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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,179 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 5 of 15)

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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

problem #198

Oct 302012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


ABS light and check brake light came on and stayed on.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #197

Jun 022014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Intermittent ABS and brake warning lights. Brakes have been fully serviced, fluid replaced, system bled. ABS not functional when lights are lit.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #196

Jul 112014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
ABS and brake lights on dash signaling problems intermittently. Does vehicle have electrical problem or module failure.

- Church Road, VA, USA

problem #195

Jul 032014


  • 47,000 miles


ABS brake lights come on intermittent. First time noticed was on vacation and coming to a stop at a toll booth and both lights come on. Has happened several times since. Ford dealership wont do anything about it. I see there has been a recall on this. How about another recall?

- Sinking Spring , PA, USA

problem #194

Oct 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,103 miles
Parking brake light and ABS light remain on while operating--soft brakes--unreliable ABS took in to dealership and they diagnosed concern as "found ABS ECU causing light to come on".

- Urbandale, IA, USA

problem #193

Sep 162013


  • 143,000 miles
My ABS light keeps coming on and sometimes my van don't want to stop. The brakes give out but all brake pads seem to be ok. Light comes on about 60mph. My van the last few days has been having very bad electrical issues that causes my van to die as well.

- Lacrosse, WI, USA

problem #192

Jul 112012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Parking brake and ABS warning lights usually (but not always) illuminate. It happens less often in the cold. When illuminated, the ABS system is not functional.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #191

Jul 012013


  • 155,000 miles


The ABS and brake lights continue to come on at random times. The vehicle has been services for this issue already but the problem persists.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #190

Jul 122012


  • 80,000 miles
Brake light and ABS light are both lit at all times after driving for a short period of time. Mechanic says that ABS system will not work.

- Santa Barbara , CA, USA

problem #189

Jul 082014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
ABS light came on over a year ago. Code showing is C1185. Speedometer, tachometer, don't always work.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #188

Jul 172013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 113,600 miles
Anti skid system failed during a heavy rain. Almost hit a vehicle in front of me who's brakes stopped him in time from a major collision. Have not fixed the problem since because it is the major hub of the ABS braking system that failed.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #187

May 302014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light along with brake indicator light is on. Multiple defect codes for ABS module shown on scanner. Brakes not fully stopping vehicle when depressed. Bought vehicle in May 2014. Cruise control acting funny.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #186

Jan 142014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 128,452 miles
The brake light and the ABS light comes on when not engaged. At the same time the doors unlock (when driving) with "rear passage door unlock" appears. The doors try to lock and unlock. Also happens when stopping and going over bumps in the road. Took to the mechanic and he is unable to explain what is happening. Very unsafe. Did not know about this reporting site.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #185

Jul 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
ABS (yellow light) and brake ( red light) stay on. Brakes seem to work fine.

- Northbridge, MA, USA

problem #184

May 132008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The ABS and brake warning lamps are intermittently coming on. I had the system checked by two different certified auto repair shops and both responded that there were several codes creating the problem. They also mentioned the only solution is to replace the ABS control module. After doing research on my own, I concluded that this is a common problem with the majority of 2003 Ford Windstar owners. I believe the ABS modules are not manufacture correctly creating this problem. I also believe this is something that Ford needs to address on the 2003 Windstar.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #183

Dec 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 123,900 miles
The ABS/brake light indicator came on. It sometimes will go off (usually when there is road salt on the road. It stays on and will not turn off. I took it to the Ford dealer thinking it was the brakes/or the brake sensors. They said it was the ABS control module failing. It was too expensive for me to replace. When the indicator was off I took the car for emissions inspection and it passed. Now the emissions inspection is due and the lights are still on. I do not want to spend $900 to replace the part on an eleven year old car especially since there is no guarantee that is the exact problem.

- Thurmont , MD, USA

problem #182

May 302014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
ABS and brake light keep coming on and staying on until I turn my van off. Then it might not come on for a few days or it might come on constantly.

- Emporia, VA, USA

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