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#5 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [megstwin]
Sep 25, 2009 (6:48 am)
I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle and it has been in the shop for over 70 days now waiting for a new Throttle Body. Headquarters will not return my calls and no one can help. Yet they expect you to continue to make payments on a car they can't fix right now. I was told by an inside source that the Throttle body will not be avail for install until after the first of the year . I did file a complaint with NHTSA and I have the Attorney generals office looking into this matter. Keep me updated on your situation...
#6 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [megstwin]
Dec 29, 2009 (7:02 am)
My 06 Freestyle is currently in the shop having the ENTIRE transmission replaced.
How does over $5K sound, while you're still making payments? Nice, Hah?
I was crossing a busy intersection here in town and all of a sudden, the car would not move. I pushed the gas pedal to the floor....NO engine rev....NO rpm change...NOTHING. I have a semi coming my way and I was freaking out. I turned the car off, immediately turned it back on and put it in drive and it BOLTED across the intersection. And I mean BOLTED !
I've already had to have the rear brakes replaced. I have contacted FORD Headquarters, but they could care less because it is out of warranty and they know that NOBODY will work on the transmissions that break down. They know that people will most likely have to buy a new or remanned one directly from FORD so, it's a win, win , win for them.
I am not letting this go. This Freestyle damn near got me killed ! The fact that this forum exists proves that we are not alone. I am working to gather enough information to make FORD stand up and pay attention.
There will be a new group on Facebook addressing this issue. With 200 million users, we will be able to reach more people having the same problem.
#7 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [sinder]
Jan 03, 2010 (2:36 pm)
I would never dismiss the pain "sinder" is having over the Freestyle transmission problems, even though the Freestyle CVT transmission is more reliable than conventional automatic transmissions across the public fleet (about 300,000 Freestyle/500 CVT transmission out there).
I felt uneasy initially about the longevity and durability of my Freestyle's CVT when I bought it in August of '05, so I bought an extended warranty for 6 years or 72k miles. I suggest that people who feel uneasy even now after they bought a Freestyle buy an aftermarket warranty.
I have had no problems with my Freestyle CVT so far at 67,000 miles and 4.4 years. I've got a little time/miles left on the warranty, so I hope its OK. Any vehicle is a risk.
#8 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [sinder]
Sep 26, 2010 (10:35 am)
I also have a 06 Freestyle that is having problems with lunging forward and backwards. When we approached a red light the engine acted like it didn't want to idle down but finally did. We didn't think much about it until I went to drive the car later that day and it wouldn't start, thought it was the battery so my husband replaced it and now it will not rev up now at all and the yellow wrench light stays on now. My car now sits in my garage because you can't drive it, the car will not move in gear. I have been having problems with it lunging forward and backwards, I almost hit people in parking lots and also in drive-thru's at fastfood restaurants. I went online and filed a complaint yesterday 9/25/10 with the NHTSA. This is a major safety problem that should be recalled. I contacted the ford dealership and was told that it was the throttle body and it was on backorder and also they have seen this problem many times. I asked the guy why don't they recall it if they are having so many problems. He agreed with me about recalling it but could not answer why ford hasn't done it. I'm hoping that if enough people file complaints that maybe they might do something about it before someone gets seriously hurt or worse.
#9 of 20 dkincaid36
Sep 27, 2010 (5:47 am)
So sorry you're experiencing the problem. It does seem that Ford doesn't care about this as a safety issue, hence the fact they've done nothing. I look back and wish I'd gotten the extended warranty because now my air conditioning seems to be leaking and will cost 1000-1300 to fix.
We need more people on this forum and for them to also call the NHSTA and contact Ford. Maybe we should put flyer's on any Freestyles we see in parking lots with the phone #'s and info to NHSTA, could help.
You might have noticed that Ford also renamed the car the Taurus X, perhaps to distance it's self from the problems. Lets keep talking to keep this alive and hopefully someday triumph.
#10 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [tidester]
Sep 27, 2010 (6:07 am)
It does seem obvious that more then one problem can arise when dealing with an automotive engine. When I've gone to have the oil changed the car always seems to have some other minor issue ie,air filter, battery, fluid flush etc. But the difference is my car's problems were all pretty major issues. I know enough about car engines to realize each of mine were unrelated .It doesn't mean the three aren't a problem because of poor quality control on Fords part. Life is a "crap shoot" all by itself, but that doesn't mean I want all the crap to land on me. I believe these forums are for people to alert others to problems with cars or trucks they have. I did just that.I thought your comment was a bit smug, perhaps you would like to rephrase it to be more supportive since you seem to be the host.
#11 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [megstwin]
Sep 27, 2010 (9:52 am)
perhaps you would like to rephrase it to be more supportive
Hmm. Actually, I thought I was supporting your position. I'm not sure how I would rephrase it.
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#12 of 20 Re: dkincaid36 [megstwin]
Sep 27, 2010 (3:59 pm)
Fortunately enough people have filed complaints now.
Hopefully good news:
I just got off the phone with NHSTA and spoke with a woman that stated this is under investigation as of August 23, 2010 and it is in Phase 1 and has 4 steps of the investigation. It could take anywhere from 4 months to a year to get a final decision. As of Friday, I cannot drive my car at all. When it is started now in the park position, it won't rev up at all and in drive it just won't go now, with my foot to the floor on the gas pedal. How funny, you worry about it just taking off on you all the time and now it won't move. The woman also stated to keep my receipts because the freestyle is going into the shop to have the throttle body replaced (if they can get one) and also to contact Ford at 800-392-3673. She said it is good to have a paper trail with them. I think I am going to get it fixed, sale it and get another vehicle. From what I have read so far, it will only be a matter of time before the throttle body will have to be replaced again. Or my air conditioner starts having problems like yours. I wish you all the luck with it. Maybe they will have the parts in stock to fix it for you. LOL. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes. I will post more on here if I find out anything else. Believe me, I won't let this go, I will be contacting Ford tomorrow also.
#13 of 20 Re: dkincaid36 [megstwin]
Oct 10, 2010 (10:58 am)
megstwin, I did it. Traded my car in yesterday and went with a Toyota. Too bad I already spent the money for the throttle body. LOL
#14 of 20 Re: All Ford Freestyle Owners [megstwin]
Nov 22, 2010 (10:46 am)
we recently put down a payment of 800 dollars on a 2005 Freestar Van Sel, and i know some things about engines and such.And my thing is i was told the a/c compressor was about to go out and was reduced 1000 bucks on the Van,that way i had enough time to save money to replace it when it went out. I took it to get diagnosed and was told the EGR Valve was going out! Now it"s gonna cost me another 125 bucks to get,but the good news about it is I can put it on myself. Yet I will be calling NHTSA about it too! So wish me luck on it and i wish the best to all who have issues with the problems in the future on these vehicles.God Bless