by soulsoprano66 on Feb 15, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my 2003 Windstar from a used car dealership with 88,000 miles on it. When you're a single Mom on a very tight budget, you will accept little flaws in exchange for overall reliability. Lots of annoying electrical problems, rear windows work randomly, interior lights flash, etc. But mechanically, this car takes all the punishment I give it and more. Very solidly built. Great pickup (I have the 6 cyl. model), and acceptable gas mileage. A few moderate repairs, alternator, wheel bearings, etc. (but it did come from coastal NJ so that was understandable). I have 170,000 on it now and it still starts up every morning, and runs great! Best car I've ever owned. I'll drive it till it dies.
by fustrated on Nov 18, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Was our first car to make payments on. We bought it in 2003 with 20,000 miles on it. It had transmission problems with it twice within 4 yrs and power steering pump went out 2 times within 2 yrs of each other. I feel like we are always fixing something major. We never had any major problems like this with the older cars we had. We are disappointed and I think Ford should have recall for transmission issue. I have read that other owners are having same issue.
by taxi owner on Oct 1, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Bought van 03/09 $2100 135K miles. Transmission already been replaced with the used 90k miles. at 150K replaced alternator from 06 Mustang (better amps and fits fine) $60 used. Oil change every 4K (supertech 10w30) It is a daily driven 150-500 miles as a taxi. Have engine light on and brake+abs light comes on sometimes. The interior lights blinking usually when humid. I have replaced drivers window regulator ($35 used). Rear windows don't open all the times. Replaced air filter with a "cool blue air filter" for better gas mileage $28 eBay. Installed HID xhenon light kit for better vision an night time $35 ebay. Replaced spark plugs. Got a NGK platinums. Now got 184,581, I'll drive till 300K
by Deb on Jan 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
Reliable, I have had this van since 2005, Have not had any problems with it. Oil Changes, brakes - that is all. The only reason I am looking for another vehicle is my childern are very tall and they no longer are confortable in the back seat.
by JETZcorp on Nov 16, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
When I told my parents I would like my first car to be a truck, they figured I was looking for a 4000lb thing and picked up this van. I thought it was going to be a terrible pig that got a gallon to the mile and turned with the precision of a brick. What I found instead was that, compared with my mom's Suzuki Grand Vitara, the beast had gobs of torque and an orgasmic sound above 4000 revs. My only complaints are the transmission (all cars should be manual) and the fact that it won't haul a motorcycle. In terms of reliability, the only worrying thing is a sort of clicking under the dash depending on the A/C setting. Take control of the shifter yourself and burnouts are easy.
by SBASTIEN on Aug 13, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
When I first bought this vehicle all was well. It was the low price that lured me in, but within a fairly short amount of time problems began. All electrical; flashing cab lights, doors not opening, battery not charging, check engine and brake lights on at all times. Vehicle doesn't always start and is very unreliable. I like the interior and exterior of the van, gas mileage too, but very unreliable. WIll NEVER buy a Ford again! :(
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