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#1182 of 1927 Has Anyone Fixed the Transmission Problem??
Apr 05, 2010 (9:34 am)
The same is happening with my 2005 Ford Freestar, bought it 7 months ago with 38,000 miles and thought I was getting a great deal...its was driving normally and then would not move....No lights or Warning at all!!! I am willing at this point just to pay and fix it...BUT...has anyone fixed it and then been good for a good number of years?? I mean, I don't want to spend $1,000 - $3,000 and then still have the same problem, but my wife needs this car to get around with the kids and I can't afford to go get another car right now.
#1183 of 1927 Re: Has Anyone Fixed the Transmission Problem?? [ivalerio31]
Apr 05, 2010 (10:37 am)
Just wanted to tell you about our experience. I am also a mother of 3 little ones and this vehicle was very necessary for my getting around with them safely. We broke down the first time February of 2009, and then 5 months later on July 4th broke down again with the same problem. Our transmission was defective and there was no resolution to making it where it would not break down again. AAmco could not promise me anything. So we had to get rid of it. My husband lost his job in June of that same year during those break downs and just got back to work 3 weeks ago, so I understand the being able to afford getting a new vehicle. But because we have been just waiting for the next breakdown, and we couldn't trust it going anywhere anymore, the worry just wasn't worth it. We had to down grade to something we new would not breakdown like that. Good luck and hopefully you can make the right decision for your family. We simply couldn't wait for justice to be done with Ford. Our families safety depended on us moving on.
#1184 of 1927 Re: Has Anyone Fixed the Transmission Problem?? [ivalerio31]
Apr 05, 2010 (8:49 pm)
We bought our '05 Freestar in January '06 with only 4700 miles on it and got an unbelievable deal. Last December, with 52,000 miles on it, it just wouldn't move one day after we came out of church. No warning, nothing. We finally got it to budge in a lower gear enough to get it 3 miles to our Ford dealer. They had always treated us well doing warranty work even though we hadn't bought the van there. It cost about $3400 for a rebuilt Ford transmission unit that carries a 100,000 mile warranty. I figured it would be better to just replace the thing than repair it and take a chance. We've put 5,000 miles on it in 3+ months and it is doing fine so far. We were like you--we desperately needed this van for 3 kids and couldn't afford another van or SUV--and we knew the Freestar had no trade-in value as it sat, so we had to bite the bullet and fix it. Maybe after we get some of our investment back we'll look at selling/trading it, but so far it's doing fine. Otherwise, I still like this van a lot. Good size, drives great, good engine. I've driven Fords for 30+ years and this is the first failure I've had, so I can't get too upset I figure.
#1185 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [tervmom]
Apr 07, 2010 (4:19 am)
I want this taken care of..... I am udderly pissed off about this. My 2005 freestar quit on me 2 days ago...quote $1000-$1600, after diagnosis $3000-$3300...... WHAT THE HECK FORD!!!! With all of these complaints seriously you want someone to get killed before anything is done....I am sure that this has caused some accidents. I was on the e-way when mine just quit!!!! I am outraged!!!!! I have owned nothing but fords my whole life, my father worked for them and is retired from there. Come on really I will never by a ford again unless this gets paid for!!!!! 5 years old and 80,000 should not have happened!!!
#1186 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [steph_mc]
Apr 07, 2010 (11:40 am)
GOOD LUCK STEPH.... BEEN GOING ON 2 YRS. SINCE MY TRANNY WENT OUT. FORD, NASH, OR OBAMA CARES! HUBBY'S 71, STILL WORKS, ONLY CAR WE'LL HAVE SOON. TIME FOR TRANNY TO QUIT AGAIN.
AGAIN, GOOD LUCK..WE'RE STUCK WITH FORD'S TRASH....UNLIKE TOYOTA...
#1187 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [steph_mc]
Apr 07, 2010 (12:24 pm)
Welcome to our nightmare. First, thank God no one got hurt when your transmission failed. Second, PLEASE file a complaint with NHTSA and also the Center for Auto Safety via their websites. NHTSA is the goverment agency that is tasked with protecting us, the consumer, from defects such as the defect in the Freestar transmission. They are currently investigating the situation and it is CRUCIAL that they be notified of each and every failure. This will help them see that this is not an isolated or even a contained problem and therefor, requires immediate action on their part such as a recall. I have been fighting this battle for over 2 years now and we are finally getting some results. Please stay engaged in this forum and this issue. Also, contact every elected representative that you can, at every level of goverment, and also your state's Attorney General and make them aware of this issue. Further, contact all of your local media outlets, TV and newspaper, and let them know as well. Finally, tell everyone you know or meet that drives a Freestar to be aware of this problem. You just might save their life.
#1188 of 1927 Re: Freestar Transmissin Woes [jgenovese]
Apr 08, 2010 (2:21 pm)
My wife's van (2004 Ford Freestar) has the same problem. She drove it the night before, then got in it the next morning and it wouldn't move. We are trying to find a used one but after seeing all these posts, I don't know what we will do. It only has 67,000 miles so, it should have been good to go for another 67,000 in my opinion.
#1189 of 1927 Re: Freestar Transmissin Woes [kfrw0z]
Apr 08, 2010 (2:50 pm)
We are up to nearly 1200 posts on this forum alone and hundreds of complaints to NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety yet Ford still refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, falsely claims that the complaints are focused primarily on the cost of the repairs and not the safety aspect, and blames the customer for somehow causing the failures which, based on what I have learned from an industry expert, are clearly due to a defect.
Maybe when NHTSA is done trying to put Toyota out of business because they are a foreign manufacturer and compete w/ GM which is now owned by US, the taxpayers, they will hold Ford accountable for this debacle.
In the meanwhile, we can only hope that no one is killed as a result of this defect. (It is my personal belief that there has/have already been a fatality/fatalities as a result of this defect however; the incidents either have not been properly attributed to this failure or there has been some sort of deal worked out to protect Ford.)
#1190 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [jgenovese]
Apr 08, 2010 (4:09 pm)
Well, my 2004 Freestar torque converter just went AGAIN! We had it replaced at 79,000 miles and now tonight driving my daughter home from college it went again at 130,000miles. We had it towed home and not sure of what to do with it. Ford just can't get away with this. There was no warning....just like before. Why can't something be done about this!
#1191 of 1927 Re: 2005 Freestar tranny [misty10]
Apr 08, 2010 (5:30 pm)
Nothing will be done because the system is corrupt. Rotten to the core.
I learned that NHTSA does not have the engineers to do the research so they are dependent on the car manufactures to figure out the problem. Then, many of the NHTSA people will work for the vehicle manufactures.
Sorry to say this, but I feel that nobody really cares about the hard working people of this country except to collect their tax money and give it to the CEOs who run this country.
They all need a Scrooge moment!