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From 1998 Windstar to 2005 Freestar
By Brian on
2005 Ford Freestar SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
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.
DVD player even though I have not had an opportunity to sit throughout watching movies yet. I am the only driver driving the vehicle.
Need better mileage, possibility 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and reduce weight for gas mileage. AWD would be great for the vehicle.