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7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$200.00
Average Mileage:
165,362 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. check for instrument cluster circuit board for cracks (1 reports)
  3. not able to pay a mech. to check it out it's just spooky now (1 reports)
1999 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 012012

Windstar LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,343 miles

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

Voltage comes from OBDII plug, fuses are all ok (as are all relays). The ECU was replaced (turns out nothing was wrong with the first one either).

Theres no communication, Headlights flicker while driving (as does dashboard) Dealership codes (the ones from the odometer, as its the only ones they can pull) say there is no communication from ANY of the computer modules.

Because of that - odometer stopped working at 252K and turns into - - - - - - <--- dashes once i start moving, Traction control, cruise control, etc all dont work simply because of the ECU communications issue.

Engine goes on to default timings "again, because of the ECU issue" which causes stalling and bad idling "all sensors are OK".

Electrical issues have turned the van into scrap.

- , MChigeeng, ON, canada

problem #6

Mar 292013

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

All my gauges flicker and get stuck, I can be sitting in my drive way and it says I am doing 7,15,whatever mph it feels like saying, I have gotten 2 speeding tickets because it says I'm doing 0 and was clocked doing 60 or gets stuck at 50 or whatever mph and then I get a ticket because I am really doing 55. Ford needs to fix this problem I mean really this is unsafe...

- , Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #5

May 182011

Windstar 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

this is only 1 of the several things wrong. i think ford should cover the cost of fixing my car! or replace it.

- , Capac, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 172011

Windstar 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,300 miles

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

my instrument panel just went haywire now my car wont start

- , Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 012011

Windstar 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,800 miles

Gauges danced around when it got hot under dash or when I heit a bump. Took van to a personal mechanic. Mechanic found problem and fixed it without replacing the cluster. Not sure how long it will last.

- , Wausau, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 072010

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,090 miles

i got 210,590 miles had the orignal battery and it died. got a jump bax hot shot was good for 3 days replased battery with brand new one next day i was passing the powerplant and my gauges gone wild problem started...they spin at random never in my life saw this could i have a fried relay? i cant even guess how much this will cost i can gauge mechanical costs but this is beyond my scope can anyone help?

Update from Sep 15, 2010: NO ANSWER TO THIS PROBLEM YET. I NOW HAVE 212,000 MILES ON THE VAN AND IT ONLY FLICKERS

WHEN IM IN MY HOME TOWN.DROVE THRU JERSEY AND BACK TO PA...NOT A FLICKER TILL I GOT TO COLLEGEVILLE EXIT ON 422!!!

- , Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #1

May 122010

Windstar SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

this problem happens about everytime we drive it.sometimes we are going the speed limit and tho speedometer will jump up above 120 m.p.h. gas gauge,tachometer.and hot gauge does the same thing...

- , Williamson, WV, USA

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