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.

CarComplaints.com 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.

9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,865.00
Average Mileage:
105,947 miles
Total Complaints:
44 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. ford needs a recall (12 reports)
  2. replaced with rebuilt transmission (8 reports)
  3. replaced with rebuilt transmission $2800 (8 reports)
  4. not sure (6 reports)
  5. replace transmission (3 reports)
  6. minimum: replace torque converter. maybe rebuild tran (2 reports)
2004 Ford Freestar transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Oct 182010

Freestar 3.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Had no other vechile to drive to work had to fix it but it took a while as i had to get another vechicle to drive and wait to get the money to fix it.

- , Wellsville, NY, USA

problem #3

May 062011

Freestar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I will never buy a Ford again. Apparently this is a known issue with Freestars.

- , Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 232011

Freestar SEL 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Ford ought to be ashamed. This problem is very well documented and is an obvious and blatent design deficiency. I called the dealer and ford's customer service and told them if they do not rectify this then the 2004 frestar will be my family's and many a freestar owners last ford purchase. A transmission should easily last the life of the vehicle, not completely self destruct with absolutely no warning at less than 80K. ITS OUTRAGEOUS. - I SEE THAT A LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED ON BEHALF FOR ALL OF THE VICTIMS OF FREESTAR TRANSMISSION IMPLOSIONS, so relief may be on the way soon! To all fellow victims of ford's defective transmissions- find a good transmission shop that knows about the problem because they have nothing to hide and will use the best available aftermarket parts, not the substandard fmc transmission parts. They will charge you a lot less too. ( $1500 less roughly than the ford dealers quote).

- , Westfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 232010

Freestar SEL

  • 81,000 miles

Thank you Ford for standing by your products! Anybody currently driving a 2004/2005 Freestar be warned. Your transmission if it has not already failed will. Those in the market for a used van beware! Driving home @ 35mph van lost all power....like the transmission just slammed into neutral. Real safe felling trust me. Thank god it was near a residential area so the van could coast to a stop safely. Imagine complete transmission failure on the freeway like so many others experience. Est repair for a rebuilt transmission..$2800.

- , Powell, OH, USA

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