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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,360 miles

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2005 Ford Freestar engine problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

May 272014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 103,800 miles


After wet weather the night before, vehicle running rough (to the point of near stall), hesitating to burn fuel properly to get up to speed and not shifting properly. Vehicle was then parked, re-started and acted normally. Within the past week, each day after rain the car reproduces this issue and only after exposure to rain. Yesterday I noted gap in cowl to sheet metal above PCM as well and also noted that a body seal next to the PCM was soaked. It is consistent with the internet complaints about PCM being exposed/flooded with water. This is a serious concern as to the damage it can do to the vehicle's most expensive components (engine, transmission, etc) as well as potentially produce an accident on the road should other anomalous behavior surface. It is also important to note that as this vehicle ages, more of the population of produced vehicles would be exposed to this concern as gaskets lose effectiveness due to compression set, deterioration of seal, the plastic the seal is attached to warps, etc.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #22

Jul 112013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving through town at 30 miles per hour, engine stalled, lost power steering and speed control. The engine light came on and the transaxle light was blinking. Thank goodness I wasn't on the highway. I believe one bad part had been replace with another as the torque converter part had been replaced and here it was doing the same thing all over again less than 1 year later. I figured I had no options, what could I do, had it towed. I just feel if they are using inadequate parts to replace bad parts the danger continues to apply and they should be held accountable.

- Mooers Forks, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 102014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
I attempted to start vehicle and the engine was difficult to turn over. When it did start the rpms were going up and down. When I tried to put car in reverse it would not engage causing vehicle to roll forward. ( I was parked on a slight declined driveway). After reading about similar problems I checked the PCM (power control module. It was filled with water !!! after unplugging the PCM and allowing it to dry out I plugged it back in and the problem was corrected. It appears to me that the PCM is located in a bad location causing it to have problems when it rains or snows. I made a temporary fix by putting silicone caulking around the cowling where I believe the water is getting in....

- Hazlet, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 152014


  • 165,000 miles


This is about a 2005 Ford Freestar. When accelerating, specially in rainy conditions, the vehicle's engine makes a screechy noise and loses power. The screechy noise sometimes stops and the vehicle is able to continue moving. Usually when it's wet/rainy the engine loses power and vibrates. It's very dangerous and stressful because it usually happens when attempting to pass slower vehicles on the left lanes and when the vehicle loses power we attempt to move to the right lane's shoulder. Lucky that this happened when traffic was light at 6am. After restarting the engine I drove on side roads to reach my destination. This has happened at least twenty times since 2013.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #19

Jul 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
While traveling on the highway with no warning the vehicle lost all acceleration. Once able to get to a safe area to pull over the vehicle started to respond. Since this occurrence this situation has happened intermittently for the past year. I have brought the vehicle to the Ford dealer and 2 different mechanics, all of whom have changed many different items ranging from a tune up to a new coil and multiple cam shaft sensors. All 3 have performed many diagnostics but to date have been unable to locate the problem which still exists but with more regularity. I am no longer able to drive the vehicle due to its performance and I am scared to put my wife and children in the vehicle. When I did do some research on the internet I came across hundreds if not thousands of the very same complaints, someone has to force Ford to address this safety issue. Mini vans are most commonly used for transporting our most precious passengers, children. Will it take a car full of children dying for Ford to acknowledge this problem exists and that they need to do the right thing.

- West Islip, NY, USA

problem #18

Oct 032013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 89,380 miles
Engine, internal catalytic converter failure. On Ford extended warranty to 10 years, or 112,00 miles; the repair is not covered within the warranty.. quoted cost to repair will be $3,300, when completed by [xxx]-hilltop-Ford in richmond, California. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Jul 102013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 134,884 miles
Was in a 30 mile per hour speed zone came to a caution light and had to make a right hand turn on a very dangerous corner....many tractor trailers use this turn, while making the turn, engine stalled and was hard to control steering with no power. Managed to pull to side of the road when several tractor trailers came around the same corner. Had I not been able to move over I would have been hit as they would have had no where to go, just a 2 lane road. Car started but when I tried to move it, it went about 20 feet and stalled again. Had to call a tow company. Torque converter has already been replaced once at approximately 99,900 miles. Flashing light on dash says to check transaxle. Not fixed as yet...code P0715 came up on the tech machine, turbine speed sensor check fault. I have checked for these codes and it seems that Ford sent these vehicles off the production lines with these problems to begin with. I find that nothing ever gets done until someone is killed or severely injured. It's a sad world we live in that life has to be lost before manufacturers are made to correct what should have been fixed before leaving the plant.

- Mooers Forks, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 122013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 82,049 miles
While merging onto route 50 off 628 the car died. I drifted onto side of road, but in park and restarted it. Took exit off 50 at 450 and car stopped again. Put in park at red light, started up again and drove down riva road. Car stopped 4 more times before getting to my residence, each time engine stopping, no power steering and no brakes. Called koons Ford annapolis and had the car towed there the next day (since the incident occurred on a Sunday). They kept the car for 1 week and could not confirm or duplicate any of the conditions. Possibly PCM but not sure.they found one error while driving it, but the computer could not find it. Paid for diagnostic test. Car has been running fine until 7/6/13 when exactly the same thing happened. Took back to Ford and 2 days later was told it was the PCM. Could not say how long it would take to get a new one as Ford does not have them it stock, but for $1300 could place the order. Found a Ford tech blog that describes exactly what every one is going through and how to fix it. Water is leaking under the cowl and shorting out the PCM. There needs to be a recall on this before some one dies.

- Riva, MD, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Jan 172013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford free star. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle vibrated and failed to accelerate with the illumination of the check engine light. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.

- Painsville, OH, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Mar 232013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
Driving down the road in heavy traffic, without warning suddenly had no power, at 40mph, put it in neutral and restarted only to die again 3 more times. I thought I was out of gas but the gage said 1/8th of a tank. Pulled off the road and had friends bring gas. Started up fine and drove maybe a block when it started sputtering and bucking. The check engine idiot light came on so I pulled over again. I reset the battery connection and light went off. I pulled off to drive around in the parking lot and it died when I cranked the wheel turning every corner. Started again, this time it was hard to turn over, and it sputtered and the transaxle idiot light started flashing, the radio came on by itself and the eve player ejected. Interior lights were on but switch was turned off. Checked the tranny fluid, it looked a little low in the dark(midnight) so put in half a quart. Light went out but the van refused to go forward. I dropped it manually into 1st and it slowly moved. Parked it and tried other gears, all unresponsive but when shifting into neutral the engine jumped and the rpms revved up to 3000!! afraid it would jump into gear and run over my friend, I cut off the ignition while in neutral. I waited until midnight for no traffic, then drove the van home, keeping the emergency flashers on. Was able to travel about 25 feet per restart, each time the van would die when speed exceeded 15mph or 2000rpms. Took an hour to get the 1.5 miles home. This van had just gotten a full service oil change/lube/filter service and I had the transmission serviced at sears upon purchasing it just 6 months ago and had no other issues at all. Upon researching, this is a known issue that Ford published but refuses to fix/recall. There is a recall on my van's torque converter, this is a serious safety issue and a major defect that will get someone killed or serious injured.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #10

Jan 112013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 70,102 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled and all of the warning lamps illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,102 and the current mileage was 70,373. Updated 03/15/13 updated 04/23/2013

- Tulalip, WA, USA

problem #9

Jan 192010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 102,455 miles
Engine stutters, won't run steady, idles over 2000rpm in neutral, continually dies, when engine dies steering hard(naturally), won't go in reverse, this problem causes numerous problems that are not safe when it does it on the road. The problem is apparently in moisture in the PCM. Torque converter was replaced in 2012. Has not done the problem for a year and did it again today( has not rained in more than a week) just going down the road and starts cutting out and dies! has done this many times since 2010. Ford knows about it! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Nov 042012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Was driving home from store (about 20 miles) when engine cut off while driving at about 45 mph, pulled over and was able to get it started again. A little further down the road it cut off again but this time the engine just revved by itself then went back to normal without completely cutting off. About 3 miles from home it cut off again while driving at about 40-45 mph and I coasted to the side of the road and then started it again. Decided to take it to the dealer since it needed the torque converter replaced due to recall. Drove it another 20 miles with no problems and left the van with my son to take to the dealer. Van cut out on my son several times within the 2 miles to the dealer. Also cut off on the mechanic at the dealer. Dealer replaced torque converter, overdrive transmission shaft sensor, and replaced the plugs and wires to the tune of over $800 not including the torque converter which was replaced at no charge due to the recall. Drove over the next week for a total of less than 200 miles. Then today the engine cut off on me again exactly like before and I once again had to coast over to the side of the road and restart it. This is very scary when it happens and could cause a very serious accident. Luckily when it has happened to me it has not been on a busy highway. So I have paid over $800 to the local Ford dealer and still have the problem. It scares me to death to drive this car now and it is our sole vehicle as my husband is disabled and doesn't drive. We are in no position to buy another vehicle now, we live 20 miles from town and now this car is unsafe to drive.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 222012


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that water penetrated through the windshield and the engine covering. The engine covering clips failed to sustain and the water penetrate the power control module, causing the engine to stall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Romulus , MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 182010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I have had the car stop after and during rainy days. Most recently the car would not start or move during a heavy rain. I have had to wait days until the car dries out for the car to move. Have taken it to the shop after several instances of this same occurrence. They can not find out what is wrong as the car runs ok" after researching on the internet I have come to the conclusion that it is water leaking on and into the PCM causing the car to not start or move. Ford dealership has not been able to solve the problem or have a solution"

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 062012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 131,369 miles
Car stalls when it stops, shuttering while it drives, the car has been to the shop twice know. The second time it was left outside the auto shop and it rained over night. When the mechanics went to start it and look at it they noticed there was water dripping out of our ECM. They did some research and found that there were design flaws in the ECM and that it wasn't sealed right. There should have been a recall but there never has been. I have looked online and there are all sorts of people reporting the exact same thing.

- Belleville, IL, USA

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