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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 8 of 13)

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problem #116

Mar 212007

Windstar 5-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Intermittent ABS & brake light have appeared a few months after we bought the van but far enough after our "used car warranty period". I just found out today 1/10/11 that it needs the electronic control unit replaced which effects the ABS system. Estimated repair/replacement cost is about $850 due to the specific sensing to the vehicle that needs to take place before during and after as well as labor getting to it and installing it... this is not something that is wear and tear. I've only had my van for 3 years. Apparently the heat makes it expand and contract placing stress on the solder joints cracking the solder joints. We should reconsider the placement of this control module on the vehicle and/or the materials that encase it. Not sure if any connection to the wiring harness or not. I'm thoroughly frustrated. It's currently in for the rear axle inspection repair/replacement warranty only reason I found out.

- Royersford, PA, USA

problem #115

Jan 012008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Gas gauge doesn't read correctly. All gauges stops working while driving. ABS and tcs stopped working correctly in 2008. Lights have been on warning of them not working. Drivers side passenger door will not work correctly. Check advance track warning light stays on. This has been checked, but light stays on. RPM gauge stays at maximum. Often while driving, it feels as if we have the emergency brake on. We have to change tires often. When I apply the brakes the vehicle will either not stop, or makes a grinding sound before it does. I have had the brakes checked and the brake pads are fine.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #114

Jan 052005


  • miles
Electrical problems that required the replacement of the main electrical harness 3 times, which were under warranty. The interior lights continue to flash and flicker to this day, both day and night, creating a hazard to safe operation of the vehicle. There are also false aleerts of the tire warning system, and other intermittant electrical problems in the vehicle. There is also a noise coming from the front end, which is in the area of the sub frame assembly.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

problem #113

Sep 022010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


My 2003 Ford Windstar's ABS and brake lights come on intermittently. Also the dome light needs to be off otherwise it flickers on and off.

- Meredith, NH, USA

problem #112

Jan 012004


  • 5,000 miles
The brake light is always on for ABS and emergency brake. They are often spongy and don't operate well. This issue has been ongoing. The car has been looked at dozens of times but no issue can be identified.

- Hershey, PA, USA

problem #111

Oct 012010


  • 125,000 miles
ABS and brake light on.

- Onsted, MI, USA

problem #110

Aug 192010


  • 122,043 miles


ABS brake light is on due to faulty ABS ECM. Replaced the ABS ECM.

- Springfield, NE, USA

problem #109

Oct 222010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
System failure, speed control, speedometer, odometer, heater/airconditioner after looking up online what caused my systems to fail, I went to sinclair to purchase the part. I was told by parts mngr that it was on re-call for that and I would have to have it fixed by their service dept. They confirmed this was on re-call and had me return later that afternoon. After four and a half hours I was asked to come back that they were having difficulty fixing the problem. I attempted to make an appt later the next day and was told it was too late that I did not bring my vehicle in in a timely manner and they will no longer fix my vehicle. Their are no expiration dates on this re-call. I have received a customer service receipt explaining what they did and stating that they strive to give the best customer service. What a joke, they left me with a vehicle that is not safe to drive in this condition, after taking up my whole afternoon. I responded with a very disheartened lack of satisfaction and was referred to Ford headquarter. I was told that this was never a re-call item by Ford. If this was handled acurately the first time, my car would already be fixed. Dave would never have let this happen, he built this dealership on the concept of good customer service. If his team made an error, he would fix it on principal even if it meant he ate the cost. I guess his reputation was buried with him. I will be looking to purchase a vehicle in January and I will purchase from someplace else. [xxx] please help us get our van fixed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #108

Mar 272010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the interior light switch would sporadically switch on and off. The computer system light would also sporadically illuminate and give a false reading while the vehicle was in motion. The dealer was called and the contact was awaiting a return call from the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #107

Oct 192010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Sit down, get a coffee, because you will be reading a book. I purchased a 2003 Ford Windstar, with 20,000 miles, in 2005. I've had nothing but major problems. In 12/2008 with 87,205 miles the transmission went, that was $2013, then in 3-2009 check engine light, had to replace gaskets, that cost $500, . then in 10/15/2010 I had to bring van in for different sensors, and ABS light, and emergency brake light kept coming on. That was. That was $232. Then on 10/19/2010 brought van in to the Ford dealer, because none of my gauges work, letting me know how fast I'm going, or how much gas I have. They say it is the gauge cluster, that's $500 alone not including labor, they inform me I have a hole in the left rear axle, and I have to leave the van there, and I may also need a new alternator, and it may takes weeks for the part to come in. That's not including other miner repairs along the way. The best part of all. I still have 6 payments left. What rights do I have? I can't believe all the major issues. They should take this van, and give me a different one. Not a Ford. I told you, that you were reading a book.

- Westhampton, MA, USA

problem #106

Nov 022009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Braking distance suddenly increased brake and ABS lights come on when going down road. I have replaced the brakes and this still happens, the mechanic says there is a fluid leak around the ABS connector system??. door open light stays on and will not allow doors to lock properly.

- Birmingham, IA, USA

problem #105

Aug 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,252 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that he coasted to the side of the road. When he waited a few minutes after the vehicle stalled and turned it back on, it would perform correctly. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The local mechanic advised him to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was eventually taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the intake manifold casket needed replaced. The dealer replaced the intake manifold casket, installed a throttle body spacer and throttle air valve assembly and re-flashed the PCM to the computer and the iac valve. The contact stated the failure occurred again while driving from the dealership. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the vehicle stayed for two weeks. The dealer then installed a crank shaft sensor and a wire assembly. The vehicle had not been repaired fully as the contact picked the vehicle up before final repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 90,252 and the current mileage was approximately 91,000. Updated 12/29/10 updated 01/03/11

- Sonora, CA, USA

problem #104

Sep 252007


  • miles
The ABS brake light comes on very often. (for about 2 years now) the electrical lights blink on & off alot. (started around 2005). Worried if there will be an electrical fire. The approximate incident date goes back years, so I just put in today's date.

- Aberdeen, NJ, USA

problem #103

Apr 152009


  • 150,000 miles
ABS will sometimes fail. Dash lights come on and "check traction control" alarm. Turn van off then on again and will clear. Problem appears to be intermittent. Mechanic checked and it is the ABS unit alarm C1185. Also my speedometer sometimes does not read correct speed. Had recall 09S09 completed and speedometer has been O.K. but ABS still cutting out intermittently. Sometimes it fails just by turning the ignition on, sometimes while driving. Only consequence is that the ABS/traction control system is not available when it fails.

- Port Elgin, 00, USA

problem #102

May 092003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar the side doors have not worked right from the time we bought this van. Took it back to dealer, said it's contacts are dirty. Still didn't fix doors they don't work right to this day now the ABS brake light keeps coming on! the rear axel are cracking and recalled. The Windstar should be recalled complete!

- Success, MO, USA

problem #101

Feb 152010


  • 65,000 miles
ABS and brake light coming on and off with weather change for a 2003 Ford Windstar, looks to be the same issues that everyone else is having. Will stopping my car within the required design distance be affected if ABS is not working correctly due to the soder on the board breaking down.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #100

Apr 302009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar sel that has 86,700 miles on it and for the last 18 months the ABS and brake warning lights come on at the same time after driving about a mile. I'm not sure if this compromises the safety of the vehicle. There should be a recall on this because my mother-in law's 2002 Windstar is doing the same thing as well.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #99

Jan 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
On my 2003 Ford Windstar the ABS light and E-brake light on the console would come on sporadically, stay on for a while, and then turn off. This occurred for several months starting last winter. About a month ago they went on and have not gone off. The sporadic coming on of the lights seemed to coincide with the power failure for the front and rear passenger side power windows. Both windows are now inoperable at all times. I contacted Ford in regards to the Texas instruments speed control related recall, gave them my VIN, and was told my vehicle falls outside the cutoff data for this recall.

- Durham, ME, USA

problem #98

Aug 292010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,220 miles
2003 Ford Windstar's brake light keeps staying on within 2-3 minutes of car heating up.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #97

Aug 272010


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the anti-lock brake module burned out on the vehicle and caused the fuse to burn out as well. The wiring harness burned and now the air conditioner and speedometer have failed. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage and current mileage was 123000.

- Laguna Nigule, CA, USA

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