Transmission Failure problems of the 2000 Ford Windstar - part 1

39 problems related to transmission failure have been reported for the 2000 Ford Windstar. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2000 Ford Windstar based on all problems reported for the 2000 Windstar.

car   Transmission Failure problem 1
Failure Date: 05/03/2017

Complete transmission failure after od light is flashing. From my research , this is a common widespread problem and Ford should recall these transmissions. It is very dangerous to have a vehicle suddenly stop accelerating when driving at high speed or when pulling into traffic. I was pulling onto a busy highway at night when my transmission failed.

car   Transmission Failure problem 2
Failure Date: 01/20/2016

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the engine and the transmission failed. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the vehicle was extremely corroded from the front of the vehicle to the rear, which caused the engine and transmission to separate from the sub frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

car   Transmission Failure problem 3
Failure Date: 11/21/2009

As typical with Ford Windstars my 2000 Ford Windstar transmission malfunctioned in the middle of driving on a major roadway almost causing a severe accident that would have injured me and my wife and three kids and the occupants of the other vehicle. There are several complaints about Ford Windstar transmissions failing and this is not the first transmission to fail in our vehicle. The costly repair for what seems like a problem with numerous Windstar vans should be the responsibility of Ford this issue could kill someone if a failure was to occur on a major interstate when vehicles are traveling at high rates of speeds and drivers do not have time to react to a sudden transmission blowout. This is a very serious safety issue that occurs without warning and Ford should be held responsible especially after they received stimulus money from all of us taxpayers. They should be held responsible for their junk. This will be the second transmission replaced the first one was replaced by a Ford rebuild which is the one that failed. With a pricetag of over $2000. 00 that's hard on people who live paycheck to paycheck.

car   Transmission Failure problem 4
Failure Date: 06/30/2009

Transmission failed in the loading zone at the airport. Towed to local transmission repair shop; advised that cost to replace with a used transmission would be $2800. Current blue book for this vehicle is $2125 in fair condition.

car   Transmission Failure problem 5
Failure Date: 05/12/2009

Ford Windstar 2000, transmission failure in the middle of a busy highway. I am 55 years old and have a bad back and had to risk my life to push this vehicle off the road so I would not get hit by traffic on a rainy evening! luckily, my aged mother was not in the car at the time. . Read more...

car   Transmission Failure problem 6
Failure Date: 05/01/2009

Transmission failure, pulling on to roadway from gas station , Windstar made it 10 feet, snap, bang then stuck in middle of street, cars around ended up on grass but no accident. Re tried to move nothing car only has reverse, now after searching the web finding out very common problem with Ford Windstar, someone will get hurt / killed from this problem,and Ford knows all about it, now I have to spend 3000. 00 on a new transmission, for a 50. 00 part deep inside the trans just breaks when it breaks. . . . . That obviously has a factory defect that is being ignored, just like the ( tfi module recall of the late 90's).

car   Transmission Failure problem 7
Failure Date: 01/18/2009

Ford Windstar 2000 - transmission failed at 110,000 and rumor is that Ford knew these were weak but installed them anyway. Power steering pump failed three times between 60,000 and 100,000. Power steering pistons each failed around 80,000. Heater/air conditioning air flapper failed - replacement was $1500 installed. Sliding door release stuck at 80,000. The car is a junkstar. I'll never buy another Ford - they build with plastic and lightweight junk and they just fail - fail - fail.

car   Transmission Failure problem 8
Failure Date: 12/11/2008

Automatic transmission failure when stopped at intersection went to accelerate and main drive gear failed. Lost all forward drive gears only reverse gear worked. This latest automatic transmission failure occurred at 87,736 miles on 12-11-2008. Automatic transmission failed earlier on same vehicle at 42,130 miles on 12-3-2004. Both times main drive gear separated from drive cup according to my transmission shop. Transmission required a complete re-build both times. Transmission shop indicated this is common design issue with Ford Windstars and looking at NHTSA web site there are a lot more folks suffering from this Ford design issue. Have the 3. 8 l 6 cylinder engine in this van. Us consumers should file a class lawsuit against Ford for their failure to re-call this known design issue. Have drive gear part that failed if NHTSA would like to analyze part. I will never by another Ford product and advise no one else to buy one. Had talked with Ford on 1st occurrence and Ford refused to stand by their product since it was outside of the 3yr / 36,000 mile warranty. Know wonder why the american auto companies are becoming history. . . .

car   Transmission Failure problem 9
Failure Date: 10/20/2008

Transmission failure.

car   Transmission Failure problem 10
Failure Date: 04/24/2008

While at a complete stop in my 2000 Windstar I accelerated to cross a busy highway and heard a loud clunk. The transmission failed and left me to drift into cross traffic where I was almost hit by a mack truck. I swerved in an almost u-turn like fashion and was able to pull to the side of the highway next to the road I had originated from. This is the third transmission to fail in this vehicle. The first failed at about 37,000 miles. Luckily I had purchased an extended warranty so the dealership fixed it but they made me produce my original contract to prove I had the extended warranty. The second time was about 15 months ago, after Ford's refusal to help I took it to aamco and I paid $2800 to repair. After being referred to this website I was astounded at how many people have had the same experience. I was almost killed this morning, when is enough enough?.

car   Transmission Failure problem 11
Failure Date: 05/26/2007

2000 Ford Windstar transmission failure due to sheared off sun gear in ax4s transmission. Failure occurred as vehicle was being accelerated from a dead stop into heavy cross traffic. All forward gears inoperative as van then slowly came to a stop in the middle of cross traffic. After a bit of panicking to figure how to get out of traffic we found that the reverse gear still functioned. Pulled vehicle without accident out of traffic.

car   Transmission Failure problem 12
Failure Date: 06/10/2006

Transmission failure 2000 Ford Windstar. I have a Ford Windstar a couple weeks out of warranty and the transmission failed. I had complained to the dealer about acceleration problems before and now they are telling me they are not going to cover it. I believe they stalled until the warranty was out so they would not have to repair the problem. I looked online and found that Ford has had a history of transmission problems with the Windstar. This is something that should of been taken care of by the manufacturer.

car   Transmission Failure problem 13
Failure Date: 02/02/2005

My wife was stopped at a stoplight. Light turned green, she went to make a left hand turn. About half way thru the turn, there was a loud clunk. At that point my wife could only coast thru the intersection. Stepping on the accelerator did nothing. Had van towed and looked at. Transmission failed. Mileage at 72,000.

car   Transmission Failure problem 14
Failure Date: 02/02/2004

My complaint is with my 2000 Ford Windstar. In approx. June of 2003(don't have exact date because vehicle is at dealership), with no warning my transmission failed. Had it towed to dealership where purchased. Easy care warranty refused claim due to fact transmission was flushed 1000 miles past recommendation. Dealership nor Ford motor CO. Provided no help. Had vehicle towed to local mechanic for repair. Local mechanic documented that transmission had no impact on failure. Cost of repair was approx. $2100. In Jan. 2004, engine light came on. Local mechanic ran diagnosis and stated it must be repaired by Ford dealer. Stated that drivability was ok. Took into dealership today, Feb. 2, 2004. Once again, easy care refused claim because it was a poorly designed part and they were aware of this. Once again, Ford motor CO. Was no help. Stated that vehicle's warranty had expired. Per easy care, there is a revised valve cover that has better baffling system. Ford has a design flaw. Ford will not stand behind their parts, therefore, the warranty is meaningless and the customer must pay for poor design??!! the repair will cost in excess of $700. I would like Ford to incur the cost of repair due to acknowledgment of defective design.

car   Transmission Failure problem 15
Failure Date: 01/16/2004

Transmission failed. I was in heavy traffic, I stopped to let another auto pass. I was not able to move my car. The rear sun gear drum broke in two pieces, which was the cause of failure. Total cost $2,426. 79 note: I have broken pieces. Many failures for 2000 to 2002.

car   Transmission Failure problem 16
Failure Date: 12/08/2003

Vehicle could only go backwards as a result of transmission failure. The vehicle was purchased as is therefore the transmission was not cover under any warranty.

car   Transmission Failure problem 17
Failure Date: 10/15/2003

Nature of failure: transmission failure vehicle: 2000 Ford Windstar lx 73,000 miles. Date of failure: October 22, 2003 cost of repair plus towing: 2,178. 00.

car   Transmission Failure problem 18
Failure Date: 09/29/2003

While driving at 65 mph automatic transmission failed.

car   Transmission Failure problem 19
Failure Date: 09/27/2003

Transmission failure.

car   Transmission Failure problem 20
Failure Date: 09/17/2003

Transmission ax4s failed at stoplight. Gear was sheared off drum. Vehicle had 50,623 miles when failure occurred. Transmission was overhauled at a cost of $2037. 92.

car   Transmission Failure problem 21
Failure Date: 08/20/2003

Complete transmission failure with only 48,000 miles.

car   Transmission Failure problem 22
Failure Date: 07/26/2003

While attempting to make a left hand turn at stop sign I heard a "clunck" and could not drive forward. After a few cars drove around me and my young children someone finally stopped to push my Windstar into a parking lot that was close by. I needed to have the van towed and was told the transmission needed to be replaced. I have 37200 miles on this vehicle and it is not quite 4 years old. As angry as I am I also have to be thankful that this sudden transmission failure didn't happen just 2 weeks earlier when my family and I were on vacation in virginia. I am looking to Ford at this time to have my vehicle fixed with assistance through a "goodwill" program so far I have not been successful. I also understand that this is a common problem that Ford seems to be aware of.

car   Transmission Failure problem 23
Failure Date: 07/25/2003

Sudden transmission failure at 34,000 miles. No warning. All forward gears failed. Manufacturer offering "secret warranty. " problem appears to be common to all Windstars as far back as 1994.

car   Transmission Failure problem 24
Failure Date: 07/18/2003

Automatic transmission failure twice. First failure at 29k mile in October 2001. Transmission was repaired under warranty. Second transmission failure was at 56k vehicle miles but only 27k miles on rebuilt transmission. Both failures occurred without warning. Second failure is 3k miles outside of 2yr/24k warranty provided by Ford. I believe sudden transmission failure is a severe safety issue.

car   Transmission Failure problem 25
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

Transmission failure. Remanufactured transmission installed. As well as new tie rods.

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