10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,172 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar suspension problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #91

Nov 182015

Windstar

  • 154,161 miles

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

Received recall notice for the rear axle, had 2 (two) Ford dealers look at the axle. First dealer noted cracks, offered to replace axle for $700. First dealer did not enter recall/inspection into Ford database, no record. Second dealer performed inspection, said axle was "good to go". I inspected axle myself, evident that there is no adhesive under the bracket where the crack propagates. We rely on the automotive dealers to make and keep our vehicles safe. Now, we cannot trust the dealers to perform the recalls as they should. This is not a safe vehicle.

- Boonville, MO, USA

problem #90

Nov 092015

Windstar

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While at the dealer having the vehicle serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension), the technician discovered that the axle was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,000....updated 02/08/16

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #89

Nov 042015

Windstar

  • 187,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While at the local dealer for a recall repair, the technician diagnosed that the rear axle was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 187,000. Update 01/15/16

- St Ann, MO, USA

problem #88

Oct 312015

Windstar

  • 141,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was being serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000(suspension), the technician informed the contact that the rear axle corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the axle replacement not being included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact was informed that the recall only covered the bracket and only the ends of the axle were covered under the recall. The failure mileage was 141,000.

- Milwake, WI, USA

problem #87

May 032012

Windstar

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that there was a failure in which the rear axle prematurely cracked without warning. The dealer repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension), but it did not remedy the failure. The contact received a second notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The dealer stated that the contact needed to pay for the rear axle repair after inspecting the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired yet. The contact stated that the manufacturer's remedy was not sufficient and did not approve the dealer's repair for the second recall. The contact was waiting on a response from the manufacturer to ensure the dealer provided a permanent remedy for the condition of the vehicle. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #86

Oct 262015

Windstar

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the front wheels vibrated violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the front axle fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Riverside, OH, USA

problem #85

May 012015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Letter from congressman ryan on behalf of constituent re Ford Motor Company issues. The consumer stated in may, the spring on the driver's side broke and punctured the tire. Three months later, the passenger front spring broke. Updated 11/30/15.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #84

Aug 072015

Windstar

  • 66,000 miles
I was driving down the road. In muncie Indiana. The rear end on the right side went down all most caused me to wreck. Found O ut that day when I got it to the auto garage that the rear end had rusted threw. At 66,000 miles. How can a company put out crap like this that might have coast me my life ? it would have if I was not a semi driver when I was working. And new how to handle a van in case of a problem like this U have me to thank that no one was killed. I think Ford needs to fix this problem for me.

- Hartfordcity, IN, USA

problem #83

Aug 212015

Windstar

  • 132,771 miles
While driving vehicle it started making a loud noise. I stopped and parked the car. Upon my inspection the driver rear tire was leaning out on an angle.a mechanic inspected it and noticed the rear axle was broken. There was no noise or problems prior to this time. The rear axle had to be replaced.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #82

Aug 082015

Windstar

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 20 mph, the rear axle suddenly fractured. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The dealer stated that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension); however, the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #81

Aug 082015

Windstar

  • 108,000 miles

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

This is in regards to the rear axle cracking. During my recent state vehicle inspection, the rear axle was found to be cracked. The rear axle was reinforced per recall notice in 2011, but where the reinforcement is at, is where axle is cracked. Ford will not cover the replacement of the axle due to the recall already being performed and is outside the 12 months/12,000 mile warranty. The reinforcement that they provided does not fix the issue, it only pushes the issue out. I have seen many other people having this exact issue happening.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #80

Aug 022015

Windstar

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 1 mph, the transmission was shifted into reverse and the rear axle completely fractured into two pieces. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Driyden, MI, USA

problem #79

Jun 292015

Windstar

  • 122,730 miles
Rear axle is cracked and has to be replaced. Ford recall in 2011 for issues with the rear axle - dealer installed additional support brackets in lieu of replacing the axle with a new axle of current design. If they would have done the replacement with the current axle design and not added a temporary fix to prolong the life of a defective axle, today I would not be responsible for the financial replacement. I am very fortunate to have noticed an issue and brought this to the attention of my dealer who discovered the crack. I do have a concern though with the Ford dealer - they know about the axle issues, failures and recall. They recently inspected the vehicle, replaced various parts, etc. At a cost of $2,800 including brakes, drums, etc. They saw the condition of the axle - they had to know if was due to fail sooner than later - very concerning. Ford is not taking responsibility for their design flaw and lack luster recall which amounted to adding some brackets to cause the axle to break in a certain area to reduce the possibility of a complete failure / fatal accident.

- York, PA, USA

problem #78

Jun 052015

Windstar

  • 155,675 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the entire axle was severally corroded and cracked. The dealer was made aware of the failure and explained that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 155,675.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #77

May 042015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
I learned of a front axle recall and when I called the dealership to schedule repairs, they informed me of a rear axle recall, so "repairs" were made to both front and rear axles at the same time. However, this morning on my way to work (luckily traveling at 25 mph vs 75 on the interstate last night) the rear axle broke midway between where the bracket, which was supposed to reinforce the axle, was attached.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #76

Apr 232015

Windstar

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the contact heard a noise from the rear of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact stated that the passenger side tire had fractured from the frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear axle assembly, tire, rim and brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Beaver, OH, USA

problem #75

Apr 012015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 122,850 miles
Vehicle on lift for oil change when mechanic noted that the sub-frame was rotted through on the driver side just above and in front of the wheel. He also noted that a repair bracket had been installed as part of the recall on the part of the frame behind the wheel. He said he would not drive the car too much longer without getting it repaired. He advised that I should take the vehicle to the dealer and advise Ford which I did. Ford declined to offer any assistance since it was beyond the recall warranty period. The reinforcement bracket was obviously not sufficient to repair the corrosion damage to the complete sub-frame.

- Oxford, NJ, USA

problem #74

Mar 102015

Windstar

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. After the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension), the failure listed in the recall recurred. The contact mentioned that the dealer only sprayed a rust proof coating on the vehicle although, the recall stated that the dealer was to place a bracket to reinforce the axle or replace the axle. The manufacturer verified that the dealer implemented the recall remedy properly. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 6/3/15

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #73

Mar 132015

Windstar

  • 159,000 miles
Took my Windstar to my mechanic for inspection. Rear axle cracked.. contacted Ford, since in 2011 rear axle "patches"(their terminology) were installed after recall Ford had me tow vehicle to a local dealer. Dealer attempted to have Ford reopen recall they refused after many calls they said they were not going to repair. Because. By national highway regulations they did all they were required to do. I pointed out that this is an ongoing problem and has they have documented --in the snow states since patches installed. We have had 2 major hurricanes with 3 consecutive severe winters. I am very frustrated and hope something can be done.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

problem #72

Mar 132015

Windstar

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 25 mph, a loud crack emitted from the rear of the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear axle was fractured. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension); however, the recall remedy failed to prevent the defect. The manufacturer and dealer were made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- St Albans , VT, USA

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