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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,292 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

problem #3

Feb 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 80,005 miles


Wife was driving home from work when the van just suddenly stalled. She was traveling at 35 mph when she lost all power. She then tried restarting the van and it started but when she tried to put it into gear the engine RPM's raced, then slammed into gear and then stalling again. The van was undriveable. She was able to get to the side of the road just feet before she would have been stranded on a narrow two lane bridge that is heavily traveled the logging and dump trucks. Had it towed to the repair shop for repairs. While doing research online about the issue I was surprised to find so many other have had the same issue possibly caused by water in the PCM module. The next morning I contacted the repair shop and advised them of my findings. Sure enough they where able to find the service bulletins from Ford about the issue 7 pages long. Several hours and $240 later the repair shop called and said the van was fixed and the could not believe the amount of water that came our when the sensor was removed. I cannot believe that Ford has not submitted a recall on this issue.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008


  • 70,000 miles
My Ford Freestar had the transmission out for torque converter failure. Driving van and suddenly lost power like it was in neutral. It was repaired then about 3-5 months later the van started to run rough and die transmission was shifting crazy had water in the PCM. The dealership repaired van under Ford extended warranty van is very unreliable and I don't take it far from home but I still have to pay for a very poorly engineered car.

- Kings Mtn, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 282006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,870 miles
I was driving through a construction zone; lane shifted onto the shoulder. Traffic was dense, but moving at near normal speeds. Vehicle in front of me braked abruptly as we hit the rumble strip. My vehicle shook dramatically; as I tipped in to accelerate, I discovered the vehicle had died (stalled). I restarted on the fly by shifting into neutral. Had I not done so, my vehicle would have come to a stop in dense, fairly high speed traffic--exposing me and my family to a potential high speed rear impact.

- Redford, MI, USA

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