Notes: The Freestar was introduced in 2004, but it was essentially just a rebranded Windstar. While there was a redesign of the interior and exterior, the Freestar still inherited some of the design flaws of its predecessor.


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2004 Ford Freestar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 222007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Unknown, problem just occurreds under certain conditions. While driving the brake pedal, when depressed for braking, dropped giving the driver the inpression that the brakes might have totally given out. Myself driving the vehicle. The pedal seemed to drop aproximately one inch prior to braking normally sevaral times in a two mile test drive. Others driving with the full compliment of passengers stated that the brakes went entirely to the floor and only then engaged in a totaly locked panic stop, no sign of anti-lock pumping, and pulled violently to the side. Having experienced similar syptoms I made the assumtion that the passenger load effected the degree of severity. Another factor appeared to be rain, no such symptoms were reported until the day of, or the day immediately following rain. Dealer was unable to locate problem or duplicate brake pedal drop. Second dealer held vehicle for evaluation for close to a month, but very little rain has fallen during that time. Since this vehicle services handicapped individuals I could not place back in service with the potential problem, and three reports of failure.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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