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#200 of 437 Re: Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions [steve_]
Oct 22, 2009 (4:41 pm)
i have a 2005 awd freestyle. I had the transmission fluid changed at 106,000 miles. Turns out the shop that did it used mercron 5 fluid not the "special fluid" that the dealer now tells me they should have used. now my transmission is slipping and i am being told i need a new transmission. The shop that did the flush says the fluid they used is correct. The dealer says only the kind specially made for cvt can be used. who is correct?
#201 of 437 Re: Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions [tassds70503]
Oct 23, 2009 (4:20 am)
It looks like the dealer is correct. CVT takes a very specific Ford recommended fluid.
#202 of 437 Re: Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions [tassds70503]
Oct 23, 2009 (9:55 am)
The CVT uses only Ford fluid and should not be flushed. If your dealer can certify that the shop used the wrong fluid, you should have some recourse.,
#203 of 437 Re: Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions [tassds70503]
Oct 23, 2009 (6:23 pm)
Only a Ford dealership should do a CVT service. Its every 60,000 miles regardless of time. Even then, you might have to "remind" them that they should only change the FT-178 filter, and not the pan filter. And, no flushing is ever done on the CVT. Special fluid only, never Mercon or Dexron, thats for sure.
I wonder if the transmission shop will own up to their mistake, since a new transmission CVT is about $5,000.
#204 of 437 CALLING ALL CVT ISSUES...
Dec 02, 2009 (3:39 pm)
I am looking for anyone who would be willing to take ford on, this cvt issue needs to be addressed and I want to see how many people actually have an issue with this. I am willing to take this to an investigative reporter.
I bought my car brand new 34,000 the tranny goes, 2 years later AGAIN! They say this is not a saftey issue, but that is ridiculous! I was going to pull out on the highway and my car would not go...then I got out and had to stop on the highway and I went to go and had my foot all the way to the floor and it crept along! What if? I crept out on the highway with my whole family in the car and a mack truck was coming?! How is that not a saftey issue!
They took the CVT out of the newer models...obviously it is an issue and for those of us who bought a freestyle with the CVT in it are paying the price..
I want to be compenstated for this, I don't think I should have to put a USED tranny in my vehicle...I had a brand new one and look where that has gotten me! Whose to say this is not going to happen again...next time I might not be so lucky!
#205 of 437 Re: CALLING ALL CVT ISSUES... [nutabug]
Dec 03, 2009 (2:12 am)
Same thing happened to me in October '08. Luckily I was on the entrance ramp and was able to pull over. They put in a new tranny for $4300. I have a three year warranty on it. But you are right - it happened once and there was no good explanation for why it failed and it could easily happen again. This is the car I drive my kids to school in everyday.
Dec 03, 2009 (5:21 am)
It could most definetly happen again and it could happen to anyone else who has a vehicle with a CVT in it, that is why we ALL have to join together and take a stand! This needs to be a recall...IT IS A SAFETY ISSUE! You were on your way onto the highway...WHAT IF?! I can't believe this happened once in a brand new vehicle...BUT TWICE! I bought this car so I would have it for a long time...and we DID NOT pay peanuts for it...they should HONOR there vehicles!
Does anyone know how to actually start a post, I want to this to really be noticed and try to get as many people on the post as possible, I want to show the news reporter that this is a BIG problem!
#207 of 437 Re: Bellaspop [nutabug]
Dec 03, 2009 (1:19 pm)
nutabug, There will only be a recall if a high enough percentage of CVT Freestyle transmissions are failing. So far, that appears not to be the case. For the record, I had a transmission go out on me when merging on to a freeway a few years ago, and it was a conventional (non-CVT) automatic tranny in a Mitsubishi Galant. Also, my parent's '91 Ford Taurus had the tranny go out on them, and it was not a CVT. From these experiences we could all conclude that "All '91 Taurus transmissions and all Galant transmissions will strand you.", but we are smarter than that. Percentages are all that matter. My '05 F150 and '05 Freestyle have been nearly flawless, BTW.
#208 of 437 Re: Transmission problems [kid532]
Dec 10, 2009 (5:01 am)
The Freestyle/Five Hundred is not a rare beast at all so why not avoid the $6300 reaming and consider buying a used CVT transmission from a recycler for $800-1000? Most recyclers even offer a short warantee so you can see if the unit works well. I ran a search car-part.com and there were dozens of used low-mileage CVTs available.