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Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Transmission, Van
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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.
#1156 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Investigation [momtobclt]
Mar 10, 2010 (4:47 pm)
I'm not sure why just the 04 and 05's either. Our 06 has had the transmission fail twice now. I live in fear of us be injured or killed. It's our newest family vehicle and we still owe on it, so we're stuck. I just remain prayerful and hope Ford does the right thing.
#1157 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Investigation [coneflower1]
Mar 10, 2010 (7:41 pm)
I would not count on Ford Motor Company doing the right thing for the consumer without a legal team forcing them to repair their problem. If they had intended to correct this, it would of been long resolved.
Ford products will no longer be in my driveway. I have seen firsthand how poorly Ford respects their customers so I will honor them with the same respect. Ask me about my Ford 2004 Freestar Van!
#1158 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey Investigation [coneflower1]
Mar 10, 2010 (7:45 pm)
Those of you who have had more than one transmission failure on the Freestars have me really worried. As I drive a lot and most of the time alone I do worry if my transmission should fail again and try to think of all the scenarios that I could place myself in. It doesn't keep me from driving but it is always on my mind. As I have stated in previous posts I have written Ford for the 4th time and copied NHTSA as well as The Center for Auto Safety. To date I have not heard from anyone except a lawyer soliciting for a class action suit. I will not give up, however, but will keep the pressure on Ford Motor Co. They owe all of us an explanation plus either a recall or reimbursement. Good luck to you and all the others who have experienced the same.