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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,934 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 13)

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problem #216

Jan 012014


  • 14,000 miles


ABS and brake light stays on and all gauges won't stop going crazy. Making by battery die.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #215

Apr 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 96,270 miles
The ABS and trac off lights have come on simultaneously and will not reset. The traction control switch does not work.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #214

Feb 192014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 181,000 miles
The brake and ABS light came on the day after I bought the 2003 Windstar. I had to do some research to figure out that it needed a little bit of work because the previous owner lied about why they wanted to sell the van. They said nothing was wrong with it and it ran great. Well now there are some major issues with the Windstar. Shortly after the brake and ABS light came on the engine light came on. Now I am trying to come up with the money to fix this problem.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #213

Apr 282011


  • 115,000 miles


The brake light comes on at speeds 35mph-40mph for no reason and stays on until vehicle stops and computer reboots. The brakes have been replaced and and brake control module replaced. Everything possible has been done according to what the tester says may be wrong. It did not pass a state inspection for this and nothing can be found wrong with the van to cause the light to come on like this. This appears to be a non-fixable, but costly problem due to the fact that everything has been tried that might be causing it. In the end a repair shop charges a substantial amount to reset the computer and send you on your way. It is my opinion that the company needs to do a recall, if they know what causes it, and correct the problem once and for all.

- Rice, VA, USA

problem #212

Feb 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The ABS and brake lights come on. The brakes have been checked and our mechanic informed us they are fine. The indicator lights come on once the car has warmed up or it is rainy or hot outside. This problem has been going on for approximately 3-4 years.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #211

Feb 082014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 192,000 miles
ABS and brake dash lights come on at anytime....driving, stopped at red light, turn engine on..going over a bump in the road...etc, etc, etc.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #210

Jul 022012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


While driving my 2003 Ford Windstar model sel, I'm encountering a problem with the braking system/ABS, as well as, my cluster gauge going haywire doing what it wants on and off on its own. The braking system is starting to become more frequent. I've gone to Ford for this particular problem and a few others. Ford looked at my car and told me the rear axel had cracked and they repaired the axel on recall. I informed them about the ABS breaking system. I've been to two separate dealers in staten island, NY. One dealer told me it looks like I have an electrical problem not sure if it's related to cluster gauge/braking system. They told me I had a problem with the right rear window motor as well, which Ford fixed supposedly. As far as the braking system goes they told me they took it for a ride and did not see anything wrong with my vehicle. I told them about the cluster gauge doing what it wants, the ABS working/not working. Having a hard time stopping car, as well as, telling both Ford dealers about my wife having no choice but to pull off the highway because she was having this particular brake problem. I told them the only way she was to stop the vehicle was to crash into these big green metal commercial garbage containers at approximately 10 miles per hour. I showed them the damage to the front of my vehicle as well as telling them my wife had hurt her neck, I was told from both Ford dealers that we don't see a problem we can't fix a problem and I am now reading on the web that there seems to be a problem with these cars up to 2003 with everything I have explained up til now. If anybody has any input or contact info for me to call to help me, I would deeply appreciate any help you can provide before one or all of my family members become injured or god forbid fatalities.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #209

Nov 092013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. ABS light on, on dashboard. Brake light on, on dashboard. Recall work was done.

- Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

problem #208

Jun 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
As the drivers of Ford Windstar we all got treated unfair Ford wont even help its current Ford Windstar drivers I've met alot Windstar owners and they are agitated, , first off only had this since last year and after the last 6 months of this it has been a terrible van to drive, first changing the alternator 3 X's and the battery 4's really would get a person violent, whatever happened to customer service beyond the mile of service as Ford always talks, don't get me wrong the van can go miles til empty, also, the back windows the driver side doesn't open, it gets hot back there, oh wait the ac don't work in the rear either, don't go to far on a hot ride 4 hours away, you'll be sweating within the 10 miles you'll be drenched, when you open a car or van, big rig, limo, bus, the lights come on, not this mean pup, if you drop money, better wait til morning you'll be searching all nite, it doesn't matter who the current driver the vehicle is you should proceed to bring them in for adjustments, there cost, oh wait you just put $500 in it, here we go again, another $200, by the time it hits 6 months you just spent money you needed for groceries, oh wait $5 is all you got, now you gotta beg for food, and don't have no money to do squat, Ford I hope this reaches you, so you see I cant tolerate a non honest company, I should have bought that Honda or that Acura, pure smooth running cars right there, quality built is there name and I stand behind them, Ford you get 1 star, Honda 10 stars...a driver of the unwinning 2003 Ford Windstar SE, Ford you got that buyback program still, she really needs a new home, a home worth big bucks to dump into her, anyone reading this out here, if you here of any help for this sick 2003 Ford Windstar SE, Ford is it about time you, demote and let a new car maker come to town.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

problem #207

Dec 152013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, turn signal would not turn off after turn was made. I could not manually turn it off. All gauges began to go crazy. Speedometer and tachometer revolved from one side to the other then settled at the bottom and did not register speed or RPM. Fuel gauge settled to the bottom and the temp gauge did the same. Odometer went out (it is digital) and the van heater ceased to function. In about 2 minutes or so all gauges began to go crazy again and they settled back into a state where everything registered normally. The heater came back on. This happened several times while I was out. I reached my destination and was out of the van for about 1 1/2 hours and returned to the van to go home and everything started up and worked normally all the way home. This has happened sporadically over the last couple of weeks.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #206

Jun 212010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,028 miles


The speedometer, odometer & cruise control did not work & ABS pump ran continuously. ABS & brake light stayed on. This only happened when the outside temp. Was around 80-85 deg.F & lights shut off once the engine cooled. Diagnosis was defective brake control mod. Pulled fuse 101 to keep pump from running. In 2012 the lights remained on with fuse in and the speedo & odo would go out intermittently. Nov. 2013, lost speedo & odo all together.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #205

Nov 112012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Anti-lock brake system became inoperable according to code C1185 ABS light and brake light illuminated on instrument panel.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #204

Sep 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The brake light and the ABS light came on as I was driving down the highway. I tested the brakes and they still worked. Pulled over and checked them out on the side of the highway. Worked ok continued on my trip. Have since had numerous times this his occurred. Have found out this happens when the car has been driven and has reached normal operating temps. Have been told by mechanics that the ABS module is bad! I have not had it repaired yet. Lights are annoying though.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #203

Sep 092013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS & brake light on all the time and the systems don't work when light is on therefore they aren't never working and my odometer quit working and my other gauges go crazy like it's an electrical problem gone crazy. I don't know what gauges actually work and which ones don't cause they seem to go crazy and read different all the time. But, my ABS & brake light stay on all the time no matter what.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #202

Jul 012013


  • 100,000 miles
ABS and brake light come on intermittently, ABS system does not work when light is on.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #201

Sep 052012


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument cluster malfunctioned. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 156,000 and the current mileage was 162,000.

- Port Reading , NJ, USA

problem #200

Aug 162013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS/airbag, tire gauge lights on - ebcm module failure.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #199

Jul 082013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 157,632 miles
I was driving home from whitefish Montana which is about 20 miles from my home when the van just stopped, it kept running but would not move so I shut the van off and it wouldn't start unless it was jumped, so we jumped it all the way home. We ended up replacing the battery and the alternator the van ran good for one day and than my O/D light started flashing and the van was running really rough and would not shift our of first causing me to only go 35 mph in a 70 mph, not fun at all. Got it home and looked up some information on line and they told me to check the #19 fuse in the fuse box under the hood and sure enough the fuse was blown so I drove it around the block and it blew again. So we put in a 20 amp fuse and I made it home but this morning I went out to go to work and it started and it drove but than just stopped there was nothing there, I turned the ignition off and tried to restart it and nothing, no noise no nothing so I had to push the van to my house, just imagine what could of happened if I would of been in heavy traffic and my van did this. I love Ford but this is ridiculous I can not afford to fix all these issues that continue to arise what next a fire under the hood. Please someone help me with this.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #198

Jul 092013


  • 104,000 miles
Speedometer & odometer stopped working. ABS light on (which has been happening intermittently for several months).

- Fairfield, IA, USA

problem #197

Jul 102006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 38,381 miles
Bought the 2003 Windstar in 04/26/ 2004 it was a certified program car from a dealer and had mileage of 013335 we have had several problems with it. First the rear doors will close and then reopen the dealer replaced the sensors in the doors still have that problem, second the ball joints need replaced, third the passenger window would not roll up or down intermittently, fourth lift gate door ajar light keeps coming on you get out and shut it and it still is on next time you open and close maybe a day or two later it will go off, fifth the ABS and brake lights on dash come on and sixth the passenger door ajar light comes on and won't go off. The side doors and the window was noticed before the warranty went out so we bought the extended warranty.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

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