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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,032 miles

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2005 Ford Freestar electrical problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #59

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 #58

Mar 072014


  • miles
I have had an issue with it dying and stalling out and not wanting to move.... after 3 trips in a month to the dealership they finally found the problem, it was the PCM module..... I called Ford Motor Company and informed them that after doing research online that I have noticed that this is a major issue with many owners..... they said that if enough people call in and inform it will get addressed by if you are having this problem or have had it please call in. Keep your receipts for any repairs done due to this and if there is a recall and hopefully it will be before someone dies due to it. We will be reimbursed for our repair costs.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #57

Mar 222014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 55,439 miles
Driving at approximately 35mph the vehicle started stalling out and would not shift properly. Fortunately was able to safely coast to side of road. Had vehicle towed to conway Ford in conway, SC. Needed new power control modular (PCM) due to water leaking through windshield cowling and shorting out connections to PCM. Created a potentially dangerous situation with vehicle stalling out while in motion. Research has revealed this to be a very common problem with this vehicle that is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed by Ford Motor Company with a recall.

- Eastport, ME, USA

problem #56

Feb 022012


  • 120,000 miles


When is the NHTSA going to get serious with Ford on forcing them to issue a recall on the PCM that shuts down the engine and puts the driver and passengers in a death vehicle. This is a known issue all over the internet as well as any master certified Ford technician.the PCM is under the cowling where the water settlers and get electrically wicked into the PCM shutting it down at any time under load in traffic freeway speeds.just want to know if people have to die before something happens with a wildly known defect we bought this vehicle brand new because of the safety rating at the time for transportations our special needs son, I sure hope this issue doesn't end up with a death of my wife and children due to, the lack of concern from the NHTSA. Waiting for a timely response and resolve.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #55

Nov 042013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My wife had just left work. On a very busy street the van up and died. Restarted it and had no power to get up to speed. Kept shutting down. Managed to get in to a parking lot. Had it towed to the dealership. At first was told it was the transmission. Now, they say it is the PCM. PCM has been on back order for some time. Ford said it was shipped on Nov. 13 2013. Called the dealership on the following Friday and no part. No was told that there is an even longer wait time for the PCM. Having a aftermarket PCM installed. Two weeks without our van is long enough. Hope to have it back on Friday the 22nd of 2013. Have talked to Ford customer care, they know there is a problem. Have read that the seal under the cowling lets go and water will drip down onto the PCM connection and mess up the PCM.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #54

Jul 202013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
The situation is very danger, the problem with the PCM issues, that share bad information with any other component in use, engine, transmission, lights, ac system, low battery or not turn on even with new battery, and the wires and connectors clean. The most dangerous is just stop running in middle of traffic, or some mechanic did not have idea about the problem, even the sarasota Ford mechanics. A few weeks a go I left the car for 2 days, present in my opinion transmission mal-function, after they charge me $140, no problems solved, and they say the technician report : needs engine work before transmission diagnostics. Needs cam syncro assy.(fix whinning noise) I agree ok. Need a sensor asy "?????? connect a little metal wire on top engine (they call bush.....??") after that all the problems still happening all the time. If you have any answer about all this, or place to go and get a real inspection and report. From now and forever, thank you very much.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #53

Jul 152013


  • 68,000 miles


In the morning the vehicle battery had been drained and we had it towed to the dealer. They replaced the alternator. We picked it up and the check engine light came on. They said it was the mass air flow sensor and replaced it. Two weeks went by and one day the vehicle wouldn't start. We had it towed to the dealer and they said it was the mass air flow connector and replaced it. The next day the vehicle wouldn't start. We had it towed to the dealer and they said nothing was wrong. The engine always idles very rough and no one can correct it. It has stalled in traffic. I have done research and have been made aware of a problem with the PCM module on these vehicles. Apparently rain gets it and soaks the module causing all sorts of electrical and transmission problems. Ford is aware of the issue and has issued a service bulletin and repair kit for this problem, but no recall.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #52

Jun 102013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 151,666 miles
I was driving on a city street when my engine light began flashing/blinking. I was having trouble with van making weird sounds and vibrations. I immediately pulled over. Just had tranny recall work done, same light on. I called Ford-they said it was a miss and I should bring it in. I was too afraid to drive that far, and I have no $ for a tow or fix. Was told by mech friend that it could be any of many sensors and I'd have to trial and error to find it. This is not the first time this has happened to me, and it seems to be worse when it has rained or is very damp out. It vibrates, shakes, and sounds like the engine is not right. Also I have no get up and go, it wants to stall out every time I try to accelerate, and I had a near accident once. Seems to be worse on hills or any inclines. Not a happy Ford customer-again. These problems have been on-going for the last six months or so. Anything over 25mph and the van "shimmies" really bad.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #51

Jun 062013


  • 113,000 miles
After rain all night on wed.6/4/2013 went to take van to pittsburgh started hesitating and vibrating while on highway could not speed up and tried to get in slow lane lot of traffic almost collision. Tried to go up small hill no power vibrating trying to stall, turned off wouldn't startfor 15 minutes very scary. Looked online bulletin for PCM gets wet and causes this, someone could have been killed.

- Steubenville, OH, USA

problem #50

Apr 292013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 74,420 miles
The car would start then stall. I would be driving and it would just slow down like no gas getting into engine and stall out. I took it to Ford dealer (crest Ford centerline Michigan) they ran it on a scope. Told me I needed turbine shaft speed sensor. They replaced it and called to say my vehicle was fine and ready to go. I picked up car on Monday evening and on Wednesday car had to be towed back to the dealer. Car would start but would not drive. Ford could not find problem and finally I called a friend to ask for a solution. Because of all the issues with the PCM and his expertise I called my Ford advisor [xxx] and told him to check the PCM for water damage. He called me back shortly and said they found the water damage. This is a van made very wrong with a design so that your windshield lets water flow onto the cowl and then damages the brain for the car. I now have to pay $1000 to fix a mistake Ford motor created. This is a problem for everyone who owns this vehicle. I hope Ford fixes it on a recall before someone dies. I feel as a consumer I should not have had to go figure out whats wrong with my car on my own. Ford mechanics should know and be experienced. This will be my last Ford with the way they handle their cars. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #49

Apr 042013


  • 80,000 miles


Don't have my VIN on me to share at this time. Also, the specific electrical problem is the PCM. On 4/4/2013, I was driving down the highway at about 45-50 mph when my car 'died'. I lost all power - no brakes, steering, etc. Fortunately, none of my kids were in the car. The car was towed to the dealership that night. They said it was my cam sensor. Less than 5 days after picking up the car on 4/9 th car acted up again. (they kept the car for a recall unrelated to this). On 4/14 I was driving down the highway at about 70 mph when the car started to jerk. Luckily I was close to home this time and after stopping several times was able to get the car in the driveway. My youngest daughter was in the car with me who is now afraid to get back in the car. The next morning I had it towed back to the dealership. A few days later they said it was my alternator. I was told they would credit me back the money I put out for the cam sensor. They put in the new alternator and test drove the car. Guess what - the car still jerked. The shop manager took it home with a computer hooked up to it. They could not find anything. They then put a call into the Ford hotline. A week later they tell me it is the PCM. It got wet. Over $400 to fix and that is with a used part. Over $1200 if it is new. A quick internet search finds the PCM is a common issue with the Freestar. Not sure when it will be recalled. I hope no one gets seriously injured before these complaints are taken seriously. I will say this is the last Ford I will buy. I am not sure how to explain to my kids that the car is safe to drive when I don't believe it myself. I guess I will keep my receipt for when this is recalled so I can be reimbursed.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #48

Apr 082008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
First we had the transmission failure that was unsafe and had to pay for the repair ourselves then finally Ford issued a tsb to repair and recovered our money. Along with that is the more dangerous situation of the van stopping jerking speeding up the driving on the road especially when it rains or even a slight mist. This need to addressed by the NHTSA and pressure Ford to repair this before they are sued for a death caused by the lack of attention to this highly safety related failure.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #47

Feb 192013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Took van in to transmission repair shop because even though Ford replaced the torque converter on the recall the transmission still slipped. When repair was completed we went and picked up our van on the way home it died and all the lights were going crazy. Shop towed back to their shop. They went through van and found the computer was saturated with water. We were told need a new computer and new wiring harness and this has been a known issue with Ford with their computers getting wet. Now we are out 2600 and still don't have a car. If this is a known issue why isn't Ford doing anything to fix the issue?

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #46

Feb 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The vehicle stalled in the middle of the road with my wife driving and two children in the car. Luckily no one was injured, my wife was able to coast the vehicle out of harms way. This could have been so much worse had she been pulling out into traffic or merging on to the interstate. The problem is the PCM module has been getting wet, Ford knows of this problem and even created a service bulletin about it. At the very, very least I would have thought Ford would have contacted the vehicle owners to make them aware that a serious issue like this existed. This has the potential to have grave consequences for innocent families owning these vehicles. It is my opinion that vans in particular should be scrutinized a little more closely due to their intended audience, soccer moms hauling around the most valuable possession of that family, their children. It is beyond me how automakers can put unsafe vehicles like this on the road and they are not forced to repair issues like these when the owners and their families are at risk. This is my second but separate complaint I lodged against Ford about this vehicle. The first one was in 2008 or 2009 when the torque converter failed without warning, leaving the vehicle lifeless in the middle of the road. This vehicle should be deemed unsafe for the roads and Ford should be forced to have a fair buy back program for these vehicles.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #45

Jan 092013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 85,954 miles
Trying to back out of my driveway, van will not go into reverse. Restart van, put it into reverse & it falters & stalls. Restart &got van into drive, but it will not accelerate until 3000 rpms, then jerks into drive & stalls again. Had it towed to a local mechanic I have used for over 20 yrs. Van shows no codes.replace battery, have throttle body cleaned, cam sensor is tested, shows not problems. Van starts & runs for one day. Same exact issue happens again. Have it towed a second time. Again, no codes come up.mechanic flushes out the tranny, & van runs again for 50 miles w/O incident. But again, trying to leave for work next day, van displays the exact same issues. No torque to move the van, constant stalling as soon as it is taken out of drive. Will not move at all or starts & moves very hesitantly into reverse, catches gear & jerks, stalls once again. Tow again to a Ford dealer. Told the prob is the recalled torque converter. Have it replaced, and van doesn't make it the 12 miles home. The van lost complete power on a highway & I was almost hit by oncoming traffic. Tow back, now being told the transmission needs replacement, over $3,000 because metal from the recalled part has dislogged into tranny. I am now finding thru my own research that this is a common problem relating to the PCM, which replacing tranny doesn't solve the issues. Ford is offering no help or compensation am a single mom of 2 kids, 1 is disabled, & now been fired from my job because I can't get there 28 miles away. The van is stranded at the dealer, because I have no money to fix or tow again. I am at my wits end. Ford needs to step up to the plate &replace this van!!!! repairing the torque converter, cam sensor, or transmission will not solve the PCM problem, which is not sealed properly, & after numerous repairs, will malfunction again> my Q to Ford is:does someone have to die for U to do something?

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #44

Jan 172013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 131,200 miles
Engine stays in third gear on highway, windshield wiper fluid won't spray and power locks don't work with button on doors or key fob. Getting 11 miles a gallon because won't shift into fourth gear and that's a highway trip!

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #43

Jun 042012


  • 68,000 miles
This information is a collection of incidents that ultimately fit together. I have notice that the floor board of my van was wet. Since I have 3 kids I just shrugged it off. This past week I notice the floor mats weren't wet only the carpet beneath it was soaked. My kids don't spill just under the mats. The water must be entering from the outside in. The van was acting weird on and off -no check engine light until it started happen more frequently. June 2012, I got the P1340 code that the camshaft position sensor had gone bad, I replaced it, went out again, I was told it could have been a faulty part, changed it again, went out again, decided this is beyond me. I took it to the dealership and they "fixed" the camshaft position sensor and another part that was causing the camshaft position sensor not to work. ($900) it broke again because the part they put in was defective. They replaced the defective part and the check engine light came back on again. After they had the car for 2 weeks they found another small problem. ($130) I insisted at the time that they didn't make the proper repairs. They assured me that it all still needed to be done. (caught some double talk) I experienced a few more issues with the van losing power. (July, September, October -check engine light did not turn on.) I:N December the car turned off and I was only able to get about 25ft per restart and the light came on. I've noticed other features not working properly or working intermittently. (power locks, power windows, radio, power doors, key remote...) I have learned that other 2005 Freestar owners have experienced similar incidents caused by water leaking into the car through the windshield wiper blades and running down the wire harness causing multiple parts to short out from time to time. Please look into this. I have 3 children and no more money for "let's try this repairs".

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #42

Dec 242012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
This vehicle has a continuing problem with the PCM shorting out due to water entering the wiring harness through the windshield wipers. Once the PCM short circuits the transmission does not function causing the car to loose its' motion. This occurs without warning and places the occupants of the vehicle at greater risk of being involved in an accident as the car simple ceases to work. The company has currently recalled this make and model to replace a defective torque converter. Although this seems to solve the problem initially, the long term problem of water seeping into the PCM will cause the transmission to fail time and time again.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #41

Nov 192012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 168,181 miles
Received recall for torque converter- had it replaced on Aug 20, 2012. On Nov. 19th the van wouldn't go pass 20 mph. Drove slow approx. 3 miles to destination. Had it towed to dealership to check out problem at initial contact was told they knew of no problems relating to torque converter replacement. After checking van out was told that we needed a new transmission, at second contact was told they were aware of torque recall issues but nothing would be done for us. We had not had any problems with transmission prior to Nov 19th. When asked, was also told that they did not flush and replace fluids with the torque converter recall service as this extra cost was not part of the recall. We were told by an independent mechanic that if fluids were not changed that it could cause the transmission to fail which it did. Was quoted a high cost to replace transmission, ended up using disabled vehicle as a trade 'as is' to purchase a working vehicle. Other issues with vehicle prior to last incident were electrical functions not working, sliding doors would reopen upon closing, had to turn off auto doors, backup warning quit working, traction control button didn't work, dvd player would start running on its own.

- Amberg, WI, USA

problem #40

Aug 142012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Was driving the vehicle going down the highway at 60mph and the vehicle started to act up pulled over and it shut down completely security light started to flash real rapidly turned the key to start it again and nothing had to have it towed $300 worth and has been broke down for four months been trying to start it ever since and nothing there is defiantly something wrong with the electrical system.

- Denver , CO, USA

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