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Ford Freestyle CVT Transmissions



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,947
    edited June 2011
    The transmission AND rear end went out within 2,000 miles. Coincidence?

    Maybe not, at least on the transmission. If you had it power flushed (and maybe even "engine" flushed), gunk could have gotten stirred up.

    I only do a simple drain and fill, and only rarely.

    Good post about the issue:

    amigo_john, "Isuzu Trooper" #8070, 30 Jun 2003 7:46 am

    Another aside, seems like a lot of Nissan Murano owners have also had CVT problems. Caulk it up to newer technology?
  • We bought an 06 model of this car, and I personally along with the rest of my family hate it. I was against it from the start because, I'm a big chevy/ GMC guy. But my opinion didn't count because my parents were buying the car. After 99,000 miles the cars Torque Converter went out. This was a 2200$ fix. Then 6 months later at 114,000 miles the cars CVT transmission went out. This is a 5800$ fix. Now Ford couldn't give a rats [non-permissible content removed] about us. Neither do the dealers. The car is only worth 8100$ I would not buy this car.
  • chelley35chelley35 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 06 Ford Freestyle back in January 2011, and just recently started having trouble with the throttle/transmission. In drive it will lunge forward and in reverse it lunges and sometimes the "wrench" light will come on and it will cut off and then when I start it back up it runs fine and then it will repeat itself not often but it's beginning to become bothersome, so have an official recall been issued?
  • gajedigajedi Posts: 4
    I had those same symptoms with our 2007 FS at about 75,000 miles. Turned out to be a bad throttle body... Open and check the air filter housing for any deris... Luckily, the EasyCare covered the repair. Wish it were so for the tranny that just started to fail at 102K... Just 2000 past the end of the term, and only 9K after the dealer did the CVT service (supposedly!)... :mad:
  • I have a used 2007 i just bought. Had for a few months and it was been great. Tonight I was waiting in a drive thru line and had it ideling with the brake on and i noticed it started to surge a little. I got out of kine and parked. I noticed the wrench light was on. I turned off the car for a couple of minutes and the light never came back on and it hasn't surged again yet. Is the start of horrible things? Can I prevent it from getting worse? What is my next best move?
  • debbiew75debbiew75 Posts: 19
    well... i just got rid of mine. it had 97,000 miles on it. it was a 2007. it had 2 new throttle bodies, a new transmission, and the rear brakes had been replaced 3 times. good luck to all who own these pieces of junk. they are not worth anything when you trade them in. and, i had to before something else went wrong with it. 1st recall replacement on the brakes at 30,000. 1st throttle body at 50,000. rear brakes again at 70,000. brand new transmission which turned out to be rebuilt because ford doesn't make them anymore at 75,019... yeah barely missed the extended warranty. 2nd throttle body at 80,000. 3rd rear brakes at 92,000. and the car had started making some strange noises when i traded it in.
  • cabhoneycabhoney Posts: 8
    Oh my gosh! Mind did the exact same thing! I noticed the last few weeks it was lunging every once and awhile, but dismissed it as me being paranoid. Then the other day, that wrench light came on. I also bought mine used and have had it 8 months. It has 50k miles. Drove it to the dealer and they lifted the hood and said, "Ma'am, you've really got something bad wrong with your car." That was Thursday and so tommorow I might hear what is wrong. I loved my car up to this point, but after reading this forum, it's very sad.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    Oh NO !! I hope it is not your transmission. And if it is, I sure hope you are still under warranty.

    ftr....I received a message Friday from an attorney that has a class action suit against Ford for another issue. He wants to discuss THIS transmission issue. I be calling him tomorrow and will post any information.

    I would LOVE to see FORD be held accountable.
  • cabhoneycabhoney Posts: 8
    My local dealer won't give me a break and wants to charge between 5-6k to fix. I also contacted Ford headquarters and they say they are talking to the dealer. Also reported it to the NHSTA for the lunging. I am going to let it sit at the dealer as long as I can, as they will hardly give me anything for a trade in.
  • mmisch1mmisch1 Posts: 1
    I just sent my info for the class action; we'll see how it goes. Thank you for posting the info.
    The surging was a frightening and dangerous event, and I am pretty unhappy about hearing others have had the same problem. If I had not been searching the net for info on how my xmission works, I would have never found out that this problem is not limited to my vehicle (except for anecdotal evidence from local mechanics), as I'm sure Ford will not willingly confess it.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    I faxed in all my documentation and hopefully they will be able to move forward with the suit.

    I was scared to death, as I was crossing a busy intersection when my transmission started to go. The car stopped for no reason, and I pushed the gas pedal more and more....steering at oncoming traffic. NOTHING ! :confuse: I turned it off, I restarted the car, and it SURGED forward, with no control from me. The wrench light came on and the rest as they terrible customer service from FORD :lemon:

    If you know anyone else that has had this problem, please let them know about the attornies. I wish I had time to go through this entire forum, but I can't right now.

  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    A class action lawsuit was filed in May against Ford regarding the throttle body issues on the Freestyle...hoping they also tack on transmission issues...both have caused accidents. You can go to for more information.

    Let them hear from ALL of us !!
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    A class action lawsuit was filed in May against Ford regarding the throttle body issues on the Freestyle...hoping they also tack on transmission issues...both have caused accidents. You can go to for more information.

    The more the attorney hears from us the better the chance they will add the transmissions issues to the suit. They are expensive to repair and parts makers are no...
  • 1lessford1lessford Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that is currently in the shop. I am being told that it needs a new transmission even though it was drivable when dropped of at the dealer. They are say its $5,800.00 fix. Unbelievable. I would welcome a class action suit.
  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    Well please be certain to contact the attorney. The more people that scream about this dangerous problem, the better.

  • sindersinder Posts: 37
    Oh, and btw........... you will NOT be getting a "new" transmisssion because they don't make them anymore.

    You will be getting a remanned/rebuilt one. Isn't that some crap ???
  • Posted last week about my transmission, that is supposedly fixed now. Had started lunging but my local dealer couldn't get it to lunge, so they couldn't fix it. Today, at my dad's funeral, it had two episodes of revving, lunging, then dying. Was able to drive it home 50 miles and straight back to the dealer. Thank God we didn't hit anyone at Starbucks drive thru, but this couldn't have happened on a worse day.
  • Mine has been doing the lunging, sometimes it would die etc etc etc. Before that the transmission started making a little noise. Mechanic said it was a bearing and would probably last for awhile, but eventually would need to be fixed (this was before 50K miles). After the transmission noise is when the lunging started (mainly on really hot days) Today the RPM's started being weird while I was driving on the highway. I pulled in the driveway and the small noise was a loud constant noise. I tried to drive it again and the RPM's will not shift they just keep going up when I accelerate. I contacted the attorneys and let them know the situation. There is no reason for a car that has been maintained with 55K miles to break down. Bunch of Crap!
  • teacher21teacher21 Posts: 1
    edited August 2011
    first,i took it to a transmission shop,been told its a bearing noise and i have to take it to the dealer coz they dont fix cvt,so i went to dealer and the funny thing is that after they made me pay $200 to diagnose it,they said its the input shaft bearing and they dont carry parts for that type of transmission so the whole transmission has to be replaced at a cost around $7000.what kind of crap is this? no parts! why they diagnose it at first place and made me lose $200?it was obvious that the noise was coming from the transmission.And is it acceptable that ford motor company dont provide parts for transmission,why they sell this kind of junk? and why do we have to be responsible? it looks like am not the only one to complain about that issue,what should be done ? its not fair.
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