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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,971 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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2003 Ford Windstar accessories - interior problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 072014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


The speedometer does not work on my Windstar. It works on some days but others gets stuck or all the needles in the dashboard go back and forth really fast. It has caused one of the needles (for RPM's) to brake in order for me to put the Windstar into park.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The ABS and brake lights come on. The brakes have been checked and our mechanic informed us they are fine. The indicator lights come on once the car has warmed up or it is rainy or hot outside. This problem has been going on for approximately 3-4 years.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #7

Apr 092012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
My Ford winstar has had ABS problems off and on for a year now, no 1 can fix it. I have spent around $1000 trying to fix this issue. Now my odometer & speedometer isn't working. I have been told that this is a problem with Windstar and it is a combo of the 3 not working together.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 149,990 miles


I took my car in to Ford due to a failure in the instrument panel. My speedometer was spinning and "stuck" in an approximate 5:00 O'clock addition, my prndl needle "stuck" in the park position and would not move. On top of this, my ABS/brake lights were coming on and off sporadically and occasionally smelled like something burning. The Ford dealer replaced my instrument cluster and attempted to fix the ABS/brake light problem. The "fix" didn't last more than two weeks...the ABS/brake light is back to going on and off. According to the information that they gave me, the parts are no longer available for the ABS/brake light repair...they assured me that my service brakes still worked. In the process, I have been told about recalls to the 2003 Ford Windstar for similar problems in other vehicles, however, I was told that these recalls didn't pertain to me. If I am experiencing the same problems that others are having and they are getting their repairs fixed at no charge to themselves, why am I paying for repairs for the same problem items"?????? the sway bar links on my Windstar were also repaired along with the bushings...again...another recall that seems to have been issued but I was told that "it didn't apply to me". now I have my Windstar in the shop, again, because the transmission pump exploded and damaged the transmission. No warning, no check engine light, nothing. How much of an additional expense is this going to be???? oh, I did receive the recall notice for the rear axle...that will be checked right after I get my car back from having the transmission repaired. Why are some vehicles covered and others aren't??" if it affects a 2003 Ford Windstar, it should be all of them, not just some of them.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar LX. While the brake was applied the ABS light illuminated. The failure occurred intermittently. She was also experiencing the failure with the speedometer while driving 45 mph; however, the odometer read 20 mph. The vehicle wasn't taken to the dealer. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 92,000 and the current mileage was 94,450. Updated 02/07/11 the consumer stated the ABS light stayed on most of the time. Updated 03/17/11

- Waveland, MS, USA

problem #4

Apr 102008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving along and suddenly the emergency brake light, the ABS light, the traction light, and check engine light came on. The odometer, and dashboard fuel info system didn't work, the speedometer stopped working. The words "check transmission" came on the info screen. I took the car to three different mechanics and no one can find anything wrong with my vehicle. I was told that the car is fine and they can't find any reason for these lights to be on or how to get them to go off.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,750 miles


ABS and brake warning lights intermittently go on and off for no apparent reason. It only happens when the engine is warm, or it is hot outside. No problems on cold days. Brakes appear to work fine. There also appears to be some leaking from the master cylinder, which continues to cause a short with the #10 fuse inside the cabin, causing the speedometer, odometer, transmission control, etc to stop functioning.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated and would remain lit. As of September 17, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The front brakes were replaced, however, the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 57,000 and current mileage was 67,300.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 142007

Windstar 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Instrument panel malfunctioned.

- Painesville, OH, USA

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