I've been following the Ford Windstar rear-axle snapping issue since first alerted to it by a NY Times piece by Christopher Jensen back in May. The comments from some of the people personally involved are heart wrenching. Now comes news via the Detroit News that Ford is buying back Windstar models that were subject to recall.
To recap, Ford has recalled about 475,000 Windstar vans in the United States and Canada for rear axles that can corrode and potentially break. It was a problem exacerbated by poor design that allowed road salt to accumulate on the rear axle and making it rust. According to the Detroit News, Ford has been providing rentals to customers pending the repairs being made.
Now the company has decided to just go ahead and buy back Windstars purchased before Aug. 26 instead of repairing them, according to the Detroit News article. Ford said it plans to repurchase primarily the oldest vehicles -- and ones that have cracked or perforated axles.
What do you think? Should the Windstar be on the permanent Do Not Buy list? Why would anybody buy one now? Comment below.