Used 2003 Ford Windstar

2003 Ford Windstar
MSRP Range
$23,070 - $34,825

Pros & Cons

  • Top-flight safety equipment and ratings, plenty of interior features and options, powerful V6 engine.
  • Disconnected ride and handling, poor interior space utilization, noisy V6 engine, poor reputation for reliability.
Ford Windstar years

Edmunds' Expert Review

Though safe and powerful, the Windstar suffers from poor packaging and floppy handling.

Vehicle overview

Introduction: Introduced in 1994 as a 1995 model, the Ford Windstar is marketed on the back of a strong reputation for safety. And in the highly contested minivan market, where keeping family safe is of utmost importance, that's a pretty good piece of turf upon which to stake a claim. As long as you don't need to haul adults in back on a regular basis, or find it necessary to lift the extremely heavy third-row bench seat out of the van, it should serve a family's needs well.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options: The Windstar is offered in four different trim levels -- LX, SE, SEL and Limited. All Windstars have sliding doors on both sides. Power-sliding doors are available on all but the LX. The "shut-'em-up" Autovision entertainment system can be ordered on LX models, but to get leather upholstery, you've gotta pop for a Windstar SEL or Limited. Powertrains and Performance: A strong 3.8-liter V6 powers Windstar's front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Though acceleration is better than acceptable, the V6 makes lots of racket as it generates its 200 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Still, it's rated to get 24 mpg on the highway and 18 in the city, which isn't bad for a portly van like this. Safety: Safety is typically a major consideration for the minivan shopper. In the many years it has been tested, the Windstar has earned excellent crash test scores. The NHTSA has given the van a five-star rating for both driver and front-passenger frontal impacts. Additionally, it can be equipped with side airbags that help it achieve top marks for side-impact crash safety. Dual-stage airbags that deploy based on information provided by crash severity sensors, seatbelt usage sensors, and a driver-seat position sensor maximize protection.

The Windstar is also equipped with a low tire-pressure warning system and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Self-sealing tires, heated signal mirrors and a reverse sensing sonar system are optional. Another nice feature is the Windstar's adjustable accelerator and brake pedals. These allow shorter-stature drivers to sit a proper distance from the steering-wheel airbag.

This year, Ford has gone even further onto the safety horizon, equipping its minivan with AdvanceTrac stability control. Optional as part of the Family Security package, AdvanceTrac monitors the Windstar's path of travel and compares it to steering input from the driver. If the system's software finds something amiss that indicates the van is out of control, it will selectively brake the wheels to bring the Windstar back into line. Interior Design and Special Features: The Windstar's interior is fairly agreeable, with comfortable front seats and decent ergonomics keeping Mom and Dad happy. Ford pioneered the "conversation mirror," a parabolic reflector that lets front seat occupants view the goings-on in each seat of the van; perfect for use in the court of family road trip law. Driving Impressions: On the road, the Windstar comes up a bit short in terms of ride quality. Our main complaint about the interior of the Windstar is a lack of legroom for second- and third-row passengers and overall poor space utilization. This is a big van, but it feels small inside. But overall, it provides a decent blend of everyday practicality, useable performance and innovative features.

2003 Highlights

AdvanceTrac stability control system was supposed to be available for 2002, but it was postponed. It makes its appearance for the 2003 model year. The LX base trim level is rechristened to Windstar.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Ford Windstar.

5 star reviews: 34%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 22%
2 star reviews: 11%
1 star reviews: 6%
Average user rating: 3.7 stars based on 109 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3.375 out of 5 stars, Best Car I've Ever Owned
soulsoprano66,

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.

2.125 out of 5 stars, worst vehicle ever
cheyluck,

This was our first time car buy for $9,500, within a year of buying the transmission went out and we discovered that the axle had cracked. we found that the ford had called a recall. within another year of having the transmission fixed the second one went out. The right side window motors went out, we had to replace the speedometer electronics, The interior light like to flicker on and off as well. I recommend avoiding this vehicle all togetherl.

4.875 out of 5 stars, 2003, good, solid minivan
robinsweb,

In the 90's I drove a Dodge Caravan, which was about as safe as driving a tuna fish can. Got a new 1997 Windstar, then a new 2003 Windstar. I like driving newish cars, but I'm keeping this one until it falls apart, because even after 7 years, (77,000 miles) I still LOVE IT! Nice looking for a minivan, It still looks spiffy and not too outdated. Paint in good shape. Some minor problems others have observed, like flashing interior lights and dash lights, of which I've paid to have repaired MULTIPLE times. (Life is full of compromises.)

4.125 out of 5 stars, Windstar taxi
taxi owner,

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

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Features & Specs

LX Standard 4dr Minivan features & specs
LX Standard 4dr Minivan
3.8L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 4900 rpm

4dr Minivan features & specs
4dr Minivan
3.8L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 4900 rpm

LX Deluxe 4dr Minivan features & specs
LX Deluxe 4dr Minivan
3.8L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 4900 rpm

Limited 4dr Minivan features & specs
Limited 4dr Minivan
3.8L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 4900 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Acceptable
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

FAQ
Is the Ford Windstar a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2003 Windstar both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2003 Windstar gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 109 reviews) You probably care about Ford Windstar fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Windstar gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Windstar. Learn more
Is the Ford Windstar reliable?
To determine whether the Ford Windstar is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Windstar. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Windstar's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2003 Ford Windstar a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2003 Ford Windstar is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2003 Windstar gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 109 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2003 Windstar is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2003 Ford Windstar?

The least-expensive 2003 Ford Windstar is the 2003 Ford Windstar 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,070.

Other versions include:

  • LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $26,315
  • 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $23,070
  • LX Deluxe 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $27,870
  • Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $34,825
  • SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $29,230
  • SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $31,835
Learn more
What are the different models of Ford Windstar?
If you're interested in the Ford Windstar, the next question is, which Windstar model is right for you? Windstar variants include LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), LX Deluxe 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), and Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Windstar models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2003 Ford Windstar

Used 2003 Ford Windstar Overview

The Used 2003 Ford Windstar is offered in the following submodels: Windstar Minivan. Available styles include LX Standard 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), LX Deluxe 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), Limited 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), and SEL 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2003 Ford Windstar?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2003 Ford Windstar and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2003 Windstar 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2003 Windstar.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Ford Windstar and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 Windstar featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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