really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,748 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar transmission problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #53

Sep 032010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


2003 Ford Windstar' transmission went out while driving on the highway without any warning. Car only has 56,000 miles on it.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #52

Aug 242010


  • 208,000 miles
The right front sub frame on my 2003 Windstar corroded causing the lower control arm to separate and wheel to pull out. Lost steering. Also axles shaft pulled from transmission and fluid ran out. Fortunately at slow speed so no accident, but what if I were on a freeway running fast?

- Charing Cross, On, Canada , 00, USA

problem #51

Jun 162010


  • 103,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle and came upon a red light. When it turned green I pressed on the gas and I heard it rev up but did not move. Was able to let it coast to the side. I called aaa and had it towed. The mechanic looked it over and said I would need new transmission. Before the incident, it never showed any signs of slippage. Still awaiting to come up with $1,300 to have transmission rebuilt.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #50

Jul 122010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


Complete transmission failure, Ford Windstar 2003, second transmission. Under 90,000 miles. Just review some of the complaints @ this site for a start www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Windstar/2003/transmission/transmission_failure.shtml with a small internet search - you can find these the failure @ highspeed ramant with 2003 Ford Windstar - this is an emergency situation.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #49

Feb 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,138 miles
Transmission on the Ford Windstar 2003 goes without warning. In the middle of driving down a major highway it decreased in speed to a stop. The engine rev. Would not go into gear. It is a big problem in these vehicles. You can find addition complaints about this and others on a website www.carcomplaints.com. I went as far as writing Ford to let them know how dissatisfied and upset they expect me to pay for their malfunctioning transmissions. Please investigate. I don't think someone life should have to be sacrificed in order for Ford to correct their problem and now my issue.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #48

May 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,538 miles
Recently lost vehicle mobility on my 2003 Ford Windstar sel (type ax4N transmission). Required new torque converter and complete transmission rebuild.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #47

Apr 062010


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving at approximately 40 mph, the engine began making unusual sounds and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local repairs shop where she was advised that the transmission had failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 113,000.

- Georgetown , KY, USA

problem #46

Apr 212010


  • 160,000 miles
I bought a 2003 Ford Windstar new. I am the only driver 66 years old. I backed out of my driveway in Jan. 2010 and could not go into reverse or forward. Towed to dealer, had to replace transmission,000 km., factory rebuilt $ 3500. Now April 2010 put 5000 km.on took in for oil change and to check on tranny, it was not shifting properly{stuttering}. mechanic said he had to replace torque converter, found fluid in and now replacing radiator. What next"???" Ford should be replacing transmissions, too many complaints. I am afraid to take it on the highway in case I loose it again. Help!

- Stayner, Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #45

Mar 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
While driving in ky my transmission suddenly failed, leaving me stranded on the side of the road. There was no warning, no lights, no noises. The car simply stopped accelerating. There were no forward gears nor reverse.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #44

Mar 052010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Transmission failure with absolutely no warning. One second I'm pulling on to the roadway with a working transmission the next second my vehicle is sitting in the way of traffic and can not move. As I have researched this, this has happened quite often. This is very dangerous and something needs to be done.

- Newville, PA, USA

problem #43

Feb 192010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Transmission failure 2003 Ford Windstar. No indication of transmission problems leading up to the event. Smooth shifting, no shudders, no hesitation on acceleration. Stopped at a traffic light-busy intersection. On acceleration, Windstar moved forward into intersection, rpms increased rapidly without anymore forward movement. Ford dealership diagnostics reported transmission failure but could not be more specific than torque converter, input shaft or hydraulic fluid pump. Some Ford Windstar share a transmission type (ax4N/4F50N) with the Ford freestar which is being investigated for a similar complaint with ODI (NHTSA action number : PE09033). Vehicle had 95,000 miles with regular service actions. Found numerous other anecdotal evidence is more widespread than the 3 reported incidents with NHTSA. See www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Windstar/2003/transmission/transmission_failure.shtml. no action to repair vehicle yet. Transmission still available for investigation (for a little while longer anyway). 911 called on incident because of a dangerous traffic situation in a busy intersection.

- Greenwich, NY, USA

problem #42

Sep 152009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Automatic transmission failure with no warning. Transmission had to be rebuilt.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #41

Jan 132010


  • miles
Sudden lose of transmission function, driving and suddenly there is no gears just neutral, no warning, 2003 Ford Windstar.

- Kanata, 00, USA

problem #40

Dec 272009


  • 66,600 miles
Without any prior problems or warnings my 2003 Ford Windstar with only 66,600. Miles the transmission just quit. I parked it christmas eve and it was fine three days later I went to leave and it won't go into gear. I have also had electrical problems with the back hatch sensor. It says door is ajar and either minutes later, hours, days while I'm driving it will start beeping, lock the doors and light goes off.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #39

Sep 122009


  • 75,875 miles
Od light flashing, ABS light on, speedometer not working, odometer not working, air conditioner not working, smoke underhood, engine light on this all happened to my wife while on the interstate about 90 miles form home.

- Sparks, GA, USA

problem #38

Mar 202007


  • 52,000 miles
ABS light comes on intermittent. Being station in europe, it is very important to have my automobile 100% with the autobahns. My Windstar is a 2003 with only 60,000 miles. It has been doing this for the past two years. Also the transmission went completely out. While driving it lost all forward gears and reverse. I had to pay to have transmission rebuilt. This happen Feb 2009.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #37

Jun 122003


  • 160,000 miles
The hard shifting started about a year ago. Now with 160,000km the transmission now shudders and shifts erratic. I was told by the transmission shop it's the torque converter not working right which is caused by the a defect in the valve body. A complete remanufacture making it better than Ford can will run $2500. $1800 if I remove and install it myself.

- Cambridge, On Canada, 00, USA

problem #36

May 082009


  • miles
We bought a used 2003 Ford Windstar LX. We have had one electrical problem after another. Anti lock brake lights going on. Engine light going on. Driving down the road and all interior lights go on and stay on or the lights start flashing and flickering. Yesterday the anti lock brake lights have gone on again. Recently this has been happening several times a week. This morning we were at a stop sign waiting to pull out onto a major highway and the car would not move. My husband stepped on the gas. The engine roared but the car would not move forward nor would it move backward when put into reverse. We have had this van at the garage numerous times for these repairs. Each time being told that the problem resolved. Each time spending several hundred dollars.

- Mohrsville, PA, USA

problem #35

Apr 022009


  • 65,000 miles
We have a 2003 Ford Windstar, the vehicle has always had problems when we drove, sometimes it would feel like the transmission was going, well it did one day going to work, the torque converter came apart damaging the entire transmission and the vehicle has less than 65000 miles on it we begged Ford for help because we think this should not have happened to a vehicle this young we have owned lots of vehicles with well over 150,000 miles on them.

- Falls Mills, VA, USA

problem #34

May 012005


  • 40,000 miles
We have had many different problems with our '03 Ford Windstar. We have had the powersteering pump replaced 3 times. We have had the transmission rebuilt because is quit working. The ABS and brake light on the dash are always on. We can not adjust the temperature of the A/C or heater. It is always cold. The rear air selector switch does not work. The dome lights flicker from time-to-time. The rear speakers work about 1/2 the time. The brakes sometimes make a growling sound when applied. The mechanics can not find the reason for the noise. The rear door indicator switch needs to be replace. When we shut the rear hatch (door) the doors will not lock because it seems that a door is still ajar.

- Dothan, AL, USA

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