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Ford Freestyle, Transmission, SUV
#185 of 255 Re: CVT Problems [kdib]
Jan 12, 2011 (8:11 am)
What state AG contacted Ford? My 2007 Ford Freestyle was delivered in January, 2007. In March 2008, the transmission went and the DEALER had the Freestyle the end of May, 2008. the DEALER told me that "PEOPLE" were flown in from "Detroit." Then, in August, 2009, the transmission went on the Mass Pike. I called the DEALER and I was told that it was my responsibility because the car was out of warranty, but the new transmission only had 11,000 miles on it. (As an aside, no one was at the dealership that I had any contact with when the transmission went in 2008. I called Ford. I was told that this was not a "Ford problem" because it was not fixed by Ford, but rather by the "transmission shop around the corner." I am outraged!!!
#186 of 255 Re: CVT Problems [irisht66]
Jan 12, 2011 (8:28 am)
I am in Maryland, but using the AG didn't help any even with the car still under Warranty.
#187 of 255 Transmission/Gauge Problem on 2005 Freestyle SEL
Feb 18, 2011 (1:10 pm)
Okay....does anyone else have the problem of gauges dropping out and taking the transmission with it? I was on the highway the other day, just hit 55 mph when all of my gauges when totally black and my transmission jumped into neutral. I immediately pulled off the road. I killed the engine and started back up and it was fine. Gauges came back. Weird. We have had gauge drop out problems within a year of buying the thing back in 2009. About 8 months ago, the transmission started jerking when the gauges would go black. We just didn't have the money to have it looked at. Guess what our tax return will be spent on this year? You guessed it, car repairs!
#188 of 255 Freestyle Fixed
Feb 18, 2011 (5:59 pm)
I totally fixed my Freestyle (2005 SE CVT). I traded it in.
#189 of 255 Transmission/Gauge Problem on 2005
Feb 19, 2011 (4:38 am)
I posted this message in a slightly different form in an another thread.
Did you hear a clicking sound when your gauges and engine went out? Did they blink, or drop to zero? Was your radio affected?
If so, I had a similar problem with my Saab 9000 years ago. My gauges, lights and radio would go out with lots of clicking while driving down the road. The vehicle would shutter as the engine went out - again briefly for a second or so. It would then start up and all would come back on. It was completely intermittent.
The dealer kept it for over a month and couldn't figure out what it was. I mentioned this concern to a customer of mine and he suggested replacing the positive battery cable. I told him the cable looked fine. He said just do it. I told them to do it since they had the car. They may have replaced the negative cable too. And it worked! Apparently there was wire corrosion inside the cable which was apparently covered by the cable covering. I never had any trouble again.
Just a thought...
#190 of 255 Re: Freestyle help! [loveourgolden]
Feb 21, 2011 (12:08 am)
Our Freestyle (New, 2006 and about 55,000) did the same thing. My wife met a old friend of her's at our dealership (who she doesn't keep in contact with) about what it had been doing. She said she had the same problem with their's.
Her husband was looking to sue, but we've never talked to them again so I don't know how that went. At that chance meeting, she said that she had been told that it was related to how the transmission had been maintained. She her self even said then, means to what she was told, since we had purchased the 5 year, 75,000 mile maintenance plain, (were the dealership takes care on all maintenance on our Freestyle for that time) we may not have that problem as bad.
She was right. Our dealer (Allstate Ford in Louisville, Ky) said that couldn't fix something that wasn't broken when they look at it. They also said they didn't know of any such problem (I don't know how true that may be). They did say that they would give it a very good look over right before our (which is what will come first) 5 Years expire.
I am very happy with Allstate, so much so that we now take our 99 Taurus there to have all of it's maintenance taken care of there.
As far as I'm concerned; The only problem with our Freestyle is, it isn't a Flex. Other than that, I would buy it all over again.
Retired from Ford Motor Co. (Hourly worker)
Now I am working at Lowe's and Loving it. It's a great place to work (well, at least it is when you know you don't have to work).
#191 of 255 Re: Transmission/Gauge Problem on 2005 [bbussey]
Feb 28, 2011 (9:11 am)
The radio doesn't go, but the air conditioner will. When the gauges drop out without taking anything with it (Rare occasion) they do click and pop. I have it in the shop right now with someone looking into it. One place said it sounded like the control module and refused to even look at it and see if that really was the problem. If this place can't find anything I will do as you suggest with the battery. It may need a new battery and cables.
#192 of 255 To bbusset
Feb 28, 2011 (4:28 pm)
Heard back from the shop earlier today. I will have to take it back to the dealership. The instrument cluster is going out and has to be replaced (which it seems only the dealership can do, imagine that). The dealership said that the worst case scenario would cost me about $650 installed. Bye-bye anniversary trip!
#193 of 255 Re: Transmission/Gauge Problem on 2005 Freestyle SEL [sowen8]
Mar 04, 2011 (10:21 pm)
We have the same problem. It is not the alternator I know that for sure as we had ours replaced since and it did not fix it! What a piece of S**T!!
Mar 04, 2011 (10:22 pm)
Let me know if that fixes the problem. PLEASE!!