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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,667 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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2002 Ford Windstar windows / windshield problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

May 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


The brake light keeps turning on and off(ABS control module problem?). the power window on passenger's side had stopped working a few years ago.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 022012


  • 97,000 miles
We bought our van in March 2012. By April 2012 we began noticing problems with shifting. It shifts hard. The windows stopped working in May 2012. The lights on the dash for the ABS and brakes are always on. The brakes are not very good and the pedal must be pushed hard to get the van to stop. Our biggest issue is with the transmission. The mechanic at aamco would not even change the fluid because if he changed the fluid then the transmission wouldn't be able to shift. I don't know the details but I do know that my van is not safe to drive.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar and had recall 09S09 performed at my local dealership last November and now my cruise control does not work at all. Also for the last 6-8 months my (yellow) ABS and (red) brake lights come on and off on my dash. My power window on the driver side works only when it wants to and the passenger side window can be rolled down from the passenger side but has to rolled up from the driver side. And last but not least the rear door lock buzzes every time the doors lock which is every time I put the vehicle in gear.

- Wartburg, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 062007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


ABS warning light comes on then goes off after vehicle shut off for a period of time. Headlights dim and interior lights don't shut off at times for a long period of time. Sliding door and door locks don't work properly at times and power window on passenger side doesn't open at times. Sliding door has opened on it's own at times after the vehicle has been vacated and locked.

- Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 022006


  • miles
I bought a 2002 Ford Windstar. It had 53,000 miles on the vehicle. The day I bought the vehicle it was raining and had no reason to roll down the windows and assume the car has electrical problems. The next day after purchase I tried rolling down the window and was unable. I left a message with the sales dept. Now they say they have no record of this. Since this day I have experienced various electrical problems (lights shutting off, doors not wanting to lock/unlock, ABS brake lights on, gas on empty although I have a full tank) I brought it to the dealer for repair states there is a $100 deductible. I feel as though I should not have to pay this, you sold this car to me unsafe. I was told they did not know the lights were intermittently going off/on. So I said you guys are selling cars that are not thoroughly checked prior to selling. Manager told me they just didn't know. But at the same time is unwilling to take care of repairs. I informed these people of this problem the very next day I bought the car. Is this considered a lemon or what?

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I owned a 2000 Ford Windstar. The passenger rear door would, upon closing, slide back open frequently. The dealership constantly said nothing was wrong. Finally, we traded in on a 2002 Ford Windstar. Within 1 week of purchase the passenger sliding door began sliding back open upon closing - and would jerk back once closed. We have had it worked on 3 different times. It closes now, but has a rattle in it when driving and when the weather changes it makes loud noises when opening and closing. Once in a while, upon cold start, the cd player will constantly rotate back and forth - while radio is on or off-until I turn car off and open driver door. When parking, I can open driver door, push lock button, then push unlock button - get out and close door. The security system will flash, indicating activation. Keep in mind, the car is uplocked. If I open a door, the horn will begin blowing. As you can see, we have had out fill of Ford. This is a company car and the entire mangement staff is fed up.

- Pearl, MS, USA

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