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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,608 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced faulty parts (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Ford Freestar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 122016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


okay...I cannot get my car into gear AGAIN!! I had the ecm replaced in Jan of 2015 and it worked fine for the last it is doing the exact same thing AGAIN! I cannot afford to keep putting in 1700.00 to fix it every time it fries the ecm. Ford needs to look at a better way of protecting their customers. They need to do a recall on this part as it just keeps happening!

- , Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 172012

Freestar SEL 3.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

PCM continues to have problems from rain. Crawls home every time it happens and then the dealer can't find anything wrong but are glad to take my money for the testing.

- , Faribault, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011

Freestar Limited 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

Vehicle began to drive very roughly, loss of engine power at times, would cut out, idling was rough, and odd metal clanging type of noise heard. First auto mechanic (smaller engine/tire type of shop) attempted to fix the issue, but ended up sending me on to Ford because this shop didn't have the correct tools to fix the issue which was the PCM. What had leaked into the area causing computer issues. This shop sent me on to Ford, but not without charging me $300 for their diagnosis. Ford confirmed what the small shop stated which was that it was a fried "motherboard," and required a new PCM, flashing of the computer chip, and so on.

After this was fixed, it ran somewhat better (~$750 later), but still had idling issues and cut out and the engine light was on again within three days of fixing this. I took it back to Ford advising the check engine light was back on. Ford said it was a cam shaft sensor. So, a month or two later, I dropped another $300 roughly for a new cam shaft sensor.

The engine light came back on within the week, and I telephoned Ford again complaining the light's back on, the idling still isn't stable, and requested input on what's going on, why they can't fix this issue. Ford advised it could be the cam shaft sensor synchronizer, something along this line. They also advised it would cost around $350. I told them forget it, I'll drive it like it is.

In 2013, there was a recall on the torque converter. I completed the recall at the same Ford dealership (Sioux Falls Ford). When I drove my van home that night, the first thing I noticed was a louder than normal engine and idling seemed higher than it should be, like I was driving a large engine pick-up now. They messed my steering column up, so I requested they fix this issue but the idling issues and louder than normal engine continues.

- , Hartford, SD, USA

problem #2

May 212013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

While my husband was on his way home from work he came upon a red light. When the light turned green again he attempted to accelerate but the van would not move. He turned the ignition off and then on again and the van still would not move. All of this occurred without any warning, no lights flashing or any kind of unusual sounds. After having it towed to the dealer we purchased the vehicle from we were told that the van had an electrical problem that needed to be handled at the Ford dealer. Now what I have been told is that the Electronic Computer Module was the problem and needed to be replaced. This repair cost us $1200 dollars after having the van for just under five months. We are paying close to $13,000 for this van and were not able to drive it safely for at least six months without repair. Someone should protect the consumer a little better than they are. This is devastating for my family considering this is our first vehicle and we are still inexperienced with the was dealers prey on their potential customers, Ford should be ashamed of how they treat the people who are the one's who keep them in business. I think people should take a stand to refrain from purchasing Ford vehicles until they take consumer safety seriously. There should also be a law which states that any used car dealer disclose recall information to the potential buyer before a contract is entered into. The type of problem that we have could have ended in serious injury or death had this happened on the highway. Now since I am discussing this issue with friends and relatives they all have the same thing to say FORD stands for Found On-side of Road Dead. I wish I knew this before my purchase. There are so many people out here who have been swindled by this company and its incompetence.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 202011

Freestar SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 231,038 miles

ford knows that this van is a piece of sh*t, they screwed up the electrical box, placed it under a wet windshield wiper area, and put a sh*tty lid on it...morale is they have water shorting out all the electrical and are doing nothing to fix it...

- , West Branch, MI, USA

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