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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,422 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2001 Ford Windstar accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 192000

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100 miles


Repeated failure and replacement of various parts of the electrical system including wiper motor, rear wiper motor, fuel pump, fuel pump fuses, alternator, repeated replacement of battery, repeated replacement of brake lights and light sockets and brake light switch, repeated failure and replacement of electric door locks, repeated replacement of coil wire, replacement of egr valve. Constant stalling of vehicle in rain or humid weather. Vehicle stall when air conditioner is in use. Rough idle and stalling when vehicle is stopped and engine is running. All of these complaints have been constant and ongoing despite repeated replacement of electrical components since delivery of the vehicle in December of 2000.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Interior door latch on passenger side loading door is broken. Door cannot be opened from the inside to release passengers from rear section of the vehicle.

- New Haven, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 092010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 194,500 miles
My 2001 Windstar had been making a scrunching noise each time I went off a curb. I took it to a tire place as that's when I found the crack in the axle in August 2010. The tire dealer didn't make that kind of repair so I call Ford dealership who told me to bring the car in and that a recall had just been issued. My car sat for six months. On 1/26/2011 the dealer called and said my axle had been repaired and that I could pick the car up. I couldn't pick it up that day. On 1/27/11 I heard the news state a new recall and I looked it up. Turns out my car is involved in that recall too. I went to the dealer and I communicated to them that I do not want that vehicle back under any circumstances. The ABS light has been malfunctioning for three years or more. Since I got the vehicle I had many problems with sensors and I have had to replace the transmission after having only around 78,000 miles on the vehicle. I completed all maintenance on my vehicle as suggested by Ford, yet I have had so many problems. I called Ford on 1/27 and told them I do not want the vehicle back. They said a buy back isn't being offered for this recall at this time. It may be offered when the letter is distributed. I still do not want this vehicle back. I have three children and I cannot trust that this vehicle is safe.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,090 miles
I have had problems with my 2001 Windstar passenger rear automatic door since the day I bought the car brand new. The door would constantly close and reopen. I have had it checked at least 3 times for this problem. Most recently the door would not close all the way and has been rattling. The problem now is the door has closed and locked and will not open. My Ford dealer needs to pry it open with some device just to check the problem. Minimum cost for this is $250. I cannot drive this vehicle with a jammed door because I have two small children. If I ever needed to get them out in an emergency I would not be able to. I have contacted Ford Motor Company to see if there has been any recalls of this nature. Ford did not acknowledge this problem and dismissed it and me. I think Ford should investigate this further and I think they should be responsible to fix the problem for free. An automatic door malfunctioning seems like a recall situation to me even if there is only one person whom its happened to so far there may be others.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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