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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,798 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar suspension problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #106

Sep 282016

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2003 Ford Windstar. Consumer writes in regards to dealership refuses to repair axle recall notice until consumer pays for a new $300 axle replacement. The consumer stated the dealer installed the brackets at no charge.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #105

Sep 262016

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar. Consumer writes in regards to rear axle reinforcement brackets recall notice repair issues. The consumer was informed the brackets were installed correctly. However, there was a crack in the axle.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #104

Oct 032016

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar. Consumer writes in regards to rear axle reinforcement brackets recall notice repair issues. The consumer stated the dealer performed a visual check of the vehicle, but nothing was replaced.

- Souderton, PA, USA

problem #103

Oct 152016

Windstar

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving various speeds, the vehicle began to swerve uncontrollably. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was confirmed that the axle fractured and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. Prior to the failure, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The vehicle was taken to be inspected; however, the technician stated that the axle did not need to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Canton, IL, USA

problem #102

Sep 232016

Windstar

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was stationary, the bolts on the bracket of the rear axle became loose. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #101

Sep 262016

Windstar

  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 25 mph, the rear driver side axle fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear axle beam was fractured 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 approximate failure mileage was 146,000.

- Riverview, MI, USA

problem #100

Nov 172015

Windstar

  • 135,000 miles

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

My local bill brown Ford at 32222 Plymouth rd livonia mi 48150 (734)421-7000 falsified that they replaced a recall on my vehicle. While driving U can hear a noise coming from the rear.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #99

Aug 292016

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving various speeds, the rear axle fractured. As a result of the axle failure, the rear driver side tire failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was confirmed that the rear axle fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. Updated 11/01/16

- Oberlin, OH, USA

problem #98

May 232016

Windstar

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for a routine inspection and it was noticed that the rear axle had extensive rust and corrosion. The part needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V608000 (suspension), 12V195000 (suspension), 12V194000 (suspension), and 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution. The failure mileage was not available.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #97

May 312016

Windstar

  • 183,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the rear axle was fractured. The contact noted that due to the failure the vehicle could not be operated without risking further damage. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 183,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #96

Feb 172016

Windstar

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle jerked and stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart however, the rear tires were leaned in and the rear brackets fractured. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brackets were installed properly from NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Ecorse, MI, USA

problem #95

Dec 112015

Windstar

  • miles
This is a recall from Ford Motor Company regarding deteriation of the rear axle. I first learned of it in early December 2015. Took into my local dealer on December 11 and was informed that it qualified for the recall. Now they keep telling me that they can't get the parts. How long does a company have after they are aware of a dangerous condition to get it fixed. I haven.T driven it since they told me it was unsafe, but what good is it to me if I can't drive it?

- Arpin, WI, USA

problem #94

Feb 022016

Windstar

  • 198,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. When the contact parked the vehicle, an abnormal noise was heard. Upon returning to the vehicle, the contact noticed that the wheel was tilted inward. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear axle fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The vehicle failure mileage was 198,000.

- Middleburg Heights, OH, USA

problem #93

Jan 112016

Windstar

  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the contact noticed a burnt rubber odor and then an unknown rear tire blew out. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear axle, tire line, and the rear tire needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- Greeneville, TN, USA

problem #92

Nov 112015

Windstar

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While taking the vehicle for a routine check, the mechanic informed the contact that the axle was fractured in two places on the driver and passenger sides. The contact was informed that the brackets were placed on a faulty axle. The mechanic advised the contact not to drive the vehicle for long lengths of time. The mechanic diagnosed that the axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). Once the repair part and cost was decided, the contact would be informed and a repair would be made. The contact had not received notification and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000. Updated 04/21/2016

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #91

Nov 182015

Windstar

  • 154,161 miles
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
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

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