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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,833 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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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 292008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


I have had recurring problems with my automatic rear doors. The door on the driver side does not always close properly and when I back up the door ajar light comes on. The passenger rear door does not open with the overhead button all the time, it does not seem to unlock. I have had it in the shop several times (at least 6 or more) and most of the time they say they can't duplicate the problem even though they have seen the door not close properly before. They ordered parts and said it was "fixed" but I'm still having the problem and again they say they can not duplicate the problem. I have explained to them that my toddler sits in the seat behind me and it is dangerous when I'm backing out and the door opens!!!! the dealership said they have contacted Ford and they have not had any reports of this kind of problem, however I have found several complaints over the internet. My other problem, that they also say they can't duplicate, is that when I'm driving about 45 mph on a dry surface that the van starts jerking. They told me my tires need rotating, I told them I knew that was not the cause and not to rotate the tires. About 1 month later I replaced 2 of the tires and had the front tires rotated to the back and the new tires put on the front and again, I was driving down the road about 45 mph and the van started jerking again. My son was in the car and thought the van was about to fall apart.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
After reading a complaint on your site from another concerned consumer, I would like to mention the issues that are recurring with our minivan. Our automatic doors do not stop closing once an object is placed in their way. This has resulted in a number of bumps, bruises, and scares. We are forced to push our children out of the way if they accidentally hit the "door close" button on the door, because I am physically unable to stop the door from closing, and my husband, who is a 230 lbs. Former body builder has to physically jam the door back open to prevent it from closing. I have brought the car to the original dealer on numerous occasions, because I was told there is a safety feature in place to prevent it from closing on someone and causing injury. Even the salesperson was unable to get the door to stop closing on him. We sent the car to the service center for fixing and we were told there is nothing wrong with the door. Again, I read this same complaint from another concerned mother and consumer on your site, and I feel this issue should be looked into immediately. I am certain this issue could injure someone significantly, if it hasn't already.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012004

Freestar 8-cyl

  • miles
The electric sliding door will open about a foot, and it will stick. The brakes are like sponges. Consumer states he has to completely depress the brake pedal to the floor before the vehicle will stop. Consumer contacted Ford three times for these issues.

- North Street, MI, USA

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