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Ford Windstar Minivan Recall 2011: Model Years

Last year Ford had to recall their Windstar minivans due to an issue with the rear corroding; so comes as a shock that the Detroit Automaker has announced a new round of recalls for 2011. In all there are 525,000 models affected from the years 1993 to 2003, most of which are in the U.S.

TorqueNews reports that 425,000 are to be recalled in the United States, with the other 100,000 in Canada. There are just several hundred Windstar recalls in other countries. This is just as serious as the previous recall, as the corrosion could cause parts of the underneath of the van to separate, which could then result in the loss of steering.

According to Reuters, Ford has said that seven accidents have been reported to them, with five of these resulting in slight injuries; All of these were related to the corrosion issue on the Windstar minivan. It is said that 22 states are affected by this recall, and Ford are now working with the NHTSA over the matter.

The recalls are due to begin by the middle of February, and those who have a Windstar built from 1994 to 2003 will be asked to take their minivan to their local Ford dealer to be inspected. If there is found to be any corrosion, then the dealership will then carry out any necessary repairs.

Are you concerned over this second recall of the Ford Windstar Minivan?

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Valmancini
Valmancini

I own a 2003 Windstar have had both front and back axle recalls repaired, most recently the front and it now makes a horrible humming sound when driving. is there anyone out there with the same problem?

Mike Pennsylvania
Mike Pennsylvania

Took my 2000 Windstar Base Model in yesterday. I have 103,000 miles on it and it has been in a fender-bender, plus paint is peeling and trans shifts rough from first to second gear. The dealer took pics of the sub-frame and emailed them to Ford. Today I got the offer of $3,923 from Ford and gladly accepted it. Ford has me in a 2011 Kia Sorento with no out-of-pocket expense (even paying the damage insurance). I doubt this van was worth $2,000 in present condition, so I'm happy with Ford's response. Yay Ford!

no more fords for me
no more fords for me

Just had my 2001 Windstar in the dealership last week to have both recalls taken care of. The fixed the baxk axle,. They also said they inspected the front sub-frame for the new recall 11S16 and said it was ok also. I went home that evenening and took a look under the van to see what they did to fix the rear axle recall and I noticed that the front subframe around the body mount on the passengers side was completely rusted out to the rubber mount. I took pictures and went back to the same dealer the next day… Read more »

debbie
debbie

took my 2001 for windstar in and it failed the front inspection, they sent me home in a new ford flex loaner, very nice. but the mechanic is not sure when the parts will be in for the repairs he said it could be 4 or 5 months. i would love to drive this ford flex for that long (and so would my kids, they love it). now i'm afraid that my van will be dangerous regardless of this "fix" and don't really want it back. that van was the most reliable car i've ever had and i loved it,… Read more »

Gina
Gina

@ Dill

You don't need a credit card to have a rental from enterprise in fact they don't even ask for your insurance. Since Ford is paying for the van the deposit is made my Ford. You should have been told that by enterprise.

DLL
DLL

but when I called a paralegal and she had the dmv call the dealship in my behalf the dealership told them my van will be ready to pick up tomorrow and it was safe to drive. then I called ford headquarters and they pulled up the service report and said the front frame was cracked. so my question is why did the dealership lie to the dmv? cause they still want me to pick up my van and sign the wavier without giving me a rental I guess.I wanted my van to be fixed so it will be safe but… Read more »

DLL
DLL

I brought my windstar into the dealship for the first rear axle recall in 2010 and they said there was no cracks in the rear they coated it and called me to pick it up and said it was all set to go. I was under the impression it was fixed but recently I got another recall for the front axle so I brought it in for that one then the dealership told me the back axle work wasnt done yet and had to be braced. and the front axle was cracked and my van was grounded and parts wouldnt… Read more »

Debbie
Debbie

My 2000 Windstar went to the dealer 11/3/10, just got the call, it's fixed. My question is how can the axle be cracked and the sub-frame is OK (for how long then) I'm sorta afraid of picking it up. It's been sitting for so long and if I'm lucky the dealer started the van 2 times a month and ran it for 5 min. each time. Now after the winter we've had the 4th worst since they started recording….how are my parts, brakes, hoses, etc….when they brake after running the van for awhile…then what. Fortunately, my inspection is due, so… Read more »

Debbie
Debbie

My 2000 Windstar went to the dealer 11/3/10, just got the call, it's fixed. My question is how can the axle be cracked and the sub-frame is OK (for how long then) I'm sorta afraid of picking it up. It's been sitting for so long and if I'm lucky the dealer started the van 2 times a month and ran it for 5 min. each time. Now after the winter we've had the 4th worst since they started recording….how are my parts, brakes, hoses, etc….when they brake after running the van for awhile…then what. Fortunately, my inspection is due, so… Read more »

Bruce
Bruce

We took our 2000 Windstar w/ towing pkg. to the dealer for the recall Nov. 17, 2010. The dealer kept the van. We did get a rental vehicle and it is a compact. Ford did keep us in a car but we bought the van for our grand kids and towing things. So far (2-18-11) ,no information on the progress to fix the van, no moving my grand kids around and no pulling my trailer. Ford seems to be letting the sleeping dog lay. (The awake dog may be ugly !!!) Now there is a second recall? The Van was… Read more »

Barb
Barb

The dealership has had my Windstar since November 16. They say Ford doesn’t have the parts to fix the rear axle since the suppliers went out of business during the economic downturn of 08-09. That is incredibly frustrating, though I’m glad they are being proactive about this danger.

Larry
Larry

My dealer still has my van since it was determined unsafe to drive. I am finishing my third month with a rental car too small for my needs. I have been told they have only reached the 2000 year for buyout offers and mine is a 2003. They can give me no information on when or if parts will arrive for the rear axle. Now this new recall threatens even more delays. They should be offering us an Edge or an Explorer for a rental as these somewhat compare with the Windstar. Ford apparently had a better idea years ago… Read more »

nicole
nicole

Dealers were supposed to get some info on the recall by January 31st according to the info I have seen. My 99 windstar is currently being held by the dealer because it failed this recall. They finally relented and gave me a rental car, after initially telling me I was going to be given back my "safe to drive" van until Ford decided what to do with it. The info I have seen says they are considering buying back the vans that fail the recall…

James
James

I just called the dealship and asked about the new recall since they are still holding our van since Dec for the axel recall….they said they dont have the details or specs yet……..they have had our van for over a month now and yes we have a renta. Butl they have not contacted us or updated us once. We just purchased our 2001 last June and our making payments on it …what is a solution for us Ford. I have 5 children and our rental doesnt come close to fitting my family!

Berto
Berto

They have not fixed my car from the last recall. May suggest a buyback option

Darlene
Darlene

yes, I am. They didn't even fix the last rear axle problem on my car yet.

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