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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 4 of 14)

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problem #218

Sep 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The ABS and brake light began to come on intermittently, followed soon afterwards by the power right passenger window failing to go and down, followed by the transmission O/D off light flashing. These would occur until the engine was shut down, then most of the time the symptoms would go away, always to return. When the O/D off light would come on, the transmission would fail to perform at speed and we would have to reduce our speed to under 50 mph in order to not rev the engine above 3500 RPM. When this light is on, you cannot get to 60 mph without redlining the engine. I have had dealers and mechanics look at this a number of times with no resolution.

- Heppner, OR, USA

problem #217

Mar 042014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The anti lock brakes and traction control shut off randomly. We can drive for miles and nothing happens. And other days the car barely starts moving, and the system shuts down.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #216

Aug 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar trouble codes C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1243, C1212, C1210; ABS and brake light comes on intermittently don't know if my ABS is working when this happens.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #215

Jun 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Brake light & ABS light went on.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #214

Aug 042014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar... parking brake and ABS lights on the dashboard will light up after driving it for about 5 minutes or so... these lights are on while I drive... but when I turn the car off and start up again they stay off, until in 5 or so minutes they come on again and stay on while I'm driving till next time I shut the car off. Is at its worse when the weather is hot. This disengages the ABS brakes I depend on especially with winter weather approaching. My complaint is that Ford dealers said this is not a recall item and I believe this should be since there seems to be a lot of folks with this same issue. Thank you.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #213

Sep 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
My ABS and brake lights are on and I have heard this is due to defective parts. Please keep me informed.

- Bardwell, KY, USA

problem #212

Sep 012013


  • 125,000 miles


ABS light comes on as soon as the vehicle goes in forward motion and stays on through entire driving cycle. The other brake warning lamp also illuminates intermittently while driving. More frequently in damp/wet weather.

- Carleton, MI, USA

problem #211

Sep 032014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 77,908 miles
ABS light comes on.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #210

Dec 022013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS brake lights keeps coming on. Mechanic has fixed it once but it continues to happen causing the ABS brakes not to work.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #209

Aug 122014


  • 115,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar driving at speed of 40mph my ABS and brake light indicator light up. Garage did a code reset but the ABS and the brake did not go away, garage unplugged the battery and plugged it back and the ABS and the brake light disappeared.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #208

Sep 272013


  • 100,000 miles


My ABS lights all come on and off randomly. This has occurred for months. And is not more frequent. I went to my garage and nothing is wrong with the brake lines. I saw other complaint online of this for this vehicle and that there will be a recall on this situation. I am hoping to get this resolved.

- Westhampton, NY, USA

problem #207

Aug 222014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
Parking brake and ABS lights on the dashboard will light up after driving it for about 5 minutes. Obd II code reads eec test pulled codes C1185-C1194-C1198-C1210-C1214-C1242-C1246-C1250-C1254. If codes are cleared C1185 now returns immediately.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #206

Aug 222014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light keep comming on.

- St Albans, VT, USA

problem #205

Jul 082014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Brake light and ABS lights are on, brakes are fine, fluid level is fine, but light is on. ABS now not working. Speedometer does not go above 40 mph until driven at least 3 miles, this is also causing the cruise control to not work smoothly. Transmission is not shifting into overdrive, transmission is clean and working. All of these issues began within a few weeks of each other.

- Avon, NY, USA

problem #204

Aug 192010


  • 92,500 miles
The ABS warning light came on. The brakes still seemed to work ok. After taking the vehicle to the Ford dealer, we were advised that the ABS was not working and in the event of a quick stop being necessary, we should pump the brakes to prevent the tires from skidding. Repair of the vehicle was going to exceed $1200.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #203

Jan 022014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Both my ABS and brake "dummy" lights are on. Will go off for small amount of time after vehicle restarted, pop back on after a few minutes.

- Blue Point, NY, USA

problem #202

Aug 092012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The brake and ABS lights keep coming on. Sometimes they will go off, but you can be driving and they will randomly come on.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #201

Aug 072014


  • 147,703 miles
ABS and brake warning lights on ip on - fluids checked as full - lights on with most driving - occasional will be on then go off for subsequent drives. No loss of brake feel or stopping ability. Brakes checked okay at last tire rotation service by conoco station.

- Craig, CO, USA

problem #200

Aug 152013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
ABS and brake lights on dash come on after they warm up. This use to happen only in the summer months. Now it happens all year round.. it only takes a few miles before the lights come on.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #199

Jul 022007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
ABS light came on, followed by the brake light. This problem began as an intermittent problem and has progressed to a continuous problem. Car currently has over 170000 miles. The dealer has given multiple opinions on the issue to include: ABS module defect, ABS sensor defect.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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