really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
86,227 miles

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problem #158

Jan 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 151,457 miles
My ABS light comes on and my ABS doesn't work! also my vehicle has an issue with starting. It could happen once a week or once a month. It is so weird, I have replaced the starter, the sensors. Tested everything else and nothing is bad. Don't know what else to replace.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #157

Aug 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
One year ago, both the ABS light and the brake light were turned on. Sometimes they are on and off frequently.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #156

Aug 082012


  • 113,000 miles
My brakes and ABS light stays on even after repairing brakes my ABS system is not working, one day while raining I try to stop my vehicle and it kept on going.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #155

Nov 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
ABS, brake light and check engine light all on at the same time. Vehicle shakes like it is going to cut off. Despite numerous attempts at repairs, still does it as of today (2012).

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #154

Feb 012012


  • miles
My ABS and brake lights come on and go off randomly. I've had my brakes and fluids checked and everything is fine.

- Poplar, WI, USA

problem #153

Jun 012010


  • miles
These lights stay on even after repairs are done. They go off for a couple days and then come back on. This has been going on for at least 2 years. I also have electrical problem with my speedometer and gauges. I also have been having a problem with my fuel vacuum causing the gas to spill out when pumping and tank is not full.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #152

Jan 112011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that there were no lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was safely maneuvered to the shoulder and towed home. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was also informed that the actuators for the door locks were bad and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #151

May 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Just recently, in the past couple months, the ABS lights go on intermittently on the dashboard, warning that there is a problem. We took it to the Ford dealership, and they said it may need a new ECU or computer module, but they said it was safe to use. However, the manual says when the lights are on, the ABS system and traction control are disabled... there seems to be a recall, but no one at the dealership mentioned any issue. It seems strange for a car with 68,000 miles to have this go out - we want to make sure it is not a covered item before paying $ 1,400 for a new part. Thank you.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #150

Jun 282012


  • miles
ABS light, air bag light and brake light keeps coming back on while car is on.

- Meriden, CT, USA

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

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