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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2003 Ford Windstar drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 102011

Windstar 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


April 12, 2011 To: Pastor Rod and Sis Joni Parsley From: Carolyn and Bob Elliott Re: Angelic Intervention "Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;...." Romans 1:7-9 Pastor and Joni, Bob and I, Candace and Colette Jones, and Rosalyn Bailey all were going together Sunday night to The Kingdom Center in Louisville, KY to support James Conyer (WHC and VCC grad) as he ministered with Christopher Allen Owens (TKC and WHBC) and the Christian rap group, TEKNON.

We left at about 9:30 pm and headed west on I-265 then north on I-71 towards home. At approximately 10 pm we hit what felt like a pothole and immediately the 2003 Ford Windstar minivan began to fishtail to the left, tilting. Bob thought it was a blown tire and calmly said for me not to over-steer.

I steered it but it fishtailed to the right, almost hitting the guard rail, then back again to the left almost hitting the concrete median barriers, then back to the right again, then to the left then to the right. Candace was screaming, “JESUS!” every time we fishtailed. This went on, back and forth, about 6 times. I was able to steer it and brake it to a complete stop on the side of the road next to the guardrail. We were fishtailing across the Little Kentucky River and off to the side of the guard railing was a drop that went straight down.

We all were just stunned! I sat in the driver’s seat, calm as a cucumber! It was weird. We could have been killed! But GOD….

Bob got out to look at the tires to see which one blew and in the headlights of a vehicle that stopped to see if we were all right, saw that the rear wheels were at a 25ׄ° angle out which led us to believe the rear axle broke! Breaking an axel at 70 mph and not having a tragic accident could have only been stopped by angelic intervention….

We called Nationwide Roadside Assistance which transferred us to Claims and not until today, did we discover from one of Bob’s co-workers that there was a recall for the axel. We also learned from another friend that they had gotten a letter from Ford, recalling another part in her Windstar.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 052011

Windstar ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I am hoping that someone can give me some solid advice. The rear axle on my 03 Windstar snapped in half while I was driving it Saturday night. My service dept at my ford dealer did no open until this morning and I had the van towed there Sat. night. I called them this morning to let them know it was out there and to ask what the next step would be. I knew that they had been dealing with this quite a bit because my car was left next to 20 other windstars that were covered in snow and it was apparent that they were there for a while. I thought they would be able to tell me right waway what my options would be. The service guy was not helpful. He said that they pay for rentals until the part comes in. After asking how long the wait is he said between 3-4 months. He also said that they won't pay for my rental until they have had a chance to bring the car in the shop and verify that is really is the axle. They won't be able to get it in the shop until say Wednesday or Thursday! I told him that he can go out in the parking lot, look underneath and see the axle split in two on the ground. I told him that I need a car right away and what would he suggest me to do. He just said "I have no idea!"

Sorry to be so long winded about this. I have a feeling that this is going to be an uphill battle and I would very much like to hear from anyone who has been through this and can offer any tips to me.

Thanks in advance!

- Jack

- , Winchester, MA, USA

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