Ford Windstar owners have reported 8 problems related to speedometer/odometer failure (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Windstar based on all problems reported for the Windstar.
For a year now we be noticing odometer failure, brake light and abs light coming on. Recently we found out the brakes weren't working at all. Luckily no accidents. I inspected the brake fluid container which was empty. I refilled it and checked around to see for any leaks. I noticed it was leaking at the scds switch. I went online and found a website where they described this to be a common problem and that there was a recall for this. Lucky it hasn't caused any fire like it did by some other owners.
See all problems of the 2000 Ford Windstar.
: the contact stated while driving 25 mph, black smoke emanated from under the hood. Upon stopping the vehicle; the air conditioner, odometer, and speedometer failed simultaneously. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop, where, while the mechanic was replacing a fuse, the cruise control switch caught fire and burned. The mechanic determined the cruise control switch was faulty, and replaced it. There was a NHTSA recall # 05v388000 pertaining to the vehicle speed control. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.
I own a 1997 Ford Windstar gl with 53,000 on the odometer. The speedometer has failed to operate properly. At speeds of 40 mph and above the speedometer fluctuates erratically ranging in shown speeds of 60 to 110 mph. I have done much research and have become aware of thousands of consumer complaints. This is unconscious that Ford is aware of this problem and making a mint off of the consumer out of pocket expense of repair. This should be an immediate safety recall or TSB.
See all problems of the 1997 Ford Windstar.
Speedometer failed. Buzzing sound coming from speedometer. Speedometer swings wildly from 0 to 120 mph. Speedometer not recording actual speed.
See all problems of the 1996 Ford Windstar.
The speedometer has failed on my 1996 Ford Windstar placing my wife and two small children at risk. The service department at tony betten Ford in grand rapids, mi diagnosed the problem on March 7, 2003. Betten reported to me that a disproportionate number of speedometers have failed on 1996 Ford Windstars and 1996 Ford escorts. I was also told by the service department that Ford has not recalled the models because "they (Ford motor company) don't consider a failed speedometer a safety issue. " in my view Ford should recall and pay for repairs. If speedometers aren't a safety issue then why don't we all drive intuitively? under separate cover I am writing my congressman representative vern ehlers so that his office might offer you assistance.
When I exceed 50 mph my speedometer fails to keep accurate speed and it "waves" wildly from 20 - 110 mph. When I contacted my Ford dealership they "had never heard of that before", but when I did a little more research I found at least 50 more complaints. I contacted the Ford motor company directly to see why there had not been a recall on what appears to be a manufacturing defect because all problems of this nature involved only the 96-98 Ford Windstar models. They informed me they knew of the problem but only the NHTSA could initiate a recall. I had never heard of this and I doubt other owners of these vehicles do, either or there would be more complaints. This is a serious problem.
When speed exceeds 40 mph speedometer fails to read vehicle mileage correctly.
The speedometer failed when the vehicle just passes the 30,000 miles. It is bouncing back and forth between the top and bottom of the gauge. Without an accurate speed indicator, it is not save to drive this vehicle on the highway. I think that Ford ought to recall the Windstar failed speedometer ASAP.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Vehicle Speed Control problems||
|Cruise Control problems||
|Car Accelerates On Its Own problems||
|Accelerator Pedal problems||
|Speed Control Linkage problems||
|Speed Control Cable problems||
|Speedometer/odometer Failure problems||
|Speed Sensor problems||
|Accelerator Stuck problems||
|Speed Control Springs problems||