fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,407 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace alternator and starter (1 reports)
  3. replaced wiring harness kit (1 reports)
2003 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012007

Windstar LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


ABS, and Brake light come on intermittently...i got used to it. Now the speedometer has started working intermittently as well. It sometimes only registers 27mph when i am going way faster than that. The cruise control off button does not turn off the cruise control. The door locks are iffy at times . that solution is to clean the metal pads between the doors that make contact when the doors are closed.

- , Huron, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 012009

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Brake lights comes on sometimes. Other times it will stay off for 2 days before it comes on. I had this vehicle in ford garage and firestone and neither can figure out the problem. When first started light usually stays off for five minutes. This vehicle is in excellent shape. From day one every service has been performed before due.

Update from Oct 22, 2011: The dash gauges go wacky from time to time. Tach,speedometer,gas gauge,jumps around and sometimes for 2 to 3 minutes. Have spent over 400.00 dollars at ford garage and all were failures. Dianostic shows no problem. It seems to be worse in hot weather. This vehicle still gets up to 25 miles per gallon if kept under 65 mph. All help will be appreciated

- , Cushing, OK, USA

problem #6

Jan 132011

Windstar Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,847 miles

I am unfortunately " stupid " I guess ,as I have have two of these " DUDS". 2002, & 2003. The 2002"s brake lights will come on whenever they feel like it, and kills battery. Transmission slips out of gear into neutral and slams back in at lights. 2003 interior lights flash randomly, tailgate light says it's ajar, and it's not, and interior lights stay on , dead battery immediately, and it's new, so is alternator . cd player, hit a bump and lose power to whole system, once didn't come back for weeks, boosted it one day and power come back on. Loses power to driver side window. Does anyone have solution to any of these problems??? Was thinking new Ford truck, but don't think so as they seem to be back to , Fix Or Repair Daily !!! FORD

- , Calgary, Alberta, canada

problem #5

Apr 042011

Windstar SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


All of these sensors are flashing abs,o/d, trac light, check transmission light is on, my heat and air stopped working, back warning signal stopped working, speedometer stopped working. All of things happened without any type of warning. I took my van to my mechanic, and he is still scratching his head. Ford people you know you need to do a recall on this, because I feel I'm not alone. There are a lot of people who are having the same problem. PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Lavergne, TN, USA

problem #4

Apr 142010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Wow, where to start....ABS/Brake lights go on and off randomly for no apparent reason. They may stay on for days, or 1 minute, or may not come on at all for days. Interior lights flash at random, sliding rear doors don't open when supposed to, can't see the dash board lights in the daytime (they are VERY dim), lift gate ajar is almost always on even though the door has been slammed many times and I know it is securely closed. Took to a Ford dealer, here's what they found: Numerous codes, HCU and ECU BAD, Rear ABS Sensors BAD, Backing Plates RUSTED. Cost: $1900.00!!!!! Hey Ford, why don't you MAN UP, do a recall and pay for this??? I'll think long and hard before buying another one.

- , New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 052010

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

loss power and won't hardly go. driver window won't come down. wipers won't work! Help!

- , Pilot Hill, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 132009

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,778 miles

going to the doctors the van died......and i had a new battery put in .it lasted 4 hours and then the van died ....we had to replace the alternator and a few ...days the starter went....i must have the worst van in the world......thanks ford........

- , Homestead, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009

Windstar SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,632 miles

First noted the interior lights flashing intermittently, as many people with this vehicle have noticed. This went away. Then the passenger side power window worked intermittently then quit altogether. The rear defogger stopped working. Then the keyless entry worked as it should, but the notification beep when you locked the car stopped working.

Dealer reported a wiring harness/connection at the firewall under the hood was corroded. Replaced for $85 parts, $60 labour (CAN) and all seem to be working fine again.

It seems quite possible that a corroded/shorting wiring harness or connector could be causing many of the aberrant electrical behaviours seen on the forums here. Good luck!

- , Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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