really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,695 miles

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2005 Ford Freestar transmission problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 12 of 19)

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problem #156

Feb 252010


  • 67,052 miles


I own a 2005 Ford Freestar, while driving on the on a busy road I pressed the gas pedal but the engine just revved. It would not accelerate or reverse.this was an abrupt loss of power with no prior problems. As a consequence of this destabilizing event the small children I had in the car were in danger. Fortunately, I was able to coast down due to an incline in the road. A tow truck company was called and taken to a dealership service mechanic. I am going to have to pay around $3000 for new transmission.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #155

Feb 192010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Freestar. On 19 February 2010, my wife was driving our Freestar when it had a sudden loss of power. She was able to steer it safely off the road. My mechanic confirmed that it was the torque converter splines that were stripped which also caused the pump to fail.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #154

Feb 192010


  • 57,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving 65 mph, the engine started to surge and the rpms were rapidly increasing but the vehicle was slowing down. The contact was able to drive onto the emergency lane before the vehicle came to a complete stop. The dealer advised the contact on the day the complaint was filed that the repair cost was $1,800. The current failure mileage was 57,200.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #153

Feb 162010


  • 81,750 miles


While completing a right hand turn there was a catastrophic loss of all motive power. I was able to safely coast into the wide centre median, avoiding any collisions with other vehicles. No gear functioned including reverse. There had been no prior indication of any impending issue with the transmission. A complete safety was completed only six weeks earlier. The van was towed to a Ford dealership and a complete transmission rebuild was required, inclusive of torque converter, shaft, bearing, screen assembly. The dealership indicated that this type of rebuild had been common on the 2005 Ford Freestar. The dealership used aftermarket parts that were hardened and chose not to source the parts from Ford.

- Mississauga, Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #152

Feb 192010


  • 89,000 miles
We were merging onto the interstate in heavy work traffic when all transmission power was lost. No prior problems. We were almost hit several times trying to coast to the side of the road. We have not had the van looked at as this just happened to 2-19-2010.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #151

Feb 182010


  • 58,000 miles
While driving to work today, my wife had just turned onto a highway, traveled about 1/4 mile and the van lost all motive power to the wheels. The engine was running, but no acceleration. She was able to safely navigate to the shoulder of the highway. We had the van towed to our local mechanic who said the transmission is damaged and needs to be rebuilt. The van is only 4 1/2 years old with 58K miles.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #150

Oct 122009

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


In October 2009 I was driving 2005 Ford Freestar van on highway 16 in Georgia at 70 miles per hour when suddenly no acceleration. My van started to immediately slow down. I was able to coast to the side of the road. The car would not move. We were towed 200 miles home and paid $3000 for a Ford rebuilt transmission. Now the car is jerking all over the road the RPM do not go above 2 and the needle bounces all over. The Ford dealership is saying it is not a transmission problem. Yet that is exactly how it acted right before it died the last time. Now they are saying it is a torque converter or a half shaft and of course additional expense. We were very lucky that we were not killed. There were semi's passing us and we were barely off the side of the road. We called Ford and they will not help and denied there being any problems with the transmission. The place that fixed the transmission said the transmission was burnt like it was on fire.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #149

Nov 202009


  • 58,344 miles
2005 Ford Freestar would not go forward or backward after starting engine.

- Peculiar, MO, USA

problem #148

Feb 062010


  • 83,396 miles
Driving on the highway and all of a sudden lost power to the transmission. There were no problems leading up to this loss. The vehicle coasted to a stop and now will not move in forward or reverse gears. I had to have the vehicle towed and now cannot move it.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #147

Jan 232009


  • 100,000 miles
My 2005freestar is a vey unsafe vehicle to beon the market.in the midde of driving the vehicle will just turn off, leaving you with absolutely no power, at all.no steering, no warning of any kind.this issue needs to be recalled.unsafe vehicle being put on market.this was bought as a family vehicle, I would never again put my family in this risky, unsafe piece of crap.worst family vehicle on the market.Ford needs to step up to the plate, and recall this.take care of the broke consumers in America who are the one's at a loss, not Ford.again, this matter needs to be addressed, and recalled, and fixed by Ford.

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #146

Feb 022010


  • 65,000 miles


While driving 30 mph my 2005 Ford Freestar van felt like it had slid into neutral. In fact the car was still in drive but would not go forward or reverse. It felt like it would not go into any gear. There was no previous "slipping, or lurching". I had to pay to have it towed to a transmission shop and have just been told that I will need another transmission and the torque converter was stripped. The van only has 65,000 miles on it. The mechanic is trying to find a rebuilt transmission with low miles, but low miles is what mine had.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #145

May 082009


  • 160,000 miles
I was driving about 60mph and slowed down to make a left hand turn. Upon completing my left hand turn I started to try to accelerate but the van didn't go any were. I immediately pulled off the side of the road and realized that I had no transmission. I tried all the gears and could not go any were. I had the van towed to my house only to call a dealer and find out that my transmission was going to have to be replaced. I asked how much and found out that the tranny was more then my van was worth. The van sat in my yard for 9 months before I could save enough to replace the tranny. I had no signs or symptoms that the transmission was going out at all. I am glad my family was not in the van with me. This seems to be a routine problem for Ford. I have seen more Ford tech. Bulletins for this model van then any other car of theirs. How is this van considered a family vehicle if it can leave you stranded on the side of the road? looks and sounds like deceptive advertising on Ford part.

- Pitts, GA, USA

problem #144

Jan 052010


  • 55,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestar 55K miles on odometer: Water/moisture in powertrain control module causes transmission to quit, vehicle to stall, transmission to lurch dangerously and unexpectedly. Our van has been in the shop 3 times. Since it was bought used from the dealer, it is not under manufacturer warranty. We have paid thousands of dollars in repair costs and, after each repair and after a fix detailed by a technical service bulletin by our mechanic to try and avoid water getting into vital transmission components, our vehicle has had to be returned for additional service. The last time, my wife was driving 60mph on a highway with our two children in the car when the van's electrical system suddenly quit and she nearly got clipped by a truck as she tried to pull over to the side of the road.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #143

Jan 252010


  • 86,000 miles
Transmission failed without any warning signs, vehicle would not move in forward or reverse. This happened in the middle of the road with my wife and five kids on board.

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #142

Jan 242010


  • 113,000 miles
My husband and I were on I95 aprox. 17 miles from savannah ga. Suddenly the engine began revving and I could no longer get any power. Being all the way in the left lane I had to pass over 2 lanes of traffic to get safely onto the side of the road. After over an hour we were picked up by a towing company. The transmission now has to be replaced.

- Manns Harbor, NC, USA

problem #141

Jan 212010


  • 93,000 miles
While driving on state highway in left lane doing 55 miles per hour, lost all ability to accelerate. The vehicle could not be moved out of the left lane and off the highway putting myself and my son in danger. The vehicle had to be pushed off the highway and towed.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #140

Jan 232010


  • 61,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestar torque converter failure. Failed with no warning while driving at highway speeds. Failed on major highway with limited shoulder, had to have police show up due to lane blockage.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #139

Dec 272009


  • 64,000 miles
When I started the car on Dec. 27,2009, I heard a high pitched whirring sound. When I put the car in reverse, there was no power, the car wouldn't move backwards or frontwards when I put it in drive.

- Holland Patent, NY, USA

problem #138

Jan 152010


  • 108,000 miles
Driving at 70 mph on I-70, slowed down to go through automatic toll both on the turnpike. When I pushed the accelerator to resume speed, the transmission was disengaged. I was able to pull off of the side of the road in time to avoid being rear ended by the cars behind me in the toll booth line. The car is now at the dealer being fixed. They suspect broken output shaft, estimated $1800 to fix.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #137

Jan 092010


  • 93,000 miles
While driving at 55 mph, our 2005 Ford Freestar minivan just stopped. Thankfully there was light traffic, but with no warning, the van just stopped. We took the van to a transmission shop. "yeppers", the guy said, "something broke" he gave us a price on a used transmission with labor and the price for rebuilding ours. Very scary incident.

- Marshall, NC, USA

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