really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,179 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 15)

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problem #261

May 272015


  • 110,190 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While approaching a stop, the driver depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the driver had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The brakes, ABS, engine, and door ajar warning lights previously illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ABS electrical module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,190.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #260

Apr 032015


  • 144,000 miles
My ABS light and breaks turn on once I drive for a mile on the road and it stay on till I shut the engine off for the following day for work. I already replace my brakes, rebuild my transmission and replace all spark plugs and cords, also change my engine oil on time pretty much a take care of my one and only vehicle I have. I have enough with the Ford.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #259

May 052015


  • 124,500 miles
"ABS" and "brake" indicator lights within dashboard turn on intermittently.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #258

Jul 012013


  • 67,000 miles


After driving the can for about ten minutes the ABS light and brake light came on. Since July 2013 it has been happening almost everyday. Just winter time it doesn't happen as often as in summer. After checking the car I get code C1185 C1198 C1194 C1254 C1246 C1250 C1242 C12214

- Reston , VA, USA

problem #257

May 142014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
ABS and brake lights keep coming on.

- Clarkston, WA, USA

problem #256

May 142014


  • 149,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar with 154,000 miles on it. In mid May 2014 the ABS and brake warning lights started to come together at random. Braking seems to be normal while lights are on. When vehicle is restarted, the lights stay out. Sometimes they will stay out for a week or more then suddenly come back on again.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #255

Sep 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Brake light and ABS light came on. Brakes continued to work correctly. Since then every time it gets warm the lights come on and stay on until I turn ignition off.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #254

Apr 062011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Ford Windstar 2003 brake light and ABS light on consistently for the last 3 to 4 years. Braking distance suddenly increased.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #253

Oct 012014


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 65 mph, the brakes failed without warning and caused the contact to crash the vehicle into a deer. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning indicators were continuously illuminated. The contact did not specify if a police report was filed or if any injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Hazen, ND, USA

problem #252

Mar 232015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I'm having problems with a 2003 Ford Windstar van I purchased. The mileage is 081206.3. the ABS and brake lights are on and the sliding doors on both the driver and passenger will not open from the inside of the van. The doors on the sides and back are very hard to open from the outside as well. The cruise control will not turn off unless you hit the brakes. The seatbelt are making a horrible squeaking noise and don't really roll up right. I'd like to find out how to get a list of recalls for this vehicle. To me these are major safety concerns that need to be addressed. Thank you

- Walters , OK, USA

problem #251

Mar 262015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


After looking up all of the service reports on this vehicle, I am beginning to recognize that Ford has some explaining to do. We have a large amount of service reports on our vehicle alone that our dealership is not reporting. We have paid more for service repairs than we did paying for the vehicle. Our ac/heat just clicks w/O working, power windows front and rear do not work, power door locks, leaking roofs, leaking doors, ABS lights on, engine lights on, traction control light on, engine sputters even after two complete old fashioned tune-ups, cowl broken, front and rear axles severely cracked, sub-frame cracked, rear wiper does not work properly, brakes need constant repairs, electrical shorts everywhere, head lights, fog lights, brake lights all need constant replacements, alternator was replaced 6 times in one day because they were all faulty, brake switch under brake pedal needs constant replacement, constant wheel alignments, wheel sensors missing or broken, power seat broke and the dealership told us that it was petty to have it fixed even with a height difference between drivers, control modules replaced, multiple expensive sensor failures, spark plugs with wires replaced at least twice, starter replaced, parking brake needs to be watched for slippage because it can't hold on hills, interior lights blink in a pattern while driving, can't haul it's own tailgate, battery replaced multiple times by dealership, power mirror switch broke, many more expensive repairs have been done at our cost, P0302, P0305, P0316, C1235, C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210, C1103, C1410, C1404, B1318. We were told by many service departments a while back that these codes were not important. They cleared the codes every time. Their response to these codes were to clear them every single time. We only have one vehicle and this is it. I am a mom w/children.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #250

Dec 162014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 143,216 miles
Dash ABS, brake light on, speedometer, RPM gage jumps back and forward, cruise control accelerates, passenger window and rear side window doesn't work.

- Washington, WV, USA

problem #249

Mar 312014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
ABS brake light will turn on and off at random times. Also, brake (E-brake) light comes on, interior lights occasionally flash, all running lights and headlights have gone out (really bad when driving down highway at night), and loss of all electrical (radio, lights, heater fan, dash illumination, headlights, running lights, etc... all go out at same time). Alternator and several batteries have been replaced. Electric windows will occasionally stop working as well. Obviously the huge issue here is the fact that the ABS system may be disabled, dash warning lights randomly come on and off, and all electrical shuts off, with losing headlights and running lights being the biggest issue!

- Seward, AK, USA

problem #248

Feb 132013


  • 98,000 miles
The ABS and brake light come on intermediately. When I turn the car off and back on, it is off, but then out of nowhere, they come back on and it seems it is a soldering issue with some module.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #247

Oct 132014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I have random occurrences of the ABS and brake lights turning on my 2003 Ford Windstar since I purchased it around 2009. They are often off when I first start the car, but then turn on while I am driving. The two lights always turn on simultaneously. Though only the ABS is disabled when this problem occurs, it turns on the brake light and hence masks any other brake problems that may occur. I recently (October 2014) had a leak in the brake system and it almost went unnoticed because it was being masked by the ABS problem. Because the cost of the repair is very high (1/3 of the cost of the vehicle), and based on reports on the internet, there are probably many people accustomed to driving around with brake lights on because of this problem. If the problem only turned on the ABS light it would be significantly less dangerous. Also, given how many people are experiencing this problem, it would appear to be a defect in the design of the ABS module. Back in 2011, my mechanic told me "pulled 8 ABS codes dealing with a possible faulty ABS control unit." Unfortunately he did not record what the codes were.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #246

Sep 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
ABS and emergency brake light come on while driving at any known speed. Usually occurs after the vehicles has warmed up. The lights will go out after the car has cooled down and is restarted. But will usually come back on after some extended use. There are no known fixes by the everyday user.

- York, PA, USA

problem #245

Aug 142014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 98,500 miles
The ABS and brake light would come on and off. It finally just stayed on. Then the cruise control stopped working. I replaced the master cylinder brake sensor and harness with a different upgraded parts obtained from Ford. It corrected the problem, but now the problem has returned. The ABS and brake light comes on all the time.the new brake sensor seems to be dry and free of brake fluid. The local Ford dealer says there is no recall problem and it will cost me another $100 to have them look at it again.

- Prince Frederick, MD, USA

problem #244

Dec 032012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal required excessive force in order to come to a stop on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake pads and the vacuum hose needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #243

Jun 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
My vans brakes started acting funny when I came up to a stop. The ABS system is acting as if the van is going into a skid and activating the anti lock brake system. It causes improper braking distance which has almost led to an accident. After operating for awhile the warning lights go on in the dash for the ABS and traction control, at this point when the lights go on the systems are disabled. When you shut off the van it resets and the problems persist when you start it back up. I believe there is problem with the computer board causing this problem. It can possibly lead to an accident and or death.

- Taft, CA, USA

problem #242

Sep 272011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 136,463 miles
Add to safety complaint 106 649 11.... the ABS light and brake light problems 'started after vehicle speed control switch recall was done' (recall id # 67506) at the Ford dealer in cerritos, California.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

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