Last post on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM
You are in the Ford Freestar
What is this discussion about?
Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Transmission, Van
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#1172 of 1927 2005 Freestar tranny
Mar 19, 2010 (10:18 am)
Have had van since Sep 2005., now with 109,000. No problems till lately.
Same problems everyone else relates. Loss of power with no warning. No reverse.
Will jump, buck, and chirp like a bird. In to dealer several times. Have had sensors, PCM , etc replaced. They "dry out" PCM, fabricate a shield, and say I am good to go. Still back to them as we speak. A very scary and unsafe situation. I am in fear of my and family safety to drive it from the dealership. Svc mgr advises he was unaware of any such problems. I directed him to the internet to learn more. Ford produced the Freestar from 2004-2007 model years. I see no complaints for 2006-2007 models. Seems maybe Ford fixed the problem. Trying to figure what to do now. Know of anyone who may have installed a 2006-2007 in an
earlier year model ? Would it work ? Picking mine up again this p.m. Will advise all of outcome.
#1173 of 1927 FORD FREESTAR AND MERCURY MONTEREY
Mar 19, 2010 (3:26 pm)
Please, please be sure that you are reporting your problem to the NHSTA. There has been an ongoing investigation since last fall but they need to hear directly from all those affected, one by one. If any of you believe that Ford/Mercury is going to step up to the plate on this, I'm sorry to say you are wasting your time. Please go to the NHSTA web site and they have a place where you can air your grievance.
#1174 of 1927 2005 Freestar Transmission
Mar 19, 2010 (6:07 pm)
I have written NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety. However, I am continuing to write Ford regardless. I have not heard from either of the above.
#1175 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [lsago]
Mar 20, 2010 (9:36 am)
Transmissions problems are in all years of the Freestar. The 2006 & 2007's just don't have as much time on the road. My 2006's transmission went out at 47,000 in March 2009. NHTSA investigator told me (after I sent him a letter making sure he was including 2006's in the investigation) that the investigation is open to later years, too.
#1176 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [tervmom]
Mar 20, 2010 (11:08 am)
Thanks for updating everyone. We have a 2006 that has failed twice! I did worry that we would not be included. I don't have a lot of hope that Ford will do the right thing. HOWEVER, unfortunately, it's not if but actually WHEN someone(s) die or are seriously injured, I want there to be as much evidence of this as possible.
#1177 of 1927 PCM Part Number
Mar 21, 2010 (5:59 pm)
Does anyone have the part number for the PCM? I've been looking to order online but need the part number to be sure I order the correct one. I DO NOT want to call the local dealship to help and they do not have a good reputation here.
#1178 of 1927 Re: Freestar Transmissin Woes [doodleallday]
Mar 24, 2010 (7:26 am)
Unfortunately, this has been Ford's response from the beginning and I have been at this since November, 2007 when our transmission went at 45K miles on our 2004 Freestar, leaving my wife and kids stranded in the middle of an intersection during rush hour traffic. They could have been killed. Ford does not care about its customers, end of story. I had been a loyal Ford customer for 25 years. The only chance we have to get anything done is either through legal pressure, public scrutiny, private sector organizations like the Center for Auto Safety or a combination of all three. NHTSA has pretty much been proven to be a lapdog for the industry rather a watchdog although, they are conducting an investigation. Given the backdrop of the Toyota debacle, I actually think we might have a chance that NHTSA will hold Ford accountable. Imagine if they give Ford a pass and the issue comes to light on a national scale when, inevitably, somebody gets killed as a result of this defect. (I wouldn't be at all surprised if this has already happened and has either been covered up or not properly attributed to this defect.)
In the meantime, keep up the pressure. Contact all of your representatives at all levels of government, your local media outlets, your local attorney general, etc.,.
Most importantly, tell everyone you know that drives a Freestar to beware of the danger. You just might save their life.
#1179 of 1927 2005 Ford Freestar Transmission
Mar 31, 2010 (6:18 am)
Thank you all for posting. It is from this website that I found out that I am not alone. I was travelling 45mph on the highway when my van dropped to 20mph and
would not accelerate. I immediately put on my hazzard lights so that I would not
get rear ended and pulled right into a driveway. At that point it would not move anymore. I had to have it towed home (which was 30 miles away). I had it taken to a shop that belongs to a friend. He checked the PCM and it showed no signs
of being damp. He could not figure it out. So I had it towed to the local Ford dealer. By the end of the day -I was told it was the transmission. We have had transmissions go out before on other vehicles and we had warnings -so we were able to be ready. We had no signs of a transmission going out with this vehicle. Nothing!! I just thank God that we were not hurt. By the way a new transmission will cost me $3100 -due by Friday/April 2nd. I have e-mailed Ford, NHTSA, and CBS-Investigator Dept. I will send out a letter today to Mr. McHenry. All in an effort to avoid a death. I hope someone will listen.
#1180 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [lloydcyn]
Apr 01, 2010 (3:33 pm)
I have an 05 Freestar, last year it stranded me. I had it towed to Ford garage, the linkage was bound up. Then it would not go into reverse. The transmission was full of water and was rusty. They blamed it on road conditions, my insurance paid to have it repaired. Two days ago I took it in because the tranny was slipping. The brain was full of water. Get this, it has been out of warranty for some time now, but they are telling me that it is still under warranty and they fixed it for free. I know they lied to me. What is causing the tranny and the brain to get full of water? I have not driven through flood water at all, I live in Tillamook Oregon. I am thinking this van should have been recalled. Can anyone email me with phone numbers to call and complain? linnettegallagher1embarqmail.com Thanks, I dont know when I can check back on this forum. Linnette Gallagher
#1181 of 1927 Re: transmission problems [linnetteg]
Apr 02, 2010 (6:14 pm)
Go to the website of nhtsa.gov or nhtsa.org and also car safety. I JUST got my frestar back today, THREE weeks in the garage because of the way it needs to be taken off the frame and this removed and that removed and then put all back together. BLAH BLAH BLAH. The mehcanic was great, but FORD WAS NOT. Also control arms had to be relplaced. Please know also that I put in a heavier duty gear that usually BREAKS because it was CHEAPLY made. (Emphasis is if FORD happens to read these posts.) IF you take it to a tranny shop or a dealer shop beware --they WILL likely schiester (spelling?) you. Don't give up. Also, on both the websites say YES to class action suit and SAVE ALL your receipts from ANY and ALL work & repairs done to your car, just in case. I hope the best for you.
Make sure you get your seals checked.