Complaints about Ford Freestar
Bob

Tully, NY

#307 May 24, 2010
jurkiw wrote:
we bought a 2005 freestar van...everyone is correct its a LEMON in general!! we have water in the trunk this time it was 1 inch so we will see what the dealership has to say on tuesday...any suggestions??
The plastic insert (license plate) that goes into the metal hatch will have a hairline crack. You can caulk the cracks and that might help with the leak in the trunk.
dria

East Chicago, IN

#308 Jun 1, 2010
Kelly wrote:
Hatch back won't open and it is a keyless entry,anybody have the same problem and how can I fix it...
.......hey there, i have the same problem with my hatchback..once in a while it just will not open..i found that sometimes when i mess with the lock (i lock and unlock it) it helps....hope i helped just a little!
Pam

Griswold, IA

#309 Jun 14, 2010
I have a 06 Freestar thst has a whistling noise at random. Very annoying and no one seems to find it. I can't associate with any condition & sometimes it doesn't do it at all. Its a loud piercing whistle. My doughter has an 05 that does it too. Alot of money for a vehicle that can't be fixed & I can't get rid of yet. NO more Fords for me & I've owned a few before.
corrina b

Monessen, PA

#310 Jun 22, 2010
c ubinger wrote:
our 2004 freestar went in to repair a rust spot behind the driver side rear door, which I was told rusted from the inside, due to the use of a foam sealant, which is used for noise control, but traps moisture inside. When they fixed that rust, with the wheels off, they noticed the wheel well panel had rusted through on both sides of the springs on both sides of the van. Completely unsafe and you can see inside. In the process of contacting the ford rep to see if they will do anything to help fix what is obviously a design flaw....lemon law sounds like the right channel if it doesn't get resolved with Ford.
we are having a similar issue - about 3 months ago our 2004 ford freestar began getting wet carpet when driving on wet roads - the dealership couldnt solve it and neither could my mechanic with out costly time consuming investigation. It is of course out of warrenty - I am at wits end - any suggestions - it has a rust spot - drivers side behind side door......
Jim B

Salt Lake City, UT

#311 Jun 27, 2010
Kelly wrote:
I own a 2004 Ford Freestar and the back hatch won't open,it is a keyless entry,anybody know how I can get it open without wrecking the back hatch?
From the inside of the door there is a square looking cap in the bottom center of plastic trim that can be removed with a flat screwdriver. Once you remove that take some penetrating oil and spray it on the door latch mechanism inside. Have someone from the outside pull on the handle while you are lubricating. Eventually it should free up. If not you will need to remove the plastic door trim from the inside to get to the latch.
Our freestar has done this on at least 3 other occasions. If you lubricate it about 2x per year you may be able to prevent it from reoccuring.
PeglegBob

Chesapeake, VA

#312 Jul 22, 2010
I have an 04 Freestar with dual climate that blows cold on the passenger side and cold at the rear. However the temperature on the drivers side is anything but cold. I suspect the module but have no way to prove it. The air becomes hot when I turn the temp up to warm but it doesn't get cold when turned all the way down to cold. Can someone help me?
Tony P

Seoul, Korea

#313 Aug 3, 2010
Hello, I had my back breaks go out at 18000 and the front right CV joint fail around the same time. Then I had the transmittion go out at around 36000 but right after they fixed it two sensor went out (throttle position sensor and one other (I think it was because of water damage). After that the car seemed fine for awhile then a year later just under 50000 the nutural safty switch went out, but right after that it failed again and they found that the ECM had gotten wet some how. I rained really bad just prior. They dried the ECM out and then it seemed to run fine but then it rained again. Same problem. They sealed the whole front end and now I'm waiting to see if its fixed. The ony problem now is I'm wondering if the ECM needs to be replaced. Not getting the same excelration I had. I will never buy a Ford again. Always have a good number for a Tow truck....
Timm

Minneapolis, MN

#314 Aug 15, 2010
Doug wrote:
I also own a 2006 Ford Freestar. I have owned it for 2 months and it has been in the shop 5 times for a water leak.
The body molding\caulking was cracked on the rear right gutter. As well, the rear window was leaking, the side panels were improperly installed causing water leaks, and there were leaks\openings under the vehicle.
The carpet was absolutely soaked and took 3 days to dry. It actually had to be removed to dry properly.
The right rear corner was filled with foam and caulking, obviously to prevent leaks.
If you see leaks in the rear jack area, check the rain gutter in the right rear of the vehicle. See if there are any hairline cracks. Most other vehicles use rubber molding. Ford decided to use caulking instead.
There are definte flaws with this vehicle.
Any new ideas for a solution on this? My Monterey (2006) also gets soaked in the rear cargo area whenever it rains - driving or parked.
Tony P

Pyeong, Korea

#315 Aug 25, 2010
Well I finally got a fix for my ECM problem. The initial problem with the Trans was the start of my problem. When they fixed the Trans they must have removed the ECM cover and when they put it back together they over torked the nuts on the cover and cracked it on the side. The tork requirement is N5 or N7 but I think the used a air rench to put it back on. They didn't even find it I did when I was watching them work on it. Hopefully this is the last time I'm in for the ECM.
Judith

Saint Louis, MO

#316 Sep 8, 2010
Melissa wrote:
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I would try Pledge furniture polish (or something similar). I had a car collision place recommend that once because I had the same issue. Just wipe the window down with it and it should help the window go up and down easier.
I just got my 2005 van back today with the same problem. The transmission was also slipping.(54,000 miles) Water had leaked into the computer and caused both problems. They dried the computer out, used a silicon sealer, put the computer in a heavy plastic bag, and put a rubber mat over the top of the computer. Hopefully that will fix the issue.
jmlofton

Brandon, FL

#317 Sep 29, 2010
Dora V from VA wrote:
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar van.It keeps stalling on me while driving. It will turn back on after an hour.I have had it in 2 different shops and no one can find the problem.Nothing shows in the diagnostics. The last time it stalled on me,once it started it wouldn't reverse. I called the ford dealership and they would not discuss anything with me.They said I had to bring it in for a diagnostic even though I told them I've had 2 done & it doesn't show anything
I am experiencing the same problem. What was your solution? [email protected]
jeff pei

Kensington, Canada

#318 Oct 1, 2010
i have the same problem the pcm water again window not working, ithink after all the problems the compney would put a recall on all this junk.
annoyed freestar owner

Olive Hill, KY

#319 Nov 5, 2010
we have the same problem with the water and the pcm, electrical problems, it sends all kinds of problem messages, check traction control EVERYDAY almost, somtimes check doors, check tires, check brake lamps and usually there is nothing wrong with any of it. Please file complaints with NHTSA (u can do it online!) so that we can try to get this dealt with Ford needs to stand behind their product
Norman

Philadelphia, PA

#320 Nov 24, 2010
Dan D wrote:
We have had this recurring high pitched noise from the front left tire area that starts at about 15mph and keeps going no matter how fast we drive. have taken it to a very trustworthy mechanic who insists the noise is not brakes or axle related. Only until recently has the noise begun to alternate in pitch, or octive. Not willing to invest in any more money in a Ford Mechanic just to say he cant find the problem.
Was wondering if anyone has suggestions?
Thanks
my 2006 Freestar did the same thing but only at a certant speed, it was the front wheel bearings.
Roadrunner

Columbus, OH

#321 Dec 7, 2010
I have a 2004 Freestar, and I'm having the PCM replaced right now. Not sure about it getting wet, but I'm gonna mention it to the mechanic. The PCM decided it wasn't gonna recognize any of the keys that came with the van, and it thought it was being stolen. This is the last Ford product I will ever purchase, and I'm a Ford retiree.
judipenutti

Prospect, CT

#322 Dec 10, 2010
I have a 2006 Freestar too and the same thing is happening...now it started clicking when I turn both ways.
Jamie wrote:
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar SE. It is making a clicking sound when backing up and turn the wheel had it looked at said was cv joing on driver side. Has anyone else had similar problem
Alice

Carterville, IL

#323 Dec 14, 2010
Jamie wrote:
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar SE. It is making a clicking sound when backing up and turn the wheel had it looked at said was cv joing on driver side. Has anyone else had similar problem
Yup, just had the cv joint fixed in my 2006.
Alice

Carterville, IL

#324 Dec 14, 2010
Chris Elliott wrote:
Among just about everything else that can go wrong with a vehicle, the inability to put fuel in it without half of it spitting out and pouring back out on the ground has to be the most frustrating. I just retreived it from the service centre for the fourth time and they still cannot fix it. Has anyone found out what causes this so I can get it repaired.
Mine does exactly the same thing. After taking it two three different mechanics, including the Ford dealership, no one knows how to fix the problem. The last mechanic said it was a design problem with this model and there is no way to fix it. Greaaaaaaattt ... guess I will take it to a used car lot and try to dump it on some poor sucker the way it was to me! Don't spend a bunch of money trying to get it fixed either. The Ford dealership said it was a vent and charged me nearly $200.00 to "fix it." Of course that didn't do it so I took it back and they decided it was the Fuel pump and that was another $450.00 to "fix it." At that point I told them I was going to take it for a second opinion. I am glad I did but still have a sucky vehical. I have only had it for 6 months but it has spent half that time in the shop.
smokey68

Corner Brook, Canada

#325 Dec 15, 2010
Alice wrote:
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Mine does exactly the same thing. After taking it two three different mechanics, including the Ford dealership, no one knows how to fix the problem. The last mechanic said it was a design problem with this model and there is no way to fix it. Greaaaaaaattt ... guess I will take it to a used car lot and try to dump it on some poor sucker the way it was to me! Don't spend a bunch of money trying to get it fixed either. The Ford dealership said it was a vent and charged me nearly $200.00 to "fix it." Of course that didn't do it so I took it back and they decided it was the Fuel pump and that was another $450.00 to "fix it." At that point I told them I was going to take it for a second opinion. I am glad I did but still have a sucky vehical. I have only had it for 6 months but it has spent half that time in the shop.
I had the same problem,my mechanic took out my vent that is where the fuel goes in and cleaned it all up ,there was a lot of debris in it.The part would have been really expensive but he cleaned it and I haven't had a problem since and that was about 3 years ago.The only thing is that my engine light stays on because the part was removed and the same one replaced,the dialosis says I have a leaky fuel cap,but that is because the vent was removed,hope this helps you.
Kelly

Harrisburg, PA

#326 Dec 21, 2010
We bought a used 2004 Freestar SEL with 70K miles on it in May 2010. We haven't had any problems with it until last month (November 2010). The battery/charging light started to come on. We took it to get it checked but the battery and alternator came back fine, so we didn't think anything of it since it didn't cause any other problems. Now the check engine light is on, and it started to stall at red lights/in sitting traffic and also when over 2K rpm/over 65mph all the lights go off and come back on right away like power cuts. We don't know whats causing this, and have no clue what to check next and if the stalling is even related to the battery/alternator problems were having.

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