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Transmission Fluid Leaking problems of the 2000 Ford Windstar



Three problems related to transmission fluid leaking have been reported for the 2000 Ford Windstar.

car   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem 1
Failure Date: 07/30/2008

2000 Ford Windstar transmission leaking. It started intermittently and then became more serious. Leaving a stream and trail of transmission fluid in my garage, my driveway and the street in front of my house. I have brought it to a reputable transmission repair shop and they tell me I need a complete rebuild. I have received a second opinion which is the same as the first. The lowest repair cost is $2200. After researching for similar issues with the Ford Windstar, I am amazed that there are several (too many) complaints regarding the same problem. This cannot be coincidence. If the transmission design Ford provided in these vehicles is not reliable, Ford needs to step up and repair these issues under warranty even though it has long expired. Chrysler realized they had an issue and revised their warranties to 10 years and 100,000 miles. Ford needs to follow suit.

car   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem 2
Failure Date: 07/12/2003

Bought van from dealer June 2001 with 28,000 miles; ongoing issues with automatic transmission over 24 month period; 34,000 miles, harsh vibration and slipping on acceleration (at times no faster than 35 mph getting on interstate), rebuild under 3 yr, 36 warranty (torch converter other internals); 1 year later, 58,000 miles, same symptoms with fluid leakage, transmission totally gone, replace with new rebuilt transmission under purchased extended warranty; 4 months later, 64,000 miles same symptoms, slippage, harsh vibration, rebuild torch converter under warranty; 4 months later (June 2003) transmission starting to show same symptoms, dealer can not duplicate; now constant vibration when torch converter is locked in,clunking, slipping on acceleration around corners, end of July filed under lemon law at state, waiting to hear from them.

car   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem 3
Failure Date: 06/15/2002

During the first 2 years of driving the vehicle there was always a noticeable thunk when the gearshift was first engaged. On two separate occasions I inquired of the dealer what this might be and was advised that it was not unusual and that I should use the parking brake at all times to minimize this problem. In any event, after 2 1/2 years of mainly highway driving the transmission simply failed one day while I was on a major highway driving about 110 km/hr. It was towed to the dealer who diagnosed the failure as arising from a hydraulic line that had burst inside the transmission leaking a contaminating fluid into the transmission fluid which subsequently resulted in a melt-down of the working parts inside the transmission.