really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,465 miles

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Jun 242014


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 30 mph, the front passenger side of the vehicle began to jerk and an unfamiliar warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #30

Apr 072016


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While the vehicle was at a stop, the rpms surged to 2,000 and the vehicle accelerated without warning. The failure also occurred when the brakes were applied. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a leak in the manifold, which needed to be replaced. The contact took the vehicle to two certified mechanics who diagnosed that there was no leak in the manifold. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer a second time and was informed that they were unable to be specify the exact failure. The dealer stated that the throttle body and other unidentified components needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 182016


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving at different speeds, the vehicle would idle high and also hesitate as if it would stall. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #28

Apr 092015


  • 134,695 miles


As I was driving on the above stated date on a major highway, my van wouldn't shift gears or pick up speed causing us to almost get hit while trying to merge onto the highway.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #27

Sep 012014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle control center states ABS is not functioning. Traction control not functioning. Cruise control works intermittently. Alarm system triggers intermittently. ABS and traction control failure causes vehicle to be difficult to drive. Dealership states is common issue and there is a tsb on the issue. Requires ABS module and hcu module.

- Horton, AL, USA

problem #26

Feb 072014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 250,000 miles
The light for the powertrain malfunction started flashing after we had the alternator changed. Do not know if it was just a coincidence but the speedometer also stopped working.

- Pleasantville, IA, USA

problem #25

Jul 052014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles


This has happened several time over last year or so that I have owned this vehicle. When driving down highway and it starts to rain cars sputters and seems to loose power. Twice it has stalled on me going 55 miles an hour on highway and have had to try and coast to side of road in traffic with people beeping with loss of steering. Luckily both times after a few mins the vehicle started again and was able to make it home. Have changed wires and plugs, runs fines in dry weather but still stutters and tries to stall when its wet out or rains! very dangerous and wont let wife take kids out when it rains in fear they will get stuck somewhere.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #24

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 #23

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 #22

Jan 162013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford freestyle. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the wrench and the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle suddenly failed to accelerate. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was serviced previously under the manufacturers throttle body recall. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The current mileage was 150,000.

- Carthaze, NC, USA

problem #21

Jul 202013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


The situation is very danger, the problem with the PCM issues, that share bad information with any other component in use, engine, transmission, lights, ac system, low battery or not turn on even with new battery, and the wires and connectors clean. The most dangerous is just stop running in middle of traffic, or some mechanic did not have idea about the problem, even the sarasota Ford mechanics. A few weeks a go I left the car for 2 days, present in my opinion transmission mal-function, after they charge me $140, no problems solved, and they say the technician report : needs engine work before transmission diagnostics. Needs cam syncro assy.(fix whinning noise) I agree ok. Need a sensor asy "?????? connect a little metal wire on top engine (they call bush.....??") after that all the problems still happening all the time. If you have any answer about all this, or place to go and get a real inspection and report. From now and forever, thank you very much.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

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 #17

Apr 292013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 74,420 miles
The car would start then stall. I would be driving and it would just slow down like no gas getting into engine and stall out. I took it to Ford dealer (crest Ford centerline Michigan) they ran it on a scope. Told me I needed turbine shaft speed sensor. They replaced it and called to say my vehicle was fine and ready to go. I picked up car on Monday evening and on Wednesday car had to be towed back to the dealer. Car would start but would not drive. Ford could not find problem and finally I called a friend to ask for a solution. Because of all the issues with the PCM and his expertise I called my Ford advisor [xxx] and told him to check the PCM for water damage. He called me back shortly and said they found the water damage. This is a van made very wrong with a design so that your windshield lets water flow onto the cowl and then damages the brain for the car. I now have to pay $1000 to fix a mistake Ford motor created. This is a problem for everyone who owns this vehicle. I hope Ford fixes it on a recall before someone dies. I feel as a consumer I should not have had to go figure out whats wrong with my car on my own. Ford mechanics should know and be experienced. This will be my last Ford with the way they handle their cars. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 092013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 85,954 miles
Trying to back out of my driveway, van will not go into reverse. Restart van, put it into reverse & it falters & stalls. Restart &got van into drive, but it will not accelerate until 3000 rpms, then jerks into drive & stalls again. Had it towed to a local mechanic I have used for over 20 yrs. Van shows no codes.replace battery, have throttle body cleaned, cam sensor is tested, shows not problems. Van starts & runs for one day. Same exact issue happens again. Have it towed a second time. Again, no codes come up.mechanic flushes out the tranny, & van runs again for 50 miles w/O incident. But again, trying to leave for work next day, van displays the exact same issues. No torque to move the van, constant stalling as soon as it is taken out of drive. Will not move at all or starts & moves very hesitantly into reverse, catches gear & jerks, stalls once again. Tow again to a Ford dealer. Told the prob is the recalled torque converter. Have it replaced, and van doesn't make it the 12 miles home. The van lost complete power on a highway & I was almost hit by oncoming traffic. Tow back, now being told the transmission needs replacement, over $3,000 because metal from the recalled part has dislogged into tranny. I am now finding thru my own research that this is a common problem relating to the PCM, which replacing tranny doesn't solve the issues. Ford is offering no help or compensation am a single mom of 2 kids, 1 is disabled, & now been fired from my job because I can't get there 28 miles away. The van is stranded at the dealer, because I have no money to fix or tow again. I am at my wits end. Ford needs to step up to the plate &replace this van!!!! repairing the torque converter, cam sensor, or transmission will not solve the PCM problem, which is not sealed properly, & after numerous repairs, will malfunction again> my Q to Ford is:does someone have to die for U to do something?

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the engine rpms increased to 3,000 while driving 70 mph. The vehicle suddenly accelerated while the gear was in park with the brakes depressed. Also, the vehicle abnormally accelerated while the contact was driving at low speeds.the failure recurred sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Muskegon , MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 262011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
The car lost power as I was trying to drive it. It took several seconds to go from 0 to 20mph. This is every day. Once it gets to 20mph the car drives normally. Also sometimes the car wont move when put in drive or reverse. I have to put it back in park, and then in drive or reverse for it to move. Also, when I stop at a stop sign or a red light, the car drives very slow until it reaches 20mph. My car is on recall but I was told by Ford that the part is not yet in stock. I have been waiting and having problems and spending money on this car since I purchased it. I've been waiting more than 8 months for the part from Ford. They say the car is not dangerous to drive. I disagree but I need my car for work. I feel that they should give me a replacement. I am still making payments. Updated 08-09-12 the consumer no longer owns the vehicle. It has been traded in. Updated 08/09/2012

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 182012


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. In addition, the vehicle abnormally lunged forward while sitting idle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised that the throttle failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was. $52,452.

- Grantville , SC, USA

problem #12

Nov 172010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
While on main highway traveling 55 mph transmission stopped working. Engine was running but when attempt to accelerate nothing happened, making for a very hazardous condition. Ford was notified of recall and sent letter in March 2012, saying condition would be completed by end of 2nd quarter of 2012, but they have not even started.

- Smithtown, NY, USA

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