2003 Ford Windstar Reviews - Page 2 of 6

2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Awful. Don't buy one. Ever

Faults:

Emergency brake never worked. Had it fixed several times.

Electrical system also never worked well. The interior lights had a mind of their own.

The intake manifold went around 80,000 miles.

The alternator went around 90,000 miles.

The starter went around 93,000 miles.

The windshield wipers stopped working around 105,000 miles, and I was going to have to pay $1800 to get them fixed. That was the final straw, and I sold it on the spot.

General Comments:

It's terrible. It was constantly giving me problems. The first one I owned wasn't great either. I honestly don't have a clue what made me decide to buy another one.

It left me stranded twice. It didn't shift through it's gears very well. Sometimes going up a hill it wouldn't shift down at all, and I had to shift into 2nd manually to avoid stalling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th July, 2009

18th Aug 2009, 21:24

I hear ya pal. These things suck!

2003 Ford Windstar LX from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Reliable minivan

Faults:

Strobing lights - seems to be fixed by rotating dimmer wheel a few times.

Noisy radio - seems to be fixed by cleaning pins in sliding door.

Transmission leak at 95000.

General Comments:

Very satisfied so far.

Wish Ford still made minivans.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2009

2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Good reliable van if maintained well

Faults:

Had to replace brakes at 80,000.

New tires quite often.

New intake manifold gasket.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable van for me and my family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2009

2003 Ford Windstar Sport 3.8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance338000 kilometres
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Amazing

Faults:

PS pump. Replaced with used one for $75.00.

General Comments:

I have been very fortunate with my last 3 Windstars.

Have never replaced any fluids other than oil changes every 15000kms. (tranny fluid, coolant etc. is original).

I do a lot of highway driving so I extend my service intervals.

Now at 338.000kms my battery light came on so I'll have to get a new alternator.

I would have liked to buy a new Windstar, but Ford stopped making them. Dealer told me to get a wheel alignment, but I get over 120,000kms on Michelin tires so I told him no way.

I can't believe how reliable this vehicle has been.

Not sure what I'll buy next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2009

16th Mar 2009, 13:53

Comments are a good check and balance, especially when you have had zero past experience with a particular model. I've had a couple of Dodge vans in the past, with one good and one not so good. Found a 2003 Ford Windstar Sport and just wasn't sure. Felt it was a good deal and went ahead with it. The positive comments put me a little more at ease. This particular van was in excellent shape and drives very well. I got it for under $ 4000. It has 175,000 K's, but that didn't scare me at all. Time will tell, but I feel that I did 0K on this one.

2003 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carDodge Spirit

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Intake manifold rail control clip.

Some rust on lower part of vehicle.

Rear tailgate handle sticks.

Front wheel bearings.

ABS module.

General Comments:

I love the keypad on the door that unlocks the doors.

The electric lumbar is good for long trips.

The few problems I have had with it have been easy fixes.

The dealer fixed the ABS module and the wheel bearing before I took delivery.

The stereo CD player is very good quality

Seats are very adjustable, and easy to remove for carrying large items.

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

Review Date: 29th January, 2009

2003 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Piece of junk

Faults:

Replaced rear shock @ 16,000 miles.

Left flipper window motor @ 17000.

Overflow canister at 30000.

Both front wheel bearing assemblies @ 53000.

Rust on left quarter panel in front of the wheel, and inside the bottom of both front doors.

Wire in driver seat poked thru and ruined 3 pair of pants.

Replaced the plenum isolator bolts @ 59000.

Ignition module @ 60000.

This van looks and runs good until something goes because of the crappy engineered components. Probably on purpose to save costs.

I should have bought a Chrysler van or Toyota or Honda. Will never buy a Ford product again... regardless of what Ford advertises...

By the way, this piece of junk is made in Canada. So it is a foreign car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2008

21st Dec 2010, 16:56

Being built in Canada has nothing to do with anything... the vehicle is simply a problem...

22nd Dec 2010, 03:31

The cars built in Canada are of the same quality as the US ones. The Windstar has always been a lemon, no matter what the year. One of the worst lemons out there...

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