We have a 2003 Ford Windstar Minivan at about 180000 miles. The fuel pump just went up and we previously had been told to get the tie rod and wheel bearings (?) fixed. So looking at maybe $800 to $1500 of repairs to this Old Girl?
Some of its existing character flaws:
- Busted plastic pieces around the seats and the bucket in front is broken
- Left rear door makes a horrible loud sound when it auto locks (when you start up and the car locks itself)
- Was rear-ended a few years ago but the tow package on it saved us – frame was straightened out
- Has had two recalls since we bought it – seems like they are gluing the thing together.
New battery last month ($85?)
Tires are good maybe for one more year
Windshield just replaced after stone break ($159)
We really don’t want more car payments and can only buy another used vehicle, but I fear putting more into this car. Husband wants to drive it into the ground and thinks maybe another 20,000 in it. I wonder if the transmission will holdout and/or what else might go soon.
Any advice would be appreciated.