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Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions

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  • I have the same problem with my 2006 Ford Freestyle. CVT Transmission and for 3 years I couldn't find anybody to fix that for less than $3500 and this was a used transmission with only 6 months warranty which I don't know if its worthed. I would join this class action lawsuit so hopefully they would do something about and yes I would never buy Ford again. If anyone would give me an advice I would really appreciate.
  • meyers4meyers4 Posts: 1
    I read in one of the posts that there had been a recall for the freestyles. We purchased ours new in 2007 and have never received any notice of a recall. Also, we've been having the same problems with our transmission that so many others on this forum have mentioned. I followed the link to the class action suit and it was filed in August of last year. I realize these things take time, but I've not received any information regarding this issue. I happened across this forum in my search for any recall notices regarding my vehicle (of which there are none). How do I get involved in this lawsuit?
  • trishaiamtrishaiam Posts: 4
    I've posted on here before about my 2005 Ford Freestyle with the CVT transmission problems. I sent Ford an email about recalling this transmission and they will not. I was told where the nearest Ford dealership was so I could fatten their packets once again and continue to ride around with this piece of junk car that tapped as I drove. My transmission went out after owning the Freestyle for 3 months. I SOLD this piece of crap to someone that was interested in it for $2000. The car was fully loaded and all the options but you can't drive what wont run. I vowed to NEVER buy another Ford product......I've had many Fords and they are at the graveyard now. I just purchased a Nissan Pathfinder. I believe in doing my homework now. I don't dare look at another vehicle without doing a consumer preview on it like this one.....I've seen some of the car dealerships selling the Freestyle lately and also seen people driving off the lot with them. I feel so sorry for them and know they have days of headaches ahead of them. I ask every one to pass the word around to bacot Ford....................
  • webseekerwebseeker Posts: 1
    I have joined the club of unhappy Freestyle owners with only 82000 miles the shifting stopped and now having a hard time with the replacement of the transmission. It is sad that a multi billion corporation makes people of lower income for their continued disregard for people and their own finances when they continue to make and not back up their own product. I have been satisfied with Ford products until now and do not think they are a reputable in their dealings. It is sad that the legacy of Henry Ford does not continue
  • Hello,
    I am very eager to be a part of the fix in this wrong doing that Ford Motor Company has created. I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle that has cooked through its second transmission and has also had the motor replaced as well. I am a working class citizen who makes 50,000 per year. I am by far a rich man but have already taken a beating from a few months after the purchase of my car back in 2006. I replaced the first transmission after about 90,000 miles. I had first experienced a problem while still under warranty and could not get the dealer/manufacturer to fix because the wrench light that was going off and throwing car into "limp" mode would reset itself and not keep the code in the memory bank. To the point mind you of taking a photo of it when it went on and showing dealer and still nothing satisfactory was done. It wasn't til after warranty expired that transmission died all together and paid $2,200 to have a used transmission put in in 2009. 2009 a other problem but this time the throttle body needed to be fixed or recalled a d was done by dealer. I'm seeing now that this function might actually be the result of or adding to the failure of transmission. In 2011 the motor blew and spent another $2,000 getting parts myself and lining up through connections to get this repair done as inexpensively as possible. The tranny just died again and had to purchase a used vehicle for a couple thousand to get me back and forth to work. I paid over $21,000 for the car as a demo with full warranty but have gotten no help in any of this. I still owe on the car and hear it sits in my driveway. Please help, I don't know where to go from here.

    Sincerely,
    MVE
  • scottawscottaw Posts: 1
    Our 2005 had the same issue everyone on this forum knows all to well.

    After multiple trips to the shop, several after driving a few blocks from picking it up, ours has been fixed. Apparently some of the replacement parts are defective (that's the story anyway). But if your at wits-end, AAMCO Transmissions in Fort Collins Colorado became an expert. We paid well (~$6k) to get them educated, but that was close to two years (and ~15,000 miles) ago and we haven't had CVT issues since.
  • clyrissaclyrissa Posts: 1
    I feel like we all are driving the same car. I bout my 2005 ford freestyle in early February at what I thought was a steal for $5,000. It was in great condition, interior, exterior perfect. Only 82k miles. It started making a helicopter sound a few weeks later which I assumed was a belt. Easter Sunday, while me and the kids were on our way to see a movie after church, the car started jerking excessively and the check engine/transmission light came on along with the wrench light. After trying to find dipstick to make sure I wasn't just low on transmission fluid, I happened across this forum. It broke my heart when I realized I had spent all my taxes on this car only to have it clunk out not even two months later. Ford ought to be ashamed of themselves. They have to know that this is a defect on these transmissions. I am a single, low income mother of three that thought I was buying a very good car to get my family around while I finish my trade, now I'm back at square 1. How can I get in on this lawsuit? I'm thinking about calling the Today Show and see if Matt Lower wanna do a story on this like those Prius.
  • haulthault Posts: 124
    I am sorry to hear of your disaster. I would look into the class action stuff. A transmission should easily last 100,000 miles.
  • I paid 32,000 for this 2007 ford freestyle 5 years ago now its only worth 1,000 this is very sad ford should free sad how they are doing retired people
    I want to join the class action lawsuit
  • I bout my 06 Dec. of 2012 it now has been 9 months and my freestyle has 111000 miles. I live 3 hours from any real town (by that I mean a town with fast food or even a walmart). On my way back with my family from the civilized world my car started to jolt and cut off my cruse control and dropped my speed down to a max of 50 mph. My check engine light came on and as well as the wrench and traction control light. If I stop and restart my car only the engine light stays on. I can’t believe that a car with so little miles the newest car I have ever had would have such problems. Also to find out that I’m not the only one gives me mixed feeling happy I’m not the only and pissed that ford won’t do anything about it. I would also like to become part of this lawsuit. Please let me know how.
  • I have a 1 income family of 5, a I'm horrified, to see I'm stuck in the same nightmare as everyone else in this forum, I got online to get to the bottom of this due to the exact same symptoms everyone is experiencing, I actually thought I could fix on my own by changing all trany filters and putting actual CVT fluid back in. I now see tthat's a waste of time and money that we as a family don't have. I'm highly scared for us because were at the stages where the whinning is real profound until its put into drive, but once its put into reverse and movement is engaged the whinning is increased 100 fold. How long do we have and is there anything I can do to prolong its life with anadditive of some sort, with as much as we depend on our vehicle, I need help as we all do.2007 Freestyle, nothing free about it
  • prkiddprkidd Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle w/ 150k+ on it and just found out my transmission is going bad as we'll with the issue being the CVT. What is Ford Motor Company doing to fix this issue? It make the 'helicopter' sound.
  • They are doing absolutely nothing but sending you to the nearest Ford dealership so you can fix your car at your expense. I reported them to BBB also but they are taking the complaint but that's all. I vowed to never buy another Ford again in my life. I've had a mustang, expedition, tempo and etc. and everyone one of them I've had major problems with. I sold the Freestyle online for $2k to someone that was willing to get it fixed. A new transmission was $6k and a used one was between $2k-$3k and I could not and would not put another penny into it. The car was very beautiful and fully loaded but that doesn't get me to and from my job daily. Ford does not stand behind their raggedy cars and I promise to never buy another one. I now own a Nissan Pathfinder and actually did my research and goggled it BEFORE buying it. If I would've done this with the Freestyle I would've seen all the complaints that people had already reported on it. LESSON WELL LEARNED!
  • No they have not recalled them and not going to. What the DNV is saying is since nobody has died behind the wheel and it's not considered a safety risk then they won't recall it. But actually my transmission went out on me while I was driving on the highway. Thank God it was at night time and traffic was not heavy. So me and my daughter was stranded in the middle of the highway........ Ford is doing absolutely nothing but sending you to the nearest Ford dealership so you can fix your car at your expense. I reported them to BBB also but they are taking the complaint but that's all. I vowed to never buy another Ford again in my life. I've had a mustang, expedition, tempo and etc. and everyone one of them I've had major problems with. I sold the Freestyle online for $2k to someone that was willing to get it fixed. A new transmission was $6k and a used one was between $2k-$3k and I could not and would not put another penny into it. The car was very beautiful and fully loaded but that doesn't get me to and from my job daily. Ford does not stand behind their raggedy cars and I promise to never buy another one. I now own a Nissan Pathfinder and actually did my research and goggled it BEFORE buying it. If I would've done this with the Freestyle I would've seen all the complaints that people had already reported on it. LESSON WELL LEARNED!
  • Just got the bad news! Our 2006 Ford Freestyle needs a complete transmission replacement for $6,000.
    We have just 46,000 miles of light-duty driving and had no indication of any problems till an abrupt breakdown.
    I'd appreciate contact information for the top Ford managers in charge of such matters, as well as for any class action lawsuit.
  • There are a lot of complaints on the Ford CVT's here but what you don't realize is that there are many other auto makes and models other than Ford with CVT's and similar if not same issues. With that said, there are older autos with CVT's and no issues. With today's autos being mechanically complex, is is well worth it to purchase extended warranties. I have one and will not fret should my CVT go out. Everything else on my '05 Freestyle Limited is in mint condition and runs great too. I've had some noise in my CVT but the dealership says there is nothing to fix, at least right now, so, I'm not going to worry about it.
  • Please call Ford at 800-392-3673 without reports they will not recall the part/s.
  • I've had the same sporadic Freestyle problems as other posters here and am at the 'to fix or not to fix' stage. Getting the wrench more frequently now and the vehicle stops sooner without letting me limp to the side of the road and won't restart as easily. For those that have paid for a new tranny - was it worth it or are problems still occurring? $6k is a lot but still cheaper than a new car.

  • We bought ours new in 2005 with the full knowledge that the Mercury salesperson I trust warned both myself and my father that several people including the engineers at Ford had serious misgivings about the transmission. We chose to buy the extended warranty to cover ourselves just in case. Everyone I've talked to believes the Freestyle is just too big a car for a CVT. Our transmission went the first time about 1 year into ownership. The car was in at the dealership shop for a full month waiting for O rings because the regional service manager wouldn't open a rebuild kit for them and they weren't available separately yet. It took pointing out to the service manager we were within 2-3 days of my being able to file on the lemon law in NH (30 business days in the shop) to get the logjam unstuck.

    Transmission finally started acting up again @ 125k miles just before Christmas. So we got about 100k miles out of a rebuilt transmission (rebuilt by the dealership no less). It seems like the transmission light only comes on when it is slogging through snow so far. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. 9 years, while I'm not thrilled about, at least I got 5 years of payment free driving out of the car. We're still deciding whether to drive the car until the tranny goes completely or proactively replace it now.

    I would like to point out Ford isn't the only company putting CVT transmissions into their cars. Regardless of the manufacturer if you see a car with a CVT back away, especially if it is semi-high mileage or you intend to drive the car into the ground. The fluid is expensive and apparently they are much more costly to repair (if at all!) than an automatic. I know I'll never look at another one until empirical evidence proves to me they are no more expensive to maintain, repair or replace than an automatic. In the meantime I'm looking for a manual transmission car.

    I won't join in the lawsuit because I purchased the car in spite of my forehand knowledge of the reservations regarding the transmission on the part of trustworthy salespeople and Ford engineering. And for all you waving the Honda banner out there, my wife and I don't fit into the front passenger seat of any recent model Honda we've tried in the past several years. Glove compartment swoops down too low. Even in the Odyssey and Pilot. :P I had problems with a VW 1.8T Passat blowing blue smoke whenever it got cold and the dealership not knowing what to do with it; and we can't trust local Subaru dealerships further than we can throw one of their cars. Toyota - I haven't had any personal issues with them but until they've proven they know how to produce quality given their current size I'm going to steer away from them as well. Everyone is going to have their personal automobile manufacturers they hate for good reason.

  • vahagvahag Posts: 1

    Can someone tell where located transmission control module(TSM) on Ford Freestyle 2005.I know that my car's problem TSM but i don't know where it is so i can change it.

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