hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,525 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar lights problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Apr 192015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,300 miles


I was warned by a fellow driver that I had no brake lights. The tail lights work. All bulb filaments are intact. Interior fuses #'s 10 & 11 associated with the brake lights according to the owner's manual are intact. I replaced the brake pedal switch. Still I have no brake lights.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

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 #20

Nov 162012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The interior lights in this vehicle flicker on and off at random when driving. It does it during the day and at night. At night is the worst. Sometimes it won't do it for a long time and there is times where it does it constantly. Shutting off the engine and restarting corrects it but only some of the time. I have been seeing complaints on many different web sites about this problem and I have seen no tsb issued from Ford about this issue.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #19

Jan 022010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 101,500 miles


The interior lights flickering all the time. I keep the interior lights off so they don't flicker.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #18

Apr 272013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 195,000 miles
Battery was dead all of a sudden... jumped it and all the lights started flickering... dome light dash lights... windshield wipers came on and they were turned off... driving down the road everything shut down until the gas was pressed and then it all came back on... called several places and no one can tell me what is wrong.

- Fredericksburg, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 072013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
After going about 4 miles after starting up van, ABS light comes on, occasionally the red brake light will come on too, speedometer goes crazy (up and down) and inside lights flicker at random. Seems to be some sort of electrical issue and/or brake issues.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

problem #16

Aug 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


ABS and brake light comes on all the time and goes back out all the time. The right rear brake light blows out about every two weeks to two months, have replaced about 20 times since buying vehicle. Neighbor has a 2003 Windstar with same problem. Horn failed, connection problem, works off and on. Attempted to get replacement part but was informed not available.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #15

Sep 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Lights turn on and of inside the car. The ABS light and the brake light on and off. Windows stop working get stuck.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #14

May 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
ABS light and brake light stay on. Have new brakes. Interior lights keep flashing on and off when driving battery light stays on. I have had battery tested.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #13

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 #12

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 #11

Sep 072011


  • miles
I was parked outside my home.I went out to my van to go pick up dinner and to my distress, the van wouldn't reverse or go forward. After some investigation from online source and auto mechanics, this is an ongoing problem with Ford's transmissions. No warning of a problem.in the past weeks, my interior lights would come on while im driving. This van is a hazard. You really need to investigate this please.

- Saint Ouis, MO, USA

problem #10

Jul 212011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,550 miles
ABS/brake lights are coming on constantly....losing power....front/passenger side windows will not work, lights go on and off.....

- Columbia, NJ, USA

problem #9

Apr 052011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 174,000 miles
Vehicle passenger headlight would come on in the middle of the night by itself and now passenger headlight would not work on dim. They said there was a problem with the wiring harness. So I had to pay for them to take the same materials again. I'm deciding if I should cut my losses and sell. My husband said we should never have bought a Ford. I'm disabled and can't afford to be sticking this kind of money monthly into it.

- Burnett, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 052005


  • miles
Electrical problems that required the replacement of the main electrical harness 3 times, which were under warranty. The interior lights continue to flash and flicker to this day, both day and night, creating a hazard to safe operation of the vehicle. There are also false aleerts of the tire warning system, and other intermittant electrical problems in the vehicle. There is also a noise coming from the front end, which is in the area of the sub frame assembly.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 292010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,220 miles
2003 Ford Windstar's brake light keeps staying on within 2-3 minutes of car heating up.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 202010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
ABS and brake light came on. Brought 2003 Ford Windstar LX to Ford repair shop. 1,825 later, im reading these complaints. Very expensive considering I only have 45,000 miles on the van. Im very disappointed in the Ford company for not addressing these issues.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
55000 miles. Original owner 09S09 recall. Brake switch leaking-repaired before recall.paid $250 ABS/brake lights intermittent, occasional burning smell, rear tail light remain on. Battery dies (on#3) flashing interior lights, radio go out upon braking. Dealer performed recall (wire thing) said need new ECU and hcu at cost of $1800. Have had car in and out of service many times for strange electrical occurrences and warning light problems. Always said can not duplicate. Have seen hundreds of complaints on message boards www.fordwindstarrecall.info, www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2003/Ford/Windstar/ABS+warning+light, www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2003/Ford/Windstar/electrical+system. From consumers with similar complaints. Feel car is not safe. Low miles, always had scheduled maintenance.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 252009


  • 77,971 miles
With no prior problems to report, I was suddenly unable to put my vehicle in gear after starting it. The gear-shifter felt somewhat loose as if I were parked at an incline without putting the hand brake on. However, I was parked on level ground. After turning the vehicle off, I was finally able to get the vehicle out of park and into neutral where I was able to start it and put it into drive. Whenever I placed it in park it was extremely difficult to get it back into any other gear however, it would randomly go into gear as if there was no problem. But once placed back into park it would get stuck again. Now there is all kinds of wacky electrical stuff going on...window swithches aren't functioning, no tail lights, fuel gage is not functioning and the remote alarm entry only unlocks the drivers side door. There is a clicking in the left side of the steering column when trying to utilize any of the listed electrical functions.

- Pacoima, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 242008


  • 48,000 miles
It started with the interior lighting coming on while driving, then the dash windows nd radio, battery dying and the outside lighting staying on while keys were out and not working once started. They are all happening constantly even with all the new parts that the Ford garage replaced{battery, switches, alternator, light sockets, etc}.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

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