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Poor components
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By Dr. Gonzo
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2004 Ford Freestar Limited 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Bought van new. Main problems have been with poor components. Examples: Have had to replace both front power window motors, driver seat heater, driver seat adjustment motor, and 6CD/radio has been replaced TWICE, fuel pump died on the highway at 60K. Fortunately no problems with engine/transmission; not even leaking/burning oil with almost 90K on it. Poor fuel economy as I can only get to 18mpg on highway. I've owned Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Mazda and Hyundai and this will likely be the last domestic vehicle I ever own.


Best Features

Safety features (airbags/curtains, stability control, antilock brakes), fold flat rear seat, cargo capacity.


Worst Features

Need to get better parts from suppliers.


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Transmission Problems
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By G.D. Henderson
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2004 Ford Freestar S 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


Review

The car has been good, except when it stranded me and my family in a remote stretch of Texas road when the transmission suddenly failed without any warning whatsoever. Turns out it was the faulty spline design of the torque converter, where the splines (gear type teeth) stripped out. Cost wss over $1200.00 for repair, $300.00 rental car and $200 towing - plus missing a family Labor Day gathering at my mothers. After reading of the huge number of transmission failures on this vehicle on other web sites, I now question the reliability of this vehicle and may shift over from Fords. Being a registered Mechanical Engineer, I know how important reliability is, especially for your family.


Best Features

Smooth ride, large gas tank (26 Gal, can go over 500 miles), good load capacity. Car has 93K miles, so overall, not to bad except for the transmission.


Worst Features

More robustly designed transmission components, better design of rotors - they warp, causing vibration when braking; & better design of EGR valve - had to replace one myself where part cost $200 from Ford.


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


Review

Worst vehicle that I have every owned. Feared for my safety in this vehicle. I would not recommend it to anyone. I will not purchase another Ford vehicle ever again because of having such a bad experience with this vehicle. Review NHTSA site for numerous complaints.


Best Features

storaway back seat


Worst Features

Fix the safety issues with the vehicle. The PCM and the transmission need to be totally replaced.


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Recall is Needed-Transmission
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By Anabel
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2004 Ford Freestar Limited 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


Review

If the transmission issues would not happen. This van would be great. But the reliability of the vehicle and the safety of my children and whomever is in it comes first. This vehicle is unsafe. Please go to NHTSA or safercar.gov and draw your own conclusion.


Best Features

quiet and smooth driving when it is actually running.


Worst Features

comfort for back passengers and better reliable seatbelts in back. Recall of transmission that is currently in use for this model. A sensor to stop the electronic door from shutting when there is someone in the way.


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Not Built Ford Tough
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By Robert M
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2004 Ford Freestar S 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


Review

transmission failed at 88000 miles.The failure was not do to neglect or abuse. this was 2 weeks before the warranty was up. and Ford of Canada is telling us to bad. they say water must have got into the transmission and that's what caused the internal parts to get rusty, but are not sure how it got in there. after calling them they tell us it's not covered. so much for "Built Ford Tough" & "Quality is #1"


Best Features

The inside space.


Worst Features

Issue a recall on the defective transmissions!!!!


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