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Ford Freestyle, Transmission, SUV
Jul 15, 2010 (9:53 pm)
"My 2005 Ford Freestyle transmission is failing at 54,000 miles. The dealer rebuilt it before the warranty went out, but that was obviously just a band-aid fix. Now that it is out of warranty, Ford says that the transmission needs to be totally replaced. They say it will cost us $6,000. They should have replaced the transmission while it was still under warranty. We had taken it in several times due to a strange noise. They used the electronic ears, but never pinpointed the problem until the rebuild. "
How long ago was the warranty fix? Normally such fixes carry a 12 month warranty on the parts / labor.
#263 of 437 DRIVELINE PROBLEM
Aug 29, 2010 (7:18 am)
GREETINGS. I HAVE A 2007 FREESTYLE LIMITED. VERY NICE CAR, GREAT GAS MILEAGE. NOW HAS A LITTLE OVER 44700 MILES AND A PROBLEM JUST DEVELOPED.
WHEN I ACCELERATE, THE CAR JERKS TO THE RIGHT AND THEN JUMPS OR JERKS BACK TO THE LEFT WHEN YOU LAYOFF THE PEDDLE. NO CODE LIGHTS COME ON. I THINK IT WILL STILL BE UNDER THE DRIVE TRAIN WARANTEE.
ANY SUGGESTIONS? IS IT A TRACTION CONTROL ISSUE OR TRANY. THANKS.
Oct 03, 2010 (5:32 am)
I have a 2005 freestyle. Bought it used from a dealer last summer (2009) it had 13,000 miles. Now its a year later and it has 24,000 miles. The CVT is making a nasty sound like a bearing is worn out. Plus, when coasting down hills it does not let the car freely accelerate.
Here is a video of the car, you can hear the sound. Its 2x as loud outside the car.
Can anyone tell me what this is and what it will cost to fix? At 24,000 miles, worn out bearings mean either bad parts or too much torque or vibes (bad design).
#265 of 437 Re: DRIVELINE PROBLEM [mycar26]
Oct 03, 2010 (9:21 am)
You may have a broken torque strut. It's in the engine compartment and is designed to keep the engine from moving too much. Just a guess- have it looked at.
#266 of 437 Re: Transmission Noise [mrkristofer]
Oct 03, 2010 (9:22 am)
That sounds bad. A new transmission runs $6000-7000
#267 of 437 Re: Transmission Noise [mrkristofer]
Oct 06, 2010 (12:03 pm)
" Plus, when coasting down hills it does not let the car freely accelerate. "
This may be the design. I have had several cars that had "downhill speed limiters", that acted sort of like engine braking. It's been a couple of years since I owned my FS, so I can't remember if mine acted the same.
#268 of 437 TRANS REPLACEMENT CVT
Oct 09, 2010 (5:24 pm)
Add me to the list
2006 Freestyle 88000 miles Repairs this year
4 years old. Still paying the note
New Trans $4300.00
New Air Compressor $1000.00
Throttle Body/Surging $1200.00
Ford could care less. First and last ford product. Going back to Toyota, Honda or Hyundai. Can't wait to get rid of this piece of junk
#269 of 437 Freestyle Problems
Oct 12, 2010 (9:36 am)
Seems like a lot of those with Freestyle problems have only recently been members. Perhaps it's the same one individual looking to vent by creating more Edmunds userids and then posting "problems." Not necessarily true, but you never know.
I've been posting for years, and while I don't have a Freestyle now, I owned one from 2005 until a few months ago and it was a great car. Other than routine maintenance, I didn't put in any of my own money for repairs (power steering pump under the extended warranty was the only repair). I sold the car with 86,000 miles one (I no longer needed such a large vehicle).
If you look in Consumer's Reports, you'll find that the Freestyle has an average rating, which is much better than GM or Chrysler vehicles of a similar nature. I think anyone needing a vehicle that drives like a car, holds nearly as much as a minivan, and gets great MPG for a vehicle of its size should look at buying a used Freestyle. Due to depreciation, you can get one pretty cheap.
Anyway, just don't let a few folks posting here ruin what really was a great car with high quality.
#270 of 437 Re: Freestyle Problems [bobw3]
Oct 12, 2010 (10:01 am)
We have a 2005 fwd Freestyle which we like very much. The throttle body was replaced under warranty before we had any bad driving situations. As for the CVT, it is my favorite thing about the vehicle. It is always doing the right thing, unlike the conventional transmissions in our other two cars. Granted, it's not as fast off the line. Sorry that many people are having problems. Hope our turn is not down the line.
#271 of 437 Re: Freestyle Problems [bobw3]
Oct 12, 2010 (12:46 pm)
Surely you jest ? Someone actually creating mulitple ID's to complain about the Freeystyle CVT?
You are most fortunate that you did not have any trouble with yours, but for those of that that have dropped 4-5-6K into a fairly young vehicle have to right to complain about it.
Sorry, bobw3, but please do NOT suggest that anyone buy a used one....unless, of course the tranny has already been replaced with a remanned one.....('cause you can't buy a new one.