really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,320 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #12

Jan 182012


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact was attempting a left turn at 15 mph when a grinding noise emitted from the transmission. The vehicle lunged forward and the vehicle failed to continue accelerating. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V006000 (power train:automatic transmission:torque converter). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 57,000.

- Champlain, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 232011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 54,624 miles
On Nov. 18, 2011 while on a trip of approximately 600 miles round trip this 2006 Ford Freestar shuddered a few times which was presumed to be rough road. On Nov. 23 the van did not go into reverse. After a few tries it did slip into reverse. The following day Nov. 24 the same thing happened. The van was in another town about 60 miles away, my daughter had borrowed it, so on Dec.06, 2011 she took it to a Ford dealership for diagnosis. The dealership gave me a paper stating the oss was bad. I picked up the van (after the Ford dealership told me it could be driven home), and on the way home it started to jerk when changing gears while going up or down hills. The lights inside and out went out also. I took the van to a transmission shop and after they checked it over it was determined the transmission was bad. There was nothing wrong with the oss sensor. A washer had broken inside the transmission, the fluid was full of metal, bushings were worn, and gears needed replacing. I trust this transmission place totally and since I had experienced the reverse and gear jerk problems myself I felt this was the correct diagnosis. I had the transmission repaired. Now, this may be reasonable for some 2006 vehicles which may had been driven hard, however.. this van had 56683 miles when taken to the dealership. This vehicle is used mostly for transportation for a disabled person. Which makes it twice as frightening about the transmission. I keep thinking about the possibilities of breaking down miles away from home. When is it acceptable for a bought new, gently treated vehicle with 56683 miles on it have a bad transmission? even though it is 5 years old the mileage is not great. I cannot think what might have been if it had gone totally while on the road transporting a disabled person.

- Irvine, KY, USA

problem #10

Nov 242011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 92,416 miles
The engine revved up real high and then there was no drive train. The transmission would not move in any gear. The motor was fine. Just no drive.

- Newark, AR, USA

problem #9

Aug 012008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 55,316 miles


I was driving and came to a stop light the car didn't stop it kept lunging forward I made it home and had it towed it to the dealership they called the next day to say it had water in the transmission fluid and the trans. Asked me if I had driven it into a lake" I did not they then said later that they had found a tsb saying that rain water goes down through the wind shield into a cowl to the transmission vent and gets into the fluid? Ford and my warranty company will not pay for the repairs as they say it is not a mechanical problem but due to water ? I know Ford knows that they manufactured the part or parts that lets water get into the transmission but they want at least $3,250 or more for the repairs to the transmission and for the original problem that caused this to happen. Ford is still waiting for a torque convertor for the transmission to get fixed " I have been without a car for over 3 months I am a foster parent and I need a car and I do not feel I should have to pay for Ford's manufacturing mistakes please help thanks.

- West Yarmouth, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 122011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 17,300 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar and it periodically decides to slam on the brakes on the freeway without my foot touching the brake pedal. The traction control light flashes and will not go faster than 25 mph. Turned off traction control button and ran fine. Turned traction control back on and the van slammed on the breaks again. Had to pull over turn off motor and restart engine to make the van stop. This has happened on six occasions over a period of 4 years. Rapid deceleration from cruising speed (65 mph) to 25mph with absolutely no operator control on the freeway and with children in the rear seat. This is a serious safety issue and must be investigated by the ntsb and remedied by Ford. It's only a matter of time before there are deaths associated with this defect. This car has been in the dealer's shop for a fix on three occasions and the problem persists.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 092011


  • 41,163 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated the vehicle failed to accelerate when driving uphill. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 41,163.

- Coal Center, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 172011


  • 68,577 miles


Van was on cruise control. Engine reved up and van slowed to a stop. Even on manual control (not on cruise control) the engine would speed up, but the van would not move. Lucky that there was S shoulder to stop on. Sale Ford service department diagnosed the problem as a transmission department. Many, many people have reported this same problem to Ford Motor Company.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 202011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that water penetrated the hood, causing the transmission and the electrical system to fail. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that water damaged the transmission, instrumental cluster, and smart module. The dealer replaced the transmission. The instrumental cluster and smart module were not replaced. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was replaced 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Paulina, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 272010


  • 42,604 miles
I was trying to get into a freeway from a ramp, but the vehicle will not speed up; the transmission just hesitated, instead, a wrench light came up on the instrument panel. I took it to a dealer and I was told that the transmission valve body and torque converter needed to be replaced (on a vehicle with just 42,604 miles)! it cost me $2,003.76. I read online that several owners were having similar transmission problems. I wrote to Ford Motor Company customer relationship manager, but they failed to reimburse me for this apparent defect or even acknowledge the apparently widespread problem with their vehicle!

- Upper Arlington, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 162009


  • 50,000 miles
Transmission failure on my 2006 Ford Freestar with only 50,000 miles.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 272010


  • 47,000 miles
My newly purchased used 06 Ford Freestar is misfiring. Is still under powertrain warranty. How do I get Ford to accept this as the problem and repair/replace the problem?

- Newmarket, Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #1

May 132009


  • 44,020 miles
With less than 50,000 miles on the 2006 Ford Freestar mini van both of the front hub assemblies had to be replaced. The service representative at the dealership stated that this has been a problem with all Freestars but only some of the 2004 models were governed by recall. This is the second Freestar that I have had this problem with.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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