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The Ford Windstar (later the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey) is a minivan that was produced and sold by Ford from the 1995 to 2007 model years. Serving as the replacement for the Ford Aerostar, the Windstar marked the adoption of a front-wheel drive layout, in line with Chrysler minivans. Three generations of the model line were sold, with the third generation marketed as the Ford Freestar.

Ford Windstar
2001-2003 Ford Windstar Limited.jpg
Ford Windstar Limited, 2nd-generation example
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledMercury Monterey (see below)
Model years
  • 1995–2003 (Windstar)
  • 2004–2007 (Freestar, Monterey)
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size minivan
LayoutFF layout
Chronology
Predecessor
SuccessorFord Taurus X
Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit/Tourneo (Mexico)

At its launch, the Windstar followed a tradition established by the Aerostar, marketed without a Lincoln-Mercury counterpart (completely unrelated to the Mercury Villager). For the 2004 model year, Mercury introduced its first minivan produced by Ford, reviving the Mercury Monterey nameplate.

Following a decline in sales during the mid-2000s, Ford withdrew the Freestar and Monterey after the 2007 model year. In North America, the model line was largely replaced by the Ford Taurus X wagon/CUV; Ford reentered the minivan segment with the smaller Ford Transit Connect in 2010. In Mexico, the Freestar was replaced by the Ford Transit/Tourneo (today the Ford Transit Custom).

During its production, the Ford Windstar/Freestar and the Mercury Monterey minivan were sourced from Oakville Assembly (Oakville, Ontario).

DevelopmentEdit

In 1985, 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 1988 with a projected 1993 introduction (for the 1994 model year). By 1989, design work was well underway, with a concept design theme being settled on by December 1989. In 1990, the WIN88 exterior design by Camilo Pardo was frozen for scheduled 1993 production, with prototypes being tested from early 1991. Trademarks were filed for the Windstar name at the USPTO on April 13, 1992, with development ending in 1993.[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 (1994–1998)Edit

First generation
 
Overview
ProductionJanuary 27, 1994 – June 1998[4][5]
Model years1995–1998
DesignerCamilo Pardo, Jack Telnack (1990)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door minivan
PlatformFord DN5 platform (WIN88)
RelatedFord Taurus[6][7][8]
Lincoln Continental
Mercury Sable
Powertrain
Engine3.0 L Vulcan V6
3.8 L Essex V6
Transmission4-speed AXOD automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase120.7 in (3,066 mm)
Length201.2 in (5,110 mm)
Width1995–96: 75.4 in (1,915 mm)
1997–98: 75.8 in (1,925 mm)
Height1995–96: 68.0 in (1,727 mm)
1997–98 Cargo: 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
1997–98: 65.6 in (1,666 mm)
Curb weight3,800 lb (1,724 kg)

The Ford Windstar was released in March 1994 as a 1995 model, preceding the launch of the third-generation Chrysler minivans by over a year. 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 1995 to 1997 model years, the Windstar was sold concurrently with its Ford Aerostar predecessor; initially slated for discontinuation following the 1994 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 1997, 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 $6,000 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]; vans (of all sizes) with a driver-side sliding door had sold poorly in the United States.

Chassis specificationEdit

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 120.7-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[9]; air suspension was an option.

Front brakes were discs, with rear drum brakes[10]; anti-lock braking was standard. In 1996, four-wheel disc brakes were introduced as an option (when ordered with traction control or the towing package).[11] In contrast to the Aerostar, 15-inch wheels were fitted to the first-generation Windstar (except the 1998 Limited).

PowertrainEdit

The Windstar shared its powertrains with the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable. For its 1995 launch, the 3.8L V6 was the sole engine, producing 155 hp; a 150 hp 3.0L V6 was introduced as the standard engine in October 1995. For 1996, the 3.8L V6 saw its output increased to 200 hp.

Body designEdit

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[10], 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 second-generation 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 1996, chrome was added to body-side molding (LX trim). For 1997, no exterior changes were made, with the base-trim model renamed the 3.0L.

1998 revisionEdit

The first-generation Windstar underwent few revisions during its production. For 1996, chrome was added to the body-side molding (for the LX trim). After a shortened 1997 model year (lasting from October 1996 to January 1997), the 1998 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 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.

FeaturesEdit

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.

TrimEdit

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 1998, the Limited trim was introduced, distinguished by its monochromatic exterior and five-spoke 16-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 (1995-1998)
  • Windstar (1996)
  • Windstar 3.0L (1997-1998) - 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 (1995-1998) - Added: 3.8L 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 473A added high-capacity air-conditioning with an auxiliary heater, overhead console, tinted windows and a luggage rack.
  • Windstar LX (1995-1998) - 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 (1998) - 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.

SafetyEdit

The 1995–1998 Ford Windstar, which was tested as a 1995 model received a "Good" (5-stars)[12] rating from the IIHS in all marks, in which the driver survives the accident without any injuries.

SalesEdit

Calendar Year Total American sales
1995 222,147[13]
1996 209,033
1997 205,356
1998 190,173

| 2003 | 2004 | 2007 | 2008

ProblemsEdit

During and after its production, this generation of the Windstar would become known for several notable reliability issues. The 3.8 L V6 Essex engine in 1995 models was susceptible to headgasket failure, as it was its Taurus and Sable stablemates. However, the Windstar's problem was exacerbated by a tighter engine bay and higher loads, the van being 700 pounds heavier. In response, Ford extended the warranty on the headgasket to 100,000 miles on most Windstars with this engine. The 3.0 L V6 Vulcan engine was not susceptible to headgasket 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 3.8L 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 (1998–2003)Edit

Second generation
 
Ford Windstar LX (1999–2000)
Overview
ProductionJuly 1998–July 25, 2003
Model years1999–2003
AssemblyOakville, Ontario, Canada
DesignerMoray Callum (1996)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door minivan
4-door minivan
PlatformFord V platform (WIN126)
Powertrain
Engine3.0 L Vulcan V6
3.8 L Essex V6
Transmission4-speed AX4S automatic
4-speed AX4N automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase120.7 in (3,066 mm)
Length200.9 in (5,103 mm)
2001–03 Base/LX/SE/SEL/Limited: 201.5 in (5,118 mm)
Width76.6 in (1,946 mm)
2001–03 Cargo: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Cargo: 68.0 in (1,727 mm)
1999–2000 SE/SEL: 65.8 in (1,671 mm)

Released in the summer of 1998 as an early 1999 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 its powertrains remained common with the Taurus/Sable, the Windstar was now built on the Ford V platform, shifting to a dedicated chassis. Several major features made their debut, including front seat-mounted side airbags on vans with VIN'S starting with 2FMDA, dual power-sliding doors, and rear reverse sensors.

 
Ford Windstar (Europe)

Year-by-year changesEdit

  • 2000: 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.
  • 2001: Slight cosmetic changes were made to front and rear fascias for '01. LX became the base model, and a new SE Sport model joined the lineup. The smaller 3.0 L was gone, leaving the 3.8 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.
  • 2002: Dual sliding doors became standard on all models.

The 2002 Windstar was the most dependable minivan on the market in the JD Powers dependability survey at three years in service in the 2005 survey. The Windstar beat out the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey for these honors.[14]

  • 2003: The last year of the Windstar; no major changes were made in anticipation of a 2004 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, 2003.

Trim levelsEdit

 
2001–2003 Ford Windstar SE Sport

In 1999, Ford began a shift in trim levels that would be seen in many of its American-market sedans through the 2000s. 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 (1999–2003)
  • base (1999–2000) 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 (1999–2003) 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 (1999–2003) 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 (2001–2003)
  • SEL (1999–2003) 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 (2000–2003) 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.

RecallsEdit

Rear Axle:

In August 2010, Ford issued a voluntary recall of 575,000 Windstar minivans for rear axle problems. This recall followed an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which had begun in May 2010. 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 lots of 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 2012, 27,000 of the minivans from Virginia were added to the axle recall, bringing the overall total to more than 600,000 vehicles between the U.S. and Canada.[17]

A class action lawsuit was filed against Ford Motor Company in May 2010 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 1998 resulted in failure of two out of the eleven axles tested. In August 1998, Ford determined the cause of this failure was improper heat treating. In September 1998, the axle manufacturer Bentley Automotive agreed with Ford's findings. In October 1999, 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 $3.45 piece cost increase. No changes were made until March 2003.[18]

Subframe Corrosion:

In March 2011 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford announced another Ford Windstar recall over corrosion concerns. 425,288 of the model year 1999–2003 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 #PE10026, 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 resultsEdit

The 1999–2003 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 salesEdit

Calendar Year Total American sales
1999[20] 213,844
2000 222,298
2001[21] 179,595
2002[22] 148,875
2003 113,465

Third generation (Ford Freestar; 2004–2007)Edit

Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey
 
Ford Freestar (2004–2007)
Overview
Also calledMercury Monterey
Production2003 – December 29, 2006
Model years2004–2007
AssemblyOakville, Canada
Body and chassis
Body style4-door minivan
PlatformFord V platform
Powertrain
Engine3.9 L Essex V6
4.2 L Essex V6
Transmission4-speed 4F50N automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase120.8 in (3,068 mm)
Length201.0 in (5,105 mm)
Width2006–07: 76.4 in (1,941 mm)
2006–07: 76.6 in (1,946 mm)
Height68.8 in (1,748 mm)
2006–07 SE, SEL & Limited: 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
Chronology
PredecessorFord Windstar
Mercury Villager (for Monterey)
SuccessorFord Flex
 
Ford Freestar

For the 2004 model year, the third-generation Ford Windstar was released; as part of a mid-2000s rebranding of the Ford car model line with nameplates starting with the letter "F", the Windstar was renamed the Ford Freestar.

Sharing the V platform with the 2000-2003 Ford Windstar, the primary initiative of the $600 million redesign focused on driveline reliability, an issue that had plagued the Windstar since its 1994 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 3.0L and 3.8L V6 engines were both retired, in favor of two new engines. In the United States (only), the Freestar was powered by a 193 hp 3.9L V6 (shared with the Ford Mustang) while an optional 201 hp 4.2L V6 (the base engine of the Ford E-150) was standard for Canada and export vans. The 3.9L and 4.2L V6 engines were both enlarged versions of the long-running 3.8L 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 levelsEdit

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 (2004-2005) Included: cloth upholstery, 3.9L 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 (2004–2007) Included: 3.9L V6 engine, three-row seating, air conditioning (on 2006-2007 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 (2004-2005) Added: 16" sport alloy rims, tri-zone air conditioning, and power driver's seat.
  • SEL (2004–2007) Added: 4.2L 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 2006) and clock, rear seat audio controls, high-capacity air-conditioning, and 16" alloy rims.
  • Limited (2004–2007) 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, message center, power-sliding doors, automatic climate control, and 17" alloy rims (later, 16" clad alloy rims).

IIHS crash test resultsEdit

The 2004–2007 Ford Freestar received a "Good" rating in the offset frontal crash test from the IIHS and outperformed the 1999–2003 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 salesEdit

Calendar Year Freestar Monterey
2003[22] 15,771 2,213
2004[23] 100,622 17,407
2005 77,585 8,166
2006[24] 50,125 4,467
2007 2,390 700

AwardsEdit

In 2009, the 2005 Freestar scored second place in J.D. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study, behind the Dodge Caravan.[25]

Mercury MontereyEdit

 
Mercury Monterey

For the 2004 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 2000s, Mercury revived a historic "M" nameplate for its minivan (the Monterey name was used from 1950 to 1974). 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 4.2 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, 32,195 examples were sold over its three-year production run.

ReplacementEdit

After selling far under sales projections, Ford discontinued 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.[citation needed]

In Mexico and export markets, Ford largely replaced the Freestar by the V185 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 2009, the Taurus X was replaced by the Flex.

For 2010, 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 2014 redesign, the Transit Connect gained a 7-passenger configuration; though offered with a 120-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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