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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Freestar was introduced in 2004, but it was essentially just a rebranded Windstar. While there was a redesign of the interior and exterior, the Freestar still inherited some of the design flaws of its predecessor.

3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 112008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Backdoor won't unlock and now door won't close or lock.

- Lebanon, ME, USA

problem #5

May 082007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
The latch on the rear of the van has rusted closed on three separate occassions. It is presently rusted shut and the back hatch doesnt open as a result. There is a recall on the third row seat due to water leakage from the rear tire well. This has to be related as the carpet throughout the van gets wet. Even the front drivers seat where it attaches to the floor is soaked, posibly leaking from front tire well.and all the way down the interior of the car to the third row. There is also a short in the dash lights due to water leaking into the dash area. The car radio stays on when it feel like it and you have to hit the drivers window button for the radio to shut off otherwise it drains the battery and the car will not start. The car was at the electrical shop a year ago and could not find the problem.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 012011

Freestar

  • miles
Letter from senator grassley on behalf of constituent problem with the locking mechanism for rear seat of his 2004 Ford Freestar the locking mechanism for the rear seat rusted from the inside.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 112010

Freestar

  • 114,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the front axle assembly detached from the vehicle while in a residential driveway. The vehicle had not been involved in a collision or road hazard. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who repaired the vehicle. Later, the rear cargo door latch became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Hawthorn Woods , IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 222010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
2004 Ford Windstar intermittent problem with driver's side passenger door automatic retraction feature. Automatic door will start to close or open when passengers are entering or exiting vehicle and will not retract. Once door open with-out warning while vehicle in motion.

- Oakdale, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 262008

Freestar

  • 102,000 miles
Bought van in June 2007 nothing but problems since. Replaced battery within 2 months of purchase. Replace O2 sensors 3 times and need done again. Replaced transmission, radiator, egr valve, brakes 4 times, tie rod 2 times, calibers 2 times, rotors 3 times, fuel line, you name it, we have had to fix it. Nothing but problems. We have spent close to 8K since Feb 2008 on this vehicle and we can not get Ford to help us at all. Now the axles need replaced as well as sensors again. The dvd player quit working after 4 months, driver side heated seats quit working after 4 months. Back passenger door sometimes won't open or unlock and sometimes it won't close when you try to close it. This vehicle has put my family in serious harm and we almost got into major accident do to most of the issues ie transmission stalled on interstate and had no warning at all. Worst vehicle of all times. I can not trade in becasue I owe over 11K on this piece of crap. Ford needs to refund me all of my money and suffering as well. I have thought about suing them for damages and selling this crap to us especially with 3 small children and having to travel to see family due to husband being a marine and always being deployed. Almost missed seeing my grandpa for the last time before he did back in Sept because of the transmission. This vehicle needs to be off of the roads forever. All of them. Everyone that we know that has these vehicles have the same problems as us.

- Ft. Meade, MD, USA

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