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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While idling at a stop light or stop sign, the engine began vibrating and the battery light illuminated intermittently when the vehicle was placed into park. In addition, the RPM's decreased as if the vehicle were about to stall, but then went back to normal when the vehicle was placed into park. Two weeks later, the engine light remained illuminated. The dealer stated that the intake manifold needed to be replaced. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 72,914 and failure mileage was 68,000.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 092002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
While driving check engine light came on. Vehicle was then taken to a dealership, who performed a diagnostic test that indicated that the intake manifold upper and lower gaskets needed to be replaced. The parts were replaced, but the failure recurred 13000 miles later. The vehicle was then taken to a mechanic, who also performed a diagnostic test in which the failure codes were 171 and 174. The mechanic changed 4 02 sensors, and did a tune up. Also, mechanic a contacted dealership on this issue, who sent them a fax stating if these codes appeared it was a malfunction of the mil lamp, and didn't change the O2 sensors because this wasn't what was causing the problem. They should go to the vacuum light on the intake manifold, and if the fuel pressure on the manifold was lose due to oil contamination then the vacuum line should be replaced, and a new designed LH service cover should be installed or there could be a leak in the intake manifold. Vehicle was then taken back to the dealership, and a diagnostic test was performed again, in which the failure code indicated a leak in the intake manifold.

- Redding, CA, USA

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