2003 Ford Windstar Reviews - Page 6 of 6

2003 Ford Windstar Sport 3.8L 200hp from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L 200hp Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75 kilometres
Most recent distance54000 kilometres
Previous carFord Windstar


High Performance, Loads of Room


Nothing at all. We've had the van going on two years and it runs great.

Like many of the other Windstar owners, I've noticed something wrong with the first to second gear shift under slow acceleration. If the RPM's are up past 3, it's fine.

General Comments:

The Van has been great, the 3.8L v6 is strong, and can squeal away from a stoplight no problem. I've kept up with my buddies Sunfire GT, and Mustang, so it has some balls. Tops out at about 178 km/h, and runs 0-60 in about 9 seconds. Fun to drive, and nobody can believe how quick it is for "a family van".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

11th Oct 2006, 14:54

You take your van to the task! I am a feather-foot compared to you. I usually don't get above 3000 rpm on acceleration and I am cruising at about 2400rpm. My van rarely shifts hard, but I have added some Lucas Oil Transmission Fix. It does help. I achieve about 16 to 20 miles per gallon which seems low to fair. What is your fuel consumption? Is anyone achieving better results and how?

2003 Ford Windstar 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance600 miles
Previous carFord Windstar


This is my second Windstar and my second piece of junk


There is a problem with the transmission when it shifts from first to second gear. Luckily it's under warranty.

General Comments:

The engine has enough power.

The interior is comfortable and roomy.

The cargo area is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2003

16th Dec 2003, 09:27

What happened to your first windstar. When you have the car a little bit longer then tell us how it is. If you first windstar was that much of a problem, why did you buy another.

26th Dec 2003, 18:35

Dear sirs;

I own a 2002 ford wind star van. Done replaced 2 power steering pumps replaced strut bearings and strut plates because they were proclaimed froze up at 29,000 miles come on please. Still drives bad hard to steer told to put 35 lbs of air in tires did so, but no avail, went up as high as 40 lbs. of air in tires no avail. Replace headlamp assembly because of condensation in lens. although no breaks or holes in assembly. Colder the weather harder to drive makes some people wonder.

5th Feb 2004, 09:06

Purchased a 2002 Windstar used in 3/03. Have just taken van in to have fan at driver's foot checked as there is little air forced through the fan on this side. Not great when temperatures are -15 celsius. Was advised by the dealership I purchased the van from that they are not sure they can fix it because it is a known design problem in the 2002 Windstar. I must pay for the cost of having it adjusted. Note the word adjusted - because they cannot fix it completely - it is a design problem. Problem not really fixed and I still have to pay!

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