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Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions

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  • My 2006 Freestyle died the day after Christmas as well. 72K miles. Same issue as above, running fine then all of a sudden their was nothing when the accelerator was to the floor. It's currently in the Ford shop after I could not find anyone else to touch it. $5700 later I am sure it will be fine. I have not been told there would be a parts issue at this point. The coverage on the new one is 100,000 miles. I find that odd since the first one was only 60,000.

    lesson learned at this point is buy the extra coverage, only buy Ford trucks. I have owned a few and they have been great. I've owned one car and is been a problem. I also work with a guy who had a CVT go out on him in a Nissan at 40K miles. :mad:
  • Hi,

    After reading all the talk about the cvt on the freestyle my question is what is the best way to get one? mine makes noise in P or N but when in gear it goes away and i can drive perfect, is obvious that is going to fail sooner than later.

    I am looking for a used one since i can have it replaced for 400 dollars and maybe finding one used for 800.00.

    I would like to see a lawsuit in reference to this since ford makes replcement parts expensive.
  • IS THE CVT ON THE 500 THE SAME ON THE FREESTYLE ASSUMING BOTH ARE FWD. EITHER 05,06,07 YEARS.

    FOUND ONE USE BUT IS FROM A 500 2005
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    Call any Ford dealership parts department on the phone to be sure.
    Any answer given on this forum may be wrong, but I think its probably identical. Maybe.
  • icedragonicedragon Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    The trans problem is the 3 shafts in the trans. Also have the same problem and was told they are 800.00 a piece and have to be ordered. Ford knew about this problem and thinks it is a joke. Everyone should get together and file a class action law suit against ford.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    Icedragon......I'm ALL in if you can get it started. Dropped $5500 on a tranny @ 67k miles. I am mad as hell !!!!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    edited March 2010
    "The trans problem is the 3 shafts in the trans. Also have the same problem and was told they are 800.00 a piece and have to be ordered. Ford knew about this problem and thinks it is a joke. Everyone should get together and file a class action law suit against ford. "

    I'm am truly sorry for those reporting in this Forum that their transmissions failed, but I don't think any lawyer would touch this one. All Ford would have to do is point to the CU statistics showing that the FS CVT has a better reliability rating than conventional transmissions. End of case.

    Any transmission can have parts go bad, perhaps during fabrication or assembly. Ford issued a free brake fix when it discovered that the pads had gotten wet in storage, resulting in premature wear. So they do respond when they know there was a problem in the vehicle. But there has been no wide-spread transmission failures among the FS fleet. We need to remember that this forum will attract those with problems, and is not representative of the entire FS community. I, for example, did not have any trouble with my 2006 FS.

    I'd still be mad if I HAD encountered any problems, and maybe I would not have bought another Ford product, but there it is, numbers don't lie.
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    edited March 2010
    I agree that trans problems are horrible. However, it is true that the percentage of trans failures in Freestyles is lower than average across all 2005-2007 makes/models for comparison. The only way a class action lawsuit can succeed is if the failure percentage is high enough and Ford had a design flaw. I don't think thats the case here. I still would like to know what makes some of them fail. I'm an engineer so I have an odd curiousity about things like that.

    When icedragon says the problem is the 3 shafts in the CVT tranny, do you know what is going on there? Are the shafts themselves breaking? Metal parts can fail when a few (small percentage) have metallurgical flaws introduced during forging or casting. I wish we had a good failure analysis on any weaknesses the tranny might have.
  • zipper4zipper4 Posts: 1
    I also have a 2006 freestyle and my trans went out at 64000 miles ,4000 miles after extended warranaty ran out. I have seen all the posts and i agree ford should take care of this problem.Then 2 weeks after mine went out my mother-inlaws neighbors went out at 59000 miles.There must be a problem since Ford stopped putting in cvt trans in there 07 models. I'm in for a class action if we can get enough owners.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    edited April 2010
    "I also have a 2006 freestyle and my trans went out at 64000 miles ,4000 miles after extended warranaty ran out. I have seen all the posts and i agree ford should take care of this problem.Then 2 weeks after mine went out my mother-inlaws neighbors went out at 59000 miles.There must be a problem since Ford stopped putting in cvt trans in there 07 models. I'm in for a class action if we can get enough owners. "

    Did you read the entire thread?

    - They stopped putting in the CVT transmissions because they developed a cheaper 6 speed transmission in cooperation with GM.
    - The CVT has been more reliable than conventional transmission of the same years, according to Consumer Reports. This makes a successful lawsuit unlikely.
  • 06 Freestyle going into dealership this week, stalling, lunging, shifting rough. Wrench light is on and off. After reading a few forum sights, it sounds like its going to be the transmission (so many complaints on the CVT). Had throttle body replaced last year after it kept lunging. Called Ford today to be on record before I go into the dealership, will reply if they say its the transmission.
    We have an 04 PT Cruiser, had 98 Camry, and 89 Jeep Cherokee all with over 100,000 miles and never had to replace the transmission, not buying a Ford again.
  • Hi,

    I have a 2006 Frestyle FWD with 110200 miles. i purchased the vehicle used and it develop a loud noise on the trans. I took the vehicle to ford and they dignosed to be a main bearing or imput shaft but that it would take complete dissasmble of the trans to complete(about 900 dollars). for a soft rebuilt with no hard parts 2800.00 dollars and for a remanufactured one 5600 dollars, well i paid for the vehicle 6600.00 dollars hehehe. I went to a shop that i know since i am in the use car business and they charged for labor 900. plus parts and they show me what had gone bad on the trans, bearing and output shaft with the planetary. I purchased with a dealer discount the planetary 487.00 dollars, rebuilt kit with steels included 225.00, 10 qts of fluid and bang brand new transmission. $1700.00 dollars they even serviced my a/c for the price and detailed the car since one of their mechanics painted a bumper and got overspray on mine.

    i have the part that went bad and also i have documents of parts that ford had to dispose in the past due to improper packaging and some of those parts ended in transmission, so maybe after all ford has made mistakes and we are paying for it.

    if anyone wants their service to fix their transmission let me know. you can ship it to them and they will fix it and ship to you. also that upper torque mount that breaks on all the cars but just the rubber soon i am going to have an idependent manufacturer make just the bushing for a fraction of what the entire mount cost.

    keep in touch.

    Ed
  • dairedaire Posts: 35
    Well, my FS has 128,000 miles and I still LOVE the CVT. Maybe we are living on borrowed time, but I really like the CVT technology.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    Daire,

    Nice that your transmissions has remained solid for you.

    For those of us that have been put in dangerous situations because of tranmission failures,....we're not so thrilled at this particular technology. :sick:
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    daire said: "Maybe we are living on borrowed time, but I really like the CVT technology."

    Every transmission, of all kinds, CVT or not, has us living on borrowed time. There is always a chance that a regular transmission (aka, "conventional" automatic) will fail, too. I've seen them do it a lot. Take some solace in the fact that our particular CVT fails less often than conventional automatics.
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    sinder, Your particular failures are real and sad, not to be dismissed. I hope you will just admit that you are not completely safe with any kind of automatic transmission. ..... My story: I was merging into L.A. traffic one day with a car and the conventional automatic just disengaged, dropped out of gear, quitting right in the middle of an acceleration attempt to merge, putting me in danger. Now, do I say that I'm not "thrilled at this particular (in this case a conventional automatic) technology", as you put it above, or do I admit the truth and say that there is a chance bad things will happen, and its a roll of the dice every day with anything to do with a car. All you can do when choosing a car is to pick one with a lower chance of failure, thats all, and the Freestyle has a CVT with a lower chance of failure.

    I recommend the book: "Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart " to explain Bayesian logic and common sense thinking about statistics and odds so that we make sound decisions in life.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    No..... Coldcranker - I will NOT admit to not being safe with "any kind"of automatic transmission and I don't need to read a book on logic and common sense.

    What I am stating are the FACTS as they relate to me and my FS. It damb near got me killed - period. That is a fact. It cost me $5,500 to have a car with 67k miles on it repaired. That is fact. Many other FS owners have had the very same problem--Another fact.

    I get that we roll the dice every day from the second we wake up... that's just life. Things go wrong, accidents happen. However, there should be a "FIX" for this particular problem.

    During my court appearance, it was noted by the dealers that when this problem happens with the 05-07 FS tranmissions, they replace the damaged one with a remanned one.....Why you ask? They will tell you because they do NOT make any NEW ones.
    :sick:
    Now, common sense would dictate there must be a reason they are not making them, and please spare me the "cheaper 6 cylinder" out.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    "Now, common sense would dictate there must be a reason they are not making them, and please spare me the "cheaper 6 cylinder" out. "

    If you mean "cheaper 6 speed", then you are correct. It was too expensive to buy the German steel based CVT, and they were in development with GM on a common 6 speed (now used in many vehicles, although the programming different between GM and Ford.
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    Yep, the conventional automatic 6-speed which replaced the CVT is common with GM (except for minor control algorithm differences), and is cheaper than the CVT. Also, and this is puzzling, another reason Ford decided to ditch the CVT is because people were already familiar with "shift-shock" on old conventional automatics and they actually missed not feeling distinct shifts in the CVT. Also the steel belt in the CVT would need to be upscaled to handle the bigger new Duratec V6 3.5L's torque, and that would have added even more cost. Reliability of the CVT has been above average, so I say buy an above-average transmission: the CVT.
  • ande2960ande2960 Posts: 2
    I read another post with similar issues... 06 Freestyle wrench light and traction control lights come on periodically. Have it in the shop and they are having issues diagnosing with the vague codes. They came back and said the valve body needed replacing, but then the next day told us to wait because the CVT specialist from the trans shop will check it out. It could be bindings that have worn down and metal shavings could be touching the sensors which is why the lights come on and off, or also could be something with the ABS. After reading a lot of these posts, I sure hope it isn't the entire transmission at $5,000+ to fix. Sounds like there are many issues with the 06 CVT.
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