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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,775 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.

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2005 Ford Freestar engine problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Apr 232010

Freestar 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Driving along at 35 mph suddenly the engine rev's and without warning the car completely loses pulling power we coast into a parking lot the car cranks but wont move.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 072010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 75,121 miles
I began having intermittent trouble starting the van in Feb. 2010 during a record snow week. I contributed it to the cold weather and bad conditions. In March the problem continued very sporadically with not starting on the first attempt. On March 5th the van engine cut off while driving. On March 7th, while driving about 30 miles per hour the van cut out 4 times in a 2 block period. When the engine cut off it would be without warning with loss of power steering. The van was taken to a service center where I was told it would need a new engine. It was out of warranty by 121 miles. Ford is currently refusing to replace the engine. I have found multiple other complaints for the same issues on the make and model.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 192010


  • 80,100 miles
I was traveling down the highway at 45 mph, when the van suddenly went down to 20 mph. I was traveling on the inside lane of a two lane highway, and I was having a hard time getting over to the right. The left side was a median. I finally managed to get over to the right and pulled into a driveway. Once in the driveway, the vehicle would not move any more. There were no indications anything was wrong prior to this. I had just traveled to this town 30 miles away from my home. No noises, no difficulty shifting gears - nothing. The vehicle is currently in the shop it happened on Friday today is Sunday and I won't hear anything from the mechanic until Monday. The reason I am filing this complaint is - I travel to houston on a regular basis in this vehicle. I cringe when I think about what would have happened to me and my family if this would have happened to us while we were in houston's traffic. The normal speed on a highway in houston is 80mph. If nothing is done -death is ultimate.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010


  • 39,500 miles


Purchased a 2005 Ford Freestar March 2009. Has suffered from repeated loss of motive power with the computer often recording "no codes" per the dealer. Has been to the dealer atmultiple times for various supposed repairs including new computer, alternator, etc., but the problem continues. The vehicle shuts off unexpectedly while driving causing a loss of power steering and brake control. This has occurred at least 8 times in the last 12 months and we left the vehicle at the dealer from 9/10/09 through 11/12/09 and again from 11/15/09(?) through 2/5/2010 due to our concerns about the vehicle's safety. On 2/10/2010 an accident occurred where the vehicle lost power, the road turned and the driver was unable to make the turn or brake adequately and hence ran off the road sustaining neck injuries.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 172008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions;the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted after several attempts. However, the vehicle failed to operate in the "drive" and "reverse" gears. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician was unable to duplicate the failures and replaced the alternator. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three separate occasions for the identical failures in which the alternator, mother board and transmission seal were replaced. The failures continued and there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 20,000. The VIN # was not available the current mileage was 26,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 152009

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 20,710 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving various speeds, the vehicle does not go into gear and the RPM's go up and down. When driving more than 15 mph, the vehicle begins to jerk. When driving more than 20 mph, the interior lighting illuminates and the vehicle stalls. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop, but they could not locate the cause of the failure after approximately four diagnostic tests. Currently, the vehicle is still at the repair shop. The first three repairs were at the contact's expense, but the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 20,710 and current mileage was 20,986. Updated 05/05/09 updated 05/06/09

- Walla Walla, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 192009


  • 52,598 miles
The car stalled at an intersection and restarted and stalled continually. Had it towed to a repair shop. The computer showed a lot of funny readings like it was going 122 mph while at a stand still. He determined that water had leaked in the PCM. Dried it out and sealed it and made repair according to tsb. This is the third time that it has happened. The issue is drivable and potential for accidents and my wife being stranded in undesirable neighborhoods.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 102008


  • 14 miles
Car stops working for a second when driving on highway in the winter time, usually snow. It as if something misses and car is about to stall out but catches itself and begins to work again. Usually happens in spurts but only in the winter months. Happens every winter for passed 3 years. PCM and mass air flow sensors replaced twice.

- Rossford, OH, USA

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