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#199 of 240 2007 Ford Freestyle Transmission DONE at 55K
Aug 01, 2011 (7:01 pm)
Mine started with a small sound when in park. I took it to my mechanic and he said it was probably a bearing in the transmission that would eventually need to be fixed. A month later mine started the lunging (mainly when it was really hot out) sometimes it would die, the wrench light would come on. If I turned it off and started it again the problem went away. Today I was driving and my RPM's started acting weird. I pulled in the driveway and that little transmission noise was constant. I tried to drive it to see what would happen and now my RPM's will not shift at all. I cannot even drive it and it only has 55K miles on it. This car is a piece of CRAP!
#200 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [stevedebi]
Oct 13, 2011 (7:21 pm)
Are you talking about every summer, when I have to use my air conditioning, and my 2006 Ford Freestyle accelerates by itself, when my foot is on the brake, especially if I am in Reverse? REALLY SCARY!
I have just hit 98,000 miles and my transmission went out on a road trip yesterday. Ford says they'll do not a thing about it, since it's past my 75K extended warranty. And their lovely quote is for $5,800 at the Dealership, to replace the transmission. I bought it new off the lot for $36,000. 5 years later, it's only worth a whopping $9,000?!! WHAT THE ****?! And THAT'S if the transmission were to be in working order. So, really, my 2006 Ford Freestyle is now worth $3,200. And I still owe $14,000. I will Never, Ever, buy another Ford.
#201 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [anarealtor]
Oct 14, 2011 (4:24 am)
Things happen. Do you think that no other manufacurer's transmissions fail in less than 100,000 miles? Lots of them do. You are 23,000 miles beyond the warranty. What do you expect Ford or any other manufacturer to do?
Granted the CVT was not one of Ford's better ideas. That is why I would never buy a present day Nissan. Most of their cars and SUVS use the CVT.
#202 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [bdyment]
Oct 14, 2011 (8:51 am)
We have a fwd Freestyle and a Nissan Versa. No problems with either cvt and both are a pleasure to drive, especially in town-smooth and alert. The cvt in Nissans is warranted for 10 years or 100,000 miles. There is nothing wrong with a cvt and they are not all the same.
#203 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [bruneau1]
Oct 14, 2011 (9:37 am)
Glad you are having good luck with your CVTs. However, the Nissan boards, especially the Rogue and Murano have many, many complaints about CVT problems.
#204 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [bdyment]
Nov 04, 2011 (6:07 am)
You can look at the Acura MDX transmission problem forum to see that it's not just the Freestyle that has transmission issues. In fact, someone posted there that they're never buy an other Acura and was looking at buying a Ford next time, so it seems like the "grass is always greener" saying holds true!
#205 of 240 Re: ford freestyle 2007 85,000 miles [wburkett]
Nov 06, 2011 (5:19 am)
Wrench light went on on dashboard, freestyle (2006) 95,000 mi; was told it was a computer_$1000;
3 mos later, driving on highway at 65mph, Freestyle lost all power, self shifted to a low gear; gas would not get to the engine; many dashboard lights were flashing; pulled off road. At rest in park, stepped on gas pedal with no increase in engine speed; shuty car off and restarted (rebooted) and car worked fine for a few miles until it happened again, and again.
Ford shop said it was the transmission computer. $1200
no sooner than I got the Freestyle back, I stop at stop sign and give gas to go through the intersection, nothing happens, ie no power. Wrench light on dashboard is lit. It then goes normally until the sporadic next time.
Ford shop_initially could find nothing wrong. Pushed them telling how dangerous it was. Kept the car for a week. Took transmission apart. Something "leaking". Repair estimate $4,000; new transmission $6,000.
Car is in great shape (limited version). Do I buy a new car (not made any more) or fix this one.
The 4-wheel drive in the Freestyle was really good in blizzards.
Does anyone know what they did with that 4-wheel (all wheel) drive mechanism? Which Ford vehicles has it now?
#206 of 240 Re: ford freestyle 2007 85,000 miles [sandyrn]
Nov 13, 2011 (1:42 pm)
Here's my experience. I have a 2006 Freestyle. In October 2009 at 55,000 miles I had to have the transmission replaced (thank goodness I had the extended warrenty. Then again in August 2011 at 83,000 miles I had to have it replaced again.....again it was under warrenty. It has a 3 year warrenty on the current transmission. If it wasn't for we still owe on the car I'd be getting rid of it. I can't believe I've had to have the transmission replaced TWICE and the car is only 5 years old!!! Anyway, my suggestion.......new car! This one is not worth the headache!
#207 of 240 Ford Freestyle transmission failure
Nov 27, 2011 (5:44 pm)
I am currently on my second transmission...which is starting to go bad. Only had it 3 years.
#208 of 240 Re: I'm Amazed [anarealtor]
Dec 09, 2011 (1:00 pm)
I had gotten the extended 5 yr mechanical warranty, that ran out at the end of May. Now, of course all my problems occur afte the warranty runs out completely and now have no recourse. I have had the dealership where I bought it also take care of all maintenance. I think that when so many vehicles 5yrs and younger are having the same problem then I think ethicly Ford should do a recall knowing that these problems are not just isolated and random. I really love Ford and I love the Ranger that we have. I even applauded them when they didn't take the bailout. I really love the car and it works great holding my family and everything else that I have to haul around.