Recall Alert: 1999-2003 Ford Windstar


Ford is recalling 425,288 Windstar minivans from the 1999-2003 model years because corroded parts could lead to reduced steering control, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were originally sold or currently registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
A separation of the front lower control arm rear attaching bracket could cause the lower control arm to separate from the vehicle’s subframe, resulting in reduced steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will inspect the brackets and the subframe and make necessary repairs at no charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 14. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Dave Lee | January 28, 2011 | Comments (7)
Tags: Ford, Recalls



By now, the very few Windstars that are still on the road could have been registered in other states and re-sold; especially with a 10+ year old car. Hopefully the cost for repairing each Windstar in the recall doesn't exceed it's book value.

Dan Arnold

I want to personally thank Ford for our pos Windstar. The ac and trans both went out at 68K and we've never looked back since. We did what we said we would never do and that was buy Japanese. We are now on our second Odyssey and recently bought an Accord and a CRV. Our only regret is that we didn't make the change sooner.


This on top of the rear axle recall thats yet to be taken care of.This just proves,if you were in the minivan market back then,and bought anything else but the original...the Chrysler minivan,you are still kicking yourself today.Ford Winjunk? Chevy Lumina/Venture/Uplander? No thanks...

Scumbag Giochi

The scumbag spammers are also too common lately. Something you know a lot about.

Mike Pennsylvania

Took my 2000 Windstar w/ 103,000 miles, peeling paint, fender-bender damage, rough-shifting transmission, etc... to the dealer yesterday. Today, they gave me $3,923 to abandon it. Gladly accepted it. Yay Ford!


March 12, 2011, I dropped off my 1999 Ford Windstar with only 37,000 miles to the dealer for the recall and was placed in a Nissan Altima (newer & nicer), however, it did not have enough room for my family. On April 27, 2011, I was told that my van could not be repaired and that Ford would buy it back. I have $3,700 & no vehicle… I am pissed!!! My van was in perfect shape minus the front subframe corrosion. This recall is a manufacturer defect and the buy back just isn’t enough!! We should have been offered an additional $3,000 dollars toward another Ford vehicle. I am highly disappointed with the resolution of the recall… I was a loyal Ford Customer and this is how we are treated!!!


Took my 2001 with 210k miles in about 2 months ago, and they replaced something in my cruise that went out ( which was also a recall), the rear axle (which was corroded through to the point of replacement), and re-enforced my front sub frame. Didn't pay a penny, and they didn't offer to buy it from me. Like I said, the van has 210k, original motor and tranny, and the only thing i've ever done to it since new is replace an alternator. Win some lose some I guess. I like the van.

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