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Nice people hauler
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By 3kids&adog
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought this van used with about 17,000 miles. It has cloth bench seats and an optional factory overhead DVD player. Has been quite reliable so far. Now has 113,000 or so miles, and has developed a bit of a miss, maybe even transmission shudder, but the dealer says it just need a tune up. Good value, I'll post again after the tune-up.


Best Features

good highway cruiser, not bad around town either, for a van. Dvd player, dual zone heat & a/c.


Worst Features

Adjustable headrests, better control of rear a/c vents.


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Still satisfied
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By Family Priorities
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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We shopped around quite a bit with all brands of vans at the time, and Ford had the best safety at the time and historically. Safety of GM and Chrysler were unacceptable. Honda's was same as Chrysler, and had history of trans issues. Toyota had brought up their safety to match 5 star, but only more recently, and had history of engine sludge issues. Drives well, comfortable even on long trips, and plenty of room for kids and all associated junk. No major problems up to now. Good gas mileage and surprising performance for something of this weight, which is really what we needed for a double stroller, etc.


Best Features

MP3 6-CD changer, seats that fold into the floor, lots of room: we hauled a huge amount of bamboo from a nursery several hundred miles away, with the kids in the middle row of seats. It was quite a sight!


Worst Features

Better resale would be nice: it's worth less than half what we paid for it; but we knew when we bought it that vans were going out of style and declining in value. That's why Ford stopped making them. We plan to drive it until the wheels fall off, so it really doesn't matter.


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2005 Freestar
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By kevin walsh
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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Excellent vehicle, purchased from dealer certified with 12K miles & 1 retail owner. $15,600, can't beat that. We like the 2nd row captains seats. Drives as minivan should, solid & rattle free. Completely satisfied.


Best Features

Seating arrangement w/ quad captain's chair seating.


Worst Features

Better quality plastic on dash, interior.


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Not recommended for families
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By b austin
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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The gas mileage is not good for the amount of comfort and conveniences that a van should provide. The rear seats are not very comfortable for adults. Seat belt reminders are annoying. Tire pressure gauges are very handy. The brakes are prone to glaze over. Maybe they are not equipped for the weight of The vehicle. This surprises me since this vehicle is designed for the "soccer mom". The expense of the vehicle, the cost of fuel, the constant brake repairs, and the cost of registration for the weight of this vehicle are not worth it for the amount of comfort or conveniences supposedly offered in a minivan. I would choose something else if I were looking to take a big loss on this and trade it in.


Best Features

Delayed shut off of accessories allows you to roll up the windows, hear your radio, and use interior lights until the doors are opened. Warning lights for potential problems are very nice.


Worst Features

Should be better equipped for the price. The engineers should redesign the brake system to allow for the weight of this vehicle. Not a good place to cut costs!


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Rattles and noises
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By James Littlefield
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2005 Ford Freestar Minivan SES 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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Isn't it possible for Ford to build an auto that doesn't have rattles in it and doesn't sound like a cement mixer when idling? Friends of ours have a new Toyoda van and when idling, it is impossible to hear it running. My new Freestar sounds like a cement mixer compared to the Toyota. Also at times there is a noise from behind the dash that sounds 100% like a tuning fork. Have taken van back to garage, and of course it doesn't act up! Am I the only one that has had these problems?


Best Features

Great van to drive, very comfortable.


Worst Features

Better sound absorbing insulation. Also better quality control.


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