fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
61,938 miles
Total Complaints:
31 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (27 reports)
  2. clean sliding side door electrical contacts (1 reports)
  3. get a different car (1 reports)
  4. lube the latch switch (1 reports)
  5. move the ignition slightly (1 reports)
2003 Ford Windstar accessories - interior problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Apr 012005

Windstar SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


If Ford can't fix it how can they expect us to get it fixed!!! If they had any nads they step up to the plate and fix it for free!!! The power steering problem is also annoying. The first one was replaced in the first 90 days and the replacement still whines like me!!!

- , Farmville, VA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012006

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

The interior lights started flashing around 32K miles, after 5 trips over the next year the dealer the problem continues. The dealership replaced: the interior light switch twice; the rear gate and both sliding door sensors and fuses. (None have stopped the flashing).

- , Wildwood, MO, USA

problem #9

Dec 012005

Windstar Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

We also see the interior lights randomly flash from time to time. Mechanics are unable to observe or fix. Only solution is to turn off the interior lights and turn them back on periodically to see if the problem has gone back into hibernation. Weather does not seem to be a factor hot or cold, dry or wet, it can happen at any time.

- , Palatine, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 042007

Windstar Sport 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,671 miles


I have recently bought a 2003 for Windstar it has a strobe light for interior lights and you have to shut it off right at the headlight switch and go with out dome lights there is also a starting problem that when you start it RPM'S go up to about 1300 and they drop off to the point that the motor just dies and then you will go though this process about 3,4,5,and some times ongoing past that also the electric sliding doors work even when the power to them is shut of on the overhead console to me the van is garbage and no one should own one if I could afford to go out and get rid of it I would and I will never buy a ford again they are crap the dealer can't find the source of any of these problems because they are all intermittent.

- , Armstrong, BC, Canada

problem #7

Nov 052007

(reported on)

Windstar SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Interior dome lights keep flashing on and off while driving. I have turned the switch OFF and the light still come on and flash on and off. I have taken it in to get it fixed and have gotten no solution. They say they don't know what the problem is.

- , Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 232007

(reported on)

Windstar Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

Replaced the fuse multiple times. It didn't help. Mechanics aren't sure why they flash. Thanks for the lubing tip.

- , Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 032007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


well, the dealers solution did no good. still like a disco in my van. sometimes I think there is a cop pulling me over.

- , Lombard, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 202007

(reported on)

Windstar Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

  1. The problem started with the Interior lights staying on.
  2. Progressed to Dead Alternator (This it is common to another complaint)
  3. I have seen erroneous 'right rear break light out' messages.
  4. The passenger window doesn't work most of the time (unrelated?)
  5. Now the right rear door has a mind of its own. Unless it is locked. It opens and closes at will. We find it open in the morning. Sometimes it closes by itself. My workaround for the time being is to lock the door.

    Any Ideas?

- , Nashua, NH, USA

problem #3

Jun 052007

(reported on)

Windstar SEL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,900 miles

I am the original owner of the 2003 Windstar, which currently has about 44,900 miles. For some time now, I have been experiencing intermittent flashing of the interior cabin lights; because it is random and intermittent I have been unsuccessful in getting the problem fixed because when I take it for diagnostic testing the mechanics can never duplicate the problem. I am told that it would be akin to finding a needle in the haystack to determine what is causing the problem. In September of last year with 37,000 miles I had to replace the battery. Today, I had to replace the alternator. I suspect that there is some kind of electrical malfunction that is causing the lights to flash and is drawing excess power from the battery/alternator. Lastly, as of late I have been getting the message in my message center that the "Liftgate is Ajar", when in reality is closed securely. All this has been reported to the dealer's service department and I have been very dissatisfied with their lack of effort in finding the problem.

- , San Diego, CA, US

problem #2

Jun 072007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This is really spooky and no one can fix it, they want to replace the whole brain for the van and maybe the electrical wiring. That is crazy.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

May 022007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I purchased my 2003 Ford Windstar new and have had a continual problem with the interior lights flashing on and off. I never know when it is going to happen and I have driven as far as 2 miles with the interior lights remaining on or flashing off and on. I have had the vehicle in 4 times to try to find the problem and nothing can be done to fix it since it is never acting up when I take it into the shop. I ran across and individual who has the same problem with her 2002 Ford Wondstar that she purchased n California (I purchased mine in Arizona). Does anyone else have this problem?

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

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