How much is auto insurance for a Ford Freestar?
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The Ford Freestar minivan replaced the Ford Windstar in 2004. In 2008, it was succeeded by the Ford Flex due to slow sales, but it’s still available as a used vehicle.
Some automotive journalists have blamed the Freestar’s demise on the name change, which they suggest may have confused consumers who were loyal to the Windstar name.
The Windstar minivan was popular with consumers, but sales slumped by about 20% after it was renames.
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Ford Freestar Auto Insurance Rates
According to Edmunds, typical drivers pay about $1,265 per year or $105 per month to insure a used 2007 Ford Freestar. At that rate, you’ll pay $6,325 in auto insurance premiums if you own the vehicle for five years.
Estimated annual premiums for the Odyssey are $1,315, and Sienna owners are expected to pay $1,310 a year for auto insurance coverage.
Ford Freestar Maintenance Costs
Naturally, maintenance costs for used vehicles are higher than those for new vehicles, on average. The very first year that you own your 2007 Ford Freestar, Edmunds anticipates that you’ll pay $1,269 in scheduled service costs.
The maintenance bills for the second and third years that you own it will be $856 and $654, respectively, and you’ll pay a routine maintenance bill of approximately $1,152 for the fourth year of ownership.
The fifth-year service bill is projected to exceed $1,000 for a total 5-year maintenance cost of close to $5,000.
This bill may seem high, but you’ll pay almost $1,000 more to maintain a used 2007 Toyota Sienna for five years, and the bill for maintaining a 2007 Honda Odyssey is expected to exceed $7,000.
Ford Freestar Repair Expenses
As with scheduled maintenance costs, repair expenses tend to climb as a vehicle ages. Also, your used Ford Freestar is unlikely to have any sort of warranty coverage so all repair bills will be paid out of your own pocket.
Edmunds projects that the first-year repair bill for the Freestar will be just $430, and the second-year bill will be just under $500.
During the third year that you own the Freestar, you’ll pay about $575 for repairs, and your fourth-year repair bill will be about $672. During year five of ownership, most drivers will pay about $785 for repairs, for a total cost of $2,959.
Although the 2007 Ford Freestar’s maintenance costs were lower than those for the Odyssey and the Sienna, its repair expenses are higher.
It will cost just $2,374 to pay for all of the 2007 Toyota Sienna’s repairs for five years, and the 2007 Honda Odyssey will rack up roughly $2,547 in repair bills.
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Ford Freestar Cost Comparison
The National Automobile Dealers Association projects that you’ll get about $8,175 if you trade in a 2007 Ford Freestar in good condition with 75,000 miles on it. The same vehicle will retail for approximately $11,000, the NADA reports.
For a 2006 Freestar, which is likely to have closer to 90,000 miles on it, the NADA projects that you’ll get about $6,425, and this vehicle would retail for just over $9,000.
Since Toyotas and Hondas tend to hold their value a bit longer, a used 2007 Honda Odyssey would retail for about $16,612, according to Edmunds.
A used Toyota Sienna from the same model year would cost about $13,494 at a dealership.
Ford Freestar New vs. Used Comparison
Since the Ford Freestar is no longer on the market, it’s impossible to compare the new vs. used ownership costs directly.
However, it is possible to compare its ownership costs to what you’d spend if you purchased a new minivan from a different manufacturer.
Edmunds anticipates that the true cost of owning a used 2007 Ford Freestar minivan will be about $36,081 over five years. Assuming that you paid $8,175 for the vehicle, your 5-year costs would total $44,265, inclusive of the purchase price.
The average total cost of owning a new 2011 Toyota Sienna for five years is much higher than this, at approximately $67,762, inclusive of the base price.
For a 2011 Honda Odyssey, the 5-year cost of ownership figure is closer to $80,000, and it’s about $63,900 for a new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan.
These figures suggest that, on average, you’ll pay between $20,000 and $35,000 more to own a new minivan.
However, these ownership estimates don’t include the cost of towing, lost wages, and car rental that you might incur if your used vehicle breaks down.
Ford Freestar Safety Ratings
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s testing, the 2007 Ford Freestar performed well. Out of five possible stars, the Freestar scored 5/5 for protecting both the front passenger and the driver in front-impact collisions.
It earned the same score for protecting passengers in lateral impacts to the rear section of the vehicle, and it received four stars in the government’s rollover test.
The 2007 Freestar also earned 4/5 stars for protecting its passengers during lateral impacts to its front section, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave this vehicle its worst possible rating of “Poor” in its side impact test.
The 2007 Freestar did earn “Good” ratings in the IIHS’ front and side impact collision tests, though.
Like many 2007 vehicles, the Freestar is equipped with anti-lock brakes, but it lacks features that are standard in most new minivans, like electronic stability control and traction control.