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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,385 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #147

May 152016

Windstar

  • 131,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). While driving at an unknown speed, an abnormal noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle. The contact noticed that the rear driver side tire was pushed in the vehicle and the rear axle was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #146

Nov 052015

Windstar

  • 318,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was undergoing an inspection, the technician noticed that the rear axle was bending and caused the rear driver and passenger side tires to wear unevenly. The vehicle was repaired due to a previous recall on the axle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 318,000.

- North Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #145

Jun 112015

Windstar

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated. Once the contact parked the vehicle at his residence, the rear driver side wheel collapsed due to the rear axle malfunctioning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #144

Apr 282015

Windstar

  • 110,919 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension) in 2013. The contact felt that the recall remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 110,919.

- Millville, PA, USA

problem #143

Apr 132015

Windstar

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the rear driver side was leaning inwards and rubbing against the wheel well. The contact also noticed that there was a crack on the rear axle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to another mechanic, but the contact was unsure about the part that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #142

Mar 302015

Windstar

  • 134,037 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at 40 mph, the contact heard a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the rear driver side axle cracked. In addition, the contact noticed that the rear driver side tire was tilted inwards. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 134,037.

- Allen Town, PA, USA

problem #141

Oct 142014

Windstar

  • 181,618 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While installing new tires on the vehicle, it was discovered that the rear axle was fractured. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V193000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 181,618.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #140

Sep 162014

Windstar

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began to veer in one direction independently. In addition, the rear of the vehicle began to vibrate excessively. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the rear axle fractured. The recall that was related to the failure, NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension), had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- East Orange , NJ, USA

problem #139

Sep 062014

Windstar

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving 45 mph, the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who confirmed that the rear axle failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Sussex , NJ, USA

problem #138

Aug 092011

Windstar

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a loud noise outside of the vehicle and maneuvered to the side of the road. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and they stated that the rear axle required replacement. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly); however the vehicle was ineligible because it was not currently registered or sold in the United States, as mentioned in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #137

Jul 162011

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear axle broke while in reverse. The vehicle became inoperative and was towed to the dealer. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V385000 (suspension:rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly). The manufacturer was notified, and also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the above recall. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance towards the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage 130,000.

- Cookville, TN, USA

problem #136

Jun 072011

Windstar

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving 20 mph when the rear of the vehicle began to sway abnormally. The contact was able to move the vehicle onto the shoulder where it was towed to the dealer. The dealer performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the rear axle lower bracket arm, which was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 200,000.

- Terre Haute , IN, USA

problem #135

Aug 212010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Ford wind star rear axle daughter driving to work at 70 mph weather clear, dry & daylight. On straight away vehicle ended up rolling over 2&1/2 times.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #134

Mar 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The rear axle of a 2001 Ford Windstar rusted through. The vehicle VIN is outside the scope of the recall.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #133

Mar 012010

Windstar

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 55 mph, the rear of the vehicle began to sway back and forth. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was told the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was repaired by the independent mechanic. The vehicle was also included in recall 11V030000 (structure: Frame and members: Underbody shields). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the vehicle did not need to be repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Kittery, ME, USA

problem #132

Feb 202011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 163,270 miles
2001 Ford Windstar rear axle broke in half tire caved in.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #131

Oct 032010

Windstar

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for repairs for recall 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly). The dealer stated that the parts for repairs were not available and they did not know when to expect them. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Hunterton Station, NY, USA

problem #130

Jun 242008

Windstar 6-cyl

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

- Hooksett, NH, USA

problem #129

Dec 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a Ford Windstar 2001 mini van and I live in New York state. On December 7th, 2010, as I was pulling left into a parking space I heard a loud cracking sound. (at first I thought I had rolled over a very large piece of ice) I again proceeded to pull in, but my car would not move. (engine was still on) I got out and found 3 of my tires facing left and 1 facing right. I called aaa and was preparing to have it towed to a mechanic. When the driver/mechanic from aaa, informed me that the lower control arm (drive arm) had tore away from the main frame (front axel) at the front of the car, and had tore away all of the driving mechanisms and would need a welder first, not a mechanic. So I had him take it to a local welder. He was able to find some clean metal to weld it back on and then recommended I take it to a mechanic to finish up with everything else that was needed. The mechanic told me that it would need a cv joint and the linkage for the transmission in order to have it working again. I have never had any issues with the engine, or transmission prior to this day. And the car has very little rust on it's body. So I would have never thought to look underneath for any. And because it was always maintained well, a mechanic was hardly ever under her to see if there was any possible damage either. She has less than 75,000 miles on her so I never expected this to occur. I have filed a report with Ford after the incident but all they could say was thank you and they'll make a not of it. And that the rear axel was on recall....but if that was the case, why not the front axel too"?"

- Depw, NY, USA

problem #128

Dec 202010

Windstar

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that she received a recall notice in reference to recall 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly). She has contacted three different dealers in her area who informed her that they have a waiting list in which she would not be able to get in for a repair until February of 2011. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her to drive 200 miles away from her area with a unsafe vehicle.

- Manchester, MA, USA

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