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Ford Freestar Transmission Problems




    Any lawyers here?

    Does this mean Ford will now be hanging up on any calls we make?

    I had to replace my entire tranny and torque converter at the Ford dealership.

    The tranny's clutch was banging between gears, torque converter filings likely to blame.
    They replaced it all with remanufactured parts, cost 2300.

    AND that was after they subtracted the cost of the torque converter components and installation cost.

    what is MY recourse.

    We purchased new in 2004, work done last month w/ 75000 mi.
  • sjtdadsjtdad Posts: 11
    I guess my dealership lied to me (again) by telling me that it was the stator, that it did in fact spread metal shavings throughout the trans, and by telling me that they had never heard of a problem with Freestar transmissions and had replaced very few. This is a good sized dealership too, not some small town operation. I would hope you don't do that.
  • I also got the recall letter on my Ford Freestar. Are we required to go to a Ford dealer or can we go to our regular mechanic? The car has been acting up and now I am anxious to have it looked at.
  • lollymoplollymop Posts: 2
    edited August 2012
    Is there a California or federal law that says I must go to a Ford dealer to have this problem taken care of that Ford has caused? Frankly, I don't feel comfortable about taking it to a dealer when they are the ones who caused this problem in the first place. :confuse:
  • ghardieghardie Posts: 1
    I lost my torque converter @ 99k miles on 4/2009 Dealer repaired my vehicle for $3100 45K later 3/2012 I lost torque converter again, Dealer repared vehicle for $1100 inhouse.. I was told to submit my invoices for reimbursment to local dealer..and they and Ford refuse to reimburse anything..Count me in on any civil wonder they turned down the Obama money ..they just steal it from their customers
  • motheyemotheye Posts: 17
    Anyone have any specific questions I can ask Ford or my dealership? I called Ford this morning checking on the status of my refund as they have confirmed my dealer has submitted the invoices and were received on July 14. When I called Ford this morning they told me I have to call my dealer for status updates--but I'm pretty sure they are going to tell me I have to call Ford. FYI--the dealer did the trans replacement--only option-and my invoice from them just said "transmission"; they subbed out the job and I have never seen any detailed invoices so I don't know if the words "torque converter" are on anything. Also--Ford tells me they will be processing any potential refund but I'm hearing some of us are getting checks at the dealership? What gives?
  • Recieved my 2nd invoice from the mechanic today, took it to Ford and they said nope, not good enough. So once again I have to contact the mechanic that is in Kentucky (I live in Michigan but broke down on a trip to Florida) and ask him to send a detailed, itemized invoice. The last invoice he sent took a month, can't imagine how long this one will take.
    I was sure to let the Ford service dept know that I hope there will be a claim on the entire transmission. I wouldn't be dealing with this bull if Ford was on the ball. My whole transmission had to be replaced because of the torque converter!!!!! DUH!!!!!
    I am so frustrated!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
  • On Monday, 8-6-2012 I filed for reimbursement for my torque converter replacement. The person at my Ford dealer (not the one that repaired it as that dealer was out of state) was very pleasant and efficient (just wish Ford Motor Co was) and said that I should receive my check within 10 to 14 days. I did not want to leave my original so she made a color copy of it. I will post when I receive the check!!!
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    edited August 2012
    I have been boycotting Ford since the paint peeled off my F150 24 years ago. I paid to have it repainted because they out right refused to acknowledge they had a paint problem, yet only months later it came out in mass media that Ford was repainting the victim's vehicles for free. I mailed them a letter asking to be reimbursed since I had paid this out of my own pocket only 4 months earlier and they outright refused and called my bluff when I promised them that if they don't do the morally no-brainer correct thing here, I will boycott their sorry butts for the rest of my life, AND I would spread the word when situations arise that sharing that type of info is appropriate.

    And I (as only a small voice in the sea of vehicle ownership) will boycott any other manufacturer that is equally unfair in such a no-brainer type instance. Fortunately, all other brands since (foreign, since GM, Chrysler had all been unfair to me earlier also, and the paint deal on the Ford was, in fact their second chance to redeem themselves) have not had issues significant enough to warrant an outright ban.

    I am convinced that the delay and "we have never heard of this problem before" tactics do save these big companies money in the long run. But that is only because not enough small voices stand united and stay firm in their convictions. And the crooked manufacturers know this and continue to take advantage until pressed against the wall to make changes. Sort of like what Mazda had to do when denying all the legitimate rust claims since early 2000's. They had very loyal customers whom they took advantage of and finally those same customers vowed to (even though they loved all other aspects of their Mazda) never buy another Mazda product again out of principle if nothing else, even though they might find some offerings from year to year very desirable and tempting.

    And that works for me too re Ford.
  • Today I received my second recall notice stating that I should take my car in for torque converter issues or I have done that to send in a request for reimbursement (which I did last week). The letter clearly stated that we would only get $1450. I will let you know when I have the check in hand and according to the dealership it should be this Friday. We'll see!!!
  • lynn1102lynn1102 Posts: 13
    I received my check for 1450.00 the beginning of last week. It only took a few day, but the check came thru with the dealer name and account number on it.
    Then on Saturday, I got a letter from Ford that my dealer now has the parts to replace my torque converter. My complete trans was replace last December. Good record keeping - not.

  • Went to one dealer they told me since I had the work done at AMMCO Ford would not refund my money I told them that other people had been getting money they said they wouldn't even try, so went to another dealer they sumited my bill for $2450 I got a check today from the dealer for $873.09 asked why they said I should be happy to just get anything. NOT. went to the mail box today finally got my recall notice. I have had the car in storage for the last 3 months since the transmission went out for the 5th time, this time ford said it was the transmission & they would not fix it. never buying from Ford agian :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • Well, after 3 tries Ford finally took my invoice. They tried saying there wasn't enough info on it again but after she got out the "rule book", then decided it was good enough. And they kept reminding me the refund was only for $1450 not the full amount of my transmission being replaced. YES, thank you for reminding me.....ugh! My mechanic put on my invoice that my torque converter only cost $325.00. Is that normal? So I'm guessing that's all my refund will be. $2800 dollars later......... :cry:
  • I submitted my refund to ford and it came back incorrect part number. Does anyone have a part number for there torque convertor?
  • kaki1kaki1 Posts: 7
    Part number:3F2Z-7902 ACRM REMAN CONVERTER ASY
  • lynn1102lynn1102 Posts: 13
    My receipt said "transmission including torque converter". Sounds like they're getting desparate. I got paid the 1450.00 in less than a week.

  • After many letters and phone calls to Ford, NHTSA and Center for Auto Safety I have finally gotten my check ($1450) for the replaced torque converter. I guess I am one of the lucky ones as the cost of replacement was $1549. When I trade my van in I will close a chapter that has been one of a lot of frustration. Good luck to all of you that are still waiting. Have patience.
  • There is more than just what Ford is recalling the vehicles for. It is more than the torque converter that is the current recall. There is a design flaw with the protection of the electrical as well. Water is coming through the vents of the wiper blades and going to computer componats and other electrical parts and shorting them out. I have had the chip for my transmission shorted out twice in 6 months because of it. Ford is well aware of the problem but will not do a thing about it. Everyone needs to contact their local BBB and and file complaints with them. NHTSA will investigate and can force Ford to recall for that problem and fix it. I was lucky that there wasn't an accident my grandchildren and I hurt.
  • lynn1102lynn1102 Posts: 13
    And if you dig deep enough, some vehicles, they didn't say which ones, also have a problem with the power steering hose coming loose, and poor manufacture of the front wheel assembly. And a minor problem with certain make filters. None of these have specific model numbers or VIN numbers so I don't know if mines is on the list or not According to Ford's web site, they don't have ANY recalls on ANY vehicles.
  • I just replaced my PCM about a week ago due to this problem and replaced my torque converter a few years ago. I got my refund check today, but I have had NOTHING but problems with this van. Replaced the torque convert, A/C unit, tierod, coils and plugs and now the PCM. After all this my van is still not running correctly, paid over 40k for the van. It is currently nothing but a huge waste of space in my garage and probably about 5k in repairs.
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