Second-generation airbags that deployed with less force were also new for 1998. In 2009 Ford replaced the Freestar with the Ford Flex and, in Mexico, the Ford Transit. The Freestar feels as solid as granite and the ride, handling and overall performance are greatly enhanced by the stiffer, more rigid body. My only complaint is that the spare tire hoist is not accessible without unloading the cargo area. To compensate for the lack of a driver's side sliding door, the edge of the driver's door was extended rearward six inches 152 mm ; it was not possible to create a driver's side sliding door with the current body shell as the entire safety structure of the Windstar was designed as it being a 3 door vehicle. The interior is chockfull of bins and under-floor storage as well as no less than nine cup holders. The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar.
Unique to the Premier was the option of heated and cooled front seats, a class exclusive at the time. It houses a 4-speed automatic transmission and one of two V-6 engines. The last Ford Windstar was produced on July 25, 2003. The third row stowable seat can experience corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells. Following a decline in sales during the mid-2000s, Ford withdrew the Freestar and Monterey after the 2007 model year. The final Monterey was produced by Oakville Assembly on August 25, 2006; the final Freestar was produced on December 29, 2006.
In 2009 Ford replaced the Freestar with the Ford Flex and, in Mexico, the Ford Transit. In the United States only , the Freestar was powered by a 193 hp 3. Also, some reviewers charge that the name change from Mercury Monterey to Ford Freestar caused confusion. In total, 32,195 examples were sold over its three-year production run. When it's time to refuel, filling the tank completely and writing down the number of gallons it took to fill the tank and the vehicle's new odometer reading. Cargo space behind the third row totals 27.
Driving Impressions Like its Windstar predecessor, the Freestar seems a little more trucklike than most minivans. In the redesign, the Ford Freestar saw a minor exterior facelift. In its development, the Freestar saw the addition of heavier-duty drive axles, larger wheel bearings, and the standardization of four-wheel disc brakes. It replaced the Ford Windstar and marked Ford's move toward alliteration that is, naming all their vehicles with the letter F. It just seems to work, and work well. Interior Freestars can seat up to seven occupants. The Monterey was offered solely with the 4.
Recall Date 2013-03-07 Description Ford is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles manufactured from March 24, 2003, through November 7, 2006, equipped with a third row seat and originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Very few Freestars were manufactured. The Freestar's innovative fold-down third row was unfortunately adapted by competitors very quickly and took away any early market edge that the Freestar might have established. Also, there was a tow package available with a damper controlled automatic load-leveling rear air suspension system with class three tow hitch. These transmission failures were most susceptible with the 3. I would deal with Av8tor motors and Chris again in a heartbeat.
The Ford Freestar was manufactured in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. A cargo van version is also available. It is matched with a new smoother-shifting four-speed automatic transmission. Limited models have chrome exterior trim and power sliding doors, as well as heated signal mirrors with puddle lamps and 16-inch chrome wheels. The engine noise reviews I have read are very exaggerated.
The Freestar is fairly easy to drive and maneuvers with acceptable agility. It houses a 4-speed automatic transmission and one of two V-6 engines. Remember to reset it at each fillup. The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar. Compared to the old Windstar, the Freestar's body is more squared-off, although Ford's signature egg-crate grille and broad lower side cladding are still present on the high-end models. For example, the 2005 Ford Freestar ranked second just behind the Dodge Caravan on J. The Freestar's interior includes a handsome and functional dash, with all controls within easy reach of both driver and passenger.
It handles fairly well for it's size, and has adequate power even when loaded down. Shifting from the trademark curved dashboard of the previous Ford Windstar, the Ford Freestar adopted a flat dashboard, sharing many design elements with the then-upcoming Ford Five Hundred. In this vehicle, it is especially sensitive to jackrabbit starts and jacka-- stops. Along with the Mercury Monterey, the Ford Freestar is a seven-seat minivan. Subframe Corrosion: In March 2011 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford announced another Ford Windstar recall over corrosion concerns.
Cold weather drives the average down to about 18. Head protection Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat. It has been driven on a number of vacations; no complaints from the family. No changes were made until March 2003. I have had no problems with the Freestars transmission. The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Ford Windstar. The Ford Freestar was manufactured in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.