19th Feb 2006, 17:40

I'm having problems with large chunks of paint 'falling' off my Ford Windstar. I brought the van back to the dealership and was advised that it was my own problem. Doesn't sound like it's a single instance.

I am going to write to Ford and see if they will offer to make good on their product. If not, next stop, class action??? We should expect better quality for our money.

26th Feb 2006, 16:10

I own a 1999 Ford Wind star. My paint started peeling during the warranty. The roof was repainted twice now. I just took it to the body shop manager and he's telling me they never primed the tailgate. Ford is refusing to repaint the van. I have 73,000 miles on the van now. We've gone to the attorney general and have a meeting set up and will let you know the out come.

27th Aug 2006, 08:09

What a great billboard in NJ, me riding a van with half the paint falling off.

Many see my van and say, I will never buy a Ford.

Ford would be wise to correct and make future sales.

If you work for Ford, update your resume, you are going to need it.

Good Luck.

11th Sep 2006, 20:22

I bought a 1999 ford "windbag" (my mechanics name for this particular vehicle) used in 2002, w/30k miles. After about 6 months and 5k miles I noticed large pieces of paint peeling from the hood, roof and particularly the rear door. My mechanic claims he's heard of this problem, but says ford is not honoring repair costs. I didn't realize until reading SO many other similar complaints, that we may have a class action suit. What do you say Windbag owners?, who's with me?!

29th Sep 2006, 14:31

We are also having paint falling off of our Ford Windstar (2000). Last week I took it to the carwash, and when I went over the rear door near the handle with the sprayer, paint started literally flying off. I am so disgusted. Then this past week my husband was standing on our deck and noticed the top of the van also has large areas of paint coming off/rusting. Of course we are now hoping to trade this disaster in for something else before I am driving a van with no paint.

~Elle, IL~

28th Nov 2006, 15:04

I also own a "windbag," and was very pleased with it initially. I purchased it used three years ago in September. I recently put $1,200 worth of repairs into the vehicle and it's in the shop again. The check engine light went on after the warranty expired and I was told the engine has an O-Ring leak. I also had to replace the Rack n Pinion, P/S Pump and now it's squealing. I haven't got the damage yet; however, was briefed about a Cam Sensor and the engine running lean again. I'll let you know... Exasperated.

21st Jan 2007, 08:54

I too own a 1999 Ford Wind-star. I purchased it in early 2000 and it was the dealers demo van. The van was great until a few months later the check engine light came on and I brought it in. Luckily it was still under warranty. Luckily my dealer was great and was able to fix the paint problem early on and under warranty as well. I have also have had to replace the water pump. I also have the door ajar issue and I need to replace the power steering pump now. I had spoken to a dealer from another car make about a trade-in. He asked in a surprised manner “You still have the van?”. He went on to mention that the transmission on these vans a notorious for failing. I have had issues with it slipping gears, but this had been occasional and I had not given it much thought. I had attributed it to weather conditions or a long trip. I recently noticed the O/D off light coming on when this happens. I now remember talking to the original dealer about the transmission. He had said that it was sealed and maintenance free and that I did not need to change the fluid or transmission filter, which was normal for other cars I have owned. I haven looked into the price of a new transmission yet for fear of what it may cost if I do need to replace it. The trade-in price I was given from the dealer I spoke to was so low that I still have the van. I will be conducting allot of research for my next purchase.

14th Aug 2008, 15:43

We have a 2000 Windstar and paint is flying off the hood in big chunks. But, we don't care. It's pretty minor compared to other things wrong with this fine Ford product. Being people who drive their cars until they drop, we cannot wait until this lemon finally dies, and we can push it off a cliff. What a waste of precious steel.

22nd Jan 2009, 12:15

We just purchased a 2000 Windstar in October, 2008. We've had several repairs so far (3 months later) that weren't expected given the low mileage (65,000) that was on the van at the time of purchase. We have the sliding door ajar problem that many describe, as well as the check-engine light, too. It also has several electrical problems which cause the battery to run down at the oddest times, requiring a jump start. None of that, however, bothers me as much as the paint that began chipping off the hood on New Year's Eve. I came out of the store to get in the van and almost dropped my bags when I saw the paint peeled off in a giant V on the hood. I thought someone had damaged my car on purpose or something and hadn't left a note.

Does anyone know if there is a recall that allows to get this paint repaired? If so, please post a contact website for the recall.

2nd Feb 2009, 17:12

I also own a 2000 Windstar for the past 5 years and paint is coming off in large areas on the roof and the hood. From the beginning on I had issues with the interior lights staying on even when all doors are closed and you are driving. I only have 70,000 miles on the vehicle and know that with the paint problem I will not be able to sell the car unless I am prepared to "give it away". What poor advertising for Ford to have all these Windstars driving around looking terrible - I will never purchase another Ford Minivan again!

10th May 2009, 16:59

I have a 2000 Ford Windstar with 140000 miles. I have paint peeling since 2008 that started on the roof, then the hood, & now the lower section of the tailgate. Among other things going wrong at this time, the engine light is on again for defective EGR valve, rear wheel bearing very noisy. Looks like it's time to look at another brand, like Honda.

10th Aug 2009, 01:37

I too own a 1999 Ford Windstar and it seems it's always in the shop. I just had to replace the REM for $800.00 and now the paint is falling off in large chunks. I filled out a request for repair on the defective paint in 2003 but never heard back from the dealer.

Yes, there should have been a recall.

Ford, if you're listening, this is why my company did not purchase Ford fleet vehicles last year. I am in charge of that department.