Last post on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM
You are in the Ford Freestar
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Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Transmission, Van
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#550 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [tervmom]
Mar 20, 2009 (5:30 pm)
You are absolutely right! The 2006 models will be hitting the magic failure mileage right about now. I guess Ford's plan is to hide in the corner like the cowards that they are until the last model year, 2007 I believe, failures happen and those owners either pay up or give up. It is up to all of us however; to NEVER GIVE UP! Do not let Ford win. Lives are depending on it!
#551 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [cowboys59]
Mar 20, 2009 (5:33 pm)
Excellent job, Kelly. I only have one question.... What about us Dads? Dads drive kids around every now and again too! Just kidding. I know you didn't mean to leave us out.
#552 of 1927 We Love Dads!!!!
Mar 22, 2009 (7:53 pm)
You know I love Dads who are manly enough to drive a minivan with pride (not a Ford of course)! I would never leave you guys out on purpose. Please forgive me!
You are the driving force behind all of us. Kick me in the a** if I leave you out ever again!
Love and admire you forever!!!!!
#553 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [jgenovese]
Mar 23, 2009 (3:09 pm)
We lost the tranny on our '04 Freestar Limited on Friday night at 82,000 miles. We were accelerating onto the freeway and the tranny just dropped out of gear. Fortunately, there was an abandoned weigh-station right after the entrance ramp that we could coast into. Of course, the extended warranty ended at 75,000 miles. Also, told by Roadside assistance that that ended at 75,000 miles too, and it would be $75 for the wrecker...sigh. Anyhow, given 2 options...1) rebuild starting at $650 (just to drop the fried unit) and that it would go only up from there with a 12-month/12,000 mile warranty...or 2) put a new unit in at $3500 with a 3-year/100,000 mile warranty. Seemed like a no-brainer since Ford will not own up to this as being a problem, and I cannot afford to spend $3000+ to just have it happen again in 12+ months because you know it will go out again after the 12-month warranty expires. Turned on the pity engine and got the dealer (where we bought it) to knock $500 off the new unit and kick in a rental. Just waiting now for everything to get done...afraid it will be a cold day in H#$ before we buy another Ford. Always heard that Ford stood for Found On Road Dead...starting to believe it. Maybe now we will have a chance to get at least a fair trade-in, but not holding my breath there either.
Sugar Land, TX
#554 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [jim1065]
Mar 24, 2009 (5:00 am)
Thank goodness no one got hurt. Another miracle. Hope you get a good repair and that your van lasts a little bit longer anyway. In the meantime, please report your incident to NHTSA via their website. Your report is critical as it is another brick in the wall that is our case for a recall/class action against Ford. Also, tell everyone you know about your experience, especially other Freestar owners who could be
the next victims of this defect.
#555 of 1927 Re: We Love Dads!!!! [cowboys59]
Mar 24, 2009 (5:03 am)
Thank you fo the kind words Kelly. It is good to have the support of others like you!
#556 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [jgenovese]
Mar 26, 2009 (9:53 am)
Thanks for the support. I have reported the incident on the NHTSA site, and will continue to monitor this forum for more information.
Sugar Land, TX
#557 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [jim1065]
Mar 29, 2009 (2:55 pm)
Hello, I am having transmissions problems and was trying to find out how bad a problem it was before going to a transmission establishment. It looks bad. I read one comment that someone suggests replacing the transmission with a larger one and someone else said to have some one dependable rebuild. How much am I looking at for repairs?
#558 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [eniale]
Mar 29, 2009 (3:36 pm)
The repair depends on the "problem". That said, as long as you are going to have the tranny pulled and dropped, you might as well replace at least the shaft that transfers the power from the engine to the drivetrain. That is what is going to fail eventually. (Your mechanic will know what this is). You can expect to spend $1500-3000.00 depending on the extent of the "problem" and how much damage has already been done. If, when the rans is pulled, metal filings are found in your pan/fluid, its too late and a total rebuild is going to be recommended. A total rebuild will cost $3000.00. Hope this helps.
If your problem was a sudden failure, no engagement and vehicle will not move, it is essential that you report it to NHTSA via their website. NHTSA is the government agency that it SUPPOSED to be investigating these types of defects but, inexplicably, has failed to take action on this one. It is critical to report every incident to them so that, in the event of a serious injury or fatality as a result of this defect, they cannot say that they didn't know about it. Also, our only chance of a recall/reimbursement for repairs, short of a voluntary recall from Ford, (not likely), is a forced recall from NHTSA.
Keep us posted as to your outcome.
#559 of 1927 Re: Ford Freestar Tranny Problems???? [eniale]
Apr 05, 2009 (8:11 pm)
We have a 2004 Freestar that had suddenly stopped working on the freeway between Grand Junction, Co, and Green River, UT. Luckily, traffic was light, and we coasted to a stop safely off the road. Also luckily, I had a cell phone that worked out there in the desert, and called for help. We were towed back to Grand Junction, and then called the Ford Dealer in the morning. The car had just 45,600 miles on it at the time. He said Ford would not do anything, as the warranty had run out, and it would cost about $3500 to replace the transmission. I told the service manager that was unacceptable, and that I would call the District Ford manager....the service manager said to go right ahead, but you will get the same answer. I dread to visualize what would have happended if we were in Salt Lake City traffic at rush hour when it happened. The car just plain went into neutral, as it were, and coasted to a stop. That is when I joined Edmunds web site and told my story. I knew an honest repair shop in Provo, Utah, and trailered my car to them. I asked if he could rebuild the transmission using after-market parts and a heavy-duty torque converter, which was the main part that fails in these cars. He did as I requested, and the transmission works fine; car has 68,000 miles now and no further problems; moreover, there isn't a single Ford part (except for the case) in the transmission. I have read on this site where others had the dealer replace the transmission, only to have it fail a few thousand miles later. Whatever you do, do not have the Ford dealer rebuid it. Our total cost for a completely rebuilt transmission with after-market parts was $2150, with a one year warranty included. I hope someone files a class-action against Ford. Perhaps it will take another "Ford Explorer" incident to light the fire needed to have the Ford Co. make good for all of us that have had problems. Needless to say, we will never buy another Ford product, and I am scared to take the car into the dealership to have the recalls taken care of; these people cannot be trusted.