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#1657 of 1889 2006 Ford Freestar
Apr 05, 2012 (7:23 am)
I have been searching for any issues wuth the transmission going out in a 2006 Freestar. It went out exactly as described in the transmission recall for the 2005. No warning, no noise, no indications at all that there was a problem. Poof it just stopped in the middle of the road. Cost $2600 to have transmission replaced. But since my VIN was not listed as one one of the "vans with an issue" I had to pay. I love this van and will always own a Ford, but I feel I should get my money back, especially since I have been reading about other people with the same issue and same year.
#1658 of 1889 Re: 2006 Ford Freestar [clk6]
Apr 05, 2012 (10:01 am)
Our 2006 has had the same failure, TWICE! Once with the kids in the vehicle coming back from a day on vacation while pulling into high speed traffic! The second time, we had some warning and made it to the shop.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to just get rid of the vehicle. We owed on it. It's so irresponsible of a company that's claim to fame is "Quality is JOb 1". They didn't take the govt buy out, but they are putting families at risk every day and they know it. They know there are 2006's affected by this and choose to ignore it. Prayers for all of us who are at risk each day.
#1659 of 1889 Re: 2006 Ford Freestar [coneflower1]
Apr 05, 2012 (6:01 pm)
I also have a 2006 and i called Ford after they FINALLY issued the recall for the '04 and '05. I spent $940 on a new torque converter and right after i had to replace the coil packs and all spark plugs. (irrelevant i guess) But it is BS, i agree with my dad. Depending on when the '06's were made they too could of been built with the '05 engine. Which obviously they haven't taken into consideration. Van drives pretty darn great but still idles rough.
But still, with 3 kids and other bills....that $940 could of been better spent if our vehicles weren't built with crap. JMO
Apr 05, 2012 (6:30 pm)
Have you all filed a complaint with the NHTSA? Start here and report as much information as you can. This is where most of us started with the 2004-2005 models.
#1661 of 1889 Re: 2006 Ford Freestar [clk6]
Apr 05, 2012 (7:05 pm)
My 2006 also went out totally without warning while I was driving. It was just so scary! I posted here when it happened around March of 2010 with only around 45,000 miles. Have written Ford, filed a report with nhtsa and written the investigator but 2006 are still not in this recall although all indications were that these are basically the same as the 2004-05 with the same problems. WIll just be keeping my eye out for their inclusion.
#1662 of 1889 Re: Do you think that the PCM issues are causing.... [momtobclt]
Apr 06, 2012 (6:55 am)
Negative, PCM is electrically related were the Torque spline shaft is mechanical. However, they are all under the hood....
#1663 of 1889 Re: Do you think that the PCM issues are causing.... [oilandwater]
Apr 06, 2012 (11:08 am)
Right....but doesn't the PCM tell the tranny when to shift? So if there was a malfunction with the PCM, couldn't it be sending incorrect signals to the tranny and in turn that would wear out the splines? Or does the PCM not have anything to do with control of the tranny? I thought it did though?
#1664 of 1889 Torque Converter
Apr 08, 2012 (1:58 pm)
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ -My husband and I own a 2005 Freestar. On Mar 24, we left our home in NC to visit our son in FL. On Apr 2, we left FL and were heading home to NC and had just gotten about 25 miles into SC heading north on I 95 when the van lost it's power. We were going 70mph and were luckily in the right lane. We were able to safely coast to the shoulder, but it was a very scary incident. We have roadside assistance through our insurance company and they were great. A tow truck arrived (close to an hour), loaded us on, then headed south to exit 8 where the nearest Ford dealer was. They were not able to look at the car then so they called Enterprise car rentals, and over 4 hours later, we were finally on our way home. On Tues., we picked up our held mail, and there was a recall notice from Ford. The SC service department said there were very few of these parts available and she said on Thurs. Apr 5 that she was being optimistic but hoped they could get this part in 3 weeks. I then called Ford, explained the situation, told them I needed a car, and all they did was apologize and said they don't pay for rentals. I then requested that when the van was fixed, to please transport it back to me. Nope, no go. Talked to 2 other people at Ford, by this time I was just getting more and more frustrated, and of course angrier. I told them that if they had sent the recall notice in a timely mannner, we never would have driven that van to FL. And now the Ford repair in SC is telling us our transmission is messed up.I hope to spare some of you van owners of having a similiar situation. Yes, they will replace the torque converter, BUT any other costs are your problem, including even having the van towed to a dealership.
Please check your insurance for how many miles you can be towed. Please do not make any long distance trips with this vehicle. It is not a case of IF this part will fail, but WHEN. And please, if possible, drive in the right hand lane, as this fails with no warning what-so-ever. The letter from Ford says that you can coast safely to the side of the road. This of course is not always true, and this is most certainly a safety issue. Be prepared to spend a chunk of money on the transmission.
Our van is now 350 miles away, it's Ford's fault, but it's our problem. By the time the transmission and car rentals, and gas is calculated, we are going to be in the neighborhood of $4000.00. You may seriously want to consider getting rid of this van before this happens to you.
#1665 of 1889 Reimbursement
Apr 09, 2012 (8:07 am)
Sent my letter requesting reimbursement ($2800) along with receipts from local dealership on Jan 18 per customer service instructions (sent to Ford-POB 6251, Dearborn, MI 48121-6251). Called today to check on status and as of today they have no record of receiving my letter! Told me they will check into it and call me back within 5 days for an update. If you have submitted anything to them I guess its best to keep calling Customer service, 800-392-3673 (if you call the 866-436-7332 number you'll tell them the same story and wind up getting transferred anyways). If anyone actually gets a reimbursement check please post.
#1666 of 1889 Re: Reimbursement [motheye]
Apr 09, 2012 (8:21 am)
I am of the understanding that they are not reimbursing until May. I talked our local dealer and was given that information and my letter states that it will begin reimbursing in the second quarter (which is May).