Ford Windstar - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Windstar owners have reported a total of 11,623 problems for their cars built in the 10 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Ford Windstar. The 2001 Ford Windstar cars have the most problems reported (1,888 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Ford Windstar

Model Year Number of Problems
  2005 Windstar
2
  2004 Windstar
29
  2003 Windstar
1,718
  2002 Windstar
1,539
  2001 Windstar
1,888
  2000 Windstar
1,821
  1999 Windstar
1,582
  1998 Windstar
1,448
  1997 Windstar
191
  1996 Windstar
1,385

  Common problems of Ford Windstar

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Ford Windstar cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (2,384 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,513 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Windstar

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Service Brakes
2,384
  Power Train
1,513
  Suspension
1,483
  Electrical System
1,356
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,046
  Structure
951
  Vehicle Speed Control
477
  Steering
468
  Air Bag
216
  Equipment
212
   
  Wheel
210
  Visibility
193
  Gasoline Fuel System
155
  Latches/locks/linkage
145
  Unknown Or Other
140
  Tire
131
  Exterior Lighting
104
  Seat Belt
95
  Electronic Stability Control
81
  Seats
64
  Parking Brake
59
  Interior Lighting
44
  Other Fuel System
43
  Child Seat
21
  Air Brake
19
  Traction Control System
13

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Ford Windstar of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Windstar model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Ford Windstar model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Windstar Model Years

Windstar
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2003 1,718144,87816    
0.74
  2002 1,539142,17517    
0.64
  2001 1,888177,51518    
0.59
  2000 1,821229,83019    
0.42

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Ford Windstar is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2004 Windstar
1
  2003 Windstar
36
  2002 Windstar
35
  2001 Windstar
49
  2000 Windstar
93
  1999 Windstar
80
  1998 Windstar
117
  1997 Windstar
8
  1996 Windstar
60


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