2005 Ford Freestar

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$23,930

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2005 Ford Freestar

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Passenger space
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Performance
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • Interior ergonomics
  • Fuel economy in city
  • Ride comfort in city
  • Engine noise
  • Trucklike characteristics

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Choice of two V-6s
  • Fold-away third-row seat
  • Optional side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Five trim levels

2005 Ford Freestar review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Ford introduced a brand-new minivan for 2004 named the Freestar, which replaced Ford’s Windstar minivan. Mercury’s Monterey is related to the Freestar.

Five trim levels are available: S, SE, SES, SEL and top-of-the-line Limited. The third-row seat can be positioned to face the rear for tailgate parties, and it can fold flat into the floor. A power liftgate became optional after the start of the 2004 model year.

For 2005, a new liftgate spoiler is available on the SES model. Ford indicated that it could stop making minivans after 2005.

Exterior
The Freestar’s appearance is similar to the previous Windstar. Distinctive front-end styling themes differentiate the models. S and SE models have a body-color treatment. The SEL and Limited get a chrome grille, and the SES displays a black grille. Limited models have color-coordinated two-tone lower body paint.

Large upright headlights and an eggcrate grille integrate with the hood and front fenders. Contoured rear bumpers promise a low liftover height.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch tires on aluminum wheels are optional. Measuring 201 inches long overall, the Freestar rides a 120.8-inch wheelbase.

Interior
The Freestar will seat up to seven occupants. In S, SE and SES models, the standard second-row bench seat can slide horizontally. Second-row captain’s chairs in upper-end models include a fold-and-tumble feature.

Overhead consoles contain readouts for outside temperature, a compass and auxiliary buttons for the power sliding doors, if installed. Front-door cupholders can hold 20-ounce beverages. Ford’s Conversation Mirror lets drivers watch children in the rear. Adjustable pedals, a DVD entertainment system and Ford’s Reverse Sensing System are optional.

Under the Hood
A 193-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 is standard in S, SE and SES models. A 4.2-liter V-6 in the SEL and Limited generates 201 hp and 263 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. On Freestars equipped with Ford’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability system, panic brake assist � which applies added pressure in an emergency � is included. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Like its Windstar predecessor, the Freestar seems a little more trucklike than most minivans. When parking, this minivan seems unusually wide.

Performance with the 4.2-liter V-6 is energetic, and the automatic transmission yields prompt, smooth shifts. Moderate engine noise during acceleration is present. The Freestar is fairly easy to drive, and it maneuvers with acceptable agility. The ride is sufficiently smooth on good surfaces.

The seat bottoms are short but offer good support. Front headroom is abundant, and elbowroom is adequate. Second-row occupants get plenty of space when bucket seats are installed. Squeezing into the third row isn’t too difficult.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Good Van

Just bought it for $900 Needed a few basic repairs but nothing major. Thinking previous owner put money into it. Currently pushing 350.000 KM! Drivers like a car. Little hard on gas but for a tall guy and bigger people it's very comfortable! Heated leather seats even. Made a Ford fan out of me. Tons of room, can't say anything bad about it.

4.7

Its a Minivan

I have owned 2 Ford Freestars now. I have been impressed with both. Both were for my wife, and both have served us well. It is a plain looking van, which is what we wanted. The v-6 has plenty of power when needed for merging, and daily driving. The kids have enough room with the 2 bucket seats mid-ship. Van #1 went over 200,000mi before the transmission started acting up. (Not the T/C recall, just worn out) I am an automotive Mechanic, and am pleased with the ease of working on these machines. They are in my opinion well laid out both under the hood, and in the interior.

1.0

It broke down within 50 miles of driving it off a

This car had the check engine light turned off ny the dealership so i would not know there was a problem until i drove it 50 miles then they never fixed it i had to psy to grt the first problem foxed now less than 30 days later it doed completely

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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