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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,235 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 172013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle stops in the middle of traffic. It will stall out when stopped. The car will not restart. It is not anything that pertains to a tune up or oil change or transmission fluid. The radiator got low a;little but that was not the problem. There was a recall on 2003 Ford Windstar limited edition but mine was not in this recall. I feel that my car should be fixed because it his a safety hazard. Plus the front wheel bearings are bad, which causes my tires to go bald. Ford will not fix the life threatening situation.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #4

May 152013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, she noticed a strong gasoline odor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician stated that the fuel line was fractured and would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 052013

Windstar

  • 120,000 miles
There was a safety recall initiated by Ford for corrosion of the engine cradle - 2003 Ford Windstar structure: Frame and members:underbody shields NHTSA campaign #11V030000. Ford repaired the left side only, leaving the right side rusted and now several significant rust holes have appeared on the right side. Ford disclaims any responsibility saying that they made the repair properly but I claim they made the repair inadequately. Bad metal is bad metal and regardless of the fact that the holes were discovered over a year later is inapplicable as good metal does not rust through to the point of creating a safety hazard. If the engine cradle fails, the engine will fall from the vehicle, potentially while moving. Gas will spew across the road and a fireball will ignite. Other drivers will either hit the engine, swerve to miss it and hit other vehicles, and/or get caught in the inferno which will cause significant damage, human harm and needless deaths. Ford initiated this safety recall because there was this safety issue and the issue remains. Safety was not improved by simply repairing one side of the engine cradle allowing the other side to corrode to the point of sizeable rust holes being created in a short period of time following the initial inadequate repair. Once a safety recall is initiated, it is in the best interests of the public to ensure that the repair is properly and completely made and therefore that the safety issue is fully resolved.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 182006

Windstar

  • 30,206 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact started the ignition and the engine failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the fuel pump was replaced. The failure recurred and resulted in the fuel pump being replaced two additional times. The failure mileage was 30,206. Updated 05/03/11 updated 2/8/12

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 252009

Windstar

  • 77,971 miles
With no prior problems to report, I was suddenly unable to put my vehicle in gear after starting it. The gear-shifter felt somewhat loose as if I were parked at an incline without putting the hand brake on. However, I was parked on level ground. After turning the vehicle off, I was finally able to get the vehicle out of park and into neutral where I was able to start it and put it into drive. Whenever I placed it in park it was extremely difficult to get it back into any other gear however, it would randomly go into gear as if there was no problem. But once placed back into park it would get stuck again. Now there is all kinds of wacky electrical stuff going on...window swithches aren't functioning, no tail lights, fuel gage is not functioning and the remote alarm entry only unlocks the drivers side door. There is a clicking in the left side of the steering column when trying to utilize any of the listed electrical functions.

- Pacoima, CA, USA

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