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Transmission Noise Problems of Ford Freestyle - part 1



Ford Freestyle owners have reported 51 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

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Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Our 2006 Ford Freestyle (approx 110,000 miles) began making a loud knocking noise from under the hood. Our local mechanic isolated the noise to the transmission but feared the job would be too big for him to tackle. We had the vehicle towed to a highly-rated local shop specializing in transmission repairs. Their diagnosis was that the transmission would need to be replaced * they could find the parts, since this was a common problem with the Ford cvt transmissions and that Ford had stopped using this particular transmission. Their quote was approx. $5000, but since that's about what the book value is, we elected not to proceed with the work and had the car towed home. I've since done much research on-line and have found reports of hundreds of other owners who have the same issue, but nothing about a recall (or even a TSB)! in fact, there is a class action suit underway in California regarding this issue, but since I live in MA, I don't qualify for their class. How can this issue, which impacts hundreds if not thousands of owners, not be addressed by a total recall?.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Ford Freestyle 2
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle was making an abnormal noise while in neutral or park. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,631.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 3
Failure Date: 04/19/2014

Last weekend the transmission went out in our 2005 Ford Freestyle. The car had been driving fine with no indication that there was a problem. We were traveling at about 45 mph when we suddenly heard a loud clunking noise. Immediately after the clunking noise we heard the sound of metal clanging around under the car and hitting the road. . . The front wheels began skidding and it felt as if the back of the car lifted of the road. At this point I felt as if I had no control over the vehicle. We were fortunate that no one was driving behind us, as it is very likely we would have been rear ended. I pulled the car to the side of the road and the oil light came on. I immediately turned the car off, got out and looked underneath and saw oil running out of the car onto the road. We then noticed the trail of mangled metal in the road. At this point I knew we were in big trouble. We had the car towed to a local garage and were told that the transmission went out. Garage called on Monday only to tell us that a used transmission for this car is very hard to find and that they were unable to find one locally. . . And further explained that replacing with a new transmission would cost $6000-$7000, maybe more since this transmission had been completely destroyed and we couldn't turn it in for a core. Something in the transmission actually came apart causing the transmission to bind and literally tear itself apart. We bought this car used for $6,500 and have only owned it for 11 months. I am seeing that this is a pretty common problem with this car. Not only can I not afford this repair, there is no way I am going to spend that kind of money on a transmission that is likely to fail just as this one did. So I am without a car with 4 children trying to figure out how I'm going to afford another one. This is obviously a defect with this car and Ford should have done something to fix this.

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Failure Date: 02/14/2014

Bought this car used 2 years ago. Car started making a loud noise, but when put in drive, it quiets a little. Not running well at all. Took it to get it looked at, 1st replaced a bad water pump (almost 700) and then was told it's the transmission. They want $6k for, which I don't have. I still owe $6k on the car. So, I am basically stuck w a car that doesn't work and I can't sell or trade in, nor can I afford to at this point.

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Failure Date: 02/04/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle made a loud noise as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was not able to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

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Failure Date: 01/01/2014

2007 Ford Freestyle. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated the transmission was making a loud noise, and the vehicle stalled.


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Failure Date: 12/06/2013

I took my car to the local Ford dealership to diagnose a tapping noise in the engine and was told I needed a transmission. Used $2,000 to $3,000 and new $6,500. He told me that the car could go 50 miles or 50,000 miles before it completely stopped working but it could be dangerous if it happened if I were going at a high rate of speed. After searching the internet this appears to be a common problem that Ford has never been forced to issue a recall for and won't fix for me. What happens if my kids are in the car with me when the transmission goes? I can't afford to fix the problem, I can't afford a new car - so what do people like me do? this is not a new problem for Ford they could and should repair their defective design and equipment.

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Failure Date: 11/29/2013

Thursday, November 29,2013 I noticed a noise in my engine compartment. I took it to my mechanic he said it was the transmission and to call the dealer. We called the dealer they said to get a transmission it would be a remanufactured one using our old one for the core and would be about 48 hundred dollars however they can't get one. I now have a car I can't drive or sell.

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Failure Date: 08/08/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to several independent mechanics, all of which confirmed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 163,000.

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Failure Date: 07/22/2013

My car was making a strange noise in park, when put into drive the noise would stop. Sounded like a airplane while idling. When I asked to have it checked while having oil changed, was told it was transmission noise and due to cvt transmission and will not effect the performance of transmission until I feel it slipping gears. Have seen that Ford has had this problem with this vehicle and wonder why they haven't stood behind their product and repaired this issue. I am a widowed mom and don't have thousands of dollars lying around to have this fixed. Bought this vehicle for being able to help transport my sons boy scout troop to their events and afraid to do so with concern of braking down this scouts in my car. Wish they would fix this issue so customers would not put out pocket to fix, they know the problem exists fix it.


 
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Failure Date: 07/12/2013

When car is running there is noise coming from transmission, (has been varify by a Ford dealership) that it needs a transmission. It has been getting louder and our ext warranty has expired according to dealer. Cost of repairs is $6000 to $8000. This seems to be and issue with this vehicle, but Ford motor company said they havent heard of this,Ford also said we shouldn't drive it, but we have no choice. Car only has 64'000 miles.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2013

The vehicle makes a lound rumbling noise at low speed. Dealer (lindsay Ford of silver spring, MD) has had the car for 2 days and did not diagnose or repair. Tech says it's because of transmission going bad but they are not sure. They say they are unable to provide parts or service and car may break down anytime.

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Failure Date: 06/10/2013

My 2005 Ford Freestyle is making a helicopter noise Ford dealer said it will need a replacement for 7000 dollars wtf . I can see that this same thing is happening to thousands for Freestyle owners with no recall from Ford don't they stand by their products anymore . This is a defect Ford should replace the transmission on their dime not mine. Please help!!!.

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Failure Date: 06/07/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the transmission exhibited an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the transmission was failing and continued use would cause it to seize. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 05/14/2013

I had bought a Freestyle in 2012, the vehicle started make a noise from the transmission. Had it checked out to were I was told it needed to be flushed. After the service the trans was alright for about another month and started again while on the highway. . The trans then proceeded to make a terrible noise and and then started to sound like a helicopter and lost the drive gear. This transmission is not safe to be in a vehicle, also has been said by many employees that it is unsafe. I hope this can get looked into again and be taken care of!.

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Failure Date: 11/15/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, there was a clanking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,506.

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Failure Date: 10/11/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that a loud noise was emitted from the transmission and the vehicle erroneously accelerated after being placed in drive. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the cvt transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 79,102. The VIN was unknown.

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Failure Date: 07/19/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving 45 mph when she heard a nose coming from the tires. The noise was most prominent when accelerating. The failure progressed until the vehicle became unresponsive to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer advised the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 83,000.

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Failure Date: 07/11/2012

After enduring a summer filled with the typical surging issue, the transmission started making a light grinding sound in park and neutral. Come December 2012, I received a recall notice from Ford concerning the throttle body issue, and in January 2013 took it in for the recall service. About a week later, the cvt transmission's grinding noise had gotten worse, so I took it into the Ford dealer here in town and they said I needed a new transmission to the tune of over $6000. Needless to say, I do not have $6000 to put into a 6 year old car that I still owe $8000 on (bought it in 2010). I've had tires last longer than this transmission, which is currently at 62,000 miles. Unthinkable that Ford has produced such a flawed major component like a transmission, and not stood behind it, or supplies parts for it. I am livid, and after owning Fords for over 30 years I have no idea what I will get next. I feel like I've been taken advantage of, and this Freestyle is indeed a lemon. The car is unsafe to drive, and the cost to repair is not in line with the taurus x of 2008 which they introduced a transmission that actually worked.

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Failure Date: 05/17/2012

My car makes a funny high pitched noise while driving. Also in park to drive, it will lunge forward. I was told that it is a intake bearing that has come loose in my transmission. The noise gets louder as you continue to accelerate. It will only make the noise when it is in motion. I bought this vehicle used in 2010 with around 58,000 miles.

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Failure Date: 05/01/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,700.

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Failure Date: 03/07/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated while driving at any speed, the vehicle made a knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed. The failure was located in the transmission input shaft and bearing. The manufacturer stated that the failure was not related to a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

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Failure Date: 02/03/2012

I brought my car to the dealership today it was making a very loud transmission noise. I received a call at 4pm from the Ford dealership stating that the transmission was bad. When I received this information I researched the problem only to find thousands of complaints on cvt transmissions from for. They have refused to correct this problem under recall which I find to be terrible. When they are in financial deficet they get bailed out by our government but when they have faulty equiptment they turn their head. I am disgusted with the way they have delt with this problem. Who can afford to buy a new transmission for a vehicle every 60000 miles!! I guess we can let the american consumer take the hit that works for aliving and pays taxes so that they can get bailed out of trouble when they have problems!!.

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Failure Date: 01/25/2012

I bought my 2007 Ford Freestyle awd in June 2011 with approximately 72,000 miles on it. It started having a whining noise - almost like a pump - after the 75000 mile mark passed. I was not able to purchase an extended warranty because they are not available to purchase after 75k miles. I addressed the noise complaint with a mechanic and after replacing the power steering pump, the noise did not subside. A couple of months later, the traction control light would come on intermittently for no reason; but then go off once the car was restarted. The noise increased slightly, and 2 days after the increase in noise, the transmission failed suddenly. I was driving at approximately 45 miles per hour on the road, and the wrench light and traction control lights both went on and the rpm's went through the roof while acceleration slowed. I was able to get to the side of the road because I had enough speed going from seconds before the transmission failed. No other gears worked. After the vehicle was towed to the garage, I was told the transmission was completely wrecked; and this problem is one that the transmission technician has seen often from Ford Freestyle's. I contacted Ford customer relations and they told me that there was no assistance that they could offer me. Online automotive forums are packed with complaints from customers who had similar experiences to mine - transmissions failing long before they should; and often in a timeframe when no extended warranty is available. Now, I cannot replace the transmission with a used one because it is likely it will fail again; and my only logical purchase is to get a Ford remanufactured one for $4000+ because it is the only one with a 3 year warranty. Losing a transmission is dangerous - had I been going uphill slowly; been driving in bad weather; or in any other likely situation, it could have been much worse.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2011

The transmission has started to make a very ugly noise when on park. The SUV lunges and the rpm needle goes out of control sometimes. I've read online of other Ford Freestyles having the same problems and I've also heard that these problems have cause some accidents. Please do something to fix this problem. We do don't have the money to have these problems fixed and we need the transportation. Thanks.