really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,385 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar suspension problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #47

May 052010


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at speeds of 25 mph, the rear axle broke in half. The vehicle was left at the scene of the incident and was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 115,000.

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #46

Apr 282010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar rear axle beam about to break in half.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #45

Apr 252010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
With no warning the rear axle of our 2001 Ford Windstar broke in half at 120,000 miles. There was smoke. The neighbor came running after us to tell us. Many people have the same problem. We were lucky. Will the next people be so lucky? this is a very dangerous problem. All 2000 & 2001 Ford Windstar should not be used until this issue is taken care of.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #44

Apr 222010


  • 130,000 miles


Windstar 2001 broken down rear axel O rear complete suspension, this part broken in the left side.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #43

Apr 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
A loud noise from the rear suspension while turning led me to look under the rear end and find the rear axel had a crack approximately half way through it in the center.

- North Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #42

Mar 272010


  • 120,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds the rear axle cross member on my 2001 Ford windstart LX failed. Nothing unusual occured prior to this in terms of driving or on the road. Rear axle had to be replaced at cost of $1,300.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #41

Mar 292010


  • 140,000 miles


The car was making noise that I couldn't pin point. Then it started feeling like it was swaying side to side intermittantly. Then it felt like the car skipped or skiddded on a turn, I pulled into my driveway and the car bounced, lurched and jolted to a stop. I got out and looked and my rear tires looked like this / \ instead of | |. I did a google search for broken rear axle and it auto filled in windstart. This is the 4th problem I've had with this car. Two of the others involved the ABS system. One of those was finally recalled but only after I fixed it myself. I'm afraid that I will have to junk the car. It's unfair that I've had to poor so much into this car that I will never be able to recoup or be made whole. I just thank god nobody got hurt w/ this or the ABS problem.

- Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #40

Mar 112010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,157 miles
2001 Ford Windstar making noise in rear, when I looked under the van I saw the axle was broken in half !!! I am on the highway every day.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 082010


  • 115,000 miles
While driving 65 mph in my 2001 Ford Windstar the rear axle snapped in half I hit the guard rail, blew the tires, and was extremely lucky not to be killed. I now find out it is an inherent problem that Ford refuses to recognize.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #38

Mar 062010


  • 235,000 miles
No events led up to this serious safety issue. We have owned a 2001 Windstar LX with 235,000 miles on it. It has been plagued with numerous recalls even so far as having the front floor mats replaced. On March 6, 2010, after driving over two hours at freeway speeds (70 mph), we parked in a parking lot to watch a sporting event. When leaving and backing out of the parking spot, the rear axle broke in two pieces. After searching this issue on the web, I am finding this is not an isolated incident. There was no previous sound or indication that the axle was about to fail. In fact, the Michelin rear tires on the vehicle have close to 100,000 miles on them. Had we been on the road at 70 mph, this would have probably been a fatal accident for four people in the car, not to mention any car in the vicinity. Currently I am waiting to see if I can get a used axle to replace. I will make sure that the old part is saved for further research. I'm sorry I do not have the VIN number as the car is in ypsilanti, mi awaiting repair and I am in grand rapids, Michigan which is about 2 hours away. I will gladly submit the VIN number at a later date if I can be contacted about this matter.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #37

Feb 222010


  • miles


2001 Ford Windstar approximate mileage 122,000, broken rear axle, no accident no rust, just completely cracked, needed new rear axle installed.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #36

Mar 012010


  • 120,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar. Rear axle snapped.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #35

Feb 152010


  • 181,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar and for the 3rd time the rear end tire support has broken in half driving down the road. My family and I feel lucky to be here to write this at this time and it is my 17 year old sons primary car to drive so I can have general insurance but not full coverage. I feel if he was driving when this happened he would have been in a terrible accident, god was watching out for us. It has cost me over a thousand dollars for each repair and at this time I am without the family vehicle and don't see that it would be a good idea to fix this again knowing that its going to break again. I cant afford a new vehicle and this car has been dependable other than this problem. The rear end is scarce at salvage yards, we haven't been able to locate one yet that tells me I'm not the only one having the problem. The van is made for seven and there are 5 in my family so overloading is not the problem, nor rust they are free from that and the last repair we replaced the shocks to reduce vibration problems if it existed. I fear soon I will read about a family tragedy because of this problem and I want it on record about this complaint. Before making each repair we checked to see if there was a recall and to date there is none. I am in the service work business and I understand thing fail, brakes, water pumps, computers, engines but I should have never had to put a nickel into this problem. Any help or guidance you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for listening.

- Clinton, OH, USA

problem #34

Feb 162010


  • 135,900 miles
During a rear tire check on our 2001 Ford Windstar it was discovered that there is a crack in the rear axle beam. Friends of ours have the same year vehicle and last year their Windstar rear axle beam broke in two and locked up the rear wheels, luckily there was no accident. I have been monitoring our axle beam since then and now it is cracking. I don't dare have my wife drive it, especially on the highway. Why has Ford not recalled this"?" this could be catastrophic at highway speeds if it snapped. I need to get this fixed immediately and have heard it is at least $1,000 !!

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #33

Feb 062010


  • 114,000 miles
My 2001 Windstar van had a slight shimmy when I would hit a pothole, which lasted for a few days. Thought I needed an alignment. Then just driving normally last Saturday, 2-6-10, at approximately 30 mph, it felt like the bottom dropped out and my van stopped. Luckily I wasn't going 65 mph on the expressway. My husband got out and looked underneath the van and the rear axle had broken in two. We had to have a flatbed tow it to our house. Then a dealership sent out someone to pick it up for repairs and he had to tie a 2X4 to the axle to drive it into the trailer. It is still at the dealership.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #32

Feb 062010


  • 98,991 miles
Rear axle on 2001 Ford Windstar van broke while driving

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #31

Feb 042010


  • 138,000 miles
1) no warning signs 2) 2001 Ford Windstar SE the rear axle snapped while driving down the road and we lost control of the vehicle. 3) the dealer informed me that there are no problems with this issue. My mechanic (not a dealer) told me this is a known problem.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #30

Feb 012010


  • 125,000 miles
Rear axle broke on a 2001 Ford Windstar with 125,000 miles. Seems to be a defect that show up at this mileage. 12-18 inches in from the left (driver's) side. Could be a rear safety issue on 1000's of these vans.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #29

Dec 132009


  • 12,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar- rear axle cracked in half by the driver's side tire. The ABS light and brake lights kept coming on, we had brakes checked, then we heard noise like something rolling around in the back of the van. Then we had the smell of rubber burning and my husband checked and notice the tires tilted in at the top. Looking underneath he saw the axle cracked. In doing some research I notice many Ford Windstar owners with the same problem. I can't help but wonder if there has been accidents where this was the cause and it was written off as a result of the accident.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #28

Jun 152009


  • 120,000 miles
The rear axle on my 2001 Ford Windstar broke in two about 8-12 inches inboard of where the trailing arm is welded to the assembly. I had the left side welded earlier for the same failure before it was bad six months earlier and this time it totally failed on the right side in exactly the same location. My car is the third Windstar axle failure I know about in my town.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

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