really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,295 miles

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problem #6

Jul 012007


  • 81,000 miles
I have been reading about recent complaints to the Ford Windstar 2002 and have concerns. I had my ABS module replaced last year because all my idiot brake lights were going off intermittently. I have also not used my cruise control in over two years because once activated it will not shut off until the car is turned off. It appears that the brakes are related to the cruise control leaking on the brake line, but Ford does not see the Windstar as a problem. This concerns me, since there have been fires with the Windstar van. I also took my car into a Ford dealership to check the seat latches and was told my car was not covered. My recent repair woes is the air conditioner compressor is going. This was a problem with my last Ford Windstar. (related vehicle information: Model year=2002, make=Ford, model=Windstar).

- Rolesville, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
My ABS brake light, emergency brake light and brake light would intermittently go off. Then it was every time my car was started. I was told my ABS module needed to be replaced. My car could be driven, but my ABS brakes would not work. I was told by two mechanics that this was a problem they had seen with my vehicle. My cruise control also sticks. I have not used my cruise in over a year, because once activated, you can not shut it off. The only way it resets is to turn the car off. The Ford Windstar is one of the only Ford vehicles not covered under the recall, but upon doing a web search have found that Windstar have started on fire because of this issue. Also, I received a recall on my mid/read seat latches. When I went to the dealer, I was told my car was not covered. I drive a 2002 Ford Windstar. I am very concerned about the recent recall since the brake line is directly related to the fires caused by the faulty cruise control. Please advise is the research is to include other Ford models.

- Rolesville, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 052005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated when vehicle was involved in an accident the second row driver's side seat became dislodged. The contact sustained a sprained back. There was a child safety seat in the second row seat, but because it was rear facing the child was not injured. A police report taken at the scene. There was NHTSA recall 03V459000, but this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #3

Dec 112003

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Dealer won't honor warranty for repair on vehicle. The consumer received a recall on the vehicle child restrain anchorage system (recall# 03V459000). The dealer refused to repair the vehicle indicating that nothing was wrong with it.

- Westville, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 072003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,230 miles
I fractured my tail bone when sitting down on the middle seat on the passenger side of a 2002 Ford Windstar mini-van. It has an exposed sharp metal bracket that attaches the seat belt shoulder strap to the seat.

- Ridgefield, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,540 miles
2002 Ford Windstar struck broadside by a old ciera on right side. Right side of car was lifted up, then car came back down. Either collision or near-overturning popped the left center seat (captain style seat) loose from floor. Injuries in crash were not related to seat failure. Seat was not occupied.

- Athens, OH, USA