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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,944 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 14)

problem #280

Oct 132016

Windstar

  • 77,480 miles

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

When driving the ABS light and red brake light come on together. My van has 77,483 actual miles on it! I had a brake check at local Ford dealer and they reported 80% brake lining still on,

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #279

Oct 122016

Windstar

  • 180,000 miles
ABS and brake alarm lights illuminate on the dashboard after a few minutes of driving and stay on until the engine is shut off. This has been happening for several months. I suspect this indicates a problem that disables the ABS braking system. Diagnostic scanner shows at least 12 stored faults in the ABS system which cannot be erased.

- Cottage Grove, OR, USA

problem #278

Dec 102010

Windstar

  • 95,000 miles
My ABS lights and traction control warning lights come on and ABS system seems to be engaged when no braking is happening. When brakes are engaged the braking seems to take a lot longer. ABS module has defective solder joints causing many system failures. Failure happens when stationary.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #277

Aug 202014

Windstar

  • 74,000 miles

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

ABS light. Took my 2003 Windstar with only 74,000 miles on it to an auto parts store to get codes as to explain the redundant ABS light. There were at least 12 codes all pointing back to the ABS module. This issue with the ABS has been on going for 2+ years.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #276

Apr 122016

Windstar

  • 174,000 miles
ABS and brake light remain on constantly.

- Elsmere, KY, USA

problem #275

Jul 272016

Windstar

  • 120,000 miles
I was backing down the driveway when my Ford Windstar 2003 engine started revving and I had to put both feet on the breaks to stop the car from running out of control. After I put both feet on the brakes to release the engine from revving did it stop. It happened again on the same day and it took all my strength to stop the Ford Windstar 2003 model. It could have done a lot of damage either to another car or a person. It is very dangerous and this problem has to be corrected or put on a recall basis before other people who might have the problem, can either get it fixed or taken off the road.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #274

Jan 012010

Windstar

  • 140,000 miles

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

My speedometer will not work at all, go up and down or get stuck, indicating the wrong speed, while in motion, also at a stop, it will pop up, happens on city street and on highway. I have researched this and there are multiple complaints about issue with Ford Windstar minivans. To me this is an extreme safety issue as I find it distracting, have no idea how fast I'm going. I was driving through a school zone today and while I was not driving fast, I could not say for certain that I was within the speed limit. I'm continuously looking at my speedometer, taking my foot off the gas to see if it will drop, but I can't trust that the speed reading before was correct. I can be driving and it will pop right up to indicated 100mph, when I'm driving in my neighborhood. I get alerts and signal alarms for "low brake fluid", "check advancetrack", my airbag warning light is on intermittently, and my rear back up sensors don't work either. I have also had problems with the drivers side sliding door not staying shut when parked, I have had this feature disabled for safety reasons. It will start to close, reopen, start again, close partially and then reopen again, even if the door is locked it will do this. These are all ongoing problems, I don't know if they are tied together. I have had the vehicle looked at for problems and have been told that codes come up under diagnostics but when the actual parts they are warning about like the ABS, low brake fluid are fine. I have had the car at a Ford dealership multiple times for the door issue and were told they could not figure what was causing the issue.

- Otsego, MN, USA

problem #273

May 172016

Windstar

  • 78,568 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving out of the driveway, there was a loud squeaking noise. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed that there were black tires marks on the road and that the rear driver side brakes seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician could not determine the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,568.

- Elamogordo, NM, USA

problem #272

Apr 142016

Windstar

  • 80,000 miles
ABS and brake light comes on after a few minutes and stays on.

- Clancy, MT, USA

problem #271

Apr 012009

Windstar

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While coming to a stop, the brakes did not respond and the anti-brake system and brake warning lights illuminated. The contact pulled to the side of the road to switch off and restart the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the front and rear brakes were replaced, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #270

Oct 012015

Windstar

  • 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 that the ABS warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician informed that brake fluid needed to be added in the vehicle. The technician added brake fluid to the vehicle but the failure persisted. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that brake fluid still needed to be added to the vehicle. The brake fluid was added to the vehicle but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- French Lick, IN, USA

problem #269

Feb 102014

Windstar

  • 100,000 miles
My ABS and brake lights on the dashboard come on and off at different times. Sometimes they stay for a while (days) and then go off for (days). Also, I have been having problems with the gauge arms on the dashboard all of sudden will go back and forth in a quick motion. Then sometimes stick in one position and then back to normal and then sometimes not move at all for a while.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

problem #268

Oct 012015

Windstar

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The brake and overdrive indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #267

Jul 312014

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles
The ABS light comes on. Then the vehicle is fine for days then it comes on again for no reason. This problem has been infrequent and has only recently before more of a issue. Usually the problem goes away and does not come back for weeks. I went to the local advance auto so they could pull the code and identify which wheel was sending the code so I could narrow it down and replace parts as necessary. The codes pulled are followed. C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214 & C1210. That's right 9 ABS codes came out. The 1st on is the problem C1185, the rest are failures at each wheels inlet outlet valves. When searching the C1185 issue I found 100's of complaints online for this issue and many dealership horror stories. Too many back yard hacks tell people to disconnect this or that, or pull the ECM only to have that not fix the issue and others telling how they were able to resolder the ABS module connections and fix the issue. The one common problem that caused issues was having a dealership brake job done and then the ABS systems fails the next day or following week. I have to say that I did not notice this issue after doing the brakes, but I did have them done prior to the ABS system failures starting.

- Wellington, OH, USA

problem #266

Jun 122013

Windstar

  • miles
I have a 2003 Windstar and the brake light and ABS light come on at the same time quite often. It will not go off untill you turn off the van and restart and even then they often stay on.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #265

Jul 062011

Windstar

  • 90,000 miles
ABS light is on during hot day

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #264

Jun 052014

Windstar

  • miles
ABS indicator keeps turning on and off randomly at increasing intervals and is now staying on more often. The speedometer's needle in the dashboard also fails to register the speed that the car is going and moves wildly back and forth.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #263

Feb 152015

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. After the vehicle was started, the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #262

Feb 022015

Windstar

  • miles
ABS and brake light will not go off

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #261

May 272015

Windstar

  • 110,190 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While approaching a stop, the driver depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the driver had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The brakes, ABS, engine, and door ajar warning lights previously illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ABS electrical module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,190.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

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