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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,203 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

May 232011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles


Brake warning light and ABS warning light both come on and stay on, beginning at varying times after beginning driving. After testing at Ford dealership, mike fitzpatrick Ford in newnan, ga, diagnosis was ABS controller failure. Corrective action was to replace ABS control unit and the brake light switch operated by the brake pedal. Continued to operate vehicle until June 20, 2011 because brakes and brake light worked and the cost was prohibitive. Part numbers replaced were 2F2Z-2C219-ba control and sw-6218 switch. The ABS control failure at 84,500 mileage on this vehicle indicates an inadequate reliability of design and/or manufacturing quality.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 162010


  • 105,180 miles
ABS, traction control, and brake lights come on.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 152010


  • 97,139 miles
My 2003 Ford Windstar keep showing system information error and ABS, brake light, od offlights stays on. This normally starts after about two to three minutes into driving.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #4

Dec 202009


  • 85,000 miles


My 2003 Ford Windstar has been continuously giving my electrical problems. First the rear parking sensors disengage when in reverse. While driving the ABS, brake and traction control lights come on the dashboard. I'm not sure what it does, but the vehicle does then not function properly. The traction control and brakes don't seem to be working properly.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 102009


  • 109,000 miles
ECM module defected according to the brake shop. The brake shop pulled the codes and all the codes said to replace the ECM module. The reason I took my 2003 Windstar to the brake shop because my brake light, on by dash, comes on and my brakes makes noise like the brakes are on but they are not. This problem is intermittent and the brake light resets when the minivan is turned off. The brake shop said I had excellent brakes and the ECM module is defected. It will cost 600-800.00 dollars for repairs at my Ford garage. But I understand as of now, there is no recall for the ECM module, however there maybe a recall in the near future. A recall will be great for me saving me 600-800.00 dollars. Thanks

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 012009


  • 84,600 miles
2003 Ford Windstar. ABS and brake warning light come on intermittently. Seams to be mostly when wet roads, but has occurred on dry days also. Took to local Ford dealer and was told ABS module had a lot of error codes and the wiring connection looked damp. Mechanic put dielectric grease on the connection, but I received no info on the error codes.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 012007


  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar limited. The check advancetrac and ABS light come on intermittently...hirsch Ford in Michigan city was unable to find the problem and give me an estimate on repairs after spending 1 1/2 hours diagnostic time...another repair shop was able to pull the C1185 code as well as several others from the onboard computer but only gave me a $1400 repair estimate to replace the ABS module. No repairs have been done.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

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