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Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7437 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [coldcranker]
Jan 26, 2009 (11:05 am)
On another thread, we figured out there are about 350,000 CVT/3.0L_V6 tranny/engine combos out there in Ford500/Freestyle/Montegos out there in the world creating a market and cores.
Ford bought that CVT from another mfr right? If that's the case, what other models from other mfrs was it used in if any?
#7438 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [baggs32]
Jan 26, 2009 (11:33 am)
"Ford bought that CVT from another mfr right? If that's the case, what other models from other mfrs was it used in if any?"
Great question. Ford enlisted the German company ZF to modify the CVTs currently found in some models of MiniCoopers (at BMW dealerships) and Audi's. I don't know of any other applications of ZF's CVT transmission. The Freestyle's ZF-brand CVT (assembled in Ohio, by the way) is not exactly the same CVT found in those other vehicles, but it is similar, although I think our Freestyles use the same internal CVT chain as the Audi. I doubt the other models of ZF-brand CVTs would fit (external housing, bolt pattern, mechatronics).
The only advantage may be that BMW and Audi dealerships might be willing to work on our CVT, since there might be enough similarities. Some internal parts are probably shared between all these ZF family of CVTs. Ford dealerships are still probably our best hope.
#7439 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [coldcranker]
Jan 29, 2009 (10:42 am)
I wouldn't worry about finding someone to work on the CVT. Finding parts would be my concern if anything. Since Ford, Audi, and BMW used similar CVT trannies I'd cross that worry off now. The parts should be plentiful for years to come if needed and don't forget about totalled models sitting in junk yards. Parts can easily be pulled out of them for use in another.
#7440 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [baggs32]
Feb 03, 2009 (11:09 am)
Good point, baggs32. Oddly, I do like junkyard diving. Haven't done it in about 5 years, but there may now be some good Freestyle carcasses (get it? -- 'car'casses) out there to pick some flesh off of. That CVT will be hard to get out of there. Sometimes the junkyard guy will pull the tranny out and hang if from a big hook in his warehouse.
#7441 of 7481 Re: Pulling the plug [coldcranker]
Feb 03, 2009 (7:37 pm)
Sometimes the junkyard guy will pull the tranny out and hang if from a big hook in his warehouse.
I hear that's where Rocky goes to punch some 'car'casses now.
#7442 of 7481 Powertrain warranty
Feb 22, 2009 (5:50 pm)
Am considering a used Freestyle. Can somebody confirm when the 5yr/60k powertrain warranty went into effect? According to Edmunds, the '05 and '06 powertrain is 3/36, and only the '07 has the 5/60. Some forum posts seem to imply that the 5/60 might have been on the '05 and/or the '06.
#7443 of 7481 Re: Powertrain warranty [mchappell]
Feb 22, 2009 (6:20 pm)
We leased an '06 Explorer in 02/2006 and bought an '06 Mustang GT in 08/2006. The vehicle had to be purchased after 07/01/2006 IIRC for the new 5/60 warranty to apply. I do know that our Explorer does not qualify and the Mustang did.
There was some sort of deductible for the Mustang since it wasn't an '07 but I don't recall how much it was. I think it was $50. I'm not sure that the warranty was transferrable either so the used FS you are looking at may not carry that 5/60 over.
#7444 of 7481 DIY - Air filter replacement
Mar 05, 2009 (12:16 pm)
Hi, I have a 2008 Taurus X (so far I really like it), actually reading this forum helped me make my informed decision. Anyway, I just got my 15K servicing. The dealer wanted to charge me an extra ~$45 to replace the air filter. I nixed this repair because I think maybe I can do this myself. Can anyone talk me through the process.
#7445 of 7481 Re: DIY - Air filter replacement [xtra1]
Mar 05, 2009 (5:00 pm)
Just curious if Ford really requires a 15K service? Or is the service "recommended" by the dealer? Did you buy new or used?
For the air filter, look in your owners manual. There should be a diagram/explanation as to how change this.