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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 192002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states the vehicle has brake problems.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #18

Aug 052002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While being driven AT45 mph, van stalled, resulting in steering wheel locking and brakes completely failing with no pressure. Owner had no other choice but to coast through an intersection with light.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 292002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 5 mph, brakes completely shutdown. Pedal completely went to the floor with no force. Still not stopping the vehicle.. the failure of the brake system was attributed to the failing of the hydraulic control unit.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #16

Jan 302002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving and applying on brakes the pedal continues to merge to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Mechanic does not know why brakes are malfunctioning.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #15

May 221999

Windstar

  • miles
Various problem with power lock locking by itself/windshield wipers working intermittently/dome light not operating, and door ajar light staying on. Vehicle been in / out of dealer shop on several occasions, and problems still reoccurring. Possible electrical problem with failure of power locks, windshield wipers, dome light, door ajar light, door ajar switch, lift gate door ajar switch, battery saver relay inoperable, and washer light illuminating. Brakes noisy at times, dealer stated this was due to brake dust. Power steering is noisy when turning back and forth, dealer replaced tie rod end. Sliding door rattles while driving over bumps, dealer added foam tape to back side of panel, driver door rattles, sliding door hard to open at times, dealer lubed sliding hinges and latch. Dealer replaced shocks due to rattling noise when riding over bumps. Drivebelt replaced. Maf sensor replaced due to hesitation. Window guide did not fit tight.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #14

Oct 261999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed when applied and were grabbing and making a loud grinding noise resulting loss of control and an accident. Nlm

- Santa Clar, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake pedal goes to low with steady pressure.

- Palm Deser, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 101998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed.

- Redondo Be, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 241999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
When applying the brakes the pedal goes to the floor and stays down. Driver has to apply emergency brake in order to stop. Dlr couldnt duplicate the problem. Mjs

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #10

May 151998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 25 mph applied the brakes and braked didn't stop vehicle. Consumer was able to slow the vehicle down and bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

- Wilten, CT, USA

problem #9

Apr 261999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When applying brake pedal became stiff and the vehicle did not stop or slow down. Has happened 5 times, once resulting in a crash. Also happened in reverse. Dealer has seen vehicle 3 times, and though it was the leaking battery acid which was causing causing the defect.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 011997

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle jumped forward when stopping. Accelerated by itself, resulting in a crash. Brakes when applied, squeak loudly. Gears were very hard to change. Dealer contacted and is aware of the problem. Problems still exists. Provide further information.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 281998

Windstar

  • miles
While driving at any speed the vehicle stalls and the brakes grind. Had to be replace brakes twice and engine once. Consumer is hearing a banging noise coming from the vehicle and the vehicle will cut off without prior warning.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 291998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The brake pedak goes to the floor and is very mushy. The dealer has had the vehicle 4 times and claims the problem is fixed. But the problem remains, now the dealer claims that the brake pedal condition is normal for the vehicle and does not pose a problem, as a police officer and an accidend investigator I am convinced that at anything close to maximum loading those brakes will fail.

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 311998

Windstar

  • miles
Break failure.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 261998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Brakes has little resistance and are depressed to the floor when applied. This is an on-going problem that the dealer cannot seem to resolve.

- West Bloom, MI, USA

problem #2

May 271998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
When applying the brakes vehicle experienced brake loss, and eventually the brake pedal fell off.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 051997

Windstar

  • miles
Whenever steering wheel is turned, vehicle would stall out. The stalling would also occur when brakes are applied in a panic stop. Took to dealer, twice, & informed could not find cause of stalling. However, on January 26, 1998, problem was resolved by dealer.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

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