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#1259 of 1927 My 2004 Ford Freestar Transmission Failed! 76k miles
Jun 28, 2010 (12:44 pm)
Great family trip comes to an end unhappily as we drove up an incline in our 2004 Ford Freestar. Go to pass a truck, press on the gas.......tachometer revs up but car is actually coasting (at least that's what it feels like).
Since we are going up a good incline, I use whatever momentum I have to pull over. Barely make it over to the side but the driver's side door is precariously close to the roadway.
After several near misses with passing traffic, I try everything.....reverse, drive, neutral.....nothing. Care doesn't even appear to come out of park, won't roll back down the hill (at least one good thing).
Highway motorcycle patrol arrives. tells me I can't be there and a "wrecker" is on the way. get towed. it's late on a Sunday so no shop is open, vehicle has to be stored.
I called the guy at the transmission place and once I describe the vehicle (make,model,year), he chuckles and says, I can almost guarantee you I already know the problem. Yup, he's seen this many times before. and now that I've looked on the internet, I see it too! I tell the guy I hope it's something else (like maybe a linkage). He says don't count on it.
well, it's the transmission. rebuild or new (I just have to get this vehicle back home from 450 miles away). Family is unhappy with Ford. I AM UNHAPPY WITH FORD.
I have owned Fords since my 1995 Windstar. I service all my cars religiously at the dealer. The Windstar was simply sold because repair costs (flagged as concerns by the shop) kept increasing and I was told, it's just an "old car." So I go buy two more Fords. This Freestar and the transmission failure is the last straw. The shop had the vehicle 2 weeks before the failure and after its "report card" gave it a clean bill and blessed us on our trip. I've never had a vehicle of any kind leave us on the side of the road like this, that's why I keep them properly serviced. I have my records too.
I'm done with Ford. the car will be repaired but I am going to see if I can trade it in and get back at least what I've dumped into a rebuilt transmission. 76k and the transmission fails despite 2 weeks prior the dealer said the car was ok, ridiculous.
#1260 of 1927 Re: My 2004 Ford Freestar Transmission Failed! 76k miles [jdsski]
Jun 28, 2010 (12:57 pm)
We had a Windstar too and nothing ever went wrong with it. So we bought the 2004 Freestar in 2006. It's not the transmission...but the torque converter. It went on us twice now. The first time was when we were at 79,000 and now again a couple a months ago at 130,000. Something really needs to get done about this. I just find it hard to believe no one can help us.
#1261 of 1927 Re: My 2004 Ford Freestar Transmission Failed! 76k miles [misty10]
Jun 28, 2010 (2:48 pm)
NO ONE CARES....I BEEN ON HERE 2 YEARS, AS SAID BEFORE. TOO BAD WE DIDNT BUY TOYATOS...LEAST THEY HAVE RECALLS. NEVER OWN NOTHER FORD.(F--FIX OR REPAIR DAILY).. I SEEN A FORD WITH LEMON SIGN ON IT...WILL DO SAME. WE'VE TOLD EVERYONE WE COME IN CONTACT WITH HOW UNFAIR FORD IS!!!!!!!!!!
#1262 of 1927 Ford Freestar Transmission
Jun 28, 2010 (5:41 pm)
I have an idea: let everyone that has posted on this forum that has experienced transmission problems inundate Ford Motor Co by phone and letter as well as NHTSA and Center for Auto Safety not once but daily and let's see if we can get something going. I am 73 years old and I fear that my tranny will go out a second time. I would get rid of my van but I can't afford to.
Let me hear from all of you!!!!
Jul 02, 2010 (10:10 am)
Why the lack of press on Ford? Because Ford is suppose to be the golden child on how an American auto company can turn around. Press don't want to ruin their image. Afterall, we need to buy American...oh..I mean Canadian.
Jul 03, 2010 (10:59 am)
I'd be interested to do a poll to see how many of the folks who have had multiple torque converter failures have gotten their vans fixed at the Ford dealer vs. independent shops. My independent shop did everything but totally assure me that my converter shouldn't fail again because he uses a "heavy duty" torque converter and that the folks who have had re-failures have those re-failures because they're getting the same faulty part from Ford. So here's my question to everyone: of those of you who have had more than one failure, where did you get it fixed? I'm hoping what my transmission guy told me is true.
#1265 of 1927 Re: Re-Failure [04mercmonterey]
Jul 03, 2010 (7:01 pm)
I didn't use Ford. I went to a transmission shop in town. They use the heavy duty too. I wouldn't go to Ford because I thought they would replace it with the same type and didn't want the problem again.
Jul 04, 2010 (5:18 am)
Did you have a re-failure? You didn't really mention. Or is this your first?
#1267 of 1927 Re: Re-Failure [04mercmonterey]
Jul 04, 2010 (6:07 am)
Yes, mine was a re-failure. Ours first went at 79,900 miles. The replacement by Ford lasted 50,000 miles and it just went again about two months ago. My husband is a heavy equip diesel mechanic and we fixed it ourselves this time. We did use another Ford torque converter so we'll see how long it'll last.
#1268 of 1927 Re: Made in the USA. [yipman_style]
Jul 04, 2010 (10:00 am)
Funny, but oh so.........true! You need a sense of humor to get through this. Happy Fourth!