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#205 of 255 Re: ford freestyle 2007 85,000 miles [wburkett]
Nov 06, 2011 (4:19 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 255 Re: ford freestyle 2007 85,000 miles [sandyrn]
Nov 13, 2011 (12:42 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 255 Ford Freestyle transmission failure
Nov 27, 2011 (4:44 pm)
I am currently on my second transmission...which is starting to go bad. Only had it 3 years.
#208 of 255 Re: I'm Amazed [anarealtor]
Dec 09, 2011 (12:00 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.
#210 of 255 Count me...one more dead transmission
Jul 16, 2012 (8:42 pm)
After 6 months of surging while stopped, my transmission on my 2005 Freestyle died on Saturday. We still owe $8000 on the car. To fix the transmission, $5200 for parts (from Ford) and upwards of $1700 for labor. Yay, Ford!? Filed my complaint with the NHTSA and Ford. Meanwhile, getting trading in car and finding a way to pay off the balance. Yay, Ford!? Things go wrong on cars of all kinds. I get it. But most parts can be repaired and/or replaced for a lot less... Back to Hondas where I'll take a chance of dealing with air compressors at 120,000 miles and for a lot less money.
#211 of 255 Re: NHTSA FREESTYLE TRANSMISSION FAILURE [momf]
Jul 16, 2012 (8:48 pm)
I've filed with the NHTSA today. 05 Freestyle, transmission shot...looking at $7000 to replace.
#212 of 255 same thing.
Oct 26, 2012 (8:31 am)
I guess all of us, who own a Freestyle, are in the same situation. The lucky ones who haven't had the trouble yet are just heading for a "surprise" some day. I had a transmission replaced just this summer in June and now the second is beginning to make loud noises. This is just a money-sucking black hole. I've also submitted an NHTSA complaint today. There are only 117 complaints listed on their website for the 2005 model. Everyone who hasn't filed yet, should do so: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
#213 of 255 They're paying!!!
Dec 16, 2012 (7:07 am)
Finally---Ford admits they are at fault for the throttle body issue. I got a letter from Ford this week. If the throttle body fails, the repair is covered for the first 150K miles on the car. If you've already had it done, the letter says to take your receipt to your dealer for a refund of the cost of repairs.
#214 of 255 How to get the letter
Dec 16, 2012 (3:40 pm)
Who sent you the letter? Your local Ford or HQ in Michigan? I am not finding anything on the internet about a recall or admission by Ford. How do I get one, too? We replaced our throttle body a month ago and the wrench light has gone on and off 6 or 7 times in the last couple weeks. Brought it back to them and they couldn't find anything wrong.