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#1419 of 1891 @ jdee77 - Car having issues at 40mph
Mar 14, 2011 (11:39 pm)
I forgot to add that my van (2004 Freestar) was also having issues as soon as it hit 40mph. When I started to have the initial problems, it would get to 40 and then just die. I would be able to start it back up again, but it would die again as soon as I got home. Come to find out, it was probably the camshaft sensor failing. With my transmission problems, I have found out that I was actually experiencing three issues all at once--the transmission, camshaft sensor, and the seal around the computer. I am hoping and praying that once this last thing is fixed, I will not have anymore issues. I keep telling myself (and others) that I am going to just get rid off it by letting someone take over the loan payments for me. They can have my headache, but then I start getting a tinge of guilt. It is too bad that Ford can't seem to develop any kind of guilt. It is not like it is the Ford Mustang that is having issues. It is a FAMILY vehicle, so that means when it breaks down, there will usually be families stranded.
I am really looking into the class action suit. I have never had a vehicle before that had so many problems. Makes me want to buy a Japanese van or SUV--they work, run forever, and it would be helping out the Japanese in a time they need help!!!
Ok, off my soapbox!
#1420 of 1891 Ford freestar/Mercury Monterey POS
Mar 15, 2011 (5:46 am)
I too have had all the problems stated transmission, Computer, and Cam shaft sensor and the only thing covered under the extended warranty was the transmission thank god they however only rebuilt it and would not replace the whole thing. The cam shaft sensor took 3 trips to the dealer to get it right and the computer was another story in itself. So fed up with this vehicle and still have 2 years of payments to go. Wish there was some way to recoup all the money not to mention rental car fee's and time lost trying to fix the thing. Anyone that has any info on the class action suit and or any other useful info please let me know. I will never again buy a for product. Oh almost forgot just had to replace the fuel rail pressure sensor another 125 for a little plastic piece thank god I was able to install myself.
#1421 of 1891 Re: Ford freestar/Mercury Monterey POS [grube47]
Mar 15, 2011 (10:39 am)
I had to replace the entire fuel rail!!! Brand new installed would have been $1650, but they found a used one for $750 installed. OMG!!!
#1422 of 1891 Re: @ jdee77 - Car having issues at 40mph [camelknees33]
Mar 15, 2011 (11:43 am)
I had to have the whole transmission rebuilt last summer. Then after that I had problems with the air conditioner which cost $400 and then then motor in the passenger window had to be replaced. My 2004 Freestar only has around 67,000 miles on it now. It is hard to believe a company like Ford can get off with all the problems the Freestar has. I didn't have the transmission rebuilt at the Ford garage. I was afraid the same parts would be used and I would face the transmission problem again. Plus Ford wanted $3,800 for the work. I was able to get it rebuilt at a transmission shop and the repair price was about half. I don't ever plan to own another Ford.
Mar 15, 2011 (11:01 pm)
I just had a rebuilt transmission installed in my Freestar with 72000+miles - $2900 this disgusts me so much that there are so many people on hear having the same issues. We need to somehow all get together on this and get the message out loud and clear. (the problem is that so many people are probably having similar problems but not posting)- I was almost one of those people. My car has had a problem with the rough idling- I noticed as soon as I went through a big puddle. I just dropped my car in the shop AGAIN- something is going on with the steering. I just bought this van 6 months ago. There is 1 thing I have learned. - when you buy a used vehicle check with edmunds. I definetely would have never bought this vehicle. I haven't even put 10000 miles on this car and it's been in the shop 4 times in 6 months. This is ridiculous .
Mar 17, 2011 (5:19 am)
I just got in my 2005 ford freestar this morning to drop off my kids at school on my way to work and it wouldn't shift at all, not into drive or reverse or anything! I just spent over $300 to have a "coil" replaced about a month ago when it started missing. It felt like it was going to stall out on me at about 40 mph. Of course when I took it into the dealer they also told me about a "bulletin", not a recall, about the seals around the computer letting in moisture when it rained and causing the computer to act up.
From all the posts I am reading on this site I guess I will now have to have the transmission rebuilt! I am so frustrated! I have driven Fords all my life but after this one I don't think I will ever buy another Ford.
#1425 of 1891 Re: Is It The Transmission? [frustrated2000]
Mar 17, 2011 (8:44 am)
Join the club! It's the torque converter. Mine went twice already in my 2004 Freestar. I had no warning just stopped going while I was driving...would not shift at all. Good Luck with the song and dance you'll get from Ford and from the service people who act surprised to hear it. Make sure you join us and report it.
Mar 17, 2011 (1:49 pm)
Ok. I may have a good contact with a major TV network who is willing to cover this story. Anyone want to share their story?
Mar 17, 2011 (5:06 pm)
Hey, I think we all have a good story but I think mine would qualify!
Mar 17, 2011 (6:33 pm)
I am in.... let us know