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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,738 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #79

Jun 282012


  • miles


ABS light, air bag light and brake light keeps coming back on while car is on.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #78

Nov 152011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Brake and ABS light go off and on could smell hot copper wire....code like 11 brake codes all due to ABS module.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #77

Feb 122009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 157,500 miles
I am writing this to whom this may concern speed control on Windstar 2001 is the idling problem when putting drive the idle goes up to 35 the 40 mile an hour running making it hard to stop until it drops if it drops vehicle likes to lunge forward when leaving a stoplight or stop sign or sitting still in line at traffic this is a real problem I have had the sensors changed twice this problem still exists soon as you touch the gas pedal the vehicle jumps to 35 to 40 mile an hour. If there's a recall for this problem I sure would like to know about it thank you very much. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #76

Feb 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


I saw a recall on the speed sensor, my traction controls keeps coming on mother of 4 children and everyday driving van.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #75

Aug 292011


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that after having repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control), the vehicle experienced major electrical problems and brake fluid leaking. The fluid leaked on the ABS modules, causing the electronic components to have a short, including the brakes. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #74

Jun 072010


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the dealer repaired the vehicle under the NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control) recall, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer denied any assistance with repairing the defect. The contact stated the recall did not give a solution to the defect, but instead slows down the failure from occurring. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Monoray Park, CA, USA

problem #73

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The check traction control system warning illuminates, as well as the ABS, trac off, and the brake system warning lights on the dash.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #72

Aug 312011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I turned in my Ford Windstar on to the john West Ford diler, the ABS, and brake lights came on 3 days before to brought it for been diagnosed. 2 days after they gave me an estimate for $ $2400 dollars. That really surprise me and I answer no thanks do not fix my car. They put my van together and since that moment my van I didn't start again is like a death. They said the PCM and ABS module got burned. I think they made a mistake and kill my van PCM but I cant proved. I was reading the ABS recall about and sounds like there is nothing releated wiht the PCM module. Any way they sent my van back home onto a town truck and at this moment a can't find the problem yet. Oh I almost forgot some for sure they charge me $ $200 for diagnosis. If you want to confirm my history you can call[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #71

Jul 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The ABS and brake light began coming on intermittantly a couple of months ago. It seems that the ABS ECU module is the problem as multiple ABS codes were read. Now, two months later my cruise control no longer works. If you do the research online as well as in your complaint section for 2001 winstar it is an all too common problem. It seems to be a problem that was not addressed properly on an earlier recall by Ford (09S09) which included a scds wiring harness replacement only caused by brake fluid leaking onto wiring and causing a potential fire hazard. Many owners believe the fluid not only ran down the wiring continuing to run onto the ABS connector causing parts to short out and fail and also onto the cruise control connector causing it to fail. I truly believe this is the reason all these ABS modules are's amazing how many complaints with my same problem are on your website these are very expensive parts to replace (over $1000) plus labor. The absence of the ABS system does cause braking problems and can cause the brakes to lock up and skid...this happened to me...just missed having a wreck! the connector to the cruise is also being effected causing it to fail as well. I think Ford should be required to at least check these vehicle and replace these parts if they are found to be faulty before someone gets in an accident. They may have already.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #70

Jul 042011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights on the dashboard light up and stay lit. They will only go off after the key is turned off. It took several trips to the Ford dealership for them to diagnose these: Perform Q test ABS system found multiple dtc's cmdtc C1185 ABS pwr relay output circuit failure, C1194 lf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1198 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1210 rf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1246 rr outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1250 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1254 rr inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1446 brake switch circuit failure open or shorted to ground, U1262 scp data link fault, fail speed deactivation switch.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 292011


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while parked and unoccupied, the vehicle engulfed into uncontrollable flames, which moved intensely in the direction of a nearby residence and burned the front structure of the house. The fire department extinguished the excessive flames. The fire was contributed to an electrical issue involving the speed deactivation switch. The vehicle was declared destroyed and towed to a savage facility. The contact discovered a recall after the failure occurred and was displeased to know that she was not previously notified of the recall. The recall was associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V399000 (vehicle speed control). The contact experienced the identical consequence mentioned in the recall. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the VIN was included in the recall, but they were unable to provide additional assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #68

Jan 272011


  • 140,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar. I took it to the dealership to have some safety recalls done. A few days later I was driving along and smoke started boiling out from under the hood so I pulled over and by the time I got stopped and got the kids out safely it quit smoking. I raised the hood and could see some burned wiring under the brake master cylinder. We got back in and drove on then the transmission started shifting wrong and the brake pedal didn't feel right, it felt spongy. I took it to my mechanic who is ase master and Ford senior master certified. He replaced the trans range sensor and told me that the fire was caused by a defective cruise control deactivation switch leaking brake fluid.he replaced the switch and advised me to take it back to the dealer and have them do the recall which is what they were supposed to have done in the first place. He said that it also had a damaged ABS module and wiring and that was part of the recall.I called them and they said they only did the rear axle recall that was on the letter I got from Ford. My mechanic said that they were required by law to complete all safety recalls while it was in their possession. I am going to take it back but I'm afraid to drive it cause it hardly has any brakes. My mechanics said it was because all the brake fluid leaked out of the switch and got air in the lines.

- Booneville, MS, USA

problem #67

Mar 132011


  • 115,110 miles
Subframe broke 8/2010 and replaced. Rusted badly 12/2011 Ford dealer fixed, also checked real axel and fixed, recall #11S16 for the brake pressure differential switch leaking, brake light now coming on speedometer not registering odometer not registering, ABS light on, information center says trans error fuel error temp error and also cruise control surges cuts out and the braking distance change suddenly and without warning, the ABS and ECM is wet with oil not covered properly. I think this is a ongoing problem with front the brake switch recall that still not fixed.

- Geneva, OH, USA

problem #66

Jun 172001


  • 161,000 miles
When I started my minivan it was an afternoon. I noticed that when I started driving the minivan it was like forcing it self then I would change the speed and it would sound different but it felt like it was heavy, I would change it to N and it still make this sound like if I was driving on a wet highway and engine was still loud. When I would speed more than 30 mph it just wouldn't respond as it did before. I purchased this minivan not to long ago -I would say close to a month-. when taking it for a test drive everything looked good, sounded ok -other than the shocks that needed to be replaced- and no lights were on. But after two days had gone by the previous owner said that the ABS light would "sometimes" turn on and would turn off on its own. So, I had a mechanic inspect the minivan for the replacement of the shock wondering if this might take care of the problem, but after the work was done the ABS and brake light started to turn on. Went back to the mechanic because it came making weird sound on the left side so he told me that brake pads also needed to be replaced, so I thought to myself this would take care of the problem which it didn't happen. Now after close to a month of owning this minivan and weather becoming much hotter I noticed this problem. I had a mechanic look at it again today and he suggested that a take it to a Ford dealership to have the minivan inspected since he was also aware of a recall done on these types of vehicles. I am just afraid to keep on driving it because I can tell something is just not right and I feel that it's just going to brake down on me anytime soon. And since I have a baby I prefer not to drive or drive a long distance or even on a high speed.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #65

Feb 222011


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact took the vehicle in for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V030000 (structure: Frame and members:underbody shields). The contact stated that the vehicle sat idle on the dealers lot for approximately three months before the contact was informed that the vehicle could not be repaired due to excessive corrosion of the front part of the sub frame. The contact was advised to have the sub frame repaired before recall repairs could be performed. The contact stated that the front and rear of the sub frame was one whole part and if the front was replaced, the entire frame would have to be replaced. The frame was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle was also repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control) and as a result, the entire cruise control system became inoperable after recall repairs. The contact was concerned with the potential of the vehicle catching fire. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Monessen, PA, USA

problem #64

Jun 242008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
ABS brake light comes on and disables the ABS brake feature.

- Hooksett, NH, USA

problem #63

Jan 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at various speeds the contact stated that if she drove over any road bump, the ABS and brake warning lights would illuminate intermittently. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control) and had the vehicle repaired June 2010. The contact stated that the failure persisted after the recall work was performed and that the dealer did not replace the ABS control modular. The manufacturer and dealer was contacted and advised that they only had to repair the fuse wiring harness and not the ABS control modular, which was not covered under the recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 160,000. Updated 3/21/11 updated 04/25/11

- North Glen, CO, USA

problem #62

Nov 062010


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle surged forward until he abruptly applied to the brakes. The failure also occurred while the contact was stopped with the brakes depressed. In addition, the brake light would intermittently illuminate while the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diagnosed and was not repaired. The contact stated that neither failure occurred until after the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V385000 (suspension:rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly). The failure and current mileage was 126,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #61

Jan 012010


  • miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. When I received recall notice 09V399000 I brought my vehicle in for the repair. The issue that I was experiencing in regards to the ABS/brake lights going on while the car is in use has not been fixed. I believe that there is still and issue that needs to be addressed. This is an ongoing problem.

- Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #60

Oct 122010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Occurrence: 12 October 2010. Traveling I-95 Washington, DC/suitland, md. Vehicle: Ford Windstar, 2001. Speed : 60-65 mph. Traffic : dense. Failure of defective part : rear axle snapped in two parts while traveling on smooth highway, northbound. Explosive sound, lots of smoke, extreme consternation/fear of heart attack experienced by my wife and I ( my wife has a dangerous heart condition "ihss") at occurrence. I immediately turned on hazard flashers. Managed to maneuver across several lanes of traffic to get to highway shoulder safely!! thank god for the alert fellow travelers behind us!!! if we were hit by any 18-wheelers on the highway, I wouldn't be writing this complaint now!!! concern for our safety was shown to us by fellow travelers; particularly, md traffic safety person, who should be commended by his superiors for his professional and understanding actions!! he looked at the damage and said that he had never seen anything like it before; and he said that we were lucky to be alive!!! van was transported by professionals to the nearest Ford dealership where I first became aware that a recall notice was in force for my vehicle!!! at this point, I became greatly disturbed that I had no previous notification of this dangerous condition and that my wife, grand children, etal were traveling in potential rolling coffin! in my opinion, this seems to be criminal; particularly if greater profit motives might be involved! I certainly hope that inferior materials were not used in this regard!! I was informed that my van would have to remain at the Ford dealership until Ford Motor Company decides how I will be provided with a safe vehicle, since no replacement axles were available. (nb ; I have no idea whatever other damage exists as a result of this awful failure! I certainly don't want a duplicate axle replacement to replay this horrific catastrophe! in my wife's delicate condition, I cannot expect her to travel in this unsafe vehicle! justice!!!

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

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