Last post on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Transmission, Van
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#1319 of 1927 NHTSA investigating Freestar or Monterey transmission failures
Sep 20, 2010 (10:54 am)
My 2004 Ford Freestar transmission failed just like that in heavy traffic and I had to spend $3000 to do the R&R transmission. I complaint to Ford, BBB Autoline and also NHTSA. All this happened Oct 2009. As usual Ford did nothing and BBB couldnt help it either.
I just got email from NHTSA that they are investigating this and asked about my specific problem (mine was the torque converter). All those who have been cheated by Ford and whose family's safety was compromised on should approach NHTSA. I know the justice is not done yet or not sure if we will even receive one but it is worth a try.
#1320 of 1927 Re: NHTSA investigating Freestar or Monterey transmission failures [bkmich]
Sep 20, 2010 (11:45 am)
Same thing on my 2004 Mercury Monterey. Fortunately I saw the light on and and was able to get it to the shop in time but had to ave the transmission rebuilt. About $3,000 as well. I reported this to the NHTSA in July but I have not been contacted by them.
#1321 of 1927 Ford Freestar Transmission
Sep 20, 2010 (5:25 pm)
I need the person's name at NHTSA and address as I had my letter returned for lack thereof. Thanks.
#1322 of 1927 2004 freestar transmission failure
Sep 24, 2010 (11:35 am)
I bought this vehicle new & do not drive it that much since I am a trucker by trade.
I was driving down the freeway & lost all power. The tach was going from 1-5 & I had to pull to the side. I had to be towed. The car has less than 90,000 miles & I have kept the car in top shape. I always made sure I did correct maintance on the car.
Im getting the run around by Ford in Roseburge Oregon they just want to tell me the maintaance that should of been done on the vehicle that wasnt done on it is the reason it failed me ..A vehicle that doesnt have excessive wear and is drove easily should not have done this.. Iam very disappointed in the Ford dealer amd in this car,I will not buy another Ford vehicle again .. freestarmom
#1323 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Transmission [doodleallday]
Sep 25, 2010 (7:39 am)
You can address you letter to Stephen McHenry, to Secretary Ray LaHood, and your Senators and Congresspersons.
Ask for a hearing too!
#1324 of 1927 Ford Freestar Transmission
Sep 25, 2010 (2:27 pm)
#1325 of 1927 Re: Root cause of Torque converter failure, from my point of view [sjtdad]
Sep 30, 2010 (6:16 pm)
My '05 Freestar died on sept. 25 while I was on my way to Kentucky to my sons graduation from Army Basic Training. I had it serviced last year in Sept. had a tune-up in February and had the oil changed every 3000 miles. I am leaving tomorrow to go 5 hours from where I live to pick it up from AAMCO at the grand total of $2400. I called Ford and they were absolutely no help. I am also looking for my money back.
#1326 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Transmission
Oct 11, 2010 (9:25 pm)
my 05 freestar has been a great vehicle,until yesterday when the powertrain malfunction light came on. today i went to my mechanic and he put it on his computer. he drove it a few miles down the road and when he returned he says well all i have is bad news for ya. i was stunned when he told me all the things he knew about these tranny's,and that it would run somewhere in the $1800.00 range to fix it. he said that there's a flaw in the trans case that allows pressure to escape and it cause's the trans to not shift into overdrive. he said there are some trans shops that can fix the case but it requires a complete overhaul of the trans,but afterwards it would be fixed. this doesn't sound like anything i've ever heard about a trans.. so just for kicks i come to my computer and thank the good lord i found this site.does this sound like anything others have experienced? he tells me it will soon go completely out,and that if im not going to be driving over 45mph that i might as well run it till does fail,and that it wont end up costing anymore as it is going to have to be rebuilt anyway.please help i dont have that kind of money,and for sure dont want to be stranded on the side of the road in my wheelchair waiting for someone to rescue me !!!!!!!
#1327 of 1927 My transmisson issues Freestar 04
Oct 12, 2010 (3:59 am)
We are experiencing some of the same issues. We actually had the transmission rebuit last year under warranty and after lots of fighting with the dealership and the warranty company. Right before the 100,000 experation of the warranty I noticed the transmisson slipping after the engine would get hot. RPMs would ramp up. Took it to the dealership 3 times and they never could find a problem or get it to do it. Even after driving it with my husband for 30 miles, but I think on the highway not around town. It comes and goes. THis morning I noticed that the transmission light was on. Found this forum and now I'm ticked. I did have them document that it was slipping again before the 100,000 mile mark. Now I hav 105,000 on it. Thank god they aren't making these anymore.
#1328 of 1927 Re: My transmisson issues Freestar 04 [gadreamer]
Oct 18, 2010 (5:50 pm)
I have been following these forums and I have had the same problem with my 05 freestar...water damage to the PCM. I completed the TSB for sealing the PCM, and the damage has caused me to replace sparks and plugs twince within the past 4 months...the first time I had no other issues until a downpour, which dried up and ran fine....until now.
We had a massive rain storm where we live a week or so ago, the van was horrible...had the plugs and wires replaced again (they were fried) BUT the problem persists...so now I am pretty sure I need to replace the PCM. My question is thus: Is it possible to replace with a used PCM, of course ensuring it is from the same model and engine? If I can get away without having to talk to another ford mechanic again and spend wasted money I will. I have found the PCM online, but I need to know that I will not need to have it programmed etc, as long as it comes from the right model.
Any help is appreciated