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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,693 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 12 of 14)

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problem #58

Jan 172007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


ABS warning light comes on intermittently. ABS system does not work. Brake warning light usually comes on simultaneously.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #57

Sep 172012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 230,560 miles
ABS and brake light comes on and off, drivers side window and rear drivers side wing does not operate properly, radio changes stations on its own, engine serge when in ideal, interior lights come on by themselves, noise in rear when in reverse.

- West Liberty, OH, USA

problem #56

May 072012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
ABS and brake lights came on, lights go off if car is turned off for a minute. Sporadic problem that doesn't follow a pattern.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #55

Sep 192012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 87,148 miles


ABS and brake warning lights came on after driving approximately 3 miles and stayed on.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #54

Oct 012010


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while parked the traction control, ABS, and emergency brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to two different independent mechanics for diagnostic testing who were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Everet, WA, USA

problem #53

Aug 172012


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar LX. The contact stated that while traveling 50 mph, both the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop. The repair shop confirmed that the brake modulator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Dunewin, FL, USA

problem #52

Sep 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


The ABS and other brake light stays lit constantly. I just had the car inspected and there is nothing wrong with the brakes. I have read that this is a huge problem with this model van, and has caused engine fires. I would appreciate it if you would look further into recalling this vehicle.

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #51

Sep 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 111,452 miles
While driving ABS and brake light comes on 5 minutes after driving sometime not at all and now lights never go off have new brake pads and shoes took to dealer for scds recall they did not check or discuss ABS light or brake light I asked but they did not acknowledge lights or clear codes.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #50

Jun 052011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
ABS brake lights came on. Problem has been intermittent but went from sometimes to now being on most times. ABS modules are not cheap and the feedback I have received indicates this is a wide spread problem with Ford Windstar.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #49

Sep 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
ABS light on constantly despite repairs.

- Hudson, IA, USA

problem #48

Sep 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The electrical system, computer, causes the dome lights to go on and off. The electric window to sometimes not work, the ABS light to come on and off, the brake light to come on and off.

- South Sioux City , NE, USA

problem #47

Aug 312012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,950 miles
ABS/brake lights turn on intermittently. There seems to be any correlation to any particular driving condition, speed, force of braking, etc. Ford dealership diagnosed the problem as an ABS module failure. They also state that failure to rectify the issue would result in probable failure of the brake system in general at any given time. The quote for the repair is anywhere up to $1,000. Ford Motor Company offered zero assistance/advice in the matter. Consequently, the driver's side window no longer functions.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #46

Mar 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
ABS and brake lamps intermittently come on. ABS is disabled when the lamps are on. This problem occurs frequently. The lamps come on when you start the van and stay lit, but sometimes for weeks the lamps do not come on at all and the ABS works. I would estimate the lamps are on 60-70% of the time.

- Turnersville, NJ, USA

problem #45

Aug 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My van has had the ABS/brake light on which my mechanic detects is possibly due to the modulator.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #44

Aug 212012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 175,300 miles
Everything was fine until recently ABS an brake light would pop on and stay on until you turn vehicle off when you started the vehicle the lights would be off until you were driving for about 30 minutes an they would pop on and now they stay on prior owner had same issue with vehicle an had it checked brake brakes were fine and ABS were supposedly fine but yet lights are on which infacts disables the ABS totally.

- Porter Corners, NY, USA

problem #43

Aug 232012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
When I apply my brakes the ABS brake light keeps coming on. To reset this light I have to pull over turn off the engine wait a few seconds and restart. This is becoming more and more of a problem. This seems to be happening all the time.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #42

Aug 232012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the anti-lock braking system warning light illuminated while sitting idle at a traffic stop. The vehicle was shut off and allowed to reset. The failure was no longer present once the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose or locate a failure within the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 122,000. Updated 11/29/12

- Mchenry , IL, USA

problem #41

Aug 212012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake light comes on after driving it a few miles and stays on.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

problem #40

Aug 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 61,255 miles
My anti lock brakes stopped working. The cars ABS and brake warning lights come on and go off the past year.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 232012


  • 48,000 miles
The ABS and brake light comes on and stays on until vehicle is turned off.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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