Last post on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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Ford Freestyle, Transmission, SUV
#221 of 255 Re: Freestyle Transmission Failure [aswoodru]
Jan 27, 2013 (3:37 pm)
OK, so I went to the dealership with this letter in hand before Christmas. We were going out of town anyways for a week, so I asked if I can just leave the car there and pick it up on Dec 31st. They said 'Sure'. And sure enough, when I got back there, they said "Oops, it was OK when we tested it, but just as you walked in it started acting weird and the check engine light turned on". Then they offered to change the spark plugs and gaskets and coils for some $1200. I said 'No thanks'. So after 10 days and $300 spent at the dealership, I got the car back exactly as it was but this time with the 'check engine' light on. My usual mechanic replaced the spark plugs and all for just $600 based on the check-engine codes.
And as far as my previous expenses on replacing the transmission (I paid about $2700 in June 2012 to put a used transmission from a 2006 model) they said 'this recall only covers the "cleaning procedure" and not the total transmission replacement'.
Either way, I think it was more of a reap-off than help.
To summarize: I'm not going to buy a ford myself in the future, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
#222 of 255 Re: Freestyle Transmission Failure [aswoodru]
Jan 28, 2013 (5:13 am)
This is only my opinion however, to each is own on theres and may want to lok into it if they want, i beleave the failure of the transmission is not this or it might because of the failure of the wrong commands the computer is receiving because of the b ad throttle body... hey its a possibility and i am talking to ford Canada about it all and have launched a couple of complaints to ford and logged some trouble calls to them...also with the governning body here in Canada, Good luck all. its my opinion they have a real issue here and something needs to be done...cheers all.
#223 of 255 Throttle Recall
Feb 01, 2013 (8:20 pm)
So we have a 2007 Freestyle bought it used about 3 years ago. Was great for the first year then all of the sudden when setting the cruise control the car would start to slow down but the RPMS would continue to climb. This also happens while driving down the highway at speeds 70 mile an hour. We took it to the local Ford dealership who kept it for 3 days only to return it to us saying they could not find anything wrong with it or replicate the issue. They said the only thing they recommended was replace the transmission at a cost of $6000. Well we did not have that kind of money and they would not guarantee that it would fix the problem. Now 2 years later and the same transmission we get the recall letter set up an appointment. My wife takes it in one day they do the recall work send her home with the car and within the 5 mile ride home it happens twice. She calls them they say bring it back the next day she does they have it all day long they call and say the computer code shows that either the recall was not done or that it did not take. So they do it again go test drive it and the issue is still present. Then they take it back in check the codes and mysteriously the codes now say it is a transmission issue and that they can do nothing about the problem. But if we want they will replace the transmission... It is amazing that what the recall describes is exactly what the car does but they are trying to say it is transmission issue not covered by warranty... It seems Ford has a real issue but not willing to step up for their loyal consumers. It seems corporate Ford is telling dealerships to make consumers purchase new transmissions instead of admitting they have another recall issue...
#224 of 255 Re: Throttle Recall [indytom2]
Feb 02, 2013 (4:33 am)
The sad part about it is....its not a new transmission. Its a factory rebuild! 2 throttle bodies , "new" transmission, 4 brake jobs one of these was a factory recall! Finally got rid of it with 90000 miles on it. All of thiss happend with only 76,000 miles on the car. Good luck.
#225 of 255 Freestyle/five hundred transmission
Feb 24, 2013 (7:12 pm)
these are fantastic cars! i just dont understand why the CVT fails in the freestyle so often but not in the five hundred, as it is the same thing? why would someone not just put in the 6 speed auto and computer from the five hundred? better yet, why would Ford not have just made the freestyle FWD the 6 speed auto same as the five hundred? i plan on buying a freestyle soon and i think i will get myself a rear end totalled five hundred to swap the transmission and keep the engine for parts, being that they are the same thing.
#227 of 255 Re: Freestyle Transmission Failure [soarneagle]
Feb 27, 2013 (2:51 pm)
My Ford Freestyle (2005 AWD) has the same issues as you mention here. Over a year ago, I saw the notes about cleaning the throttle body and finally had that done by my mechanic in Sept 2012, before I received the “letter” from Ford in Dec that they would “clean” the throttle body or reimburse me if I already had it done. I put in for the reimbursement in Dec, but before I even received my check, I started having the sound problem exactly as you describe with the transmission. I did not even think they could be related, since I’m not a car expert. My mechanic is the one that said the sound is most likely the transmission, but he does not work on transmissions. So I took it to a transmission shop near my home and they too said it was the transmission, but they would have to charge me $450 just to give me an estimate of a repair cost. At that point, I figured with 116,000 miles on the vehicle, I’d be better off just starting to search for a new vehicle. But now that I’m hearing they are related, I’m wondering if you’ve been able to get any satisfaction from Ford. I’m sure they won’t give in very easily, but like you, I like the size and features of this vehicle and have not been able to find something comparable. I’m leery about buying a used Freestyle considering this tranny issue will probably come up again. Please let me know if you’ve received any more info on this.
BTW – on another thread on this forum there is a link to join a class action lawsuit: http://www.seegerweiss.com/news/seeger_weiss_investigates_cvt_transmission_defec- ts_in_ford_and_mercury_vehicles.
It is being handled in their Philadelphia office. Call the 888 number on their home page and they will give you the Philly number.
#228 of 255 DISAPPOINTED FORD OWNER
Mar 13, 2013 (6:49 pm)
I am an unhappy owner of a 2005 Ford Freestyle with a junk cvt transmission. I purchased this car brand new expecting to get at least 10years 150,000 miles out of it. Every car that I have owned has given me this, I have them serviced regularly. This Freestyle was my 1st brand new car all other were used an none of them were Fords. My expectations came to a screeching halt at 6.5 years 111,000 miles when my CVT transmission failed. I now have a car which is only good for scrap unless I invest $6000 for a reworked transmission which I must purchase from Ford this adds salt to the wound. Do I have $6000 sitting around, no. Do I have a piece of junk sitting in my driveway, yes. Ford needs to step up and help its customers, what is the mark up on this reworked transmission??? It is clear that this is not just bad luck that my vehicle has this problem...just check the web it is all over and a growing problem now that many of these vehicles are approaching the 100,000 mi mark. With the absurd price of cars these days the loans have stretched out to 7years, the life of a car should out live the years of payments, no wonder so many americans are in such debt. The executives of these big corporations hide from the responsibility of standing behind their product while they stuff their pockets with big bonuses. So much for buying American, it is time for American business to support their customers and help to pay for the mistake made with this inferior products. I hope that everyone with this problem is persistent in pursuit of justice from Ford. I will be joining in on any action to get Ford to step up and help the many consumers who have been put in a financial set back due to this product. This will be my last Ford purchase...........
#229 of 255 Re: DISAPPOINTED FORD OWNER [nomorefords7]
Mar 14, 2013 (5:57 am)
I have the same opinions, although my Freestyle Cvt hs not yet totally failed. I bought an extended warranty which covered $1500 in cvt repairs already. I have switched to Honda, and it seems my Honda will run forever. When I get into the Ford, I am waiting for the next failure.
Once the Freestyle is finished, I will spend the extra to buy aHonda again. Ford, do you read these forums?
#230 of 255 Re: DISAPPOINTED FORD OWNER [nomorefords7]
Mar 15, 2013 (11:58 am)
You should have gotten a letter from Ford stating that they will do the cvt repair for free. I had the problem at 90K miles, three years ago. I paid out about $1200 for a new throttle body (after many angry calls to Detroit). Because I'd already had the repair done, Ford reimbursed me $1000. Nevertheless, I'll never buy a Ford again either.