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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,337 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Aug 132016

Windstar

  • 194,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the rear driver side tire was crooked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear axle cracked and needed to be replaced. In addition, the dealer informed the contact that the axle was replaced from a previous recall, NHTSA campaign number: 12V1930000 (power train); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 194,000. The VIN was not available.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #37

Mar 302014

Windstar

  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford Windstar. The contacted stated while driving at an unknown speed making a right turn, the rear wheels seized causing the vehicle to slide side to side erratically. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the traction sensor and rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was made aware that the vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension).the manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 162,000.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #36

Jun 082014

Windstar

  • 155,011 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while making a left turn at approximately 10 mph, the contact heard a thumping sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. It was discovered that the rear axle was fractured. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 155,011.

- Deerbourn Heights , MI, USA

problem #35

Jul 162010

Windstar

  • 122,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving 45 mph when he struck a pothole, causing the rear axle to fracture. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where he was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was 122,000. Updated 11/16/10.

- Lasalle, MI, USA

problem #34

Aug 142010

Windstar

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, there was an abnormal pop from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered the rear axle was fractured upon further inspection. The contact was able to locate numerous complaints online regarding the failure yet the vehicle was not under recall. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #33

Aug 132010

Windstar

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer and the dealer informed him that the rear axle was cracked and not to drive it until it was repaired. The contact planned to have the axle repaired by the dealer. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance as there was no official recall. The current and failure mileages were approximately 79,000.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #32

Aug 112010

Windstar

  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While shifting into reverse gear the contact heard a loud crunching sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. After examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the rear axle was cracked in half. The vehicle had not been diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 110000. The VIN was not available.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #31

Jul 032010

Windstar

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the left rear axle was cracked. The failure was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 86000.

- Fairlawn, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle responded as if it had a flat tire. When he drove onto the emergency lane he noticed that the rear wheel was tilting outward. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who stated that the rear axle was cracked in half. The dealer was not been notified. The failure and current mileages were 133000. Updated 10/21/10.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #29

Aug 032010

Windstar

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a loud bang from the rear of the vehicle. Within seconds, the vehicle began to fishtail. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair facility where the contact was informed that the rear axle had fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 109,000.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #28

Jul 312010

Windstar

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving at approximately 50 mph when the vehicle began to violently shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the rear axle was severely cracked. The dealer was in the process of replacing the rear axle. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 150,000.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #27

Jul 032010

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at 30 mph, the rear of the vehicle unexpectedly dropped. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where the contact was advised that the rear axle was fractured. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

- Reading , PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 042010

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Ford Windstar. Consumer states that the rear axle cracked and broke in to two parts the consumer stated prior to her service appointment, she heard a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle when suddenly, the vehicle began to slide. Fortunately, she was able to control the vehicle. When she arrived home, she looked under the rear of the vehicle and discovered a large crack in the rear axle.

- Chesterfield, NJ, USA

problem #25

May 102010

Windstar

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 30 mph the contact heard a rubbing noise underneath the rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who confirmed that the rear axle was bent. The rear axle was replaced by the independent mechanic. The failure has not recurred since the vehicle was repaired; however, transmission fluid has leaked out of the vehicle. The transmission leak was not diagnosed by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 123,000.

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 202010

Windstar

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving over a railroad track at 20 mph, the rear axle broke in half. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who will perform a diagnostic test and advise him of the repair cost. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

- Marseilles, IL, USA

problem #23

Jun 012010

Windstar

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear axle on his vehicle was broken. The vehicle started swaying back and forth while driving approximately 5 mph. He looked underneath the vehicle and noticed that the rear axle had broken in half. The dealer informed the contact that the axle had to be replaced at the owners expense for $497 along with the drums and other brake components. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000. The current mileage was 62,500.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #22

Jul 122010

Windstar

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle began making an abnormal squeaking noise from the rear. The contact moved the vehicle from the roadway and exited the vehicle. He then discovered the rear axle was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Duryia, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 112010

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 40 mph a loud cracking sound was heard in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle began to move from the left to the right. Smoke was also coming from the rear end of the vehicle. The contact was able to drive safely onto the emergency lane. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear axle was severely cracked. The vehicle remained on the emergency lane and was not towed or further examined. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 082010

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact was traveling 65 mph when the rear of the vehicle began making an abnormal cracking sound. The contact shut the vehicle off to observe the failure but did not locate one. He continued driving to his destination and heard the noise again. He then noticed that the rear wheels were abnormally tilted inward. The contact, who was a mechanic, was able to locate the failure as a crack in the rear axle. The local dealer stated that the part was on backorder and they would not be able to repair the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 130,000. Updated 09/29/10.

- East Paunton, MA, USA

problem #19

Jul 052010

Windstar

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving in reverse, there was a loud noise in the rear of the vehicle. The contact observed that the rear axle was broken and that the tire was pushed outward. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic and will be repaired. The mechanic stated that the parts would not be available for a week. The manufacturer stated that there were no related recalls or warranties. The failure and current mileages were 157,000.

- Mercerville, NJ, USA

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