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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. intake manifold is cracked (1 reports)
  2. isolator bolt defect (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Windstar engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 202010

Windstar LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The van started stuttering, especially when speeding up and climbing hills around town and on the hi-way. At the beginning it was a nuisance, but the more that I drove it became a pain in the ass. Took it down to my local Ford dealership to have it taken a look at. The guy quoted me a damn price of over $2000 to fix the problem. I just stared the guy down and told him that there is NO way that I could afford to fix it and I drove off. I'm a grad student and don't have that kind of money to pay for the $1000 part and over $1000 in labor. I mean what the hell! Getting damn tired of owning TWO ford vehicles, might be time to switch to a Chevy.

- , Redmond, WA, USA

problem #2

May 202009

Windstar SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Problem was engine shuddering while warming up, but ran fine once warm. Part of TSB repair for defective Lower Intake Manifold Isolator bolts and gasket. I fixed this myself thanks the extensive help at Engine runs fine post repair and mpg went up 5%. As other have noted, this van is not the most durable- our's has had extensive repairs under warranty (A/C compressor, Alternator, side mirror motor, driver's window motor, power steering unit, flickering dome light, and VCR unit were all replaced/fixed).

- , Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 052006

(reported on)

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Engine stutters.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

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