BEWARE THE TORQUE CONVERTER AND REAR AXLE
I really like these vans, which I use for business and pleasure. I have several including a 2000, 2001 and a 2003. They've all had the rear axles repaired or replaced(per factory recall.) However, the torque converter in these vehicles can be problematic. After Ford replaced the Windstar with the Freestar in 2004 there was a recall on the Freestar torque converter, but they never did a recall on the SAME torque converter in the previous Windstar models. When the Windtar torque converter goes it is best to junk the van rather than fix it(big $$$.) Also, rocker panel and frame rust can be a problem. Message: Be careful when you are looking to buy a used Windstar.