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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,333 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.

2005 Ford Freestar accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 122014


  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the sliding door lock failed and could not be unlocked electronically or manually. The local mechanic stated that the power control module was defective. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I bought my 2005 Ford Freestar in 2005. Almost immediately after buying it we had instances of the power locks not working. The driver door will unlock but the rest will not. We have even had to climb in through the driver door to unlock the back doors by hand then try to get groceries out of the way back through the middle doors. This is also a huge safety concern for me. If I were to get into an accident and be incapacitated and my kids were in the car, they wouldn't be able to open those doors because it keeps them locked even if you push the buttons to open them automatically. I am sick of dealing with this issue. There are so many forums on line where other people have the same problem. This needs to be fixed!

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008


  • 66,000 miles
Twice our 2005 Ford Freestar experienced water leakage through the cowl grill on the hood. After heavy rain in March 2008, the first of several breakdowns and fix attempts occurred, resulting in 3 months out of service, and replacements of the wiring harness, the PCM computer, several other computers and sensors, and the entire transmission, equaling nearly $5,000 in tow, rental car, and repair bills--some of which the dealership talked my insurance to pay for as a "water damage claim." In between, we've had multiple electrical system problems and breakdowns, and then this past March 2009, also during heavy rain, the car experienced the water damage breakdown. This time the water only ruined the PCM computer, but the dealership refused to honor the repairs that were less than 12 months old and we took it to a private licensed repair technician. He found the technical service bulletin online that described the known water leakage problem in some 2005 Freestar models and did the recommended fix twice. In his opinion and in the geico insurance adjusters opinion, this is a serious problem that Ford needs to address. This time we had no coverage for the damage and were out of a vehicle for two months and out of pocket over $3,000. I've begged Ford's corporate offices to take the vehicle back and just let me out of the financing but they refuse due to the number of miles. Also, the attorney general's lemon law office said there were too many miles. In addition to these problems, in 90,000 miles, I've had to replace the rotors now four times because they are warping dangerously. The pads are ok, but the rotors are continually warping and it costs $800 each time to have the brakes fixed.

- Roxbury, NY, USA

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