really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
229,686 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 122016

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Ford Windstar. Consumer writes in regards to dealership states vehicle is unsafe to drive. The consumer stated the back of the vehicle sways uncontrollably.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 012017


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While stationary, the contact noticed that the front engine cradle of the vehicle was severely rusted and corroded. The contact stated that there were holes in the engine cradle. Matthews Ford Oregon in Oregon, Ohio was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Walbridge, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 012014


  • 8,500 miles
Takata recall I'm looking to see if there was a recall on manifold in the 2001 Ford Windstar.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 282015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 193,000 miles


This vehicle has shut off on me while driving several times. During the latest event which occurred while going approximately 30 mph and the minivan just shuts off without warning. There is not a stalling warning or anything. All lights appear on the dash and it is very difficult to steer the van when it happens. In order to get the vehicle to restart you have to turn it off with the key and then start it up again. I have investigated this problem online and there are many, many people complaining of this. I'm very surprised to see that a recall has not be made. With most of the complaints I've seen online many of the mechanics do not seem to know what the problem is. It's scary to see that many of us are complaining of the same thing. During some of the other incidents it also seemed to happen during lower speeds such as 5 or 10 mph however twice it happened going higher speeds, once at 25 mph and the other at 30 mph. Thank you for checking into this.

- Saint Stephen, SC, USA

problem #7

Mar 092015


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at 30 mph, the contact heard a loud noise and then the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 032014


  • 236,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 4 mph, the motor detached, fell from the vehicle, and pulled all the cables for the gear shift. In addition, the ABS, the airbag, and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated that the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the mechanic stated that a rear axle and the front sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 236,000.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 022014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 236,000 miles


While backing out of my driveway the subframe fell out of my vehicle causing the throttle body to open all the way dropped out of reverse and went into drive lost steering, lost brakes jammed vehicle into park to stop 1 foot from telephone pole. Had vehicle towed to Ford took 1 week to here anything from them, was told I could not have a rental or loaner vehicle while they had my car. Called Ford customer service line was told I could only get rental car for 1 day for subframe and 1 day for rear axle recall, as of 7/14 2014 was told I would maybe have my vehicle back by next week after Ford evaluated my car for repairs. I did not receive a phone call from Ford dealer until 7/14/2014.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 272012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 1,053,821 miles
I took my van in for the 11S16 recall and now problems are taking place afterwards. I got my van back and now the check engine light is on and coolant is leaking everywhere.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
ABS, brake light and check engine light all on at the same time. Vehicle shakes like it is going to cut off. Despite numerous attempts at repairs, still does it as of today (2012).

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 112011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that there were no lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was safely maneuvered to the shoulder and towed home. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was also informed that the actuators for the door locks were bad and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #1

May 162012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 289,221 miles
At approximately 16:45 after driving 6 miles that day, the Windstar van was stopped and the ignition key turned off. The delivery driver went inside his destination for about 5 minutes. While loading his cargo, he smelled smoke. Looking up, he noticed flames coming out of the engine compartment between the hood and the windshield wiper plastic shielding. Using an onboard 5 lb fire extinguisher, he attempted to extinguish the flames but to no avail. He dialled 9-1-1 on his phone. Employees at his destination also noticed the fire, and contacted the local fire department as well. The fire department extinguished the flames with severe damage to the rear portion of the engine, the fire wall, brake cylinder and glass windshield. The ambient temperature that day was in the 70 degrees range, windows were down in the van, and the A/C system was not in use.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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