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Vehicle SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Review The van was purchased in 2011 at 94K miles, & now has 189K on it. It spent its first year as a rental unit in Hawaii, then as a private vehicle in the Twin Cities. There is still no body rust, & all features & functions work as they should. It's still squeak & rattle free, & has a tight, solid feel overall. Wind noise is a bit below average. Engine, transmission, & exhaust appear to be original, unopened, & are working well & not leaking. It has the quietest and smoothest shifting automatic transmission I have ever owned, and the engine burns no oil. Service and Repairs so far (189K): Routine oil & filter changes with Mobil-1 5W-20 every 6K miles. New right front wheel bearing at 145K. Pads & rotors (normal wear & tear) @ 155,000 - DIY. Spark plugs, coil pack, & wires at 96K, DIY, as a preventive measure. Problem w/water in PCM connector causing misfiring & error codes - DIY - cleaned & sealed connector. New rear shocks at 155K - easy to DIY on this van. New headlight bulbs twice - DIY; no tools needed except possibly a car key. New serpentine belt - 100K. I have a complete ATF flush/change every 15-20K as PM - this has paid off in the form of NO transmission problems on 2 other minivans (98 Windstar & 95 Plymouth Voyager) that were notorious for transmission problems. It easily tows a small utility trailer, & also tow a 1900 lb. boat plus trailer, which is the max I would tow with it, & then I keep it in 3rd. gear in hills, with the A/C off. Pros: Good crisp handling (for a mini-van), snappy performer w/good passing power, 6-disc CD player, cornering lights (SEL & Limited only), good heating & A/C, rear seat folds into floor, nice styling, comfortable front seats, good sound system. Cons: Blind spot to driver's left rear, so-so mileage - 18-20 local, 21-24 highway, road noise (varies with pavement surface & type of tire; as a fleet vehicle it may not have had as much sound deadening material added when built (fleet delete?), only one switch to operate both rear vent windows, middle seats are heavy & hard to take out or put back in, & middle & rear seats are too low - okay for children & short people, uncomfortable for tall people. IMO, with the Windstar, Ford started with a great basic design that attracted many customers at first, & might have taken a larger share of the minivan segment. But by cutting corners, letting customer care slide, & making ill-advised mechanical changes which resulted in serious problems in a previously bulletproof engine design, Ford failed to attract & maintain a loyal customer base. Considering that they haven't made Windstar, Freestar, or Mercury Monterey minivans since 2007, there are still quite a few of them on the road, & I know people who like them & will hate to part with them when they finally wear out. However, early in the program and occasionally thereafter, there was a need for in-the-field debugging, & by failing to quickly address the weaknesses, Ford caused the line to die prematurely, IMO. However, we really like ours, have had excellent service from it so far, and hope to get about 300K miles out of it, depending on how badly it rusts and future parts availability. Update - Not much new to report at 189,000 miles. No repairs or service beyond regular maintenance. New tires & a wheel alignment 15,000 miles ago. Update - 193,000 miles - Replaced both headlamp housings due to yellowing. ALSO, our first major repair. It's at an independent shop for replacement of the engine front cover, seals, & gaskets. This part encloses the timing sprockets & chain, & also houses the water pump & passages & oil filter adapter. It is being replaced because of a serious oil leak in the lower front area of the engine. We expect the cost to exceed $2000. It started as a tiny leak, that didn't even leave spots under the van, but when large oil spots appeared on the garage floor, I took it in. The reasons for the high cost are 1.) To access the cover, the entire drive train must be lowered from the body, meaning about 5 hours each just for those R&I operations. 2.) Since the cover has never been removed in about 11 years, the bolts attaching it to the engine block are rusted in place. The cover will have to be cut off, the bolts replaced, the oil pan removed to clean out any debris, the new cover installed, & then everything put back together. If it weren't for the fact that all the mechanicals are solid & working well & the body is still solid & rust-free, we would probably just trade it in. But since this van still looks & runs great, & we would pay much more for a comparable vehicle, I will pay for this repair, & probably as much as another $2000-3000 over another 2-3 years before we consider retiring it. I'm still hoping for 300K.
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What options are available on the 2006 Ford Freestar?
Available Ford Freestar 2006 Submodel Types: Minivan
Available Trims: SE, SEL, SES, S
Exterior Colors: Matador Red Clearcoat Metallic, Medium Steel Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Shadow Gray Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Spruce Green Clearcoat Metallic
Interior Colors: Pebble
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Third-row seating, Tire Pressure Warning, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Alarm, 2nd Row Bucket Seats