really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
84,379 miles

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problem #149

Nov 102005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,018 miles
The minivan is equipped with a button on the gear shift. This button enables you to shift out of overdrive when you do not want the vehicle to be in overdrive mode. About this time the fuse in the fuse box would blow. Replaced the fuse a number of times but the problem is still there. The fuse may last for 5 to 10 miles and then it would blow. Tried a larger amp fuse but it would also blow. Transmission will leave the overdrive only if you accelerate going up a hill.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #148

May 182005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 38,800 miles
The ABS and the red brake light came on the instrument panel. Had the computer or something reset a couple of times but the lights keep coming on. Been doing this for a number of years.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #147

May 162012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 289,221 miles
At approximately 16:45 after driving 6 miles that day, the Windstar van was stopped and the ignition key turned off. The delivery driver went inside his destination for about 5 minutes. While loading his cargo, he smelled smoke. Looking up, he noticed flames coming out of the engine compartment between the hood and the windshield wiper plastic shielding. Using an onboard 5 lb fire extinguisher, he attempted to extinguish the flames but to no avail. He dialled 9-1-1 on his phone. Employees at his destination also noticed the fire, and contacted the local fire department as well. The fire department extinguished the flames with severe damage to the rear portion of the engine, the fire wall, brake cylinder and glass windshield. The ambient temperature that day was in the 70 degrees range, windows were down in the van, and the A/C system was not in use.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #146

Nov 152011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Brake and ABS light go off and on could smell hot copper wire....code like 11 brake codes all due to ABS module.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #145

Nov 122011


  • 111,698 miles
ABS warning light and brake warning light come on intermittently, after send in for the recall on speed control system modification... until to ABS bulb blew up... but parking brake light remained on... send it back to dealer... ask the service advisor "why my both warning light on when I drive... and now my ABS light off and parking brake light remain on" and the service advisor told me your ABS light never light out when turn on the ignition switch mean that "this vehicle without ABS" thank you for the reply given by Ford dealer service advisor of he best knowledge....I will not sending my vehicle for any recall in the future.....

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #144

May 092008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
A few months after I bought the car (May 2008) the ABS and brake light started to come on, intermittently, every couple of days. It would come on when I went around a sharp curve or hit a pothole. I took the car to 3 different mechanics, when the lights were not on (no error codes) and when the lights were on (every ABS error code came up). I was told by all 3 mechanics that the ABS sensor board needed to be replaced. The part was going to cost over $300 plus labor to repair. They also told me that the car was ok to drive but that when the lights came on my ABS was not working and that I should be careful when driving in rain or when road conditions were slick because I would need extra time to prepare for a full stop. I have researched on the internet for the same problem and found that there were many others who were experiencing the same problem and have tried many different fixes with no resolution, including the replacement of the ABS sensor board. What do I need to do to ensure that my ABS brakes will work correctly?

- Milton, WV, USA

problem #143

Mar 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I currently keep getting grunting/popping/moaning noise from the front suspension when turning -braking-starting to move car forward. Already replaced the sway bar links and bushings but the noise still comes and goes. Also my brake-&-ABS lights comes on and off for no reason. And the locks on the doors work when they want too. Just had inspection done again 3 weeks ago but they can not find the problems. Talk with Ford about the noise to try to find out if there is any danger of a crash because of this and I keep getting the run around.

- Smithfield, PA, USA

problem #142

Feb 232010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was purchased in November 2009. I first began having problems with the ABS/brake light coming on, in February 2010. The next incident was the power windows on drivers side and back window would not role down. The next incident was the heater wont work. A recall and repair was done on the rear subframe 11S16 in April of 2010.vehicle repair was not complete now taking in for front under carriage repair on wed 21,2012.

- Liberty, IL, USA

problem #141

Feb 012012


  • 75,000 miles
Driving on highway, the brakes slammed on, almost rear ended. When I got home by driving slowly, I noticed moisture and brake fluid was in the ABS pump module, thank god my children were not in our so called"family van".

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #140

Dec 052011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My ABS and brake lights came on, then all my gauges started going crazy, maxing out back and forth, then my lights would go out and blinkers stopped working. I looked around and went to the ABS control module and saw that it was saturated with brake fluid or water. I remove the connector and found 2 pins were rotted off.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #139

Aug 092011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I received a letter from Ford about a problem with the wiring on my cruise control and had it repaired, now on a regular basis my ABS and brake warning lights come on at the dash board with amazing frequency. Took it back to the dealer and they said they did nothing wrong and I would have to pay to have it repaired and they could not give me an estimated price.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #138

Jan 022012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 149,750 miles
ABS, traction control, and brake lights come on shortly after starting the car. ABS, traction control are 'off''. safety issue when driving in snow. This problem has occurred 3 times now, over last 2 years, each time I am told its a brake sensor, or the ABS sensor. I pay several hundred each time to get it replaced, but problem returns within 6 months. Concern is safety- ABS and traction control critical in northern Ohio area in heavy snow area- please look into this.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #137

Aug 292011


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that after having repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control), the vehicle experienced major electrical problems and brake fluid leaking. The fluid leaked on the ABS modules, causing the electronic components to have a short, including the brakes. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #136

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving, the speedometer, the odometer, the tachometer all stopped working.the ABS light came on, the red brake light came on, and the O/D off light continues to flash. It is extremely difficult to operate this vehicle without at least a speedometer and I hope the brakes do not fail. This all occurred shortly after the brake master cylinder switch was replaced.

- Weedsport, NY, USA

problem #135

Aug 312011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I turned in my Ford Windstar on to the john West Ford diler, the ABS, and brake lights came on 3 days before to brought it for been diagnosed. 2 days after they gave me an estimate for $ $2400 dollars. That really surprise me and I answer no thanks do not fix my car. They put my van together and since that moment my van I didn't start again is like a death. They said the PCM and ABS module got burned. I think they made a mistake and kill my van PCM but I cant proved. I was reading the ABS recall about and sounds like there is nothing releated wiht the PCM module. Any way they sent my van back home onto a town truck and at this moment a can't find the problem yet. Oh I almost forgot some for sure they charge me $ $200 for diagnosis. If you want to confirm my history you can call[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #134

Jul 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The ABS and brake light began coming on intermittantly a couple of months ago. It seems that the ABS ECU module is the problem as multiple ABS codes were read. Now, two months later my cruise control no longer works. If you do the research online as well as in your complaint section for 2001 winstar it is an all too common problem. It seems to be a problem that was not addressed properly on an earlier recall by Ford (09S09) which included a scds wiring harness replacement only caused by brake fluid leaking onto wiring and causing a potential fire hazard. Many owners believe the fluid not only ran down the wiring continuing to run onto the ABS connector causing parts to short out and fail and also onto the cruise control connector causing it to fail. I truly believe this is the reason all these ABS modules are failing...it's amazing how many complaints with my same problem are on your website these are very expensive parts to replace (over $1000) plus labor. The absence of the ABS system does cause braking problems and can cause the brakes to lock up and skid...this happened to me...just missed having a wreck! the connector to the cruise is also being effected causing it to fail as well. I think Ford should be required to at least check these vehicle and replace these parts if they are found to be faulty before someone gets in an accident. They may have already.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #133

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
Brake lights stays on constantly, speedometer hand constantly jumps. Sometimes feels like they are air in the brakes, sometimes no power at all to the van. When going up hill van loose all pressure when air is on. Check and made sure all hoses was connect properly and still doing it. I just can't afford to put anymore money in this vehicle.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #132

Jul 042011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights on the dashboard light up and stay lit. They will only go off after the key is turned off. It took several trips to the Ford dealership for them to diagnose these: Perform Q test ABS system found multiple dtc's cmdtc C1185 ABS pwr relay output circuit failure, C1194 lf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1198 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1210 rf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1246 rr outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1250 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1254 rr inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1446 brake switch circuit failure open or shorted to ground, U1262 scp data link fault, fail speed deactivation switch.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #131

Sep 152009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
ABS and brake lights willcome on after just a few minutes I start driving, is this a fire hazard? please help.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #130

Jul 222011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS and brake light come on intemittently. Will not pass inspection on a 2001 Ford Windstar van.

- Concord, NC, USA

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