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

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Nov 092014


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the air flow was faulty. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #27

Nov 102014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Replaced the converter through Ford recall. I was so impressed with the way this vehicle drove and how comfortable it was I sought to purchase another. However, in my search these vehicles are being sold at private dealers may or may not know about this recall. They are considered "incomplete" running the VIN through NHTSA safecar.com which means all buyers are being sold a defective vehicle with this safety recall waiting to catch up to them if it ever does"?" why, why why is this not mandatory to recall and repair rather then allow the poor unsuspected buyer to later have to pay because they never knew. Why is there not a disclosure clause like in real estate that if you failed to inform the buyer your responsible to pay for it!!! common sense is all anyone wants even from the govt.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 132014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
After starting vehicle normally, I put it in drive, but the vehicle would not move forward. It would go in reverse. Mechanic: Torque converter, camshaft synchronizer, oil filter. 2nd incident same as 1st. Mechanic: Oil pressure switch, engine brain box (programmed at Ford dealership). 3rd incident same. Mechanic: Replaced alternator. 4th incident same. Mechanic currently has it. Computer is telling him it's the wiring harness.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #25

Apr 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Was on a very busy highway. The Freestars dash lights lite up and went back off. Ac cut off then everything started working again. About 30 seconds later the Freestar died at 65. I was able to coast to a stop on the shoulder. Again on May 5 2012 the lights started flickering and the ac started to blow hard and it would slow back down then the dash lights ABS, brake, battery lights would blink on and off then the Freestar died again at 70 mph. Brakes didn't work I was going through a intersection and had to use the E brake. Freestar has done this several times over the last month I just hit the high spots. It has had test after test and I'm always told a different story! I just want my van fixed before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Garvin , OK, USA

problem #24

Feb 072012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 102,340 miles
When driving down the road the van will suddenly lose all forward momentum and drift momentarily until it will just as suddenly resume forward momentum and continue like normal. When this happens, the rpms drop off like the vehicle is stalling or fuel starved (however it has no hesitation like its running out of gas) no warning lights come on and there is no pattern to when or how it happens. However, the problem has been getting progressively worse and now it is noticed that it has a higher tendency to do it when it is raining or there is high humidity. It does it at all speeds from 25mph to 70mph. Ford dealership has looked at the van and could not get it to reproduce the problem when they had it. However, they stated this does not sound like a torque converter problem addressed under safety recall notice 11S25/ NHTSA recall 12V-006. This is a very dangerous problem and has almost caused several accidents as I have no warning the problem is getting ready to happen and have no way to notify other motorist of my sudden and quick deceleration.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #23

Apr 142012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
In February 2012 I went to for check engine let they said it was erg value. I fix. Then in April 14th I was driving down freeway and my van lost acceleration power I put hazards on and manage to get to other side of freeway. My car would start but would not go in forward or reverse. I had to then get towed since was they weekend and I was the middle of no where I towed to home. Also, the weekend no Ford dealers/ service centers are open.

- Aumsville, OR, USA

problem #22

Feb 272012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 127,305 miles


I just received a safety recall notice 11S25 / NHTSA recall 12V-006 everytime I drive my van it does not seem to want to accelerate or maintain speed. I have taken it to the mechanic and I was told that I needed to have a new egr valve put on, so I did. That did not fix the problem and I was told new spark plugs and wires so I had them replace, that did not fix the problem. Then I was told that I may need a new fuel filter, so I had it replaced and once again that did not solve the problem. This is the only vehicle I have and I am a single mom to two young children. I am worried that while I am driving I will lose all power and will be hit by another vehicle. My van never wants to go over 40 mph and once it does reach that speed it will not maintain and sometimes makes an odd noise. I pulled onto the by-pass the other day and my van would not accelerate right away... thank god that the truck behind me was able to pass me on the shoulder. There have been a couple other times when my van would not gain speed and I would have to pull over so that the vehicles behind me could pass. So in a nut shell the problems are as listed: 1.) van will not accelerate or maintain speed 2.) when I press on the gas pedal there is often a pinging / knocking sound I just want to know what I need to do to get this problem fixed and not be out any more money. Please help!

- Flippin, AR, USA

problem #21

Jan 162012


  • 121,020 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar.the contact stated that the cam shaft sensor and the engine control module were replaced three times. The contact stated that water was entering the system and causing the failure. During the most recent failure, the dealer tried sealing the area around the failed part as a temporary repair. The failure mileage was 121,020 and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Hope Mills , NC, USA

problem #20

Oct 152011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Driving to Florida on I-75, sudden loss of power, coasted off the highway. Had to be towed and it cost me $1200 to get fixed. I have the receipt for work done.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #19

Dec 302011


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact attempted to steer from the vehicle off the roadway when she crashed into a flagpole. There were front bumper damages and the vehicle was towed to an automotive repair shop where they were unable to diagnose the stalling failure. The dealer was contacted and advised that they could not tell the contact what had caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 57,000.

- Plantation , FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 152011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 64,276 miles


My engine lost power as my van was shifting from first to second gear. After shifting into neutral, I could restart the van, but every time I reached the shifting point between first and second gear, the engine would cut completely out, thereby losing power steering and brakes. Also, the reverse gear operates only intermittently. I took the van to a transmission specialist within five miles from my home because it would only operate in first gear, and was told the torque converter needed to be replaced. The repair is going to cost $2,436.05. I am attempting to seek assistance from Ford, as the repair was started the day the recall was issued. So far, I do not have written confirmation from them that my vehicle is included in the recall, and they have not agreed to pay for the repair.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #17

Jan 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 101,653 miles
On my way home from work on January 1, 2012 at approx. 4:20pm my car starts to slow down N starts to go on reverse while it was on drive. I tried different gears but the car continue to go on reverse I had no warning light, no sign of the car go bad no noise, nothing the car just slowed down N went on reverse. The car was towed to my house I have no money to fix this issue I don't know what's wrong with this car and to top it off I just bought the car in March of 2011. My understanding is that Ford is aware of these problems but has not done nothing to fix it I'm stuck making payments to a car that is not working so please tell me what can I do.

- San Antonio,, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 032011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate forward or in reverse. The vehicle could only be driven in drive one or drive two. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the crankshaft and speed sensors were replaced. After the repair, the contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine as if water was splashing around. The mechanic advised that somehow, water was getting getting on the sensor, but the mechanic could not find where the water leak originated. In addition, the check engine warning light was illuminated and the vehicle would sporadically stall. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 292011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 64,800 miles
This van has a bad computer board (PCM) due to rainwater that is allowed to funnel under the hood due to poor design of the hood. It is also possible that the transmission is being affected by this as well. The vehicle just stopped shifting into gear, followed by all sorts of electrical problems. The mechanic said the PCM was full of water and would need to be replaced. There are numerous message boards on the internet discussing this exact same problem with Ford Freestars ranging from 2004-2007 model years. Ford needs to issue a recall on these vans as this causes the engine to stall and this could happen at any time - in the middle of a busy intersection, on the highway, etc. This could have devastating results if it happens at the wrong time. Also, from what I've read on these message boards - this is a repeat problem!!!! once you fix this you will have the same problem in a year or two. NHTSA should do some research outside of formal complaints filed as I'm sure most people do not know the proper route to go. A simple internet search (that would allow you to contact or respond to individual reports) would direct you to hundreds of people with the exact same issue!

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #14

May 172011


  • 95,781 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the contact was able to resume driving however, with consistent stalling. The failure occurred only after rainy weather conditions on four separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the cam shaft sensor was replaced due to water leaking into the PCM which caused a shortage. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 95,781.

- Guys Mills, PA, USA

problem #13

Jun 182011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when the vehicle began to jerk and then stalled. The fuel gauge warning indicator was illuminated and the engine restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who detected that the computer main brain exhibited water damage and recommended that the vehicle be inspected by the dealer. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and was in the process of being repaired at the owner's expense. The VIN and failure mileage was unavailable.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 052011


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated while driving 70 mph the rpms increased excessively while trying to move to the other lane. The vehicle was move to the shoulder and turned then back on; however, it would not move. The vehicle was towed to her residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Vinton , VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 072011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 66,495 miles
I was driving down the road and the car lost all power, was able to get it started again and then it died 5 more times. When I would get it restarted it would not go, it would jerk and sputter. Took it to a mechanic and was told there was water in where the computer was housed.they had looked up and there was a technical service bulletin about the engine/transmission driveability issues, reference number 06-14-10. They advised us that this was most likely the problem. We replaced this part for it and they said it was fine. Pulled out of the lot and went to make a turn and the car died again.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

Oct 092010


  • miles
Failed component #1: 8/9/10 - transmission failed - replaced transmission - $1,732.32, failed component #2: 10/9/10 - remove and replace alternator - $442. Failed on route 95 South ct headed to NJ, battery failed, alternator failed, power surge, power lost, coasted to a safe place off of exit where I was stranded with 2 children late at night. Had to get towed and fixed, stayed over night in seedy part of city. Failed component #3: 11/1/10 - remove and replace alternator - $297.68, failed on route 113 again, power surge and power failed, alternator died, lost power and managed to get home a few miles down the road, had to get towed to shop, new battery failed as well. Had it in the shop for almost 2 weeks total.

- Pepperell, MA, USA

problem #9

Nov 262010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Freestar loses power and engine stalls, this has happened 4 times within 6-9 month period and we have taken it to a Ford dealership each time. Each time a different code comes up, we have the work done and ultimately it happens again. This happens and no power to get off the road, expressway etc. A very dangerous situation with 2 children in the back.

- Newport, MI, USA

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