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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,875 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 miscellaneous problems

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112007

(reported on)


  • miles


2004 Ford Freestar with no rear door sensors. Consumer believes that the rear sliding door should have sensors on the rear of the door. The consumer's son walked towards the rear of the vehicle. Her son grabbed the back edge of the door, which ultimately closed on his fingers. The consumer's son suffered bruised and swollen fingers.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 222005

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Vibration in gas pedal between 20-40 mph & 1500-2000 RPM.... been to 3 dealer, no resolution.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 112005

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My family including 3 small children were in the van travelling home and my husband was in a minor (30 mph) head on collision with only damage to the left front end. A few minutes following the collision the engine of the vehicle caught on fire, within ten minutes the entire front half of the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Everybody we have talked to has said there is no reason the vehicle should have caught on fire due to the collision.

- Reinholds, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152005

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,400 miles
We just purchased a 2004 Ford Freestar. I am 67 and went to get out of the back door and the driver accidentally pushed the button to close the crushed my leg, as there is no way to stop the door. There are no safety switches. Everyone in the car tried to help and the door would not go back. This would have killed a child or my 89 year old mother. There needs to be a recall. My husband has size 14 shoes and when he tried to get out the same door, his knee almost hit the door closing button...and he was watching out for the problem.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

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