really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,273 miles

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problem #48

Apr 022011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar started to display the brake, traction control and ABS indicator lights, indicating that the ABS system was malfunctioning. This causes the traction control not to work, and the ABS to shut down. Standard brakes still function. At first, the lights would stay off for a period of time when I restarted the car. I would start to drive, then I might hit a bump in the road and the lights would reappear. Now, the 3 lights are on as soon as I start the car or within a few minutes of driving, with or without hitting a bump in the road. My mechanic stated that this is a common problem in Ford Windstar and that an ABS module needs to be replaced at an approx. Cost of $1500.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #47

Sep 012011


  • miles
The antilock brake system light as well as the traction control lights keep coming on. Garage can't tell the exact cause. The booster arm busted, keeping the brakes engaged as driven. The booster arm was replaced and the lights are still on. I reset it, and they reappear after a short time. I now smell the brakes when applied. I've had engine replaced at 101,000 miles, two transmissions, multiple brake jobs, rear axle repaired, front axle repaired, front tie rods repaired. The alignment on my vehicle could only be partially completed.... toe, and another alignment done, but the complete alignment would need a hole drilled in the frame and a bolt moved over - bad design by Ford. I've also had to have the oxygen sensor replaced at my own expense. The vehicle is a ticking time bomb, piece of crap.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #46

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The ABS light is on and the ABS system is inoperable.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #45

Sep 092012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The ABS going off and on and the brake light is always on and I need to have this check out.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 192011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
ABS brake lights on, after research, its a common problem with faulty ABS modules. Subframe is rotting out with the mounting points of the subframe peeling away. O/D light coming on intermittently, after research, common problem points back to a bad vehicle speed sensor. Mileage does not seem to be a factor. Faulty hard lines for rear heating. Multiple cracks in lines cause radiator fluid loss. Very very common problem, looked at 10-15 Windstar in pull-A-parts lot, all with faulty hard lines.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #43

Aug 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake light stay on.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #42

Aug 202012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Approximately a week ago, the #10, 15 amp fuse was blown. Replaced it with an approved fuse and blew right after I started van up. I had noticed some liquid on garage floor about 2 days before the fuse blew, the "brake" light on dashboard was lit up. I checked the brake fluid level and it was very low. When I added fluid, I noticed there appeared to be a leak of fluid on the front, underside of the master brake cylinder. I had a friend who is a mechanic look at it and he told me the master cylinder could be bad, but looked like the pressure switch was where the leak was originating. Upon further inspection, he noticed there was a wire harness that was soaked in brake fluid and beneath another one was wet. He attempted to clean both of them and replaced fuses, but after using the brakes the first time(going out of the driveway) I heard a "pop" and the fuse was blown again. This particular fuse controls the odometer, speedometer, the ABS light on dashboard. The amount of fluid going onto the engine is a good probability of a fire starting when the leaking brake fluid is on the hot engine. This seems to be an increasing problem and needs to be recalled.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #41

Aug 192012


  • 128,500 miles
The ABS, brake, and traction control lights all came on. Turn on and off intermittently, but stay on longer each time. Mechanic says it may be the ABS control module and hcu.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #40

Jan 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The warning light for brakes and ABS kept coming on and there was not an actual problem with the brakes.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #39

Aug 062009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
For the past several years my van has has intermittent problems with the brake lights on dash appearing while driving the car at various speeds. Once I stop the car and turn it off the lights will usually disappear but sometimes will come back within minutes of restarting car. This tends to happen during warmer times of year versus winter. Also I have noticed a problem with brakes even right after getting them replaced. The mechanic says there is nothing wrong with the brakes?? around the same time this started to happen my cruise control stopped working. I had recieved a notice from Ford about cruise control recall but when I called the local dealer and told them that my cruise control was not working and I was wondering if it had something to do with recall they said no, that was not the problem.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #38

Aug 092012


  • 65,000 miles
The ABS light and brake light comes on. I hook up the computer and the code read C1185. I read online that this seems to be a problem. If there is that many problems there should be a recall.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #37

Jun 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The ABS yellow warning light and red brake lights come on at random driving times. Once lights appear, the ABS system no longer works. We have replaced the brake module two times and problem returns within days of replacement.

- Menominee, MI, USA

problem #36

Aug 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving the ABS and the brake light will come on and stay on.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 132012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 126,084 miles
I keep having intermittent problems with dashboard warning lights: Yellow ABS light, yellow trac off light, and red brake light. Please note: On approx July 17, 2012 I took my Windstar to have this problem checked and have Ford recall 09S09 service done. The quick-service manager refused to check the ABS control module connecter even after telling them three times that it is required as part of the recall. I was told by a service advisor trainee, to bring vehicle back if problem persists and take to regular service dept. I took the vehicle back to same Ford dealership for resolution of this problem and was told there is a $92 diagnostic fee. I agreed to fee to see if the repair they recommend is same as repair which should have been covered under recall, and left van there on August 14, 2012.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #34

Aug 072012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
When driving my ABS and brake light show on the dashboard. This has happen in the past. They turned off for awhile about a year then came back on. They are not on all the time but have been on pretty consistent, my mechanic tried to fix the problem but alas still on.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #33

Mar 182009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The ABS and brake warning lights come on intermittenly. Problem appears to occur more often in warmer weather. Does not come on when engine started but after driving both warning lights come on. This has been a problem for a few years.

- Trappe, PA, USA

problem #32

Aug 082012


  • miles
ABS/brake module failure.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #31

Jul 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
These trouble lights light up all the time turn vehicle off and restart lights go away til the next time. I don't know what the problem is. They come on constantly now is this dangerous?

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #30

Feb 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,529 miles
Brake light and ABS light stays on in the vehicle at all times at the present time. At one time the light would come on and off (was worse when it was humid out). Have replaced numerous brake parts.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #29

Jun 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 53,206 miles
Traction control light comes on, ABS light comes on, brake light comes on.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

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