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Transmission issue
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By tster1
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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there is a well documented transmission/cruise/torque converter/PCM relationship issue I have experienced. Tranny blew and dealer says not torque converter to blame. It was a sudden and catastrophic failure.


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more Ford Junk
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Mark Danico
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Loved the van until the problems started then it has been all down hill from there to the poit to where we are considering turning it in to a plant pot cause it don't move anymore.


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None


Worst Features

Get Ford to take them all back like Toyota did with there trucks and give incentives to purchase a new vehicle


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A capable people hauler
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Steve May
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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No, this is not a Honda Odyssey or a Toyota Sienna - both of them IMO are overpriced and you might as well as go for the Korean vans then. The FORD is a capable, SAFE, comfortable and quiet people hauler. It has sufficient room and handles fine. It feels and drives built solid! The steering is good and the brakes are strong. The motor is quiet and is plenty of torque whether it's loaded or not - 4.2L will do that. And yes, it does not get 20 mpg in town but the engine barely works to get the job done.....that means a long life providing it's taken care of. We have a friends with an 4.0L AERO STAR with 190K on it...going strong! A good van and a good deal!


Best Features

SAFETY RATINGS! Quiet ride. Solid built Airbags galore Adjustable pedals - my wife is 5 2 power doors. A good deal!


Worst Features

The seat cushions could be a bit higher in the back but for kids they are just fine. Independant suspension would be nice but then an axle is good for loads and towing. Gas mileage is


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Don't Buy A Freestar Van
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Found On Road Dead
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Don't buy a Freestar van. Strict with Honda or Toyota vans. This is my last Ford. This van orginal cost was $30K. It cost me $3,000 to get this van fixed with only 40K miles and I still have problems.


Best Features

This was a 2005 SEL model, top of the line interior and accessories. The only positive feature I have found.


Worst Features

Front Wheel Transmission Failure. Ford needs to recall these lemons


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From 1998 Windstar to 2005 Freestar
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Brian
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Since 2001, I had a 1998 Ford Windstar with 3.8Liter. after being fed up with 1998 Ford Windstar with blown head gasket which the coolant level keeps going down and I had transmission replaced prior in 2007 for 1998. Since January 2nd 2009, I had to trade in for a 2005 Ford Freestar which it was available at the dealer. The 2005 version is lot better and big improvements over the 1998 version. However, I noticed that the 2005 version is 1200 lbs heavier than the 1998. But it feels very stable ride, except the fuel mileage. I am getting around 19 - 20 mpg even though it stated for 24 mpg. I use the vehicle mainly for my work and carrying loads once in a while and also do some towing.


Best Features

DVD player even though I have not had an opportunity to sit throughout watching movies yet. I am the only driver driving the vehicle.


Worst Features

Need better mileage, possibility 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and reduce weight for gas mileage. AWD would be great for the vehicle.


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