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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,097 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 #4

Jun 152009

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 70 mph with the cruise control activated, the engine began to rev excessively high. The contact deactivated the cruise control and depressed the accelerator pedal, but there was no response. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. Roadside assistance was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. They stated that the transmission intake shaft was cracked. The transmission was replaced. The failure and current mileages were 103,000. Updated 08/04/09 updated 08/05/09.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 082007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving with cruise control on in a 2004 Ford Freestar. Tap brake to release cruise control. Once I was ready to accelerate again, I tried to push the gas pedal. However the gas pedal was all the way to the floor and I had a loss of acceleration power. I could not accelerate and had to pull off the highway. Once the car was inspected, it was found that a plastic clip came off of the gas pedal. Vehicle was taken in for repairs. An entire throttle panel was order to fix the problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Freestar will not shift out of park and cruise control is hard to disengage. Initially this was an intermittent problem but recently it had been more frequent. This problem only occurred during very damp and/or cool weather. The dealer was unable to determine if this was an electrical or brake problem.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 202005

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,388 miles
Driver was operating a 2004 Ford Freestar van on 9/20/05. This vehicle is equipped with a transmitter, receiver style cruise control. He was behind a dump truck when suddenly his cruise control activated, which caused sudden acceleration, almost causing him to rear end the truck. The cruise control transmitter was removed from this van several months ago. I feel another motorist activated their cruise control, which activated our company's van cruise control. How many frequency codes did Ford use with this dangerous set up for cruise control?

- Toledo, OH, USA

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