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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,277 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Windstar windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Lights turn on and of inside the car. The ABS light and the brake light on and off. Windows stop working get stuck.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,540 miles
2003 Ford Windstar minivan vehicle had been driven to a workplace and parked for the day. Upon entering the vehicle to travel home, driver started vehicle normal and attempted to shift automatic transmission into gear to move from the parking space. The transmission would not engage into either drive (forward) or reverse (backward). Vehicle was towed to a garage and then to a transmission shop. Estimate to repair the transmission exceeds $2500. The transmission had shown no signs of slippage or other visible, audible and/or shifting issues. Since the incident, I have done online researched and found literally hundreds of similar complaints and incidents on this vehicle model. We have also have repeated electrical problems with this van. Interior lights come on and go off for no reason. Interior lights blink while driving in daytime or nighttime. Sometimes the rear power wing windows open...sometimes they do not. Service lights come on and off including brake and ABS system lights, service engine lights, and others. We are thoroughly disappointed with this vehicle.

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 102011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 136,789 miles
There is some kind of malfunction in the 2003 Ford Windstar. The windows will stop working all at once or at random times. The lights will stop working and then start again. The radio will stop working and start again. These are all on random fuses. Ford says they can not fix the problem if they do not experience it. The problems will last for a few minutes or up to days at a time. The cruise control also will not engage at times. These are all getting power as the cruise control will tell you it is ready to engage and when you try to engage it, it says its been deactivated. The radio will eject or load cd but will not come on. We have not found a solution yet but feel this can be a problem if the lights go out at the wrong time. Even the windows not opening can be a problem. If a bee or something else gets stuck in the van you can not always stop to get it out. As my husband and daughter are very allergic to them it is a danger not being able to open them. In looking up solutions I have noticed a great many other people with the same problem.

- Munford, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 222010


  • 113,279 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the brake and ABS lights remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle also leaked brake fluid from what appeared to be the master cylinder. He also stated that the dome lights flickered on and off intermittently. Occasionally the passenger side window would not open. The two bench rear windows would also open intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer could not duplicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage was 113,289. The failure mileage was 113,279.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,515 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the motor for the driver side window was repaired several months ago because it had not been working at all. The rear wing windows work sporadically. He also stated that all of the interior lights illuminate for no reason. The current and failure mileages were 30,515. Updated 12-12-07. Updated

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 242006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,540 miles
: the contact stated the left front power window control works intermittently. The vehicle was seen by a dealer. The power window control was replaced, but failed the next day. Dealer replaced master switch to windows.

- Wood Heights, MO, USA

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