pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
107,732 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. replaced camshaft sysnchronizer assembly (1 reports)
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problem #11

Feb 062012

Windstar SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles


- , Sandwich, IL, USA

problem #10

Feb 012012

Windstar SEL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,459 miles

Over the past few months the van has been randomly shutting off while driving. As with other reports I have read, I had installed a new Alternator 9 months ago( with a Bosch) when the original one had gone and it worked fine until recent months. The van restarts immediately and may not quit for several more trips or could shut down on the same trip. Usually does it upon acceleration.

I have had it in the shop and they have done several diagnostics including Crank sensor, fuel pressure system while driving (okay when it shutdown), several electrical checks (connections etc) and we are at a loss. Does anyone have a solution to this problem or a similar one?

- , Quispamsis, NB, Canada

problem #9

Sep 012011

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

2002 Windstar just starting shutting off in the middle of driving. It does it in town, on highway wherever and whenever, no specific times or weather. There are no indicators that this is going to happen. Took to two Ford Dealers no help, took to another repair shop no help. After $1000.00 between them I am out of money, out of luck and scared to drive my own vehicle. Any one have ideas out there.

- , Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #8

Dec 192010

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

The engine dies upon acceleration and will crank but won't start unless switch is turned to off then restarted. Engine doesn't throw any codes. Any ideas to solve?

- , Stuart, IA, USA

problem #7

Aug 022010

Windstar Limited 3.8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Ford Dealer was no help, One shop changed the iac value, no help $146.06. They had the car four more days running diagnostics and changing the drive belt and idler pulley at $216.20. Went to another shop in town fixed problem in four hours.

- , Delphi, IN, USA

problem #6

May 122010

Windstar SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,800 miles

This started immediately after replacing the alternator. Vehicle randomly dies suddenly while driving at any speed. Only way to restart is to turn ignition off and then on again - turning key and trying to crank without first turning off ignition will crank starter but not restart the engine. Also, only seems to die while gas pedal is being pressed to maintain speed or accelerate - never seems to die when foot is off accelerator coasting. Sometime will drive for several miles without dying, other times will die several times during a short drive.

- , San, Antonio, USA

problem #5

Apr 082009

Windstar Sport 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Car was stalling at high speed. 60-70mph If put in neutral, key moved to off, and then back on, it would start right up.

- , Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 122009

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,973 miles

We are as far as I know the second Car Dealer to try to repair the problem with this van. When driving at any and all speeds, 90% of the time under acceleration, the engine will sometimes jerk or hesitate and sometimes die all together, if it dies then it usually takes about 10-20 seconds of turning the key off and back on before it will start again. We have replaced the ignition coil, Alternator, Fuel pump, Fuel Pump Relay, Inspected the Fuel Pump shut-off Switch, Fuel Filter, Run several full tanks of gas through it, Battery, Crank Angle Sensor, Ran a new Ground wire for fuel pump. I wish the boss would take this damn thing back to the auction but he keeps insisting that I haven't done enough to diagnose and repair the problem. I have installed a fuel pressure gauge under the hood and temporarily hooked a test lamp to the fuel pump power lead. The last time the engine died and I had a friend crank the engine, there was no fuel pressure and the test lamp was off, until the third time we shut the key off and then cranked, the test lamp lit up, fuel pressure jumped to 40 psi and the engine started. I don't know if the loss of fuel pressure is causing the engine to die but it sure seems to be preventing it from starting it again. We're starting to lean towards a bad ECU Computer but that's supposed to be extremely rare. I think it's the only part left to change.....

- , Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,825 miles

My 2002 ford "piece of crap" windstar dies while i'm driving it. Its a mystery it seems as no mechanic including the Ford dealer can't seem to figure out why this is happening. I have told them all that this all started after the alternator got replaced but that seems to have no bearing on this problem to them. That is not of any importance at all. If anyone might have any ideas as to the solution to this problem please let me know.. I have spent 1000.00 trying to get this fixed and it is still dying.

- , Fwb, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 172008

Windstar SE 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

My problem seems to happen most at 30 mph. when you accelerate. The engine wants to fall on its face. sometimes it dies or the rpms drop low but recovers quickly. it will make a squealing sound from under the hood when it happens. it rarely happens at high speeds but i noticed that cruising at highway speeds it will jerk sometimes.

- , Morris, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 202008

Windstar 3.8ll V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

The battery light came on, so I had it checked it was a bad alternator so I had them replace it. The day after I replaced it my wife was driving it and it the engine died, no power steering or anything she was able to get it off the road. She was able to turn the key off and back forward to start the engine again. It started fine and idles fine but if your driving it slow or at highway speeds it will stall on you without giving you any warning. Does anyone else have this problem. Any Solutions? The shop where they put the alternator said I should have a tune-up plugs, wires, throttle body cleaning, oil change ext. to a sum of $415 and they also said this problem had nothing to do with the Alternator or Battery. I have never had any problems with engine stalling or hesitation or anything like that. Please anyone with any suggestion please help me!!!!!!

- , Penacook, NH, USA