In 2004, the Ford Freestar Wagon appeared as a drastically reengineered version of the brands minivan. Replacing the Windstar nameplate, the Freestar name was derived because of Ford wanting to define as many models possible using words with the letter F. Based on a similar platform to the outgoing Windstar, the 2004 Freestars outer dimensions differed just slightly from its predecessor. Upgrades were performed to drivetrain components and the structure of the 2004 Ford Freestar Wagon while four-wheel disc brakes were standard equipment. Offered in five trim levels, the 2004 Freestar Wagon S, SE and SES models were powered by a 3.9-liter V-6 engine producing 193 horsepower. Higher-end SEL and Limited trim levels came standard with a 201-horsepower 4.2-liter V-6 powerplant. All models of the Freestar Wagon channeled power through a four-speed automatic transmission.
With seating for up to seven passengers, the 2004 Ford minivan presented rear entry points with dual sliding doors. Air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry and power mirrors served as standard amenities on all Freestar Wagons for 2004. On the high-end Limited model, leather seating and rear air conditioning is added. For 2006, the S and SES trim levels were dropped promoting an in-dash CD player to the standard features list for all Ford Freestar Wagons.
Along with an optional six-disc CD charger, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system was also offered on the 2006 Freestar Wagon. The decline of the family minivan market led Ford to discontinue the Freestar Wagon following the 2007 model year. Ford relied on seven-passenger crossover vehicles such as the Taurus X and the 2009 Flex to fill the immediate void.
No longer called the Windstar, the 2004 Ford Freestar Wagon is a seven passenger minivan that has been updated for the new year with great features including a 3rd row seat which folds flat into the floor.