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Transmission Noise Problems of Ford Freestyle - part 1



Ford Freestyle owners have reported 60 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

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Failure Date: 05/08/2015

Put car in drive started down the street when all of a sudden the transmission started making noise and the car started slowing down. I pulled over and parked the car then turned it off, try to start it back up but the car would not move when put in drive. It would reverse but it would not go forward. Had to call fro a tow truck and have vehicle towed to dealer. The following codes showed up when the repair shop checked the transmission: po 218, po 701, po868, po871, po961. The Ford dealership said that the transmission would have to be replaced because the transmission was dead. I have looked up the Ford Freestyle and have found that there are many vehicles with this same problem. I could have had a bad accident I was on the highway because the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road and traffic had to veer around me to keep from hitting me. I had children in the vehicle we could have died. A new transmission cost me $2200. 00 and the cost to have it replaced was $900. 00. I believe that I should get some kind of compensation for a problem that you knew the vehicle has with it's transmission.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 2
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

Was traveling at approximately 40 mph when car suddenly jolted, as if it had struck something. After looking to insure nothing had been struck, we proceeded and the car made another odd noise and ceased to go forward. The transmission had blown and all fluids escaped. The car is ruined and from all I have read, this is a serious and extremely costly flaw costing consumers a small fortune and endangering lives on highways.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Ford Freestyle 3
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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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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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: 10/08/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated while the vehicle is in neutral or park. The neutral input shaft makes loud abnormal noise coming from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to a dealership where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Ng.

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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: 06/13/2013

Bought car and within two weeks it had a complete transmission failure. Car makes a horrnedous noise and will not drive forward. Prior to this happened the car would suddenly accelerate or surge. Took to transmission repair shop who quote me $4,250 to remove and replace the transmission. At that price I asked what a new transmission would cost and they informed there are no new transmissions available. They also informed me that Ford had abandoned the Freestyle and its cvt transmission. I check wiht junkyards and found the cheapest I could find a cvt transmission was around $3,000. Car has become a lawn ornament for the past two years. Ford refuses to do anything ohter than to say it is out ofwarrantly. Tere are class action suits brought over this.

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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: 02/25/2013

My 2007 Ford Freestyle began lunging while sitting in traffic and soon after that began making a grinding noise. I took my car to a local Ford dealership and was told that it would be around $5000 to pull and check the transmission. This is crazy. I had several problems with the lunging forward and now this noise which Ford states they are not responsible for. The car only has 50,000 miles on it. I do believe this is a safety issue and now I'm left without a car to drive because I'm afraid I will do further damage to the transmission or even yet hurt someone with the lunging problem. I don't think I should be responsible for a problem that Ford needs to correct and it is a safety issue.

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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: 11/10/2012

Around the middle of November 2012, I started noticing a slight knocking coming from under the hood while the vehicle was idling. It seemed to go away when I put the car in gear and started to drive. During the next couple of weeks the knocking was getting worse. I noticed it louder and louder as I was driving. Then, the only time the knocking went away was when the car was put in reverse. Now, I'm starting to get very concerned about my car breaking down while I am out. Shortly after this, I received a recall notice about the throttle body. So, I took it in on January 23, 2013 to have the throttle body recall procedure done. While it was at the authorized "Ford" dealership having this procedure done, I asked them to check out the noise I was hearing. They informed me it was a bearing that was within the transmission causing the issue and would need replaced. I was told that the part itself was not able to be replaced, but the whole transmission needed to be replaced. They recommended a "new" transmission be installed at the cost of $5200. 00. A used one might result in the same circumstances happening. However, due to the issues with this "cvt" transmission, there may not be "new" one available for a while. I was then informed, that because of this "cvt" issue, Ford has extended the warranty on the 2008+ model years up to 100,000 miles. So, this means I am left with a worthless 2006 "Ford" vehicle with 95,508 miles. Which "Ford" knows has a defective part and has chosen to ignore and refuses any responsibility for it. What am I to do? is this how, we as consumers, should expect our vehicles to perform? I loved the styling and features of this car, but I can't see putting $5200. 00 into this vehicle at this point and down the road the same thing happening or something new that they have known about. Where do I go from here?.

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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: 08/17/2012

Went to start my 2005 Ford Freestyle - the rpms on the vehicle increased slightly, the wrench, traction control and engine light came on, when I put the car in reverse, there was a loud thunk noise. I turned the engine off and tried it again. Same thing, I had to drive it approx. 2 miles, there was no power, but it got me to my class. When I came back out to my car an hour an a half later, only the engine light came on and the vehicle drove normally. Since then I have had it to the dealer to diagnose. At first they said it was the transmission that would need to be replaced. This is a $4000 repair. The diagnostic codes were generic and they could not tell for sure what the problem was. This behavior usually starts after the vehicle has sat for a few hours. When all the lights first come on, it says it has had a data transmission error. I turn off the car and restart. This usually resets the computer in some way. When only the engine light comes on, it will say "check engine, check transmission". Sometimes no lights come on. It drives normally. I took it back to the dealer so they could experience the whole issue first thing in the morning. They have now said that it is a short in the instrument cluster. The repair will be $1025. 00, but they can not guarantee that this will resolve the issue for sure. I have also experienced where the lights will come on while I am driving. I have to turn my vehicle off in traffic to reset it. This is not real safe. I see that my year of car and newer has had several complaints for this issue and a lunging issue. I will be contacting Ford tomorrow to see if I can get some help on this issue.

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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.