Ford Windstar owners have reported 26 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train 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.
I went to put the Ford in gear and it would not go into gear any gear, I see there is a lot of complaints on the matter. There should be a recall on this transmission before someone gets hurt or worse.
See all problems of the 2003 Ford Windstar .
I was driving my van. At first the lights beep up for engine and then o/d and then it stops. There was a lot of smoke from the engine and it look like it burns. After that vehicle start but not tacking gear. I found out that transmission went bad.
See all problems of the 1999 Ford Windstar .
On our way to pittsburgh Monday December 16, 2012 for a little outing with our 18 month old son for the day just to get away from allegany county and was traveling westbound on route 40 when all of a sudden my van is traveling in neutral and will not go in any gear. We drifted the vehicle to a side road and called upon my aunt that has aaa. Sure that was not the right thing to do but hey we just bought this vehicle used on 11-4-11 and just received our actual tags on 1-3-12. Were pretty low on extra cash right now to be forking out 250. 00+ for a tow back to our home town. Considering gettin the van back on the roads gonna be half the price of what we paid for the heap to begin with. Absolutely loved the van when I first saw it at the used auto dealers. Clean inside and out and had low miles for the age of the vehicle. Dealer wasn't the best at taking care of the title and tag information as far as forwarding it to the mva so we could get our real tags and title to the vehicle. Had to call him a few days after christmas to get him on the ball and send the required info so we could get our tags since the temporary was about to expire. He acted quickly and had them for us at his shop on the 3rd of January. Now when I do a little research on 2003 Windstars from previous owners at least 80% of them write the same message as what im explaining. ( traveling along the highway all of a sudden without any type of warning boom no gears at all. ) I really wish I would have done some more research before I purchased this van considering way over half of them are junk. Thanks for your time and hopefully action is taken upon these Ford vans and something is done. Thank you.
Premature transmission failure. 105000 miles. Fluid replaced at recommended 60k interval. No indication of transmission problems. Van was parked, started and would not go into gear.
Transmission on the Ford Windstar 2003 goes without warning. In the middle of driving down a major highway it decreased in speed to a stop. The engine rev. Would not go into gear. It is a big problem in these vehicles. . Read more...
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar with 64750 miles. A few days ago my wife went to leave for work and when she put it into gear it would not move in any gear selected. Had my local mechanic look at it and he suspected a transmission problem. The vehicle was taken to aamco for repair and I was told that the transmission had blown up. I had no prior warning to this impending problem and now it is going to cost me $2100. 00 to repair the transmission. I was told by the transmission mechanic that this is a common problem with Ford Windstars and ironically another Windstar was in the shop for the same thing. He said that it is caused by defective parts that are prone to failure. I contacted Ford to see if there was a known problem and any recall on faulty transmission. I was told there was not and basically got the run around and told that there would probably be no help in repairing the transmission. I did further research and see that this is a common and frequent problem with the faulty transmission in the Windstar. Why is there no pressure put on Ford to rectify this problem of defective equipment. I have other vehicles with over 120,000 miles and have not had transmission problems. This should not be happening to a vehicle with only 64750 miles. I want to see Ford made to recall and remedy this problem. There are a lot of people out there that have had the same problem and the same results with Ford. Luckily this happened in the driveway and not on the road. This could have been a very unsafe incident if it had happened on the road.
While making a right hand turn, the van made a noise like it was shifting out of gear, then the car stopped. I had no problems getting the gears to shift before or after. After the van stopped, would not move into any gear. I tried reverse, neutral, drive, d2 and d1 and the car would not move at all.
We were stopped at a stoplight at the corner of 7th Ave. And pike street in downtown seattle. When the light turned green, my husband pressed on the gas pedal. When he did that, we heard a "thunk" noise, and then the gears started grinding and the engine started revving because it would not go into gear. We had to have the vehicle towed back to tacoma to a transmission repair facility.
We were driving on the freeway in ohio without any problems. Upon exiting the freeway we stopped at a stop sign and barely accelerated and the van hesitated and we barely made a slight turn into a gas station when the van would not switch into gear. We managed to nurse it into a parking spot and put it in park and there is where it stayed, unable to shift into any other gear. We were on our way to florida from michigan. The van only had 53091 miles on it and was maintained well. We had the van towed to a dealer and were told the transmission needed to be replaced due to a faulty sun gear. Upon further questioning we were told that something not welded properly just "broke loose" and destroyed the transmission.
While driving and coming to complete stop at a stop sign automatic transmission would not go into gear. Transmission totally failed , only the reverse gear was working. Vehicle was towed to the dealer. Technician indicated they could replace it with a new transmission or rebuilt it at consumer's expense.
See all problems of the 2000 Ford Windstar .
Heard very loud noise, car would not go in gear. Transmission had to be repaired at cost of $2000.
Ford 1998 Windstar power train failure. In Jan 1999, I purchase a used 1998 Ford Windstar. Also paid for a 72 month/60,000 premium care extended warranty. In 2000, the transmission failed almost causing and accident. I brought the vehicle back to the dealer and they replaced the transmission under warranty. After that I brought the vehicle back more than 5 times stating that the new replacement transmission was not working properly. The trans would slip coming out of first gear and bang into 2nd gear. Also, when driving on a highway the car would stall when downshifting coming off an exit. The dealer, springfield Ford, stated that they could not find a problem. On July 18, 2003 the transmission failed while I was driving. The vehicle just stopped and would not go into gear. As a disabled individual this was a major problem and almost caused an accident. With my flashers on, I was able to put the car into neutral, and drive off the road and safely pack it. This seemed strange that I was able to drive the vehicle in neutral. The vehicle was towed to springfield Ford on July 18, 2003. The dealer called and said that my warranty had expired and it would cost $3000. 00 to fix the transmission. I spoke with Ford and the manager at springfield Ford. They stated that my warranty expired in June of 2003. I believe that my warranty is in effect thru 2005. This vehicle has 47,000 miles on it. I believe that a defective transmission was installed in my vehicle. This has created a major safty issue for me and my family. As of today Ford has not offered to fix my car, offer me a loaner car, or offer any resolution to this problem. As a disabled individual, this van is my main transportation and family car. I am still waiting for Ford to offer to fix my car, describe the failure, and provide a solution. At this point I believe that the entire power train needs to be replaced with oem certified new parts installed and paid by Ford motor CO. Thank you
See all problems of the 1998 Ford Windstar .
The vehicle will not engage into gear, can move lever but vehicle will not move.
Consumer states vehicle will not go into gear. Had vehicle towed. Transmission failure.
Consumer applied accelerator at intersection engine revved, but vehicle would not move. Dealer rebuilt transmission. In July 2002, transmission would not shift into gear at start up, again transmission was rebuilt.
Wife was driving vehicle on a 2 lane road with no shoulder at about 45 miles per hour. Transmission all of a sudden would not go into gear. Transmission totally failed. This was about 2 hours after I had picked up the vehicle from the dealership for the same problem. When I picked it up they said they could not duplicate the problem, so there must not be anything wrong.
The vehicle would rev up when the accelerator is applied and would not shift gears until the odometer and speedometers began to work which take about 5 miles drive.
At 70 mph vehicle kept slam shifting into gears, did not know what gear to be in, did this beginning on the highway and continued at any speed.
Vehicle will not go into gear. Dealer has been notified. When the vehicle is backed out from driveway and engaged in drive mode, a loud clunk noise occured. After driving for half a mile the transmission failed.
Vehicle will not shift into gear when on an incline. A recall has been issued on the vehicle's make and model. However this vehicle was not included due to VIN. Dealer has inspected vehicle.
See all problems of the 1996 Ford Windstar .
Automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing slippage in gears and the rpm to go high. Sometimes wont go into gears. Dlr is replacing the transmission. Please provide further information.
Transmission malfunctioning causing vibration, mph sensor failed causing the gears to stick.
After a full stop vehicle will not move in any gears. Problem is intermittent. Engine will still idle like it's in neutral. Dealer can't find what's wrong because won't duplicate.
Automatic transmission has been rebuilt due to the transmission not shifting into gear. After the transmission has been rebuilt consumer noted that overdrive light was illuminating on dash. Due to overdrive light being illminated on dash transmission could wear out again.
When starting out vehicle will pulsate. Feels like it will not catch gears.
Consumer was at a traffic light and went to take off, but vehicle did not move forward. Consumer's husband worked for Ford, and determined it was due to failure of transmission. Vehicle will not move in drive gears due to metal presence in the transmission fluid.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Overdrive Light On problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||