really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
96,887 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced motor part in window (4 reports)
2001 Ford Windstar windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 022008

Windstar Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,548 miles


The motor was replaced again in 2010, and still has some bugs in it. Seems to me the motor that was replaced in 2008 should have worked longer than two years and it was replaced by the Ford mechanics. So what the hell is the deal???

Update from Sep 17, 2012: Also the back vent windows act out of sorts. One will open but the other won't and vice versa or neither will open. Apparently Ford checked these also and found nothing, but they are still tempermental.

- , Orrville, OH, USA

problem #3

May 042005

Windstar LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

My window is now broken again on drivers side and mirrors won't work either. I have engine lights that come on all the time ABS light, brake light, sensor lights. I keep taking it in to have reset. All parts have been replaced and still lights come back on. I am taking it in again Tuesday October 20, 2009 to have it looked at and will probably end up buying a new motor again for the window. And the dash lights are a real pain in the ass... Sometimes the passenger rear window does not want to open.. I have also already fixed ac switch - it was broken and I could not move the switch, I would have lost a.c ..

- , Grand Ridge, FL, US

problem #2

Oct 172008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles

I should go back and report the other 2 times this has happened but there's not enough time. The motor went the first time in 04/ 2007 ( it actually was stopping and starting since 02/07 then it completely stopped while on vacation 1000 miles away so we had to drive home with the widow half open. It cost $200 plus to fix. Then this motor went in Feb 2008 and not wanting to spend another $200 we let it go until June when it was fixed again with a Ford motor (the first replacement had been an after market one.) On 10/17/08 the 3rd motor went but luckily it was still under warranty and was replaced yesterday but makes an ungodly sound when opening and closing!

- , Oakland, ME, USA

problem #1

May 152006

(reported on)


  • 70,000 miles

Bought the van and service warranty from the used car dealer, Pflueger Tony Honda in Waipahu. I told him I want a van with less maintenance. This is one of the many problems I have experienced and our lemon law is useless. The service contract ($1400) is useless too. I need to purchase a new motor for the window. At the ONLY Ford dealer, I can't use the service contract until I pay the $250 diagnostic test. I already told them that the motor needs to be replaced because my friend tested it for free. There's activity between the control panel and the window. It's the motor that needs to be replaced.

The window won't go up and down. It's just stuck. The diagnostic screen behind the steering wheel lighted everything else, but the windows. Why pay extra? Ford would not continue to fix the window so I had to go to my friend to fix it. My service agreement didn't cover anything, not even for the rental car of 2 days.

- , Wahiawa, HI, USA

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