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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Freestar transmission problems

transmission problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Ford Freestar:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 19 of 19)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #16

Jun 072008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 38,800 miles


Driving down the street with my family in the vehicle, the transmission just stopped working, no warning signs whatsoever, just lost lost power in the middle of the street. The street had a slight incline to it, so we were able to coast to the side of the road and then parked it up on the sidewalk, to get the vehicle out of the middle of the two lane street we were driving on. The repairs have not been made as of yet, we are being told the transmission is defective.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #15

May 242008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 65,800 miles
I driving home form work, when all of a sudden the rpms when up and the car seemed to have slipped into neutral. I tried to accelerate but the engine just revved. I coasted into a gas station. Now I have thousands of dollars of repairs that I cannot afford. I have been researching this and apparently this is not an isolated incident with this make and model.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #14

May 182007


  • 72,000 miles
Without warning the transmission failed. I was im the middle of the street when this happened, lucky it wasn't a busy street.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #13

May 222008


  • 57,000 miles


Automatic transmission failed and needed a new pump shaft, torque converter and an overhaul of the manual control valve.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #12

Apr 232005

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestar that needs a transmission. I was driving to work today and out of no where my van stopped driving. The engine was on but the van wouldn't move. I was just about to get onto interstate 95 (about 100 feet from on ramp) I could have been killed my children could have been killed. My car wouldn't move at all!!! I was scared to death. I have read many complaints today about the transmission problem with Ford Freestars. I can't believe that there has been no recall. I will cost me $3,000 dollars to have this fixed. I have 4 children, where do I get this money from" I have my van at a garage that we go to for regular maintenance. They are telling me there is no warranty on this van. How does this van just up and die when it is 3 years old with 55,000 mile on it and Ford is not responsible for anything"

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #11

Aug 162006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving 5 mph and at 2,000 RPM's, the vehicle began to stutter. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer several times for transmission service. The transmission continues to fail. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 61,000 and failure mileage was 31,000.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #10

Apr 082008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


My transmission on my 04 Ford Freestar quit with no warning and no signs of distress. It will cost me $3,500 to get it repaired.

- Clearwater, KS, USA

problem #9

Mar 152008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,552 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestar. My engine failed in jan08 at about 47,000 miles. I had the engine replaced($5100). Within a day after I picked it up after the engine repairs I noticed jerking while driving. At first I thought I was slipping on ice, but then I felt the jerk when I was on dry road. I took the car back to worthington Ford. They said that they could not find anything wrong with the car. I took it home and the problem got worse...fast. I went again to worthington's and finally after a joint test ride the problem was acknowledged and said to be the transmission. I was told the this is a new problem that had nothing to do with their work on the engine. The car at the time of turn in would jerk severely and/or somes completely stop or not take off when gas petal pressed. The car would even jerk at a stop sign while at a complete halt. The fluid levels were checked when the engine was replaced and were good. The fluid level was checked when I brought the car in to complain about the jerking. Fluid was clean and full. Transmission failed................why?

- Fort Richardson, AK, USA

problem #8

Mar 232008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,455 miles
My Ford Freestar 05 transmission went at 75K, no warning, no light on, cost me $2700 to repair, fuel system failure at 70K, when I tried to pump gas it was like it was full all the time, fumes could not get out the tank, fuel spilled, it custom about $400 to change solenoid.

- Regopark, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 102008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestar just dies. First incident happened February 28, 2008. Was stopped at a stop sign and made it about halfway through intersection when everything shut off. Coasted to the other side and pulled to the right. Restarted the van and made it another 50 feet before it died again. Tried a third time and it would not go into any gear. Luckily was in a residential neighborhood. Called tow truck and local Ford dealership (mckie Ford, rapid city, sd). Service technician said the transmission needed to be replaced, parts would be in sometime on Monday (3/3/2008). They completed the repair on Tuesday afternoon. Today (3/10/2008), the same exact issue occurred. Called tow and local Ford dealer. Waiting to hear what Ford has to say this time. Doing some research on the web, there are hundreds of people with Freestars that have had to same issue. Each has a similar story of having to replace the transmission (usually at their cost). Many of whom are looking at having a class action lawsuit created against Ford for a known defect that has gone unresolved (to the point where they outright lie about knowing the parts are faulty). I know I'm not the first to complain here, and I know I will not be the last.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #6

Mar 032008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles


I was accelerating after being stopped at a stoplight. Suddenly my van begin to rev up over 500 rpms and had lost all power. Thankfully I was not in traffic and was able to pull over easily. The transmission was completely dead- it would not kick into any gears and I had to have it towed to the local Ford dealership for repair. The vehicle has only 42, 500 miles on it.

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #5

Feb 092008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestar's transmission failed on 09 Feb 2008. I was driving 55mph down the highway when my rpms spiked with no load on the engine. The automatic transmission went into a neutral state and I steered the van and coasted off the road, there were no signs that the transmission was having any problems. I had to be towed to the closest dealership, 50 miles away. The van has 66K miles. If this incident had of happened on the interstate, bridge or in some other busy location, I'm sure this would have caused some injuries.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 272007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,242 miles
Our 2005 Ford Freestar has only 46,000 miles on it. December 23, 2007, two days before christmas, the transmission/transaxle indicator light come on as the transmission downshifted suddenly at 55mph. We took to the threlkeld Ford dealership and they said the shifting solenoids had to be replaced for $1,012.

- Vidalia, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 92,127 miles
My car showed no signs of anything wrong..not even a light on the dashboard came on. I was doing about 40mph and it was as if someone threw me into neutral and the car wouldn't move in either direction at all.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,369 miles
On Dec 15,2007 my pregnant wife and 3 children were going shopping. As they were driving up a incline the vehicle just started racing as in neutral. My wife pulled the vehicle over as best she could due to a low shoulder, still in the road. She removed the kids and brought them up an embankment so if the vehicle was hit they would be safe. A friend towed us to a level spot and I checked the linkage and fluid levels. There appears to be no problem with either and there was no sign that this was going to happen. The transmission just quit and upon researching I found out that this isn't an isolated problem and that I'm not alone. If this happened at a busier time I think it could have been fatal because of the larger increased traffic. Please help as this is are primary vehicle and my wife is due in March.

- New Canton, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Transmission broke @ 50,000 miles without warning. I just bought this van 8 months ago, and now im making payments on a van I cannot drive.

- Akron, OH, USA

Not what you are looking for?