by NChawk on Oct 7, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this van new in June 2003 with 5 miles on it. About half the time I've had it, there was a high idling, throttle problem. Once they figured out to replace the throttle sensor, and then the throttle assembly, it has run great....and I've got over 140,000 miles on it now. I had to replace the transmission at 112,000 miles, which cost about $3,300. It gets about 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 in town. It has all the whistles and bells and they all still work....although I wish they had had the DVD instead of the VCP. I'm happy with my Windstar and expect to keep it for another 3-4 years.
by Ford - never again on Apr 21, 2008 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Seems like this car knew it had passed the 3 year / 36,000 mile mark and started to disintegrate. Catalog of problems, many electrical: in-dash CD changer won't eject, rear windows open & close when they feel like it, electric sliding doors: one opens occasionally & the other won't close completetly, steerng motor howls like a werewolf.
by David on Nov 13, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I really like this van. Unfortunately, I had a high idling problem that went on for about 70,000 miles. Unexpectedly, it was diagnosed it as a bad throttle sensor. Once they replaced that, it's like a new car. I love it again. I've had a few "electricals." The driver side window motor had to be replaced. The "Check AdvanceTrac" comes on occasionally, but nothing is found to be wrong. Mileage is as stated, 18 to 24. I can live with that. I wish the seats were stow 'n go, but that's not a show stopper. They're heavy as heck, though. I've got 111,000 on it now and hope to get another 50-75,000. Bottom line, once the high idling was fixed, it's an nice car.
by Tim on Sep 19, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Our 2003 Windstar Limited has been a very reliable van. We have put >75K miles on in less than 4 years of ownership. The only problems we have had is occasional flickering interior lights and the in dash CD changer that sometimes does not want to eject that we deal with. The Winstar was the last van with a removable 3rd seat rather than fold flat. This is the one thing that I dislike about the van. The rear seat is heavy and bulky to move in and out. The VCP rather than DVD based entertainment system is another drawback. Our limited is very quiet and comfortable to drive, although our typical gas mileage of 20 MPG is a little lower than what we had hoped for
by gburritt on Feb 19, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
This is an okay car to purchase. The
price makes it an attractive buy.
However, we've had a Chevy Venture and
notice that the leg room is much less
in the Windstar than the Venture.
Good pickup. Avg. MPG = city--> 14
by KCMOWindstar on Dec 19, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Bought this Limited van in Dec 2002
and have had numerous electrical
probs. Dead batteries, fuel sensors,
blower switches, etc. Driver front
door was hard to close and had to be
re-fit but still has high closing
effort. The electrical engineers for
this program should be thrown out on
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