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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,700 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Consumer's vehicle was parked with children inside. When one of the children exited the vehicle it was on fire. Consumer removed the second child and noticed that fire spread from the dashboard to the rear of the vehicle.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Jul 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Driver side electric window stopped working a couple of weeks ago. At first I was annoyed at having to open the door at toll booths etc, then it occurred to me that its also a big safety problem if I am ever in an accident. I will have it fixed at my next service soon, but if there are similar problems with other owners then perhaps NHTSA and Ford should put out a recall notice.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 192003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles
Over thirty separate warranty repairs over two years. Faulty electrical door locks (kids couldn't exit), transmission leakage, transmission failure, front-end defects with loud thumping noises and several body problems. Most notable body problems are wind noise and water leakage through doors and windows. Most recently, the fuel pump failed (@ 37,000 miles). Ford has all along refused to acknowledge the problems. Now that the vehicle is out of warranty, they have again said they will not doing anything. The vehicle is unreliable and unsafe to operate.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 102002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The dash shorted out. Causing the heater, fan, and radio to staop working. I had already taken the van in for the earlier recall and the seal was replaced. Then it shorted again and this time I had to pay for it.

- Terryville, CT, USA

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