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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,092 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 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

May 312011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles

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

My drivers side back door will not open from the inside or outside and my passenger side back door will not open from the inside. My (ABS) light will not go off. There is a cracking noise under where my front tires are on both sides.

- Iberia, MO, USA

problem #32

Apr 132003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Nov 9, 2002, is when we purchased the red Windstar van we were told that the dealership had used it as a promotional car for the owners and their wives. February a complaint officer at Ford told me they were just putting the car in our name it was listed under enterprise still. I called to asked why we were just getting the recall notice for the seat when I had called them 5 times with the call I made 2-7-07 and why had they not sent a notice for the sliding doors.

- Arcola, MS, USA

problem #31

Apr 222005

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger front door opened as the consumer turned a corner. The door was closed and there was no indication from the computer it was ajar.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 072004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Back passenger sliding door opens unintended and does it while the vehicle is on.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #29

Jan 242005

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Problems with side sliding doors. This problem has been bought to the dealer's attention 6 times. The dealer has attempted to repair the problem but has not been successful.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 202001

Windstar

  • 50 miles
Both sliding doors did not close fully. The doors would shut and pop back open even when locked. The mechanic replaced several components but only provided a temporary fix. The failure still exist. At 50,000 the intake manifold was replaced twice within a year because it contained a leak.

- Lake Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #27

Aug 232004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

Sliding door shut on its own. Toddler was caught in the door, and the door struck his hand. There should be a sensor for people exiting or entering the vehicle.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 082004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Numerous things have gone wrong since we bought the vehicle. Items covered under warranty: Electric seat stopped working twice, and transmission wouldn't shift when it was supposed to. Items not covered under warranty: Brakes replaced at 30,000+ miles-told was normal for them to wear out so quickly; rack and pinion replaced at around 55,000 miles; months after brakes replaced, brakes grind loudly when coming to a stop (brakes checked numerous times, but was told they were ok); ABS brake light comes on and stays on after driving (not illuminated on start up, but comes on later); back dome light not secure-falls out; dome lights sometimes come on when braking; check engine light on for months, didn't have it checked, but turned off by itself; sliding door drags-rusted on vechicle frame.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #25

Sep 192002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed that driver's rear side door did not latch. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and mechanic replaced the door switch. However, the problem recurred, and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #24

Feb 072004

Windstar

  • miles
I own a 2001 Ford Windstar sel with power sliding doors. I am concerned with the problem I am having because one of the mechanisms used to operate the door is inoperable and the door no longer works electrically. The standard cost for this repair is $1800, alot of money for a door repair. My concern is that if the power mechanism is not working these doors should be able to operate safetly manually. That is not the case the door is excessively heavy (heavier than a manual door) and when the vechicle is on an incline the door will not stay open. I have two children (ages 3 and 1) and I am concerned for their safety with this door. I feel there should be some safety precaution to hold the door open when the power fails. The door should require some sort of slight tug or pull to close not just gravity. I think if this issue is not resolved on these power doors someone is going to lose a finger, hand or much worse. Otherwise I think that manufacturers should make these repairs more affordable, most families (which is the majority of owners of mini-vans) are on tight budgets and $2000, is just outrageous for a door repair!

- Fairhaven, MA, USA

problem #23

Jan 122003

Windstar

  • miles

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

When closing passenger sliding door the door would not close. Consumer made contact with the dealership.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #22

Sep 172003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The consumer stated that while a child was getting out of the vehicle, the sliding door caught the child's right arm which resulted in injury.

- Shawnee Mission, KS, USA

problem #21

Nov 012002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
I have read numerous complaints on edmunds.com (town hall) from other Windstar owners. I'm concerned for my family with these doors failing. I am going back to my Ford dealer for a second visit to have them fix a problem that is of grave importance to my family and families of Windstar owners. Ford needs to take this matter more seriously and provide more support to fix these problems with these doors failing to work properly. Your attention to this matter is appreciated. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**770812

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #20

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states the automatic doors have no sensors to stop them if someone or something is in the way. Door already closed on consumer while removing children from vehicle.

- Parker, AZ, USA

problem #19

Jul 112002

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer states right sliding door hangs 1/2 way at times. Right side door lubed and adjusted. Door moulding needs to be replaced. Drivers door weatherstrip replaced. Check windnoise, no problem found. All door locks and rear liftgate shocks were greased. Right door hangs up and will not open easily.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #18

Mar 012001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both power sliding doors will not stay closed. Vehicle has been taken to dealer 6 times, hinges and motor have been replaced. Dealer unable to remedy the problem.

- West Hemsted, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 012002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power sliding door failed to stay close. While driving along door ajar signal on the dashboard will illumintate to alert that door has popped open. Power sliding door cannot be manually forced to close. Dealer was notified.

- Southfield, AL, USA

problem #16

Jun 232002

Windstar

  • miles
While driving down a 2 lane highway, my driver's side automatic door opened on it's own. I immediately pulled to the side of the road, turned off the automatic setting, and shut the door manually. Luckily, I was in the van alone, not with my wife and 3 1/2 year old daughter. I called the dealership and told me to get it to them right away. They could not get it to malfunction while in the service department, but I did inform them that the door, when fully closed, does stick out further than the passenger side. They readjusted the door and said that no other reports of this happening has ever occurred when they talked to Ford engineering. But, I see on this site many reports of a similar nature. Waiting on dealership for possible exchange of vehicle.

- Lafollette, TN, USA

problem #15

Apr 012002

Windstar

  • miles
Sliding door behind driver keeps coming open while driving. Dealer has made numerous adjustments and problem keeps occurring. Consumer states vehicle is not safe for children or anyone in the rear.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #14

Jul 252001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Without warning side electrical door will open and shut without command. Also sensor on door is not functioning accurately, dealer has been notified. Mechanic has serviced vehicle 8 times, and has not resolved the problem. Consumer adds that the passenger side sliding door is the problem. The door will also close or open pathway then change directions. Door motion can go on for 5 minutes. Sensor also failed. Door will push on anything that is in its way.

- Fortmill, SC, USA

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