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1 of 5 people found this review helpful
Transmission for the 3rd time, 99,000 miles
By haringbastos on 04/11/13 20:51 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I wish I never bought this van... Transmission failed 3 times!!!. Driving 65 miles per hour then all of a sudden fail. Always in the shop every month for something. Good looking van but it is actually junk and scary to use.
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One of the best Ford products I've owned
By chilcutt on 03/16/13 20:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Been a ford man my whole life. Never owned a van till now. Bought a 2004 Freestar over a month ago. Got a good deal had 178,XXX miles on it yet drives like it has 10 miles on it. I did have to put new brakes and rotors on the front. And replace the drivers side CV axle. This is very minimal repair for a vehicle with that many miles on it. The trans runs very smooth and it is the original, I must have gotten lucky after reading the reviews and knowing very well about Fords trans problems. I love it. I haven't even used all the features this van has yet. The previous owner had to keep it in a garage, it's rust free and I live in MI. Good looking and a pleasure to drive.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Ford KNOWS the transmission SUCKS!
By glowmomnmy on 12/30/11 19:54 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

This is a dangerous, nightmarish, horrid and horrible vehicle. Broke down yesterday in the middle of a major highway intersection- slipped out of gear and would not get back in gear. Took 20 minutes and a lot of praying to pull it off the road. It's in the shop AGAIN- just had to replace the tranny less than 2 years ago at less than 60k miles and replaced cam shaft sensor as well just a year ago. There is a class action lawsuit out because of the trannys- but like most of my fellow co-owners, who among us has the $$$ to get the lawyers Ford has at it's beck-and-call. There was no warning- just accelerated through intersection and it stopped- the motor was still on, but no gear! SCARY!!!
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Recent Purchase, WARNING DO NOT BUY!
By amcrowe on 10/24/11 01:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

While driving home, my driver side window quit working. The buttons on my radio quit working, although it randomly kept trying to reprogram "preset 2". Finally, at 65mph on a busy road, I rapidly lost all acceleration. Almost exactly like many of you have explained with the erratic RPM. I flushed the transmission fluid, hoped that it was a fluke. Fixed a loose connection on the driver side door, got the window working again. The radio was still acting up, but feeling confident I hopped into my ‘NEW’ van only to have it NOT START AT ALL. [violative content deleted]
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Waste of money
By cwiley4l on 06/02/11 04:16 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I will never buy another Ford. My transmission went out @ 76,000 miles. Cost almost 3K at the dealer to replace. My trac control light goes off and on at will. now I have a check engine light on.. God only knows what that is ... will find out today. I'm so frustrated and for the actual cost of the van and to have all these repairs.. ridiculous. There should be a recall on the transmission. Oh and I need to mention.. when I'm driving now, it sounds like whales singing. I'm fed up.
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buyer beware
By jessica2004 on 05/02/11 18:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

Review

my husband and I just bought our freestar 5 months ago and have had nothing but bad luck. had it in the shop within the first 3000 miles of owning it 4 times. the steering wheel shakes all the time, the transaxle light keeps coming on, new coil pak, 2 new crank shaft sensors, 2 new high speed output sensors and only 54000 miles on it. I didnt mention that it had a new transmission in it when we bought and we didnt realize it and by the way it has 59000 on it now and just had it towed to ford dealership this morning......needs new transmission AGAIN!!!!!!!! Do not buy this vehicle it is a money pit and a major lemon for the ford company. Every freestar needs to be recalled!!!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Transmission Out at 97,000 miles
By jayman1201 on 12/13/10 10:23 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Bought this thing in '06 with 67,000 miles on it. 1 year after purchase the AC went out. In '08 coming home from my sister's wedding in Canada, the transmission went out. Torque converter broke apart and screwed the Transmission. On 2nd one now and the 4th gear is shot in that. Worst vehicle ever. Ford should have had a recall notice on the transmission. Too common a problem not to address.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Transmission
By Arlington on 11/22/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SE 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I had a little over 92,000 miles on the van and the transmission went out. A list of problems was wrong with it for one is the torque converter. got it back and the EGR Valve went out.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Multiple Problems
By minivanmom on 10/25/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar Limited 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Bought the 04 freestar used in Oct 09 with 54k miles. Within 3 weeks of having it, the traction control light went on -- it goes on and off at will, mostly it is on all the time. This last summer, the AC went out. Had to get a new AC compressor for $600 dollars ... it was changed and the AC only worked in the front of the van, just blew hot air in the back. Mechanic tried to find the problem and changed the orifice tube, which was full of debris ... still no ac in the back. He said that there is likely debris throughout the entire system and would need an entire overhaul to repair the ac in the back. This weekend the transmission failed and it will cost $2500 to repair. DO NOT BUY ONE
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My Money Pit is my Freestar
By Never a Ford Owner A on 10/12/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Freestar SE 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

Review

This car has always been a problem. It squeaks, it groans and it is a money pit. Brake issues, air conditioning failures, different sensors needing to be replaced and now the transmission is shot. It will cost more to replace the transmission than the car is actually worth if I sold it on my own and not traded it in! I would not wish this car on my worst enemy, if I had an enemy that is. It is a miserable car. The only redeeming quality to it is the interior. I love the seats and the hauling capacity but there is absolutely nothing else good about this car. It is no surprise that Ford does not make a mini van anymore. What a lemon.
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