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.
"36,000 miles and the transmission let go....it was 3800 dollars to have the dealer replace it.
I baby my vehicles, so it was not due to abuse....
Stay away from this vehicle.... I had the 4.2 V-6 and the mileage was poor also"
"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."
"bought this van new in 2005 and have almost 160,000 miles on it. We have only done regular maintenance on it. It has been in an accident was hit on the side but that was 3 yrs ago. Would easily buy this van again. Couldnt ask fo better performance with no repairs."