2003 Ford Windstar Reviews

2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles

Summary:

Ford is KILLING me, from a Ford guy

Faults:

Transmission out 91,000.

Door ajar and interior lights go on and off as they please, & when driving.

Front wheel bearings out at 85,000.

Intake manifold runner control out at 82,000.

Front wheel speed sensors bad at 63,000.

Rear windows will not open since 59,000.

ABS module out at 59,000.

General Comments:

A mechanic's dream.

I am really starting to hate this Windstar, and I AM a Ford guy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th May, 2013

2003 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance122245 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 220

Summary:

If you don't mind random problems, then go for it

Faults:

The ABS and brake lights come on randomly.

The check engine and battery light come on randomly.

The van would jerk and shake whenever we came to a complete stop.

The radio would go in and out.

The air conditioning would work for about 10 minutes in the front, then run hot. It would not blow through the rear vents.

And most recently, the van would start to cut out while driving at a high speed.

General Comments:

When everything is running properly, it is a smooth ride. The seats are comfortable and it has a lot of leg room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2013

27th Mar 2013, 09:17

This van needs new spark plugs, wires and maybe a coil pack. If properly tuned up, the engine runs quite nice.

The alternator and the battery should be load tested.

The ABS light comes on because of a cracked circuit board in the ABS controller. It is too expensive to replace. The brakes work like regular brakes when the light is on.

2003 Ford Windstar Sport 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance129000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Wish we had bought it sooner

Faults:

Only thing that has gone wrong with this was the recall we got in 2010 (December); the rear axle had to be checked, and if it was cracked, it would need replaced. It was fine.

General Comments:

We bought this in September 2010, and only had 112,000 k's. The transmission changes gears really smooth, the motor (3.8 V6) is great, the seats are comfy and easy to remove. Love that it has 2 slider doors.

The body has never been touched, and has no rust.

It's very good on gas, and drives really smooth,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2011

2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Worst pile of crap I've ever had the misfortune of owning

Faults:

Electrical issues:

Wiper motor went in the first days of owning.

Guessing the second replacement alternator went about 2 weeks after buying it. The dealer took 2 weeks to finally replace the alternator.

Front suspension issues.

Interior lights have a mind of their own.

Purchased a 2 year extended warranty just to find the dealer is refusing to honor the entire warranty.

General Comments:

Advice to anyone buying from a dealer; either avoid at all costs or purchase an extended warranty if available, and get rid of it as soon as possible.

To be honest, if it wasn't for the failures, it would be an OK van, but with it spending as much time in the shop as it does on the road, I'd say it's a pretty poor performer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2010

2003 Ford Windstar Limited 3.8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

We have ourselves to blame!!!

Faults:

Alternator and battery went bad.

Passenger side automatic door stopped working.

Reverse parking sensor system stopped working.

Outside temperature reading stopped working.

Dome light comes on randomly.

Dash board lights keep coming on.

The ABS, brake and traction control.

Seats wore out fast.

Suspension wore out fast.

Transmission jumps a lot.

Suspension always made noise.

General Comments:

It's too bad, it seemed like a really nice van with a lot of features. It would be nice if they all worked.

I know of a couple of recalls, but there should definitely be a lot more.

We are slightly to blame. We all complain, but are not doing all we can. I want everyone to go to this web page and file a complaint on all these issues. If we all do it, Ford will have to fix them. They will also have to reimburse you on what previous repairs cost. The web page is http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

I know this will work, this is how the other two recalls got done. Come on people, stop letting them rip us off!!! Let's do something about it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th February, 2010

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews