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#1376 of 1889 2005 Ford Freestar SAME ISSUE
Jan 20, 2011 (9:17 am)
My wife and I own a 2005 Ford Freestar (78,000 miles). This morning (1/20/2011) on her way to work the car lost power without warning. What she explained to me over the phone I suspected it was a problem with the transmission. We had it towed to the local Ford Dealership in Vernon, CT. Mechanic inspected the vehicle and said the 'torque converter' was shot and would cost $1,700 to replace. The other option would to replace the entire transmission at a charge of $3,700. I explained to him that while doing research about that this seemed to be a common issue with this specific model year Freestar and he claimed this was the 1st Freestar he has ever had with a failed converter...YEAH RIGHT!!! I'm not sure if I want to repair the vehicle or get rid of it all together. also there is a class-action suit currently filed with this same issue.
#1377 of 1889 tranny problem
Jan 20, 2011 (9:23 am)
My wife and I own a 2005 Ford Freestar (78,000 miles). This morning (1/20/2011) on her way to work the car lost power without warning. What she explained to me over the phone I suspected it was a problem with the transmission. We had it towed to the local Ford Dealership in Vernon, CT. Mechanic inspected the vehicle and said the 'torque converter' was shot and would cost $1,700 to replace. The other option would to replace the entire transmission at a charge of $3,700. I explained to him that while doing research about that this seemed to be a common issue with this specific model year Freestar and he claimed this was the 1st Freestar he has ever had with a failed converter. I not sure if I want to repair the vehicle or get rid of it all together. Honestly, it's been nothing but issues with this car. Brakes changes 4-times.....tires bald unevenly (been through 3 sets)...had axles replaced with 17K on vehicle. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER FORD AGAIN!!!!!
#1378 of 1889 Re: tranny problem [fordct]
Jan 20, 2011 (10:00 am)
Well I'm sure the service writer has no conscience. We traded our Freestar in 2 days after my post. We now own a Chrysler Town and Country. Although I understand your comment I will still buy Ford vehicles. I have owned many great cars, trucks, and vans all made by Ford--I LOVE MY MUSTANG! However, the winstar/freestar experiment was not a good one. Perhaps that is why they do not make a minivan anymore!? FoMoCo I hope you are reading this--you KNOW that van has transmission problems-MAN UP!!!!
#1379 of 1889 2004 Ford Freestar
Jan 20, 2011 (1:23 pm)
I, too, have a similar story to all of you. I was driving home from work and without warning lost all ability to move. The van was still running but there were no gears working. Needless to say had the vehicle towed and mechanic states the pump in the transmission went out. Transmission needs replaced. It will cost over $2500.00 (plus labor) to fix. That is almost as much as I owe! I have also had to replace the passenger rear rotors and breaks each year. This is the worst investment my family has ever made. Needless to say it was 12 degrees out and I had my young son when we were stranded along the side of the road.
#1380 of 1889 Re: 2004 Ford Freestar [goodbelle]
Jan 21, 2011 (12:46 am)
My van is currently in the shop for the hydraulic pump going out on my 2004 Freestar. I purchased a warranty though when I bought it in August last year, so it is covering all of the repairs ($2500) except for my $50 deductible and a $25 charge for a filter that was not covered by the warranty. I tell you what--if I did not have that warranty, that van would be sitting in my driveway for a VERY LONG time. I don't understand why Ford makes such crappy vehicles. Is it that they want to make sure people have job repairing the crappy transmissions????? I am a single mom of five kids, and we were all in the van when the van stalled and I could barely get it pulled over. Very scary--it was also raining and at night.
Does anyone know of a lawsuit pending for the transmission on a 2004 Freestar?
#1381 of 1889 Re: Transmission [nadineb]
Jan 22, 2011 (9:50 am)
Happened to us two years ago...needed a new tranny. Dealer gave us the same story - 'never seen it before'. I wrote to Ford letting them know I had been buying Ford for company vehicles for 15 years and had two in my garage now, but they couldn't care less. Going Honda next time...
Anyone know of a class claim to join?
#1382 of 1889 Re: Transmission [companyman01]
Jan 23, 2011 (12:32 pm)
I know that two suits have been filed. One in Minnesota and the other in Maryland. Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah (http://www.sfmslaw.com/class-action-lawsuits/cases.php?id=932) has a suit pending so you could leave them your contact information. They seem to have offices throughout the US.
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#1383 of 1889 Hesitation or slipping (?) in wet weather only
Jan 23, 2011 (3:48 pm)
2005 Mercury Monterey +100K miles. When driving at 55+mph, and only in wet/snowy cold weather, it seems like the transmission slips or hesitates ever so slightly - periodically. Seems to go away when driving at a slower speed. I'm not certain this is a transmission problem. The RPM gauge does NOT seem to change when the incidents occur. Never notice when conditions are dry. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions for me?
#1384 of 1889 NHTSA Investigation
Jan 25, 2011 (4:32 pm)
I followed up with the NHTSA Investigator who is handling the 2005 Ford Freestar transmission investigation. He told me that the investigation is on-going and that is all he is allowed to tell me. They have recently received information from Ford and if a recall is issued, anyone who is covered by it will be notified directly by Ford. The investigator responded to my e-mail within 15 minutes and seems very professional and thorough. I'm hoping they push Ford to issue a recall and hopefully we can all get our money back.
#1385 of 1889 Re: NHTSA Investigation [jccrawford]
Jan 25, 2011 (6:54 pm)
If you are not the original owner of the vehicle, you will not a notification from Ford. Only the original owner will get the notice.