Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
164,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

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2004 Ford Freestar body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 042016

Freestar SES 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles


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complete corrosion of sub frame

The frame has a big rust hole in it. I'm sure it isn't safe. Ford should recall these things or buy them back..the rust is awful, just like on the third row seating they recalled it for.

- , Waterford, MI, USA

problem #1

May 092013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

While having the 2004 Freestar in for seatbelt recall (which was for corrosion), Ford told me the sub frame was unsafe due to rust (vehicle is ready to fall apart) . The 1999-2003 Windstar was recalled for Sub frame rust, Ford has not done a thing to change this problem that they had with the Windstar except of course get out of the minivan business.

- , Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, canada

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