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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,632 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar suspension problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Oct 192016

Windstar

  • 109,000 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 at the dealer for inspection per NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension), the technician diagnosed that the rear axle was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not completely repaired at the time of the complaint. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 12V194000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Lacrosse, WI, USA

problem #41

Oct 132016

Windstar

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear axle on the vehicle was defective. The dealer stated that the vehicle had already been repaired per a previous recall regarding the rear axle. The contact inquired about reimbursement eligibility for the repairs. The NHTSA campaign number and failure mileage were not provided.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #40

Oct 092016

Windstar

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was at the dealer being repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The technician diagnosed that the rear track bar was corroded and needed to be replaced before the repair could be completed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Easton, MA, USA

problem #39

Sep 082016

Windstar

  • 220,000 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 stationary, the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #38

Sep 052016

Windstar

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was undergoing routine maintenance, the technician informed the contact that the rear axle was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- St. Libory, NE, USA

problem #37

May 032016

Windstar

  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the rear axles were fractured. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brackets were properly installed and the rear axles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 189,000.

- Highland, IN, USA

problem #36

Feb 262016

Windstar

  • 161,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear passenger side tire was abnormally shifted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 161,000.

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #35

Jan 062016

Windstar

  • 199,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension); however, the rear axle fractured not long after the recall remedy was performed. Afterwards, the contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension), but the remedy was not yet available. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 199,000.

- Coplay, PA, USA

problem #34

Sep 142015

Windstar

  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 35 mph, the rear of the vehicle swayed to the left and right. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the rear passenger side axle fractured and the tire leaned inwards into the wheel well. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hampton , NH, USA

problem #33

Jun 022015

Windstar

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving at various speeds and making a right turn, a loud noise emitted from the rear driver side wheel. The contact observed that the rear driver side wheel was bent in towards the vehicle. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the rear axle was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V193000 (power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Grand Blank, MI, USA

problem #32

Jun 302015

Windstar

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 10 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The contact pulled over and discovered that the rear tire was leaning inward. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the rear axle was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #31

Apr 182015

Windstar

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated there was a four inch crack in the rear axle of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rear axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fort Edward, NY, USA

problem #30

Oct 262014

Windstar

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the rear axle on the driver side fractured. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and it flipped multiple times. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #29

Aug 252014

Windstar

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. Whie the vehicle was in reverse, the rear axle fractured. The contact discovered that the rear axle and bracket were corroded, causing the failure. The contact stated that the vehicle had been repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 12V195000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #28

Jun 302011

Windstar

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while replacing the exhaust hanger, she noticed the rear axle was cracked in three different places due to corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 122,000.

- Mustang , OK, USA

problem #27

Nov 202009

Windstar

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit a loud, abnormal creaking. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was then taken to a second repair shop where the contact was informed that the rear axle was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V385000 (suspension:rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly). The current mileage was approximately 125,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #26

Feb 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 156,753 miles
Safety recalls concerns: 09V399000, 10V38500, 11V030000. Recall on # 10V385000 was repaired but still having a problem with the repair have taken back three times they couldn't find anything, but there is still a problem it makes a popping noise when vehicle shifts. Recall on #11V030000 was not repaired, took in for inspection to Ford they said as long as I was in Alabama I nothing to be concern about, the recall notice stated if the vehicle passed inspection the dealer is authorized to complete reinforcement, my vehicle passed inspection but no repair was made.recall on 09V399000 I have talk with them several times they informed me there was no recall for this vehicle for that recall.

- Georgiana, AL, USA

problem #25

Apr 142011

Windstar

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph in rainy weather conditions when the contact drove over a high water spot and the vehicle hydroplaned. The contact was unable to control the vehicle and the vehicle swerved off the highway and caused damage to the rear passenger tire and wheel. The vehicle was taken to the local repair shop for the failure where the contact was advised that the rear axle was cracked due to corrosion and contributed the tire and wheel failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V385000 (suspension:rear: Axle:non-powered axle assembly) and called the manufacturer but was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 103,000.

- Wathena, KS, USA

problem #24

Jan 262011

Windstar

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 10V385000 (suspension: Rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly) and 11V030000 (structure: Frame and members: Underbody shields). The contact stated that the manufacturer and dealer were not properly inspecting or handling the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 200,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Merrimac, MA, USA

problem #23

Jan 242011

Windstar

  • 79,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar rear control arm rusted. During the week of 01/24/11, our Windstar was taken in for a rear control arm failure. The unit was rusted and based on the recalls of the rear axel and now the front control arms, I am concerned this should be reviewed as well. The total failure of this part was causing the broken sections to rub against the fuel tank when going over bumps and turns.

- Whitehall, OH, USA

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