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2004 Ford Freestar Minivan

Description: Minivan
Base MSRP Range: $21,385-$32,945
Invoice Price Range: $19,488-$29,776

Gone is Ford's Windstar minivan, replaced this year by Freestar, which from the outset was designed to become a powerful Ford wagon with superior safety features including curtain-style side air bags for all three rows of seats.

Freestar also stocks a third-row bench seat that folds into the floor plus optional power liftgate and power sliding side doors. Powertrains begin with the standard 3.9-liter V6 but extend to a new 4.2-liter V6. A four-speed automatic works with either plant.

Five trim levels include the base Freestar plus LX, LX Sport Appearance, SE and Limited. The exterior varies with trims, as Freestar and LX models show a monochromatic treatment with body-color fascia and grille, SE and Limited flash hints of chrome on grille and bumper strips, and Limited wears two-tone body paint.