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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
138,678 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Ford Freestar transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012015

Freestar V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,357 miles


the problem is the recall got fixed and when we got the van back it had no reverse. cant drive that way we have 6 kids and not a lot of money. cant just run out and get a new car. when we talked to the company that fixed the recall they would not help. funny how we sent it there with reverse and we got it back without ford should be ashamed for treating people this way

- , Menominee, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 202015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

Just got a transmission fluid change. They check. Nothing wrong with transmission. Every once in awhile it won't go in reverse, but will roll backwards.

- , Alma, MI, USA

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