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#1119 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [eleanor3]
Feb 12, 2010 (11:07 am)
My husband and I purchases a 2005 Ford Freestar eight months ago and have had nothing but problems since the getgo. It's been in the shop five times from water leaking into the spark plugs. No matter what they do, they can't seem to stop it. It will be driving just fine and the engine will cut off out of the blue. This thing is a total lemon. We also had the back latch break within the first frew months of owning it. I'm so fed up with it and the money it has cost us. Unfortunately it is our only vehicle. We've had to pay for a rental car all week while the transmission people have been looking it over. They said there was nothing wrong with the transmission, it just needs a new computer box because of the water damage. We are going to try to trade it for something else, but we will see what happens. Wish us luck.
Feb 12, 2010 (3:58 pm)
Today, per suggestion from a previous post I filed a complaint with The Center for Auto Safety concerning the failure of the transmission while enroute home on the interstate (alone and miles and miles from home). If there is something else I need to do please let me know. Thank you.
#1121 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [eleanor3]
Feb 13, 2010 (4:00 pm)
The NHTSA as well as Ford is well aware of the problems with the transmissions on the make and model vehicle as well as the F-150 pick-up trucks. According to several sources, the same transmission that is used in the Ford taurus was used in these two vehicles. The Taurus weighs approximately 2,000 pounds less than the Freestar or the F-150. It is widely considered that the transmission is too small to adequately last for an acceptable period of time without failing. Ford has also used its warranty limits for getting out of paying for repairs; no fluid changes every 30,000 miles or the transmission fails after the mileage limit expires. What a coincidence that in many cases most failures are right after the warranty expires. Unfortunately, and maybe because the government now has a vested interest in the motor industry, the NHSTB fails to recognize this common problem as a defect. There have been thousands of complaints lodged, all with basically the same reply; they feel there is not sufficient evidence at this time to force a recall.
#1122 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [ckwshortykw]
Feb 13, 2010 (5:28 pm)
While the Freestar and Taurus used the same transmission (or transmission family), the F-150 does not. The Freestar and Taurus transmission is only for front wheel drive vehicles. The F-150 transmission is a rear wheel drive transmission that is common between the 4.2L V-6, 4.6L and 5.4L V-8s. While the base F-150 had the same 4.2L V-6 as the Freestar, they did not share transmissions.
#1123 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [ckwshortykw]
Feb 13, 2010 (5:29 pm)
That is precisely why we have to keep the pressure up on Ford and NHTSA. We also need to piggyback off of the Toyota situation. Say what you want about Toyota, however they got here, they are stepping up to the plate. Ford, in stark contrast, continues to thumb it's nose at us and NHTSA. It is up to us to hold both Ford and NHTSA's feet to the fire until we get action. NHTSA works for US, not Ford. The disgusting thing is that Ford is acting very self righteous right now, at Toyota's expense, while they themselves are guilty of concealing a defect that could cause a fatality. Where is the media on this one?
Feb 13, 2010 (8:49 pm)
I say we go really, really, really public with this - notify local, state and national media! Any thoughts on this suggestion?
#1125 of 1927 Re: Another one bites the dust. [
Feb 17, 2010 (10:01 am)
Last evening, Feb 16th, my 2005 Ford Freestat also lost all motive power. Fortunately I lost power turning onto a major street that had a wide centre median where I was able to stop and await a tow. I have the van at a local Ford dealership and am waiting on the unhappy word as to the cost to repair. This was an abrupt loss of power with no prior problems, as reported elsewhere in these postings. Can anyone advise if there is a procedure to report to NHSTA for vehicles located in Canada or if there is another reporting proceudre that should be followed.
#1126 of 1927 Re: Another one bites the dust. [ [filosophy]
Feb 17, 2010 (12:31 pm)
I'm sure Canada has their own government transportation safety agency in Ottawa ....remember, if you get it fixed, make sure they use aftermarket harden steel for the spline shaft and torque converter. Additionally for people who haven't had this problem occur yet, you can save some money by replacing the torque converter and splne shaft and this should keep you from having to replace the whole transmission since the transmission wouldn't be affected by foreign material e.g. steel pieces entering the transmission housing from the failure of the spline shaft and torque converter ...
#1127 of 1927 Contact Congressman Darrell Issa
Feb 17, 2010 (4:34 pm)
This is from Congressman's Darrell Issa website serving California's 49th district “As Congress continues to investigate and evaluate how both industry and regulators have responded to consumer concerns related to vehicle malfunctions, I want to get a firsthand account of how local dealerships are responding to the growing amount of consumers who have questions about the safety of their vehicles,” Issa said. “Whether it is a microprocessor engineer or the top executive, it is essential that we pursue every available information resource so we can be better informed heading into next week’s hearing. I want a clear picture about what is being done to ensure the safety of not just Toyota owners, but of every driver of any vehicle in America.”
#1128 of 1927 Re: Contact Congressman Darrell Issa [oilandwater]
Feb 17, 2010 (7:34 pm)
Thank you Congressman Darrell!