We bought a used 2001 Ford Windstar from a supposedly reputable dealer
about 9 months ago. This is our first mini-van and thus far we have loved
it. However, about 3 weeks ago it started to have a problem. I will do my
best to describe it:
When starting the car will turnover and then stall either imediately or
when gas is applied. This will occur with-in 1-20 seconds after ignition
is turned. When it doesn't stall immediately you can hear the engine
cycling (only way to describe) and the battery (looks like a batter and is
red) flashes on the dash almost in cycle with the sound in the engine.
Ok, now here is where it gets weird. If you are persistent and try
starting anywhere for 1-2 dozen times, eventually it starts and runs fine.
It will then continue to start and run fine for a while.
The first time this happend the car had sat for an hour and was cold.
The second time, about 5 days later, I had driven for about 45 mins,
stopped, let it sit for about 10 mins.
Then I took it to the dealer (who I don't like at all right now) Who kept
it for 9 days, and tells me the "computer" reads no faults and that they
can fine nothing wrong with it. The reason they kept it so long was so
that they could try to replicate the problem. They say they couldn't.
So, I got it back on a Friday Night.
Saturday morning, myself, my 4 year old, my husband and our dog all found
ourselves stranded with the same thing happening. I opted to call the
dealer and have them tow the car rather than get it running again. My
thought was since they couldn't duplicate the problem I would give them
the problem fresh. (This occured on Memorial Day weeked). This morning,
I got a call from the dealer saying the car started and again there is no
I can find no listing describing a similar problem.
Has anyone heard of or seen a similar problem?
Any advice would be great. This our first and very last used car. I've
never run into anything like this (probably been lucky) and I have no idea
what to do.
Thank you in advance for any info you can provide.