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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,633 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #15

May 172011

Windstar

  • 104,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated the passenger side sliding door does not work properly. The door will not open with the remote or key, but then it would also open on its own. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 104,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #14

Aug 012008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Windstar van doors will lock and unlock while driving. Right passenger slide door will not lock/ unlock have to do it by hand. Left rear passengers door slide open it self after I shut it. Will lock it self. I can pull the lock up and it will lock it self again. The drivers door will not unlock have to use key.. keyless remotestop working. Plus battery. Still nothing.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #13

May 092003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar the side doors have not worked right from the time we bought this van. Took it back to dealer, said it's contacts are dirty. Still didn't fix doors they don't work right to this day now the ABS brake light keeps coming on! the rear axel are cracking and recalled. The Windstar should be recalled complete!

- Success, MO, USA

problem #12

Mar 162010

Windstar

  • 118,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated the anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light remained illuminated on the dashboard. The brakes would also sporadically lock while attempting to brake. In addition, the door ajar warning light would also remain illuminated while the vehicle was in motion although all doors were latched closed. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 118,000 and the current mileage was 128,000.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 102007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the sliding door behind the driver's seat would not open from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. There were no child proof locks; however, the door would only open from outside of the vehicle. In addition, the driver's side window also failed to operate correctly. Once the window was opened, it was unable to be closed. The VIN was verified, but was unable to be entered. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 103,000. Updated 03/23/09.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 012004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
Continuing problem with power rear sliding doors. Non-operational on drivers side and opening by itself on the passenger side. Also, does not retract when closing if there is an object in the way as stated in owners manual. Happened after 1 year warranty expired. Feel quality should be better than 1 year especially since the power doors were a big selling point with the vehicle. One door was fixed within the 1st year, but 3 or 4 months after that we had problems with the other door and now we have it with both doors. We will leave the minivan in the mall parking lot and return with one of the doors open. It also opens automatically, at times, when we close one of the front doors.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #9

May 012005

Windstar 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Contact states the automatic doors are not working properly. The door is taking more resistance before the door backs up. The vehicle has been taken to the dealership twice, and dealership stated the vehicle was fine. The consumer has contacted the manufacturer and the service dealer.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 202003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The power sliding doors on my 2003 Windstar open spontaneously after closing. This is a concern when there are children or pets in the car. Two different car dealers have attempted multiple times to fix the problem. They have been unsucessful so far. Another issue is the car alarm goes off for absolutely no reason. They have also attemped to fix this problem, with no success.

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 022002

Windstar

  • miles
Nar 03-25-2003. The consumer had to return the vehicle to the vehicle to the dealership on numerous occasions because of a problem with the sliding doors. The first time the vehicle was returned to the dealership, the consumer noticed the driver side rear slider panel was hanging on by a few plastic rivets, the doors would pop back open after the closed button was pushed. The dealer made several attempts to fix the door.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012004

Windstar

  • miles
#2 power slinding door would inadvertently open while in motion. The manufacturer was not notified on June 24, 2004.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 012004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Sliding door failed to open and close by remote control. The passenger side door did not open or close properly.

- Baldwin, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am writing about our 2003 Ford Windstar. Our passenger automatic sliding door frequently pops open after it appears to have latched shut. It has opened by itself on three occasions while the van was in drive. Recently my three year old daughter almost fell out of the van headfirst onto concrete because the door popped back open as soon as it "latched" shut. The van has been in to repair this problem seven times without success. We first started having problems with both doors within the first 2 weeks of purchased. The times the door has popped back open are way to numerous to count. The number listed below is a low estimate.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 312004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The sliding door would close if the vehicle is parked and inclined. It would be unsafe for the consumer while standing between the doors.

- Buchanan, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 072003

Windstar

  • miles
Problem with power doors on both sides. They do not stop closing if a person is in the way. Also, they open back up after they have been closed. I will come back to the van from shopping and one will be open. Also, there was a time a could not get one to close without doing it manually.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003

Windstar

  • miles
We rented a Ford Windstar from hertz during a recent vacation. While shutting the manual sliding door, I broke my middle finger and badly bruised my ring finger. The door handle inside the vehicle, used for shutting the door, appears to be too close to the door jam. I was distressed to see online that others had complained of the exact same problem as long ago as 1999, stating that if you didn't grip the handle tightly, but instead left your fingers slightly extended, they would be injured and that Ford hoped to have this fixed in the 1999 version.(www.cartrackers.com/forums/live/Ford/25.html) see the 2nd paragraph. Obviously, it's not yet fixed.

- Austin, TX, USA

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