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Buyers beware... Be very aware!
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By Just say NO!!!!
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2003 Ford Windstar SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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My wife and I bought this used nightmare, from one of the largest Ford dealers in the country. We were attracted by its good looks and many great family options like the entertainment package. I had owned a 1998 windstar before, which was a complete lemon (transmission failure) but I had heard Ford greatly improved this van (false) we only owned this 2003 windstar van for 7 months as of yesterday when we traded it in at the Toyota dealership. Just can't afford to put any more alternators, batteries, electrical components on this van to keep it going with 60,000 miles plus I didnt even get into the from end shimming at road speeds. Low cost to buy but ridiculous ownership cost to keep on the road.


Best Features

vhs,power doors, Good looks


Worst Features

These vans are no longer produced for a reason.


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Dissapointed owner
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By Estella Delgado
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2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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We purchansed and have enjoyed this vehicle until recently when the van with only 70,000 miles on it broke down and we are told that it needs a new transmission. We cannot believe this has happened. It is now sitting in the garage because of the economy we cannot afford to dish out over $1,500 for the repair.


Best Features

Space available


Worst Features

Would be nice to have stow away room and a transmission that does not quit after only 70000 miles


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Do NOT Depend on Ford
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By Great Family Van NOT
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2003 Ford Windstar LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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The first 2 yrs were great, no problems (even posted here in 08-2005). However, since early 2006 we have had the interior lights flashing, dealer can not fix and many many compliant logged with no known TSB or fix. (Replaced: light swithc 2x; both sliding doors and rear gate sensors) -- Now the intake manifold must be replaced due to a PLASTIC seal used that melts around 50- 70K miles. *We have 55K now. $100 part and 3 hrs of labor at your dealer of choice @ $120= total $460 before taxes. My dealer stated 4-6 vans a day must have this done, and Ford will not issue a recall as this is not a Safety issue. Just causes the van to suck more gas and fail emmissions.


Best Features

VCP for the kids; the sliding doors allow the kids to get in and out w/out help.


Worst Features

Quality - Quality - Quality (it used to be job #1) Ford needs to stand behind their product -- another customer GONE!!! After 4 previous purchases, NEVER again.


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Once they fixed the throttle sensor..
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By David
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2003 Ford Windstar Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

I like the 6-CD in dash. The heated seats are nice, too. The VCR is nice, but would have preferred a CD player, obviously. Aw, what the heck. I can hold on to VHS tapes for a few more years.


Worst Features

Nothing in particular.


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It is not good choice for a long run
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By proAm
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2003 Ford Windstar 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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4 and 1/2 yrs old and only 57k miles. I bought it for value. Don't like it for poor quality. Brake makes noises from day one. The 1st issue, the car died immediate after start. The 2nd air-condition. Both are covered under warranty within 3 years. Since then, power steering made noises and the car shakes at cold start some time. I added in a little steering fluid help a little. Yesterday the engine light on for vacuum leak at isolator bolts in intake manifold. It costs over $500 to fix it. It seems more troubles ahead. Now the car lost 2/3 value after 4 yrs. I did my part for maintain (3000 miles oil change, transmission fluid and filter change once. Air filter twice.) Ford not.


Best Features

Space, I take the second seat out.


Worst Features

Quality


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