really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,994 miles

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problem #17

Jun 122013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 128,923 miles
My speedometer, ABS light, and O/D off light all are on. The master cylinder was leaking brake fluid everywhere. I replaced the bottom part with a factory Ford part. The leaking has stopped, however the brake fluid leaked all over and has caused severe damage to the vehicle. I believe Ford should be held liable for this and replace all computers and parts that were affected by.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light stays on. Brake light stays on. Gauge needles jump around irrationally. Of light flashes.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 252013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Late April 28,2013 ABS and emergency brake warning lights came on and stayed on. May 1,2013 van's speedometer quit working.

- Independence, KS, USA

problem #14

Jun 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
1. none specific. The recall has been performed that replaces some wiring in order to avoid possible fire. 2. the failure is a yellow ABS brake light and red brake light on the dashboard instrument cluster coming on together fairly often but not always. I understand these lights, specifically the ABS light, means the ABS braking system is not in operation meaning probable longer stopping distances. I suspect as others have suggested these lights are caused by a heat buildup problem in the ABS module that causes the module to warp and fail. 3. the problem is ongoing.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Sep 042010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The ABS light continues to stay on at all times. Periodically, the brake light also lights up and simultaneously, the speedometer doesn't work. The brake light and speedometer malfunctioning occurs about once a month. I've taken my car into a Ford dealership to check the ABS light. They say the entire module needs replaced, but there's nothing wrong with the car mechanically. The recall for the scds has already been performed on my car, but the ABS light error has never been corrected. To replace the module, the dealership told me I would have to pay $1800. I have come to understand that there are many Ford Windstar owners who have the exact same problem and I believe that this problem is due to faulty materials or wiring. I have three children and one on the way and don't feel safe driving this vehicle without the proper safety features I was promised - including anti-lock brakes.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #12

Jul 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS, brake and traction control lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the vehicle was not inspected. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance as there were no related recalls. The current mileage was approximately 63,000. The failure mileage was approximately 62,800. Updated 01/11/2011 updated 02/07/11

- Momence, IL, USA

problem #11

May 182010


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. When driving at any rate of speed, the speedometer would not display the accurate speed traveled. The ABS warning light would also intermittently illuminate during the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 200,000.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #10

Jun 152010


  • 122,000 miles
Brake light (red) and ABS brake lights (yellow) stay on. I went to replace fuse #10 and it keeps blowing out. Speedometer and odometer do not function. Cruise control does not work. A/C does not work. The O/D light flashes after about 30 seconds after the vehicle starts and continues to blink until the vehicle is shut off. I took it into a Ford dealership today to have them perform the 09S09H recall and it did not change anything. All issues seem to be associated with this 'leaker' scds that was replaced, but that caused further damage to the ABS ECM unit causing it to fail.

- Jefferson, OR, USA

problem #9

Apr 012004


  • miles
ABS light has been on for several years, but mechanics can find no problem with brake system. As of last week, odometer displayed dashes, speedometer is not operating, and there is little to no stopping capability in the brakes. No brake fluid, apparently.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #8

Jan 222009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. After starting the vehicle one morning, all of the instrument panel lights illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer on two occasions, but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. One month later, the speedometer and fuel lights stopped illuminating. The contact was unable to determine how fast he was driving or how much fuel was in the vehicle. He took the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the acm module. They also replaced an instrument panel sensor, which repaired most of the failures. The ABS light and traction light are still illuminated. Through research, the contact found numerous complaints of other consumers with the same vehicle that were experiencing identical failures. He believes that this is a manufacturer defect and a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 126,000.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 202009


  • 98,662 miles
Normal driving of van and both brake and ABS light came on, then the speedometer and odometer went out, took it to get repaired, repair shop said that the master cyd., cruise control sensor and P-tail needed to be replaced and that fluid was leaking everywhere! ! old parts kept! !

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #6

Nov 082008


  • 88,000 miles
Brakes leaking oil onto wires causing odometer and speedometer to not work.

- Obetz, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 122008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS light illuminated intermittently and the ABS fail to work. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer for repair. The illumination occurs while driving at any speed. The failure mileage was 126,000. Updated 10/14/08. The consumer stated the ABS and brake light would come on intermittently. Updated 10/16/08.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles
Vehicle was off and parked. Smoke from under vehicle. Disconnected battery to stop fire. Fire at the connection of the ABS computer at site of two 40 amp circuit connections caused ABS system to stop working. ABS and brake light are on all the time, speedometer stopped working, odometer stopped working. I have detailed pictures of the damaged part 2F1Z-2C219-ba connected as part of 1F22-2C346-ac. Code C1185 was present in the ABS computer prior to the fire.

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #3

Jun 212007

Windstar 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,510 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While driving 10 mph, the traction control light illuminated and sounded a warning. The trac off, ABS, and brake lights also illuminated. Currently, the lights illuminate whenever the vehicle is started and remain lit the entire time while driving. The dealer stated that there are tsbs for these failures. The current mileage was 59,835 and failure mileage was 57,510.

- Wayzata, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 312007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that both the yellow ABS and the red brake light illuminate intermittently. He stated that the lights would stay off for approximately 2-3 days and then illuminate again. The contact stated that the failure was caused by a circuit failure in the ABS unit in the computer programming. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall or service bulletin available. The failure and current mileages were 56,000. Updated 06/05/08 the consumer stated fluid was leaking from the cruise control switch onto the master cylinder. Updated 06/05/08

- Penn, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 082006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
: the contact stated while braking from 10 mph under normal conditions, the vehicle surged forward, almost going over a curb. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was also notified. There was a squeaking noise when the sliding door was closed. The consumer complained of the transmission slipping, the dealer reprogrammed the PCM and re-filled the transmission fluid. The shifter was re-adjusted. The vehicle pulled to the right occasionally, the speedometer was inaccurate. The headlights would go dim at times. Updated 01/09/07.

- New Salem, PA, USA