really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,242 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 6 of 13)

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problem #157

Apr 132011


  • 99,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, all of the lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle stalled and the steering wheel also seized. The contact was unable to maneuver to the shoulder so the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the road. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the electrical system was defective and needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced some unknown electrical components, but it did not remedy the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #156

Oct 042008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Service brakes, hydraulic braking distance suddenly increased the ABS and brake light have been on in my car steady for as long as I have owned the car. The Ford dealer was unable to resolve this issue.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

problem #155

Aug 312011


  • 90,000 miles
Speedometer lights come on while driving and don't go away. Now the car wont start from what was told to me because of electrical problems. Rear driver light doesn't work but can signal, left rear passenger lights wont signal.

- Walden, NY, USA

problem #154

Mar 262012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


ABS and emergency brake light on and off when I turn car on and off did not know what it was. Took to mechanic lights when off before he could check. Scds was replaced in Feb 2010. Going to new Ford dealer to check. Haldeman Ford in hamilton NJ installed scds and they were the worst dealership ever. Read info from prior complaints. Possible fire, ect. Was nervous so now taking it back and having subframe recall inspection.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #153

Mar 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,540 miles
2003 Ford Windstar minivan vehicle had been driven to a workplace and parked for the day. Upon entering the vehicle to travel home, driver started vehicle normal and attempted to shift automatic transmission into gear to move from the parking space. The transmission would not engage into either drive (forward) or reverse (backward). Vehicle was towed to a garage and then to a transmission shop. Estimate to repair the transmission exceeds $2500. The transmission had shown no signs of slippage or other visible, audible and/or shifting issues. Since the incident, I have done online researched and found literally hundreds of similar complaints and incidents on this vehicle model. We have also have repeated electrical problems with this van. Interior lights come on and go off for no reason. Interior lights blink while driving in daytime or nighttime. Sometimes the rear power wing windows open...sometimes they do not. Service lights come on and off including brake and ABS system lights, service engine lights, and others. We are thoroughly disappointed with this vehicle.

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #152

Feb 102011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Recently issued recall of 2004 Ford co. Minivans for input shaft failure, all Ford Windstar including 2003 models have the same issue. Freestar van is nothing but a name change for the same poor unsafe vehicle. Along with the many safety issues, owners should be compensated for the repairs made on substandard vehicle. Including the frame issues, brakes issue, electrical and engine quality.

- Haddon Twp., NJ, USA

problem #151

Nov 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Interior lights come on randomly and blink while driving. Sometimes they stay on after turning off the vehicle draining the battery. The door ajar stays on when the door is closed. All contacts cleaned and it still does this. Driving with a flashing light in the vehicle is distracting and could cause an accident, this seems to be a problem in all Ford Windstar and should be investigated.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #150

Nov 302011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 132,871 miles
I have had no transmission issues with my 2003 Ford Windstar van. I drove home from work early this morning (3:30am.) I went to leave for an appointment at noon on the same day, and nothing. I started my van, attempted to put it in gear and nothing!! no warning, no nothing!! I have never towed with this vehicle (it doesn't even have a hitch, ) the total weight of people riding in it has been 350 pounds. There has been no stress on this engine as I don't live in mountainess areas. I am a single mom of 4 little kids, receiving no child support, working pt, just able to pay the bills, and Ford needs to fix this issue!! I have also had numerous other 'problems' but nothing so major the vehicle couldn't be driven (interior lights flashing, blender door actuator going out 3X in a year, rough ideal especially when cold, back door handles not working from inside, back doors so hard to open and close, I can hardly do it, back wiper worked one day then just stopped and hasn't worked since, one back window opens and closes only when it feels like it. I also just put $70 in gas in this vehicle! ugh!!

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

problem #149

Sep 012011


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving 80 mph the vehicle stalled without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure but stated that it might be a problem in the factory wiring. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #148

Nov 092011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Yellow ABS light and red brake warning light stay on. This began after having recall # 09S09 (speed control system modification) performed at bondy's Ford in dothan al. Lights were not on when left dealership...came on later and have stayed on. Brakes do not seem to work as well now as before the recall work was done.

- Eufaula, AL, USA

problem #147

Nov 042011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Vehicle violently buckles forward and back when stopped at light. This continues for a few minutes then the ABS light, brake light, and check engine light turn on at the same time and the car stops buckling. This happens at least once each time I use the vehicle. So approximately 5-9 times a day. The buckling is so bad I'm afraid my foot will slide off the brake pedal and I will roll into an intersection. I took my vehicle to theodore robins Ford in costa mesa (949) 642-3017 today and they say there is nothing they can do. I also found this website talking about this exact problem www.fordwindstarrecall.info/. please help [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #146

Jul 012008


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the entire electrical system failed. The windshield wipers did not operate, the interior lights shut on and off while driving at night, the power windows would not open or close, and the power doors worked intermittently. The contact stated that there were several instances when children became locked inside of the vehicle. In addition, the instrument panel was inoperable. The dealer replaced the windshield wiper motor however, did not evaluate the vehicle for the other failures. The manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 105,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Baton, LA, USA

problem #145

Jul 012008


  • miles
The middle seat door locks fail randomly. When they fail, it is impossible to open doors. Must click locks open and close approx ten times to make the 'door open' operate. We had it repaired in Apr 2010. They worked for about a month and the problem is still present. The additional lighting package lights flicker on and off randomly. That was repaired at same time and worked for about a month also. We had the system checked and paid about $800 for service from a Ford dealership, gurnee Ford, 18834 West grand avenue in gurnee Illinois 60031, receipt dated April 15, 2010. This is a dangerous problem. The doors need to open and the flickering lights come on and are a great distraction esp at night.

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #144

Sep 212011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar 71,000 miles - bought new for $35,000 in December 2003, I purchased a new 2003 Ford Windstar. I am the only driver of this van, to and from work and a few road trips. In the beginning a few things went wrong but I wasn't too concerned at the time. Since then, here is a list of things that has gone wrong with this van: 1.no heat - blender actuator 2.driver's side window wouldn't roll up or down (fixed) 3.passenger side window and back windows do not work 4.interior lights go on and off 5.gasket replaced on engine because car was dying when I came to a stop. ($450) 6.rear window defroster doesn't work 7.rusting out by back tires 8.transmission failure $2,800. Fluid from the radiator got into the transmission fluid! (now how did that happen other than being defective) 9.2 safety recalls I am lucky I haven't been killed in this vehicle! the transmission failed with no warning! you would think when I had my car serviced they would have noticed that my transmission fluid did not look right. I am so frustrated with this van that I have worked hard and struggled to pay for, but I did it. My entire family has always stuck by Ford and I have always defended them. I can't afford another vehicle right now so I had to dig deep to pay for these repairs. I have done quite a bit of research on this vehicle and I cannot believe there hasn't been a recall on the transmission. Now I am stuck with driving a $35,000 van that I don't feel safe driving! [xxx] copy to: NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Missouri attorney general (consumer protection) information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #143

Sep 152011


  • 104,000 miles
The door locks don't work right, and the gauges suddenly went sporatic. The RPM gauge needle went so hard, it is stuck to the dash. Not usable. It does this regularly now. (the gauges and locks).

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #142

Jul 012011


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the external and internal lights, windshield wipers and door locks would licker on and off sporadically. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the body control module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 152,000 and the current mileage was 153,083.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #141

Sep 222009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that none of the windows or doors opened with the key remote. The windows do not open but the doors can be opened manually. The dealer inspected the vehicle but could not determine what caused the failure to occur. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #140

Apr 102011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 136,789 miles
There is some kind of malfunction in the 2003 Ford Windstar. The windows will stop working all at once or at random times. The lights will stop working and then start again. The radio will stop working and start again. These are all on random fuses. Ford says they can not fix the problem if they do not experience it. The problems will last for a few minutes or up to days at a time. The cruise control also will not engage at times. These are all getting power as the cruise control will tell you it is ready to engage and when you try to engage it, it says its been deactivated. The radio will eject or load cd but will not come on. We have not found a solution yet but feel this can be a problem if the lights go out at the wrong time. Even the windows not opening can be a problem. If a bee or something else gets stuck in the van you can not always stop to get it out. As my husband and daughter are very allergic to them it is a danger not being able to open them. In looking up solutions I have noticed a great many other people with the same problem.

- Munford, TN, USA

problem #139

Jul 122011


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the entire electrical system failed and none of the electrical components were operable. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Brownville, ME, USA

problem #138

May 102011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 20 mph, the ABS light illuminated and of the insrument panel gauges began to fluctuate erratically. The contact stated that the ABS light remained consistently illuminated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed for the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

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