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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
85,934 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 10 of 10)

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problem #17

Jun 132008

Windstar

  • miles

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

Ford Windstar brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problems * brake light (red) stays on * 15 amp fuse #10 blowing out * fire or smoke coming from under the van ABS ECM area while off. * melted ABS ECM wiring connector. * speedometer and odometer stop working. * cruise control will not activate or deactivates without warning. * ABS brake light (yellow).

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 172001

Windstar

  • miles
Dash lights on; engine, ABS, brake, overdrive blinks, speedometer and odometer stopped working, cruise control stopped working. This turned into an expensive ECM repair caused aby a leaking brake fluid which shorted out wiring and fuses.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #15

May 312008

Windstar

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact noticed smoke and sparks underneath the hood and from the doors of the vehicle. She stated that the smoke and electrical sparks occurred once on May 31, 2008. The failure occurred after driving 40 mph, at which time the vehicle shut off and failed to restart. The weather was dry and sunny. On June 3, 2008, the vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that there was circuit failure. Ford is aware of the failure, but will not provide assistance. The contact left the vehicle at the dealer and is waiting on Ford to issue a recall so that her vehicle can be remedied. The current and failure mileages were 109,000. Updated 07/09/08

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 142003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 0 miles

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

Smoke started coming out from the car. The cable and plug from the cruise control to the ABS control module short circuited. The mechanic cut the cables to further prevent any other electrical problem. I having replaced this part due to trouble in finding it. I complained about an electrical problem to the dealer but they never found the problem. A month after the guarantee expired this incident occurred. I tried to claim this to the dealer since it was reported but they said there was nothing they could do. I have a 6 year old boy we were lucky the car didn't caught on fire. Maybe Ford motors is waiting for a tragic accident to occur before taking any action.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #13

Mar 152008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. Occasionally, the contact has to spend time maneuvering the gear shift out of park. The dealer stated that there was a related safety recall; however, it was performed on the vehicle with the first owner. The current mileage was 129,500 and the failure mileage was 124,000. Updated 06/25/08 the consumer requested to withdraw his complaint, since the dealer said the problem was originating from somewhere else and the recall problem was not the issue. Updated 06/25/08

- Manor, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 092007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles
My 2001 Windstar has been blowing driver side headlights. Not only does the light blow but the entire glass part of bulb blows completely off. This is the 6th time we have changed bulb. This time I was 60 miles from home on a road full of 18 wheelers. When the head light blows so does my tail lights. So I must drive home with 4 way flashers on. The only reason I have this van is because we have 5 children and have to use a van to go anywhere. Which means my children are always in it when it messes up. This time, also, when trying to get the van back home, my interior lights kept going on and off by there self. And as always the motor stutters and makes it hard to go up any hill. We live in Alabama. Every road I take is nothing but hills.

- Parrish, AL, USA

problem #11

Jan 102006

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

1) none. 2) multiple occasions failure of the brakes occurred after the vehical came to a compete stop. Car shutters at 40,50 and 60 mph. Several mis-accidents occured. These were diverted as our habits were altered to stop a minimum 10 feet from traffic and travel 10-15 mph less that posted. 3) replacement of the complete break system, pads, cylinders, lines, rotors and all computers to include fuses. All factory parts.

- Montpelier, VA, USA

problem #10

May 042006

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
FOIA request any reports, notices complaints/ information, mfg violations, warning/ regulatory ltrs re electrical and/or air bag fires in 2004-2004 Ford Windstar minivans. The consumers daughter died and the son was injured when their vehicle caught on fire.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Apr 082005

Windstar

  • miles
While driving my 2001 Ford Windstar the entire dashboard lit up. Then the ABS, odometer, and engine light remained on. Speedometer stopped working, and the odometer went blank. The van was taken to apple valley Ford, where we were told that ABS system had been leaking for sometime with no warning indication, and shorted out the entire electrical system. The repair bill was $4500 as the front electrical module was shot due to the leakage. Dealer and Ford corporation could not explain cause of leak, why warning system did not work, why the extreme damage or why the front electrical module was located so close to the ABS system, that allowed this to happen. I questioned if this was a manufacturing or latent defect. Repair was being done at this time.

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #7

Jan 062005

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,090 miles

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

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

problem #6

Aug 212004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Questions: My husband and I own a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan which has been causing us trouble lately. Two months ago, the car engine stopped suddenly in the middle of the street while I was driving. After letting the car sit for half an hour, I was able to restart the car. When I took the car to the local Ford muzi dealer, however, they weren't able to find a problem with it, so I called Ford corporation concerning the issue of safety, and we agreed that I co-pay $100 to replace the cam-sensor, which they said would solve. The problem. Two weeks after replacing the cam-sensor, however, my car stopped again in the middle of the road when I was driving my younger daughter to school. The car was later towed to muzi Ford dealer and fixed again. Today, around 5 P.M., the engine stopped abruptly again while my husband was driving. Fortunately, there were no cars behind him, or our car might have been run into and our four-year-old son in the back seat would have been killed. Since the Ford dealer could not find a problem with the car, we requested for a partial refund or an exchange. However, Ford corporation refused both options and is ignoring our calls. We are very concerned about the safety of our entire family; if the engine stopped in the middle of the highway, we could all be killed.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 192003

Windstar

  • miles
Driver side window inoperable, engine light stays on, and interior lights flickers on. Motor was replaced in driver's side window, cost: $294. Made appt. To have diagnostic check - charging $90 to do so.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 272004

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing problems with transmission, brake lights and head light equipment. The light kept blowing out. The driver's side twice, rear driver and passenger brake light once and the rear center brake light twice. The consumer stated the transmission failed.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 042003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
An electrical connector seal had to be installed, the seat buckles and rear wiper motor cover were replaced, the ABS failed, and right before the engine shut down all the lights on the dash board illuminated, after the vehicle was repaired the intake manifold, speed sensor and brake sensor failed. RQ04011.

- Cape Charles, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012003

Windstar

  • miles
There was an electrical shortage, which caused the vehicle to have no lights inside the vehicle.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 222001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Only method of opening vehicle door from outside using a key is through drivers side door or using remote entry system. Consumer complaint is that if driver's door is inoperable, and electrical system is inoperable, there is no way to open vehicle from outside. There should be an option to manually open each of the doors. Eliminating this option was just to save a few dollars on the part of the manufacturee.

- Hampton, VA, USA

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