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#1472 of 1900 2004 Freestar Transmission Fix
Apr 12, 2011 (9:27 am)
I was given three options for the transmission.
1. Rebuild existing transmission for $2200;
2. Install after-market transmission by Precision Auto Parts with a 2 year parts/labor warranty for $2600 or;
3. Get a genuine Ford transmission with a three year parts/labor warranty for $3150.
Since the car is an '04 with 60,000 miles on it, and I don't trust the Ford transmission anyway, I decided to hedge and go with the Precision Auto Parts transmission.
#1473 of 1900 all rebuilt transmissions the same?
Apr 12, 2011 (3:06 pm)
In anticipation of replacing the tranny on my 2005 Monterey, does anyone know if the rebuilt trannies have corrected the spline issue, are they any better than Ford's replacement?
Is there a definitively better replacement tranny out there?
#1474 of 1900 A savage factory
Apr 12, 2011 (6:30 pm)
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#1475 of 1900 Re: Media [cknechel]
Apr 22, 2011 (5:12 pm)
The transmission should be covered by the warranty even if you bought it used. I had the same problem, called Ford directly, and they took car of the replacing the transmission. Mine went out a 45,000 miles. You have to be forceful but kind with the people at corporate. They really are descent people. I hope this helps.
#1476 of 1900 Re: Facebook [nadineb]
Apr 22, 2011 (9:36 pm)
Nadine, Thanks for starting a FB page. My 2006 Freestar transmission died at approximately 47,000 miles without warning in March of 2009. (I posted on this website fairly soon after and have also filed with NHTSA.) Just asked to join the FB group.
#1477 of 1900 Add me to the P.O.S. owners!
Apr 26, 2011 (6:27 pm)
Purchased a 2004 Freestar 11 months ago. We've now spend $1,400 in repairs to date. Took it in a couple of days ago to find out that the PCM we had replaced in Aug is already causing problems again. Luckily (or maybe not) the dealership did the PCM repair and I have my documentation. I'll be duking it out with them to cover the repairs since then that wouldn't have happened if they had fixed the problem right from the start. Mechanic opened the box to the PCM and told me that water poured out. In August, we were assured it was sealed up tight. Even the Ford mechanics can't fix these vans right! As someone else said, I thought the van was a steal but now I wish someone would steal the van!
Apr 26, 2011 (6:41 pm)
I have 2004 monterey, I replaced the transmission last year, and have had several electrical issues that seem to be the PCM problem. I called the dealer and he told the cost to replace the PCM would be $700 to $1000 dollars and he could not give any idea how long it would take because the part was hard find either new or used. So I had a friend who is a mechanic take the PCM out and dry it, and seal it up after replacing it, that was about 3 months ago and I am having problems again. Does anyone know if I could order a new PCM and have him replace it or does the PCM have to be hooked to a computer before using.
#1479 of 1900 cost of torque converter fix
Apr 27, 2011 (12:40 pm)
Well, I thought I was done with the mechanic for a while. Torque converter went. Besides the tranny, this is the last thing in the long list of Freestar problems to go. They quoted me $1000. Sound about right?
#1480 of 1900 Re: cost of torque converter fix [furiousatford]
Apr 27, 2011 (12:57 pm)
I have the Mercury Monteray. My transmission and torque convertor both went out. The cost was around $2,300. We did not have it done by the dealer ship since they would not cover it. A local transmission place did the work. So far we have had no additional problems. We did purchase an extended warranty on the work. I gave up on Ford after several attempts. Mine is a 2004 and has less than 80,000 miles on it. I drove my last two Mercury vans, both Villagers well over 100,000 miles each and never had issues either of these. I was hoping the same would hold true with the Monteray.
#1481 of 1900 Re: Transmission...I don't know [ham2]
Aug 24, 2011 (12:35 pm)
Only 48,000 kms, holly ****!!
I've got a Freestar 2004 - 4.2 l and the transmission went last August. I was at 150,000 kms approx. Cost me $2500. Lucky for me that the transmission shop has a one year / 30,000km guarantee. I need ti send a letter of **** to Ford Canada...What a piece of junk this van !