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Ford Freestar


Ford is recalling certain model year Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles manufactured from March 24, , through November 7, , 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. The third row stowable seat can experience corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells. As a result of the corrosion, the third row seat may not fully latch into its seating position.

What should you do:

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall began on March 28, Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at

For more information:

Ford&#;s recall campaign number is 13SOwners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (TTY ), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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Ford Freestar User Reviews

Ford Freestar SELReview

knobonk writes:

Interior Reconfiguration:

Solid, Reliable, Non-nonsense Minivan — The steering, braking, and L engine work to give to give this van a solid feel and good handling. The front seats are firm, but comfortable, even for long tripsrear seats however are a little low and leave taller people feeling a little close to their knees. The fold-flat rear seat is great when you need cargo space, and when it's up, you have a nice, deep, trunk area to keep your groceries from sliding all over. The interior looks nice, but is pretty "no frills". You won't find a lot of bells and whistles, but all the basics are coveredpower windows, locks, mirrors, CD, steering wheel controls for cruise and stereo. We were a little disappointed to not have an aux input to listen to our iPod on long trips, otherwise the stereo is good. Speaking of long trips, it is a little noisy at highway speeds (not enough to interfere with conversations, but noticeable), but the gas mileage is good (27mpg on one trip we took!). Easy to drive, easy to maintain, good solid minivan.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Comfortable (driver/passenger), reliable, tight controls and good handling for a minivan, easy to maintain, pretty good mileage for a minivan

Cons: Rear seats are low--a little uncomfortable for teens/adults, road noise gets a little loud at high speeds, no aux input on the stereo

32 of 33 people found this review helpful.

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Ford Freestar LimitedReview

StreetCop writes:

Interior Reconfiguration:

A Compromise — I bought this vehicle replacing a full size van. I thought a mini-van would get better milage without compromising the convenience of a full size van. Towing--rated at #, it does OK. Fuel Economy-I'm observing 20mph on freeway at mph--it should be doing better. Around town? Fuel Economy is my full size van did this well. In the end, the mini-van was just too much of a compromise, it isn't a truck frame/suspension, etc

Primary Use: Family transportation

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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Ford Freestar SEReview

spidermanmex writes:

Freestar — All fine, good size, performance, maintanance is expensicve and too much gas use. For the family is an excellent option, and for friends too, all because the size and comodity, thats a reazon to buy this type of car by

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Size and Performance

Cons: Gas and Fuel Tank fail

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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Ford Freestar SESReview

Eric writes:

My Ford Freestar — V6 HP great sound system!! seates 7 has fog lights THiS FAN CAN MOVE!!!! has sport springs and handles great has SLR chip hp now! 2 sliding doors easy to get in and out for and not to big and not to small :D

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Great power!! Handles greatly!!! Great Sound Syestem

Cons: Hard to get into 3 row, 3 row for small chirlden

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Ford Freestar LimitedReview

Jerry writes:

Fore Freestar — it handles well, and gives plenty of room for the grandkids. I like the styling. compared to my old pick up this is easy to drive

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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Ford Freestar SESReview

Chris writes:

Ford Freestar — It's a van - what more can you say - it starts - it runs, the windows go up and down and as all minivans are - it's a chick magnet. everyone should one 3 or four. it sucks in the snow, the astro was way better in the snow and it was rear wheel drive.

Pros: the windows go up and down - this is new for me!

Cons: it stinks in the snow.

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Ford Freestar SEReview

Shannon writes:

Ford Freestar — Well, its a Freestar - minivan. There is lots of room, the seats are a breeze to work. I have almost k on it now and have spent less than a thousand on it in repair - besides usual maintance, tires, brakes, oil etc the only thing really broke was a/c and that could have been a result of the deer hit. It gets great mileage, still gettin 26 on the hwy. Does great on gavel and snow.

Pros: Runs good, Low repair bills

Cons: well, its a mini van

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Ford Freestar SESReview

Jeff writes:

Mini Van, Mega Fun!! — love it, runs great, good gas mileage, total babe magnet, and you just throw your kids in one of the dual sliding rear doors and take off!!

Pros: you can fit like 50 kids in this thing, trust me i know!!

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Ford Freestar SELReview

jims writes:

Like The Style And That The Seats Fold Out Of The Way — We have enjoyed travelling in this minivan, buat it does have a lot of wind noise. Also, it seems to be common that the BACK brakes wear out within 20, miles -- be sure to check before warranty runs out. Also, we had to replace tires at 25, miles.

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:25,

Pros: comfortable, easy to handle, lots of room

Cons: not well made, warranty not long enough

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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Technical Specifications:
Ford Freestar SE

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ford freestar SE


Front Anti-Roll Bar

Front stabilizer bar

Front Suspension

Front independent suspension

Front Tires (Option)


Power Steering

Power rack-and-pinion steering

Rear Suspension

Rear solid axle suspension

Spare Tire

Compact spare tire

Tire Pressure Monitoring System


Wheel Type

Steel wheels with covers

Wheel Type (Option)

16'' alloy wheels


Front-wheel drive


L V6 OHV 12 valves

Stability Control (Option)


Traction Control (Option)



4 speed automatic transmission

Gross Vehicle Weight


Max Trailer Weight


Air Conditionning

Air conditioning

Cargo Net (Option)

Rear cargo net

Courtesy Dome Light

Front door courtesy lamps

DVD Entertainment System (Option)

Autovision DVD entertainment system

Driver Vanity Mirror

Driver side vanity mirror

Front Wipers

Variable intermittent wipers

Number of Speakers

4 speakers

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Passenger side vanity mirror

Power Adjustable Pedals (Option)


Power Rear Quarter Windows


Reading Light

Front and 2nd row reading lamps

Rear Air Conditionning (Option)

Dual-zone front air conditioning + rear auxiliary air conditioning

Rear Heating

Rear floor heater ducts

Rear View Mirror

Day/night rear view mirror

Rear Wipers

Rear intermittent wiper

Single CD

Single CD player

Smoking Convenience (Option)

Cigarette lighter and ashtray

Special Features (Option)

Cargo management system

Steering Wheel Adjustment

Tilt steering wheel

Trunk Light

Rear cargo area light

Bumper Colour

Body-color bumpers


Dual sliding doors

Exterior Mirror Colour

Black exterior mirrors

Headlight Type

Halogen headlamps

Power Exterior Mirrors

Power adjustable exterior mirrors

Roof Rack

Roof rack with cross bars

Side-Body Trim

Black side mouldings

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass + privacy glass

3rd Row Seat Type

3rd row Hide 'n Go seat

Door Trim

Vinyl and carpet interior door trim

Floor Console (Option)

1st row floor console

Floor Mats

All rows floor mats

Folding Rear Seats

2nd row folding and foldable bench

Front Center Armrest

Front folding armrest

FrontSeats.DriverPowerSeats (Option)

Power driver seat


Front bucket seats


Front seatback map pockets + grab handles


Cloth headliner

Instrumentation Type

Analog instrumentation

Number of Cup Holders

9 cup holders

Rear Seat Type (Option)

2nd dual bucket seats with folding armrests

Water Temperature Gauge

Engine temperature gauge

Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic

Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic

Matador Red Clearcoat Metallic

Medium Steel Blue Clearcoat Metallic

Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic

3rd Row Seat Belts

Center 3-point

Brake Assist

Brake assist

Driver Airbag

Driver side front airbag

Front Seat Belts

Height adjustable, pre-tensioner

Ignition Disable

SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

Parking Distance Sensor

Reverse sensing system

Passenger Airbag

Passenger side front airbag

Rear Seat Belts

Height adjustable, pre-tensioner

Roof Side Curtain

Side air curtain airbags

Side Airbag

Side airbags + side air curtain airbags



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Ford Windstar

Motor vehicle

The Ford Windstar (later the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey) is a minivan that was produced and sold by Ford. The replacement for the Ford Aerostar, the Windstar adopted the front-wheel drive configuration of the Chrysler minivans. From the to model years, three generations of the model line were sold, with the final generation renamed as the Ford Freestar.

Unrelated to the Nissan-developed Mercury Villager, the Windstar was marketed without a Lincoln-Mercury counterpart. As part of the launch of the Ford Freestar, Mercury introduced its first Ford-produced minivan in a revival of the Mercury Monterey nameplate.

Following a decline in sales across the minivan segment in the mids, the Freestar and Monterey were discontinued after the model year with no direct replacement. In North America, the model line was functionally matched by the 7-passenger Ford Taurus X wagon/CUV; in Mexico, the Freestar was replaced by the Ford Transit/Tourneo. In , Ford reentered the segment as the Ford Transit Connect compact MPV gained 7-passenger seating in North America.

During its production, the Ford Windstar/Freestar and the Mercury Monterey were sourced from Oakville Assembly (Oakville, Ontario). In total, 1,, were produced (1,, Windstars, , Freestars, and 32, Montereys).


In , Ford launched the Aerostar minivan with some degree of success; while it outsold the Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari, Volkswagen Vanagon, and its Japanese competition, it consistently remained in second place in terms of sales in the minivan segment. To better compete with Chrysler, Ford decided its next minivan would adopt the same front-wheel drive layout popularized by Chrysler.

Codenamed "WIN88", development of the front-wheel drive minivan commenced in with a projected introduction (for the model year). By , design work was well underway, with a concept design theme being settled on by December In , the WIN88 exterior design by Camilo Pardo was frozen for scheduled production, with prototypes being tested from early Trademarks were filed for the Windstar name at the USPTO on April 13, , with development ending in [1][2]

While developed by the Ford truck division (the designers of the Aerostar and Econoline/Club Wagon), the Windstar was designed predominantly by a women-led engineering and design team. Intended nearly exclusively for family use, the design team considered design scenarios from the perspective of pregnant women, women wearing skirts and high heels, and adopted family-friendly design features (reconfigurable cupholders, auxiliary stereo controls).[3]

First generation (–)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation
1st Ford Windstar.jpg
ProductionJanuary 27, – October [4][5]
DesignerCamilo Pardo, Jack Telnack ()
Body&#;style3-door minivan
PlatformFord DN5 platform (WIN88)
RelatedFord Taurus[6][7][8]
Lincoln Continental
Mercury Sable
Engine&#;L VulcanV6
&#;L EssexV6
Transmission4-speed AXOD automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
–98 Cargo: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)

The Ford Windstar was released in March as a model, preceding the launch of the third-generation Chrysler minivans by over a year, enabling Ford to cut into Chrysler minivan sales significantly. While the competing model lines roughly benchmarked each other, the Windstar was sold only as an equivalent to the long-wheelbase "Grand" Chrysler vans, with Lincoln-Mercury selling the smaller, unrelated Mercury Villager (jointly developed with Nissan).

From the to model years, the Windstar was sold concurrently with its Ford Aerostar predecessor; initially slated for discontinuation following the model year, continued consumer and dealer demand for the Aerostar led Ford to market both vehicles. For its first year on the market, the Windstar was priced above both the Aerostar and the Mercury Villager. By , however, the Villager's base price had surpassed the Windstar's by several hundred dollars, and top-of-the-line Villager Nautica models were priced some $6, USD higher.

In what would later become a design faux pas, this generation of the model line was marketed without a driver-side sliding door, a feature popularized by the introduction of third-generation Chrysler minivans. During its development, Ford claimed its focus groups did not identify it as an important feature[citation needed]; previously, vans (of all sizes) with a driver-side sliding door had sold poorly in the United States.

The Windstar was the first North American-built van to be exported to Europe and sold through the official Ford Europe sales channel. It was slotted above the Ford Galaxy in size and equipment level. The sole powertrain was the &#;L V6 engine and automatic transmission, with no diesel engine nor manual transmission available. As it wasn't available in right-hand-drive form and with left-side sliding door, it was not sold in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and other left-hand rule of road countries.[9]

Chassis specification[edit]

The first generation Ford Windstar is codenamed WIN88, sharing the front-wheel drive DN5 platform with the first-generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. Using a inch wheelbase (nearly 15 inches longer than the Taurus), the Windstar replaced the integrated frame-rail design of the Aerostar with full unibody construction. The front suspension used MacPherson struts, while the rear suspension was a beam axle using coil springs;[10] air suspension was an option.

Front brakes were discs, with rear drum brakes;[3] anti-lock braking was standard. In , four-wheel disc brakes were introduced as an option (when ordered with traction control or the towing package).[11] In contrast to the Aerostar, inch wheels were fitted to the first-generation Windstar (except the Limited).


The Windstar shared its powertrains with the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable. For its launch, the L V6 was the sole engine, producing &#;hp; a &#;hp L V6 was introduced as the standard engine in October For , the L V6 saw its output increased to &#;hp.

Body design[edit]

To compete more closely with the Chrysler minivans, Ford designers shifted from a "one-box" design to a "two-box" configuration; influenced somewhat by the Mercury Villager, the Windstar had a distinct hoodline and passenger compartment. Benchmarked in size against the long-wheelbase "Grand" Chrysler minivans,[3] the Windstar was given a longer wheelbase than the Aerostar and both the second and third-generation Chrysler minivans; only a long-wheelbase version was marketed.

In what would be a preview of the Ford Taurus, the Windstar was designed with an oval rear window, though adopting several design elements of the Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest. While far more vertically-oriented, the curved dashboard of the Windstar shares influences of the multi-tiered design used by the Lincoln Mark VIII.

For , chrome was added to body-side molding (LX trim). For , no exterior changes were made, with the base-trim model renamed the L.

  • Ford Windstar GL

  • Ford Windstar, rear (export)

  • Ford Windstar (export)


The first-generation Windstar underwent few revisions during its production. For , chrome was added to the body-side molding (for the LX trim). After a shortened model year (lasting from October to January ), the Windstar was introduced. Coinciding with a mid-cycle revision, to compete with the introduction of driver-side sliding doors, Ford widened the driver-side door, calling it the "King Door," and added an optional tilting/sliding driver seat.[11]

The front fascia underwent a facelift, adopting a trapezoidal grille and redesigned headlamps (with amber turn signal lenses); the optional fog lamps were moved out of the lower intake of the grille. The rear saw mild revisions, with revised tailgate badging, with larger model script and the centering of the Ford Blue Oval over the license plate). On all trim levels, new wheel covers and alloy wheel designs were introduced; the body side moldings were restyled, with the GL and LX sharing the same design.

The interior saw a minor revision, coinciding with the addition of the tilt-slide driver's seat; while the dashboard remained unchanged, head restraints were added to the rear bench seats (already on rear bucket seats). Largely to make up for the retirement of the Aerostar Eddie Bauer, a "Northwoods" appearance package was offered for the GL and LX, offering leather (LX) or cloth/vinyl (GL) seats, gold-trimmed wheels, and luggage rack, and a two-tone exterior.


While adopting the front-wheel drive form factor similar to the Chrysler minivans, the Windstar adopted several design features from the Ford Aerostar and Mercury Villager, including rear-seat audio controls, rear air conditioning and middle-row bucket seats; a digital instrument panel was coupled with a trip computer, automatic headlamps, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Shared with Ford sedans, the Windstar offered a keyless entry system (using a door-mounted keypad) along with an alarm system.

In contrast to its lack of a driver-side sliding door, the Windstar introduced several features to the minivan segment, including a door lock control from the rear door and a wide-angle mirror in the overhead console allowing a view of the rear passenger compartment.


In line with the Aerostar and the Econoline/Club Wagon, the Windstar was sold as both a passenger van and as a cargo van. In place of using the XL/XLT nomenclature used by Ford trucks and vans, the Windstar adopted the model nomenclature used by the majority of the Ford car lineup. For retail sales, the base trim Windstar was the GL, with the Windstar LX as the flagship model.

For , the Limited trim was introduced, distinguished by its monochromatic exterior and five-spoke inch chrome wheels; wood interior trim was added. Slotted above both the LX and the Mercury Villager LS, the Windstar was offered with all optional features from the LX as standard.

  • Cargo Van ()
  • Windstar ()
  • Windstar L () - replaced unnamed base model, and included: 7 passenger seating, cloth bucket front seats, all-season tires with 15" hubcaps, air conditioning, power locks, power windows with automatic drivers side window, power mirrors, and an AM/FM radio with four speakers.
  • Windstar GL () - Added: L V6 engine, all-season tires with 15" hubcaps or optional 15" alloy wheels, manual driver's seat, speed/tilt control steering wheel, and an AM/FM radio with four speakers. Package A added high-capacity air-conditioning with an auxiliary heater, overhead console, tinted windows and a luggage rack.
  • Windstar LX () - Added: two-tone paint, rear storage bin, 15" cast alloy rims, puddle lights, tachometer, adjustable front seats with power sliding driver's seat, an AM/FM radio with cassette player and four speakers, and a pocket for a map behind the passenger seat.
  • Windstar Limited () - Added: Front fog lamps, 16" cast aluminum rims, high-capacity rear air conditioner and heater, automatic headlamps, auto-dim mirrors, overhead console, leather seats, keyless entry, security alarm, a premium AM/FM stereo with cassette player and four speakers, and second-row audio controls with headphone jacks.


The – Ford Windstar, which was tested as a model received a "Good" (5-stars)[12] rating from the IIHS in all marks, in which the driver survives the accident without any injuries.


Calendar Year Total American sales


During and after its production, this generation of the Windstar would become known for several notable reliability issues. The &#;L V6Essex engine in models was susceptible to head gasket failure, as it was in its Taurus and Sable stablemates. However, the Windstar's problem was exacerbated by a tighter engine bay and higher loads, the van being pounds heavier. In response, Ford extended the warranty on the head gasket to , miles on most Windstars with this engine. The &#;L V6Vulcan engine was not susceptible to head gasket failure, as it was a completely different engine design.

The Windstar was paired with an AX4S transaxle, which was prone to internal failure. The transmission suffered from cracked forward and reverse clutch pistons. These transmission failures were most susceptible with the L engine, as the transmission could not handle the extra torque and the extra vehicle weight.

The Windstar was also plagued with various suspension woes. The front springs were prone to breaking in specific markets where extreme cold and heavy salt use in winter months occurred.

Second generation (–)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation
 Ford Windstar LX.jpg

Ford Windstar LX (–)

ProductionOctober 29, –July 25,
AssemblyOakville, Ontario, Canada
DesignerMoray Callum ()
Body&#;style3-door minivan
4-door minivan
PlatformMV1 (WIN)
Engine&#;L VulcanV6
&#;L EssexV6
Transmission4-speed AX4S automatic
4-speed AX4N automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (5,&#;mm)
–03 Base/LX/SE/SEL/Limited: &#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
–03 Cargo: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Cargo: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– SE/SEL: &#;in (1,&#;mm)

Released in the summer of as an early model, the Ford Windstar was given a complete redesign. As one of the first Ford vehicles in North America to adopt the New Edge styling language, the redesign also was distinguished by the addition of a driver's side sliding door.

While retaining mechanical commonality with the Taurus/Sable, Ford shifted the Windstar to a dedicated chassis architecture, introducing the Ford V platform. Several major features made their debut, including front seat-mounted side airbags on vans with VINs starting with 2FMDA, dual power-sliding doors, and rear reverse sensors.

Ford Windstar (Europe)

Year-by-year changes[edit]

  • : The Limited model returned as the most luxurious model. A VCR-based rear-seat entertainment system featuring a flip-down LCD screen was a new option on SE, SEL, and Limited models.
  • : Slight cosmetic changes were made to front and rear fascias for ' LX became the base model, and a new SE Sport model joined the lineup. The smaller &#;L was gone, leaving the &#;L as the sole engine choice. Models with 2nd row bucket seats now got their own center console. Front-seat side airbags became standard on Limiteds. The chrome grille on the SE and SEL models was redesigned. The steering wheel was updated to a more modern style, with the blue Ford Logo placed in the center. The transmission was updated to the 4F50N.
  • : Dual sliding doors became standard on all models.

The Windstar was the most dependable minivan on the market in the JD Powers dependability survey at three years in service in the survey. The Windstar beat out the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey for these honors.[14]

  • : The last year of the Windstar; no major changes were made in anticipation of a redesign. In a new marketing strategy, the upcoming third-generation Windstar was rebranded as the Ford Freestar. The last Ford Windstar was produced on July 25,

Trim levels[edit]

– Ford Windstar SE Sport

In , Ford began a shift in trim levels that would be seen in many of its American-market sedans through the s. In place of the GL, the LX was the new base model, with the SE and SEL making their debut as the highest trim levels, respectively.

Although all versions of the Windstar wagon were sold with 7-passenger seating, LX-trim Windstars are equipped with 2nd-row bench seats; SE and SEL-trim examples are equipped with 2nd-row bucket seats.

  • Cargo Van (–)
  • base (–) Included: 7-passenger seating, air conditioning, power mirrors, power doors, power locks and windows with automatic driver's side window, "sleeping baby mode" lights, sliding door locks, 15" steel wheels with hubcaps, and an AM/FM stereo.
  • LX (–) Included: 7 passenger-seating, air conditioning, keyless entry, 15" hubcaps, and an AM/FM radio with cassette player and clock, and overhead console. LX Deluxe added 16" alloy rims, an auxiliary climate control with rear controls, and adjustable pedals.
  • SE (–) Added: cloth seats, premium AM/FM radio with cassette player (later, a single CD/cassette player) and clock, and 6-way driver's seat.
  • SE Sport (–)
  • SEL (–) Added: automatic headlamps, heavy-duty maintenance battery, leather seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, message center, two-tone bumpers, and a premium AM/FM stereo with a single-CD/cassette player.
  • Limited (–) Added: reverse sensing system, anti-theft system, side airbags, premium leather seats, memory driver's seat, a premium AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD player and clock, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trailer tow package, floor mats, and heated mirrors.


Rear axle[edit]

In August , Ford issued a voluntary recall of , Windstar minivans for rear axle problems. This recall followed an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which had begun in May The NHTSA preliminary evaluation stated the design of the rear axle beam, an inverted "U" channel design, appeared to provide a collection point for road slurry. In states which used much road salt, corrosion progressively weakened the axle until it fractured.[15] The states covered by the recall were Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as Washington D.C.[16] In May , 27, of the minivans from Virginia were added to the axle recall, bringing the overall total to more than , vehicles between the U.S. and Canada.[17]

A class action lawsuit was filed against Ford Motor Company in May proceeding Ford's recall.[18] This lawsuit was filed by Plaintiff Aaron Martin against Defendant Ford Motor Company. In this lawsuit, documents were introduced which showed Ford's testing of the Benteler Axle in March resulted in failure of two out of the eleven axles tested. In August , Ford determined the cause of this failure was improper heat treating. In September , the axle manufacturer Bentley Automotive agreed with Ford's findings. In October , Ford's internal documents show lab testing proved the axle life could be doubled by heat treating, but would require initial retooling cost and result in $ piece cost increase. No changes were made until March [18]

Subframe corrosion[edit]

In March , the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford announced another Ford Windstar recall over corrosion concerns. , of the model year – Windstar vans originally sold or currently registered in some cold weather states are part of the recall. The problem involves rusting of the subframe. Most of the corrosion occurs on the passenger side of the subframe. If the subframe collapses while driving, the vehicle could potentially lose all steering control and end up in an accident. According to the NHTSA action #PE, some Ford Windstar owners had their drive axle detach from the transmission. Ford is offering alternative transportation to owners if their vehicle is unsafe to drive. If the minivan can't be repaired, Ford will repurchase the vehicle.[19]

IIHS crash test results[edit]

The – Ford Windstar received an "Acceptable" rating by the IIHS for fair structural performance, moderate injuries to the left foot, and fair dummy control. Although most redesigned vehicles outperform their predecessors to cut down insurance costs and possible injuries to the driver, this generation Windstar did not perform as well as its first generation predecessor. The NHTSA graded the minivan an overall rating of 5 stars in both the frontal and side impact tests.

Yearly American sales[edit]

Third generation (Ford Freestar; –)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey
 Ford Freestar SE, front jpg

Ford Freestar (–)

Also&#;calledMercury Monterey
Production – December 29,
AssemblyOakville, Ontario, Canada
Body&#;style4-door minivan
Engine L EssexV6
L EssexV6
Transmission4-speed 4F50Nautomatic
Wheelbase&#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
–07 SE, SEL & Limited: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
PredecessorFord Windstar
Mercury Villager (for Monterey)
SuccessorFord Transit Connect

For the model year, the third generation Ford Windstar was released; as part of a mids rebranding of the Ford car model line with nameplates starting with the letter "F", the Windstar was renamed the Ford Freestar.

Sharing the MV1 platform with the Ford Windstar, the primary initiative of the $ million redesign focused on driveline reliability, an issue that had plagued the Windstar since its introduction. In its development, the Freestar saw the addition of heavier-duty drive axles, larger wheel bearings, and the standardization of four-wheel disc brakes. The L and L V6 engines were both retired, in favor of two new engines. In the United States (only), the Freestar was powered by a &#;hp L V6 (shared with the Ford Mustang) while an optional &#;hp L V6 (the base engine of the Ford E) was standard for Canada and export vans. The L and L V6 engines were both enlarged versions of the long-running L V6. As part of the initiative to improve driveline reliability, the 4-speed automatic transmission saw upgrades for improved shifting and reliability.

In the redesign, the Ford Freestar saw a minor exterior facelift. While retaining much of the roofline of the previous-generation Windstar, in a shift away from New Edge design language, the Freestar adopted styling elements from several Ford vehicles, including the Ford Explorer, Ford Freestyle, and Ford Five Hundred. 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 line with a number of competitive minivans, the Ford Freestar introduced a third-row seat that folded flat into the floor.

Trim levels[edit]

The Freestar carried much of the trim lineup from the Windstar, with two exceptions. The "LX" and "Sport" trim levels were dropped in favor of the "SES" and "S" trims.

  • S () Included: cloth upholstery, L V6 engine, 16" steel rims with hubcaps, keyless entry, an AM/FM stereo, power locks, power windows with automatic driver's side window, adjustable pedals, power points, and manual sliding doors.
  • SE (–) Included: L V6 engine, three-row seating, rear air conditioning (on models), an AM/FM radio with single-CD player and digital clock and four speakers, power mirrors, locks and windows, tinted rear windows, keyless entry, and 16" steel rims with hubcaps.
  • SES () Added: 16" sport alloy rims, tri-zone air conditioning, and power driver's seat.
  • SEL (–) Added: L V6 engine, 6-way power driver's seat, overhead console, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an AM/FM stereo with single-CD and cassette players (cassette removed in ) and clock, rear seat audio controls, high-capacity air-conditioning, and 16" alloy rims.
  • Limited (–) Added: 3rd row reading lights, an AM/FM stereo with single CD/Cassette players (later, AM/FM stereo with single-CD player with speed-sensitive volume and rear audio controls), analog clock, turn signal mirrors, cornering lamps, message center, power-sliding doors, automatic climate control, and 17" alloy rims (later, 16" clad alloy rims).

IIHS crash test results[edit]

The – Ford Freestar received a "Good" rating in the offset frontal crash test from the IIHS and outperformed the – Ford Windstar, but resulted in moderate injuries only on the head and neck. In the side-impact tests, it received a "Poor" rating without the optional side airbags for poor structural performance, potential head and neck injuries, and high forces on the driver's torso, but fared better with the side airbags, earning an overall "Acceptable" rating, but resulted in a moderate head and neck injury to the driver.

Yearly American sales[edit]

Calendar Year Freestar Monterey
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In , the Freestar scored second place in J.D. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study, behind the Dodge Caravan.[26]

Mercury Monterey[edit]

For the – full-size car, see Mercury Monterey.

For the model year, the Ford Windstar/Freestar gained a Mercury counterpart with the introduction of the Mercury Monterey, replacing the Mercury Villager. In line with Ford introducing "F" nameplates during the early s, Mercury revived a historic "M" nameplate for its minivan (the Monterey name was used from to ). In line with the Freestar, the Monterey adopted design elements from other Mercury vehicles, including the Mountaineer and Montego. Larger than the Villager, it was marketed as a competitor to the Buick Terraza (which replaced the Oldsmobile Silhouette) and the Chrysler Town & Country.

In line with the later Mariner, Milan, and Montego, three trim levels were offered for the Monterey: Convenience, Luxury, and Premier. Features such as power-sliding doors and a rear-seat DVD player were available on Luxury and Premier trim lines. Unique to the Premier was the option of heated and cooled front seats, a class exclusive at the time. The Monterey was offered solely with the L V6 engine.

Sales of the Monterey fell far under projections, driven primarily by an overall decline of the minivan segment in North America. In total, 32, examples were sold over its three-year production run.


After selling far under sales projections, Ford discontinued the Freestar and Monterey after the model year. The final Monterey was produced by Oakville Assembly on August 25, ; the final Freestar was produced on December 29, [citation needed]

In Mexico and export markets, Ford largely replaced the Freestar by the V Ford Transit/Tourneo (front-wheel drive). In North America, Ford became the first American manufacturer to withdraw from the minivan segment entirely, with Ford shifting towards tall station wagons, with the Ford Taurus X (Freestyle) marketed as a 7-passenger vehicle by Ford; in , the Taurus X was replaced by the Flex.

For , Ford began imports of the Ford Transit Connect compact MPV. While imported in passenger-van configuration, most sales were intended for cargo-van users. As part of a redesign, the Transit Connect gained a 7-passenger configuration; though offered with a inch wheelbase (nearly identical to the Windstar/Freestar/Monterey), most other dimensions of the second-generation Transit Connect LWB more closely match the extended-length Aerostar in size.


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