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#1146 of 1927 2nd Time for bad transmission
Mar 08, 2010 (6:54 am)
I just hung up with Ford. This is the second time my 2005 Freestar has had the transmission go. The first time was at 39K in 2007, I am now at 65K. I am incredibly disappointed with Ford for not standing behind the vehical, and for not taking aim at this serious problem. Mine went as I was traveling on the highway with my 10 year old in the van with me. Thankfully, we were able to get off the road before being plowed into. This entire situation is unacceptable to me. That there are hundreds of pages of posts about this problem, and still Ford has done nothing is unbelievable. I will fight this as far as I can as the repair/replacement is being quoted at $2965. My next call is the Attorney General here. And I will continue up the food chain until I get what I deserve. And from the sounds of it, I think I deserve a whole lot more than Ford does!
#1148 of 1927 2005 Freestar transmission die running
Mar 08, 2010 (10:05 am)
Last thursday night my transmission stop working while running. The diagnostic is the Transmission Converter is gone. A couple of weeks before, the car started doing abnormal accelerations up to 3000 rpm while no shifting properly. When it rains, the check engine lits and blinks, and if you push the gas pedal it makes like little explosions. My van just have 55,000 miles on it. I traded my 2001 Escape, which I loved for this piece of junk I'm crazy to get rid of. What can I do to not get stuck with a van that owes more than it is worth? I'm open to suggestions.
Mar 08, 2010 (12:05 pm)
I bought a 2005 ford freestar from Nassief in Ashtabula, OH. Up until Feb 20, 2010 it was driving JUST FINE. Then on 2/20/2010, I went to pull out of a driveway and NOTHING. The engine was running, the gear shifter went into reverse, but NO movement backwards. When some friends came to help me out, they noticed that my front tires were not spinning to move backwards, I could turn my steering wheel and move the tires sideways, but when I hit the gas pedal, the van just stayed right where it was. There were NO problems AT ALL prior to this happening, either the day it happened OR leading up to that day. It just quit, died, broke down. I have not taken it anywhere, due to financial reasons, yet. But in reading these posts, should I go to a FORD dealer, or where I bought it, or what? I am at my wits end. I WILL be going to NHTSA and Center for auto safety, and to FORD to put my 2 cents in there as well. I hope all goes well. By the way, I have a little over 120K miles on mine when this happened. It was used when I bought it, 99K. Thanks for everyone posting their issues and problems with their freestars.
I also heard that the transmissions that are in the freestars are the same ones that are used in the ford taurus, has anyone else heard this? IF so, how is that allowed? Isn't there a significant difference between the two cars as far as weight and carry loads? Is this something that is of questionable product safety?
#1150 of 1927 Re: single mom stuck at home [singlemomstuck]
Mar 08, 2010 (2:39 pm)
Thank you for contacting NHTSA and Center for Auto Safety. These steps are CRITICAL to our cause.
As for the transmissio being the same as in the Taurus, that is what my mechanic told me. He is a retired Ford tech w/ 20 years experience there who now operates an AAMCO franchise. I am pretty sure that qualifies him to make that statement.
Keep us posted on your progress.
#1151 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [lloydcyn]
Mar 09, 2010 (4:17 pm)
Yes, my transmission went at 70,000 miles sept 09. I luckily bought an aftermarket warranty with full coverage so all I had to pay was my $100 deductible. I've seen lots of other posts on the net about it and that they're the same kind that they used to put in the old taurus's. They need to make this a recall, but I know they won't. Keep an eye on your Power control Module too because it will give you problems too if it gets any kind of moisture.
#1152 of 1927 Re: Transmission...I don't know [robertber]
Mar 09, 2010 (4:24 pm)
That actually could be your power control module. If it gets any moisture in it the motor will run all kinds of choppy and sputtery. Mine has even stalled out while driving!
#1154 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Investigation [jeb9]
Mar 10, 2010 (4:25 am)
Why are the 2004 and 2005's the only ones being investigated? I have a 2006 and I had to have my PCM replaced. I had my van in the shop more than 25 times in 3 years because of all of the issues from the PCM. It was because of this site that I found out what the problem was.
#1155 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Investigation [momtobclt]
Mar 10, 2010 (3:02 pm)
Edmunds is wonderful. It helped me realize that I was not the only one with the problem, and assisted me in finding some resources to file a complaint.