2nd Generation (1999—2003) Windstar Problems

Windstar owners with a 1999—2003 model year have the most problems with the transmission (29%), drivetrain (18%), and the interior (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Rear Axle Broke in Half 149 complaints at an average of 119,370 miles in the 2001 Ford Windstar.
  2. Transmission Failure 347 complaints at an average of 106,799 miles in the 1999 Ford Windstar.
  3. Trasmission Failure 16 complaints at an average of 106,801 miles in the 2001 Ford Windstar.

What Windstar Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 478 9 66 63.79
2002 170 9 117 33.23
2001 243 16 164 39.09
2000 470 16 222 65.61
1999 231 13 324 53.19

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