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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,784 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 #9

Aug 142014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the third row seat made unusual noises when occupied by a passenger. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the third row seat latch striker was corroded and rusted inside out. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #8

Dec 282014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Discovered that the 3rd row seat was loose. Looking closer found that the U shaped bolt the seat attached to was loose and that the wheel well, where the bolt connects, had corroded. Found that Ford does have a recall on this problem but it does not cover Kentucky where I live. It does cover all of the states North of Kentucky. I feel that Ford should cover all states since this is a safety concern.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #7

Nov 162014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 100,560 miles
The third row seat latch that was attached to the rear wheel well has completely rusted through. The plate with the 3rd row attachment point on the driver side tire well completely fell out leaving a 8-10" hole in the wheel well. There is an existing recall for this but only in certain states. I live in Kansas which is not included. Why this is I do not understand. What does it matter what state you live in? if it is a defect, it is a defect no matter where the car is.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #6

Apr 122013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 152,500 miles


2005 Ford Freestar was recalled for torque convertor, third row seat latch. Less than one year later (March 2014) the same problem occurred with the torque convertor.

- Port Republic, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestar and noticed the third seat came loose. When I looked into it I found that the wheel well around the reinforcement plate had rusted completely out on the driver side for fear of this being a common problem and the fact that the third seat is mostly used by children I decided to report it. It appears to me that the plate on the out side must not sealed after being welded together allowing rust to start forming immediately after vehicle was put into service by manufacturer. I have pictures of the wheel well.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 082012


  • miles
The driver side wheel well is rusting out and the front mount of the third row seat is detaching from the body.

- Rock Islnd, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 052011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Support bars in driver's seat started coming through cushion & jabbing driver in the back. Vehicle has 49,000 miles on it. Only able to drive vehicle for approx. 15 minutes at a time due to the discomfort from the support bars.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While pulling out of the driveway he heard a squeaking noise coming from the drivers seat. When he looked under the seat he found a loose metal bracket. The warranty company was contacted; however, the warranty doesn't cover manufacturer defects. The dealer advised the contact that presently there were no recalls for the seat failure. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnose. The current mileage is 78,000 the failure mileage was 73,000. Updated 4/16/08 updated

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #1

May 132006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while stopped at a traffic light, another vehicle rear ended the contact at an estimated speed of 40-45mph. This resulted in the contact rear ending a vehicle. There were three occupants in the contact's vehicle, the driver; the contact who was seated in the passenger seat, and an occupant in the rear seat on the driver's side. During the accident the seat belt webbing spooled, allowing the occupants to move forward. As a result, the seatbelts did not lock causing injuries to all occupants. The driver made contact with either the steering wheel or the corner of the door causing a neck sprain. The passenger's right shoulder made contact with the dashboard causing injury. The rear passenger received bruising to the toe. Immediately following the accident after exiting the vehicle, all seats were observed in the reclined position. All occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital for observation. A police report was filed at the scene of the accident. The vehicle was towed to a towing yard and later returned to the rental Agency.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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