2005 Ford Freestar SE model with "VMI" lowered floor mobility conversion
Miles: 60,000
Current Price: $17,900

THIS CERTIFIED VEHICLE INCLUDES WARRANTY: 12 month/12,000 mile Note: warranty is valid in each of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

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Highlights of This Van:

  apx. $3,000 of new and very recent mechanical service, including new ramp: details below (extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $3,000

Brand new, custom-built, heavy-duty aluminum ramp

Sharp, very modern design... inside and out

 

Options and Equipment

THE VAN: This began as a well-equipped SE model that has a 3.9 liter 6 cylinder and overdrive transmission and comes with added factory options. Features include: nifty factory installed rear DVD/audio system; power windows, locks and mirrors; tilt wheel; cruise control; front and rear ventilation with 'tri-zone' rear controls; tinted windows; front bucket seats with armrests

GOODIES: custom striping

MOBILITY: When new, this was converted by an industry leader called Ricon, at their "VMI"  (Vantage Mobility Industries) division.  It now has the following mobility features:

* Deeply lowered floor creates wonderful entry clearance and interior headroom. Also, the deeply lowered floor creates a ramp angle that is suitable for most users.

* Both front seat assemblies have quick-release mechanisms which allow removal or installation in a couple of minutes with little effort, strength or skill. This feature allows for parking a wheelchair in either front location, if desired.

* I had the professional shop remove the original power ramp system. That has now been replaced with a brand new, custom-built, all aluminum, heavy-duty manual ramp. This ramp includes an "assist device" which allow even a person with little strength or dexterity to open and close it with no problem. (please watch video to observe its easy operation)  

* there are many anchor point locations throughout the van for using straps to anchor a wheelchair to the floor 

 

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.

 

 

History of Ownership

Has had only two owners, of approximately equal duration. This was used first as an occasional transport for people in wheelchairs who were being assisted by a certain social-services organization. Second, it was used not as a wheelchair van but as general transportation for a middle-aged couple.

 

Certified

This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is when each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third- party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good, or
satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  As for this vehicle:

New: tires; EGR emissions valve; alternator; wipers; oil/lube; air filter; alignment; new custom aluminum ramp

Recent:

Approximate retail value/cost of above-listed items: $3,000

 (extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $3,000)

 

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

Nothing notably negative or unusual: no frame damage...no airbags deployed...no structural damage...no "red marks"...no major accident.

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* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

* The "Freestar" model replaced the "Windstar", which had been a popular minivan for many years. However, the Freestar is a vastly improved and modernized, better van, as compared to the Windstar.

* This van is now deliberately equipped in such a way as to have absolutely no maintenance, repair or service needed of its mobility features. With no power ramp, no power door and no kneeling suspension...there is nothing to fail, break or cause trouble.  And yet, due to the deeply lowered floor, new custom ramp, and other mobility features...this van is very capable of loading, unloading and safely carrying most wheelchair-bound folks. 

Summary of this Gem

I am pleased to have the opportunity to offer such a modern, low mile, lowered floor minivan as this, which is in "Certified" condition, at a price below $20,000. This is a super value.  If you don't require the mobility features to be power operated, this could be the perfect van for you.

 

ramp is pretty long, which helps create reasonable ramp angle.
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lots of floor area to park wheelchair
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BRAND NEW RAMP: I had this ramp custom built for this van. It is solid aluminum and has assist-springs and grab handles, which all combine make this quite easy to open and close.
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video system is first-rate and was a rarely chosen option
(due to high cost) from Ford when the van was ordered new.
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very low miles
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modern, comfortable seating. This original seat is mounted on a "pedestal" which allows sitting in the same relationship to the pedal, steering wheel, etc, even though the floor is deeply lowered. 
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drivers side
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drivers rear
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direct rear
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passenger rear
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passenger side
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passenger front
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direct front
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modern controls are easy and accommodating
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these are the controls for a nifty ventilation system Ford calls "tri-zone" climate control. This allows adjusting temperature for each front passengers and the rear passengers, separately. 
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lots of area to choose from regarding where to park the wheelchair
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has new carpet
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modern design motor is efficient and plenty powerful
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lots of space, comfortable
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wide and heavy-duty ramp. Angle is suitable for many folks with power or manual wheelchairs
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these seats each have a quick-release mechanism which allows removal in a minute or two. And they have wheels on the rear, down low, which allows you to easily roll them right out of the van into storage
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Notice: deeply lowered floor for comfortable entry clearance and generous interior headroom
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This is the control center for the factory installed, built in audio/video system. Its super nice and plays the sound through the entire van speaker system, or into headphones.
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see the vents for rear ventilation system
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after quick removal of seat this is capable of being driven from a wheelchair by some folks, who have that level of function
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rear seat folds flat to create lots of rear storage.
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.