If you have a large family and owning a full-size
SUV holds no appeal, the next best method for getting them to and fro is the venerable
minivan. Though it probably won't garner many admiring glances or flashing thumbs-up, Ford's Freestar is more than competent at carrying large numbers of passengers and/or vast amounts of cargo. The Freestar offers a roomy and highly versatile interior, has a good safety and crash-test record and features a long list of optional equipment demanded by today's multi-media-savvy families. What the Freestar lacks is class-leading horsepower (though its torque ratings are excellent), the option of an extended body, all-wheel-drive and a strong resale value.
"Purchased new in Spring 2006, 06 Freestar Cargo Van. Good factory discounts at the time. Resale values are not real strong. Overall its been very reliable with no mechanical or quality issues. Mine has traction control and advance trac options, but things can still get hairy on slick or winter roads without good tire tread. The Goodyears that were stock were awful for traction. I since put on Firestone which were an improvement. Cargo space is not real vast but ok for most jobs. Consider the new Transit Connect if you want a good cargo hauler or something more customizable."
"I have owned ford's all my life, and when my windstar needed replacing, I bought a new 2004 freestar. It now has 67000 miles, has been in the shop about 30 times in 3 years (yes, that's about once a month). Plastic parts keep falling off, I've had leaks, I've replaced all door motors, The stearing needed to be replaced, and it goes on and on. I'm nearing the end of my 75000 mile warantee, and am very concerned.
Also when we bought the car, my boys were 7 and 11, now at 14 and 12, the way back is difficult to get in and out of, and the boys feel very cramped.
Loud cabin noise makes conversation impossible."
"I bought this vehicle used for a great price. I have 3 boys and a car would have been too small and SUV's were way too expensive. For the most part it's great on gas 18 miles per gallon city and about 23 hwy. I really love this car and I wish Ford would not have stopped making them. So far no major problems I always keep up with the normal maintenance. The cab is pretty quiet on the hwy and in town. I have not had any problems with the AC or panels falling off. If you have problems getting in and out of the back seat the middle bench moved back and forth and the middle seat and be folded forward. I'm glad I made the purchase and someday hope to pass it down to my oldest son. I have my eye on the new Ford Taurus X."