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 6 of 19)

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problem #276

Nov 262010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


Our 2005 Ford Freestar loses power and engine stalls, this has happened 4 times within 6-9 month period and we have taken it to a Ford dealership each time. Each time a different code comes up, we have the work done and ultimately it happens again. This happens and no power to get off the road, expressway etc. A very dangerous situation with 2 children in the back.

- Newport, MI, USA

problem #275

Nov 162010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 47,947 miles
I was driving on hwy 36, approximately 50mph, when my Ford Freestar's engine failed, resulting in loss of all control. I was able to restart the vehicle, but the transmission would not engage.

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #274

Nov 282010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving at highway speed, it felt like the transmission went into neutral. The engine will rev and is able to be shifted into another gear, but doesn't move. There was no warning - no light or bell, no noises, no smells. We were forced to pull off the road and coast to a safe place with our 2 children in the car. There are approximately 80,000 miles on the vehicle. We have yet to repair the vehicle as it just occurred.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #273

Nov 242010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While the contact was driving approximately 65 mph, the transmission suddenly failed to operate and would not accelerate. There were no prior warnings. The vehicle was towed to the residence. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The contact was in the process of notifying the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Pineyville , LA, USA

problem #272

Nov 232010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle lost power. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were approximately 64,000.

- San Fransico, CA, USA

problem #271

Nov 242010


  • 85,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestar lost power to the wheels without warning. The transmission failed while driving with my 3 children in the car. The vehicle only has 85,000 miles on it. There were no noises, lights, or other indication of a problem prior to failure.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #270

Nov 092010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while at an intersection the vehicle would not accelerate and move forward. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that the torque converter needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The vehicle was being repaired by an authorized dealer. The current and failure mileages were approximately 87,000. Updated 2/23/11 updated 03/03/11

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #269

Nov 212010


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, power to the transmission suddenly stopped. The vehicle would no longer move forward. There were no warning lights prior to the failure. The vehicle was towed to her residence. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current and failure mileages were approximately 135,000.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #268

Mar 152010


  • 85,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestar. Transmision just stopped with no warning. Aprox 80,000 miles. Almost had a serious accident. Cost me 1800 dollars to fix.will never buy another Ford again. I don't know why they have not recalled them.I guess they only recall foreign made cars.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #267

Jun 112010


  • 54,111 miles
2005 Ford Freestar with 54,111 miles lost all power to the transmission. Had towed to Ford dealership and found that the torque converter had failed. Luckily I had an extended warranty that covered it, less my deductible.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #266

Oct 152010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 77,924 miles


Complete loss of drive power from transmission. Loss of power was in morning traffic with three kids onboard. Vehicle rolled to a stop barely out of traffic. No repair completed. Loss of power came from failed transmission with the likely cause being the torque converter.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #265

Oct 072010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Our 2009 Ford Freestar loss all power to the wheels. The car was towed to a repair shop where they discovered that the transmission was broken due to a torque converter failure. Cost to repair is $3200. This car had 91,000 miles on it.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #264

Nov 022010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 114,062 miles
This is my 2nd complaint on this vehicle. The 1st complaint was filed with the NHTSA on 4/17/10 (ODI# 10326164). This complaint also pertains to the transmission. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 as I was driving the "transaxel" warning light on the dash started to blink. I took the vehicle to the same shop that installed the new torque converter on 4/16/10. After the vehicle was examined I was told that there is a problem with 3rd gear in the transmission which will soon result in a transmission failure. The repairs will cost approx. $2000.

- Calabash, NC, USA

problem #263

Sep 302010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 110,800 miles
2005 Ford Freestar transmission. Sudden and complete loss of power due to transmission failure. Occurred at 60km/H on busy road. Repair of transmission was replacement of torque converter shaft splines. Warranty was 5 yr or 100,000 km. Vehicle was still under the 5 year time for warranty. Total mileage was 110,000. My personal mileage was under the 100,000 warranty but vehicle had 13,000 dealer driven kilometers on it. Ford declined coverage due to mileage. Transmission repair technician stated Ford Freestars have underpowered transmission and they fix them constantly.

- London, 00, USA

problem #262

Jul 152010


  • 50,000 miles
Van stalls at lights. Just cuts off. Mechanic said it has some thing to do with the PCM. Trans has been replaced. But still having problems with that. Rear brake calipers ceased up. This van is a road hazard. Never know what it is going to do or when it is going to fail.

- Henrico Co., VA, USA

problem #261

Oct 282010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestar. Pulling out into an intersection and vehicle lost all power. Transmission is gone. Have not gotten repair costs yet but I anticipate over $2000. I have seen that there are over 1000 complaints in the internet for the same issue. I could have been killed because I had no warning of this happening and there was on coming traffic approaching me.

- Hildebran, NC, USA

problem #260

May 052010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
In May 2010, van lost all power on the interstate. Wife and daughter were left stranded. Engine ran, but vehicle would not move. Torque converter replacement cost $1300. In Oct 2010 the van again lost all power, but fortunately in the driveway backing out of the garage. It is in the shop now. Who knows how much it will cost this time. I still owe $2000, so I have no choice but to make repairs. There is a class action lawsuit filed against Ford. I intent on seeing if I can be added.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #259

Oct 152010

(reported on)

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Ford Freestar. Consumer states problems with vehicle transmission the consumer stated the transmission failed as she was driving on the interstate last year.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #258

Oct 042010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving my daughter home from dance class, the vehicle completely lost power - the engine was still running but the car would not engage in any gear. I had to coast to the side of the road and call for a tow truck. The transmission has completely failed and needs to be replaced.

- Old Lyme, CT, USA

problem #257

Oct 142010


  • 99,000 miles
While driving on New York state thruway at 55 mph the transmission on my 2005 Ford freestart failed. The engine revved up and the car coasted to a stop. Luckily I was able to get off the roadway.

- Barker, NY, USA

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