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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,980 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

May 062016


  • 95,750 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving 55 mph and without warning, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed and would not stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,750.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #5

May 282008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle sporadically loss excessive brake fluid. The dealer stated that the wiring harness that was connected to the vehicle speed cruise control failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $86.67. Secondly, the technician stated that there was a recall and her VIN was excluded from the VIN range. The contact was in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 101,000 and current mileage was 103,032. Updated 09/16/08 the was a leak in the brake master cylinder. Updated 09/22/08.

- York, PA, USA

problem #4

May 012008


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact noticed a loss of brake fluid in the vehicle. The contact would add fluid one week, and the following week, it would almost be empty. The dealer stated that the master brake cylinder and accessories needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 101,000 and failure mileage was 99,000.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 182008


  • miles


My 2001 Ford Windstar developed a brake fluid leak from the speed control deactivation switch mounted on the master cylinder. This appears to have caused the speedometer and odometer to stop working. I plan to make repairs tonight, but I noticed that many other Ford products are under a recall for this same problem, and I wanted to include the information that this problem has occurred on my Windstar. It appears to be a potential fire hazard.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 242006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130 miles
While driving down the road, I pressed my brakes to stop and the pedal went to the floor. I had no brakes until I pumped my brakes several times. While doing this my brake light and ABS light came on and stayed on. My O/D light was flashing and my speedometer stopped working along with odometer. And my A/C stopped working. We stopped to work on it and found fuse number 10 was blown. We replaced fuse. When we turned to key to start the motor blue smoke came up from motor area and fuse instantly blew. Upon further inspection found that the sensor under master cylinder was leaking brake fluid into electrical harness. Have not fixed sensor yet.

- Parrish, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 242004


  • 52,000 miles
While driving dashboard lights illuminated intermittently. The odometer went out. Consumer stopped the vehicle to look under the hood. There were little sparks of fire under the hood. The wiring that were connected to the master cylinder melted. There was brake fluid leaking down on the wiring.

- Houston, TX, USA

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