really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,186 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar transmission problems

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Feb 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2006 Ford Freestar. Consumer writes in regards to transmission malfunction. The consumer stated the vehicle slowed to a stop, in the middle of the interstate.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #37

Mar 192012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving with the family, going 50 mph and the car cuts out completely dead with no warning. Had to coast into the median. Put car in park and restarted. Exactly one week later, car died while accelerating from a stop sign. Car would not go into any gear. Same issues with 04 and 05 Ford that are being recalled. 06 needs to be recalled too. Now I have to spend 3K on a new transmission because of a Ford documented issue.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #36

Aug 172011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 69,775 miles
As I was driving my 2006 Ford Freestar on a busy highway, the vehicle acted as if it went into neutral and I had to coast to the side of the road. The vehicle would not go into forward or reverse gear at all - it was simply stuck on the side of the road.this van has only 69,000 miles on it and should not have such an issue at this point! I have had it towed to a mechanic who informs me that the torque converter and possibly more will need to be replaced leaving me out of pocket over $3,000. I have researched this problem and as I entered "2006 Ford Freestar" into google search it seems that this is an ongoing problem that is happening with thousands of other vehicles of the same year/make. Why is this not a recall from Ford" this is a very dangerous problem! I was traveling at a speed of 72mph in heavy traffic when this occurred and could have been killed! when will these people have to start doing something about the faulty vehicles being made and sold to the public???" I do not have the time or money to replace a transmission at 69,000 miles on a vehicle that obviously has a defect from the factory!

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #35

May 172011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I was driving into a parking lot, slowed my speed, when I put my foot back on the gas, nothing happened. The engine would rev but there was no movement at all. I tried all gears and none worked. This has not happened with this van before. The car is being repaired now. The mechanic believes it will be one part of the transmission that needs repair and not a whole transmission rebuild.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #34

May 072011


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that the transmission failed without warning and the vehicle would not accelerate or reverse. The vehicle was not inspected for the failure. The contact inspected the vehicle and they think the pump on the transmission has failed. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 102,000.

- Perryville, MO, USA

problem #33

Jan 072010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
January 2010 10:30pm while driving with my family (husband, 2 kids-7/9 yrs old) at 40mph up a steep hill, the transmission dropped out of drive and wouldn't shift. All there was parkl. Since I was on a hill I was able to back the car into someone's driveway and wait for a tow truck. Towed it to the local Ford dealer and was told I needed a new transmission, that the current one was unfixable. I spent $3500 on a new transmission.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #32

Mar 152011


  • 60,600 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle shifted to neutral without any warning, causing the vehicle to suddenly come to a stop and the contact was unable to accelerate or change gears. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the mechanic diagnosed the failure as the torque converter and also advised that the transmission would need replacing. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance stating that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,600.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

problem #31

Mar 032011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I had just gotten of the interstate when my 2006 Ford Freestar would not drive. I coasted in a parking lot. This is a very busy street. The would not drive without any warning or any lights on the dash. The check engine light is still not on. I called a mechanic and he said that they just fix a van like mine and it was the torque converter and it will cost $975 to fix if this is the problem. This is the second Ford mini van I have had the first one I had it for 3 days and it caught fire 3am this was a Ford Windstar. I had no compensation for it I even had to come up with an additional down payment because the insurance company only covered the value of the car not what I bought it for. Ford will never get my business.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #30

Feb 252011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 120,023 miles
2006 Ford Freestar, transmission gone without warn or noise. Just quiet stop working during driving. Unreasonable! the weather was snowstorm. I am not happy after have been with Ford for 30 years. Ford should take responsible the problem. Please help us or I will not buy another Ford. Thanks.

- Chelsea, ME, USA

problem #29

Feb 212011


  • 94,000 miles
We had our 2006 Ford Freestar transmission replaced back in late 2009 due to water getting into the transmission. On Feb 21, we brought it back in to find that our transmission has yet again got water in it!!! we are lucky that this falls under the power train warranty, but what is going to happen next year when we are bound to encounter this problem again. Ford tells us that we will have to pay for it ourselves. This is bs seeing as this is a recurring problem that they have yet corrected. If you initiate a complaint about a vehicle during your warranty timeline and they cannot remedy the problem, even after the warranty is up, then it should be on Ford to correct it. Tell me, when do these motor companies have to take ownership for their short comings? when my ipod kept having issues, I did not have to keep paying to get the issue fixed, I received a brand new ipod!!! motor companies should have stricter rules to follow seeing as we are putting lives at stake.

- Ajax, 00, USA

problem #28

Aug 182010


  • 61,000 miles


The vehicle quit moving in the middle of an intersection while trying to turn left. Had the vehicle towed to a dealership and the transmission had to be rebuilt. This was not covered under warranty and occurred at 61,000 miles. Why is this problem not being addressed by Ford.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #27

Dec 102010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Transmission failure in our 2006 Ford Freestar minivan.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #26

Jan 022011


  • 130,000 miles
Was driving at highway speed of 70mph when vehicle (2006 Ford Freestar) lost power. Pulled off highway and was able to park vehicle. However when restarting, transmission would not engage. The vehicle does not have any gears. There was not any warning nor any prior issues before this. After restarting vehicle, the check engine light came on the dash.

- Keavy, KY, USA

problem #25

Oct 012010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and lost power when the check engine light illuminated. The dealer was not notified. The contact did not inform the manufacturer. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced by a local mechanic. The current mileage was approximately 90,800. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #24

Nov 182010


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the transmission would slip out of gear. The failure caused the vehicle to stop accelerating in traffic. The contact had to drive onto the side of the road and have the vehicle towed. The contact had not called the manufacturer nor taken the vehicle to a dealer. The contact noticed numerous complaints regarding the a faulty transmission for his year, make, and model. He stated that the transmission malfunction almost caused a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Elkhart Lake, WI, USA

problem #23

Nov 172010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. She accelerated from a stop sign to a speed of approximately 20 mph. Once she reached 20 mph the vehicle would no longer accelerate. She coasted to a stop and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where she was informed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure, current mileages and VIN were unavailable.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 092010


  • 69,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar and today it decided to slam on the brakes on the freeway without my foot touching the brake pedal. The traction control light began flashing and would 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. Google this problem and you will find it all over the internet a long with major transmission failures.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #21

Nov 012010

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 54,500 miles
54,500 miles on a 2006 Ford Freestar. Will not go forward or reverse.... dealer found the splines are gone on the pump in the torque converter. After research finding that I am not the only person with this problem... thankfully vehicle failed on the highway instead of a busy street in our town.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #20

Sep 132010


  • 102,988 miles
I am a Ford Freestar owner, two weeks ago I was driving, and the van just quit moving, with no forward or reverse motion, I am currently still making payments, on a vehicle I cant drive, and am on unemployment..with 2 children I need this van safe and running again.

- Bushnell, FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 122010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Ford 2006 Freestar automatic transmission this van has had to have the transmission replaced 3 times. When it goes out it's just like you put the van in neutral. Safety concern here is you go to take off and it goes out someone might rear end you. You have no warning when this is going out. If you search on the internet for Ford Freestar transmission problem many come up. How come the government hasn't made Ford recall this defect.

- Mt Tremper, NY, USA

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