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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,507 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.

2004 Ford Freestar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 252006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


: the contact stated in April 2005, the ABS and airbag lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership. The codes were reset and the lights went off. Then, while driving 40 mph on dry roads, a vehicle pulled out in front of the contact. The brake pedal was depressed, but the ABS did not activate. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. There was a police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where it was deemed a total loss. The contact was wearing a seat belt, but sustained a broken ankle and hand, a dislocated shoulder, and a concussion. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the problem with the airbags or antilock brakes.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 252006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply brake pressure at various speeds the vehicle was difficult to stop and the ABS light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection and they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was alerted however no repairs were made.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 092004

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
October 2004 - less than 500 miles on van - brakes went out. Tracklight came on. Van was towed to dealer and they replaced sensor on it. Rakes have gone out again - carried back to same dealership and they could not duplicate problem. Brakes would go down, afraid would not stop, and would finally catch after pumping repeatedly. Problem still occurring March 2005 - carried van to a different dealership. Master cylinder was leaking and was replaced. Brakes gone out again. Carried to dealership April 1, 2005 to leave and check. They drove van all weekend as personal vehicle (without permission), put 500 miles on vehicle but could not duplicate problem.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

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