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Ford Freestyle, SUV
#1102 of 1415 Re: CORRECTION TO THE ABOVE [hypnosis44]
Feb 18, 2008 (7:04 am)
Here we go with Consumer Reports again. CU's "reliability" data is subject to question because they poll only their own subscribers to obtain it. Only a small percentage return the survey. From this they make large and often erroneous conclusions. It's hardly a scientific sampling of automobile owners.
Save for the rear-brake early wear issue (fixed for free by Ford) my '05 FWD Freestyle SEL has been flawless since the day I bought it in May 2005. But since I don't subscribe to CU, I don't recieve a survey from them to be included in their data. I suspect there are many like me who are very satisfied Freestyle owners that don't waste their time or money on needless subscriptions to CU.
#1103 of 1415 TSB 06-11-4
Feb 18, 2008 (8:14 am)
My 06 FS is in having CVT work done... having PCM replaced (control module & solenoid from my understanding) for surging (multiple times, like running out of gas), loss of power (was revving 4,000 RPM at 20 kMh with no acceleration) with associated wrench light (stays on until engine turned off then resets) and traction control light. Hooked up to diagnostic computer but no error codes. Dealer is doing a TSB but not this one from appearances... I have had it in a couple of times for what I thought was brakes squealing (had recall done and they say there is lots of rotor & pad wear left) so wondering if squealing could be from input shaft bearing from this TSB or what symptoms would be noticable with regards to "noise"? Thanks!
#1104 of 1415 ACTUALLY THEY SURVEY SEVERAL MILLION
Feb 18, 2008 (2:18 pm)
No vehicle that does not receive at least 200 responses gets a listing in the CR charts -most receive many multiples of that amount. You have probably seen the lines where it reads "Insufficient Data". When you then consider that the surveys run year year on year for ten years you end with many thousands of responses for the same vehicles.
Now that some American cars are beginning to last more than just around the block, and are moving up in the ratings as well, and while Toyota suffers from too rapid growth pains and moves down in the ratings - those who once rejected the statistical model used by CR are, not surprisingly becoming new converts to the ratings.
As an auto mechanic for many years in the past I was able to see the direct correspondence between CR ratings and actual failures of cars relative to other vehicles.
As I have stated here and elsewhere - I once owned a Ford Pinto which I drove very hard and maintained poorly, and which I sold for more than I paid for it used with over 100K miles on it (all original with only one minor off schedule repair). I still know from working on them and dealing with the owners of them that it was a junk car to be avoided - just as CR stated at the time.
#1105 of 1415 Re: ACTUALLY THEY SURVEY SEVERAL MILLION [hypnosis44]
Feb 18, 2008 (3:55 pm)
wow, CR validated by the vaunted pinto, that's pretty funny, ironic, and silly as it really didn't take CR's process to flush out the pinto's inadequacies it did that all by itself.
#1107 of 1415 Re: CR/JD Power [steve_]
Feb 18, 2008 (10:15 pm)
#1108 of 1415 freestyle AWD front end rubbing sound
Mar 18, 2008 (7:24 am)
Hi! I have 05 freestyle AWD that I bought 4 months ago. I keep hearing a very low rubbing sound somewhere in the front end. To me it sounds like tire rubbing against something. It's not continuous and I can only hear it when driving very slowly and especially when turning. I've taken it to Midas and to Ford dealer and they say they can't hear anything.... and can't find anything wrong with the car. I have alingment,rotation everything done and the sound is still there. Also I bought new continental tires and they only lasted about 10000 miles (front ones). Is this normal?
#1109 of 1415 Re: TSB 06-11-4 [sxv839]
Mar 18, 2008 (8:19 am)
I had the same problem (See my post #1049). It was intermittent, but I began to notice a pattern. I was most often driving at highway speeds and going up a slight grade or embankment. Then the wrench light and the traction control light would pop on and l would loose power but the engine was still working. They finally replaced my CVT after seven or so visits to the shop. On the second or third they replaced the anti-lock brake module, but that did nothing except cost me $600 (I'm still waiting for that refund!). After they replaced the CVT everything has been fine.
#1111 of 1415 rear captain seat latch
Mar 29, 2008 (3:54 pm)
We have a 2006 Limited with 57,000 miles. The rear passenger side captain's seat will not stay latched in the down position. We took it to the dealer and he couldn't figure out why it won't latch. Said he will have to order a new part --to the tune of $200!! Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this without spending $200 on the part plus labor?