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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,651 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #110

Jan 252014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 94,750 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Hello - I am wondering if the 2006 & 2007 Ford Freestar vehicles have been recognized for the serious safety hazard they present, and for recall as their 2004 & 2005 predecessors have? "2004-'05 Ford Freestar, Mercury monterey recalled for loss of power without warning Ford is recalling 205,896 2004-'05 Ford Freestars and Mercury montereys because the torque converter output shaft may fail, resulting in sudden loss of power with no warning, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford will replace the torque converter on the affected vehicles. The recall is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012. Ford is recalling 205,896 2004-'05 Ford Freestars and Mercury montereys "the torque converter output shaft may fail, " said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "this condition results in a sudden loss of motive power with no warning, increasing the risk of a crash." Ford told the federal safety Agency that the supplier of the torque converter manufactured converters containing a pump shaft spline that did not consistently meet the specified heat treat requirements. As a result, some of the torque converters may experience worn pump shaft splines. NHTSA opened a probe into the issue in 2009. Ford dealers will replace the torque converter. If you own a 2004-'05 Ford Freestar or Mercury monterey, be aware that a recall is in the works." My 2006 Ford Freestar experienced this very same loss of power due to a torque converter failure on the highway, placing myself and my entire family in grave danger as I was forced to extricate the vehicle from the highway in heavy traffic with a complete & sudden loss of motive power. The 2006 & 2007 Ford Freestar & Mercury monterey vehicles clearly suffer form this same torque converter spline failure and should be recalled by Ford.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #109

Nov 262013

Freestar

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that upon inspection, the output shaft torque converter was found to be destroyed. The contact also mentioned that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle exhibited a loss of power when the contact was attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the torque converter would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #108

Jun 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The vehicle would do 35 or 40 mph and would not shift gear. Took vehicle to two automotive repair shops to find out the issue. Had the torque converter replaced along with transmission gaskets and seals. The 3rd gear shift solenoid was also replaced and vehicle still does the same thing. Took it to the Ford dealership and they told me that they know there's a problem and what it is (without even looking at the vehicle), but my vehicle does not fall under the recall notice. I am asking that the recall be extended to include the 2006 model Ford Freestar and not limited to the 2004-2005 model year as Ford has not corrected the manufacturer issue in regard to the power train performance.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #107

Nov 012012

Freestar

  • 136,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly as the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate and would stall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #106

Oct 312013

Freestar

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while stopped, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was personally inspected by the contact who noticed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #105

Oct 232013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 110,626 miles
Torque converter failed without previous signs of problems--was advised that same part on 2004 and 2005 may have been recalled--looking at websites 2006 model seems to be a problem for a lot of people.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #104

Oct 242013

Freestar

  • 69,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally while sitting idle at a traffic stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,350.

- Live Oak, TX, USA

problem #103

Sep 302013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
I was notified of a safety recall on my mini van, called the local dealer was told that I would get a call back as they did not have the part to fix it yet. Never got the call back, finally got to take it in and after the dealer having it for 4 days I get a call and am informed of "internal failure of transmission", was told the cost to repair the transmission. I did some checking and Ford has known about this issue since 2005, my van is a 2005. There have been complaints about getting the torque convertor replaced and shortly thereafter the consumer is informed of the "internal failure of transmission". seems to me that this falls under the "cause and effect" syndrome, ie the torque convertor fingers break loose (tiny fragments) and follow the fluid down into the tranny and presto your tranny goes out. Ford should cover this repair, I have the extended coverage but it is gonna be close on the expiration of coverage. I think someone should gather all of the injured consumers and sue Ford. I called Ford at 1-800-565-3673 and made a consumer complaint.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #102

Sep 292013

Freestar

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Lorraine, OH, USA

problem #101

Jun 182013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I reported to the dealer I bought the vehicle from the 2nd week I owned it that there was a wrench light on and it was flashing.they told me to come to the store and they would look at it, they discovered a solenoid had blown and they replaced it.they told me it was fixed but if it were to come back on that I should get back to them.the light would come on and off randomly, sometimes weekly, other times bi weekly and I called them each and every time.they sent me to a garage in biddeford that only replaced a spark plug and they called it good.I have been driving the van this way since June and despite the fact that the problem was brought to their attention, it now remains unresolved.I went to drive it 2 days ago, wrench light was on when I left, on the way home, the wrench light and engine light were on and it wouldn't shift.I couldn't go above 40 and prayed to make it home.I have no money for another car and would love to get a resolution to this soon.I am in a severe time crunch and can't afford not to have a car.

- Steep Falls, ME, USA

problem #100

Apr 142013

Freestar

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My children and I were returning from a trip to and were driving through Kentucky on the interstate. While we were going up a hill the car just started to rev as though it were stuck in neutral. I tried lower gears and finally we were able to move of the freeway and on to the side. Thankfully we were all okay. After leaving it in a different state from which we live and having the torque converter repaired, we were able to return and drive it home. Approximately 4 and a half months later, I am driving home from a night class on road that does not have great lighting and going up a hill the same thing happens. This time it is towed to a local shop and we are told that it will cost us $2400 to put in a new transmission. From what I can see here by other complaints and other web-sites, this is a common problem, that Ford knows about. I am really disappointed. Until this happened the first time, this was a great vehicle. I would not be so upset, if we had not just had this problem repaired such a short time ago and if it were not so over abundant in these and other vehicles.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #99

Sep 032013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving down interstate 295, in NJ mile mark 33 when the vehicle started smelling and smoking. I pulled over and the transmission fluid came out from the bottom of the car. I had it towed to the repair shop and they told me that the transmission was shot and needed replaced and it would cost me $3,500. From what I have been reading online they recalled the 2004 - 2005 transmission for the same problem. I also read that the same transmission is used from the 2004 - 2007 models, so why would it fail for the 2004 - 2005 but not for the 2006 - 2007. I just made my last payment on this vehicle in August of 2013 and the transmission went on Sept 2013. I am upset with this especially having a van full of children returning from a trip. It seems like this is a problem that should have been recalled a long time ago and not still allow for the problem to continue.

- Lumberton, NJ, USA

problem #98

Aug 302013

Freestar

  • 36,350 miles
My daughter and I were traveling home from columbus Ohio, we were traveling on sr 53. When our 2006 Ford Freestar engine started increasing RPM's. without any warning the transmission just acted like it was in neural. We were able to get off road but was almost hit by semi behind us. We were stranded on a country road at 3 am. I finally contacted a towing servive and $120 later we made it home. I contacted our local Ford dealer and they said yes, we no whats wrong what is your VIN number" I gave them my VIN number and was told that it wasn't on their list????" it the same problem they know they have but since it wasn't on their recall list it was my respondsability. Thsi van only has 36,000 miles, Ford knows they have a problemand won't own up to it financially. They are going to get someone killed if this problem isn't fixed. How can a company know they have a safety problem and not be liable for their pooly designed transmission.

- Fremont , OH, USA

problem #97

Aug 272013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 78,010 miles
Driving down road at 40 mph. Vehicle suddenly lost all drive power. No forward, or reverse available when transmission shifted between all gear positions. Engine would rev normally and engine running fine. Transmission when out. No drive power. This vehicle should have been included in the torque converter/transmission recall that was done on the 2005 and 2006 Freestar.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #96

Aug 102013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 79,000. Updated 9/4/13 the vehicle was reapired at a cost of $ 1,550.

- Capitol Heights , MD, USA

problem #95

Aug 032013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the RPM reading increased and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #94

Sep 302010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving on a highway in my Ford Freestar 2006 and the minivan seized, I lost control of the vehicle. The brakes were not working properly and I had drifted off onto the side of the highway were the grass and a few turns helped slow down my vehicle. I had to immediately jump out of the vehicle because there was smoke coming from the engine, but the vehicle would not stop. When the vehicle finally stopped, I jumped out and an ambulance assisted putting out the fire. The engine light went on about 2 minutes before this occurred, giving me no warning signs. I found out it was the transmission. It was replaced under warranty. In 2011, the same thing occurred, engine and car completely failed. When I took it in - it was the transmission again. I had to buy another transmission in less than a year. Ford was not willing to assist me or talk to me about it. I called several times complaining about safety and the possible accidents it could have caused. None the less, in 2012, the transmission went again. Thank goodness it was covered under warranty. Same thing, car completely seized while driving again. It was the transmission again!! three years of getting a transmission - something is wrong and noone is doing anything about it. My transmission light went off again - I am afraid to even drive it to the dealer. This is ridiculous - who is helping the consumer and protecting them against this? my kids are not allowed in the vehicle now in case the car seizes on the way to the dealer.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #93

Jun 222013

Freestar

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder where it was shut down and restarted, but to no avail. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #92

Jul 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 10,670 miles
The same as everyone else. The van does not shift from first to second gear. If it does shift, it is a very hard shift. Some times need to back off on gas so it shifts. Once in second gear, van runs good. Reverse is sporadic as well. Some times it wants to. Sometimes not so much. Changed transmission filter. Did not correct the situation. Did some research to see if anyone else has had issues like I am having to find out that there are many people with the same issue. I have noticed that there was a recall for the same make and model but previous 2 years. Not sure why this year has not had a recall to fix the torque converter, but I am hoping that there will be a recall soon.... it is obvious that there is an issue that needs to be resolved....

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #91

Jul 122013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 56,025 miles
While driving, coming to a stop sign, I stopped, when commencing to go through the stop sign, vehicle would not move forward. I tried putting vehicle in reverse, I moved approx 2 feet and could not move anymore in any gear. I received help to push into a parking space away from traffic until I was able to have vehicle towed to repair shop. After researching, I found that a recall exists on the faulty torque converters which could affect the transmission also on the 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and it is the same exact faulty part as on my vehicle. Frustratingly my vehicle the 2006 Freestar was not included in Ford recall program, but it should be. Fortunately this did not occur on the highway in a more dangerous situation. I am currently on dialysis and my wife with parkinson's this is adding to our overall declining health with this additional stress. Now I found out we may have to spend an additional $3000 to fix our vehicle. I have been a loyal Ford customer for 45 years.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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