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Average Mileage:
145,500 miles
Total Complaints:
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2001 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072015

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles


My electrical system is screwed up. Automatic doors work when they want to. And if I leave anything plugged in, it drains my battery. I am on my 3 red one in 5 years! So now I try and remember to unplug everything. It's a pain in the ass. As the battery is being jump started, everything electrical in my van starts going nuts!

- , Waterloo, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 082011

Windstar SEL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I have replaced the alternator x3 and the battery x2 and have recently moved to South Carolina with my kids. This is apparently not a concern that Ford has even when it is happening to so many vehicles. These alternators cost $150 to $180 each time and the battery is up to $100. I have even started on the dealerships that will tell you that the other 6 items listed as recall doesn't apply to your particular van. I do love my van but it would be nice if it didn't cost me as much as a years rent to fix it.

- , Roebuck, SC, USA

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