The most common repair issues on the Ford Freestar involve transmission problems, according to car repair statistics website CarComplaints.com. The Freestar is also under recall for multiple issues as of 2015, including defects in its transmission and corrosion problems that prevent the rear seat from locking into place correctly.
Ford Freestar owners frequently experience severe transmission problems, with complete failure of the transmission common. The problem is most prevalent on 2004 and 2005 Freestars, which are also the models under recall for failures of the torque converter used in the vehicle's automatic transmission. A Freestar may experience a complete loss of power to the wheels If the torque converter fails, resulting in a high risk of accidents if the vehicle is in motion. Ford is replacing the torque converter in affected vehicles free of charge as part of the recall.
Ford Freestars built for the 2004 through 2007 model years are under recall for corrosion problems in the attachment points for their third-row fold-down seats. In addition to loosening the connection between the seat and the rear wheel wells, this corrosion also affects the seat locking mechanism. Occupants of the rear seats are at higher risk of injury in a rear-end collision If the third-row seat is not latched correctly.