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Top 10 'cash for clunkers' trade-ins

By: Ashley Chase on Dec. 11, 2009, 8:02 a.m.
Ford Windstar

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10. Ford Windstar

The Windstar is a minivan that was produced and sold from 1994 to 2003. It performed well in the minivan market, but the vehicle developed a bad reputation for reliability — headgasket failure, transaxle internal failure, cracked forward and reverse clutch pistons and transmission problems. Interesting factoid: In line with Ford's new theme of vehicles starting with "F", Windstar was renamed "Freestar." Despite a major restyling, the new van was built in the same factory and suffered the same problems — the redesign and new name did not help sales. The Freestar was pulled after two years and was replaced with the new Flex Crossover.