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Ford Freestar Transmission Problems

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  • ljacomeljacome Posts: 8
    So here I am again just about two years later (If you go back to April of 06) My transmission went on the highway and I was almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler and guess what the transmission has blown again. The ford dealer that replaced it the first time is out of business. The first time they offered to give me 800. when I asked them to put it in writing they said they could not do that because it was an admission and the offer was pulled back.
  • cowboys59cowboys59 Posts: 38
    Hey Jim,
    I just sent the following message to the White House. It may or may not do any good but what the hell...

    Dear Mr. President,
    For some unknown reason there has been no media attention drawn to the fact that there is a life-threatening defect in the 2004-2005 Ford/Mercury minivans.
    The problem with the transmission in the Ford & Mercury minivans is this... the transmission is too small for the Ford Factory installed engine. This causes the torque converter to come apart under stress (normal every day use). The impeller vanes sheer off and the transmission suddenly seizes and fails. If you do not replace the too-small transmission with a bigger one you will continue to have transmission failures. This can happen anytime the van is being driven. Believe me something horrible will happen. Who owns minivans? Moms with kids. Who rides in minvans? Moms with kids. Whose ultimate deaths will come back to haunt those in charge? Unfortunately, Moms with kids. And we have documented everything. Please don't let Ford get away with this.
    Thanks so much,
    Kelly L.

    Everyone needs to follow up.
    Thanks so much.
    Kelly
  • tervmomtervmom Posts: 12
    Kelly,

    Great idea getting this out in any way possible. Just...

    ....wish you had included the 2006's - I think they have the same problem as I just had my transmission replaced because of the torque converter. Believe we have just started the 2006 problems as they get a bit more mileage. Mine went at 44,000.

    Brenda
  • cowboys59cowboys59 Posts: 38
    Sorry Brenda. I should have included 2006. I didn't realize the problem was there too. Why don't you send Obama a separate email. At least he would know there are a lot of us out there.
    Thanks.
    Kelly
  • shocked1shocked1 Posts: 85
    Are you all serious about emailing Obama? If so, share addy, I'll do it also. Took my "FreeCrap" on a 200mile trip today to see 90 yr. old ill uncle. Scared all the way! Thank God we're baqck home. Suppose to go on another "little" trip sat. THANKS FORD FOR SELLING MECRAP THAT I CAN'T ENJOY DRIVING ANYMORE!!!!!! I told uncle.....NO MORE FORDS!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    Excellent idea with the business cards! This is the kind of thing all of us need to be doing every day. Also, the federal agency that is supposed to be protecting us by investigating this defect is NHTSA. The website is very user friendly but you will need some information before you get started; VIN, mileage, etc.,

    Great job. Keep up the good work. Every report helps and, in the end, just might save someone's life.

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • cowboys59cowboys59 Posts: 38
    Hello One and All,

    Here is the link to contact Obama. Please use it!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/

    Let's inundate the White House. I think maybe Barack may really care. One thing that I neglected to do was give him the link to this Forum. Will someone please do that? Maybe something will get done. No harm in trying.

    We may get through this after all. My replacement transmission has been bought and paid for. I really don't expect to ever see a reimbursement. Honestly, compared to saving lives, who cares!

    Thanks so much.
    Kelly L.
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    Does it get any sleazier than that? Guess what, Ford! We already know. God forbid you should "admit" to this defect. Your "admission" might actually save a life!

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    Brenda,

    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!

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    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. :-)

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • cowboys59cowboys59 Posts: 38
    Hey Jim,
    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!!!!!
    Kelly
  • jim1065jim1065 Posts: 2
    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.

    Jim M.
    Sugar Land, TX
    :cry:
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    Jim,
    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.

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    Thank you fo the kind words Kelly. It is good to have the support of others like you!

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • jim1065jim1065 Posts: 2
    Jim,

    Thanks for the support. I have reported the incident on the NHTSA site, and will continue to monitor this forum for more information.

    Jim M.
    Sugar Land, TX
  • enialeeniale Posts: 2
    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?
  • jgenovesejgenovese Posts: 220
    eniale,
    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.

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • Dear eniale,

    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.
  • shocked1shocked1 Posts: 85
    :P :P I HOPE FORD NOTICES THESE "SWEET SENTIMENTS" ABOUT THEIR TRASH! OVER THE WEEK END MY BROTHER SOLD BHIS 2004 "PRIDE &JOY, HIS F O R D (FOUND ON ROAD DAILY) MUSTANG!!!! THOUGHT HE'D NEVER DO THAT! HE NOW OWNS 2 NEW TOYATOS. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP FORD? LOOK HOW MANY JUST ON HERE HAS SWORN OFF FORDS!!!!!!!! OWN UP, YOUR COMPANY SCREWED UP.....PAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I have a 2004 freestar. I was taking my grandkids on a shopping trip to a nearby town. We was almost there when the transmission dropped into neutral and I had to coast off the highway. My husband had to tow it back. We took it to Ford and they said it would be about 3000.00 to put a new tran in it or 1500.00 for a rebuilt one. I asked them how much they would give me on a trade in.500.00 is all they would give me. They would put a rebuilt trans in it and sell it for a lot more money than they are offering me for it It seems like there is alot of trouble with this trans. Why can't there be a class action suit filed against Ford. I am also filing a complaint with NHTSA, not that it will do any good,but doesn't hurt to try.
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