yrs. they never contacted the owners to give them the option to replace this. this was a $ 700.00 dollar repair. i've taken very good care of my van and am satisfied with it except for this one issue. ford should of given us a choice to replace this gasket before it blew. *ak
12/10/1999110/01/1997
 Ford has acknowledged that the engine head gaskets on the 3.8 liter engine are defictive. yet, they will not assist in repair costs. this problem is prevalent in 1995 winstars. someone needs to make ford do the right thing.*ak
01/07/200008/01/1997
 I wanted to report a '95 windstar 3.8l engine head gasket failure that has just occurred to my vehicle. i've been informed that head gaskets are supposed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. mine failed at 52300. ford is refusing to fix the problem despite a letter that was sent to me in june '98 stating they will fix at their expense if the car is less than 5 years or under 60000 miles. there are reported allegations stating this to be a 100% failure rate. i would like ford to acknowledge this problem and back it up with a recall effort with full reimbursement of expenses. *ak
08/01/1994
 Well maintained windstar needs new transmission at 52k miles ,and blew rod bearings at 64k miles requiring a new engine. have read hundreds of same problems on the internet. ford has a problem and needs to address it. *ak
01/16/200006/01/1997
 I was told this had been under a limited recall, probably in 96, which i did not know about. i have received 2 recalls and wish i knew about the recall on the motor (head gaskets). *ak
01/14/200007/01/1994
 My 95 windstar has been nothing but problems since day one. my transmission went within 6 months after purchas., now the head gasket are gone, and ford knew there was a known problem with premature failure on there head gaskets on 3.8l engines. i never received the notification letter from ford about this problem. i had vehicle towed to nearest dealership malouf ford in north brunswick, nj and was told it'll cost me about $1400 to repair. i feel this is totally unfair to saddle the consumer again with repair bills for something ford new was a problem. they should honor there product and fix and no cost to me. i will be filing a complaint with the better business bureau and the small claims court if ford doesn't what i feel is fair and right. thanks francisco martinez. *ak
11/07/1999112/01/1998
 We did not ever receive (nor did the previous owner) a letter about the head gasket recall on our windstar. we contacted ford today and were turned down reimbursement because it had too many miles. but we would have had it done by then, had we been notified of the recall. *ak
01/01/1995
 Engine head gasket failed after warranty had expired, replaced transmission after warranty had expired, steering locked up (repaired under warranty), wears out tires because has pulled to right since day one, have replaced braking system twice
12/12/1999108/01/1998
 Ford had a secret warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles for head gaskets because of the huge number of problems. my problems with low coolant levels, and no heat started before 60,000 miles, and before the december of 1999. they refuse to help me. if this was an isolated event, or if the vehicle had 90,000 miles on it, i wouldn't seek compensation. but this is a widespread problem, and head gaskets on newer vehicles should last at least 100,000 miles. i have complete documentation of this, please contact me if i can be of any assistance. thank you. *ak
11/19/1999
 Head gasket failed on nov. 16, 1999. i picked up the vehicle from the dealer on nov. 19 and drove it home (~15 miles). i immediately called the dealer and told them the engine was running hot. i was told to go ahead and drive the car. on dec. 6 (after more phone conversations), i took the car back and was told the no.2 fuel injector had failed. on dec. 97 i picked the car up and before i could get it home again, the engine check light came on, and the car ran very roughly. i immediately called the dealer and they told me to drive it for a feew days to see what happened. on dec 22, i returned the car to the dealer , and again the n0. 2 cylinder has a problem that the dealer can't diagnose. ford is offering no assistance. *ak
 Vehicle has a cracked valve cover that causes an oil leak in the engine. dealer has been contacted. thre was a (tsb) on this problem. *ak
12/17/199909/01/1994
 Failure to replace new engin ehead gasket by either dealer or manufacturer w/o charge under m campains warranty. this is very significant safety issue for everyone to knows. *ak
01/03/1998106/01/1994
 Transmission went at 70k no help from ford. head gasket leaking 120k no assistance or help from ford. window motor do not work no help from ford. steering problems no one can find a problem, but i keep replacing tire prematurly. i paid for the tramsmission $1500. now the van is in the shop at sam galloway ford for a head gasket. the only reason i had it towed into sam galloway is because they said there was a recall on the head gasket and they will take care of it . covered by the recall. they called after looking at it and said $1700 to repair the gasket and others problems caused by the leaking head gasket. recall states 60k 0r dec 31 2000 wich ever comes first. if they are putting faulty products in their vehicles they are causeing safety concerns and they should be responsible for repairs. *ak
12/17/1999
 Due to a defective head gasket which leaked and caused engine to overheat, vehicle stalled. common problem. please provide further information. *ak
12/30/1999111/01/1997
 #4 engine head gasket failure exactly has been reported on numerous other vehicles. also, repeated oxygen sensor failure exactly as reported on other vehicles. *ak
01/07/2000107/01/1995
 Blown gaskets; company extented warranty to 5yr or 60,000 mile due to premature failure. defective part should be covered at any mileage as only had 4 1/2 years. whole engine might need replacement due to defect. they admitted in extnended warranty, number 98m01 letter. *ak
12/25/1999108/01/1995
 Chronic problem with 1995 fords with 3.8l v6 engine head gasket - ford won't own up to it. will the nhtsa do something for all of the owners with defecive cars????
12/01/1999103/01/1997
 Engine failure was due to blown head gasket,transmission has been serviced and vehicle well cared for.
09/15/1999108/01/1995
 Rear view mirror fell off 4 times/transmission replaced at 60000 miles, and engine head gaskets replaced at 63000 miles. costly repairs and have been without vehicle for over 2 weeks just for these problems. *ak
01/06/2000107/01/1997
 Premature failure of engine head gasket on 1995 ford windstar gl. failure at 76,800 miles. *ak
12/09/1998105/01/1995
 When the transmission failed my husband contacted the 800 number with ford. the customer service rep would not give him a ford's rep name and number to call. they said he could leave his name and number and someone would call him back. he then called ben satcher ford in lexington because it is close to our house, and i have had such problems with bob bennett and their service. ben satcher would not help us either. they would not put us in touch with a ford rep. we finally dropped it. then, on christmas eve, we had the blown head gaskets happen. we were stranded in richmond, ky at 12:10 am on i-75, which is 4 states away from where we live. once the christmas holiday was over, we finally were able to get the van worked on at a dealership in lexington, ky. the service people there told us ford had sponsored a program on the head gaskets because they knew they had a problem. however, the program expired in december 1998, so we were too late. the dealership would not contact a ford rep either. they said we had to pay ourselves and take it up with ford. that bill was $1800 as well as i had replaced the transmission the year before for $1800. i'm now out $3600 for things that should not have happened with the mileage on the minivan. when we finally arrived home in sc, we had a recall sitting in our mailbox for the gas tank that can possibly catch on fire. i took the minivan in to bob bennett today for the recall. i told them the van is still not running correctly, please help me out and check it free of charge. i also contacted the service mgr. at bob bennett last week about what happened to us with the head gaskets, and asked for the ford rep. i asked him for that number again today. he's claiming he has a phone call in to him, but it could be 30-45 days or more before he has contact with the ford rep. he became quite belligerent with me and did not want to help with the problem that the van is not running correctly unless he charges me fully. help.
09/15/1997209/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
12/27/199903/01/1995
 Head gasket failure diagnosed after coolant loss, two thermostats replaced in 9 months, engine miss at idle, check engine light on, and inability to remove number 4 spark plug. estimate cost to repair $2126.60. not covered by the extended ford warranty to 60,000 miles.
03/22/1999209/01/1997
 12-13-99 till 12-30-99 no heat leaking anti-freeze, replaced watter pump 373.97 take van back in then need another new engine, but ford said the maker of the engine would only replace head gaskets. *ak
03/01/1999109/01/1997
 Received a letter from ford dated 6/98 admitting a problem with head gaskets and offering to refund repair cost or repair for no cost if failure occurred prior to dec. 1998 and milage was under 60,000. the head gasket failed in my windstar in march of 1999 with 60666 miles. i had the head gasket replaced but ford's actions in this matter seem highly questionable. this appears to be a limited recall without calling it a recall, fixing only the majority of the failures but not fixing all. my failure happend to occur outside of the parameters that were set. please note that i dealt with eastgate ford in beavercreek on this repair and complaint. *ak
12/24/1999104/01/1995
 Blown head gasket. this has been ongoing problem with 95 windstar. could have been stranded on x-way or major intersection. ford will not do recall. literally thousands of 95 windstar owners have experienced this same problem. ford will not reimburse for this design problem they have known about for a long time. *ak
304/01/1995
 Engine head gasket failed at 73000 miles - heard over the internet that there was a recall up to 60k miles - i never received any info on this recall. how is ford allowed to limit this recall to 60k miles due to a faulty gasket that has since been redesigned? *ak
08/14/199901/01/1995
 Left stranded in rural south dakota when engine blew, relating to the engine head gasket problem on ford's 3.8 litre engines. had previously had the head gaskets checked and replaced, but engine still damaged. ford would not cover this because the warranty expired at 60,000 miles and our vehicle was at 62,000 miles. we had to pay to have a new engine installed, were without our vehicle for 8 weeks, and had to drive 10 hours back to sd to get it. *ak
12/24/1999107/01/1998
 Vehicle overheated, checked engine and found head gasket failure. contacted ford, would not cover even though they are aware of head gasket failures on this particlar engine, would have been covered if i had not had it inspected on 8/98 and found to be ok. i feel ford has a responsibility to owners of these paticular vehicles with this engine (3.8l). *ak
12/12/1999106/01/1994
 Head gaskets blew and engine quit while descending hill. stopped at intersection, but could not remove van from traffic lanes. *ak
12/08/1998105/01/1994
 Transmission problem/failure: after coming to a stop, the transmission would hesitatedbefore engaging. i first noticed the problem after about 50,000 miles. it became progressively worse. the main problem was determined to be a failed piston (aluminium). a secondary failure was the main housing do to the shuttle valve wearing out the bore (probably due to execessive chatter because of the fluid leaking past the piston). the hesitating engagement would occasionally cause the vehicle to roll backwards or not to move forward in traffic. i believe both situations to be potentially dangerous. the dealership fixed the problem at my expense; ford told me they could not help. *ak
12/24/19991
 The first symptom of the problem came with no heat while travelling for the christmas holiday. it made for a cold trip with our children. luckily we caught it before total engine failure in our minnesota winter. the estimated repairs i have received so far range from $1000 to $1800. from what i hear, this is not an isolated case for 95 windstars. is ford planning on doing anything? any counsel or action i can take. *ak
12/18/1999102/01/1996
 First head gasket failure at 55,000 miles, replaced by dealer with same faulty head gasket part. this replaced head gasket failed 40,000 miles later. ford and the dealership are both responsible for the design and failure to replace the original head gasket with the new improved model. consumers are very angry and should pose a class action suit against ford. this faulty gasket causes engines to sieze. now the dealerships will not warranty any head gasket replacement. they reccomend engine replacement. this problem has been admitted by ford, yet they have not adequately solved the problem. they put a bandaid on it. *ak
12/26/199911/01/1994
 We realize you folks don't think of engine head gasket related defects and transmission failures as highway and safety issues, but we wish to go on the record as swindled by ford for failing to be responsible for manufacturing automobile with defective machine parts that if they failed while under certain circumstances could easily be responsible for death and injury of the vehicle occupants or other vehicle occupants. *ak
11/19/1999105/01/1997
 I gradually lost my heat. i had taken my minivan to have a thermostat replaced the week before because that's what i thought the problem was. i had already sunk $75.00 into it before i took it into the ford dealership becasue the problem was still happening. it continued to overheat after the thermostat was installed. i paid approximately $1000.00 right before christmas to have my head gasket replaced. i was really in a bind for christmas this year having to pay for my van. i alos was without transportation for a week. i have three children to transport to and from school and all their sports events. i was inconvienced for an entire week. ford offered me a rental , but i would still have to pay. i declined. i have written to ford customer service and gotten a response. they are not willing to help me in the least bit financially. *ak
07/28/1999108/01/1996
 Engine head gasket failed, and the engine block cracked. engine had to be replaced. i called ford motor company customer service and requested they cover either the head gasket or engine under the warranty. they said sorry, there is nothing we will do to help you. ford file #'s 9001758904 and 1596592109. *ak
07/28/1999108/01/1996
 Engine head gasket failed, and the engine block cracked. engine had to be replaced. i called ford motor company customer service and requested they cover either the head gasket or engine under the warranty. they said sorry, there is nothing we will do to help you. ford file #'s 9001758904 and 1596592109. *ak
 Engine head gaskets had blown, causing coolant to leak onto the engine, resulting in engine malfunctioning. dealer and manufacturer have been notified. *ak
11/09/1999
 Engine's head gaskets failed. they blew while driving vehicle. was emitting white smoke & then died. vehicle towed to dealership. mechanic informed owner of head gaskets. no fluid was leaking. had no warning except white smoke. a recall was issued & vehicle was inspected. informed no leaks & vehicle beyond given mileage. *ak
 Engine head gaskets have blown out, causing coolant to leak onto the engine. the dealer has repaired the vehicle at owner's expense. *ak
11/09/19990
 Car started to idle and smoke was coming from the engine, and oil was coming out of the exhaust pipe. engine check light did not come on. took to a mechanic, and he said it was catastrophic engine failure due to head gasket failure. consumer received a warranty letter, saying it would be covered up to 60, 000 miles, but it blew out at 70, 000 miles. *ak
12/16/1999107/01/1994
 Blown engine head gasket at 61,478 miles. ford only extended the warranty to 60k to cover this specific problem, so they refuse to pay. *ak
12/01/1999110/01/1995
 Head gasket failure. *ak
 Engine head gaskest blew, causing coolant to leak onto the engine. a tsb has been issued on the vehicle make. dealer has repaired the vehicle. *ak
12/01/1999103/01/1997
 95 ford windstar needs new engine and transmission because of headgasket problem experienced in other 95 windstars. i never received any information from ford about this rampant problem with this component. repairs should be covered under my extended warranty, but still not sure if everything will be covered. began having problems almost immediately after buying the vehicle. after several trips to various ford dealerships, have had several tune ups and oxygen sensor replacements. last prior service was in june 1999 at rusty eck ford leavenworth, ks, where the vehicle was tuned up yet again. despite the fact that this is a well documented problem noone has ever mentioned this to me as a possible cause for poor performance and gas mileage until now, despite the fact that the symptoms are exactly the same as many other owners have experienced. corrosion problem is limited to right passenger door. the paint at the bottom of the door bubbles, then flakes off revealing already corroded metal beneath. no dealership will fix this problem, citing that paint is not covered under warranty. noone can explain how a five year old vehicle is rusting out so quickly. i've heard every excuse from acid rain to improper washing to driving through a caustic substance spill. *ak
11/23/1999110/01/1995
 This is the second 3.8l v6 ford product i owned to blow a head gasket. i had to replace the entire engine at my total expense. *ak
12/11/1997101/01/1997
 Ford is well aware of the problem with blown engine head gaskets in the 1995 windstar, but is unwilling to assist unless mileage is under 60000. my van was driving at 65 mph when it suddenly lost pressure and would not drive above 40 mph on a major highway with 2 small children in the car. please help. *ak
12/10/1999104/01/1997
 Have attempted contact with ford motor corp to no avail. they claim that the date has expired for said repairs although there was not a problem with my head gaskets until now. *ak
02/01/199907/21/1998
 Engine head gasket failed. yh
06/01/1998101/28/1995
 Recall repair denied for (98m01), head gasket failure, vehicle out of scope due to mileage. mjs
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 Head gasket failed. nlm
09/15/199905/01/1997
 This part was on recall, but ford says that it is past the mileage for the recall, and for them to repair the damages. if this part is on recall the company knows that it is defective. i feel they are not standing behind their product at any cost. i feel they should be paying for my repairs since it is their faulty workmanship that caused the damage. *ak
12/07/199903/01/1995
 Apparently engine head gasket failure very common on the 1995 windstars - new engine recommended by ford service dept. - past warranty period. *ak
12/09/1999109/01/1994
 Head gasket blew up. *ak
10/01/19991
 Coolant leak and overheating- would not start replace head gaskets. *ak
12/01/1999104/01/1995
 Engine head gasket blown- apparently ford has knowledge of this proble.dealer will not assist me in repairs. ford extended warranty to 60,000. i have 68,000. ford made no attempt to let me know of the potential problem either by mail or via a phone call. *ak
12/03/1999102/01/1999
 Ford had an extended warranty on the head gaskets. i have found (via the internet) several people that have had head gaskets go out pre-maturely. the mechanic that fixed my van said that it is a faulty head gaskets in the 3.8l engine & that ford should pay for the head gaskets, my rental, and also the damage that may have occurred because of their negligence. *ak
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 Head gasket failed 8,000 miles after extended warranty. nlm
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 Head gasket failed 8,000 miles after extended warranty. nlm
12/04/1999108/01/1995
 Engine started running rough for about a week, then on 12/4/99 smoke came from exhaust when started. we drove it immediately to velde lincoln mercury in peoria, il. when they got to look at it, it would not start. the engine was locked up and they told us it was due to a blown head gasket and would cost about $1,250 to fix. i since have learned that this is a very common problem and ford extended warranty coverage to 60,000 miles. i have also heard many complaints of it going out shortly after 60,000 and ford refusing to cover any repairs. *ak
11/01/1999206/01/1995
 Engine head gasket on the 1995 ford windstar first failed at 35000 miles which was fixed under. *ak
12/07/1999
 Preoblems with engine head gasket. *ak
12/01/1999108/01/1999
 Engine head gasket blew out, causing engine to sieze @52,000 mi.9 month pregnant wife &4 small children in vehichle i have read the countless complaints on this vehichle is there a way 2 remove this vehichle from the roads before someone is killed what can i do??? *ak
12/05/1999107/01/1997
 Engine head gasket failed. ford refuses to pay for repairs despite known product defect. *ak
11/18/199907/01/1997
 The head gasket in my 1995 ford windstar failed ruining the engine. my wife and children were stranded on the side of the road until we could arrainge transportation. ford, after repeated complaints is only willing to pay for a portion of the repair costs. i think this is a harzardous problem and ford should be more forthcoming.
10/15/1999
 While driving on the highway engine check light kept coming on. vehicle began to overheat and water came out of tailpipe. also leaking radiator fluid on the engine block and heater, creating toxic gases inside the vehicle. contacted the dealer not under extended warranty. *ak
09/16/1998204/01/1994
 Head gaskets failing again after ford replaced origionals
02/15/199802/01/1998
 Within three days of my purchase of my 1995 windstar in feb. of 1998 timing case blew at 35,500. at 51,440 head gasket blew. dealer told us under warranty 5yr and or 60,000 miles .dealer called to tell us warranty expired. 8-99 1995windstar was put in
02/15/199802/01/1998
 Within three days of my purchase of my 1995 windstar in feb. of 1998 timing case blew at 35,500. at 51,440 head gasket blew. dealer told us under warranty 5yr and or 60,000 miles .dealer called to tell us warranty expired. 8-99 1995windstar was put in
03/08/1999
 Blown head gasket missed owner notification warranty by 68 days. engine damaged, total cost $3,975.06. ford would not help with repair cost.
11/02/199910/01/1994
 Head gasket failure not covered by manufacturer due to mileage over 60000. problem existed prior to the notice of the failure due to same symptoms in excess of 30000 miles. ford expects $2400 to fix the problem. over 156 complaints on same component listed in complaints section of nhtsa.
11/30/1999104/01/1998
 Ford extended the warranty for head gaskets to 60000 miles or 12/98, whichever came first. my windstar's head gasket failed today (11/30/99) with 58500 miles on it. please consider forcing a recall on this defect. *ak
11/01/1999111/01/1996
 The automatic transmission began to fail in oct 1998. shifting to overdrive would not occur or would shift back and forth causing a bucking motion. after first trip to the dealership the filter and fluid were changed. the the condition worsened until the transmission would not shift into 3rd gear at all. this was then repaired but still does not shift properly all the time. the head gasket needs to be replaced now at 84,000 miles. i have seen these common problems on websites and thought i should report as they are the same type that seem to re-occur on this model. *ak
11/12/1999102/01/1996
 1995 windstar has defective head gaskets in the 3.8l engine, premature failure admitted by ford, this should have been recalled by ford and repaired, but ford is putting the repair cost on the consumer.
06/18/1999110/01/1997
 This motor has a history of defective head gaskets with no coverage from mfger after 60,000 miles. this is definitely a design problem. *ak
11/05/1999101/01/1995
 Premature head gasket failure due to defective head gasket. also caused internal engine damage which required engine rebuild at a total cost of $2,441.00
08/26/1999106/25/1997
 Head gasket failure resulted in complete engine replacement. mjs
02/25/1999111/01/1994
 Vehicle experienced failure of the head gasket and engine cooling system, recall component however owner denied recall repair. (98m01) mjs
07/02/1999110/01/1995
 Ford needs to do a complete recall of all 1995 ford windstar head gaskets. this head gasket failure put me and my family including 2 small children in grave danger. the evidence is overwhelming. ford needs to stand behind their product and be responsive to customer complaints. there are literally thousands of frustrated 1995 windstar owners nationwide. can't something be done to make ford accountable?
10/10/1999105/01/1998
 Head gasket failure on 95' ford windstar. i have received several reports of the same problem from thousands of windstar owners. however, ford will not issue a recall. instead, an extended warranty has been issued. the verbage states 5 years or 60,000 miles. it does not say and or whichever comes first in a recent poll on an internet site, 67 percent of all gasket failures on the 95' occured between 60 and 70 thousand miles.my vehicle hadhead gasket failure, followed by an overheating problem, happened while my wife was on a busy highway with our two small children. they were stranded for several minutes under terrible weather conditions. ford refuses to pay for repairs, as has been the problem with thousands of owners. ford acknowledges the problem in their issued warranty letter (98mo1). i purchased the vehicle in may 98' and never recieved notice of the letter, although the extended warranty is transferable. i purchased the vehicle with 42,000 miles and started experiencing the symptoms of gasket failure at 52,000 miles. i have spent considerable time and money on diagnosing the problem, including two thermostat replacements, water pump, etc., to no avail. had i been made aware of the gasket problem by ford, i would have saved several hundred dollars and would not have to pay the $1,200 i will now need to have the faulty original gaskets replaced. help!
09/14/1999212/01/1998
 When driving up the hill vehicle would hesitate. contacted dealer and he replaced engine head gasket. while driving about 65mph vehicle hesitated and jerked again. stopped, and used fuel injection fluid. contacted dealer again, and replaced gasket. *ak
11/09/1999104/01/1997
 Vehicle check engine light came on. appointment made for dealer to look at problem. appointment was scheduled for 11/10/99. on 11/9/99 vehicle overheated. vehicle towed to dealer and dealer reports that head gasket is the problem, but that engine has seized, possibly requiring new engine. ford says if problem had happened prior to 60,000 miles repairs would have been free because this is a known problem. since problem occured after 60,000 miles, ford will pay nothing.
11/20/1999105/01/1994
 1995 ford windstar 3.8 engine failure with head gasket. this failure destroyed engine, ford has a major problem with the head gasket material, and they know this and have even posted a service bulletin 98m01. but if you over the 60,000 mile ford won't do anything for you and lots of consumers are paying for this repair $4,000-5000. i investigated this with 12 shops and 6 tow truck drivers and and are being towed in for repairs. the dealer won't tell consumers about this problem or support them if they are over the 60,000 mile mark? my van had been in for general repair and not one person said anything to me ? please this problem is costing consumers so much money when ford should be paying for these repairs. the material used for these head gaskets was bad. ford knew this and we have to pay the repair bill. i talked to two owner of ford dealers and they told me that ford has known about this since 1995, and they want the to support their customers, but wont do anything for van over 60-70,00 miles. my van had 90,000 miles, and has been taken care of but right now i'm trying to find the money for this repair? *ak
 Engine head gaskets are leaking oil onto the engine block. dealer has inspected the vehicle, and manufacturer has been notified. *ak
09/01/1994
 Ford will not recognize there is an engine problem with the first year model of this vehicle. the ford dealer said it would cost $1500 to have spark plug wires, oxygen sensor, thermostat, and head gaskets replaced. *ak
11/17/1999110/01/1994
 The valve gasket failed, leaking coolant out per the dealer, i had been getting check engine llight warnings for some time 1 year when on long trips, several mechanics had looked at the car and did not find any problem. ford has recall 98-mo1 covering the valve gaskets, extending the warranty up to 50,000 or 5 years. i was not advised of any problem, and found out after being billed by the dealer for repairs totalling 2138.06 (among other problems). i feel that being left in ingnorance of any valve gasket problems certainly limited my ability to properly deal with a problem that may have been developing for some time. it never occurred to me that my car might have a valve gasket failure so early in it's life. ford service advises me that after 50,000 i am on my own, even though they admit there has been a problem with these gaskets. *ak
10/27/1999
 While van was being driven to the dealership because of an overheating problem, van just shut off. van was towed to the dealership. dealer stated that engine head gasket was blown. van has not been repaired. please provide any further information. *ak
10/29/199904/01/1996
 The head gasket is leaking oil & anti-freeze onto the engine causing failure. *ak
11/19/199908/01/1994
 Several minor engine components (o2 sensors, coolant lines, computer, rough running engine, check engine light coming on & off) failed over a one year period followed by the head gasket failure. after it was repaired, about 100 miles later the engine failed. the oil pressure light came on, the van lost power and the speed started fluctuating. this was on a high speed, but no shoulder bridge, so slowing down could have caused an accident. fortunately it didn't this time. the dealer recommended towing the van to the garage, and after review the engine was recommended to be replaced.*ak
11/19/1999110/01/1996
 Coolant system problems since vehicle was purchased - sensors, radiator, head gasket. i thought i received a recall concerning head gasket in 1998 from ford - when i went to the dealer i was told to come back when the head gasket failed. the dealer kept the letter that i received from ford despite two attempts of having it returned. a year or so later the head gasket failed ,and i was told by ford that the head gasket was not covered by a recall, but was under a warranty extension. (i was not told this by the dealer in 1998) now the vehicle is past the alleged warranty extension, and ford will not address my problem further. apparently the radiator is poorly designed. it's cheaper for me to have it replaced under a third party warrenty than have it flushed only to clog again. i purchased the vehicle in october 1996 and have replaced the front tires in 1997, 1998 and 1999. *ak
10/28/1999109/01/1996
 This head gasket problem is something ford motor co. is aware of. it is even listed in the oct. issue of consumer reports. we should not be required to pay 1,000--2,000 for repairs for thier mistake.
10/12/1999203/01/1995
 Head gasket failure and subsequent crankshaft failure. *ak
10/12/1999203/01/1995
 Head gasket failure and subsequent crankshaft failure. *ak
03/14/1999103/01/1995
 My concern is primarily aimed at engine head gasket problem identified by ford motor company for the 1995 ford winstar. in march of 1999, my wife and two children were driving in the car when the head gasget blew! the ensuing repairs ran over $2,486.00. believing that my warranty had expired i had a private mechanic fix the car. upon realizing that ford had manufactured a faulty part i requested a refund for my repair bills. ford has refused to recognize my claim, indicating that my warranty had expired. i belive this unsafe situation was directly a result of ford motor company and the faulty head gasket placed into my car by ford. the other components had to be replaced as a direct result of the failing head gasket. i wish to be included in the growing number of consumers lodging complaints and concerns about this dangerous situation. your assistance with dealing with ford motor company would be appreciated, however i have little trust that they will fully acknowledge their responsibility in this matter. i would be happy to forward copies of my correspondance with ford to your office if this might be of assistance. with sincere thanks for your interest and support in this matter, robert a. martinez. *ak
10/01/1997
 Transmission going to fail soon; dealership failed to diagnose in 1997 under oem warranty. head gasket blew, dealership repaired at no cost. gasoline smells during and after driving. *ak
07/01/1994
 Failure of forward clutch piston. orginal was made of aluminum and was replaced with a steel piston. work done by an independent transmission shop due to the dealer refusing to cover the costs. also have had problems with head gaskets, electric harness, ignition wiring
11/16/1999111/01/1995
 In 7/99 a 'check engine light' came on after a long trip [boca raton, fl to charlotte, nc] an oxygen sensor was replaced by a ford dealer[young ford, 704-598-2599] in 10/99 the 'check engine light' came on again. wallace ford [delray beach, 561-278-0303]was informed of the previous sensor replacement, and replaced another sensor. no other indicating lights had come one at any time. on nov. 14 the car was rough on startup, then ran okay. on nov. 16 the car would not start. wallace ford has found a headgasket failure. research on the internet has indicated over 200 of the same failures for this make & model year. i was informed that ford had a 'program' for this if the mileage was under 60k. my understanding is a relatively easy check could have prevented this catastrophic failure that is estimated at $2100 to repair at this time. neither dealer, when making the earlier repairs , that were likely caused by the leaking of the headgasket, mentioned the possibility of a headgasket failure for this make & model, although ford is clearly aware of the problem. a graph attributed to nhtsa indicates the very high number of complaints for this problem. i expect to be contacting ford at a number of levels to voice this complaint. is there any investigation underway for this? i understand kron tv in san franscisco ran an investigative story on this problem this week.
11/03/1999202/01/1998
 This is the 2nd time i have had this problem. the 1st. time was 1 year ago. my van was making a ticking or knocking sound. this was right after they replaced the head gasket which was recalled. i asked the ford dealer who did the work if the sound could have anything to do with the recall. i was told no it had nothing to do with my problem. i was told i needed a new short block. i had bought a warranty from the person i bought the van from for $430.00 which was for $2500.00, i only had about $1900.00 left on it. i got an estimate of about $3500.00 to do the work from ford. icould not afford to pay that much money. i asked if they could fix the parts that were broken wiht the amount that was left on my warranty. that is what they did. now it has happened again. this time it is the longb lock that i must replace i have been told. why because i should have replaced the shortblock the first time. i could not see how the motor could have gone with such low milage on it. the first time it only had 37668 miles on it. it had 36914 miles on it when they replaced the headgasket recall on 09/08/98. i am just finding out now that this could have very well been a problem that was caused by the faulty headgasket. i believe that ford dealer here in seaside, ca. knew this at the time. i believe they did not tell me so they would not have to replace the engine without me paying for it. since i could not afford to pay for it then, and cannot afford to pay for it now after this happened again only worse. my van broke down out of town i must try and get it towed over a 100 miles back to my city. i still do not have the van with me to this date. i have never had so many problems with a car in my life. i have never owned a car this new either. i got the van so i could drive my father around who is handycapped and is 86 years old. i have not been able to get him to doctors appointments nor my son to his activites for school. i would be most greatfull for any advice or help. thank you.
11/03/1999202/01/1998
 This is the 2nd time i have had this problem. the 1st. time was 1 year ago. my van was making a ticking or knocking sound. this was right after they replaced the head gasket which was recalled. i asked the ford dealer who did the work if the sound could have anything to do with the recall. i was told no it had nothing to do with my problem. i was told i needed a new short block. i had bought a warranty from the person i bought the van from for $430.00 which was for $2500.00, i only had about $1900.00 left on it. i got an estimate of about $3500.00 to do the work from ford. icould not afford to pay that much money. i asked if they could fix the parts that were broken wiht the amount that was left on my warranty. that is what they did. now it has happened again. this time it is the longb lock that i must replace i have been told. why because i should have replaced the shortblock the first time. i could not see how the motor could have gone with such low milage on it. the first time it only had 37668 miles on it. it had 36914 miles on it when they replaced the headgasket recall on 09/08/98. i am just finding out now that this could have very well been a problem that was caused by the faulty headgasket. i believe that ford dealer here in seaside, ca. knew this at the time. i believe they did not tell me so they would not have to replace the engine without me paying for it. since i could not afford to pay for it then, and cannot afford to pay for it now after this happened again only worse. my van broke down out of town i must try and get it towed over a 100 miles back to my city. i still do not have the van with me to this date. i have never had so many problems with a car in my life. i have never owned a car this new either. i got the van so i could drive my father around who is handycapped and is 86 years old. i have not been able to get him to doctors appointments nor my son to his activites for school. i would be most greatfull for any advice or help. thank you.
 Engine head gaskets blew out, causing coolant to be absorbed into the engine. dealer has been notified. *ak
09/01/1999108/01/1998
 This is a blown head gasket in the windstar - what i've learned to be a well-known problem. i think ford should be paying for this since it is a known defect. *ak
08/02/1999105/01/1996
 Ford issued a pseudo recall but has not paid for repairs *ak
02/17/1999106/01/1996
 Engine head gasket blew,causing white smoke to eminate from tailpipe and engine to overheat, resulting in destruction of engine. i had to replace both head gaskets, and had a remanufactured engine installed. my transmission and power steering rack also failed before this. what next? *ak
09/22/199907/01/1998
 The check engine light was coming on anytime i drove on an trip over 60 miles. after having it checked out and checked out, i could never get an answer about the problem. found out later that it was due to the head gasket being bad and dumping engine coolant throug the exhaust which in turn destroyed the catatlytic converter and sensor. however the computer would never give the codes that this was the problem. while checking this problem out, i had it in a transmission shop that knew of ford's transmission problems, and stated that this windstar had all the signs of a leaking aluminum pump in the transmi. cost was just under $1000. still the problem was not fixed. a guy said to check the exhaust, so i had the exhaust checked and found the catalytic convertor had melted down. had them replaced, still the problem was not fixed. my mechanic happened to be talking to the parts dept at a ford dealer and they mentioned the secret recall on the motor. so i checked on it and they said the mileage was too high (keep in mind that the van was doing this when i purchased it at 82,000). my mechanic pulled the head off and replaced the front head gasket where the #4 cylinder had blown the gasket. he replaced all fluids. several hundred miles later the motors main bearings went out due to having had engine coolant mixed with it for so long (told to me by the springfield, il ford dealer where i was when the motor blew and by the springfield, mo ford dealer where i live). ford refuses to fix the problem and i can give you addresses of hundreds of other people who are having this problem, and this is just a group of people on the web, how many thousands of people don't know anything about this problem? ford claims to have sent out recalls, but i have never received one nor have any others that i have talked with except for one guy i work with. he bought his van used and received this recall. i have gotten a recall on my van hood so they know where i live. thanks, db.
09/22/199907/01/1998
 The check engine light was coming on anytime i drove on an trip over 60 miles. after having it checked out and checked out, i could never get an answer about the problem. found out later that it was due to the head gasket being bad and dumping engine coolant throug the exhaust which in turn destroyed the catatlytic converter and sensor. however the computer would never give the codes that this was the problem. while checking this problem out, i had it in a transmission shop that knew of ford's transmission problems, and stated that this windstar had all the signs of a leaking aluminum pump in the transmi. cost was just under $1000. still the problem was not fixed. a guy said to check the exhaust, so i had the exhaust checked and found the catalytic convertor had melted down. had them replaced, still the problem was not fixed. my mechanic happened to be talking to the parts dept at a ford dealer and they mentioned the secret recall on the motor. so i checked on it and they said the mileage was too high (keep in mind that the van was doing this when i purchased it at 82,000). my mechanic pulled the head off and replaced the front head gasket where the #4 cylinder had blown the gasket. he replaced all fluids. several hundred miles later the motors main bearings went out due to having had engine coolant mixed with it for so long (told to me by the springfield, il ford dealer where i was when the motor blew and by the springfield, mo ford dealer where i live). ford refuses to fix the problem and i can give you addresses of hundreds of other people who are having this problem, and this is just a group of people on the web, how many thousands of people don't know anything about this problem? ford claims to have sent out recalls, but i have never received one nor have any others that i have talked with except for one guy i work with. he bought his van used and received this recall. i have gotten a recall on my van hood so they know where i live. thanks, db.
10/01/1994
 We replaced the headgaskets at 38,000 and have just been told at (72,000) that the headgaskets were replaced with another set of faulty head gaskets, and that ford will not do anything to rectify the problem eventhough they had the limited recall program on headgaskets. it is too risky to drive the vehicle other than short trips. due to vast number of problems with this vehicle resale is horrific and we are stuck with a car we can't afford to keep and can't afford to sell. *ak
11/06/1999108/01/1994
 The #4 engine head gasket failed, without any warning. apparently, ford has known of this problem and has done nothing to recall the 95 windstar's to replace the defective parts. they knew of the problem because they sent some people a 98mo1 letter stating so. however, they refused to reimburse anyone who's vehicle has over 60,000 miles or is 5 years old. please investigate this problem. *ak
 The check engine light came on and the engine started running rough. i was told it needed a tune-up which i did. it didn't fix the problem and i started having to put more and more water in it. it was diagnosed as the engine head gasket which has now been replaced. i wanted to contact you bacause i now know how bad these vehicles have been for this problem and i think ford should be held liable considering how much it costs, i think it should hold up much better than this. *ak
11/11/1999105/01/1994
 Rough engine, engine check light on. head gasket leaking onto #4 plug and cylinder. *ak
11/05/1999107/01/1994
 The head gasket blew and we received a recall notice that ford would cover up to 5 yrs. or 60,000 miles, if they know they have a defective product, how can they put a cap on this. this has happened to many vans from 95 we were lucky we were not on the hi
 Vehicle started steaming out of the exhaust pipes, and blowing water out of the radiator. dealer replaced engine head gaskets. *ak
10/31/1999112/01/1994
 Widespread failure of 1995 windstar 3.8l engine head gasket... me this time.
09/25/1999
 While driving vehicle 65mph engine had overheated and blewout. had control of vehicle. had it towed to a garage. informed by mechanic it was not a cracked engine b lock. had no prior warning. *ak
11/05/1999101/01/1995
 Premature head gasket failure due to factory defective gaskets (ford service program # 98m01)
10/29/1999106/01/1995
 Headgasket blew and caused motor to be run with antifreeze in the #1 cylinder. motor gone...
11/05/1999101/01/1995
 Head gasket failed, causing loss of power, rough running, white smoke out exhaust, and strong coolant smell inside of vehicle. this seems to be a common problem with this year, make, and engine.*ak
08/07/1999208/01/1994
 Engine overheated. at 82,904 miles, dealer replaced thermostat and head gasket on 8/7/99. on 10/29/99 with 86,411 miles in rush hour traffic, the engine just stalled on us75 n. dealer now states that engine is blown and needs to be replaced.
10/29/1999103/01/1995
 Our mini-van blew a head gasket and head was cracked. these defects were known to ford who reapired them thru december 1998 how can ford limit repair of a manufacturer's defect?
 The vehicle was overheating due to a faulty engine head gasket. dealer has not seen.
10/15/19990
 The head gasket failed causing the engine light to come on & other components to malfunction. *yc
10/28/1999109/01/1994
 We have just experienced the same problems that many owners of 95 windstars complain about - blown head gaskets and transmission problems. we currently have our van in the shop and will be paying about $5,000 in repairs for both problems. ford brushed us off since our car is over the 60,000 mile point.
10/28/1999108/01/1995
 As the owner of a 95 ford windstar with the 3.8l motor, i received a recall notice from ford extending warranty coverage due to premature head gasket failure. at 59,482 miles i had the 95 windstar serviced at battlefield ford, specifically asking them about the head gasket problem to make sure my vehicle was not showing any signs of problems. the dealer performed the 60,000 mile service and gave my vehicle a clean bill of health. on 28 oct 99, at 1030 pm on a dark road, the head gasket blew on my vehicle with no warning. ford has refused to fix my vehicle. every dealer i have spoken with will not repair the head gasket on windstar's, they will only replace the motor at a cost of $6,000.00 dollars. upon inspection of the cylinder heads it was found that the casting numbers were for a ford taurus, not a windstar. i have also found over 40 people who have experianced the same exact problem over the past 3 months with their 95 windstar. i would like to know how many of these 3.8l motors have failed. thank you for your time. sincerely, scott a. heffner
11/02/1999112/01/1994
 Car will not crank due to blown head gasket. ford has recognized problems with head gaskets on 1995 3.8l engines but state they will not cover this failure since the car has over 60,000 miles. $1000 repair bill is totally unacceptable for a known defect in ford's product. both dealer service department and ford customer assistance state my vehicle is not covered by the campaign ford had concerning their head gasket problem.
 While driving vehicle engine overheated and vapors from the coolant came into the passenger compartment. also, vehicle's engine started stuttering. this was due to blown engine head gasket. dealer has vehicle now. *ak
12/25/1998103/01/1997
 Our engine began overheating during the last week on dec. '98. due to the holidays, we were unable to get it into our personal mechanic until 1/9/99, at which time he diagnosed the cause as head gasket failure. we contacted our local dealer, who said th
10/26/1999103/01/1996
 I understand that a very high % of these engines have a head gasket failure. the ford company has made a replacement gasket to correct the problem. this repair was not covered on my vehicle (i paid for the repair) but a friend of mine had the same repair done this past april with 52000 miles on and ford covered his repair under a recall letter. with the magnitude of this problem, ford should cover all cost.
10/29/1999109/01/1995
 On friday evening, october 29, 1999 my 1995 ford windstar blew it's 3.8 liter v-6 engine head gasket. as i drove the car it began to emit clouds of steam from the exhaust system that had a very heavy chemical vapor smell. this was accompanied by my engine vibrating and running very roughly. upon checking under the hood i noticed that the coolant overflow container was dry. i checked my oil and found that it had antifreeze in it. these are the classic symptoms of a blown engine head gasket.
10/05/1999
 While driving around town. heard a funny sound, restarted vehicle and the temperature gauge went high. towed to dealer, and dealer determined that head gasket blew out and needed to have the engine flushed. contacted dealer, and replaced head gasket. oil light was coming on. dealer said that vehicle will continue to have problems. stepped on gas pedal and vehicle would hesitate when stopping, then shut off. *ak
10/14/19991
 Driving car to make a left turn when check engine lite comes on. vehicle starts rough idle and wife notices white smoke fuming out of exhaust pipe. knowing that 95 windstar 3.8l has a reputation for blown head gaskets suspected that was what occured. compleated turn and got car safetly off the roadway, called for tow to nearest ford dealer. diagnosis, blown head gasket, causing hydro-lock during diagnostic test . solution . replace engine with longblock due to coolant damage to crankshaft and cylinders and block. no warning and this car has been professionally maintained. oil and coolant were checked the day before and were at proper levels. coolant changed 07/99. solution engine replaced at owners expense. no properly maintained car should have this kind of failure,especially during first 100,000 miles. am pursuing this with ford customer service hot-line with little sucess. any suggestions?
08/28/1999102/01/1997
 Head gasket failed. had tried to get problem looked at during warranty period, was informed by dealer that repair would not be made until part failed. warranty would not cover repair , when failure occured.
10/29/1999108/01/1997
 Headgasket failed. dealer said recall expired dec.1998. estimated $900 repairs. understand problem was and is recurring
09/24/19991
 Three motor mounts failed. mjs
09/11/19981
 Head gasket failed. mjs
10/29/1999106/01/1995
 Blown head gasket. existing ford service bulliten 98m01.
11/01/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket failed. mjs
09/01/1999107/01/1995
 Aluminum piston failed. mjs
11/01/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket failed. mjs
09/01/1999107/01/1995
 Aluminum piston failed. mjs
11/01/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket failed. mjs
09/01/1999107/01/1995
 Aluminum piston failed. mjs
06/04/1998206/01/1995
 This is the second time that head gaskets are damage or blown in less than 16 months dealer and ford motor company are aware of this problem but will not fix problem more than once even when they know taht problem will happen more than once
07/02/1999106/01/1998
 When timing cover gasket is replaced, lower engine knock occurs,bearings get washed out, and engine needs replacing. ford acknowledges this problem, does not know why it happens, but is not willing to compensate customers for the cost of engine replacement. this is on 3.8 v6 engines in 1995 windstars, taurus and sables.
10/26/1999109/01/1996
 Failed head gasket, which has been on going problem. dealer states since i am over the mileage would not help pay bill on a pro-rated offer. if i would have known of the problem, i could have had it checked out or traded the vehicle.
10/24/1999
 While driving at 35 mph the engine head gasket blew out. steam was coming from vehicle. temperture gauge went up to hot level, and all the water came out of the vehicle. *ak
10/25/1999103/01/1996
 Vehicle began to run sluggish and sporadic . overheating and eccessive loss of coolant. dealer recommended tune-up. tune-up completed and problem remained until the gasket blew. i understand there are owners with similiar problems. is there a recall (manufacturer or consumer driven) for this model/year? if so i never received notification.
10/12/1999106/01/1998
 Head gasket failure. the dealership has estimated that it leaked for a period of time prior to complete failure. coolant in the oil has resulted in the deterioration of the main bearings. this required replacement of the motor.
09/25/1999107/01/1994
 A head gasket had to be replaced on the car at 69,000 miles causing additional repairs, i.e: plugs, air filter, coolant etc. the service manager advised me that this defect has been apparent on the 3.8 liter engine on the windstar, taurus and sable. i was told that the dealership has performed service on this problem at the rate of 2 automobiles per week since last year, at approximately the same mileage. we were also told that the ford motor company was replacing the head gasket on those vehicles under 75k miles at no charge to the customer up until december 31, 1998. because you have been aware of the reoccurring problem on these vehicles and have chosen not to have an official recall, we have filed complaints against the ford motor company with the national highway traffic safety administration and the federal trade commission. the complaint is based on the fact that there is an apparent defect with the 3.8 liter engine involving the same head gasket, and that a redesigned gasket is now being used.. my windstar was serviced on june 24, 1999 for a 65k mile maintenance check at a cost of $255 showing no apparent engine difficulties and then i had to invest another $1,140 at the time of this repair 3 months later.
10/21/199912/01/1994
 Due to the head gasket failure, these failures occurred. ford will not replace or reimburse for the repairs. i would like to take some action as i do not have the money to repair such a new vehicle with such low mileage. this is a manufacturing defect that necessitated a series of engine repairs. i would like my situation to be investigated. our engine could blow up at any time and it could have overheated had we not gotten it in for the warranteed repair on time.
11/22/1998106/01/1997
 After receiving ford recall of vehicle in 1998, the vehicle began stalling. i took it to 2 separate dealers to ask if this was related to the recall; both said no. the car was serviced, and a routine oil change was done. one week later, we left ohio. *ak
10/18/1999107/01/1996
 The engine head gasket failed, this was a known manufacturing problem and should have been covered by ford.*ak
10/07/1999112/01/1997
 Same problem with head gaskets as thousands of other people are having. *ak
08/15/1999106/01/1998
 Car running fine/stop at store/get back in car. engine check light starts blinking, and car is shaking/ drove home/called mechanic/ drove to mechanic/confirmed blown engine head gasket/ returned home/ parked car since august. ford wont help/ called cust service and been to several dealers/all said that it has been a problem but won;t fixed it/1st ford owned/last ford owned/trying to find out how to have the gasket fixed by the manufacturer/ head gaskets shouldn't go at 60,000 miles. consumer reports mag (10-99) issue says there are hidden warranties on this problem /ford still won;t help/any help or info would be appreciated thank you. *ak
04/01/1995
 This defect was known about prior to or warranty expiring. recall#98-mo1 and we were never notified. the engine could have overheated and caught on fire. now my repair bill is $2,000. i'm not the only one to experienced this problem. i personally know of others. *ak
10/02/1999106/01/1996
 Symptoms of the head gasket failure on this vehicle became manifest on 10/2/99. however, in retrospect there have been other lurking symptoms since about 40k miles that did not cause me to suspect the head gasket. this means that i may have seriously jeopardized the safety of the many who have traveled in this van at freeway speeds while this gasket was waiting to fail. it is my opinion that this is such a widespread problem with these vehicles that they should be recalled and repaired. *ak
10/18/1999111/01/1998
 Virtually no first gear. at a complete stop it would hesitate until approximately 2.5 rpm and then take off. transmission was replaced, but one week later engine head gasket blew. *ak
10/04/199908/01/1994
 Head gaskets failed allowing coolant to leak into internal engine compartment. engine burned internally and needs replacement. total cost 3990.00. ford has not helped stating that warranty has expired. i never received notification that gaskets were defective.
10/16/1999
 While driving there is a leak in the engine and it has failed, *akpremature failure.the engine check light intermittently comes on. please provide any futher information.
10/09/1999110/01/1994
 Recall for engine head gasket, wiring, also had cracked wheel and transmission problems. *ak
10/13/1999104/01/1994
 Dealer diagnosed a head gasket failure during routine 90k mile check up (anti-freeze on spark plugs). ford refuses to pay.
10/14/1999
 Motor moves when putting the vehicle into gear due to the motor mounts breaking. *ak
08/19/1999
 A blown engine head gasket. dealer notified, and repairs made at consumer's expense. less then a year later, mechanic informed consumer that the engine main bearing had gone bad. estimated cost would be approimately. $2,900.00. seeking help from nhtsa in this matter, please provide information on this asap.*ak
08/19/1999
 A blown engine head gasket. dealer notified, and repairs made at consumer's expense. less then a year later, mechanic informed consumer that the engine main bearing had gone bad. estimated cost would be approimately. $2,900.00. seeking help from nhtsa in this matter, please provide information on this asap.*ak
09/10/1999109/01/1995
 Last month my van started overheating and running out of water, which i kept refilling. then the engine started running rough and the check engine light appeared. i immediately took the van to a garage and it was diagnosed with a blown head gasket. upon tearing off the head gasket they found a hairline crack in the cylinder. as a result i am having to replace the engine after only 4 years of use to the tune of $4000.00. i have called ford and they basically said my warranty is up and i am out of luck. after being on the internet, i am finding that this is a wide spread problem with the 95 windstar and i plan on doing whatever is neccessary to get some satisfaction from ford. i should also mention that there are several problems which the dealer was unable to remedy when my van was under warranty, one of which was having to do with transmission and lugging.
09/01/1999111/01/1994
 Defective head gasket. fortunately ford replaced under secret warranty. however, i have asked for credit of $4,000.00 toward purchase of 2000 windstar because of significant market devaluation caused by defective head gasket problem as well as reported widespread transmission problems in this vehicle. ford customer assistance denied request. both the head gasket and transmission should have been recalled. see forums at edmunds.com and cartrackers.com for further information.
09/23/1999111/01/1995
 Head gaskets blown on ford 3.8l engine.
09/01/1999107/01/1994
 Exceeded ford's 60k warranty on head gaskets and ford refused to cover replaced
 Head gasket has blown, leaking coolant into the oil pan. a service recall has been issued on the vehicle, however the owner was not notified. the manufacturer has been notified. *ak
03/01/1999
 While driving at 30 mph consumer notice smoke coming from the front of vehicle due to engine head gasket blowing out. *ak
 Rocker arm is cherping and knocking. a tsb has been issued on the vehicle . the dealer and manufacturer have been notified. *ak
09/29/1999
 Engine head gasket malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly which may resultin a crash. common problem. there was a tsb bulletin but it has expired. please provide further information. *ak
08/16/1999105/01/1994
 The aluminum (weak material) hydralic piston ring cracked causing engine failure. *yc
 Engine head gasket has blown out at 80,000 miles, causing potential saftey hazard. please provide further information. *ak
 Engine head gaskets blew out, resulting in overheating, causing a hole in the engine dealer will repair the gaskets. *ak
09/27/1999
 While driving at 35 mph engine head gasket blew out, and the consumer saw a lot of smoke coming out of the rear view mirror. *ak
09/29/1999
 While driving vehicle started to overheat. noticed white smoke coming from tailpipe. vehicle at dealer & informed consumer that enginehead gaskets had blown & needed to be replaced. *ak
 The vehicle is losing water and overheating due to a blown engine head gasket. dealer says gasket needs to be replaced between the block and the head. *ak
08/20/199905/01/1997
 In june of 1998, while we were living in fayetteville, ar, we received a letter from ford motor company stating that they had problems with their head gaskets in the '95 windstars. shortly after that, we had the car serviced for an oil leak (at springdale ford in springdale, ar). they said they saw no problem with the head gasket when we asked about it. we faithfully had this van serviced at springdale ford while we lived in ar. we moved to iowa in jan. of this year. we then begin servicing the van at bob zimmerman ford in cedar rapids. this summer we spent about $700 on repairs again, but nothing was mentioned about the head gasket. then in aug, the check engine light came on and when we took it to the dealer, they said the head gasket had failed and leaked antifreeze into the engine, ruining it. we needed the van, and were forced to put a new engine in at a cost of $4000. after trying to pursue help from bob zimmerman and springdale ford and also from ford directtly, with no luck, i began researching on the internet. we found case upon case of the engine/ head gasket problem. i also found out that there were numerous transmission failures. we just traded the van in 2 weeks ago, rather than wait for the transmission to fail. i am interested in getting reimbursed for all or part of the $4000 damage. i feel very strongly that ford knows of the defect and also knows that it will fail, not if it will fail.
08/22/1999103/26/1995
 The engine head gaskets failed. the piston had burnt out. underhood interior wall was scorched. vehicle had overheated. had notice puff of smoke from tail pipe.
09/22/1999103/01/1995
 Transmission - cracked aluminum piston, no 1st or reverse, had to shift to second,brake, and increase rpms to engage in 2nd. flywheel cracked resulting in immediate loss of power on residential street. head gasket blew on residential street while stopped. anti freeze leaking out of muffler, engine overheat.
09/01/1999111/01/1994
 We have heard rumor of a secret warrantee on the head gasket that failed. is is true and if so where do we start? we paid $1100. for repairs and feel badly ripped off.
05/16/1999105/01/1994
 Ford has a historical problem with the premature failure of the 3.8l head gaskets. also, in 1994-95, alumunum forward clutch pistons was used in the axod trans. was replaced with steel per ford. ford must step up and take responsibility!
09/10/1999107/01/1999
 Purchased van used from ford dealership. 2 months or approx 2,500 miles later head gasket failed leaking coolant into oil and destoying engine. ford dealer will not stand behind the sale and also said that it new of no known problems this type of failure. i have since found out that they were replacing gaskets if vehicles had 60,000 miles or less. i beleive i was deceived by people who knew there was a potential catastrophic failure and chose to say nothing.
01/01/1999
 Transmission slips starting from a start position.slips on upshift.consumer has contacted dealer and manufacturer. this is the third transmission. *ak
07/15/1997205/01/1997
 First had problem with cooling system. car got hot abruptly on more than 4 occasions. water bottle was normal on last 3 times.. associated with leaking head gasket so stop leak added and problem stopped. about 1 week later the rod bearings locked up. cost $1700 to fix. out of warranty by 2000 miles. ford said it was not their problem as the warranty was expired. i have found many other people complaining of same problem and believe it may be a problem with the model year design. can you help please?
09/12/1999108/01/1996
 On november 19 '98 i took my '95 ford windstar van to to the dealership where i bought it. i took the van in because i had received a recall notice from ford regarding a head gasket problem. at that time the van had 59,000 miles on it. i picked up my van that evening and was told everything was o.k. on september 12 '99 the van overheated and a mecahanic told me the head gasket was blown. the mechanic said he hoped the head was not cracked and/or the motor damaged beyond repair ($2500 to $3500 if motor damaged beyond repair). i called the dealership, harper's ford, and the assistant sales manager said he thought ford would repair the damage or i would have a good legal case. the van now has 68,ooo miles on it. well a week later the delaership tells me that they can not get ford to return their calls. i called ford and a man named al said the recall expired dec 31st '99 and my van was beyond the 60,000 miles warranty. al said his decision was final and ford would not assist in the repair. al said that ford had no other avenue for me to pursue even though i was not satisfied. i re-contacted harper's and they said that i should just wait to hear from them. harper's said they would give me a price break regarding the work that would need to be done. i'm lost, i guess i could try to solve the problem in civil court (probably take several months). the real kicker is my family, two sons of 4 year old and 1 year have been looking forward to the family vacation that was suppose to start on friday, 09-24-99. the van is the only vehicle i have large enough to haul the family. cancelled vacation and a bill of least $1200.00. i will never buy another vehicle form harper's nor will i ever buy another ford. please help if you can. thanks
08/24/1999105/01/1996
 Head gasket failure-leaked coolent into engine, engine failure, now we need new engine, had extended warrenty, ford will not honor any warranty on this defect. i cannot give you the vehicle number because ford has had the car so long, i can barely remember the color.
06/21/199909/01/1995
 A leak withing engine head gasket caused vehicle to overheat and flood with antifreeze. consumer had engine rebuilt. *ak * mjs
09/10/1999
 Defective engine head gasket leaked fuel onto engine manifold which may cause a fire. please provide further information. *ak
03/14/19992
 Vehicle broke down in highway,towed to dealer diagnosed as head gaskets/related ford wouild fix under recall/work done/went to pick up vehicle/work completed/related forn payes forall work/ ten minutes later they relate work not covered/billme for $2,000 work
09/02/1999
 Due the defective engine head gasket, the vehicle started to smoke, and may have caused a fire. please provide further information and vin#. *ak
 Consumer contacted the dealer. oil was changed when dealer noticed oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold. dealer also noticed oil leaking from the catalytic convverter, causing a possible fire hazard. please provide any further details.
05/15/1999107/01/1994
 Head gaskets blew without warning and caused the entire engine to seize requiring a new engine replacement at a cost of 3864.73. i was told if i had tried to drive the car the engine could've started on fire. this is a definite safety hazard and ford is well aware of the problem with the 3.8 liter engines in the '95 windstars. in additional to the safety hazard of the head gasket problem... the condition goes undetected until the head gaskets blow without warning. i am very upset with ford's response to this matter. i called several times to express my deep dissatisfaction with their handling of this matter . i believe the headgasket problem should have been a recall. if it had i would not have been left with a nearly $4,000 repair bill for a relatively newer car. i believe the possible harm to my family is also an issue. i would appreciate any help from the nhtsa in this matter. *ak
10/16/1998108/01/1995
 Headgasket on engine failed; this failure prompted engine damage that was irreparable. had to replace engine. now transmission is failing and it will not easily engage after a stop. needs to be replaced, according to mechanic *ak
06/20/1999106/01/1995
 The windstar began to blow off vacuum lines when we were entering the highway. the car then started to overheat and lost power. *ak
11/04/1997407/01/1995
 Since 1997 we have replaced 4 heater cores, 2 radiators, head gaskets twice, we are facing repairs again only a few weeks after replacing the 3rd heater core. damage unknown at this time. we wish to sell this minivan, but feel it would be unfair to burden an unsuspecting consumer with this poorly designed vehicle. *ak
07/01/199904/01/1996
 Head gasket failure on #4 cylinder. *ak
 Ie98-080; while traveling at 65 mph with the air condtioning on, the air conditioner cut off. also, engine operated erratically and white smoke come from the exhaust pipe. consumer contacted the dealer. dealer stated that engine head gasket blew out. dealer has replaced engine head gasket and other parts. engine overheated very quickly.
07/05/1999104/01/1994
 3.8 l engine failed 1 yr after head gasket replaced. i believe that an engine should last more than 86,000 miles.
08/04/1999109/01/1998
 Due to the faulty head gasket, 2 days later noticed a knock (confirmed by dealer to be a bad rod bearing caused by the above )causing the engine to seize 2weeks later
08/20/1999
 Consumer was sent a recall notice regarding head gaskets . contacted the dealer in reference to recall, dealer stated that he has already performed recall repairs, and the recall has expired. there will be a charge for further recall. repairs. please note recall not listed in nhtsa data base. *ak
02/12/1998108/30/1997
 Head gasket failed. nlm
06/02/1999101/18/1995
 Head gasket failed causing smoke to come out from exhaust. mjs
08/07/1999109/01/1995
 On 12/21/98 (50,795 miles), our windstar had been bucking and began overheating. we had the transmission serviced, the thermostat replaced, and the coolant flushed. on 12/27/98 we began to emit white smoke from the exhaust. the following day it was towed to ford which replaced a blown head gasket under recall. however, we had to replace with a re-built transmission at a cost of $1,993 since we were over 50,000 miles. a transmission leak repaired on 5/17-18/99 (56,866 miles) under warranty. on 8/7/99 we had our gas tank replaced at a cost of $445 due to what the technician called a stress fracture - an inherent defect.
06/20/1999109/01/1994
 The head gasket blew which caused the check engine light to come on and the engine started to miss. the dealer had advised to watch coolant levels because this engine known for blowing the head gasket. dealer said that they could not actually replace the head gasket until it blew. when it blew, they said that ford would only cover vehiciles with less than 60000 miles or under 60 months. this was a manufacturer's defect and should be replaced by ford motor co!
07/12/1999
 Was driving 45-50mph when antifreeze was coming out of tail pipe, then vehicle died. vehicle towed to mechanic, who refused to repair due to tsb on head gaskets. vehicle towed to dealer & informed the 02 sensors needed replacing. *ak
03/21/1999109/01/1995
 Vehicle was not involved in any type of crash when the head gasket blew.
08/01/1999108/01/1996
 My mechanic tells me this is his 28th head gasket repair to a ford car this year so far. i contacted my dealer's serv. dept. and they tell me there was a recall in 1998 for this problem for my type of car. i did not get a notice. i called ford's 800# and they tell me there is nothing they can do.
06/11/1999306/01/1997
 One month before throwing rod in engine, engine began to miss badly. middleton ford said it was the head gasket, and would be covered by recall warranty, but that it also needed a front timing cover gasket. they said that although the headgaskets and the timing cover gasket usually fail together, ford would not cover the timing cover gasket. our bill was $810.81. one month later, we started on a trip to montana, and got as far as souix falls, s.d., when at 2:00am, the engine lost most power, and began making a loud clanking sound. we managed to get to a gas station, where we asked for directions to the nearest ford garage (sioux falls ford, po box 89120, sioux falls, sd). we barely made it there, where we slept in the parking lot until the next day. the garage was able to get it in the next morning, and said that the engine would have to be replaced at a cost of $3000, and would take 3-4 days. we were on a tight schedule going to montana to visit our daughter in the air force. we had no choice but to trade the windstar in on a leased 99 explorer. they said that because of the engine repairs needed, our trade in would be $3000 less than it would be if the engine was ok. i am very angry with ford, and feel that the government needs to get them to reimburse those of us unfortunate enough to have gotten stuck with this lemon.
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 Head gasket blew, cooling fluid (anti-freeze) leaked down into the oil galley and contaminated the engine oil and resulted in destroying the bearings (rod,main & camshaft), causing the engine to be rebuilt. *yc
07/09/1999110/01/1997
 Head gasket failed, recall on component however no notice was given to consumer and the date has run out, consumer denied recall service. mjs
07/22/1999109/01/1994
 Head gasket failed causing a loud clunk and white smoke to be emmitted from the vehicle. nlm
05/14/1999102/01/1995
 This ford vehicle has had an extreme number of failures. starting with the head gasket that the dealer wanted us to pay for after they made the mistake of saying it was under warranty. at a previous repair the dealer had replced the dash because of the speedometer cable and the dealer service person had forgot to add in the previous mileage. later ford recalled the head gaskets. the transmission has not been replaced yet but continues to shift poorly. i do not want to put any more money into this vehicle. i believe ford should have some responsibility for the amounts spent on poor quality parts separate than normal maintenance. so far all that ford has offered is $1000.00 cash. this is not a responsible offer. we have spent almost $8000.00. it is fortunate no one was hurt when these parts failed. these six defects were not the only problems but are probably the most expensive defects.
08/10/19991
 Wife noticed car jerking on interstate from burke to norfolk, va. took car to freedom ford, where purchased new. linda creason (blue team) told wife and me that engine head gaskets are leaking. need to remove heads and send to machine shop for heat check of cracks. estimate = $68 (diagnosis) + $780 (replace 2 head gaskets) + $200 (machine shop check) + $300 (plugs, sensors, fluids, etc) = $1350. ms. creason told me ford service program 98m01 does not apply because car past 60000 miles. when i asked for regional service mgr she called back and offered: (1) ford would pay first $1000 of repair or (2) if i bought 75000 mile/6 year power train extended warranty for $495 then freedom ford would cover all the repairs. i chose (2). visit to www.cartrackers.com/forums/hve/yourlemon/10.html then scroll to posting by ck1712 and you'll see the same ploy. my calls to ford customer assistance center got me nothing. 98m01 directed owners to do nothing until the head gasket fail. apparently after 60000 owners are out of luck!
08/15/1999206/01/1994
 This is the 2nd trans. (new trans. had to be installed approx. 2months after original sale) and 3rd major repair (engine peplaced last year due to defective head gaskets). there are tons of similar complaints on the internet at http://www.cartrackers.com/forums/messages/460.mechgoblins.html so it seems to be a real problem/ defect. please help us !
08/06/1999308/01/1997
 I have replaced blown heads 3 times in 2 yrs. put a rebuilt engine in 1 yr. ago
08/12/1999202/01/1997
 I bought the vehicle used with 40,000 miles on it . one month after purchase it started skipping and hesitating, brought it back to dealership with 46,000 miles on march 25 1997 had blown head gasket. received an owners notification on head gasket took it in to dealership they signed off stating nothing wrong. ten months later on august 12th 1999 brought into dealership with 96,000 miles on it for a tune up and again had blown head gaskets. they will repair at a cost of $1200. i do not feel that i should have to pay for this to be fixed as their parts have failed within such little time of owners notification. was told that this is my problem
12/05/199810/01/1994
 Head gasket failed without warning due to acknowledged ford quality problem, causing $2,200 in damage to critical engine parts. ford was repairing or replacing engines free of charge for other owners regardless of mileage through the end of the month in which the failure occurred. refused to reimburse outside repair bills from qualified shop after numerous written and verbal appeals to dealer, regional rep, and national customer service channels at fmc in detroit.
 Engine head gasket cracked causing failure. however, manufacturer had an extended warranty on these vehicles for the hard gaskets. dealer and manufacturer has been notified. *yc
08/07/199901/01/1998
 Vehicle in for brake service, dealer requested permission to replace head gaskets under ford ext. warr. 98m01, engine failed within 600 mi. of repair service, no indications of problems prior to dealer visit
01/01/1995
 Head gasket had to be replaced, and at 42,300 miles engine had to be replaced. ford did not admit failure of engine due to head gasket, and owner had to pay $3700 for rebuilt engine.
06/11/1997
 Engine blew the head gaskets after overheating & was replaced 11 jun 97. after a few thousand miles, same problem existed & the head gaskets blew again after overheating on 19 aug 97. took to dealer & was repaired again. the last time on 22 jun 99, the engine blew the head gaskets after over heating. had lost of power & heating. was replaced. *ak
03/19/1999103/01/1998
 We knew we had a problem when we were coming home on the freeway and the indicator arrow showed it was over heating. we took it in to the shop and they replaced the radiator cap because it wasnt holding pressure. that didn't solve the problem a week later we took it back because it was losing power, blowing steam and over heating again. it turned ot to be a blown head gasket. upon recent personal research i have found that this was a recall item/defect. i have also found that other major symptoms we are experiencing with our 95 windstar such as w/the brakes,transmission is just a matter of time before they go also. we would appreciate any feedback on this problem thank you, dan higuera
06/08/1999
 While driving about 65 mph the engine blew a head gasket. this happened without any type of warning. driver was able to pull to shoulder safely. the dealer was called about the problem. owner had problem corrected at a local gargage. *ak
03/28/1999108/01/1995
 Just one more of the many 3.8l 95 windstar head gasket failures.
07/20/1999105/01/1996
 Engine failed 50 miles after the head gaskets were replaced. i was told the transmission needed replaced while the vehicle was in for the engine to be replaced!
07/27/1999110/01/1994
 Head gasket failed without warning or previous problem (i.e. no overheating, no poor heater operation, etc.). caused van to start running very rough. almost stalled in several mid-intersections after stopping, which could have led to rear-end collision. managed to make it safely home (less than 3 miles). engine temperature had increased, but was still clearly within normal zone of indicator. turned off engine and was unable to restart later in the evening. towed to local service station. they diagnosed it as a blown head gasket, advised taking it to dealer. dealer's engine person booked solid and unable to look at it until 8/10 (two weeks!). had it towed to another dealer (c&c ford, horsham, pa) which confirmed blown head gasket, and said it had a seized engine which would have to be replaced. esimated cost: $4600. ford's owner notification program extended warranty coverage to 60,000 miles, but did not advise owners to bring in vans to be checked for defective head gaskets. complaints on the internet show that this is clearly a major product defect about which ford is aware but refuses to compensate or warn owners (i.e. owners are not advised to have the head gasket checked). this defect can cause sudden loss of engine power and stalling, which can lead to an accident and/or seriously jeopardize the safety of the occupants. see http://www.primecutsofbluegrass.com/windstar3.htm for other reports. i'll be adding mine as soon as i see whether ford will pay for the repair. (so far, they are refusing.)
07/15/1999111/01/1995
 Engine overheated due to major loss of coolant. diagnosed by dealer as failed headgaskets. ford refused to pay any part of repair even though they have admitted the original gasket design was defective. cost of repair = $1600
07/11/1999101/01/1997
 I noticed the temperature guage acting abnormaly at 59, 925 miles. my van was driveable, so i did continue to drive it. the dealership was closed during the weekend. i called immediately on monday morning, and the earliest i could get my vehicle in was tuesday evening. on tuesday evening, my mileage was 60,057. ford had extended the warranty on the head gasket to 60,000. even though the trouble occurred before 60,000 miles, i could not get my vehicle into a ford service center until after the 60,000. as a result, ford does not want to do anything about the repair. the gasket failure also damaged other engine parts. as a result, i needed to replace the engine in my van.
07/29/1999
 While driving at 30 mph smoke came out of the tail pipe. engine check liight came on, and the engine got real hot due to engine gasket blowing out. *ak
07/27/1999
 Engine check light came on and won't go off, indicating there is a leakage coming from engine head gasket. also, spark plugs came off. *ak
05/01/1999102/01/1997
 Head gasket overheated, causing engine to blow. *yc
07/27/1999
 Vehicle keeps running hot. dealer contacted, and stated blown head gasket caused overheating. no repairwork done. problem still exists. provide further information.*ak
07/13/1999105/01/1995
 First over-heating problem was taken to thornton ford on 4/23/99 @ 57,687 miles and radiator was diagnosed as half plugged by thornton on 5/28/99 (~59,600 miles). radiator replaced on 6/8/99 and both oxygen sensors replaced on 7/1/99. head gasket problem finally diagnosed on 7/13/99 at 62,144 miles. did not receive a copy of the extended warranty letter for service program no/ 98m01. dealer only paid one-half of head gasket repair because the car was now over 60,000 miles allowed on the extended coverage.
07/24/1999101/01/1995
 Van blew a head gasket without warning.
07/15/1999
 Engine head gasket blew out, causing gas to spill all over engine and drip out of tail pipe.consumer contacted dealer and manufacturer. *ak
07/10/1999107/01/1997
 Blown head gasket, 9,000 miles after the recall limit
07/16/1999110/01/1995
 Who's windstar engine head gaskets haven't blown? door ajar light is also a pain. waiting for transmission to go next. *ak
07/18/1999
 Rear engine bearing failed.
07/15/1999212/01/1994
 This head gasket failure appears to be common on this model of 1995 windstar. although ford extended the warranty to 60,000 many defects occur just miles beyond this. they have acknowledged this is a weakness in this model, but do not reimburse the owner for the expensive repairs. this problem first surfaced at 26.400 miles and was taken into the dealership for repair. obviously, it was not permanently repaired for the same situation is now occuring. my research reveals an extremely high number of similar complaints with this model. *ak
02/15/1999110/01/1994
 Loss of engine coolant, engine overheating. replaced defective head gaskets. this is a known defect, owner notification 98m01. ford will not compensate for repairs. *ak
06/01/1995
 Engine head gasket allowing oil and anti-freeze to go into engine, causing a potential engine failure. consumer wants ford to cover the cost of head gasket repairs since they are aware of the problem. *ak *ml
07/09/199910/01/1997
 The 1995 ford windstar van was purchased in october 1997 with about 45,000 miles. on july 9, 1999 a stranger approached in the pizza hut parking lot to say that black smoke was coming from the van. i took the van to johnson ford in marble falls where the mechanic said the problem was a blown engine head gasket. estimated repair cost $ 1136.00. another repair shop said there had been a recall on the head gaskets for that vehicle. ford motor company was contacted. the ford representative said there had been a recall but it had expired. i told them i hadn't received any notices regarding a recall. they then said there was no record of myself as the vehicle owner and a notice had been sent. when asked where the notice was sent they said to me. when asked to what address the representative said she only had a name another department had the address. a second phone call with ford motor company informed me i didn't receive a notice since i was the second owner, and because i didn't respond within the proper time frame of the recall there was no recourse. it was up to the customer to notify ford when they purchased a ford vehicle. they refuse to honor the recall. *ak
08/10/1996310/01/1994
 Problems began with engine check light at 32,000. manuf. said don't worry. head gaskets/block at 51,000. new engine one year later. second engine three months after that. within eight months, dealer wants to install what amounts to fourth engine. transmission appears to be going, too, mechanic thinks due to multiple overheating/s of engine.
02/04/1999105/01/1995
 Car first ran hot on 2/4/99. ford would not pay since it was out of warranty. had an independent to replace the head gaskets. picked up car - car ran bad. returned car to garage was told that crankshaft and crankshaft bearings were bad. elected to replace the engine in lieu of repairing. car ok for 3 months. ran hot again. replaced thermostat. continued to run hot. took it to hillard ford in arlington tx. hillard checked it out for a week. could not get it to overheat but replaced spark plugs and an ignition module. have had car for 3 days. car overheated, again. haven't had a chance to identify the problem, but is a continual problem with the windstar. *ak
02/04/1999105/01/1995
 Car first ran hot on 2/4/99. ford would not pay since it was out of warranty. had an independent to replace the head gaskets. picked up car - car ran bad. returned car to garage was told that crankshaft and crankshaft bearings were bad. elected to replace the engine in lieu of repairing. car ok for 3 months. ran hot again. replaced thermostat. continued to run hot. took it to hillard ford in arlington tx. hillard checked it out for a week. could not get it to overheat but replaced spark plugs and an ignition module. have had car for 3 days. car overheated, again. haven't had a chance to identify the problem, but is a continual problem with the windstar. *ak
09/24/1997307/01/1995
 There is a problem with: 1. the engine gaskets and, 2. the transmissions of many of the 1995 ford windstars and ford taurus's. they are routinely failing. given this observation, i was compelled to purchase a $1000 extended warranty to pay for the repairs. the manufacturer should recall the affected powertrains and replace/repair the defects without charging the owners. owners should be reimbursed for the costs of repairs or purchase of an extended warranty. the lemon law may apply because there are repetitive repairs.
06/30/199907/01/1995
 Ford admits head gaskets are defective, but will only replace them if they blow before 60000 miles.
03/08/1999107/01/1996
 Engine head-gasket failure, at the no. 4 cylinder, on a well-maintained vehicle. windstar head gasket failure (particularly at the no. 4 cylinder) is a known and wide-spread problem which ford management has acknowledged, obliquely, through ford's m01 program. however, since my vehicle was beyond the 60,000 mile drive-train warranty (63,705 mileage at the time of the head gasket failure), warranty service was denied and i was held responsible for the full repair charge of this *known problem*. the resulting $1,961.00 repair bill has put a severe burden on our family finances.
07/05/1999306/01/1997
 Had 2 head gasket failures - now the crankshaft bearings gone, requiring a short block. believe bearings are a result of the head gasket problems.
07/01/1999210/01/1994
 Blown head gasket and front engine timing cover leak. minimum estimate from dealer is $1900. we contacted ford motor who offered no relief. we also had to replace the transmision at 40,000 miles. we found a posting in the edmunds web site devoted exclusively to this problem and lack of compensation from ford motor. *ak
07/01/1999210/01/1994
 Blown head gasket and front engine timing cover leak. minimum estimate from dealer is $1900. we contacted ford motor who offered no relief. we also had to replace the transmision at 40,000 miles. we found a posting in the edmunds web site devoted exclusively to this problem and lack of compensation from ford motor. *ak
06/24/1999103/01/1995
 Have found the same defect has occurred in most 1995 windstars. no safety defect listed. *ak
06/15/1999108/01/1994
 Head gaskets failed at 61,000 miles. after repairs made, dealer noted that rack and pinion assembly was worn out. this is a critical component that should not fail after 65,000 miles. *ak
06/28/199904/01/1995
 Engine dead due to headgasket failure. *ak
06/26/1999211/01/1994
 The original transmission was replaced in 1995 after failing at approximately 9000 miles. the second transmission had a speed sensor failure at 31,500 miles and now appears to be failing the same way the original failed. ford claims there is nothing they will do. after doing some research, there are numerous complaints against this transmission coupled with the 3.8l engine. after writing to your organization about my head gasket problem, i was very pleased that somehow ford was persuaded to extend the warranty coverage on that component as it was a factory defect that led to the problem. from what i am reading, the transmission is a similar factory defect (poorly designed part: forward clutch piston). any help in this area would be greatly appreciated. *ak
06/26/199909/09/1994
 While driving at 60 mph and without prior warning, timing chain and engine head gasket blew out, causing the consumer not to have any power within the vehicle. consumer had to coast to the side of the road. currently, vehicle is in the repair shop. problem most likely due to a defective gasket. *ak *ml
06/26/199909/09/1994
 While driving at 60 mph and without prior warning, timing chain and engine head gasket blew out, causing the consumer not to have any power within the vehicle. consumer had to coast to the side of the road. currently, vehicle is in the repair shop. problem most likely due to a defective gasket. *ak *ml
06/20/1999109/01/1994
 I just paid a $2200 repair bill for a very well maintained windstar. my mass sensor or check engine light came on and i took the car to a ford dealer. evidently, my cylinder head gasket was gone. it was a major job to get it replaced.
06/25/1999
 While driving engine head gasket blew out. the problem was reported to dealership, and problem has not been corrected. *ak
06/05/1999103/01/1995
 I began experiencing all the classic signs of a head gasket failure. i brought the vehicle into kings crown ford and they told me it was only a thermastat. i paid them almost $200 and was on my way. a short time (3 days) later the car again began running hot and smelling of anti-freeze. i brought it to richborg automotive in saint augustine, fl and they confirmed head gasket. ford needs to accept responsibility for the head gasket defect beyond the 60,000 mile warranty earlier announced. please help us. we have spent over $1,100 getting the gasket replaced and engine fixed. ford shold be ashamed of itself. *ak
06/24/1999110/01/1994
 There are thousands of reports of failed transmissions and head gaskets in the 1995 windstar. why has there not been a recall on these vehicles? *ak
01/11/1999203/01/1995
 Oil pan leak noted @ 60k. dealer recommended fix @next service. at 73224 died when put into reverse, oil warning light flickering. dealer identified leaking timing cover gasket caused coolant to enter oil system. major lower engine overhaul replacement of all moving parts required. repair was covered by extended warranty which expired @ 75k. dealer requested replacement of known head gasket problem at that time declined by ford as no current problem apparent. at 83k vehicle difficult to start, exhaust blowing white smoke when it finally started. dealer has had car over a week & has identified head gasket failure which has also caused the rebuilt lower engine to fail again. dealer recommends full engine replacement. ford is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility even though an apparent recall had been issued against premature headgasket failure. in common with other notifications you have received and we have noticed on the internet. what recourse do we have with a manufacturer who is aware of a major design flaw and refuses to service its custormers? our vehicle has been maintained and serviced for its entire life soley by the ford dealership from whom we purchased this dead vehicle. estimated cost of repair--$5,000. *ak
01/11/1999203/01/1995
 Oil pan leak noted @ 60k. dealer recommended fix @next service. at 73224 died when put into reverse, oil warning light flickering. dealer identified leaking timing cover gasket caused coolant to enter oil system. major lower engine overhaul replacement of all moving parts required. repair was covered by extended warranty which expired @ 75k. dealer requested replacement of known head gasket problem at that time declined by ford as no current problem apparent. at 83k vehicle difficult to start, exhaust blowing white smoke when it finally started. dealer has had car over a week & has identified head gasket failure which has also caused the rebuilt lower engine to fail again. dealer recommends full engine replacement. ford is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility even though an apparent recall had been issued against premature headgasket failure. in common with other notifications you have received and we have noticed on the internet. what recourse do we have with a manufacturer who is aware of a major design flaw and refuses to service its custormers? our vehicle has been maintained and serviced for its entire life soley by the ford dealership from whom we purchased this dead vehicle. estimated cost of repair--$5,000. *ak
01/11/1999203/01/1995
 Oil pan leak noted @ 60k. dealer recommended fix @next service. at 73224 died when put into reverse, oil warning light flickering. dealer identified leaking timing cover gasket caused coolant to enter oil system. major lower engine overhaul replacement of all moving parts required. repair was covered by extended warranty which expired @ 75k. dealer requested replacement of known head gasket problem at that time declined by ford as no current problem apparent. at 83k vehicle difficult to start, exhaust blowing white smoke when it finally started. dealer has had car over a week & has identified head gasket failure which has also caused the rebuilt lower engine to fail again. dealer recommends full engine replacement. ford is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility even though an apparent recall had been issued against premature headgasket failure. in common with other notifications you have received and we have noticed on the internet. what recourse do we have with a manufacturer who is aware of a major design flaw and refuses to service its custormers? our vehicle has been maintained and serviced for its entire life soley by the ford dealership from whom we purchased this dead vehicle. estimated cost of repair--$5,000. *ak
06/12/1999
 The engine's head gaskets leaking oil. had it repaired once before & now problem has returned.
12/15/19983
 Consumer has experienced engine gasket failure a third time. the first time in april 97,repaired and reinbursted, second time, in august 98, and the third time in december 98. all three times the temperature gauge would fluctuate and consumer noticed all the coolant was gone from the engine. the problem this time involves the timing cover gasket going bad. noticed that whenever driving on incline the temperature gauge fluctuates. *ak
12/15/19983
 Consumer has experienced engine gasket failure a third time. the first time in april 97,repaired and reinbursted, second time, in august 98, and the third time in december 98. all three times the temperature gauge would fluctuate and consumer noticed all the coolant was gone from the engine. the problem this time involves the timing cover gasket going bad. noticed that whenever driving on incline the temperature gauge fluctuates. *ak
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 Head gasket blown, as per notice 98m01. nlm
07/09/1998205/01/1997
 Currently our vehicle is awaiting a new engine after having the head gasket replaced on a recall notice from ford last october. while we have an extended warranty on this vehicle, we feel it is not fair they should have to provide replacement in light of other similar complaints about the same problem on other ford windstars. this vehicle only has 34,489 miles on it. we have had transmission concerns about this van as well, however the dealer has never been able to duplicate the problems experienced. we are very concerned that this van is infact a lemon, and we have contacted the ford customer service line, which advised us that no assistance would be provided because the vehicle was out of manufacturers warranty by time, not by miles. *ak
06/15/1999109/01/1995
 Ford did pay for the head gasket per recall, however the dealer recommended an engine flush because of the head gasket. had to pay 100 for that. then the dealer (apple ford) said the the timing cover gasket needed replacement and charged 598 labor. i have heard of this problem a lot with the windstars. i also believe i was charged labor for the head gasket, but the dealer got away with it because of the timing cover. also now the dealer is saying tie rod problem too! these 95 winstars are lemons!
06/19/199908/01/1994
 Manufacturing defect in the head gasket (common problem on 95 ford windstar). ford has repaired several vehicles in excess of the extended warranty, but only on a case by case basis and very few (ford will not admit to this and i have the vin numbers that were warrantied). ford will not discuss the defect with owners.
06/21/199909/01/1997
 A local ford dealer has informed me that this vehicle needs a head gasket replacement. i find it unacceptable that a head gasket failure should be expected at any time, especially in a vehicle that has not seen severe driving conditions. in the two years that i have owned this vehicle, various dealers have been unable to correct some issues that were merely annoying (speedometer wavering and jumping; whistling sound coming from engine compartment; rear wiper arm boot failure; buildup of snow/ice on front wipers during snow). with this recent failure (head gaskets), i am convinced that i have purchased a lemon.
03/07/199906/01/1996
 Ford van recalled for head gaskets 8/98 (mileage 58000). brought to dealer and was told to bring it back when the engine light came on, as it was a nine to ten hour job unless the consumer was experiencing difficulty. engine light came on sunday march 7th and the car was parked and later towed to metro ford, state st. schenectady ny. after several days, the consumer was told that the head gaskets had leaked into the engine and ruined it. replacement would be $3500+ depending on whether or not the block was cracked. additionally consumer was charged a $30 fee for the dealership to look at it, and if the van was not out of there quickly, they were charging storage fees. consumer appealed to ford motor company and was told that the loophole in the law was that the recall expired and the consumer was entitled to no further reimbursement. the consumer has been unable to drive the van and this is in litigation with the nys attorney general's office. so far, there has been no satisfaction on this case.
06/17/1999109/01/1994
 Head gasket failed, coolant leaked into engine, destoying the engine
 Engine rod is knocking, causing motor to lock up. a safety improvement campaign has been issued on the vehicle; vehicle has exceeded the mileage. the manufacturer has been notified. *ak
06/14/1999205/01/1995
 On 3/26/99 the head gasket went out on my 1995 ford windstar. although no accident occurred, this created an unsafe situation since i was traveling in rush hour traffic on interstate 494 in inver grove heights, mn and had to suddenly pull of the road. the second occurrence happended on 6/14/99. again i was in rush hour traffic on interstate 494, this time in oakdale, mn, when the engine suddenly sounded like it was about to blow apart. again, no accident occured, but i was placed in an unsafe situation because i had to travel at a significantly reduced speed on to the dealership. once i arrived there and they had a chance to check the engine, they informed me that the engine was shot an would require a long block replacement. *ak
06/02/1999103/01/1995
 Premature failure of the head gasket caused the car to start lurching severely while driving up an extended grade on highway 101. the sudden lurching caused the driver to temporarily lose control on this already hazardous section of freeway. upon investigation i have found that this problem is widespread with this particular engine. ford is aware that this is a design/manufacturing defect, and because of this ford has issued an extended warranty to cover this specific problem. however, this warranty is only valid after a problem occurs. by then it is too late. ford should be recalling these vehicles proactively and correcting the problem before the failure occurs. the service people at my dealer agreed with me, but wasn't willing to take a stand with the manufacturer on my behalf. i was amazed when this small town dealer told me that they had 5 other '95 windstars in the shop at this same time with the same failure. there are hundreds of websites with people having this same problem and unable to get any satisfaction from ford. *ak
 Engine head gasketmalfunctioned. there was an extended manufactrurer's warranty, but it has expired. dealer has been contacted. *ak
 Engine head gaskets have blown. a safety improvement compaign was issued on the vehicle . the vehicle has exceeded the mileage for the campaign. the dealer and manufacturer have been notified. *ak
05/01/1999108/01/1995
 This vehicle has had two major component failures (engine timing gasket and transmission) with less than 35000 miles. additionally it has also had one major recall to replace head gasket. all of three of these problems required extensive work to repair. the transimission problem was the most serious from a safety standpoint, because its failure could have caused a serious accident because it intermitently prevented the vehicle from accelerating, until it finally failed completely and the vehicle could not shift at all. *ak
05/01/1999108/01/1995
 This vehicle has had two major component failures (engine timing gasket and transmission) with less than 35000 miles. additionally it has also had one major recall to replace head gasket. all of three of these problems required extensive work to repair. the transimission problem was the most serious from a safety standpoint, because its failure could have caused a serious accident because it intermitently prevented the vehicle from accelerating, until it finally failed completely and the vehicle could not shift at all. *ak
02/01/1999
 Engine head gasket leaks coolant, which may cause engine to overheat and seize. the dealer is aware of problem. the van is being serviced for this problem. *ak
04/22/199907/05/1997
 Consumer was driving approximately 35mph when engine temperature light came on. consumer pulled over and smelled anti-freeze. then called tow truck, after towing vehicle, garage found nothing. again, on 22-apr-99, while driving at 40mph temperature light came on. driver pulled over. then had vehicle towed to a dealership. dealer found a leak in engine head gasket. dealer replaced head gasket/oxygen sensor, and checked engine cylinder head. found engine cylinder head to be okay. an open investigation of coolant leakage in engine head gasket is pending, ie-98-080. *ak
05/13/1999108/01/1995
 Head gasket blew while in heavy traffic, causing vehicle to overheat rapidly. *ak
05/31/1999112/01/1994
 Problem occurs on tarus and mustangs with simuluar engines. *ak
08/19/19966
 Electrical system: chimes for door ajar, rings when doors are closed. had been to 10 different shops for either fuse replacement or sliding door panel replacement. also, wiring to windows goes up or down without being switched either way and dome light comes on by itself. in addition, transmissio: worn out due to leakage (oil) from theengine head gaskets. needed to be replaced. *ak
 Check engine light came on when the temperature gauge went up because there was a leaky engine head gasket that blew. dealer said it was a manufacturer's design flaw. *ak
03/09/19992
 Vehicle experienced engine overheating due to defective head gasket prior to recall notice, however repairs made at time of overheating were only to the thermostat(12-98), continued to overheat with failure of the head gasket however denied due to mileage and date. mjs (98m01)
02/25/1999112/30/1994
 Blown head gasket. *yc
05/14/199906/01/1997
 On may 14, 1999 while driving home from work in moderate city traffic, my 95 ford windstar's engine started to skip as if a spark plug was not firing. i was about 2 miles from home and continued to drive slowly watching for further signs of trouble. at about 1/2 mile to 1 mile later the check engine came, on and i slowed my speed to about 20 when i noticed the engine temperature gauge began to rise. i started to pull over when the vehicle stalled while running ( a white vapor cloud was emerging from the tailpipe) i coasted to a stop. the mechanic at dave dinger ford at braintree ma said the head gasket(s) failed causing damage to other engine parts due to the anti-freeze mixing with the oil, and recommended a remanufactured engine at a cost of $ 4,200.00 . ford has an extended warranty covering this part for unlimited mileage, but not later than 12-31-98. i have contacted the manufacturer ford and they refuse to pay or negotiate the cost of engine repair even though this was a known defect for them in the 3.8 liter v-6 engine (taurus & sable 94-95) for some time prior to my buying the car used in 6/97. the car was previously registered as a ford corporate vehicle in massachusetts since new. i feel strongly that they should be responsible for the repair of a latent defect, known to them, at the time of sale. *ak
06/01/1999110/01/1994
 Engine raced when first started in the am--dealer said that head gasket had blown,that this was a common problem for winstars, that ford had a hidden warranty if car was less than 5 yr/60,000 miles--very expensive to fix ($1300)--if this is a common problem, why isn't there a recall? *ak
05/29/1999106/01/1998
 The head gasket on my windstar is defective. i called ford to find out if a recall was issued. i was told that a letter was sent out to dealers and owners for the head gasket problem. they told me that because my car's mileage was over 65000 and that the recall ended in december of 1998, that they would not pay for the replacement of the head gasket. i think ford should pay for the replacement when they knew that they had used faulty material. i also understand that ford has a problem with the transmission in the '95 windstars. when i asked about this i was told that no problem exists and no recall was in place for the transmission. ford should be held accountable for using faulty equipment. the bad part is that the windstar has a 5 star rating for safety and yet ford uses faulty materials for its production and does not take responsibility for its product. *ak
11/22/1998111/01/1995
 The symptoms originally showed up in november of 1998. i called the dealer that did not tell me that there were any known problems with the engine. i also never received the ford motor company no-charge warranty letter dated june, 1998, telling me of the symptoms and extended warranty to december 31, 1998. when the problem worsened, i took the van in on may 26. again, prior to taking it in, the dealer admitted no problem with this type of engine. i was called with the diagnosis of blown head gasket, $1100. *ak
03/15/1999101/01/1998
 The head gasket blew on the engine, causing it to suddenly and rapidly overheat. when i inquired about this problem i found it was a well known defect in the 1995 ford 3.8 liter engine. i leaned this from all 3 local dealers and 2 local engine shops. apparently ford was fixing any engine this occurred on up to 60000 miles, so they obviously knew this was a problem. upon contacting ford, i was informed they would offer no assistance and would have to work it out with the dealer who charged me $50 an hour instead of $60, resulting in a bill of $1350 instead of $1600. i do not think this is an issue with the dealer. ford obviously knew about it or they would have never had any repair policy for this problem. not only am i out the $1400 ( a sensor also failed whcich had to be replaced), but i could have been out much more since the engine overheats so quickly they often suffer severe damage and the entire engine has to be replaced(i was told this again by several dealers and engine shops).although no one was hurt i feel this problem could have safety implications because it can occur so suddenly and without warning. *ak
208/21/1995
 Engine overheating due to faulty gasket on tewo occasions. mjs
05/01/1999101/01/1999
 Seems to be a lot of activity with blown head gaskets on the 1995 ford windstar with a 3.8l v-6. certainly there must be some recourse with ford in having this repaired. would like to file complaint against ford concerning same. *ak
02/08/1999104/01/1995
 Premature failure of the head gaskets allowed engine coolant to ruin piston bearings which resulted in engine overheating and failure. ford had an extended warranty program which expired 12/31/98. we took the van in because we detected an engine noise on 12/22/98. we were told there was no problem. on 2/1/98, we took the van in because the temperature light was on constantly. we were given a tune-up. on 2/8/99, the entire engine blew as it was being started prior to our drive home. *ak
05/06/1998109/01/1995
 At35,000 miles, first transmission went out. at 38,000 miles i heard a knocking noise coming from underneath the vehicle . ford said i had a main bearing knock . they took engine apart and said rods marked 1-6, but not in order?top of rod at wrist pins are blue( hot overheat condition). head gaskets show signs, rusty at block &head areas. main brgs scored thur beds & #5 in copper bed. mainbolt black smells like burned oil.. now at 56,200 ford says i need another transmission the one replaced is bad now!!! one thing to add i purchased the vehicle with 2,000 miles on it. the dearler had told me it was an unwind no problems with , someone did'nt qualify for the credit so they had them return it. they can't sell it as new anymore!!!!!! 56,200 miles 3transmissions & 2 engines!!!!!!! when i inquired about how the engine was totally defective , i basically got the run around. *ak
07/12/1998110/01/1996
 An owner notification letter was issued. the problem was misdiagnosed on 3 occasions. now the 60,000 mile limit has been exceeded and ford will not even discuss replacing the gasket for me even though two local dealderships have agreed that ford is responsible. *ak
03/31/19990
 While driving about 55 mph tried to pass another vehicle, but the consumer 's vehicle was losing power and stalled.mechanic told consumer vehicle had an engine head gasket failure. *ak
10/26/1998105/01/1997
 8/3/98 our '95 windstar had the head gaskets replaced under ford's extended warranty progam. we had had problems with the engine missing in the past. on 10/26/98 the engine missed several times, while going 70mph on an interstate, then i lost engine power and had to pull over to the side of the road. it started smoking from under the hood and antifreeze ran out the bottom of the engine. we nursed it back to the dealership and were told that a crank shaft bearing had gone bad. the only remedy was to replace the engine to the tune of $3000. we questioned the dealer's mechanic at that time about the possibility of this being related to the recall and they said there was no relationship. we didn't have the money to do the repair until april. after talking more with the dealership we discovered that ford motor company had paid for other engine replacements after head gasket work, but because our dealer didn't contact them prior to the dec '98/jan '99 extended warranty expiration date, even though we notified the dealership, they would not replace our engine. we feel that either the head gaskets had already leaked enough coolant into the engine to contaminate the fluid and cause the bearing failure prior to the head gasket replacement or there was fluid contamination during the head gasket replacement. we feel we have been treated unfairly by town and country ford and ford motor company. *ak
10/26/1998105/01/1997
 8/3/98 our '95 windstar had the head gaskets replaced under ford's extended warranty progam. we had had problems with the engine missing in the past. on 10/26/98 the engine missed several times, while going 70mph on an interstate, then i lost engine power and had to pull over to the side of the road. it started smoking from under the hood and antifreeze ran out the bottom of the engine. we nursed it back to the dealership and were told that a crank shaft bearing had gone bad. the only remedy was to replace the engine to the tune of $3000. we questioned the dealer's mechanic at that time about the possibility of this being related to the recall and they said there was no relationship. we didn't have the money to do the repair until april. after talking more with the dealership we discovered that ford motor company had paid for other engine replacements after head gasket work, but because our dealer didn't contact them prior to the dec '98/jan '99 extended warranty expiration date, even though we notified the dealership, they would not replace our engine. we feel that either the head gaskets had already leaked enough coolant into the engine to contaminate the fluid and cause the bearing failure prior to the head gasket replacement or there was fluid contamination during the head gasket replacement. we feel we have been treated unfairly by town and country ford and ford motor company. *ak
12/12/199811/01/1998
 The 1995 windstar is a threat to the safety of their owners and their families. the transmissions may fail at any time and the head gasket will lead to blown engines . this car is a known lemon and ntsa must act to protect the families of america before any more people get hurt phyically or financially. *ak
05/19/19991
 The head gasket failed at less than 62000 miles or 5 years. ford had said they would pay, but not past 5 years or 60000 miles. that offer expired 12/31/98.*ak
05/17/199904/01/1995
 It seems to me that ford is aware of the problem, although they did not issue a recall. what they did was to extend warranty coverage through december of 1998. those of us left with the blown head gasket problem are left with huge repair bills and no help from ford motor company. the service manager told my husband that at least 50% of the windstars had experienced this problem. unfortunately we are 5 months too late for warranty coverage. *ak
05/17/199904/01/1995
 Head gasket failed, causing coolant to leak which also caused engine being too cold or too hot. contacted ford, no assistance provided. *ak
03/27/1999
 Ie98080, defective engine head gasket leaks coolant which may cause vehicle to stall while driving and may result in a crash. known problem. please provide further information.*ak
04/26/1999105/01/1995
 Head gasket shouldn't fail on a minivan less than four years old with less than 40,000 miles. hope no other failures are imminent. *ak
05/06/1999104/01/1997
 Ford had acknowledged a faulty head gasket problem with the 95 windstars by extending their warranty service to cover up to 60,000 miles. they refused to cover the repair costs for my 95 windstar head gasket failure claiming i was out of warranty at 64000 miles. i feel that they acknowledged a faulty part by extending their warranty and should cover all head gasket failures on this model, not just to 60,000 miles. ford motor company has absolutely refused to make good on this claim in any way. they simply state that it is not a covered warranty item and therefore i am responsible for the expense. *ak
06/01/1997205/11/1995
 Head gasket failure caused fire. yh
04/12/199905/01/1994
 Engine head gasket had to be replaced due to leakage which caused fuel to leak onto the exhaust system. *ak *yc
11/10/1998108/01/1998
 Head gaskets failed at cylinders 3 and 4. both gaskets failed in the same location and time frame. this point to a defect in the gaskets. ak
08/13/1998304/01/1998
 Cooling system and head gasket related failures in 1995 ford windstars are common from 35 to 70k and result in major repair expenses. *ak
05/02/1999103/01/1996
 I received a service bulletin from ford in 1998 which stated that: if there were problems where the engine head gaskets needed to be replaced before 60,000 miles, that ford would cover the cost of this repair. they have declined to do so because the service bulletin expired on 12/31/1998. my point: i am still under the mileage limit and the repair cost should be reimbursed. the engine design is faulty, does the problem just disappear because it occured after 1998? the time limit on this service bulletin is a bogus cop-out. *ak
12/12/1998
 Engine runs hot, when driving at any speed or when the vehicle is at a stop. the engine jumps and oil leaks inside the vehicle. vehicle was taken to the repair shop three to four times. *ak
02/08/1999111/01/1994
 Head gasket failed.
02/08/1999111/01/1994
 Engine mounts failed.
05/04/1999105/01/1997
 Our 1995 ford windstar blew a headgasket on 05/04/99 with only 53,000 miles. apparently there is a major problems with these vehciles concerning headgaskets but ford has not notified any of us with recalls. i'm currently contacting ford and my dealer to see if there is a remedy to the problems or if they'll pay to have this fixed. i don't appreciate not being notified of the problem. my new baby boy was in the vehcile with my wife and daughter. they couldv'e been out of town and no one to call but fortunately it happened in town. please request that ford make a recall about this problem. there are hundreds of examples of this problem on the web. just check it out. thanks for your help and consideration.
04/27/199905/01/1994
 After researching the internet, i learned that many customers have had to replace transmissions in the windstar before reaching 50,000 miles and replace head gaskets around 70,000 miles. the cost of both repairs is expensive and ford does not cover these expenses if you did not respond to a letter they say they sent everyone. i feel that ford should pay to correct the problem which they know exists.
04/27/1999
 Engine head gasket leaks. repairs would be at consumer expense. seeking help from nhtsa in this matter. *ak
04/04/1999103/01/1997
 Headgaskets on these engines are bound for failure, ford upgraded the gaskets but will not stand cover the costs after dec. 1998. most people loose thier engines or warp thier heads.
06/01/1994
 Blown head gaskets around july, 1998 which ford paid for. they charged me around $900 to fix a leak to the timing cover that i think was caused by the head gaskets. while it was in the shop, i complained about the transmission slipping while rounding corners and it jerks into gear after stopping at lights/signs. the check engine light comes on intermitently and remains on and diagnostics are not conclusive, the owners manual says drive train problem. i've also complained about the brakes squeaking and been told it's brake dust but i'm not convinced.
06/01/1994
 Blown head gaskets around july, 1998 which ford paid for. they charged me around $900 to fix a leak to the timing cover that i think was caused by the head gaskets. while it was in the shop, i complained about the transmission slipping while rounding corners and it jerks into gear after stopping at lights/signs. the check engine light comes on intermitently and remains on and diagnostics are not conclusive, the owners manual says drive train problem. i've also complained about the brakes squeaking and been told it's brake dust but i'm not convinced.
01/07/1999108/01/1996
 Head gasket failed while my wife was driving on the frewway approx 100 miles from home. contacted dealer, who contacted ford as ford had recognized that this part was defective and had exteneded the warranty until 12-31-98. ford would not pay anything towards the repair. inspection of the head gasket reveals there is obviously a flaw in the design, (at least obvious to me).. new head gasket design has been modified to correct problem.
112/02/1997
 Valve cover gasket failed, recall on head gasket however denied recall repair from dealership due to part discrepancy. (98m01) mjs
12/01/1998309/01/1995
 Engine - both head gaskets were replaced by dealer, then engine replaced, tranmission showed burnt fluid and was replaced 3 months following engine replacement, air conditioner failed to work 3 days after transmission replacement.
 Consumer has a bad engine head gasket that is causing oil leaks and overheating of the engine. dealer has been contacted. *ak
04/28/1999102/01/1995
 I contacted ford cust. service and they were aware of the head gasket failure in the 95 windstar. they did not issue a recall, this problem with the engine design came from the factory, and was original to my car as it left the factory floor.only certain vin numbers are affected by this defect, my car is one of them.ford only issued a notice to dealer's that if a customer came in with this problem between may and dec 98, then the dealer was to fix the van for free. ford did not inform me by mail or otherwise that my car could fail to operate after acceleration had taken place. if my dealer knew of this defect, why was i not given the information.this repair cost approximately $2,600.00. this repair is only guaranteed for 12,000 miles and then because of the engine design, the failure could occur again. i spent 27,000 dollars on this car and now it is broke, ford refuses to pay any money to repair my car because it broke after the dec.98 cut off. my car was not broken then so the cutoff date only works for them. i should not have to pay for a failure that ford knew would happen, regardless of how well i drove my car. this failure occured as i was driving my two young children to school. i am glad i got my car off the road before an accident could have occured. i called ford today and was basically told, too bad for you. this is unacceptable.
02/05/19991
 Started vehicle & noticed it was blowing smoke. took to dealer & was informed engine head gasket had blown. received a tsb on head gaskets. had no problem before receiving tsb. dealre refused to repair due to vehicle being over the mileage requirement. *ak
04/01/1999
 The windstar is very unsafe. the transmission has failed three times, always while vehicle is in traffic, sometimes at high speeds. the head gasket failure causes serious other engine compnonets to fail, eventually causing complete engine failure, which can also occur suddenly while in traffic.
04/17/199907/01/1995
 At 57,898 miles (sept. '98), my windstar started acting funny. i brought it to a local repair shop , who said it appeared to be a head gasket problem, and to bring it to the dealer to check it out. i brought it in, had it checked and they said it was fine. on 4/17/99, it started driving very poorly, and on 4/19 brought it to the same local mechanic, who said again, it was this time a blown head gasket, and to call the dealer. the dealer said there had be a recall that ended 1/99 (i am the original owner and never rec'd any notice), and i would have to pay the expenses myself. they also stated that it was agianst the law for them to cover any expenses, after the recall notice expired. i have now been waiting w/out my car for a week now, for them to complete the repairs. i have called ford directly and they say essentially, tough luck.
04/24/199908/01/1997
 The head gasket on our 95 ford windstar blew up today, and we have found many other complaints about this 95 ford van's head gasket on the internet. we are deeply concerned and hope something will be done about it. *ak
205/01/1995
 April, 1998 at 34,000 miles car taken to dealer for routine maintenance. dealer stated that there is a slight oil leak. kept car overnight and then for a few more days. replaced numerous seals and gaskets. valve cover gasket, etc. one year later, april, 1999 at 47,000 miles car brought in again for routine maintenance, check engine light and unexplained engine coolant loss. dealer advised that head gasket must be replaced. *ak
02/26/19995
 Transmission can shift into reverse, but will not back up. the engine head gaskets blew. the interior lights would go on/off on their own, day or night. the key shift interlock will not release out of park position. the front disc brakes had crumbled inside. heard grinding/rambling noises when the brakes were applied. been to dealer 3 different times for brakes. *ak
04/15/199909/01/1996
 Car was idling rough, white smoke coming out of rear of vehicle, temp gauge reading normal, smoke got worse, check engine light came on, engine died, all in 3 block distance. garage says blown head gasket, new engine needed, ford will do nothing.*ak
04/18/1999108/01/1995
 The head gasket(s) failed, causing the car to overheat and possibly sustain internal damage. my wife was stranded in traffic, posing a danger to herself, our children who were passengers, and vehicles having to drive around her. i've have learned that this failure may be epidemic among 1995 windstars with 3.8l engines. ford temporarily extended the warranty in recognition of this problem, but terminated it as of 12/98. since my vehicle did not show any symptoms until this past weekend, i did not take it in to ford for a repair under warrranty. i believe that ford should be made to repair my engine at their cost, as the unexpected, sudden failure of the head gasket due not to wear and tear, but to a flaw in the vehicles design, can cause passengers to be placed in conditions of extreme danger. wear and tear is something that a vehicle owner can anticipate; a blown head gasket on a vehicle of this age and mileage is not to be expected, and therefore constitutes a safety defect. *ak
11/01/1996
 The head gaskets began to fail on april 12,1999, resulting in the overheating of our engine. although ford issued a letter to us last june regarding the problem they were having with head gaskets related to this vehicle, they claim we cannot be compensated for our expenses because we missed the cutoff to their no charge coverage by 3 months. it is obvious that ford realized that this product was faulty, and we want ford to take some responsibility in resolving this issue. we have been informed that the cost to repair our vehicle will be $3200.00. we feel that ford needs to be held accountable to their customers, and provide assistance in repairing and compensating for a problem that they knew would occur. *ak
04/11/199906/01/1996
 The vehicle had just returned from florida to michigan. driving around town afterwards the engine head blew and was towed to the dealership. extensive damage was reported to the cost of approximately $3600. also transmission failure. *ak
06/20/1998102/01/1996
 My vehicle overheated in june, 1998 and i added additional coolant. in approximately 2 weeks, i received an extended warranty notice from ford where head gaskets on my particular vehicle type and make were failing prematurely. i took my vehicle to a local ford service department (delta ford, vicksburg, ms) on 7/28/98 (invoice number 017128) and they checked it out and told me the head gasket was still good. my vehicle continued to require coolant every 2 - 3 months. the problem recently has gotten much worse. i added coolant to it on 4/5/99 and then again on 4/17/99 - 368 miles later. today (4/17/99) my check engine light illuminated. it does appear that i have a head gasket failure and all of this could have been prevented if delta ford would have replaced the faulty gasket on 7/28/98 while the repair was under warranty. ford should be forced to recall this problem that consumers are experiencing. *ak
03/01/1999101/01/1995
 Head gasket is defective on 1000's of 3.8l engines, should be recalled
02/22/1999107/01/1994
 Head gaskets blown causing coolant to mix with oil in engine. ford had a program which expired 12/31/98 that covered repairs to head gaskets regardless of miles or time owned. however, my head gaskets blew in 2/99 so they will not take responsibility for the engineering defect that is causing the blown head gaskets.
12/02/1998
 Consumer was driving on the highway, engine started knocking. anti-freeze was coming out from head gasket. *ak
03/02/1999110/01/1995
 Head gasket failure caused complete engine failure. appears to be known defect but ford customer service division unwilling to acknowledge a problem. *mjs
01/14/1999106/01/1994
 Engine replaced due to head gasket failure, warranty expired, total costs $3869.64. *mjs
04/06/199905/01/1996
 Faulty head gasket is a known defect, should have been recalled. *mjs
01/08/1999
 Engine head gasket blew out after eight days warranty ran out. consumer believed this was a manufacturer's defect which should be honored by dealer. also transmission failure. *ak
01/22/1999205/01/1995
 We purchased our windstar from hertz sales in boise idaho in may 1995 with about 15,000 miles on it. we transferred the rest of the new car warranty to our name. near the end of november we received a notice from ford about head gasket problems. the wording in the notice, which was not a notice of recall, led us to believe that any problem we had would not be covered, and at that time we had not had any engine problems. the middle of january 1999 the heater quit working. we took it to two local mechanics who added coolant. when the heater still would not work properly one said there might be a problem with the head gaskets. we took the van to meridian ford in meridian, idaho. they charged us $2000 to rdo the heads. they did not tell us that redoing the heads may cause the main engine to fail due to damage from leaking coolant into the engine. on april 4, 1999 the engine failed at 65 mph freeway speeds. fortunatley we were near an exit and a truckstop or we would have been in serious danger on the freeway. we had the van towed to meridian ford. as of today, april 10, they still have the van. they could not get ford to pay for any of either the first or second repair. they want $2500 to put in a new short block. we have found out on the internet that ford has helped pay for some repairs even though mileage was above that included in their notice and even though some problems occurred after the dec 31, 1998 deadline for remedying any problems. we tried to contact ford ourselves through customer service and otherewise and were stone walled at every step. the people were rude and demeaning in their manner. with the major problems with the 1995 windstars it is apparent that ford should have issued a recall. the problem stems from faulty headgaskets. ford knew they were faulty. they sent a slick worded notice at the end of the year during the holiday season and gave only a very short time to act before the year end deadline. we want ford to make it righ
03/29/1999111/01/1998
 My local ford dealership told me of the hidden warranty that existed on the head gasket of the 1995 ford windstar. they asked for my mileage and vin number up front. they told me that the vehicle was covered and had me tow the vehicle to them. after a week they have come back and let me know that the vehicle was not covered because of the mileage which i gave to them in advance. if known this in advance i would have had the vehicle fixed at the mechanic's location that i had the vehicle towed from. my wife and i have been with one vehicle for almost two weeks and have two children that go to different schools because of their age. my investigations on this problem has found numerous complaints on this model. most failures happening just out of the extended warranty. ford has acknowledged the problem but would not correct it unless there was damage occurring. this sounds like a way to keep their costs down for repairing what they knew as a defect. *ak
03/01/1999108/01/1995
 Head gasket in engine failed, causing overheating of engine. *ak
01/30/1999
 Ie98080, coolant is leaking from engine head gasket which may mix with the oil and spring into the engine and cause a fire. *ak
03/30/199907/01/1995
 Head gasket blown, possible cracked block. ford won't help pay. *ak
03/29/1998110/01/1994
 Engine road bearings failed. *ak
03/15/1999107/01/1996
 Was not informed by ford of the owner's notification program. told by thee that time had expired. would like your office to see if they will extend their program. 75000 miles is way too soon for a head gasket. i understand that there are thousands of similar complaints. thanks. *ak
03/29/1999
 Ie98080; while driving engine head gasket blew out, and the vehicle stalled in an intersection which almost caused an accident. ford did an owner's notification for the head gaskets, but it was on december 31, 1998. at that time occupant did have vehicle inspected, but it was determined that there was no problem with head gaskets. but, in mar 99, vehicle experienced head gasket failure. please provide further information. *ak
12/14/19981
 Had received a service bulletin regarding engine head gaskets. dealership refused to repair unless head gaskets had blown out. had to get timing chain replaced. the motor blew out & anti-freeze leaked through the motor. *ak
12/14/19981
 Had received a service bulletin regarding engine head gaskets. dealership refused to repair unless head gaskets had blown out. had to get timing chain replaced. the motor blew out & anti-freeze leaked through the motor. *ak
04/01/199912/01/1994
 There are evidently severe problems with the 1995 windstar head gasket and transmission. when will the government respond to our complaints and force ford to take responsibility for their mistake? *ak
03/29/199911/01/1995
 Ford recalled the head gaskets in the '95 windstars. they sent their letters out, and i took mine down to the dealer near me to get it checked out. they said that it passed the test. but three months after that my gasket blew out while i was sitting at a red light. i called their customer service number and they told me they could not help. how can i get ford to pay for their defective part that they recalled because of premature failure? i would appreciate any information you could give me. sincerely, serena terry. *ak
03/16/1999106/01/1994
 My windstar recent engine failure was preceeded by the check engine warning indicator coming on as i was driving the vehicle. i pulled off the road to investigate. upon opening the hood i was immediately exposed to a dousing of both boiling water & steam escaping from the radiator overflow reservoir which overflowed itself from the head gasket malfunction. i received painful burns on both my hands and face. *ak
03/24/1999105/01/1998
 Head gasket replaced last august, now head is cracked and needs replaced
03/29/1999201/01/1999
 Head gasket failed at 48k and again at 53k miles. ford's extended warranty 98m01 for the gasket ends at 60k, but should be extended to cover recurring failures, and should encompass other/later engine damage caused by the gasket failure. *ak
11/21/1998
 While driving at 70 mph and without prior warning the engine head gasket blew out and the ant-ifreeze leaked out into the oil. *ak
03/29/1999209/01/1994
 Blown head gasket occurred at stop sign, huge plume of white smoke. luckily, this did not happen on the freeway and caused a crash/fatality. ford knows there is a problem with the head gasket per their service program 99m01. people can and will get hurt by the vehicles that were not repaired by this program that expired 12/98. my wife said the plume of smoke was huge, it could block the view of drivers behind a vehicle that has this problem along with causing the sudden stoppage of the vehicle that has its engine seized up as a result of a blown head gasket. please refer to the web site of http://www.primecutsofbluegrass.com/windstar2.htm for a list of other vehicles that have had this problem, and be sure to know that this list was just started this month on 3/13/99. 24 vehicles in 17 days, someone is going to get hurt. and this is just a list of the 95 windstars, the ford 'program' covers 94 & 95 taurus and sable owners also. *ak
08/01/1995
 Never received a notice of extended warranty of head gaskets. they went 5 days after 12/31/98. dealership paid for the repair, but now engine had to be replaced because of the head gaskets. *ak
03/13/1999
 Consumer received a safety bulletin dated june-98 regarding engine head gasket failure. consumer exprienced the problem in march-99 and the bulletin has expired. *ak
03/27/1999104/01/1996
 Head gasket failed, causing starter nose to shear off, and coolant to be ejected onto emission control components, including catalytic converter) and out of exhaust system. *ak
03/15/199905/01/1995
 Ford has been notified that i never received any notification for any head gasket problem which is now costing me an excess amount of money.
12/26/1997305/28/1995
 Vehicle experienced continued engine failures related to head gasket failure (recall notice sent after repairs), however failure damaged entire engine, denied service due to mileage.
02/15/1999101/01/1998
 Engine head gasket failed just after recall expired. it was tested only a few months before and tested ok. *ak
03/04/1999111/01/1995
 Received a letter from ford june, 1998 stating that premature failure of head gaskets may occur. they would pay for this if van is less than 5 yrs old or has less than 60,000 miles or if head gasket fails between june, 1998 & december, 1998. our van had 89,000 miles & head gasket failed march 3, 1999. ford would not pay. i called ford customer service dept. 03/28/99. they said that our only recourse is to wait to see if ford issues another no-charge warranty for this coverage. thank you for your attention to this matter. *ak
08/01/199808/01/1995
 This vehicle has been in for service since we bought it new for engine check lights and poor runability. compression tests ran in november because engine ran poorly. dealer replaced oxygen sensors ,and then a month and a half later, the head gasket failed. ford would not honor the recall since it expired on dec. 31,1999. i think the dealer missed the diagnosis all along, the gasket was failing. the failures of the gasket and transmission along with the numerous sensor replacements has cost me about $5800. these problems are too numerous in numbers, many 95 ford windstar owners are having the same or worst problems. these problems are well known to ford and they refuse to take responsibility. you must make these recall issues to force them to improve their quality. *ak
03/08/1999108/01/1995
 Ford admitted in a letter to me in june 1998 under service program 98m01 that the head gaskets could fail prematurely. if the condition occurred within 5 yrs or 60,000 miles or by the end of 1998, to bring the van in and they would replace the head gaskets. my van head gaskets failed on march 8th,1999, and was told by the dealer that my van did not fall within the service program. since ford has admitted that there is a defect with the head askets they should be required to replace the head gaskets at no charge regardless of when the incident occurred. i wrote a letter to mr. kudak with ford, and did not receive a written or verbal response. *ak
11/13/1998110/01/1997
 Brakes squeak and growl, but so far have stopped the vehicle when applied. they don't show any unusual wear. i would like ford motor co. to reimburse me for $1307.00 for the head gasket repair since i was not notified of a recall. *ak
07/01/1997
 Ie98080, the coolant is leaking from engine head gasket which may result in a fire, engine siezed while driving and engine problems resulted. please provide further information. *ak
01/18/199901/01/1995
 On 1/18/99, vehicle was serviced after check engine light stayed on. engine had been idling and running rough--lurching as noted in service invoice. vehicle had 59363 miles. had vehicle serviced at nearest equipped service center--merit inc, a goodyear service center. they performed most of a 60,000 mi service. check engine light returned to normal operation and engine operation improved, but still ran rougher than normal. we returned the vehicle to merit on 1/20, but they were unable to offer further insights on problem. problem remained unchanged for the next few weeks, then got noticeably worse the weekend of 2/20. on 2/22 or 23, we called crossroads ford in raleigh, nc, describing the problem and recent history. the first available appointment they offered was later the following week, so an appointment was made for 3/5. on the evening of 2/26, the vehicle overheated at 61,054 miles. the car was stopped and engine turned off before the temperature gauge needle reached red. vehicle was towed to crossroads ford the following monday. they attributed the problem to the head gasket defect noted in service program 98m01, and advised replacing the engine at an estimated cost of just over $3400. dealer and ford refused to cover under the warranty described in the service program, even though the problem began within the 5-yr, 60,000 mi period covered. *ak
03/23/1999104/01/1995
 On 3-21-99, was performing routine maintenance on vehicle and found traces of oil in radiator. experience tells me that this may be associated with head gasket failure. on 3-23-99, spouse driving vehicle advised of temperature fluctuations and vehicle found to have leaked out radiator fluid. took to mechanic on 3-24-99, and was advised that ford 3.8 engines have had a history of head gasket failure since 1993, and that mechanic believes the engine was subject of a recall to repair head gasket problem. spoke to local dealer-uhlmann's in chehalis, wa., who advised that there has been significant problem and repair at their faciltiy related to head gasket failure in this engine,. dealer stated ford had done a recall, but that ford would no longer cover repair if over 60, 000 miles on engine, past 12-31-98 or if no extended warranty coverage had been purchased. called ford representative and was told that in may of 1998, ford had sent owners an offer for extended warranty that would have covered the failure, but that they had chosen not to advise owners of the problem and potential failure of part. was told ford wuld not provide service for failure as past mileage and date of offer to repair, and as i had not purchased the extended warranty. vehicle has been in service less than 5 years and has approx. 67000 miles on it at time of head gasket failure. repair cost estimated at about $1400. *ak
11/28/199703/01/1996
 Initially, the problem was a loss of coolant and an inability of the heater to produce hot air. after a trip to the dealer, we were told that the timing cover, water pump and head gaskets had leaked, and replacing the gaskets would cure the problem. within 500 miles, out of state, the engine knocked horribly, then stalled. we had the van towed to mock ford in grant's pass, oregon. after an engine teardown, we were notified that a rod bearing had spun, seizing the engine. ford in oregon wouldn't help us, ford in california wouldn't talk to ford in oregon and henry curtis wouldn't help us. subsequently, ford has had a recall on the head gaskets and we've gotten a refund for the gaskets. since the replacement gaskets blew and damaged the engine, i tend to feel ford should cover the replacement or repair of the engine. henry curtis has refused to cooperate with us, and ford's warranty reps won't talk with us. i'm aware of the numerous similar windstar problems, and i invite you to browse www.cartrackers.com/forums/mechgoblins/html *ak
11/28/199703/01/1996
 Initially, the problem was a loss of coolant and an inability of the heater to produce hot air. after a trip to the dealer, we were told that the timing cover, water pump and head gaskets had leaked, and replacing the gaskets would cure the problem. within 500 miles, out of state, the engine knocked horribly, then stalled. we had the van towed to mock ford in grant's pass, oregon. after an engine teardown, we were notified that a rod bearing had spun, seizing the engine. ford in oregon wouldn't help us, ford in california wouldn't talk to ford in oregon and henry curtis wouldn't help us. subsequently, ford has had a recall on the head gaskets and we've gotten a refund for the gaskets. since the replacement gaskets blew and damaged the engine, i tend to feel ford should cover the replacement or repair of the engine. henry curtis has refused to cooperate with us, and ford's warranty reps won't talk with us. i'm aware of the numerous similar windstar problems, and i invite you to browse www.cartrackers.com/forums/mechgoblins/html *ak
11/28/199703/01/1996
 Initially, the problem was a loss of coolant and an inability of the heater to produce hot air. after a trip to the dealer, we were told that the timing cover, water pump and head gaskets had leaked, and replacing the gaskets would cure the problem. within 500 miles, out of state, the engine knocked horribly, then stalled. we had the van towed to mock ford in grant's pass, oregon. after an engine teardown, we were notified that a rod bearing had spun, seizing the engine. ford in oregon wouldn't help us, ford in california wouldn't talk to ford in oregon and henry curtis wouldn't help us. subsequently, ford has had a recall on the head gaskets and we've gotten a refund for the gaskets. since the replacement gaskets blew and damaged the engine, i tend to feel ford should cover the replacement or repair of the engine. henry curtis has refused to cooperate with us, and ford's warranty reps won't talk with us. i'm aware of the numerous similar windstar problems, and i invite you to browse www.cartrackers.com/forums/mechgoblins/html *ak
02/10/199907/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets prematurely wore out, causing the engine to overheat. ford denied responsibility due to warranty issues. *ak
12/28/1998
 Engine head gaskets are failing. dealer/manufaxcturer notified, and informed consumer that service bulletin indicated that the cost for repairs would go to consumer. consumer needs help in this matter. *ak
 Engine head gaskets are going bad, causing overheating and oil leaking. dealer has been contacted. *ak
03/11/1999105/01/1995
 Ford apparently sent out a bulletin on head gaskets in 1998. we did not receive such a bulletin. if we did, i would have contacted ford at that time to schedule a gasket replacement. ford reps are telling me that it does not matter if i got the letter or not. my gasket blew in 1999 so they are bearing no responsibility for repairing the damage done to my car (one new head, and a proposal to put in a new engine!). i maintain that i would have had had my gaskets replaced last year regardless of their condition. ford's argument about the clock running out on dec 31, 1998 is specious. my head gasket was defective. it did not get any better after december 31. ford needs to accept responsibility for their engineering. *ak
12/05/1998109/01/1995
 Ford covered the cost for the head gasket at 117000kms. but as yet have not reported to them about the transmission untill i get the final bill (tues. march 23/99) i have now 126000kms on vehicle. i am a resident of canada, and would like to submit complaint to an authority here if you could advise me of one. thanks. *ak
03/19/1999104/01/1998
 Original head gasket leaked coolant into cylinder # 3 making check engine light come on. engine shuddered and smoked/steam and water came out of exhaust pipe. has ford recalled this problem? seems like this has happened to more than one owner.
01/12/1999
 Consumer states when traveling in cold weather conditions vehicle hesitates, also vehicle does not heat up. consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer indicated there is a crack in the engine head gaskets, (need replacing). consumer also note there is a tsb listed for the same type of problem. please provide any further details.
03/01/199903/01/1998
 Engine head gasket/radiator replaced, domn lights won't shut off, water in rear tail light, hood wont shut, airconditioning switch replaced, brakes making noise after being just replaced, didnt solve problem,. seat belt seems loose. *ak
06/01/1994
 Called the dealer about the troubled head gasket. dealer commented that there is a recall, but the millage can't exceed 60k. i told the dealer that there was another recall on the passenger air bag eye burning gases when deployed the dealer commented the recall, but again the millege of the vehicle couldn't exceed 50,000. at no time did i receive a recall notice. also, i'm now have problems with the transmission park selection. it won't release or dis-engage.
12/16/1998108/01/1995
 Head gaskets failed completely. upon bringing to ford dealer, informed that they know problem existed. never contacted about the existence of the problem. ford company contacted several times about my seeking reimbursement for towing charges incurred. basically, the ford company is not cooperating.
02/20/1999
 Engine head gasket blew out while driving at approimately 35 mph. dealer notified and informed consumer that the cost of repair would go to consumer. *ak
12/26/1997
 While driving at 60 mph engine check light came on, and the engine head gasket blew out on march 5th. the problems returned, and the consumer vehicle isn't working righdealer can't determine the problem with the engine. *ak
02/13/199904/01/1998
 I blew the head gasket on the engine 2 weeks ago,and now the transmission is ready to go as well..after all the people with this transmission problem,im surprised ford hasnt had a recall on this as yet.i know i live in canada but i hope you can help me in some way..tks very much...
03/08/1999104/01/1994
 Engine head gasket is leaking coolant. i contacted dealer and was told that there was a recall for 5 years and 60k miles which i have exceeded. i am the original owner and never received any recall notice. the dealer refused to offer any help.
03/03/1999108/01/1995
 Never received notice from ford about a head gasket check or an extension on the engine warranty. local ford dealer would not consider covering engine head gasket replacement due to out of warranty.
02/01/1999103/01/1998
 Leak of coolant in head gasket caused fluid to enter engine block causing damage to bearings and valves
03/07/19982003/01/1995
 Engine head gaskets blown causing cracked heads. ford extended warranty to 60,000 miles but failed to notify owners. also, replaced entire brake assembly at 50,000 miles, abs never worked, and plastic door panel on sliding door fell off. transmission slips, downshifts, overdrive light flashes, check engine light goes on and off, and vehicle accelerates sluggishly.
02/06/1999108/01/1997
 The head gaskets failed at 62000 miles on 6 feb 99. ford knew about the defective gaskets, but sent a notification letter to cover the costs as long as failure occurred before 31 dec 98, or 60000 miles. i contend that ford should have paid for all repairs, on all similar vehicles without oimposing a mileage limit. the ford dealer agrees, but tells me that their hands are tied because the parent company will not reimburse them for repairs they implement free of charge. ford is cheating their customers.
10/18/19964
 Defective engine head gasket which has been replaced 4 times malfunctioned, causing the engine to stall while driving. may have caused an accident. there was a recall for the head gasket, but the warranty expired, and now it is consumer's responsibility. please provide further information. *ak
02/24/1999108/01/1994
 Head gaskets failed. ford aware that this is a design flaw, but will not cover it.
03/02/1999
 An engine head gasket blew out within 61,000 miles of wear. dealer/manufacturer informed. dealer informed consumer that the extened warranty ran out on december 31, 1998. manufacturer informed consumer that nothing will be done due to expiration of warranty. consumer seeking hntsa for help in this matter. *ak
02/18/1999
 Engine head gasket malfunctioned, causing the engine to stall. also, damaged the engine and may have caused an accident. dealer replaced gaskets twice. please provide further information. *ak
02/17/1999103/01/1995
 My vehicle's head gaskets 'blew' which resulted in water/coolant in my engine/oil pan resulting in the requirement for a new engine block. i did not have the extended warranty. ford agreed there was a recall/extended warranty given to all windstars for defaulty head gasket problems but they would only cover through 12/31/98 so would not cover my car. i was never notiied. based upon discussions with numerous owners, this is an inherent problem in all windstars. this is a manufacturing defect. my friend's windstar, 1995, replaced her transmission, engine and air conditioner but she had the extended warranty. these cars are not safe and are all lemons.
02/17/199906/01/1997
 Charged $900 to replace head gasket. is this a common problem with this year make and model? what else should i contact for about? *ak
01/28/1999107/16/1994
 Coolant leaking due to failure of the timing chain cover, water pump gasket and oil pan gasket.
01/28/1999107/16/1994
 Coolant leaking due to failure of the timing chain cover, water pump gasket and oil pan gasket.
01/14/1999106/01/1994
 Engin ehead gasket failed 14 days after expiration of extended warranty program. *ak
02/18/1999106/01/1997
 I am sure that the head gasket has blown on the engine. i had high engine temperature, and white smoke with water coming from the exhaust pipe. the person that towed my vehicle to the ford dealer said that my windstar was the 5th ford he has towed in this week with the same problem, they were all 1995 ford's with a 3.8 liter v-6. i asked the service manager at the ford dealer if there was a recall on this engine ,and he said there was, but reapairs had to be made before dec. 31, 1998. i was not aware of a recall or service bulletin on this problem, if this is happening to so many cars and trucks just in the tulsa ok area, there is certainly a trend. *ak
01/20/19991
 Head gasket failure occurred after recall period had expired. ford recommended replacement of head gasket at owner's cost. after head gasket replacement, vehicle engine would not operate properly, and ford dealer decided the engine was previously damaged because of the head gasket failure in months prior to recall notice. ford will not cover engine damage. *ak
12/07/1998
 There is water running from the engine head gasket, and the vehicle is running rough without prior warning. problem occurs when driving in low speed. *ak
02/16/1999105/01/1994
 I have found that there was a letter sent to some owners of windstars stating that the head gaskets were defective, however i never received this letter. *ak
02/11/1999102/01/1997
 A recall letter received in june of 1998 stated that head gasket repair was covered until dec,31.98. this is a problem that ford is very aware of and should cover repair even though in my case i am past 60.ooo miles and it is past dec. 31,98. my repair bill is approx. $800.00 for this, and that is a lot of money to me, especially since i am struggling to pay payments on this vehicle. *ak
06/22/1998107/10/1995
 Head gasket failre.
 Head gaskets blew out. vehicle at dealer for repairs.
08/15/199805/20/1994
 Head gasket failed prior to recall. also, water pump and engine piston rod bearings #2,5 and 6 replaced.
08/15/199805/20/1994
 Head gasket failed prior to recall. also, water pump and engine piston rod bearings #2,5 and 6 replaced.
02/12/199907/01/1994
 Failure of engine head gasket 2 months beyond ford's extension of recall notice 98m01 for this previously identified issue with ford 3.8l 6cyl engines. ford is refusing to provide any relief although they have admitted that the failure is due to poor parts. the ford service department has stated that ford has known that this problem existed as far back as '91, but continued to use the poor quality parts. *ak
02/05/1999106/01/1994
 A blown engine head gasket is a known problem with this vehicle, and a bulletin was released but had a mileage and time limit which i am slightly over, forcing me to pay $1,000.00 for repairs. *ak
02/13/1999105/01/1995
 There may be other underlying problems that casued head gasket to blow, but this cannot be determined due to extreme damage from coolant in the engine, 3rd cylinder and exhaust system. *ak
12/15/1998108/01/1996
 Defective head gaskets leak coolant into combustion chamber. ford recognizes this problem (service program 98m01) but wont fix vehicles after 60000 miles or a cutoff date associated with the sale date. mine had symptoms in dec 97, but service either didn't recognize symptom or ignored it due to work overload. ford shuns my problem and i am left with a nice car that needs $1000+ in engine repairs on a known problem just because my vehicle didn't completely fail before the expiration.
02/10/199902/15/1997
 Rear axle broke, and engine head gaskets blew out.
07/15/19981
 Premature failure of the head gasket (recall component) resulting in extensive damage to engine components.
06/01/1997
 Concerned about the potential head gasket failure of recall notice.
02/05/1999
 Ie98080; anti-freeze goes throughout engine head gasket, causing engine head gasket to blow up, and resulting in major damage. common problem. there is a tsb, but only up to 60,000 miles. dealer did not fix vehicle before 60,000 miles. please provide further information. *ak
 Engine head gasket blew, causing the vehicle to smoke, and the engine to be inoperable. dealer said it was a faulty head gasket. *ak
 Consumer hung up. *ak
 Consumer has talked to the dealer about a recall that was told to consumer by an friend. consumer contacted dealer and was told by the dealer that they would not do the work, they stopped doing the work on december 31, 1998. *ak
02/01/1999109/01/1995
 Valve cover gasket leak. internet search shows to be common. recall? *ak
01/30/1999106/01/1994
 In june 1998, ford motor identified a problem with defective head gaskets. we were mailed a letter from ford that provided extended warranty until 12/98 or 60,000 miles. on 1/30 @ 60,215 miles, our vehichle experienced this problem. ford will not provide any reimbursement. this is not right. what can we do? *ak
01/26/1999
 Engine check light came on. mechanic tested coolant system, and found coolant was pouring into the head, and head gasket blew out. there is an open investigation at this time for coolant leakage/head gasket, ie-98-080 (please add vin#.) *ak
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 The rubber gasket on the timing cover failed.
01/26/199903/01/1997
 The vehicles engine light came on, we called ford service, said not to worry keep fluids filled and you should have no problem. the vehicle had a voluntary service recall from ford for a head gasket problem, the letter is dated 6/98, we were never told of the problem and we had our vehicle in for service in both 6 and 8/98. upon bringing our vehicle in to fill out the paper work the service manager told us that it was ok to drive, we left because they didn't have an opening until 2/3/99, later that day the temparture gauge rose to hot, so we went back to dealer, they said leave the vehicle on friday we were told the engine is gone..ford won't cover. if ford knows of this problem, why isn't it known to owners? we live in upstate ny, what happens if they engine would have gone out in a snow storm? we carry children in these vans, does someone need to get injured before something is done? where have our ethics gone in this country?? check the internet many other people have the same experience ..www.for
03/04/19981
 Head gasket failed resulting in leakage.
03/11/19981
 Crankshaft, berarings, oil pump and timing chaing failed.
03/11/19981
 Crankshaft, berarings, oil pump and timing chaing failed.
03/11/19981
 Crankshaft, berarings, oil pump and timing chaing failed.
12/16/1998106/01/1996
 I experienced head gasket failure 2 weeks before the recall program expired. the dealership delayed in fixing it, resulting in engine failure.
01/27/1999106/01/1996
 After bringing vehicle to dealership on 11dec98 for recall of head gasket. the vehicle was only tested with total hours by tech #128 was .6 . at this time the tressure test of gasket was ok. not much more than a month later, the head gasket failed. the dealer has refused to fix this at his expense or partial expense. we were informed the warranty has expired. according to the letter received from ford company no matter whether the original warranty has expired the company would still honor the recall. at present time vehicle has been moved to another location for repair after we were estimated a cost of 1200.00 to 1500.00 for repair by dealership. *ak
01/27/1999
 Engine head gaskets were defective. heat stopped working, started overheating and shaking, occurred while driving. dealer contacted and aware of problem, but stated recall ended and vehicle was no longer covered. no remedy for problem. problem still exists. provide further information. *ak
01/11/1999104/01/1998
 Transmission repaired on 11/29 /98 . only 7 months of ownership, 6 weeks later engine went was told it was a possible head gasket. was told ford had a notification. the ford dealer told us that the work ended on this on 12/31 98. there now sits 4 windstars at crossroad ford in cary nc. *ak
12/16/1998103/01/1995
 Engine head gasket failed prematurely, cause engine failure at high speeds.
01/19/1998105/15/1998
 Recall work on head gasket denied due to vin.
12/20/1998110/01/1994
 I received a letter in august of 98 regarding ford having a problem with the head gasket seals on the 3.8l motor, if i was having a problem before 12/98 to bring it in. on 12/20, the van overheated an ice cold air was blowing out of the heat vents. i referred to my owners manual, and changed the thermostat, flushed the system and changed the radiator cap, the van then seemed fine. we had a major snow and ice storm and the van sat for 2 weeks. on 01/23, we were two miles from home and white smoke started pouring out of the exhaust, and the temperature gauge was up to hot, the engine check light came on. we got the van home and seen antifreeze leaking from the engine block. we called the ford dealer in canfield, and they said the letter expired on 12/31/98, and they are not willing to rectify the problem at this time, said they have had many complaints about the problem and are not recalling at this time. i believe that ford should stand behind their product and rectify this known problem by issuing a recall. *ak
01/20/199910/01/1994
 Ref service program 98m01. head gaskets failed 3 weeks after program expired. ford offered no flexibility. $1500 repairs. *ak
 The engine head gasket was leaking and caused the engine to overheat. *ak
11/01/1998106/01/1994
 The timing chamber gasket has failed causing coolant to leak into engine. replacement requires 9-10 hours of labor since engine needs to be lifted. as for the transmission, after car warms up, from standstill, engine revs then kicks into gear.
01/12/199909/01/1995
 After starting vehicle from cold start, piston full of antifreeze, due to defective head gasket. dealer informed me of recall number 98m01, but stated i would have to pay costs, since my warranty was expired. he showed me the diagnostic which said check head gasket only if customer reports a problem.
12/26/1998106/01/1994
 Check engine light came on--diagnostic codes showed egr/coolant temp. (non ford)mechanic replaced egr valve, sensor. ran fine, then light came on again (1 week). checked & replaced thermostat (light again after 1 week) then computer, light came on again (2 days). vehicle overheated & no heat in vehicle. mechanic determined head gasket failed. replaced 1/14/99.
 Engine head gasket blew out, making a loud noise and smoke. dealer says head gaskets need to be replaced. *ak
01/13/199907/01/1994
 Ford offered program until 12/31/98 if head gasket blew. (ford did not make me aware of this program, had i know, i would have brought my car in for repair). our head gasket blew while my wife was driving with our 19 month old baby in the car. fortunately no one was injured at the relatively low speed. ford is aware of this design flaw but is unwilling to acknowledge the need for a full recall. any help in bringing this matter to the attention of ford so that a recall will occurr would be appreciated.
12/31/199805/01/1996
 Ford have a recall on there 95 windstar headgasket.i never got a recall notice annobody call me.well on 12/31/98 my headgasket blew,happen around 8.00pm.we call but thet was close an next day was new year.so we call first thing monday morn.we ask them did they have a recall out for blow headgasket an they said yes,,they ask for our van number an we gave it to them an they said our van number was in the list.well they came an pickup van an about 3 days later i talk to them an they say they want pay for it,they say i call to late,i sure have got the van in before 12/31/
 Every gasket on this vehicle is leaking, including engine head gasket/transmission gasket/the intake manifold gasket, and the value cover gasket. dealer has been contacted.
01/13/199801/16/1995
 Head gasket failed.
 The engine head gaskets were leaking, causing the vehicle to lose coolant. dealer said engine head gaskets needed to be replaced. *ak
 The engine starts to overheat and the inside of the vehicle becomes cold. dealer says its a bad engine head gasket. *ak
01/03/1999105/01/1998
 Known head gasket failure on the 3.8l 6 cylinder engine used in the windstar and the taurus. contacted ford. gave them every opportunity to take care of this known problem. other info on the internet at a site called www.fordwindstar.com. anything you could do to prompt a recall would be much appreciated.
 Engine head gasket was busted and oil leaked, causing the engine to sieze up. dealer has not seen. *ak
 Engine head gaskets are leaking, causing the vehicle to overheat. dealer says needs new head gaskets. *ak
 Recall not in the system. consumer contacted the dealer in reference to recall regarding the head gasket. dealer refused to take care of the recall. stated all parts are not included iin recall . please provide any further details. *ak
12/13/1998108/01/1994
 I have seen hundreds of transmission failures on this vehicle as well as head gaskets blowing and ford should have to reimburse for the repairs. the van is having the head gaskets replaced at this time but there may be internal engine damage already done. the vehicle has been nothing but problems.
12/14/19981002/01/1995
 Ford is aware of defective trasmissions in '95 windstar. car lurches forward after not accelerating from a stop position, could cause accident if another car were in front, slipping transmission at 50,000 is unconscionable. dealer checked and said i would have to have a new transmission installed at $2,400. check online under ford windstar automatic transmission problems there are thousands of cusotmers with transmissions and head gaskets blowing at very low milage. is there a class action suit regarding this defect? apparently, ford is aware of the problem but won't do a recall because it's too expensive. i am single mom with 3 children whom i must drive to and from school every day and i am very concerned about our safety. please help me! according to other owners, after their transmissions began to slip, it was only weeks before the whole thing blew. i do not have the money to buy a new transmission. ford should do something. *ak strater faile at 55,955 miles. the vehicle would not start numerous times. abs light stays on due to master cylinder failure. loud noise in front suspension due to struts failure. brakes make grinding noise. serpentine belt failed. temprature guage running hot because of temprature sensor failure. the consumer states that the vehicle is a lemon and should be recalled. *yh
04/21/19981
 Head gasket failed resulting in damage to other components.
12/05/1998208/01/1995
 After head gasket repl. it raced, jerked, cut-out, and shook. dealer retorqued mounts. next day, put in reverse to back out of parking space, engine raced, clunked, and accellerated, in reverse, to 45 mph plowing car through brick wall in residence totalling car, major structural damage to house, one injury to driver.
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 Weak aluminum forward clutch piston (design) cracked causing the transmission to fail.
07/15/19981
 Timing cover gasket failed. yh
12/04/1998105/08/1995
 Ie98080, while driving the vehicle experienced smoke coming inside the vehicle and overheating due to the oil coming out of the exhaust system, due to blown head gasket. also known problems with aluminum forward clutch piston causing transmission to slip into high gear at high rpms, which may cause an accident. *ak
11/27/199807/01/1995
 Engine overheated due to blown head gasket.
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 Engine head gasket failed.
11/19/19981
 The consumer has been experiencing problems with head gaskets. the consumer had trouble starting the car. when pulling out of driveway, noticed that oil was leaking and the tail pipe started smoking. the manufacturer has yet to be contacted. *ak
08/06/1998
 Ie98080, the defective engine head gaskets are causing the coolant to leak which may cause a fire. dealer replaced head gaskets 2 times. please provide further information. *ak
11/07/199801/01/1995
 I was informed by ramp ford in ny that the head gaskets needed replacement - this was done no charge . but they informed me that the timing case cover gasket was leaking and should be replaced . i would like to know if this part is covered by a recall .
 Ie 98 080;timing gasket is leaking antifreeze, causing the headgaskets to fail. dealer are aware of defect. *ak
11/14/1998103/01/1995
 Catastrophic engine failure due to blown head gasket. ford is aware of the head gasket problem with this vehicle but is providing no assistance. i was caught in heavy, fast moving traffic when gasket blew endangering me and my two children. now i find ford is and has been aware of the problem for years. isn't it time for nhtsa to do something about this? it became a saftey issue for me when my children were put at risk!
08/18/1997
 Consumer was having problems with the transmission. it had no pressure, causing the automatic transmission to slam into gear, making a loud clocking noise. also, the car jerked due to bad engine gaskets. dealer has been contacted. *ak
10/08/1998106/01/1997
 The vehicle was purchased used and only had 35000 miles on it at time of purchase june 1997. since purchase, it has never shown overheating. the head gasket showed zero compression at a shop we tool it in to, meaning it failed. we had the vehicle towed to al packer west in royal palm, florida to effect repair. the repair person in service told us they would cover the repair cost and all incidental costs. we had to rent a small dodge neon for a 2 week period, $300.00 bil. ford says they will not cover the car rental. they did cover the engine gasket and valve repair, although we were told they would also cover all incidentals. al packer west told us that the repair person we had dealt with, tony, was no longer with the company. al packer originally told us the van would be ready on tuesday october 20, but it was not ready until the 22nd of october. so, this increased the rental charges on the dodge neon that we had to rent. al packer west owes us cost of the rental car, or a portion thereof, based on our understanding on the type of repair that was done. tim cash 1409 georgia avenue west palm beach, fl 33401 tel 561 833-6142 e-mail railman@freewwweb.com *mjs
12/01/1997108/17/1995
 Head gasket blew.
2
 Head gasket and transmission failed.
10/01/199810/08/1996
 Engine head gasket/transmission/abs/brake light switch/tie rod and power steering hose failed. *ak
10/01/1998211/15/1997
 Engine hea dgasket blew out, causing engine to overheat. *ak
10/09/199807/03/1998
 Engine head gasket/water pump seals, and timing chain and gear failed.
10/09/1998
 Transmission/engine head gasket, and timing chain failed.
10/09/1998
 Transmission/engine head gasket, and timing chain failed.
07/13/1998106/01/1997
 Engine piston rod bearing failed.
09/01/199804/25/1997
 Cracked head gasket.
109/09/1997
 Timing chain casing failed causing coolant to leak.
109/09/1997
 Blown head gasket.
05/10/1998212/01/1997
 Two engine failures as a result of head gasket/cylinder head failure. (qcaw)
05/10/1998212/01/1997
 Two engine failures as a result of head gasket/cylinder head failure. (qcaw)
08/19/1998
 When traveling 20 mph a rod blow a hole in the side of the engine, resulting in the vehicle cutting off. consumer contacted the dealer. please provide any further details. *ak
11/01/199611/01/1996
 Faulty head gasket, began overheating on the way home, head gasket failed, require a new engine. return to the garage and found 3 oxygenators, dealer said that it is missing 3 bolts needed to stabilize the engine and that none of the bolts are torqued properly, causing the starter and flywheel to destroy itself. impossible for these bolts to have worked loose in this short amount of time if properly installed.
06/01/199812/08/1994
 Engine overheated due to gasket failure. engine was repaired under recall. owner was made aware of recall at repair shop; never received formal notice.
11/27/1996
 Transmission blew out, causing the vehicle to stall, almost resulting in an accident. dealer did a transaxle repair, problem is reoccurring. dealer cannot determine problem. also problems with the heater blower motor/ head gaskets/ intake manifold/ abs system, and rear wiper switch motor. *ak
 Head gasket blew out at 43,000 miles. also problem caused engine pistons to overheat. dealers are aware of problem.
 Head gasket blew out at 43,000 miles. also problem caused engine pistons to overheat. dealers are aware of problem.
 Head gasket has blown, causing the engine to blow. the manufacturer has been notified. *ak
03/01/1998104/01/1995
 Head gasket failed.
03/03/1998201/18/1995
 Check engine light came on and the dealer could not identify the problem. a head gasket failure caused the entire engine to fail.
12/02/199705/15/1997
 Head gasket failure.
05/01/1998
 Consumer took vehicle to dealer complaining about an odor coming from the heater, and the engine running rough. dealer informed consumer nothing could be found. less then two days afterwards, the head gasket blew out. dealer notified. *ak
04/01/1998111/25/1994
 This model year windstar i am told is notorious for head gaskets failures at low mileage. ford states that this failure is not covered under warranty after 36000 miles.
04/15/19981
 Engine blew head gasket. vehicle overheated & stopped running. vehicle towed to dealer. mechanic said head gaskets failed in 3.8 liter motor. head gaskets replaced. ford & owner split cost. *ak
05/01/199801/15/1996
 Engine head gasket failed. *mjs
03/28/19981
 While driving vehicle at 60mph it started to overheat. took to dealer & the mechanic said the head gasket was blown. also the engine cylinder head. there was damage to the engine cylinder head. *ak
03/28/19981
 While driving vehicle at 60mph it started to overheat. took to dealer & the mechanic said the head gasket was blown. also the engine cylinder head. there was damage to the engine cylinder head. *ak
05/01/1998101/01/1995
 Apparently there are a large precentage of head gasket failures on ford 3.8l engines. 2 believe ford should warranty this problem beyond the normal warranty period. if not, i would to participate in a class action suit.
01/01/1998101/26/1996
 Faulty engine gasket caused vehicle to overheat.
01/10/199606/15/1995
 Internet site www.cartrackers.com has many, many for widstar owners with the exact same part failure-forward thrust piston (transmission) and head gasket leak. 1996 and 1997 owners are also starting to leave messages about the same problems on there windstars.
05/20/1998102/11/1998
 Blown head gasket.
104/01/1997
 Head gasket failed.
05/19/1998105/05/1997
 Head gasket failed. also engine check light came on.
05/01/199704/15/1997
 Check engine light had come on and the vehicle had hesitation at stop light, due to bad head gasket.
05/10/1995106/30/1995
 Head gasket blown
 At high speeds the vehicle would feel as if it were in neutral. the head gasket is leaking coolant into the engine. dealer is fixing it. *ak
04/01/1998205/20/1995
 Head gasket failed twice.
 Water pump was leaking which caused water to get into head gasket of engine, resulting in a blown head gasket
 Driving at 35-40 mph, water pump was leaking water onto engine, causing head gasket to blow up, and vehicle to make loud noise. *ak
08/01/1997103/15/1995
 Head gasket failed.
05/11/1997105/15/1995
 Engine head gasket failed.
05/06/1998106/20/1995
 Engine head gasket failed.
04/28/1998
 Whiile driving the head gasket blew out, causing the vehicle to overheat. the dealer and the manufacturer have been notified. *ak
11/28/1997112/31/1994
 Head gasket failed.
01/01/1998601/30/1995
 Engine head gasket/transmission failed.
03/12/1998109/05/1995
 Head gasket failed.
104/01/1995
 Head gasket failed.
05/10/1998107/14/1994
 Engine head gasket failed.
03/26/1998107/01/1997
 Engine cylinder headfailed.
05/09/1998105/01/1997
 Headgasket failed.
01/19/199812/24/1995
 Engine head gasket malfunctioned.
05/08/199803/08/1995
 Engine head gasket malfunctioned.
04/14/1998107/28/1994
 Head gaskets failed.
09/12/1997
 Engine check light came on. the dealer says that the head gasket had been blown and there was an oil leak. dealer has fixed. *ak
05/01/1998
 Head gaskets blew out due to a manufacturer's defect.
04/23/199805/02/1998
 Engine head gasket failed.
04/16/1998106/05/1994
 Head gasket failure caused radiator fluid to emit from tail pipe. also engine crankshaft failed.
04/16/1998106/05/1994
 Head gasket failure caused radiator fluid to emit from tail pipe. also engine crankshaft failed.
04/29/1998206/20/1994
 Head gasket failed.
04/29/1998406/20/1994
 Brakes failed four times.
04/08/1998104/15/1994
 Head gasket failed.
03/10/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket/radiator/thermostat and heater core failed.
04/08/199804/15/1994
 Head gasket blew out at 49300 miles.
04/13/1995102/01/1995
 The cylinder head had a small gap in it, apparently from a manufacturing defect, which resulted in a blown head gasket. this seems to be a commom problem with this model.
04/13/199802/20/1995
 Defective engine cylinder that had a small gap in it, apparently from a manufacturing defect, caused head gasket to blow out.
03/01/199803/15/1996
 Engine head gasket blew out. *ak
04/18/19980
 While driving about 30 mph the head gasket blew up, leaving vehicle undrivable, and vehicle had to be towed to dealer. consumer said the problem had happened to other consumers before. *ak
04/04/1998203/13/1997
 Engine head gasket blew out at low mileage. also transmission failure.
03/20/1998206/07/1994
 Blown engine head gasket.
03/01/1998112/01/1994
 Head gasket failed, causing coolant to leak and overheat.
04/15/19981
 Engine head gasket failed due to a design flaw.
04/02/1998103/13/1997
 Engine head gasket/transmission failed.
04/13/1995102/02/1995
 Engine head gasket failed due to a defective (cracked) engine head cylinder.
04/13/199502/01/1995
 Defective/cracked engine cylinder head caused head gasket to fail.
04/13/1995102/01/1995
 Head gasket blew, because of the defected cylinder head (it had a small gap in it, apparently from a manufacturing defect)
02/01/199809/01/1994
 Head gasket blew out while driving.
04/01/199803/14/1997
 Blown engine cylinder head. in addition, replaced faulty transmission/air bag sensor and temperature sensor.
03/30/1998
 The head gaskets have blown out prematurely. the dealer has been notified. *ak
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 Needed head gasket replacement at 53,000 miles
10/23/199701/05/1995
 Engine head gasket failed. *ak
03/30/199803/05/1995
 Head gasket blew out, vehicle overheated and stalled.
03/08/1998109/15/1994
 Head gasket blew out, causing vehicle to stop shudder. also engine check light came on.
11/01/1997110/25/1994
 Head gaskets failed, causing engine to miss and hesitate.
01/01/1998111/01/1995
 Head gasket failed. *ak
03/18/1998
 While driving the windstar, the engine check light comes on, smoke comes from the tail pipe and windstar slows down and hardly accelerates. dealer states that there is a head gasket and transmission problem. *ak
03/16/1998111/20/1994
 Replaced defective engine head gasket. also engine check light came on.
03/16/199811/20/1994
 Faulty/defective engine head gasket, causing oil leak. *ak
02/28/1998
 Engine head gasket leak.
03/10/1998
 Consumer noticed vehicle idling a bit rough and jerking on highway. the heater was not working correctly, then consumer noticed the temperature gauge was at the highest temperature possible. consumer took vehicle to a mechanic who took the engine apart, and saw that the head gasket was faulty, then replaced it. there were other problems due to faulty head gasket which all were repaired. *ak
03/01/199805/28/1964
 Head gasket failure. (tsb #98-4-9)
01/01/1998210/16/1995
 Faulty seals and bolts on the head gaskets cause coolant leakage and overheating.
02/15/199802/01/1997
 Engine gasket failed allowing coolant into engine.
07/20/1997006/01/1995
 Transmission failed when going 45mph. whenever gas is given engine would race & then slam into gear (3rd gear) after stopping & then taking off. took to dealer & was informed aluminum engine cylinder was cracked. *ak
03/04/1998110/15/1994
 Engine gasket failure.
02/23/1998103/20/1995
 Engine failure.
02/27/1998101/15/1996
 Engine gasket failure.
03/02/199811/15/1997
 Blown head gasket.
02/12/1998104/01/1997
 Engine gasket failure.
02/14/199809/05/1995
 Blown head gaskets.
02/18/199812/30/1995
 Blown engine gasket.
 Vehicle has a blown head gasket. the dealer has repaired the vehicle. *ak
11/12/199709/09/1995
 Engine blew the head gasket.
108/01/1995
 Engine head gasket failed.
106/01/1996
 Piston cracked, causing the car to slip gears.
04/29/199701/17/1996
 Head gasket malfunctioned, causing vehicle to stall. also engine check light came on/off. *ak
10/08/199701/05/1995
 Engine gaskets blew after numerous complaints about the engine.
12/28/1997106/10/1996
 Transmission fails to engage after stop.
11/01/19971
 At highway speed the engine ran roughly and would suffer momentary power loss. at idle the engine would loose power momentarily upon acceleration.
11/23/1997
 Driving at approx 60 mph started to smell anti freeze, smoke coming from exhaust, went to dealer , head gasket blew out. *ak
10/31/1997
 The defective head gasket blew which caused the engine block to crack and overheat the vehicle, causing the vehicle to die while driving. dealer cannot determine problem. *ak
08/25/1997208/15/1995
 Dealership discovered small pin hole leaks in head gaskets. *ak
09/23/199705/29/1995
 Head gasket failed, causingengine rod to break/engine head to warp. *ak
10/27/19970
 Vehicle had been running rough. called dealer & informed timing chain housing was gone. needs to replace the head gaskets. *ak
10/27/19970
 Vehicle had been running rough. called dealer & informed timing chain housing was gone. needs to replace the head gaskets. *ak
07/25/1997108/01/1994
 Blown head gasket.
09/28/199705/22/1994
 Engine head gasket failed. *ak
07/02/1997403/12/1996
 Upon application of brakes vehicle clangs/rattles at low speed when going uphill. also replaced front brake rotors/drums/calipers and blown out engine head gasket. *ak
03/01/1997402/01/1996
 Head gasket failed due to a small pinhole leak. *ak
05/15/1997504/01/1996
 Forward pistons cracked and leaked fluid, causing loss of forward gears in car, and car can't move forward or backwards when this occurs. *ak vehicle stalls in the middle of a turn as a result of gearing down and getting stuck, a tsb was issued stating that the cracked forward pistons were causing this to happen. *slc
04/04/1995110/21/1994
 Engine rocker assembly causing whining noise under hood.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
03/01/200596000307/14/1995
 Main engine bearing failed at 96,000 miles and took the transmission along with it. total cost was $12,000. since it was under warranty; customer paid only the deductible expense. only the engine block was replaced. other parts; head gasket, spark plugs etc were not. which eventually lead to the following failure: the engine again blew a head gasket at 40,000 miles. leaking anti-freeze, no heat, window defroster failed to work properly, could have caused a fatal crash etc. customer finally had to junk 1995 ford windstar. no satisfaction from dealer's service department. *nm
11/20/200484918102/25/1997
 1995 ford windstar-engine overheated due to defective head gasket failure. cylinder heads resurfaced, new head gaskets, replaced damaged connecting rod bearings and o2 sensors. total cost $2454.*ak
11/15/2002149000302/20/2001
 Had to have heads replaced, electronic brain, and the transmission failed all within 1 1/2 years from date of purchase. *jb
01/20/200176000103/04/1999
 In january 2001 i took my 1995 ford windstar in for the recall on head gaskets. until then we had had no problems with the van. they informed me that they could not fix the engine & would have to replace the engine. that was all fine & good. now in august 2003 with less then 39,000 on the new engine, the head gasket has again gone out. we took the van to the dearlership that installed the engine & they told us the problem, admitted it should not have done this again & gave us ford's consumer number to call for repair. well when we called, to our disbelief, we were told tough it is now our problem. we are looking at all other options. because this is not acceptable since this is a manufactor problem. *ak
10/23/2002800001
 The vehicle started to make a hissing noise and the temperature gauge went to high. the consumer felt there was a defect in the motor. *nlm
01/31/2003130000110/31/2002
 My 1995 ford windstar has a defect in the upper engine head gaskets.
09/24/1999783302
 Ford windstar - 1995 - second head gasket repair at 78,330 miles
12/12/20021160003
 Ford windstar - 1995 - third head gasket repair at 116,000 miles
11/28/200202/01/2095
 Head gasket needs to be replaced. this part was recalled, but manufacturer says the recall has expired and will not make the repair. dt
10/27/200255000201/01/2096
 Head gasket failure. head gasket was originally replaced in april 2000. 16 days later the engine failed. engine was replaced by ford. current engine has 55,000 miles -- and head gasket failed again. dt
11/30/200201/01/2095
 No summary. dt
10/20/2002
 While driving at highway speed the engine shut down causing lost of power steering. please feel free to add any additional information. ts
10/10/2002208/01/2097
 The windstar has had a transmission rebuilt. the engine and head gaskets replaced. now the head gasket has gone again. this vehicle has been maintained and should have lasted another 100, 000 miles. i know i am not the only one with these continuing problems. 1995 windstars are all lemons and the government and ford have done nothing to resolve this. dt
01/01/2000206/01/2095
 This vehicle has a very questionable reliability. premature engine and transmission failures. ford should do something to compensate car owners for their lack of quality control. dt
09/09/2002105/01/2095
 I have had a recall on the gas tank. the brake line, the sliding door ,the springs on this vehicle. now ford is telling me they didn't recall this engine just extended the warranty to 100,000 miles/7 years which ever comes first and of course i missed this by 6 months. i've called and i was told it will be over 1500.00 to repair the vehicle but that there is an flaw within the engine that could occur again. my wife was stuck at a rest stop with our 7 month old until i could pcik her up. she was on the way down to mineapolis/st. paul for a visit and of course didn't make. it. dt
11/08/2002102/01/2095
 Recall notice: received one may 2000 for 95 ford windstar. it says there is a defect in their 3.8l engine with the head gaskets. i am now having that problem but they will not repair it because they say it expired feb 2002. the cost is $1000-$2000. the car is not drivable at this time. since ford is well aware of the defect and sent me the recall notice they should have fixed the defect right away instead of me having to go with out a van and rent a car and pay for the repairs myself. thank you, julie gallahue dt
09/20/200203/01/2002
 9/12/02 head gasket failed on 1995 windstar 3.8l engine. vehicle taken to north larsen ford in emporia, ks for repair. left head gasket replaced and test drove on 9/16/02. technician found oil leaking at left head gasket and subsequently removed head and replaced gasket a second time. vehicle was ready and released to my spouse 4:00 pm, 9/19/02 with understanding that it was serviced and ready. ford decliined to cover failure under extended warranty for head gasket failures due to vehicle original purchased in 1994 and warranty limited to 7 years or 100,000 miles. repair costs were billed to me at $1491.73 and paid on release. spouse left emporia, ks with vehicle at 6:00 pm 9/19/02 and drove to 550 miles to denver, co. seven miles north of golden, co on i-70, vehicle overheated without warning and engine started to clatter. hiway patrol stopped to assist and when engine oil was checked no oil level was registered on dip stick, metal fragments were present and crankcase was smoking. hiway patrol took spouse to buy oil at which time 4 quarts were added to obtain proper fill level. vehicle then driven to stevinson's ford in golden, co. stevinson's ford service dept. inspected vehicle and found rod bearing failure. service dept. estimated $2,500-3,500 for repair. my family (spouse and 5 children) were enroute to our new residence in richland, wa and stranded without transportation. service manager determined failure was due to loss of oil and identified probable cause as improper fill or leakage following service/repair. circumstances forced purchase of new vehicle with 1995 windstar as trade-in. dealer allowed $4,000 for trade. purchase price for 1995 windstar was $7,500 on 3/1/02 resulting in a loss of $3,500 as a result of engine failure. $3,500 plus $1491.73 for initial repairs left me with a net loss of $4,991.73 due to head gasket failure and improper service . ford dealership has declined to warrant repair or compensate me for loss. dt
10/15/200206/01/2095
 Check engine light came on. took to dealer next day. they said it was a failed head gasket. i went on internet and discovered there had been two general recall programs for this problem one in may 1998 and one in feb. 2000. i received no notification of these but ford said it would not have made any difference bacause they were not required to fix it unless it had failed. i bought the car new in 1995. the problem occurred at 60,000 miles and three months past seven years. ford said ntsb had required the warranty period to be extended two times and if they received information that it was a continually recurring problem, the period might be extended again. i believe ford should be accountable to fix this problem free of charge since i am the original owner of the car and the problem happened at only 60,000 miles, regardless of the time period owned. they have obviously been aware of the problem since at least 1998 and should be liable for fixing it for all original owners, regardless of mileage and time owned. it is unfair to allow a limitation on this problem for original owners. i ask that ntsb require ford to extend the time period indefinitely on this problem for all original owners. dt
401/01/2001
 This vehicle was purchased at an auction in detriot. the previous owner purchased the vehicle from brighton ford motor company. before we purchased thie vehicle, a engine was installed by the previous owner and the flywheel was replaced twice also. after we purchased the vehicle in january of 2001, we had it in for repair for the flywheel. at that time it was under warranty. it was repaired by metro ford of lansing . again on jan 23, it was service again for the flywheel still under warranty. on sept 11, 2001, the vehicle was again service not under warranty this time costing us $1362 in repairs. the last two times the flywheel was repaired was on aug. & oct. of 2002. even while driving this vehicle poses a danger to me and my children. it switches gears while i am driving and sounds like the engine itself is coming apart, all while driving. the engine light is on and the overdrive light is flashing constant. i do not know how long the vehicle is going to last, i can tell it is dying again. please provide any help as soon as possible. thank you, mary ware. dt
06/24/2002105/01/2095
 My 1995 windstar has experienced the infamous head failure gasket at a young life of 7 years and 1 month and less that 80,000 miles. my local ford dealership ( bowen scarff-kent wa) recommended engine replacement based on their vast experience with this failure. ford as extended the warrany twice for this failure, but in my case i was one month outside the 7 year window. i have call various ford agencies and written multiple letters and have gotten no satisfaction for my request that ford pays the bill. appreciate any help you can make in behalf. thank you- bill benshoof dt
10/10/2002203/01/2000
 In march of 2000 i brought this van from j&r used cars it just had a new engine block put in by latham ford, i got the van with 62566 miles on it with the new engine installed. now after only 32957 miles on this engine the block goes again just after the warranty expires how funny i really think these engines should last longer then that. so now i am stuck with this broken down van just after 30,000 miles thats not fair these engines are not right please help me anyway you can thank you. mr
09/13/2002103/01/2095
 Had head gasket and value gasket leaks in 2000 at ~63000 miles - replaced. cam sensory also replaced at that time. in for service last month - multiple services performed including oxygen sensor, fuel injector, plugs/wires. now engine is dead. nlm
08/31/200211/01/2001
 Per ford - this known defect is campaign 00m09-the warranty had to be extended twice, however since my defect did not occur prior to 2/28/2002-end of 2nd extension of warranty, they will not replace defected part. i now have to pay $1267 to have done. i have owned car less than one year. *ak
08/01/2002108/01/2000
 Dealer reports that m service bulletin issued by ford in july 2002 for head gaskets but won't honor claim due to time expired 7 years/ 100,000 miles. i dispute expiration date to be until 12/31/2002. no safety defect listed. *ak
03/01/1998202/01/1998
 The engine has been replaced on two occasions at the consumers expense, the first occasion occurred when a rod blew, the second occuurrence the head gasket blew, ford will not assist consumer at all even though they have a notification and extended coverage offer for the same problem. *slc
07/03/2002207/14/1997
 Exhaust system has corroded, and is causing fumes to enter vehicle while driving. dealer notified.*ak oxygen sensor failed twice and was replaced. head gasket failed and was replaced; also the internal leaks from head gaskets in vehicle corroded flex pip and exhausting into vehicle. engine failed and was replaced. the outer right and left tie rods failed and were replaced. air filter failed and was replaced. pcv valve failed and was replaced. the vehicle had continues exhaust leaks into the vehicle, caused some serious health problem to the driver. *yh
07/16/2002309/01/2095
 Engine head gasket replaced at 47,000 miles, engine timing cover gasket replaced at 92,000, engine failed (rod bearings, crankshaft, and rod) shortly thereafter shutting down braking and steering systems in vehicle. have been told this was due to coolant leaking into engine oil system from previously mentioned problems and is being experienced by many owners due to poor engine design. engine failure had the potential to cause accident had the driving situation been different when it occurred.
06/28/2002109/01/2096
 Surpassed ford expanded warantee by a little over 2 months. ford has refused to consider payment or partial payment for repair- even though the mileage is relatively low and the product defect well known. no safety defec tstated. *ak
02/15/2002
 While driving engine cut off. dealer has been notified.*ak
 While driving 65 mph and without warning vehicle made a popping noise, and the engine shutdown. driver was able to drive vehicle to side of road. dealer has been notified.*ak
05/15/20021
 When starting vehicle and putting it into gear, there's a jerk. when stopping vehicle jerks, vehicle stalls in intersections. *ak consumer feels entitled to reimbursement of monies paid for repairs to vehicle.
05/24/2002301/01/1997
 While driving 30 mph, transmission failed, no prior indication that something was wrong. this is third transmission in vehicle.*ak. consumer stated vehicle also experienced 2 blown head gaskets, and an oil leak.*jb
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 Engine head gaskets are leaking antifreeze onto engine. dealer has been notified. *ak consumer adds abs brake system defective. vehicle repeatedly stalls and will not restart. *tt
01/15/2000203/01/2098
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/01/2002
 Head gasket was leaking, and engine failed making vehicle inoperable. consumer took vehicle to dealer later then the time was allowed for vehicle to be looked at as a recall put out by manufacturer. *ak
04/15/20021
 Consumer states having problems with the engine stalling. nlm
04/15/20021
 Consumer states that their having problems with their engine. nlm
01/01/2002
 There is a knocking noise coming from underneath of vehicle. vehicle stalled without prior warning. dealership was aware of problem. *ak
03/10/20022
 Consumer states whenever the vehicle is accelerated from a stopped position or while driving, the vehicle hesitates before accelerating, this condition has occured on two occasion and blown head gasket each time on the 3.8 v6 engine. dealer and the manufacturer were notified. nlm
02/12/2002208/01/1997
 I also would like to file acomplaint on smart choice my extended service agreement co.. in march of last year they put in a engine in this van. at the time they gave me a choice if ford put the engine in and supplied the ,smart choice would only pay $2800 on repairs. if i let smart choice supply the engine they would pay for ford putting the engine in ,and the a car rental until it was completed. so my ouestion to them was would it be a warrnity on the engine they supplied. they said yes 12mos, or 12,000 miles. so i said ok i would go with smart choice. 11months later the engine blows i take it back to ford , they in turn talks to my ins. smart choice, ford was inform i did not have a warrnity because my ins. had ended lasy june. that's 3 months after the engine was put in. i talked to ford ,and ask them since this was a whole different engine ,and since it was the same problem that they had recalls on could they fix it under the recall. they said no because they had did a recall on my old engine that they could not do it to this engine. so i called smart choice back and receive the vin3 from the they had ford put in it came invalid and ford said that would be against the law anyway. i believe someone is responsable for these repairs i lean to smart choice because they told me that it would be under warrinty for 12mos. or 12,000miles. *ak
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 While driving vehicle decelerates to the point that front end becomes sluggish. *ak consumer states check engine light and the overdrive light comes on and the shift lever lights up, when lifting feet off the accelerator pedal the transmission suddenly shifts to low gear. *yd
02/14/2002103/01/1998
 Before freedom ford replaced our engine, we were having electrical problems which we reported and they could not find the problem to why the door chimes and door adjar lights would stay on, our engine assembly was relaced on 09/27/2001. then our battery light came on while driving and the lights in the car started dimming, we replaced our battery and found out from ford that our alternator was bad. we had to pay 387.51 for an alternator.! not to mention the 1800+ in emergency expenses we had to pay that ford refuse to pay us back when our engine blew while driving home on a vacation. however they did replaced the engine free of charge after long negotiation by my wife. we are still having problems with our door chimes and lights and ford said on 02/14/2002 they could not check to see what's wrong unless it comes on and to bring it in when the light comes on. figure the odds on that, i live about 20-25 minutes away from there and the light may go out before i get there. also, we have had numerous times when the front mirror on the inside came off while my husband was driving. i mean literally fell off. these ford windstars are not safe to be on the road and there really needs to be a recall on these vans or ford should be ordered to give the owners a prorated refund or set amt. back for all our problems and financial sufferings we have been through. i pray that nhtsa issues a recall or order ford to take the 1995 windstars off the street and issue us a prorated refund. these windstars are not safe.imagine your engine blowing on a busy highway with your family in the van. this is what happened to me.e-mail me with the ansers to my questions.. will nhtsa be issuing a recall or ford a prorated refund on these ford windstars soon? i still owe on this ford, but we do not feel safe driving it anymore, but it is all we have. how can we get rid of the windstar and the loan payments and buy something else? i pray that you will help us owners of windstars. thanks.*ak
03/24/1999311/01/1996
 Engine replaced by newman ford 03-99, head gasket failure #2 jan 10 2000 mil.60240 #3 head gasket failure feb 6 2001 mil. 67500.*ak
01/05/2002109/01/1994
 I have had numerous problems with my 1995 windstar. the transmission failed in 10/99 and i had to replace the entire transmission. i have had many problems with the computer/electrical system with sensors and fuses going out. my timing gasket cover cracked and coolant was leaking (10/01). i had to have that replaced along with the water pump, etc. now, my engine has either a bearing or has thrown a rod and i have been told i need to have my engine replaced at a cost of $3500. there have been many more problems (struts, engine mounts, etc....). i have spent over $6000 (not including regular maintenance costs --oil changes, brakes, tires, tune ups, etc). i have had to spend much $$$ on car rentals while my car was being repaired. now i'm faced with a huge new problem--the engine. *ak
02/05/2002110/01/1995
 Engine failed in a catastrophic manner-- while traveling on the hwy - approx 35 in commute traffic, engine suddenly started running rough- within a few minutes the engine light came on-- a steady light indicating that service is needed. the flashing engine light suggests immediate attention. no other warning lights and temp appeared normal. not have driven more than 10 miles w/ the condition remaining the same, i exited the hwy and my engine made a terrible noise then the engine failed completely on a hwy off ramp-- i managed to start it and drive about 300 yds to parking lot. i now know that ford is aware of this premature head gasket failure and extended the warranty to 100,000 or 7 years whichever comes first. my car is 7 yrs old, but has 115,000+ mileage. by looking at your data base, there are several failures of this type. why was the warranty extended to only 100,000 miles? why wasn't the problem fixed as in a recall? my enging failed so abruptly-- i'm grateful not to have caused a major traffic accident!*ak
11/29/1999207/01/1998
 We have experienced two engine failures on this vehicle, one in november, 1999, which ford denied responsibility for, even though we were told by no less than 10 mechanics it was a defective design, and then another failure in july, 2000. also in 2000, we reported problems with the transmission slipping and the vehicle jumping out of gear when in park. again, ford is denying any responsibility, though we have noted numerous cases of the same problem that other windstar owners have experienced. *ak
01/31/2002112/01/1994
 Ford contacted and refused to assist in cost of repair even though failure had begun during repairable period. no safety defect listed. *ak
01/01/20014
 Ford has replaced motor 3 times in one year and they seem not to be able to fix it to where it will run it keeps dying the van is still in the shop after 3 weeks i want to know what the lemon law states in ca on used vehicles please be prompt in answering thanks my name is james thanks again. *ak
01/10/200201/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
108/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
05/01/2001
 Consumer contacted dealer due to the fact that engine had a rough idle. dealer replaced consumers engine to remedy the problem . but, it did remedy the problem, once again engine was replaced. please provide further details.*ak
06/01/2000
 While driving engine check light illuminated, indicating a malfunction. shortly afterwards, vehicle completely shutdown, cause unknown. also, engine has been replaced twice, and needed to be replaced a third time. please give any further details.*ak
06/01/200011/01/1996
 We have contacted ford numberous times and didn't seem concerned. we have so much money in this van we can't get rid of this lemon. now the engine light is coming on. the interior lights stay on and has ruined batteries. we have to change brakes at least 3 times a year. now my locks start locking w/o anyone pushing the button. it has been really a nightmare..
12/10/20015
 When coming to a stop vehicle will stall upon take off. this has happened 3 times. engine was replaced at end of november, 2001. has happened 2 more times since then. *ak
11/21/2001102/01/1997
 Engine began rough idling, strong smell of fuel within vehicle, check engine light went on within a few minutes. a cloud of smoke followed the vehicle. *ak
11/01/2000111/01/1994
 My engine head gasket had to be replaced in october 1999, and november 2000. i was told my entire engine will need to be replaced. *ak
 Engine blewout at 30,000, and it was replaced. engine blewout again at 60,000 due to a leak in timing cover. also head gasket blewout. please provide further information. *ak
08/30/2001103/01/1998
 On august 30,2001 while me and my family was travelling back from ga to va our 95 ford windstar gl engine blew. we were driving along i20 when the van started making strange noises and the engine started knocking and white smoke started coming out of the front of the hood. i pulled the van over and a truck driver came along and politely stopped to escort us off the highway to a safe place. underneath the hood, the enigine was extremely hot.... and oil was all up under the van........he stayed until a highway patrol sheriff came to help.the patrol officer assisted us with finding a ford dealer in columbia sc, where we towed our van to . as i am writing it is stilled there... we had to make emergency travel arrangements which included a hotel, food, rental van to return to van, taxicab cost(before we got the rental van).. something needs to be done. there are alot of ford windstar owners having the same problemswith the engine, transmission, electrical power door, etc.... please inform when a recall has been done. i look forward to a prompt reply in this matter. thank you........ ford had just changed the transmission and check the engine with a diagnostic test on 03-09-2001 or did they??????? and coastal automotive had just changed our oil on 08/17/2001?????????*ak
04/01/200120
 Vehicle has stalled 15-20 times in last 4 months, mostly when increasing speed. taken to dealer 8 times, cannot remedy problem. *ak
12/27/200004/01/1997
 We were stranded on the road twice in this 1995 windstar and both times the loss of engine power could have caused an accident had we not been traveling at low speeds. this head gasket issue should be investigated and considered for recall since ford is using their secret warranty program to escape responsibility for putting unsafe vehicles on the road. ford has not been forthcoming to the nhtsa with the large number of affected vehicles that are still on the road with 3.8 liter timebombs just waiting for the head gasket to fail. in their own intercompany memo regarding head gasket repairs ford admits their manufacturing problems but limits their service departments repairs to just the head gasket. i would like to see the nhtsa survey owners and former owners of ford vehicles with 3.8 liter engines, particularly the 1995 windstar. i think you will find many people who had related accidents as well as many who had to bear the cost of the engine failure in the repair or tradein of that vehicle.*ak
12/07/2000209/01/1995
 Subsequent engine failure resulted in major repair/replacement of engine. total failure could lock up drive train at highway speeds causing crash. *ak
07/01/2001
 No summary listed for abov evehicle. *ak
07/15/200109/01/1995
 Engine threw a rod 6000 miles after head gasket replacement. replacement engine $3700. vehicle has massive repair history. ford customer satisfaction center contacted and unwilling to assist.
07/15/200109/01/1995
 Engine threw a rod 6000 miles after head gasket replacement. replacement engine $3700. vehicle has massive repair history. ford customer satisfaction center contacted and unwilling to assist.
205/01/1995
 Kent parson ford was not helpful at all. no safety defec tlisted. *ak
12/01/2000103/01/2000
 Engine overheated,dealer replaced with rebuilt engine.now 2 months later engine cranks,but wont start.had it towed to dealer.it is our only vehicle and we have 4 kids.this van has been in the shop every month since we bought it.is there anything we can do?it had to be towed 3 times!.
06/01/2001101/01/2001
 No summary listed for abov evehicle. *ak
02/01/2001210/01/1996
 Transmission and head gasket sfailed at 48000 both replaced. engine failure at 50,000 now waiting 8 weeks for replacement engine.
06/20/20010
 After finding information on internet about cracks on shorts block for this vehicle. then, took vehicle to dealer for inspection where dealer's technician had found a crack on block but due to limited mileage could not fix the vehicle. please provide mor information. *ak
05/24/2001102/01/1995
 Had minor coolant leak, turned out to be ford program engine replacement. just over 100 miles later, transmission fluid all leaked out. dealer claims unrelated to engine problem. never had transmission problem prior to engine being removed. trans was inspected as part of aaa safety inspection when van was in for engine replacement. some sort of seal leak, van still in shop--having trans rebuilt. no problem before engine issue, major problem 7 days later. ford should pay for the trans since it is a known problem, and if they did not have to rip the engine out, take off that trans and put new engine on, i probably would be driving the windstar today. we have had regular service, spent over $90 to have trans checked last year so that the vehicle would last us. ford was e-mailed when we got the van back from the engine replacement because not everything was working properly. e-mailed a few hours later when the trans fluid poured out and other than the automatic response saying they rec'd my e-mail, i have heard not one word from them. not much for customer assistance! the trans and engine are related, and i do not know how ford can say they are not. no problem before they reconfigured under hood to put different shape/size engine in, problem after.
03/25/200008/01/1997
 We have replaced the engine, transmission, head gaskets, and many additional parts. i have spent close to $6,000 in repairs since buying this vehicle. i just want ford to admit that the 95 windstar has problems.
12/29/2000104/01/1995
 The rod is loose. dealer says the engine must be replace. this is our 3rd major cmplt. financially, we're overspent maintaining this vehicle. please help!*ak
03/01/2001107/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
08/12/19991
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
11/05/2000207/01/1995
 I had to have my engine and transmission repaired on this vehicle and from the reports i have heard i would like my money back because these things could have been avoided.
01/16/2001
 Engine blew out, and headgasket had to be replaced prior to that. *ak
06/15/1999111/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
12/16/1999402/01/1997
 I have several more incidents but these are the major ones. no safety defect mentioned in summary. *ak
12/21/200007/01/1995
 Complained to dealer a month before the failure of a lack of heat in the car, was told that the only problem was an air bubble. when the engine light went on i drove it a few miles to a firestone service center which was closer than the dealer, they hooked the car up to the computer and found no problem, they reset the engine light and it did not come back on until the following day as i was trying to get it to the dealer because the car had begun to run hot. i stoppped and had the car towed to the dealership. they have now told me that although the headgaskets will be replaced under warranty i also now need to replace the timing chain, plugs, wires, distributor, water pump, and fuel lines at a cost to me of about $2,000 because ford is not considering those repairs related to the head gasket failure. when i asked about only having the covered repairs done they stated that the car would not be drivable beacuse there is coolant and oil in the fuel line. how could there be no problems the day before and then coincidentally all of these things go wrong at once?*ak
12/14/2000110/01/1997
 Head gasket failure resulted in 3 different ford dealers recommending a complete engine replacement even though the car was driven less than 100 miles after the first symptom. i was never notified of a recall/program to replace the head gasket. ford was contacted and claims they will not provide financial assistance even though this is a known engine defect. *ak
12/02/2000202/16/2000
 While driving, consumer noticed vehicle was leaking fluid, rpm's started running high and vehicle overheated, consumer turned vehicle off and tried to restart it, but it would not, mechanic stated that the engine blew, after head gaskets were replaced 2 months later, the engine blew, a used engine was installed and 70 miles after driving, it blew. *slc
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 Consumer received recall regarding the heads on the vehicle, after the recall repair the vehicle started running hot, the first time the dealer realized that several things were missed when doing the recall repair and corrected the recall repair, the vehicle still continued to run hot, the water pump and radiator were replaced, and now the head gasket is blown, the vehicle did not experience any problems until the recall work was complete. *slc
12/10/2000109/01/1998
 Refused to honor warranty. catastrophic failure of component endangered lives of occupants and other vehicle on road. manufacturer had complete knowledge that component would fail and did not inform consumer and honor the warranty. failure of component also caused additional damage not covered by warranty. knowlege of defect and correction before failure would have prevented additional damage and a potentially life-threatening situation. *ak
11/01/20001
 Ford never informed us this was a known problem and had extended the warranty to 100,000. we have spoken to almost a dozen mechanics and all have said this is a huge problem with this engine. as a result of not being informed of this defect by ford or the dealership (it was routinely maintained by the ford dealership), it caused more sever engine damage by it blowing and we are now in need of a new engine. we had very minor warning signs that the ford mechanic informed us of after it blew, and had we known that we should be watching for this or had it been recalled to prevent such a problem, we would not have the damage we currently have. we also would not have been stranded in 20 degree weather. i believe complete engine failure is a dangerous situation and should be addressed by ford. *ak
11/21/200011/01/1997
 No summer listed for above vehicle. *ak
11/09/2000111/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
10/29/2000205/01/1996
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
108/01/1998
 Engine failed. *slc
103/01/1995
 A worn rod caused the engine to fail prematurely while driving. nlm
07/21/2000103/31/2000
 Head gasket failed causing leak, after repair of the gasket the engine failed and had to be replaced. nlm
07/08/20001
 Engine failed while driving, luckily the engine was covered under recall notice but the consumer was forced to rent vehicles during repair, consumer request reimbursement for rental vehicles. nlm
06/20/1999205/01/1995
 Aamco said that due to the engine overheating (faulty head gasket) the transmission excessively overheated also. additionally, the aluminum piston was damaged/inadequate
10/08/2000101/01/1995
 Transmission failed previously and was replaced under ext. warranty
07/01/1999210/01/1995
 In july of 1999 we experienced total engine failure while driving on a cross countyr trip. the head gaskets failed, ford claimed no defect or responsibility even under warranty. calls for legal action produced a replacement engine but we absorbed all the associated costs. in november 0f 1999 the second engine failed in the exact same way, again ford said there was no problem with the ford engines, they refused to replace the engine and replaced both head gaskets instead.*ak
05/26/2000205/22/1999
 Was driving 55mph and engine exploded. coolant system mixed in with the oil according to mechanic after taking vehicle to dealer. head gasket was cause of problem. prior to engine exploding, head gasket was replaced. there was engine stalling problems. took to dealer & it caught fire. was notified problem was the engine (twice). it needed replacing.*ak
111/01/1998
 Contacted ford on engine nothing they can do. *ak
01/13/20002
 Consumer has problem with the computer (power train control module #6) which caused the fuel injector to run full time, after the computer was replaced, the engine broke down and replaced, vehicle still having problems again with the engine. *et
02/01/1997106/01/1994
 No summary
08/22/2000209/01/1994
 We were taking our son to usc for the fall start of school. left grants pass, oregon, on i-5 climbing the mountains when the car suddenly lost power and came out of cruise control. we saw no smoke, or temperature change, but heard severe knocking at the oregon/california border. stopped at gas station and called tow truck to tow car to yreka ford dealer. head gasket was replaced in april 1998, before recall notice issued on our purchased ryan extended warranty policy no. g938219, we were only reimbursed eventually for the deductable no additional amount even though we had paid for the coverage that paid for the repair. even though the problem reoccured, ford has told us, and two service managers, that they have no obligation to us since our vehicle milage is over the 100,000 mile limit. our service manager in renton has said that ford has agreed to provide us with a customer appreciation certificate in the amount of $5,000.00 toward the purchase of a replacement ford product, unfortunately far short
08/22/2000209/01/1994
 We were taking our son to usc for the fall start of school. left grants pass, oregon, on i-5 climbing the mountains when the car suddenly lost power and came out of cruise control. we saw no smoke, or temperature change, but heard severe knocking at the oregon/california border. stopped at gas station and called tow truck to tow car to yreka ford dealer. head gasket was replaced in april 1998, before recall notice issued on our purchased ryan extended warranty policy no. g938219, we were only reimbursed eventually for the deductable no additional amount even though we had paid for the coverage that paid for the repair. even though the problem reoccured, ford has told us, and two service managers, that they have no obligation to us since our vehicle milage is over the 100,000 mile limit. our service manager in renton has said that ford has agreed to provide us with a customer appreciation certificate in the amount of $5,000.00 toward the purchase of a replacement ford product, unfortunately far short
106/05/1995
 Vehicle stalls while driving. yh
07/14/2000108/01/1994
 We purchased a 1995 windstar gl from hilcher ford (now texan) in august 1994. we
05/05/20003
 Was experiencing problems with head gasket leaking on 01 jan 00. had vehicle towed to mechanic & informed head consumer that gasket was repaired previously. problem caused engine to be damaged. mechanic indicated vehicle is driveable, but engine was dying & had owner drive off lot. returned vehicle & engine was replaced. new engine started to have electrical problems. air conditioner did not work & dome light came on and off.*ak
10/30/199907/01/1999
 The engine failed, all the antifreeze wa in the engine. this is a known probelm with this engine. i had the engine replace. they had my car from 10-99 till 01-2000. in febraury the announcement was mad eby ford they would remiburse for engines since it was such a widespread problem. i followed all of the teps and i have had nothing but grief. the first dealer told me my receipt wasn't authentic and then refused to reimburse. i contacted ford, i contacted center for auto safety you name they suggested i resubmit at different dealer.*ak
07/20/200008/01/1997
 Engine failure several months after head gasket failure. ford has serious quality problem that is not being addressed
07/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
09/09/1999205/01/1997
 This vehicle has had major repairs. there is absolutely no way to list them all. please call the service department at great lakes ford for the endless number of problems with this vehicle. if you can not place this call please contact me. i will try to get copies of the many repairs from great lakes ford myself. i am truly concerned with the defects of this vehicle. no safety defect mentione din summary. *ak
05/02/20001
 Vehicle was experiencing problems, consumer took vehicle to dealer and was informed of a recall on the motor, the part took 8 weeks to come in at which time the consumer had no use of the vehicle and had to rent a car. nlm
08/09/20000
 Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and engine just stopped/ vehicle shut down, no electrical power. coolant and water was running out from underneath the vehicle. headgasket blew out. dealership was notified.*ak
03/01/2000103/20/2000
 Vehicle experienced head gasket failure as stated in recall 98m01 which caused engine damage, owner being refused recall repair due to mileage of the vehicle. *mjs
10/01/1999112/01/1997
 Purchased vehicle with 35,000 prior miles, a ford lease vehicle . the vehicle had problems with the front headlights. ford mechanics warned us that vehicle had been wrecked after we purchased it. salesman told us less than $500.00 when we inquired. a title search by us revealed $5,000.00 damage done while under contract as a ford lease vehicle. this damage was not disclosed to was when we purchased for $16,500.00 we are still experiencing major problems with this vehicle. contacted with ford executive offices about current engine problems with this vehicle was very disappointing. they were very rude and refused to help, stating that vehicle is 3,000 miles past extended warranty. *ak
07/03/2000112/01/1994
 When vehicle is at operating temperature, automatic transmission fails to engage properly from a standing start. several second delay when trying to accelerate from a standing start. transmission is slipping. upon investigating in various web-sites appears to be a widespread problem. hope others are complaining too. transmission fluid is at proper level. suffered the head gasket failure. engine was replaced in december 1999.*ak
03/01/1999103/01/1999
 The brakes were repaired prior to us ever taking possesion of the vehicle, 1 week after purchase the transmissions and electrical system were under repair for 3 wks, electric sys still does not fnction properly, a/c never worked in car, brought in for repair and engine is damaged due to recall - will not be fixed for 5 to 12 weeks. i want a comparable replacement vehicle
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 The vehicle overheated while driving, the engine is now seized. nlm
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 The vehicle overheated while driving, the engine is now seized. nlm
03/11/20000
 Vehicle just cut off. consumer had to be told to take vehicle to dealer. dealer replaced motor and oil gasket. then, july 6 of 2000 motor went out again . took vehicle back to dealer, and they said they had to replace motor and crankshaft. *ak
01/02/2000305/01/1997
 The engine has failed numerous times while on the road and in traffic, myself and my family were lucky to have not been hurt during these incidences. ford sent out a recall on the engine gaskets and it was replaced along with other parts only to be returned to the shop a month later with complete engine failure. the second set of failures ran us off a major highway several times during heavy traffic, this time the van was going 55 mph not 5mph. when the engine problems started the car literally fell apart, the a/c, electrical, locks, and the brake calipurs all failed. this vehicle has made our lives uncomfortable and put us in danager too many times. we are trying to work with ford to get repairs done, they agreed to replace the engine but it will take a total of 4 mos. to complete due to the back orders for this model and year. this model has had many recalls and engine failures. ford is trying to get us to buy a new car at a discount rather than fixing the one we have. we are very hesitent to purchase another ford product. *ak
10/24/1999104/01/1996
 Electrical problem in dash caused a brake light problem. ford dealer had to pull out dash to correct problem. car had a previous recall in which the dash had to be pulled out also. we believe the wire repair in the dash was a result of the previous dash electrical recall. ford says no. at only 59,400 miles the trans needs replacing. ford has a dealer service bulletin that states failure of transmissions can be due to a cracked or broken forward clutch pision. ford says no. blown head gasket at 87, 300 miles causes engine to have to be replaced. we received a recall letter in march and received $3200 for reimbursement. at 89,000 miles during february of 2000, the second transmission goes out and the mechanic states that the overheating of the engine head gasket problem can affect the transmission. during a test drive of the third transmission, the speedometer goes bad. a recall letter from ford in may of 1994 states that some speedometers can have incorrect gear and may cause a loss of function. a letter has been written to ford motor company explaining the excessive costs to maintain a vehicle. *ak
06/01/1998307/01/1997
 We have replaced engine twice and transmission x 3 now needs another engine and we've spent over $10,000.00
06/12/2000103/01/2000
 I have repeatedly tried to get my vechicle repaired but the dealer insists that he will not give me service.the service mngr. has refused to even look at the vechicle to determine if loaner is necessary. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
05/19/2000111/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
06/21/20000
 Consumer to fill up.
04/25/2000104/01/1999
 Promised three week engine, has not been received 4 weeks, contact customer service , offered 3500 certificate if purchase new!*ak
1
 Possible engine failure caused loss of power, loss of coolant and overheating. yh
03/25/2000309/01/1999
 Having considerable trouble with dealership---they say it will take all summer to repair! no safety defect listed in the summary. *ak
08/01/1998403/01/1995
 The vehicle has has the engine rebuilt one time and replaced two more times. it is currently at springfield ford for the third new engine - 5th engine total. enough is enough! we want ford to keep it and give us the $6625 trade-in value. thank you. *ak
05/05/200007/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
07/01/19991
 Engine failed. yh
04/04/2000111/01/1994
 Ford is paying for a new engine, but should also pay for transmission failure--this car has been well maintained. *ak
08/07/199905/01/1994
 Ford and the dealership were not helpful at all. ford tried to make me happy in the end with an additional warranty for 24 months or 24,000. but would not pay for repairs. to sorry to bad they said. this past year we had more problems, it was very very very stressful and expensive. we had to charge repairs and put some on heme equity. think of the interest $. i was scared to drive. i have since sold van. i will still pursue this to get back $ and to tell others. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
09/01/19991
 Engine failed. yh
2
 Engine failed twice. yh
211/01/1995
 The entire engine damaged by a spun bearing. yh
11/01/1999104/01/1996
 Engine failed, dealer said extended warranty did not apply to consumers vehicle (99v-309). nlm
104/01/1996
 Vehicle does not start properly. nlm
05/21/1999107/01/1994
 Transmission has failed twice. in the first incident an accident was narrowly avoided as car lost power. engine failure caused vehicle to stop in intersection where numerous fatal accidents have occurred. *ak
01/03/2000107/28/1997
 Vehicle exhibit leaking oil pan gasket. dealer replaced pan gasket, timing cover gasket leaking, replaced timing cover gasket. *tt
10/10/199905/01/1999
 Ford contacted me concerning their additional warranty coverage service program number 00m09 however it seems i am not eligible since their warranty coverage is only for 7 years or 100000 miles for this type of failture. it seems to me 100000 is rather arbitrary since i am less than one and a half percent beyond the mileage cutoff. no safety defect mentione din summary. *ak
 Engine head gaskets failed, causing the engine coolant to leak onto engine compartment. also intermittent stalling. gaskets have been replaced by the dealer twice, and the engine has been replaced once.*ak
03/03/1999104/01/1995
 Ford motor company never replied to complaint - is this related to head gasket failures occurring on this engine, and if so, how many failures have occurred?no safety defect discussed in summary. *ak
12/28/1998307/01/1996
 We have over 14 pages of repairs on a vehicle with 40,000 miles. no safety defect listed in the summary. *ak
07/28/1999107/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
07/28/1999107/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
07/28/1999107/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
02/01/2000106/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
1
 The engine is defective and head gasket failed. yh
01/31/1999209/01/1994
 Original complaint - car would not shift into reverse after parking, car engine replaced at transmission shop at 51770 miles, bonnell motors was not helpful so we took it to a referred transmission shop who said mfr's rebuilt part was krappy and the problem was torque converter blew while driving causing engine failure 2nd time. engine was under 12k miles/ 1 yr warranty however, have been having same problems with jerky starts and engine straining to make uphill drives before the 1st failure, so i am anticipating a 3rd failure with this engine.
05/05/199901/04/1995
 Intermittently while driving at any speed, vehicle cuts off without any kind of warning. dealer was aware of the problem. engine has been replaced twice because of blown head gaskets. *ak *ml
 While traveling vheicle would stall without indication at any speed. dealer has been contacted. please provide further information. *ak
02/11/2000211/01/1998
 Purchased a 1995 ford windstar in november of 1998 from sheehy ford in . no safety defect listed in the summary. *ak
01/01/1998301/01/1996
 I have the engine repairted / replaced 3 going on my 4th time. my warranty has run out and it has not cost me thousands of dollars. i have tried to trade it in but dealers all know about the problems and don't want to give me anything for it. because of that i am way upsidedown on what i could get for it. the problem is now starting to show signs that it is coming back again. help. i heard that there is a class action suit going on somewhere can someone put me in touch with the people that is doing the sutie ?? i have been round and round with the dealer and ford and to date i have not been refuned a dime. and now just this week i get a another recall notice about the fuel tank. i'm am now out +23,000 for a car that i know is going to go out completely.
02/24/2000109/01/1996
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/12/2000109/01/1997
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
02/10/1999112/01/1997
 No summary listed for abov evehicle. *ak
02/08/2000104/01/1997
 Ford will not fix problem, warranty expired 7 days earlier. this is a known defect. no safety defect mentioned in summary. *ak
02/13/200006/01/1995
 Engine died and dispursed white cloud (steam) on rr track crossing (hwy6 & hwy85 los lunas) obscured visibility and tail lamps for 3-4 cars behind me. nice that a train was not coming and all were stopped. *ak
12/10/1999106/01/1996
 Took my van to the garage for new head gasgets. only to find out it need a new engine. a friend told me he heard that ford has known this is a problem with 1995 windstar vans and that they extended the warranity to 60,000 miles. called the fod garage to check this out and they told me it was true. they confirmed that this was a problem but i didn't fall under the warranity with 80,000 miles. when you buy a vehicle they say 80,000 isn't anything but when you have a problem they say well, you have 80,000 miles. being upset that this was going to cost me $3,600.00 and only being not 5 years old yet i did some phone calling. ford motor wouldn't give me the time of day so i called the dealer where i bought it. they called their rep. and he would do nothing. the service manager of the dearlership told me they put in at least 6 new motors a month and it is a big problem. usually the motor goes after 60,000. so ford is trying to make themselves look good and extend the warranity but noone benifits from it. also they never notified anyone that this was a problem. so if you had your own garage take care of the problem and were under the 60,000 miles you would have paid for it anyway. i also called other dearlerships and they too confirmed that the 1995 ford winstar vans had a problem with the engine. ford admits it but will not take responsibilty for it.
01/31/2000105/01/1997
 Engine shut off, almost lost control. *ak
02/03/2000103/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/30/200008/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/31/2000102/01/1995
 Ford dealership will not reimburse despite being a very common problem, very concerned for family safety, when/where will engine die again? nhtsa, when will you take action against ford. *ak
02/01/2000110/01/1999
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/30/20000
 While driving engine check light came on, and smoke started coming out of the tail pipe. about twenty minutes later the car died. *ak
01/14/200008/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
09/03/19991
 Vehicle crashed into a highway guardrail resulting in a fire which killed 1 passenger and severly burn two other passengers. consumers believe vehicle is prone to catch on fire upon impact (randolph richardson and willie forden are represented by attorney). nlm
1
 Engine failed causing vehicle to stalled at first start. yh
01/17/2000108/01/1995
 No summary listed for abov evehicle. *ak
01/20/2000103/01/1995
 Ford program 98m01 says it is valid for 5 years or 60,000 miles. my 5 years is not up - yet they also say it expired in december 1998, 4 yeasr after the car was first offered. they offer no coverage for a known problem. no safety defect (s) listed in the summary. *ak
05/01/1995
 When traveling consumer noticed a knocking noise coming from the engine compartment, also, upon stopping vehicle jerked forward. engine blew a head gasket , causing engine to seize, and van was towed to dealer for repair. a recall program was in effect. mechanic believed tha twhen this engine seized ther ewa sinternal damage that would contribute to engine later throwing a rod. *ak
07/19/1999201/01/1998
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/14/2000104/01/1998
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
03/01/199911/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
09/20/1999108/01/1996
 No summaru listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/07/2000107/01/1995
 Blown gaskets; company extented warranty to 5yr or 60,000 mile due to premature failure. defective part should be covered at any mileage as only had 4 1/2 years. whole engine might need replacement due to defect. they admitted in extnended warranty, number 98m01 letter. *ak
01/02/2000107/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
12/27/199903/01/1995
 Head gasket failure diagnosed after coolant loss, two thermostats replaced in 9 months, engine miss at idle, check engine light on, and inability to remove number 4 spark plug. estimate cost to repair $2126.60. not covered by the extended ford warranty to 60,000 miles.
12/12/1999106/01/1994
 Head gaskets blew and engine quit while descending hill. stopped at intersection, but could not remove van from traffic lanes. *ak
12/29/1999108/01/1994
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
07/13/1999107/01/1994
 At 30,170 miles, transmission was replaced. at 45,472 miles the air conditioner would work when the van would first start and then the a/c would cut off. while awaiting for the parts to fix the a/c to arrive at the dealership, the van began missing during idle. i was driving out of my driveway on july 11, 1999 when the check engine light came on. i immediately pulled back into the driveway where the van sat until monday, july 12, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. per the service dept at the ford dealership, we were advised to drive the van there, if we could get it that far. upon leaving our home with my husband driving the van and me following in a reliable vehicle, we started out for the dealership only to stop midway because the van was overheating. we waited for it to cool and started for the dealership once again. my husband turned the van off as he pulled into the dealership and had to let it coast the rest of the way because again, it was overheating. they diagnosed the blown head gasket and intake gasket the next day. on dec 7, 1999, i was using the van to go home on my lunch hour. it started to die as i pulled out of my parking space but continued to run. i headed for home and within 2 blocks, while sitting at a stop light, the van died . i managed to start it back up only to have it die again. the van had to be towed this time. they diagnosed that the air flow tube had fallen off of the filter housing. on 12-16-1999, i was pulling from my parking space to go home from work for the day, only to have the van die. it started up again only to make it to the street out of the parking lot. it started again and i made it 1/2 a block before it died again. i started again and made it one full block this time before it died again. i had to start the van approx. 5-6 more times only to have it die each time in order to get into a local hotel parking lot. i called the service manager at the ford dealership and he came to check things out. he could. *ak
12/04/1999006/09/1995
 Consumer's wife was driving vehicle about 35 mph when she heard a noise in the engine and vehicle stalled. then she tried to restart. vehicle had to be towed where technician stated that engine had internal problems and had to be replaced. *ak
12/01/1999103/01/1997
 95 ford windstar needs new engine and transmission because of headgasket problem experienced in other 95 windstars. i never received any information from ford about this rampant problem with this component. repairs should be covered under my extended warranty, but still not sure if everything will be covered. began having problems almost immediately after buying the vehicle. after several trips to various ford dealerships, have had several tune ups and oxygen sensor replacements. last prior service was in june 1999 at rusty eck ford leavenworth, ks, where the vehicle was tuned up yet again. despite the fact that this is a well documented problem noone has ever mentioned this to me as a possible cause for poor performance and gas mileage until now, despite the fact that the symptoms are exactly the same as many other owners have experienced. corrosion problem is limited to right passenger door. the paint at the bottom of the door bubbles, then flakes off revealing already corroded metal beneath. no dealership will fix this problem, citing that paint is not covered under warranty. noone can explain how a five year old vehicle is rusting out so quickly. i've heard every excuse from acid rain to improper washing to driving through a caustic substance spill. *ak
11/27/1999102/01/1995
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
12/11/199902/01/1996
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
02/01/1999108/01/1995
 Driving in freeway vehicle started to chug. no warning lights came on the best i came remember. finished driving home thinking i'll get a tuneup on monday. sunday evening i drove to repair shop, (perfect tune) to have a tuneup done first thing in the morning. the shop called and told my husband a head gasket had blown and we had to replace the engine. i wrote to fords trying to get some assistance and also called them. i was told it was out of warranty and they would not considered any help or reimbursement to me. after the engine was replaced the vehicle still seemed to run rough. i took it back to perfect tune thinking ti was the engine (so did they). this went on for months having them look for the problem and trying to fix it. finally they said they couldn't figure out what was wrong and said i better take it to the ford dealer. i took it to brighton ford and they determined it was a bad transmission. within appoximately 6 months i had to replace the engine and the transmission. recently my sister saw a news report on windstars having problems with the head gaskets thus causing the engine trouble. is there also problems with the transmission. hope you can help. thankyou
11/30/199904/01/1994
 This vehicle has had problem from the day we purchased. most recently, it is currently at dlrship for service due to engine overheating, just short of van catching fire. prior to this, we had to replace the transmission (approx. 1 1/2- 2yrs. ago). at this point, we are truly concerned about the safety of this vehicle even after repair.
07/20/1999110/01/1997
 Transmission failed first making van dangerous to drive on the freeway. engine failed shortly after having transmission rebuilt by ford dealer. engine warning light reported to dealer several times before warranty mileage expired, but ford never warned us
11/19/1999110/01/1994
 Know windstar problem. my research seems to find this is common on 95 windstar at 57k to 75k but ford only paying up to 60k. i am 500 miles over and no help from ford!
06/15/199905/01/1997
 Though beyond ford's 60k mile extension, teh service attendant told me that the cracked head casuing the rough ride and coolant leak could have happened many weeks if not months before it got so bad that my wife noticed a problem. the vehicle may have been much closer to the 60,000 mile mark when the damage occurred, though we didn't get it to the shop unitl 70,000. though no one was injured, the potential for injury was great, i think. if my wife hadn't noticed the coolant level indicator, a much more terrible problem could have happened, not to mention the danger of this problem causing my wife and two young daughters to be stranded along a highway many miles from home at the time.
12/01/199908/01/1994
 In the time from july 1999 to december 1, 1999 the following components have completely failed: automatic transmission, head gasket, timing chain cover gasket, valve cover gasket. the cost has now run over $5,000 and ford will not admit one ounce of responsibility despite having previous secret warranties on exactly these components on exactly this engine and transmission.
11/27/199906/01/1995
 No summary listed for abov evehicle. *ak
11/27/1999109/01/1994
 Ford refused to pay for repair since van 2 months over warranty period. no safety defect mentioned in summary. *ak
06/22/1999106/18/1998
 Engine failed. mjs
02/01/1996102/01/1996
 Engine hesitation after driving for 30 minutes. mjs
110/01/1996
 Engine failed. nlm
208/01/1999
 Transmission: needs to be replaced at 64527 miles, headgaskets were replaced at 48000 miles and need to be replaced again at 64527 miles.
11/19/199908/01/1994
 Several minor engine components (o2 sensors, coolant lines, computer, rough running engine, check engine light coming on & off) failed over a one year period followed by the head gasket failure. after it was repaired, about 100 miles later the engine failed. the oil pressure light came on, the van lost power and the speed started fluctuating. this was on a high speed, but no shoulder bridge, so slowing down could have caused an accident. fortunately it didn't this time. the dealer recommended towing the van to the garage, and after review the engine was recommended to be replaced.*ak
10/15/1999
 No summaery listed for above vehicle. *ak
08/23/1998202/01/1996
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
10/27/199905/01/1998
 No summary
11/11/1999105/01/1994
 Rough engine, engine check light on. head gasket leaking onto #4 plug and cylinder. *ak
10/15/1999
 No summary
05/02/1998205/01/1996
 We have replaced the transmission twice. the first time at 72,000 miles and then again at 94,000 miles. the brake pads, rotors, tie rods, rear whell cylinders, front drive axle have also been replaced. the pads 4 times and the rotors twice, ground down in between. now the head gasket has blown and possible caused enough damage to warrant replacing the whole engine.
10/20/1999103/01/1996
 No summary
06/30/1998101/01/1997
 No summary
10/18/1998101/01/1997
 No summary
10/10/199906/01/1995
 Engine failure due to failed cam shaft bearing. head gasket had been replaced 6 month prior due to leakage. ford dealership making repair could not obtain the cam shart replacement kit because demand had exceeded expectations. we had to buy a short block. other problems: brakes pumping - need new rotors several months after getting new pads. another problem - interior lights that will not go off have required repair two time.
10/18/1999103/01/1996
 No summary
08/22/199901/01/1997
 We purchased our ford windstar minivan in january 1997, with nearly 25,000 miles on it. the safety reports (especially one seen on dateline nbc) indicated that the ford windstar was superior to other vehicles of its type in traffic accidents, and this strongly influenced our decision to buy.
09/16/1999108/01/1995
 Ford issued a letter to owners dated june 1998 and they ackowledged the failure and offered to increase the warranty to 5 years or 60,000 miles. they now do not consent to taking the 5 year portion after they have admitted the problem was the failure of a head gasket. i have to pay $5,000 to repair the engine and on the internet i have noticed many complaints about this specific problem and even class action lawsuits being initiated by several attorneys.
11/30/1998111/01/1998
 Vehicle is one of many 1995 windstars to blow a head gasket without owner neglect and have its transmission fail without owner neglect or overuse.
11/15/1998109/01/1998
 No summary
10/10/1999106/01/1994
 No summary
08/29/1999102/01/1999
 The engine froze up. this was due to the head gasket problem that this 3.8l v6 engine is known for. the only indication we had was erratic readings of the temperature gauge. it would climb to the upper range but then drop immediately. there was no white smoke coming from the tailpipe. i planned on taking it to my mechanic to check it out except that the engine locked up. my mechanic said the head gasket must have been blown and antifreeze was mixing in the oil. he said that with this engine one time of overheating can cause the headgasket to blow. the entire engine had to be replaced. after some research it appears ford is well aware of this problem. their solution was to extend the warrenty to 60000 miles but not tell anyone about it. doesn't help me anyway. this is obviously a mechanical defect with the engine. overheating one time should not require headgasket replacement or a new engine.
09/26/1999106/01/1994
 Head gasket blew without any prior warning, even though vehicle had been meticulously maintained
05/20/1999111/01/1996
 In march 1999 the head gasket failed on my 1995 ford windstar.the failure occurred at 75000 miles which was beyond ford's extended warrenty for this defect by 15000 miles as well as being beyond the dec.1998 cutoff date.when we contacted ford's customer relations department we were told this was normal wear and tear so we had to eat the $1000 repair bill.in may 1999,on the way home from work after midnight the low oil pressure warning indicator came on.the upsot of this was a complete engine rebuild again at my expense;$2800.00.last monday,october 4,1999 on the way back to louisville,ky.from waymart,pa. in maryland the transaxle gave out 600 miles from home.repair bill for this,$1800.00.the safety issue in all of this?anytime you are stranded along the side of the interstate away from home after dark your safety is in jeapordy.
07/01/1999110/01/1996
 No summary.
09/23/1999109/01/1997
 Head gasket blew causing a lot of strong smelling, white smoke to come from under the car and out of the exhaust. my wife had four children in the van at the time. she stopped the car and got all the children out of the van - thinking it might blow up. we had the car towed to the dealer and found out the head gasket had blown requiring $1,400 to $2,500 in repairs (depending on the severity). we chose to have just the gasket replaced but will probably need to have lower engine work down in a few months for another $1,000 or so.
10/01/1999101/01/1995
 The blown head gasket is a major problem with the 3.8l engine. i have researched this problem and found that many others have had similar problems. if you need numbers, they are out there.
09/15/1999108/01/1999
 No summary.
09/30/1999110/01/1996
 High temperature indication during dileing and 0-15mph. took to local ford dealer and was told that i have a bad head gasket that will require me to replace the engine. the dealer told me coolant has leaked into the engine and crankcase and that replacing the engine is the best alternative. replacing the head gasket would be a temporary fix as they have experienced a lot of failures with this engine before .
08/01/199904/01/1995
 No summary.
09/22/1999104/01/1994
 Blown head gasket. this was a properly maintained engine and there was no warning of any problem. i am faced with buying a new long block at a cost of $4700. from ford.
06/02/1999112/01/1994
 Timing cover gasket & seal failure and cylinder head gaskets failure at 48,834 miles. symptoms were hesitation/jerking when accelerating & coolant loss. both failure symptoms began at the same time, increasing in frequency for 1-2 weeks until engine warning light came on. vehicle was in for routine maintenance, including cooling system flush/coolant replacement about 2 months prior to failure, & no problem was identified at that time. dealer covered cost of cylinder head gasket replacement, but did not cover timing cover gasket & seal replacement($708.61). appealed to corporate level, asking if the coolant leakage might be the root cause of the known cylinder head gasket problem, but they refused reimbursement, saying both failures were independent. i find it oddly coincidental & hard to believe that both problems initiated at the same time, but are unrelated.
09/22/1999108/01/1997
 The head gasket failed and therefore the engine was damaged. ford stated there was a design flaw and they extended their warranty from 50,000 mi. to 60,000 mi. the only problem our van had 63902 mi. it was giong to cost us $4000 but after pressing the issue ford agreed to pay $3500. since then i have found 7 other similar cases of head gasket failure at aboout the same mileage in the greater dayton area.
04/12/1999112/01/1994
 Head gaskets bad - this is a known problem which ford has already admitted is a design flaw. they repaired cars with under 60k miles (which owners self-diagnosed) free. the problem is that most owners can't tell they have the problem until after 60k miles. the symptoms are often subtle, and don't immediately point to head gaskets as their cause. ford obviously should have recalled these vehicles for inspection and repair as needed. instead they decided to only deal with the few owners who managed to figure out on their own that the head gaskets were the problem. my car didn't show symptoms until it had been driven over an hour (sometimes several) on long trips - an infrequent occurance. therefore i couldn't have known about the problem until i drove it on enough long trips to see the symptoms. make ford pay for their mistakes!
09/22/1999309/01/1994
 Head gasket failures - 3 times @ 54,000, @65,000, @74,000 miles
09/25/1999102/01/1998
 Head gasket failed, misfire one cylinder draining coolant, no smoke though. 98m01 expired. now what?
01/11/199907/01/1998
 I have been extremely dissatisfied with the quality of my ford windstar. with the transmission repair i will have invested close to $4000 in the van. i have surprised and outraged by what i have found. i have searched the web and found hundreds of people that have had exactly the same problems. the ones that have called have gotten the same answer i have sorry, we can't help that is not under warranty. i have found that i am not alone and i am hoping the government will step and make ford stand behind their product. quality is job 1 what a crock!
05/01/199706/01/1994
 No summary
10/07/1998110/01/1996
 This van has cost alot of money to keep up and i was told these things where problems they had by a mechanic.
04/23/1999104/01/1995
 I would appreciate your looking into all of the defects concerning the 95 windstar. ford is taking no responsibility and this seems to be a huge problem considering all of the people that i am finding out are having the same problem. even though there was no accident involved, breaking down in the middle of traffic, or having your engine die while on the interstate is a serious safety issue! i would really appreciate any help that you could give to me and all ford windstar owners! thank you!
09/06/199912/01/1996
 No summary
08/22/19992
 Our 95 ford windstar has it's 3rd engine, because of head gasket problems, we purchased the extended warranty and 11 days after it expired the engine went out we are now in the process of trying to get ford to cover the entire cost, which they are fighting, we feel this is a re-accuring problem which they should stand behind their faulty product. we expect a brand new vehicle to last much longer than this a four year old vehicle should not be on it's 3rd engine. we have been loyal ford customers, but feel we have a lemon with this vehicle.
09/01/1996
 Fan control module and radiator fan motor burned out. rebuilt engine and hugo sensors. frequent stalling. rear wiper motor, water pump, starter and fuel pump replaced.
 Electrical connection at brake fluid reservoir fluid. replaced starter. engine overheated--replaced right cylinderhead, spark plugs, coolant, filter, thermostat. engine idles rough.
09/04/19991
 Have discovered at least 200 other people who have had these failures that have caused transmission and full engine failures without any help from ford .ford has attmitted thhat this is a problem but refuses to help or insstigate a recall. thanks.
06/23/1999106/01/1998
 No summary
03/03/1999
 Brakes would make loud noises. also, engine had died out. vehicle towed to dealer. informed brakes needed replacing due to being worn out. had put vehicle on diagnostic machine & no code came up. *ak
08/24/199912/01/1995
 This is a known defect in the ford 3.8 engine which based on mtbf data occurs in this engine after 70,000 miles.. the ford notice to customers deliberately set 60,000 as the milage limit to preclude the possibility of having to realistically address the problem. the letter was essentially offering smoke and mirrors and had no real value since it is common knowledge in the auto repair community that the problem does not typically occur until after 75,000. the letter was a scam.
07/03/1999212/01/1994
 Engine and transmission failures seem very high for 95 windstar vans. internet sites are filled with stories similar to mine. both the transmission and engine failures are safety issues since they may occur at speed on busy streets or the interstate. i believe that the number of failures indicates some design flaw in these components.
1
 Head gasket blew, cooling fluid (anti-freeze) leaked down into the oil galley and contaminated the engine oil and resulted in destroying the bearings (rod,main & camshaft), causing the engine to be rebuilt. *yc
04/29/1999102/01/1995
 Since mileage did not fit within recall notice, no assistance given on engine failure, and no information about recall mentioned; ended up having engine remanufactured at local machine shop for less cost and with better warranty
07/12/1999102/01/1997
 There is not ample space to describe the problems we have had with this vehicle. this windstar has been well cared for by us, with all the routine maintenance timely done. we have also taken our van to only ford dealers for service. on all occasions befor major breakdowns or repair jobs, we have taken our car in for complaints of noises or performance problems that the service departments have been unable to locate. we believe that the head gasket problem did severe damage to our vehicle which resulted in the later problems, most significantly the timing chain cover and engine failure. we believe ford was aware of this and did nothing to compensate us except for the refund for repairs on the head gasket. ford had a recall on the head gasket about 6 months after we incurred the expense, and their check did not cover all our expenses related to this. at this point in time, we have so much additional money invested in repairs, we cannot afford to sell the car because we would not recover our costs. we hope that you can give us some assistance. we have just recently appealed to the for customer service division, but were turned down. our local ford dealer is also offering some help in pursuing this, but doesn't seem very enthusiastic about it. we are awaiting our second appeal.
07/27/1999107/01/1994
 No summary
07/27/1999107/01/1996
 Received letter notifying of problem last year but problem did not show until 7/99, after expiration of extended warranty.
07/09/1999102/01/1995
 Cracked cylinder head at 60000 miles w/ regular oil changes
07/12/199911/01/1997
 No summary
01/01/1999105/01/1995
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
07/02/1999102/01/1997
 Transmission: sudden downshifting with dramatic loss of speed; followed by upshifting and speed surge. engine: complete engine failure after dealer head gasket replacement, resulting in sudden loss of speed and maneuverability. similar experiences frequently reported in various public forums by many owners of the same engine and transmission models.
11/02/1998109/01/1995
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
06/26/1999101/01/1995
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
04/01/1999112/01/1997
 Ford acknowleges problem but cuts off repairs at 60,000 miles. *ak
 While driving engine started smoking and overheated. engine has to be replaced. *ak
04/01/1998
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
12/01/1998107/01/1995
 Head gasket failed and was covered by service program 98m01, this failure also caused damage to engine (noise) but ford will not cover this damage.
03/01/1999101/01/1996
 Is there a possibility that the issue of payment for these items can be settled in a small claims court? no safety defect mentione din summary. *ak
04/10/1999103/01/1999
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
05/18/1999111/01/1994
 Ford will not cover repair costs of both failed systems. no safety defects mentioned in summary. *ak
11/01/1994
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
11/05/1998109/01/1995
 No summary listed for that vehicle. *ak
03/01/1995
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
03/17/1999309/01/1994
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
08/01/1994
 Have questioned these items with dealer always with no cause for concern. talked about whether i needed an extended warranty at the time of warranty renewal and was not told of engine, transmission, or any of the problems with the engine by ford. *ak
12/15/1998105/01/1997
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
03/04/1999110/01/1995
 When we contacted the dealership, we were told there were numerous problems with this make and model vehicle. we know of 3 other families in our area with the same problem. the dealer verified that there were approximately 10 calls by march 1, 1999.*ak
03/02/1999102/01/1996
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
03/21/1999107/01/1998
 This repair cost about $1,500 and we were having to have a rental car for 19 days while it was repaired at a cost of $541.00.
01/24/1999108/01/1997
 We are submitting this notice because the auto repair shop that performed the work indicated that they had seen an unusual of relatively new windstars and tauruses (same engine) had been brought in with the same engine failure.
03/20/1999107/01/1994
 Ford sent letter saying warranty extended to 60,000 mi. failures occur usually beyond this mileage. *ak
04/01/19991
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
03/31/1999
 While driving approximately. 70mph heard noise, slowed down to 20mph and vehicle continued to make loud clunking noise. dealership turned engine off and vehicle never started again. *ak
03/25/199905/01/1995
 No summary listed for ths vehicle. *ak
08/25/1997208/01/1997
 I have spent $2,650.00 on this van.it is still a death trap. no safety defect listed in summary. *ak
10/27/199804/08/1997
 Vehicle fails to start.
02/18/1999106/01/1997
 This is the second entry on this problem. i have since talked to 3 other windstar owners who have had the same problem. i have not heard from you or ford motor company concerning this matter. i feel this issue will escalate as more people discover that it is not an isolated incident. *ak
03/19/1999104/01/1997
 Why were we not notified of problem?recall? no defect listed in summary. *ak
02/19/1999108/01/1995
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
03/02/1999102/01/1996
 This problem is widespread. it is a defect that ford has admitted and thousands of people have been affected by it. it is a danger that causes people to lose power while on the highway, not to mention the thick smoke that pours out the back of your vehicle. the national dealer council has asked ford to re-open the extended warranty on this particular problem due to the negative customer reaction- nationwide. could someone please make ford responsible for their mistakes!!!
12/20/1998104/01/1996
 Head gaskets blew during 12/98. this situation could possibly case serious injury or death under higher speeds. ford would not cover the repair of the engine because i took the vehicle in on 1/4/99, 4 days after their warranty program 98m01 expired. even though the dealer had tested the head gaskets as good during 10/98. only two months earlier. this is a serious and pervasive problem that ford should issue a full recall for. they are attempting to avoid the issue with their 98m01 program.
02/25/199908/01/1995
 The transmission was failing to shift and would hesitate. we also heard a clunking noise. fearing that the transmission's hesitation could cause us to be in an accident, we took the windstar into the dealer's service department. the service department said that the noise was coming from the engine and that both the transmission and the engine would need to be rebuilt or replaced at an estimated cost of $4000 -$5000.
02/25/1999101/01/1995
 Driving down the highway at 72mph when the motor suddenly, without any warning stopped running. traffic had to steer around me to avoid a collision, had it towed to repair shop and they said i lost the lower end of the motor will need a new motor to replace it. the heater stopped working due to a defective head gasket.
02/13/1999105/01/1994
 No summary
10/20/199805/01/1995
 I have spent a total of $5,000.00 in repairs for our 1995 ford windstar van - a 3.8 engine, 6 cyclinders. ford sent out a notice in june of 1998 advising the drivers of 1995 ford windstars that they would possibly experience head gasket problems. ford s
01/26/1999110/01/1997
 I notice white smoke from my exhaust pipe plus the car started overheating. i had car towed into the local ford dealership because of the extensive overheating. they informed me that it was a blown headgasket. ford has known about this defect but has refused to correct and reimburse the numerous windstar owners who have had this problem. i was informed that i missed their owner's notification program by one month, however i was never notified about this program until it was to late (program end-date 31 dec 98). i called their customer service and received no compensation or resolution. please assist in this matter. all 95 ford windstars have the potential to blow their headgasket due to a design fault but ford refuses to admit. thank you for your assistance
03/01/1999106/01/1995
 Ford has sent a service bulletin to it's dealers regarding this overheating problem. the overheating problem is also present in the taurus, sable, and continental.
02/24/1999
 Vehicle serviced at cowles ford in woodbridge, va.
12/27/1998105/01/1994
 Recall replaced water pump gasket, 4 weeks later engine damage from leakage
01/19/1999101/01/1995
 This is an ongoing defect for ford 1995 windstars. ford had extended warranty until 01/31/99, but failed to notify owners regarding the problem. no safety defect mentione din the summary. *ak
209/18/1997
 Engine failed, replacement experiences intermittant failures when trying to start.
02/02/1999108/01/1994
 No summary listed for this vehicle. *ak
 Vehicle has a problem with the engine stalling out. dealer has been contacted. *ak
01/07/1999106/01/1995
 Ford had initiated an owners notification program because of faulty head gaskets in the 1995 windstar. basically, if your head gasket blew prior to december 31, 1998, ford would cover the cost. this was not a recall, therefore, they were able to place a deadline date on it. unfortunately, the head gasket blew in my van on january 7, 1999 - seven days after the deadline. at the time of failure, i was on my way to work with my two little daughters in the car (one and three years old). my commute is 40 minutes in primarily farm country. i was halfway into my commute when the heater no longer blew hot air (the outside wind chill was about minus 20), and i noticed the heat gauge at the h. thank goodness for cellular phones. i got on the phone immediately with the dealer and he knew over the phone it was the head gasket. i was able to make it to a small town just when the check engine light went on and it died on me. my service person at the dealership told me later that my engine was at 225 degrees when the check engine light went on. the dealer and i have tried to get ford to cover the $900 repair, however, ford will not move on its deadline date. they know there is a problem, yet will not issue the recall. they basically got around it with this owner notification program. i can only be thankful that i made it with my two girls to a small town in that subzero weather, and that my engine didn't blow up. the 1995 windstars also have major transmission problems. mine had to be replaced at about 50,000 miles. ford did cover some of the cost. please look on the internet regarding the 1995 windstar. there are many, many more stories like mine (a good website is www.fordwindstar.com). there are defects with this vehicle and ford needs to step up to the plate and deal with them appropriately. thank you.
07/01/1997211/01/1995
 Transmission has been rebuilt twice and head gasket replaced twice. when transmission goes bad slips stalling time to pull out. this is dangerous as delay could cause axident
06/01/1995
 Ford had sent letter on this but extened warrenty instead of a recall
06/01/19981003/01/1998
 These problems are common with these vehicles. is ford motors helping with any costs on repairs?
12/23/1998307/01/1994
 Head gasket failure, covered under recall, repaired 7/98. engine developed a knock, started running rough, coolant level low with no external leakage. dealer diagnosed #3 cylinder fuel injector inoperative and a timing cover gasket failure. repaired and engine failed irrepairably 6 weeks later, low coolant levels again. told we must replace engine.
12/15/1998103/01/1994
 No heat. apparently a blown headgasket. i've heard of numerous other complaints of this nature (so it's not an isolated incident). taking it to dealer for confirmation of problem next week.
12/27/1998101/01/1995
 Ford has been delayed in sending engine replacement and will not provide a loaner car. van has been in for repair for 12 days. no customer service has been provided.
02/19/1997104/01/1995
 The part failure rate is becoming alarming
08/14/1998106/15/1994
 Recall work performed on vehicle engine, however engine failed after work.
502/01/1994
 Transmission clutch piston has hairline crack. causes transmission to jump into first gear from a stopped position. rear brakes continually squeal. right front brake intermittently locks up. engine head gasket needs replacement. front shoulder belts get tangled and twisted at the point where they feed through a metal d-shaped clip on the vehicle interior. belt can't fully retrack.
07/01/1997108/23/1994
 Engine will not accelerate after hours of driving, hesitates and bucks with engine light on, unable to rectify.
09/18/1998208/01/1997
 Engine oil cap loosened for the second time, causig oil to seep into the alternator. aw
11/01/199611/01/1996
 Faulty head gasket, began overheating on the way home, head gasket failed, require a new engine. return to the garage and found 3 oxygenators, dealer said that it is missing 3 bolts needed to stabilize the engine and that none of the bolts are torqued properly, causing the starter and flywheel to destroy itself. impossible for these bolts to have worked loose in this short amount of time if properly installed.
08/21/1995109/14/1994
 Engine failure causing problems with acceleration and deceleration.
03/24/1998106/16/1994
 Engine failure.
05/29/199808/01/1994
 Engine. a piston has cracked and the clutch has burned out.
04/21/199802/28/1995
 We have heard several comments from mechanics, friends and on the internet, that there have been a significant number of similar problems with the 1995 ford windstar. our research indicates that the windstar is susceptible to blow head gasket problems at between 40 and 60,000 miles. we were traveling on the highway when the problem occurred. luckily we were not injured when the engine blew, but had we been driving on the interstate at 70 mph there could have been a fatality. we are very concerned about this issue and feel that it is a serious safety concern.
05/11/1995
 Brakes replaced, vehicle computer chip failed, air conditioner malfunctioned, the motor started missing, at 36,000 miles the vehicle started making chirping noises, belt frayed and a warbeling sound started in the tires and front end.
03/24/1998106/16/1994
 Vehicle stalled due to engine failure.
01/19/1998
 While driving the vehicle stalled unexpectedley which almost caused an ccident. dealer cannot determine problem. *ak
11/12/1997209/09/1995
 Engine failure first due to blown gasket, second time due to cranksaft rod bearing failure.
01/01/1997112/01/1996
 Vehicle engine dies continuously, repairs made to fuel pump, however problems still continue.
03/22/1995
 Engine stalls at highway speeds and upon merging into traffic.
205/11/1994
 The vehicle bucks and hesitates when the accelerator pedal is depressed.
08/22/1997105/01/1997
 Vehicle surges forward.
06/30/1997
 Once coming to a complete stop and then trying to go forward the vehicle sometimes doesn''t move. have to sometime put the vehicle in neutral and then back in drive in order for the vehicle to move. consumer contacted the dealer and had vehicle repaired. *ak
04/10/19970
 Driving vehicle; started overheating; took to shop; informed air bubble in engine; let it run & it was sucked in anti-freeze; mechanic said engine shot & needs replacing; said factory problem. *ak
07/19/19959
 Intermittent stalling. *sd
08/20/19950
 Engine smokes.
10/12/1995107/01/1995
 The engine cuts off while driving and caused an accident at 60mph. please describe. tt *slc
05/22/1995
 After a month and a half the engine blew up, causing driver to lose control. tt
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650001
 The tie rod's broke while driving 15 mph. *jb the consumer turned the corner and the handling had become impossible. the consumer found that both front wheels were pointing inward as though the right front were turning left and the left front turning right. *scc. also the rack and pinion was replaced as well as the serpentine belt. *jb
11/01/19991
 Serpentine belt failed. yh
04/25/2000107/01/1997
 I bought this vehicle used in july 1997 with 32,000 miles. since that time, i have had the brakes repaired three times and they still squeak. the airbag module had to be replaced four months after purchase, luckily under federal warranty. then in june 1999, i had to replace the fuel tank because the straps caused it to crack. ford would not do anything to help because there was no recall. in january there was a recall for the exact same problem, but only in certain counties in certain states, not nj, ford would not bend, despite my letters and phone calls. in late march 2000, my airbag light came on again as did my abs light. my brakes needed to be fixed again. since my airbag was fixed over 12 months ago, it was not covered. my engine check light came on april 11 and stayed on for two days, then turned off. we were planning a trip to wash, dc, so i brought it to fullerton ford for service on 4/25. they informed me that it needs head gaskets (which it was recalled for) and $1,400 worth of other work, not affiliated with the airbag light, or the engine check light. the engine check light was for a camshaft positioning sensor that is a $50 part, with $150 worth of labor, also want me to have a timing cover gasket replaced at $815, a temp gauge at $82, an engine flush for $99.95, a water pump at $140 parts only, $40 for drive belt, and misc. labor at $111.00. my complaint is this. i dropped the car off on 4/24 for a 4/25 appt., they hadn't looked at it at 4:00 on 4/25 and wanted me to pick it up and bring it back the next day. when i protested, they looked at it and said it would need head gaskets. they said the ford rep would be out the next day and that he would also consider my gas tank complaints. on thursday, 4/27, they said the work would be done hopefully by 5/5. today, 5/2, one week after dropping off the van, they are telling me i won't have it back until 5/12 or 5/19 at the earliest!!!! because they are too backlogged with vehicles.???
202/01/1995
 The main belt (serpentine) that controls everything has broken ,told engine system is warped. yh
12/14/19981002/01/1995
 Ford is aware of defective trasmissions in '95 windstar. car lurches forward after not accelerating from a stop position, could cause accident if another car were in front, slipping transmission at 50,000 is unconscionable. dealer checked and said i would have to have a new transmission installed at $2,400. check online under ford windstar automatic transmission problems there are thousands of cusotmers with transmissions and head gaskets blowing at very low milage. is there a class action suit regarding this defect? apparently, ford is aware of the problem but won't do a recall because it's too expensive. i am single mom with 3 children whom i must drive to and from school every day and i am very concerned about our safety. please help me! according to other owners, after their transmissions began to slip, it was only weeks before the whole thing blew. i do not have the money to buy a new transmission. ford should do something. *ak strater faile at 55,955 miles. the vehicle would not start numerous times. abs light stays on due to master cylinder failure. loud noise in front suspension due to struts failure. brakes make grinding noise. serpentine belt failed. temprature guage running hot because of temprature sensor failure. the consumer states that the vehicle is a lemon and should be recalled. *yh
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09/04/201089000
 I have a 95 ford windstar (89k) lx3.8; dtc p0306.... gave rich condition, black smoke out tailpipe, excessive fuel consumption ... don
09/04/201089000
 I have a 95 ford windstar (89k) lx3.8; dtc p0306.... gave rich condition, black smoke out tailpipe, excessive fuel consumption ... don
09/04/201089000
 I have a 95 ford windstar (89k) lx3.8; dtc p0306.... gave rich condition, black smoke out tailpipe, excessive fuel consumption ... don
09/04/201089000
 I have a 95 ford windstar (89k) lx3.8; dtc p0306.... gave rich condition, black smoke out tailpipe, excessive fuel consumption ... don
09/04/201089000
 I have a 95 ford windstar (89k) lx3.8; dtc p0306.... gave rich condition, black smoke out tailpipe, excessive fuel consumption ... don
07/02/20031
 Smoke started coming heavily out of the exhaust and vehicle stalled out.*mr serviced dealer determined the head gasket had blown out, dealer was notified. *cb
01/15/20030
 I have owned this van since 1999. since i have owned it we have had nothing but problems with it. i have had the rotors turned, and replaced at least 3 times, and they need it again. i have had the head gasket replaced 3 times and one of them times was at 99,000 miles when it was under the warrenty. it had been replaced at least one time before that. my sliding door won't stay closed, even though i just spent $300 getting a new latched put on. my windows won't work. i had larson motors fix a head gasket and my electronic windows, cost me over $250 for the window, that only worked 2 times. i called, and since they put "may not be the problem" on the invoice, they think that clears them, and they wanted me to spend more money on another part. my speedometor has been replaced once and is broke again. the alternator has been replaced. i could go on and on. i am getting no where with anyone. i have spent around 5,000.00 in repairs, and can't trade the thing off, since i still owe too much on it, due to a tornado that hit our home, and what the insurance didn't cover, the balance was put on our car loan. we don't have the best credit do to having to spend anywhere from $100-300+ a month on repairs to this lemon car. i have a family and need to know that i have a reliable car to drive. i have been stranded with my 3 children a minimum of 4 times this past year.
11/15/2002118625
 This vehicle has had more than it's share of problems. the head gasket was brought in for a recall and it still malfunctioned.
10/02/200235103/01/1998
 Engine light came on today after we had the engine replaced on 09/21/01. we also smelled fumes around the car and inside the car. we have had problems after problems with this windstar and would appreciate something being done about it. we are very disappointed in ford. we have been with them for over 12 years. please start an investigation into this matter. *ph *jb **dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**768031 *ts
12/08/200204/01/2095
 Hot air sensor blew off the silicone tubes thus melting the ms and some other electrical wires. dt
08/19/2002
 Consumer is concerned that manufacturer sent him a recall in march of 2000 for head gasket. august of 2000 vehicle started smoking which came from exhaust system, and vehicle was running hot. engine check light appeared on dashboard.*ak
07/03/2002207/14/1997
 Exhaust system has corroded, and is causing fumes to enter vehicle while driving. dealer notified.*ak oxygen sensor failed twice and was replaced. head gasket failed and was replaced; also the internal leaks from head gaskets in vehicle corroded flex pip and exhausting into vehicle. engine failed and was replaced. the outer right and left tie rods failed and were replaced. air filter failed and was replaced. pcv valve failed and was replaced. the vehicle had continues exhaust leaks into the vehicle, caused some serious health problem to the driver. *yh
05/10/2001104/01/2001
 Brakes have vibrated and noisey shortly after purchase. service centers state nothing is mechanically wrong. 08/22/01, coming back from family trip we experienced a brief roughness of operation and overdrive service light came on. 08/26/01, the vehicle spew white smoke from exhaust, overheated and stalled. everyone i called and all literature show that to be symtoms of head gasket failure. the oil is like coffee with cream in it, indicating that both gaskets have failed. the dealership service center states the recall extension to be expired. the engine date is 10/25/94 and miles are 94516 within the extension guidelines. one dealership states 3 weeks before they could get to it. i have found many summaries and many other people with this same problem. please help me to have ford repair their mistakes.*ak
06/01/1999
 All hoses and pipes were rusted and noone will replace them for us. the vehicle originated in canada and we were not aware of this. we were told there was no water damage, but we now see rust up under car, in door and on engine.
03/17/1999102/11/1999
 White smoke coming out of vehicle exhaust while driving. yh
01/15/2000107/01/1997
 Engine check light, smoke out tail pipe, antifreeze odor at exhaust. *ak
02/01/1996102/01/1996
 Muffler hangers broken. mjs
11/05/1999101/01/1995
 Head gasket failed, causing loss of power, rough running, white smoke out exhaust, and strong coolant smell inside of vehicle. this seems to be a common problem with this year, make, and engine.*ak
07/13/1999105/01/1995
 First over-heating problem was taken to thornton ford on 4/23/99 @ 57,687 miles and radiator was diagnosed as half plugged by thornton on 5/28/99 (~59,600 miles). radiator replaced on 6/8/99 and both oxygen sensors replaced on 7/1/99. head gasket problem finally diagnosed on 7/13/99 at 62,144 miles. did not receive a copy of the extended warranty letter for service program no/ 98m01. dealer only paid one-half of head gasket repair because the car was now over 60,000 miles allowed on the extended coverage.
01/11/1999203/01/1995
 Oil pan leak noted @ 60k. dealer recommended fix @next service. at 73224 died when put into reverse, oil warning light flickering. dealer identified leaking timing cover gasket caused coolant to enter oil system. major lower engine overhaul replacement of all moving parts required. repair was covered by extended warranty which expired @ 75k. dealer requested replacement of known head gasket problem at that time declined by ford as no current problem apparent. at 83k vehicle difficult to start, exhaust blowing white smoke when it finally started. dealer has had car over a week & has identified head gasket failure which has also caused the rebuilt lower engine to fail again. dealer recommends full engine replacement. ford is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility even though an apparent recall had been issued against premature headgasket failure. in common with other notifications you have received and we have noticed on the internet. what recourse do we have with a manufacturer who is aware of a major design flaw and refuses to service its custormers? our vehicle has been maintained and serviced for its entire life soley by the ford dealership from whom we purchased this dead vehicle. estimated cost of repair--$5,000. *ak
06/20/1997309/01/1994
 I have also expirienced emission problems, erratic speedometer, brakes vibrating, car rattling, sliding recall.
03/03/1996110/21/1994
 Exhaust system leaks.
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09/13/2002103/01/2095
 Had head gasket and value gasket leaks in 2000 at ~63000 miles - replaced. cam sensory also replaced at that time. in for service last month - multiple services performed including oxygen sensor, fuel injector, plugs/wires. now engine is dead. nlm
07/01/20013
 Consumer stated the engine light woul illuminate, antifreeze was leaking, head gasket failed, thermostat and thermostat gasket failed, o-ring were leaking and also if the vehicle was sitting for any length of time the vehicle would start to overheat. * yd 2 oxygen sensors were replaced. updated
06/25/20022
 Consumer states oxygen sensor was replaced twice, and the intake manifold was leaking. *yd
12/13/2001102/01/1999
 Head gaskets went bad causing vad oxygen sensor, air intake valve and $1400 dollars worth of repair @ my cost ; unfortunately , there was an extended warranty caverage on this. i however did not receive the notice.
06/01/19963
 Vehicle will lose power and won't accelerate, and occasionally will choke and stall . o2 sensor has been replaced 3 times. *ak
01/25/2001110/01/1996
 Numerous problems with '95 windstar including head gasket, oxgen sensor etc. *ak
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 Temperature gauge would go up/down. would add freeon to try to correct. had map sensor changed. vehicle was leaking fluid. there was liquid in the exhaust pipe (antifreeze). been in contact with the dealer & manufacturer. was informed that program, which was for 7 years, and unlimited mileage from date of vehicle's manufacturer, has expired & nothing could be done. vehicle was not beyond the 7 year limit. *ak
 Timing belt and oxygen sensor changed, causing the check engine light to come on, during repair mechanic noticed failed head gasket which was causing engine overheating. *cj
108/27/1996
 Oxygen sensor failed. nlm
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 Oxygen sensor and maf sensor failed. nlm
3
 Oxygen sensors failed. nlm
3
 Oxygen sensors failed. nlm
07/07/19991
 The air mass flow sensor line was not connected correctly causing the vehicle to miss and not accelerate properly. nlm
03/22/1999102/11/1999
 Check engine light came on due to o2 sensor failure. yh
07/01/1999104/01/1997
 I have a 1995 ford windstar with 68,000 miles. it started with the engine check light going on, and i took it in for a check. i got a tune up and the engine check light turned off. after ten minutes, the light came back on and i went back to the mechanic . three days later i was told the o2 sensors are bad, the head gaskets are bad and it will cost me over $2,000.00 to fix. i called ford motor co. and they said there was nothing they could do for me because i was over the 60,000 mile warranty. my husband called as well and got the same thing. i took the car into omeara ford to have the head gaskets fixed and they told me i needed a whole new engine which would cost over $4,000.00 . i have not been able to drive the car because it won't even pass emissions, and i cannot afford to get it fixed. i have not been able to drive the car for the last 8 months! i take very good care of my car and an engine should not blow at 68,000 miles. ford also said they sent out letters to owners about this problem, we did not recieve any letter or we would have gone into the dealership and had it looked at. they said that isn't their fault either.
12/15/199904/01/1995
 This is the continuation of problems with a highly problematic vehicle. 5 years, 90,000 miles have replaced so far: head gaskets, rear suspension twice, front suspension, ignition wires, o2 sensors twice, and now injector and fuel pump. over $3,000 in out of pocked expenses over what was covered on extended warrantee. vehicle is not reliable and am looking to trade in on anything other than a ford! at ford, quality is job none!
09/27/1999101/01/1995
 The oxygen senor was not working after i picked up my van from the dealership after they had just replaced my engine. this was done due to the head gaskets failing. i was told this was not related . but the oxygen sensor was working before the engine service was performed. i thought this was covered under the 80000 mile warranty on the emissions system. i was told it wasn't by the dealership.
12/30/1999111/01/1997
 #4 engine head gasket failure exactly has been reported on numerous other vehicles. also, repeated oxygen sensor failure exactly as reported on other vehicles. *ak
12/01/1999103/01/1997
 95 ford windstar needs new engine and transmission because of headgasket problem experienced in other 95 windstars. i never received any information from ford about this rampant problem with this component. repairs should be covered under my extended warranty, but still not sure if everything will be covered. began having problems almost immediately after buying the vehicle. after several trips to various ford dealerships, have had several tune ups and oxygen sensor replacements. last prior service was in june 1999 at rusty eck ford leavenworth, ks, where the vehicle was tuned up yet again. despite the fact that this is a well documented problem noone has ever mentioned this to me as a possible cause for poor performance and gas mileage until now, despite the fact that the symptoms are exactly the same as many other owners have experienced. corrosion problem is limited to right passenger door. the paint at the bottom of the door bubbles, then flakes off revealing already corroded metal beneath. no dealership will fix this problem, citing that paint is not covered under warranty. noone can explain how a five year old vehicle is rusting out so quickly. i've heard every excuse from acid rain to improper washing to driving through a caustic substance spill. *ak
03/11/1999106/18/1998
 Oxygen sensor failed. mjs
09/01/1994
 Ford will not recognize there is an engine problem with the first year model of this vehicle. the ford dealer said it would cost $1500 to have spark plug wires, oxygen sensor, thermostat, and head gaskets replaced. *ak
11/19/199908/01/1994
 Several minor engine components (o2 sensors, coolant lines, computer, rough running engine, check engine light coming on & off) failed over a one year period followed by the head gasket failure. after it was repaired, about 100 miles later the engine failed. the oil pressure light came on, the van lost power and the speed started fluctuating. this was on a high speed, but no shoulder bridge, so slowing down could have caused an accident. fortunately it didn't this time. the dealer recommended towing the van to the garage, and after review the engine was recommended to be replaced.*ak
11/16/1999111/01/1995
 In 7/99 a 'check engine light' came on after a long trip [boca raton, fl to charlotte, nc] an oxygen sensor was replaced by a ford dealer[young ford, 704-598-2599] in 10/99 the 'check engine light' came on again. wallace ford [delray beach, 561-278-0303]was informed of the previous sensor replacement, and replaced another sensor. no other indicating lights had come one at any time. on nov. 14 the car was rough on startup, then ran okay. on nov. 16 the car would not start. wallace ford has found a headgasket failure. research on the internet has indicated over 200 of the same failures for this make & model year. i was informed that ford had a 'program' for this if the mileage was under 60k. my understanding is a relatively easy check could have prevented this catastrophic failure that is estimated at $2100 to repair at this time. neither dealer, when making the earlier repairs , that were likely caused by the leaking of the headgasket, mentioned the possibility of a headgasket failure for this make & model, although ford is clearly aware of the problem. a graph attributed to nhtsa indicates the very high number of complaints for this problem. i expect to be contacting ford at a number of levels to voice this complaint. is there any investigation underway for this? i understand kron tv in san franscisco ran an investigative story on this problem this week.
07/12/1999
 Was driving 45-50mph when antifreeze was coming out of tail pipe, then vehicle died. vehicle towed to mechanic, who refused to repair due to tsb on head gaskets. vehicle towed to dealer & informed the 02 sensors needed replacing. *ak
07/31/199907/01/1997
 Replaced head gasket less than one week ago. replaced oxygen sensors same day of failure. on highway headed for vacation engine died and loss all power. had to have it towed from the highway. i have two childern and a pregant wife - out on the highway while i wait for a ride. mechanic syas i now need full rebuild of the engine to repair damaged bearings and rods form the blown head gasket. uthis will cost me $2,500 in addition to the 1,300 i have already spent. i will lose the use of the vehicle for another 10 days. ford has deneid any responsibility.
04/22/199907/05/1997
 Consumer was driving approximately 35mph when engine temperature light came on. consumer pulled over and smelled anti-freeze. then called tow truck, after towing vehicle, garage found nothing. again, on 22-apr-99, while driving at 40mph temperature light came on. driver pulled over. then had vehicle towed to a dealership. dealer found a leak in engine head gasket. dealer replaced head gasket/oxygen sensor, and checked engine cylinder head. found engine cylinder head to be okay. an open investigation of coolant leakage in engine head gasket is pending, ie-98-080. *ak
08/01/199808/01/1995
 This vehicle has been in for service since we bought it new for engine check lights and poor runability. compression tests ran in november because engine ran poorly. dealer replaced oxygen sensors ,and then a month and a half later, the head gasket failed. ford would not honor the recall since it expired on dec. 31,1999. i think the dealer missed the diagnosis all along, the gasket was failing. the failures of the gasket and transmission along with the numerous sensor replacements has cost me about $5800. these problems are too numerous in numbers, many 95 ford windstar owners are having the same or worst problems. these problems are well known to ford and they refuse to take responsibility. you must make these recall issues to force them to improve their quality. *ak
08/14/1998106/15/1994
 Oxygen sensor failed.
02/01/1997405/20/1995
 Oxygen sensors are defective, triggering the check engine light to come on and go off randomly.
12/01/1996
 Oxygen sensor failure.
106/07/1994
 Oxygen sensor failed.
01/02/1998102/02/1998
 Failed oxygen sensor
12/12/1996
 The o2 (oxygen) sensor fails and causes the vehicle not to accelerate, and then unexpectently the vehicle will suddenly surge, and could cause an accident. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - CATALYTIC CONVERTOR
12/09/200413000310/24/1998
 Vehicle lost power and commenced to make a hissing noise while driving 60 mph. vehicle was taken to the repair shop, and mechanic replaced two vacuum hoses that disintegrated from the excessive heat coming from the catalytic convertor. the dealer was not notified.*ak
606/01/1995
 The vehicle has had the brakes replaced on average every 6,000 miles. the catalytic converter has been replaced at 40,000 miles, the head gasket at 20,000. the cutting out, engine failure has been happening since head gasket was corrected. ford has responded to a written letter, at which time i was accused for forging my husband's signature (later i was told he was just kidding). this vehicle is unsafe transportation for my 3 children. when moving out into traffic, we are in danger of a collision if the engine fails, as it often does. please feel free to contact myself or my husband with any questions. barbara smith. *ak *jb ****dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****724221.
12/24/2001101/01/2096
 I was driving from wisconsin to pennsylvania at night. in ohio, i noticed a significant loss of power, and whooshing noise from under chassis, gradually getting worse over a couple of hours. at that point, the check engine light also came on. after arriving in pittsburgh (and after christmas holiday) i took the car to a muffler shop. as i expected, one of the catalytic convertors was clogged. on diagnosing the pcm fault codes, they discovered that the rubber hoses connecting to the dpfe (differential pressure feedback egr) sensor was nearly completely melted away (because of the increased exhaust backpressure from the cat failure???). i was preparing the car for another long-distance trip on 6/10/02 when i discovered that the plastic air intake plenum and the wiring harness in that area were damaged by heat, as well. the area of damage is right in the area of the metal tubes coming from the exhaust system that the rubber hoses to the dpfe sensor connect to. about 8 of the wires had their insulation completely burned through (about 1 in length). many of the rest of the wires had embrittled insulation, or the insulation was melted together (there seem to be about 50 conductors in the wiring harness at that location). i'm really quite surprised that no fuses blew, since the bare wires were all adjacent to eachother (on the back side of the wire bundle, out of sight if you're not looking closely). i hadn't detected any electrical failures at the time, or during the intervening 6 months, but this was clearly a fire hazard. i have some reasonably clear digital photographs of the damaged wires (taken while i repaired the insulation on all of the conductors with vinyl electrical tape). i'll be happy to email them to you if you're interested.*ak
 Consumer contacted the dealer. oil was changed when dealer noticed oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold. dealer also noticed oil leaking from the catalytic convverter, causing a possible fire hazard. please provide any further details.
12/15/1998
 Consumer saw brake fluid leakage on the garage floor. he had to continue adding brake fluid. service put vehicle on rack saw the leak coming from the brake line on left side of master cylinder/ down and across. underneath/at the cross of the catalytic converter to the right front wheel cylinder fluid leaked right above the catalytic converter. the shield was not protecting the brake line from catalytic converter. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - GAS RECIRCULATION VALVE (EGR VALVE)
06/18/20031230001
 Brake light come on frequently. door ajar light stays on occasionally causing interior lights to remain on even when all doors are shut. dash light quit working. took to certified mechanic and found the problem was in the ashtray light, disconnected ashtray light and dash lights started working again. engine light staying on. took to certified mechanic, was told that vacuum hose was off the egr valve. mechanic put vacuum hose back on. problem recurred 3 days later but this time not vacuum hose. believe the problem to be egr valve itself. engine surges/misses constantly. did a tune up, replacing plugs wires, etc.. problem still exists especially after vehicle is run for a while. often shifts hard during acceleration. have done transmission service, problem still exists. do not take off hard from stops. *jb
01/01/19951
 Consumer replaced engine and computer due to the manufacturer recall component failure dealing with head gaskets, manufacturer refused to cover this due to vehicle mileage being over 60,000, egr valve was also replaced when engine light came on, consumer requests reimbursement. *slc
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
08/25/2004650003008/25/2004
 1995 windstar with 3.8v6. head gasket leak. have researched online and came across scores of this problem and have seen that many of these issue were reolved at no charge because it is a manufacturing defect. i am wondering if this is so and how do i present this to the ford repair people. thank you for your time and consideration sincerely, james haugh. *ak
10/28/200341000203/29/1995
 While driving vehicle overheated. *ak the temperature gauge kept rising. consumer turned vehicle off and then on again. the temperature gauge raised again. there was a 7 yr. 70k mile warranty but ford would honor it. consumer feels ford should cover the cost of tests, and repairs. *ph
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 Consumer called complaining about having problems the head gasket recall. manufacture was contacted and stated that the recall was done and that is the only thing they can do. the head gasket has been replaced more than four times. *ph
1
 Temperature gauge would go up/down. would add freeon to try to correct. had map sensor changed. vehicle was leaking fluid. there was liquid in the exhaust pipe (antifreeze). been in contact with the dealer & manufacturer. was informed that program, which was for 7 years, and unlimited mileage from date of vehicle's manufacturer, has expired & nothing could be done. vehicle was not beyond the 7 year limit. *ak
10/30/199910/01/1999
 Our vehicle is currently being worked on for recall oomo9 for defective head gasket. the dealer is also saying the front cover gasket needs to be replaced because it is leaking antifreeze also. this is a $600.00 dollar repair job. in dec of 1999 we spent $242 to have an intake gasket replaced which was also leaking antifreeze. we feel ford motor co. put defective gasket material and should be responsible to replace or reimburse the customer for these expenses. *ak
02/17/2000103/01/1996
 3.8 engine blew its head gasket and its engine manifold prematurely at 101,000 miles. *ak
01/15/2000107/01/1997
 Engine check light, smoke out tail pipe, antifreeze odor at exhaust. *ak
 When traveling consumer noticed shaking coming from the front end engine compartment area. also, fluid was coming from the tail pipe , and there was a burning smell within the passenger compartment. consumer has contacted the dealer. dealer noticed a cracked head gaske,t causing fluid leak. dealer has yet to correct the problem. please provide any further details. *ak
11/09/19990
 Car started to idle and smoke was coming from the engine, and oil was coming out of the exhaust pipe. engine check light did not come on. took to a mechanic, and he said it was catastrophic engine failure due to head gasket failure. consumer received a warranty letter, saying it would be covered up to 60, 000 miles, but it blew out at 70, 000 miles. *ak
10/15/1999
 While driving on the highway engine check light kept coming on. vehicle began to overheat and water came out of tailpipe. also leaking radiator fluid on the engine block and heater, creating toxic gases inside the vehicle. contacted the dealer not under extended warranty. *ak
 While traveling noticed fumes from the tail pipe. also there was a smell. engine check light came on. also, vehicle was pulsating. dealer has been notified. please provide further informaton. *ak
07/23/1999108/01/1995
 We were leaving a parking lot when the a plume of vapor came out of the exhaust pipe. fortunately we saw it before getting on the freeway. the day before, the engine had begun to idle roughly. repairs cost about 2,000. *ak
 Muffler was making loud noises while in motion and while sitting at stop. dealer is replacing the exhaust which was replaced onc ebefore. *ak
07/29/1999
 While driving at 30 mph smoke came out of the tail pipe. engine check liight came on, and the engine got real hot due to engine gasket blowing out. *ak
108/21/1995
 Exhaust pipe had a hole. mjs
11/19/19981
 The consumer has been experiencing problems with head gaskets. the consumer had trouble starting the car. when pulling out of driveway, noticed that oil was leaking and the tail pipe started smoking. the manufacturer has yet to be contacted. *ak
08/03/1998
 Engine check light came on. white smoke came from the exhaust pipe. when driving, vehicle stopped. when turning the key on, a clunking noise was heard. dealer contacted and investigating problem for repair. *ak