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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,067 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #3

May 092008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 53,200 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While en route to New York and driving 60 mph, the door locks did not function and were not programmed. When the contact activated the cruise control, the ABS, door lights, and emergency brake lights illuminated. Halfway to her destination, she had to stop at a repair shop and pay for them to inspect the vehicle so that she could continue driving. The mechanic checked the brake line and pads and informed her that the vehicle was functional. The battery was also repaired. Within 2-3 weeks, the same lights illuminated again. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The current mileage was 55,394 and failure mileage was approximately 53,200. Updated 07/29/08 the consumer also state the vehicle had an oil leak in the oil pan near the oil gasket. The low tire pressure light illuminated. The consumer was informed that the new battery was causing electrical problems they were experiencing. Updated 07/29/08

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 052007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
My 2003 Ford Windstar is a nightmare. It started with the dome lights flickering on and off or just staying on. I turned the switch off but the lights still come on. Then when I would open the rear windows a fuse would blow causing all windows, radio, etc.. to stop working. I have taken it in several time to have this looked at that they were tired of me coming in and took a black marker to show me which fuse to change when this happens. I have a friend who is a firefighter who said this is extremely unsafe--for the fuse to keep blowing could cause a fire. After this, I woke up one morning and the car wouldn't start out of no where. After towing it in and a few hundred dollars later I ended up replacing the alternator and the battery. As far as the dome lights & the fuse---still flickering and the fuse still blows out--they say they don't know what is wrong with that. After this, while driving with my girls, the car just died out on us. Started with the battery light going on then the dash said low battery and then it just stopped running. Brought the car in again and they said it was the alternator again. This happened about 1 year after replacing the first one. So once again a few hundred dollars later---they still don't know what is causing this to keep happening. The lights still keep flashing, the fuse still keeps blowing and still no answers. There has got to be something wrong with the electrical system but no one knows what it is. I also found that there are other 2003 Windstar with the exact same problems--lights flickering, electrical problems, replacing alternators & batteries, etc...I filed a complaint with Ford Motor Company but they did nothing--they said all I can say is hold on to all your receipts and if a recall is made you will get reimbursed. What does it take to make Ford recall these vans??

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 152006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar - problem began in October, 2006. Vehicle wouldn't start; therefore, we purchased a new battery. Same problem occurred - wouldn't start on it's own, had to be jump started each time to drive. Has had three separate repair appointments to which they could not find any problem. The vehicle was the same to them - had to jump start. Have had all diagnostics, etc. Completed with no results. Have filed a complaint with Consumer Affairs also. Filed complaint with Ford manufacturer, dearborn, mi, as of today.

- Lafollette, TN, USA

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