1996 Ford Windstar GL

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1996 ford windstar

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Overall Consumer Ratings
101 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (11%)
4 Star - (33%)
3 Star - (33%)
2 Star - (19%)
1 Star - (5%)

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What's New

Ford boosted output on the 3.8-liter V6 from 155 to 200 horsepower. Trim and equipment have been revised, and four-wheel disc brakes come with traction control or the tow package. A new integrated child safety seat has been added to the options list. Tune-ups happen every 100,000 miles. Traction control is now optional.


Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Steering


  • Third Passenger Door

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission Overdrive Switch


  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Rear Seat Audio Controls


  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Passenger Air Bag

Seat & Trim

  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Tires & Wheels

  • Steel Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Wheel Covers

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 130 amp alternator
  • 15.0" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full plastic sport wheel covers, center Ford badge
  • 20 gallon fuel tank w/tethered fuel cap
  • 5-mph bumper impact protection
  • 58 amp-hour (540 CCA) battery w/battery saver
  • Aero headlamps w/(2) clear headlight lenses & replaceable halogen bulbs
  • Auto locking safety belt retractors for outboard positions
  • Black exterior antenna
  • Black painted cowl panel
  • Black windshield/side/rear window surround moldings
  • Black-framed windshield-mounted 10" day/night mirror
  • Body-color painted front/rear wrap-around bumper facias
  • Body-color rocker panels w/PVC corrosion protection/stone abrasion resistance
  • Body-colored grille opening panel
  • Center high-mount stop lamp located in upper frame of liftgate
  • Coat hooks-inc: second-row LH, third-row LH/RH recessed/flip-out
  • Color-keyed "A"/"D" pillar & upper garnish moldings
  • Color-keyed LH quarter trim panel-inc: second & third-row integral armrests, integral rear speaker, (2) cupholders, ashtray w/integral cigar lighter
  • Color-keyed liftgate door trim panel w/pull strap
  • Color-keyed RH quarter trim panel-inc: third-row integral armrest, integral rear speaker, cupholder & rear compartment for storing jack
  • Color-keyed sliding side door trim panels w/upper cloth applique
  • Courtesy light switches on all doors and liftgate
  • Door ajar/fasten seatbelts/low oil level/headlamps on/parking lamps on/ key-in-ignition audible chimes
  • Driver & front passenger air bags (SIRS)


  • Driver/passenger 3-point passive safety belt w/adjustable D-rings
  • Dual black fold-away sail-mounted mirrors (RH convex)
  • Dual color-keyed cloth sun visors w/covered vanity mirrors, LH map strap
  • Dual-note horn
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Fixed black vinyl steering wheel w/center blow horn
  • Fixed second-row and rear liftgate glass
  • Flush LH fuel-filler door
  • Forced-air ventilation/heater/defroster w/front door windwo demisters, 4-speed fan/rotary controls, (4) adjustable instrument panel registers & positive shutoff for multi-directional air flow
  • Ford oval located on center of grille opening panel
  • Ford oval located on RH portion of liftgate
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Front wrap-around turn signals/parking lights/clear-lens side reflectors
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Front/rear dome lights w/automatic interior lighting dim delay
  • Front/sliding side door intrusion beams
  • Fuel system inertia switch
  • Full-length color-keyed 13.0 ounce carpet
  • Gas-pressurized shock absorbers
  • Inside hood release located at lower LH kick panel
  • Interval windshield wipers w/dual washer jets
  • Limo-style front & RH sliding side doors w/concealed drip-rail system
  • Locking/energy-absorbing black steering column
  • MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs


  • Manual locks w/child-proof sliding side-door lock
  • Manual roll-down front door windows & rear quarter flip-out glass
  • Mechanical instrumentation-inc: fuel/temp gauges, low oil pressure,
  • Molded full-length color-keyed cloth headliner
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Rear 3-point shoulder/lap safety belts for outboard seating positions w/lap belt for 3-passenger center bench seat
  • Rear license plate lights
  • Rear liftgate w/gas support struts, dual latches, interior assist strap, outside release handle concealed under license plate header
  • Rear side red reflectors integral w/tail lamps
  • Second-row 2-passenger cloth bench seat w/forward folding seat back, quick-release feature for easy removal, RH armrest
  • Single-speed rear wiper
  • Solar-tinted flush-mounted all-around glass
  • Sound insulation
  • Stalk controls-inc: turn signals, flash-to-pass, headlamp high-beam, front wiper/washer w/mist feature
  • T125/90R15 mini-spare tire
  • Tri-color wrap-around integral rear stop/tail lamps, back-up lamp, side marker, amber turn signal & rear reflector
  • Two-tone color-keyed front door trim panels w/front window demister, padded armrest, map pocket, lower carpet insert
  • Two-tone instrument panel w/ashtray, (2) cupholders, center-lower storage bin, locking glovebox, driver/passenger knee bolsters, cigar lighter
  • Underbody spare-tire carrier w/cable winch mechanism
  • Variable-rate steel coil spring rear suspension
  • w/lockout feature & mini headphone jacks