Used 2006 Ford Freestar Minivan

2006 Ford Freestar
List price
$5,995

Pros

  • Plenty of safety features, upscale looks inside and out, roomy interior.

Cons

  • Unrefined powertrains with less horsepower and worse fuel economy than those of competing minivans, low-grade interior materials, hard-to-remove second-row seats, can't get a navigation system.

Used 2006 Ford Freestar Minivan for Sale

Ford Freestar 2006 SE 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)
76,136 miles
Used 2006
Ford Freestar
SE
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Ford Freestar 2006 Limited 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Used 2006
Ford Freestar
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2006 Ford Freestar has all the right safety features, but is outclassed in just about every other area, from performance to interior design. Better minivans, for less money, can be found elsewhere.

vehicle overview

Ford has been outclassed and, more importantly, outsold in the minivan segment for years. The Ford Windstar (1995-2003) was known for its safety reputation, but it didn't have the smart packaging, bulletproof reliability or innovative features to appeal to shoppers looking at Grand Caravans and Odysseys. Ford had a chance to catch up when it reworked the Windstar and renamed it the Freestar for 2004. Unfortunately, the company missed the boat.

Ford's updated minivan finally offers fold-flat third-row seating years after the competition. The third-row seat can even flip around to a rear-facing position for tailgate parties, a feature Mazda and Honda offered years ago. The cabin includes many more storage areas, and there's an optional DVD entertainment system to keep the kids occupied. There is no navigation system available, though, and that's a big problem in this segment, where upscale features are becoming more important.

The one thing the Windstar did have going for it was an impressive crash safety rating for its front occupants, and the Freestar has continued that tradition with its five-star sweep of government crash tests and top rating in frontal offset crash testing. This minivan also offers side curtain airbag protection for all three rows of passengers. In a rollover situation, both sides will deploy and can stay inflated for up to six seconds for added protection. The Ford Freestar continues to offer staples like stability control, a reverse-sensing system and adjustable pedals. Ford claims to have tripled its budget for interior design over the last several years, and vehicles like the Aviator, Explorer and Navigator are obvious indications that the money was well spent.

The Freestar also reaps the rewards of Ford's new attention to interior design. It offers a step up from the Windstar in terms of a higher-quality look of the cabin accommodations. The Ford's interior has a bit of a European flair with chrome-trimmed gauges and a very clean, uncluttered overall look. Unfortunately, the good-looking interior is only skin-deep, as the materials still feel subpar. And in most respects, the Freestar lacks the day-to-day functionality of other vans. Ford is facing an uphill battle, as the Freestar does not compare favorably against the competition. As if to add insult to injury, the 2006 Ford Freestar is one of the more expensive minivans on the market, but if you decide you must have one, you're apt to find Ford dealerships willing to offer sizable discounts. Nevertheless, most buyers will be much happier with one of its superior competitors.

trim levels & features

The Ford Freestar minivan is available in three trim levels -- SE, SEL and Limited. SE models start you out with a second-row bench seat, a fold-flat third-row seat, cruise control, keyless entry, a CD player and privacy glass. Step up to the SEL and you get a rear air conditioner, a power driver seat, foglamps, second-row bucket seats and a unique exterior appearance package. The top-line Limited includes upgraded interior trim with leather upholstery, power-sliding doors, automatic climate control and additional exterior chrome accents. Optional features for the 2006 Freestar include items like a second-row bench seat, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power liftgate and, on the Limited, heated front seats.

performance & mpg

Two engines are available on the Ford Freestar. The base 3.9-liter V6 produces an adequate 193 horsepower, while offering a healthy 240 pound-feet of torque. An available large-displacement 4.2-liter V6 makes just 201 hp, but offers 263 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are torque-rich and deliver adequate power for most situations, but they tend to run out of breath at higher speeds. A four-speed automatic is standard on all models. The Freestar's fuel economy numbers are unimpressive; the 3.9-liter minivan is rated 18 city/23 highway while the 4.2 earns a more dismal 17/23 rating.

safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are standard on all Freestar minivans. Available safety features include side curtain airbags that span all three rows of seating and the AdvanceTrac stability and traction control system, which incorporates a panic brake assist feature. The Ford Freestar earned five stars (the best possible) for its performance in NHTSA frontal impact tests. For side impacts, the van received five stars for rear-occupant protection and four stars for front passengers. The IIHS named the Freestar a "Best Pick" for its performance in the 40-mph frontal offset crash test.

driving

The 2006 Ford Freestar meets the minimum requirements of most minivan buyers: It provides adequate power and a comfortable ride. It's heavier than most minivans and therefore isn't as adept when negotiating corners and freeway entrance ramps. Either engine offers enough power for easy around-town travel, but their vigor diminishes during highway passing maneuvers. Neither one scores well in the refinement department, as they're noisier than most other V6s in this segment.

interior

Ford designers have equipped the Freestar minivan with a shapely dash and steering wheel, and attractive materials. Good as the materials look, they feel cheap to the touch and are, on the whole, below average among minivans. The fold-flat third-row seat allows for flexible use of the available space, but the seat folds only as a single piece, rather than allowing a 60/40-split. Legroom in the second row can be tight for adults and children alike, and the seats themselves are hard to remove when you need to make way for cargo.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Ford Freestar.

Finally showing body rust @ 205K miles-4th Update
Bill Adams, 10/13/2015
Was purchased in 2011 at 94K miles, & now has 189K on 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 work as they should. 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 w/no leaks. It has the quietest & smoothest shifting automatic transmission I have ever owned, & 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 & 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. Even though Ford hasn't made Windstar, Freestar, or Monterey minivans since 2007, there are still a fair number of them on the road. I know people who like them & will hate to give them up when they finally do 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, 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 R&I, about 10 hrs. total just for that. 2.) Since the cover has never been removed, the bolts attaching it to the 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 everything else is working well & the body is still solid & rust-free, we would trade it in. But since the 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 $2500 over another 2-3 years before retiring it. Still hoping for 300K. Update - 11/4/17 @ 202,000 miles - Nothing new to report; no oil burning or leaks yet. All features still work as they should, including the transmission, which is original & has never been opened up. 15K fluid changes do pay off! Update - 5/6/18 @205,655 miles: No repairs, but rust is now showing on left rocker panel & right sliding door. May get an estimate on repairs, if anyone in this area does that kind of work.
Sad to see it go
Erin, 2/29/2016
The 2006 Freestar is the best vehicle I've owned. It was my first "real" car purchase (my first one that cost over $4k) at a time that I had young kids and Scouts to haul frequently. It was a program car with about 28k miles on it when I bought it. I got the Ford Certified warranty with it, which I later used to repair a bad wheel bearing. Other than the wheel bearing, I've had NO problems with this car. I've only replaced tires, brakes and plugs & wires (as prevention at 75k miles). Unfortunately, with only 92k miles on it, I'm faced with having to let it go. It's begun to get some rust on the inside bottoms of the doors, which will soon come through to the front. (We live in North Dakota, and deal with salt and other melting solvents on the roads). The bigger concern, though, is that the driver's side wheel well is rusting out, which has loosened the panel that holds the ring that the third-row seat clips to inside. The ring moves, and I'm certain that if I had anyone in the back row in an accident, the seat could pull loose, flipping them backwards and creating head and neck injuries or worse. I'd hoped to keep the van for a few more years, and we may still -- but we'll have to use it as a 4-seat vehicle, instead of 7. And if we pass it down to our teenagers, we may remove the third row to eliminate the temptation of cramming friends in the unsafe third row. I've loved having the extra space that the third row has allowed by folding flat, and how the second row bucket seats tip forward for extra cargo room. And I especially loved having that space without paying the extra $10k for Stow-n-Go in a Caravan. Mine had the leather seats -- and the driver's seat has worn quite a bit over the years. Overall, it's been a great vehicle with nearly no problems. Just wish the body had held out longer. UPDATE: Shortly after posting my review, I found out there was a recall on my van -- just not on MY van. I wasn't in a state included in the recall for the rusting wheel well -- but I live 1 mile from the border of a state that was included. I called Ford and they agreed to have it checked out by the local dealer and within a few hours, Ford had agreed to replace the wheel well and it was in great shape again. Safe to use the third row seat again! There is still a bit of rust forming, but I'm in N.D., with a lot of snow and salt on the roads, so it's understandable. I now have about 98,000 miles on the van and it's still running great, so I hope to get several more years out of it.
JUST BOUGHT AND LOVE IT
ROBERT CARRICATO, 1/6/2006
The Ford Freestar is a good product. The only thing is the rear seat is low to floor. This is so the seat when folded can go into rear cargo space in floor. Ok for kids. Not so comfy for adults on long trips. The interior is great. Very comfy captains chairs in 2nd row...overall very nice van.
Happy owner so far
Tim Lu, 11/27/2006
Had 2006 Sport for about a year and 25k, no problem so far. Drawn to it by the price (for the same level, 6-disc CD, reverse sensing system, alloy wheels DVD, etc), I would have spent $10k more on Japanese models. Overall, a great vehicle for the price.
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
193 hp @ 4500 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 4250 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 2
4-speed automatic
Gas
193 hp @ 4500 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
Gas
201 hp @ 4250 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2006 Ford Freestar Minivan Overview

The Used 2006 Ford Freestar Minivan is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), SEL 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A), Cargo 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), and Limited 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A).

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