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:
42,333 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 192008


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Freestar. While driving 50 mph he heard a loud sound in the front-end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility and a technician concluded that the front wheel bearings failed. No repairs were made. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 99,000.

- London, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Freestar. While driving 45 mph, the front driver's side tire shook heavily. The contact also heard a very loud noise coming from the engine. She took the vehicle to a mechanic and was informed that a new hub assembly and wheel bearings were needed. Through online research, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 04V446000 (wheels:cap/cover/hub). The manufacturer stated that the warranty was expired on her vehicle and that the recall was never repaired on her vehicle. It was unknown whether or not her VIN was included in the recall. The vehicle has not yet been repaired, but the contact believes that the vehicle should be repaired according to the recall since the failures are identical. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 012007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Freestar. While driving 60 mph, the contact heard a high pitched, whining sound coming from the front of the vehicle. The dealer replaced the front wheel bearings. The failure mileage was 37,000 and current mileage was 41,000. Updated 09/18/07

- Gardiner , NY, USA

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