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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 132004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Twice my vehicle went in for repair for engine running lean. The first time they said it was a faulty mass flow sensor, $ $400 to repair. A few months latter the same code comes up I took it back to the dealer. This time they said Ford had issued a repair for the vehicle. It seems the valve cover was faulty and allowing oil to drip down and caused the gasket on the intake manifold to leak causing air to leak in the engine, which caused the engine running lean copde to come on. They have had quite a few Windstar with this problem. That is why they came out with the service bulletin to make the repair. Which included a new valve cover and other parts. Which cost another $ $700 to repair. I believe that Ford should be responsible for the repair as there was a faulty valve cover that caused the engine running lean code to appear.

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 232005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Was driving down street, steady speed approx 40 mph, not using cruise control. Attempted to brake for intersection, vehicle would not slow down. Visually looked to confirm foot was on brake and not on accelerator, it was on the brake and was not on the accelerator. Shifted into neutral to avoid a crash, the engine revved way up then slowed down. This was a one-time incident so far, but it only happened yesterday and I haven't driven it much since then.

- Assaria, KS, USA

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