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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,585 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #151

Dec 122014


  • 97,000 miles


Replacement torque converters continued to fail after replacing original transmission and failed torque converter at 97K miles. Replaced torque converter four times in 37K miles under warranty for "shudder". Ford dealership refused to diagnose or determine the continued failures. Independent diagnosis stated failures were due to the introduction of debris from the original failure, during the installation of the replacement transmission, or the replacement was defective when installed. Ford dealer and company would not replace the transmission. Ford warranty ended on 12/12/15 and the situation remains unresolved. Fortunately shudder failures occurred on the road, but vehicle could be driven to dealership for repair. The first original failure occurred on a off ramp and other motorist's assisted in pushing it to the side, avoiding a possible rear end collision! the newest torque converter can fail at any time and could result in a serious accident. Vehicle is used only in local driving as safety considerations have to be considered first. Ford customer service in detroit refused any consideration of the situation. You cannot contact anyone with authority at Ford as they are shielded by customer service. The consumer has to consider legal options at what cost to them? there is also a problem with hard shifts from into a drive gear(R, od, D, 1) from "N" or "P". this is an indication of failure of the internal neutral to drive accumulator. Resulting from a stuck piston or seals, or springs damaged or missing. When demonstrated to the dealership service manager and mechanic they ignored it and refused to accept it and properly diagnosis the situation. The independent diagnosis said the transmission had to be replaced and the installation done under proper clean conditions and flushing of the cooler and lines. If not done properly the the situation would reoccur.

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #150

Sep 102015


  • miles
Our granddaughter pulled up to a stop light & when she went to pull away from it the engine revved up but the Freestar went nowhere. It the same thing Ford describes in their recall number: 12V006000recall date: 01/09/2012 where the torque converter output shaft may fail.. unfortunately her van is considered a 2006 even tho it was manufactured on 09/05 & the van is not covered under the current recall. They cannot afford to get the van repaired but need it to take our great granddaughter to grade school & the husband needs to use it to get to work. Is there anything you can do about this problem? thanks chuck

- Evansville, WI, USA

problem #149

Aug 302015


  • miles
While driving, the van suddenly ceased to respond to applying the gas pedal. The motor continued to respond, rpms rise with acceleration attempts but the van will not move. No gear (including reverse) responds. The vehicle was rolled into a parking lot and had to be towed. At this time, repairs have not been made, but there is significant indication that the torque converter may be the issue. We are disturbed because there are multiple complaints of this issue with other 2006 Freestar owners, and there has been no recall issued or apparent responsibility taken on the part of the manufacturer. It is clear that the same parts are being affected as those recalled from the 2005 models. We are not in a financial position to fund transmission repairs and we could lose our only vehicle due to this incident. I am just grateful my husband (or my children, or someone else) was not killed in an accident caused by this failure. I intend to contact the manufacturer directly, but have not at this point. I would very much like this situation investigated with Ford, not just for our vehicle but all the people lodging complaints of this issue--here and elsewhere online.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #148

Sep 202013


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V006000 (power train). The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Wesely Chapel, FL, USA

problem #147

Jul 252015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving 25 mph, an abnormal metallic sound emitted from the front end of the transmission. The contact stated that after taking off from a stop sign, the vehicle transmission failed. The vehicle was still running but was unable to move anywhere. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the torque converter output shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. Updated 09/25/15

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #146

Jul 242015


  • 99,133 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 70 mph, the ability to accelerate seized without warning. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 99,133.

- Schulenburg, TX, USA

problem #145

Aug 302011


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving for over 20 minutes at an unknown speed, the vehicle independently failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #144

Jul 102015


  • 85,500 miles
I hade been driving the van for approximatly 125 miles, came to a stoplight close to my home. Stopped at the light, and when I tryed to go forward ehrn the light turned green, there was no power to thee transmission, the engine only reved up. I was facing downhill, and rolled into a store parking lot. Had to have it towed to my house. Doing research online, I found very similar cercumstances with many other Freestars. Ford had issued a recall on the torque converter for the 2004-05 Freestars, but not the 2006, which has the same part. All Freestars with this same part shuld have been recalled, not just 2 out of 4 years. I feel very cheated and now I am facing a very large repair bill.

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #143

May 212015


  • 85,000 miles
We have a 2006 Ford Freestar that had a transmission failure after 85,000 miles. I have looked online and found that the 2004 & 2005 models have been recalled and there appears to be issues with the 2006 transmission but it has not been recalled. I would like Ford to be mandated to reimburse me for the transmission failure.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #142

May 062015


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving at 75 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 144,000. The VIN was not available.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #141

Mar 252015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 99,110 miles


Driving on a 2 lane road started up the side of a mountain. Drove approx..5 miles up hill. Without warning the engine rev'ed. Vehicle lost all power to the wheels. Engine running fine, no abnormal noises. Vehicle slowed quickly due to uphill grade. Vehicles behind me, including several large tractor-trailers had swerve into the on-coming lane due to no shoulder. Thankfully there was no traffic coming down the mountain. There could have easily been a fatal accident because of this failure.... just happened to be no traffic coming down the mountain in the on-coming lane. Blocked one lane of traffic on a steep grade for over an hour waiting on a tow truck. Torque converter failed. Sent debris into the transmission. Vehicle needs torque converter and transmission replaced.... I have seen many people have this same complaint... please NHTSA help us...

- Hedgesville, WV, USA

problem #140

Mar 182015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Rola, MO, USA

problem #139

Mar 162015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 215,000 miles
The Ford Freestar was exiting the highway when it lost all power without warning while coming down the off-ramp. The engine was still running. The mini van was able to coast off the road and into an auto shop parking lot that happened to be there. Appears to be another torque converter failure.

- Ledyard, CT, USA

problem #138

Apr 232014


  • 128,000 miles
Started out of an intersection and van stalled in the middle of the road. Coasted to the side of the road. No forward or reverse gear. Transmission gone. When I had a new one put in after $4000 bill the mechanic told me that the one he replaced was not the original one. So this makes the second transmission failure for this vehicle. I have driven Ford all my life and have never had a transmission to go out. If I had been driving down the interstate at 70 mph I might have been killed. Ford should be willing to replace these transmissions or reimburse their customers for such shoddy transmissions.

- Fremont, NC, USA

problem #137

Mar 082015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving 60 down 2 lane road with family of four, light in distance was red so I started to brake. Quickly light turned green so I tried to accelerate but rpms shot up without speed going up. Transmission completely disabled. Will not even go into park. All this with no warning. I barely made it through the intersection. I think it's clear this is yet another 06 Ford Freestar torque converter failure.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #136

Feb 272015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I went through an automatic car wash around 315pm. The van was driving fine up to this point. Immediately after I left the carwash, the van started acting like it was going to stall out and the engine light was blinking. I've had one other situation like this with this van when we went away for a weekend and it rained a lot where we were staying. The van acted like it was going to stall but we had no idea why. I went online to see if anyone else had problems with their van that was attributed to water. I was shocked to see how many others have had the same thing happen. I also found an investigation that stated there is a defect and it's a safety concern but that they weren't going to issue any recalls at this time because there haven't been enough complaints. The diagnosis from the Ford dealership is as follows-water has leaked into the PCM. They would need to clean that out and seal it so water can't leak into it anymore. Water has also leaked into my spark plugs and corroded them. They would need to replace the spark plugs and wiring. Water has also leaked into my fuel lines so they want to clean out my fuel line. All of this for over $700. When I contacted Ford motors because this happened due to a manufacturing defect, they told me that they can't help me because there aren't any recalls. I can't say I'm surprised by that since they haven't taken responsibility for this defect with others and don't sound like they ever will. I'm not paying Ford to fix it because this isn't normal wear and tear and it's not caused by anything that I have done. I'm going to take my chances with the vehicle while I try to pursue this another way. I no longer feel safe in my van and will not be transporting my children in it until something is done about this issue.

- Sidney, IL, USA

problem #135

Jan 012015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The vehicle, without warning, shut down while in mid-drive (50+ mph). We were fortunate to be able to safely coast out of harms way. It started back up but continued to do this many more times until we finally got the van home. The Ford dealership confirmed it was a bad transmission. More specifically, the torque converter. This issue has been well documented and a recall has been issued for the 04 and 05 models. Unfortunately not for the 2006.

- Manahawkin , NJ, USA

problem #134

Mar 012011


  • 114,000 miles
Sudden loss of power to wheels @ 114,000 miles; Ford dealer: "you need to purchase a rebuilt transmission" this is the torque converter as known to NHTSA; demanded Ford refund, refused. Second Ford remanufactured transmission warranty not being honored with failure @ 93,000. Ford dealer: "replaced fuse, torque converter shudder; your van has over 200,000 miles on it!!" significant transmission vibration with steering shudder, re-diagnosed January 10, 2014; continuation of 93,000 failure and claimed repair. PCM failed at aprox. 85,000 miles; power steering leaks year after purchase @ 53,000 original miles. Ford dealer refuses repair/refund. All documents in possession.

- Flovilla, GA, USA

problem #133

Dec 312014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, there was a sudden loss of acceleration and the vehicle failed to move forward without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's resident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #132

Dec 092014


  • 169,046 miles
Going down a small hill and was picking up speed, let off the gas pedal to slow down. Starting up the next hill and when the gas pedal was pushed I ended up going backward and there were 4 vehicles right behind me. They all were stopping and each turned in a different direction not to hit the other person in front of them. It could have been worse if I had taken the interstate. This happened at about 6 a.M. so there was not a lot of traffic like there is at 7 a.M. in the morning. But if I had not forgotten my billfold, this would happened at a very high traffic time of day when I would have been going home.

- Vinton, IA, USA

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