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Best minivan Ford built
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By Mark
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2004 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Have almost 90,000 miles on mine and haven't had any mechanical problems. What's more by keeping rpms at 2000 at speed at 55-60 am getting 23 mpg highway. Van is fun to drive. Has a lot of torque for V6 and is comfortable and roomy. Very little fatigue on long trips. Road noise could be a bit better but it's not bad. Owned Windstars before this and this was definitely best one Ford built. Sorry it's not being made anymore.


Best Features

Powerful V6, exterior styling, taut steering, comfort, room, stereo


Worst Features

More durable switches, better soundproofing. Am noticing some minor flicking of dash lights.


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Get an Import!
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By DIsappointed
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2004 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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We have had this for two years and have been to the shop numerous times. The handle on the rear door has fallen off three times, for no reason at all. Since the dealership cannot fix it right, my husband has finally just bolted it to work and stay on. We also have had the radio/CD/Tape console replaced. The mileage could be better. The third row seat can only comfortably seat 3 kids. As I write this, it is broken down at the bus stop and I had to haul my 5 & 3 year old home in the rain! I have owned Hondas since 1992 and decided to take a chance on this Ford due to the great price. Sometimes you get what you pay for! Take my advice, buy the Honda. I know I will next time.


Best Features

Sliding doors, storage space, fold down third seat.


Worst Features

rear door handle, electrical system, cheap interior, gas mileage


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


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It is big inside and the captain's chairs and double open doors work well with a 2 yr old and newborn. I have had problems with the sliding doors sticking, and he brakes you practically have to put your foot to the floor to stop, and when at the shop they say there's nothing wrong w/the brakes, and I always have a vibrating steering wheel, which they say the car just needs to "warm up". I had an SUV before and get about the same gas mileage as I did with that for city 15-18 miles, w/gas at over $3 a gallon, it's very expensive! The paint has chipped off from the radio controls, Overall, there is a lot of space and rides nice. Don't know if I would buy another van or Ford van again.


Best Features

Dual control heat/cool for the front and the rear heat/cool, ride, seats are comfortable, the fold down back seat, the storage area in the "trunk" holds strollers and all the other stuff for the kids, acceleration. I love having the controls for the radio on steering wheel


Worst Features

Brakes, fold flat seats in the middle, better gas mileage, awd version. We bought is used at a good price, but the price new is extremely high


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My 2004 Ford Freestar Van
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By Al Hudgens
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2004 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Always wanted a van and purchased this to help my Mom move from Calif to Washington State and it performed great on the mountain highways. Plenty of room. Scheduled services priced way lower than my experience with a Honda Accord. Road noise is my only complaint.


Best Features

Power driver's seat and good acceleration when needed.


Worst Features

Needs soundproofing somewhere to make it easier to hear my music.


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Reliable van
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By nymetfan
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2004 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Engine is a bit crude, gas mileage is poor (16-18 mpg), but it has been a reliable, reasonably comfortable, safe family vehicle. Not a single mechanical failure in the 60000 miles we've driven it, and it now has 85000 miles on it. A refreshing change in reliability from our 97 Caravan.


Best Features

Reliability, safety.


Worst Features

Smoother, more efficient engine, better materials on the dash and doors. (Get rid of the cheap looking plastic!)


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