really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,921 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar suspension problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

Jan 262011


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 10V385000 (suspension: Rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly) and 11V030000 (structure: Frame and members: Underbody shields). The contact stated that the manufacturer and dealer were not properly inspecting or handling the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 200,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Merrimac, MA, USA

problem #23

Jan 242011


  • 79,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar rear control arm rusted. During the week of 01/24/11, our Windstar was taken in for a rear control arm failure. The unit was rusted and based on the recalls of the rear axel and now the front control arms, I am concerned this should be reviewed as well. The total failure of this part was causing the broken sections to rub against the fuel tank when going over bumps and turns.

- Whitehall, OH, USA

problem #22

Jan 182011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly) and stated that he was not comfortable with the recall remedy offered. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and the contact was told that his vehicle was not affected by the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the manufacturer should replace the entire axle. The current mileage was 95,000.

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #21

Dec 202010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 76,765 miles


Notified by Ford Motor Co. About a volunteer recall for the inspection and repair or replacement of the rear axle for my 2003 Ford Windstar. Dealer found no cracks and applied anticorrosive material and reinforcment brackets. I believe that it's poor design is the sole reason for it's failure and this "temp" fix is only putting of the inevitable. Ford should be mandating that all Windstar's affected on the road should have an axle replacement free of charge.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #20

Dec 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that there was a recall associated with the NHTSA campaign id number 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly). The contact notified four different dealers regarding the recall and they were unable to inspect or repair the vehicle under the recall for a period of three months due to the part unavailability. There was no failure mileage. Updated 02/11/11 updated 12/05/2011

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 152010

Windstar 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
While I was driving I heard a weird sound and after I crossed train rails the rear axel got fracture.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #18

Oct 012010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact received a recall notification associated with the rear axle under the manufacturer voluntary recall number 10S13. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they informed that the part would not be available until 2011. The contact was displeased to know the manufacturer would not provide a replacement loaner vehicle equal to the owner's vehicle during the recall remedy repair. The VIN was unavailable. There was no failure mileage.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #17

Oct 212003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,440 miles
2003 Ford Windstar was brought in to dealer for heat problem and vehicle was detained due to recall. Did not get any information via mail regarding this recall.

- Hazlet, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jun 122006


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that a few years ago, she noticed a crack in the rear axle. The crack had progressed and the vehicle was not longer able to be drive. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 10V385000 (suspension:rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly). The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000 and the current mileage was approximately 256,000.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #15

Sep 132010


  • 75,537 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 5 mph, the contact heard a noise from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that there was a rack in the right and left side of the rear axle. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 10V385000 (suspension: Rear: Axle: Non-powered axle assembly) and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 75,537.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 242010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,348 miles


I have a cracked rear axle on my 2003 Ford Windstar. It falls just outside the dates for the current recall on Windstar with cracked/broken axles, and Ford refuses to help me.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

May 092003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Windstar the side doors have not worked right from the time we bought this van. Took it back to dealer, said it's contacts are dirty. Still didn't fix doors they don't work right to this day now the ABS brake light keeps coming on! the rear axel are cracking and recalled. The Windstar should be recalled complete!

- Success, MO, USA

problem #12

Apr 302010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar. In April 2010 my rear axle suddenly broke. I paid a small fortune to tow and fix the problem. In July my front axle suddenly broke leaving me with another large towing and repair charge. And now the car just doesn't drive nice and my traction and brake warnings have been lighting up on my dashboard.

- Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 112010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar XL was taken into a Ford dealership, the rear axel was cracked in four places and concerned unsafe to drive. It has 57,000 miles on it. I am 79 years old. The van is garaged kept. The van was bought for my husband to get around as he was in wheelchair. Now deceased 5 years.

- Bridgeville, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012010


  • 110,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar - rear axle beam broke in half.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 112010


  • 78,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar rear axle has a large crack about a foot from the drivers side.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #8

Jul 172010


  • 111,000 miles
I own a 2003 Ford Windstar & the rear axle broke in two while driving. I have taken it to a Ford dealership to have it repaired. Just 3 weeks before I had it at that same dealership for service & they charged me to "shim" the rear wheels as they said it wouldn't align properly.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #7

Jul 092010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 102,500 miles
2003 Ford Windstar LX sport with approx 102000 miles - rear axle snapped while on I-95. Pulled over to side of road because I noticed an issue with the vehicle. Noticed cracked rear axle while on flatbed of tow truck. It appeared to have been rusted through from the inside, as there was no evidence of rusting on the exterior of the rear axle.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #6

Jul 082010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 59,490 miles
2003 Ford Windstar sel just noticed I have a near complete cracked rear axle, on the drivers side, and the rear driver side wheel is angled in.

- Rockville Centre, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Discovered 20" crack in rear axle assembly of my 2003 Ford Windstar.

- Centerville, UT, USA

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