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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,754 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar miscellaneous problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Nov 032010


  • 70,000 miles


On November 2nd of 2010, I was driving and noticed the vehicle was not steering properly and the wheel was not aliened as it should be, I then got under the vehicle as I was replacing an O2 sensor and noticed the extensive corrosion on the passenger side sub frame, I took a photo of it and showed my husband, he said in no way to drive that vehicle. I had it towed. The sub frame was so corroded by not driving in my opinion saved my 83 year old moms life, and mine. The drivers side is almost as bad, I have photos and the repair slip cost me $324 to weld to safety. This obviously is a major problem with these vehicles and needs to be addressed. I took over this vehicle November 30th of 2010, my mom owed it in New York since 2003.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 012010


  • 97,800 miles
I was told by my mechanic in October 2010 that I have a crack in the front subframe on the passenger side of the vehicle.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #13

Dec 232010


  • 83,801 miles
I was driving and turned into a parking lot and heard a thump, originally I thought I may have ran over something. The noise continued when turning as I drove home. On December 27, 2010 our vehicle was taken in for the rear axle recall and to diagnose the thump noise in the front passenger wheel. We were told by the Ford dealership mechanic that the sub frame front passenger side was corroded and needed to be replaced... $1900 service estimate!!

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 012010


  • miles


2001 Ford winstar. Consumer writes regarding recall the consumer stated she has called several dealers to have the recall performed. However, due to the large volume of recalls, dealers are only servicing vehicles that were purchased at their dealership. The dealership where she purchased her vehicle from is no longer a Ford dealership. Consumer did not reference recall.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #11

Aug 142010


  • 85,135 miles
Front subframe rusted on passenger side at lower control arm attachment point. Rear side of attachment point is completely rusted away. Front side of attachment point is still intact but is rusted and cracked. Vehicle is deemed unsafe to drive. Photographs can be submitted if required.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #10

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

problem #9

Aug 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


Ford Windstar 2001 - problems with ABS/brake light: Coming on and off intermittently. Sometimes it will stay on for a long time, then goes off. Then will come back. Replacing brake shoes, drums, brake pads, bleeding cylinders, did not solve the problem. It cost me over then $500 in repairs but problem still there.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Bought the used vehicle from a used car dealer. Didn't check for paint peeling or rust, thought a 2 year old car wouldn't have any. I washed the car, and as I waxed it, discovered the peeling paint on the roof rib, almost entire lenghth of vehicle, then found rust at the bottom of the front passenger door and rear passenger sliding door. Contacted Ford, instructed me to go to local dealership, went to gervais Ford in ayer MA. Service manager looked over the car, made notes, informed me he would contact Ford headquarters to see if they will do anything. Two weeks later, he contacted me and informed me there was nothing they could do regarding the paint or the doors rusting from the inside out.

- Shirley, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 092003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
"check engine light" - Ford vehicles have this problem. I had a 95 Ford aerostar, 95 Windstar and the check engine light occationally turned on. I called the dealership and was told not to worry because it's only for the emmision system. I have a 2001 Windstar and 2002 Explorer Sport tract with the same problem - the check engine light. My wife brought the Windstar back to the dealership and they fixed the problem with the fuel cap not properlly closed, according to the mechanics. Can the manufacturer make a different warning light rather than confusing the driver with an engine problem?

- Palinsboro, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 312003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Power steering system failure. Traction control failure. Anti-lock brake (ABS) system failure. Tire pressure monitor system failure.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 042002


  • miles
This is the second time I have had the van in because the check engine light came on. The first time they told me it was a faulty sensor but now they say it is a cracked seal in the fuel tank. When I asked the part's guy when I could expect the part in he told me that there was a "national backorder" on the fuel tank because Ford has had to replace a lot of them.

- Silver Point, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 022001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated arm rest on the passenger side of the vehicle is broken, cause unknown. Clunk noise in front end while turning or accelerating from a stop, can also be felt with vibration, passenger side dash area hanging. Both sliding door rubber stops missing, driverside sliding door stop replaced. Grinding noise in rear when applying brakes. When heat is on vent smells like something is burning. Wipers will not clear windshield, washer solvent sprays in one spot. Normal operation.

- Armada, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012001


  • miles
NHTSA recalls 01V261000 and 01V207000. Dealer has been contacted for repairs. Dealer failed to return phone calls over a two week period, after filing a complaint with NHTSA, the dealer scheduled an appointment.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 152001


  • miles
This vehicle was serviced on 7/12 and on the way home the engine light came on. I contacted the dealer and took the vehicle in for correction. Finally determined that a ceramic plug at the top of the gas tank had cracked. Needed to replace entire tank and it was. Two weeks later driving and a big time gas leak developed-fire dept called and vehicle towed for repair. Fire department stated that we were lucky that there was not a fire and ensuing explosion. There was another Windstar at the dealer at the same time with the same problem.

- Sublimity, OR, USA

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