ford freestar Problems

ford freestar 2006 Complaints

AIR BAGS

dt: consumer's vehicle was involved in a car accident on september 19, 2005 while going 25 mph. upon impact, the air bag cover over the driver's side and passenger's side came out about and quarter of an inch; however, the actual air bags never deployed. on the driver's side it was a side impact and passengers side it was a head on impact. *ak

Reported in: FRUITPORT MI || Crash: Y || VIN #: 1FAFP38Z36W

VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER

the factory issued wiper blades on the 2004 and 2006 ford freestar minivan do not work well. when wiping they leave major streaks across my line of vision. in some cases i have had to narrowly dodge accidents because i could not see. it doesn't matter if their is little, or a lot of rain or snow. if it is bad weather it is pretty much a guarantee that the wipers will not work. i have tried changing them to different style blades but it does no good. i believe this is a design problem with the ford wiper. perhaps the wiper is simply too light and "floats" when driving at freeway speeds. any speed higher than 35 tends to cause the wipers to smear rather than wipe. *nm

Reported in: WEST VALLEY UT || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FM2AS1616B

SUSPENSION

dt*: the contact stated on 4-18-06 while washing the vehicle, the rubber surrounding the front windshield on the driver's side came loose. on 4-20-06 while driving on the highway at 55 mph the rubber surrounding the front windshield on the passenger's side also came loose. the rubber is still attached at the passenger side door. in addition, while the vehicle is parked, if you place your weight on the vehicle, the vehicle rocks back and forth. *ak

Reported in: BALTIMORE MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD

dt*: the contact stated on 4-18-06 while washing the vehicle, the rubber surrounding the front windshield on the driver's side came loose. on 4-20-06 while driving on the highway at 55 mph the rubber surrounding the front windshield on the passenger's side also came loose. the rubber is still attached at the passenger side door. in addition, while the vehicle is parked, if you place your weight on the vehicle, the vehicle rocks back and forth. *ak

Reported in: BALTIMORE MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

dt*: the contact stated while driving 55 mph the traction control light illuminated. the vehicle rpm revved from 0 to 2 and the vehicle bucked. the vehicle was driven to a service dealer; upon inspection both rear and front brake systems had failed causing the traction control to automatically use the brakes. the dealer replaced the computer system however 48 hours later the vehicle is having the same problem again. updated 5/10/2006 - *nm

Reported in: GRAND FORKS ND || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58226B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

i was standing at the rear of my sister's new 2006 ford freestar van. my 2 1/2 year old son was inside the van. the van was not running. my son climbed over the front seat from the back seat and pulled down on the shifter lever causing the vehicle to come out of gear and roll backward out of a graded driveway. the van struck my right leg and right elbow causing minor injuries. after getting the vehicle stopped i needed to know why the vehicle came out of gear, as this could've been a small child behind this vehicle instead of myself, the results of which would've been catastrophic. during my investigation of this circumstance; while i had assumed that you had to depress the brake pedal in order to release the shifter lever, i instead discovered the following: -- 1. if the vehicle is running and in park, you must depress the brake pedal to release the safety feature which prevents the shifter from coming out of gear. -- 2. if the vehicle is not running, you only have to turn the key one notch to release the safety feature which prevents the shifter from coming out of gear. you do not have to depress the brake pedal at all !!! i have since questioned many others to see if the same is true, and was shocked to discover that this is not the only vehicle in which this occurs. this is a very serious defect that the public isn't routinely aware of, and one that could potentially kill someone under similar circumstances. i have come to the conclusion that this supposed safety feature poses a false sense of security, as i have believed for many years that this safety feature prevented accidental shifter actuation. please look into this or make it known to the public about what could occur under similar (and all too common) circumstances. thank you for your time and attention to this very valid concern. i look forward to seeing a published warning, or perhaps even a global recall, that addresses this potential danger in the very near future. *jb

Reported in: LAPLATA MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51647B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

i was driving my ford freestar in a rain storm and the van completely shut down. turns out the main computer chip got wet. i have had this van for 2 weeks. *jb

Reported in: KUTZTOWN PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

EQUIPMENT

anti slip kicks in & the ground is dry, this has happened 6 times now. the transmission had to be rebuild on a new 2006 freestar. now ford has my van (since sept.27,06)waiting for the page, so it can be fixed.the anti slip kicks in when it wants to - i almost got killed twice. they are stating it is a senor in the steering column that overheats & causes the anit slip to turn on. i have asked for a new van, but i think they will not. the last incident was 9-27-06.

Reported in: MESA AZ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58286B

SEAT BELTS:REAR

we rented a ford freestar from a local rental company. today, my 10 year old daughter, who is 59 inches tall and weighs 71 lbs., was sitting in the middle row behind the driver's seat. she was appropriately restrained in the lap-shoulder belt only. i had to stop suddenly. while i would characterize it as an abrupt stop, it was not severe and there was no impact. i heard a "breaking" sound. my daughter exclaimed that her seat belt had broken. i pulled over to inspect it; and found that the upper shoulder belt anchor had become detached (unbolted) from the vehicle. i could not find evidence of breakage. the bolt seems to have simply come out. of course, this failure created considerable slack in the shoulder belt which i believe would have caused the vehicle to exceed nhtsa's head excursion limits. the freestar was manufactured in october, 2005. by the way, no one was hurt and i plan to contact ford tomorrow. i am a certified child passenger safety instructor and former child safety seat design engineer. *nm

Reported in: INDIANAPOLIS IN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

SUSPENSION:AUTOMATIC STABILITY CONTROL (ASC)

the traction control system activates for no reason on perfectly good road conditions. the brakes come on hard, the gas pedal pushes back at you. it happened crossing an intersection one time i was almost broadsided. the dealer says it is an optical sensor on the steering column, light is somehow hitting it causing this to happen. we were told there is no fix for it right now just live with it. *nm

Reported in: FRISCO TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52226B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission in 2004 ford freestar slipped and then failed in a very short period. the repair shop stated it seemed like a factory defect for such a young transmission to fail. *jb

Reported in: WARWICK RI || Crash: N || VIN #: 3N1AB51A34L

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL

odometer fraud. *ak

Reported in: CHANDLER AZ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that on six times different occasions, while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle intermittently decelerated to approximately 20 mph. the failure occurred while the accelerator pedal was depressed. the vehicle would no longer accelerate and had to be pulled off the road. the vehicle was taken to the dealer six times, but they could not duplicate the failure. the current mileage was 21,000 and failure mileage was 4,585. the consumer stated was not informed repair would remedy the problem. updated 12/12/07

Reported in: EVANS GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52226B

EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:AIR CONDITIONER

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the air conditioning only works properly while driving over 60 mph. the air conditioning does not work at all below 60 mph. the dealer stated that the o-ring compressor failed and caused metal to grind, which inevitably caused the air conditioning to fail. the vehicle has not been repaired because the cost exceeded $1,500. the manufacturer would not assist. the current and failure mileages were 56,000.

Reported in: JACKSONVILLE FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

SEAT BELTS

rear passenger side seatbelt damaged through unknown cause. this seatbelt was specifically only used for use with child booster seat. now the seatbelt is cut and clearly unsafe for anyone's use.

Reported in: PHILLIPSBURG NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. while accelerating from a stop light or a stop sign, the brakes seem as if they are locked and the vehicle will not accelerate above 5 mph. the vehicle has to be shut off and restarted in order for it to correct itself. there is no recall available for this failure. the current mileage was 22,326 and failure mileage was 12,000.

Reported in: SUMMERFIELD FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA582X6B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

on 7-22-08 myself, sister and kids were driving and pulled through the mcdonald's drive through for a drink then when i pulled out onto hwy 31 in corsicana to get back on interstate 45 my 2006 freestar with 52205 miles would not go. it was like the car was in neutral. lucky the road went down hill a little and could get to the center lane. i then saw a ford dealer behind me and got the van their because they towed me after a $95 digno fee they told me it was my plantiey gears and need a whole new transmission for $3200 two days later the price jumped to $4200 so i did not get my van fixed yet and towed it home. when i call ford they said they can not do anything until i take my van to my dealer in town and pay another diogn, fee. then call them.

Reported in: CLEBURNE TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

the spines in the transmission torque converter fail because they were not hardened . when this happens the vehicle stops and can not move. this is very dangerous , and at some point ( if it hasn't already) will cause an accident, and possible death.

Reported in: FAYETTEVILLE PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

while driving 45 mph my 2006 ford freestar (24,000 mi.) van completely stalled. there were no warnings at all, it just died. i safely pulled into a parking lot and pushed it to a safe location. i had it towed to a ford dealership. later in the day they started it right up, checked it all out and found nothing wrong. i was very lucky that nobody stopped in front of me or i would have hit them. i'm scared to drive it now after reading all the complains online about this happening to others. this van has been nothing but trouble.

Reported in: MIDLAND MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58286B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission failed without warning. approximately 75,000 miles.

Reported in: BOERNE TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

on the rainy evening of march 10, 2009, the transmission on my 2006 ford freestar with only 45,000 miles completely stopped running. i had just made a right turn onto an unlit residential street when my car just stopped moving. i was pushing the gas and hearing the engine change but with my car in "d" there was no motion. with the vehicle still running, i tried the other movement gears with no reaction. my car had just completely stopped on the road with no warning! thank goodness that was not a lot of traffic that night. had the vehicle towed to the ford dealership where it was purchased and the transmission was repaired by replacing the torque converter and whatever other work was required to get it working. they only gave me a 1 yr/12,000 mile warranty, which is just scary. it was in the shop for just over a week. have noticed that it now seems to occasionally hesitate while i am driving it.

Reported in: O FALLON MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52256B

TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

advance traction control system light started flashing on dashboard. the car started braking and couldn't go over 20 mph. thank goodness i was only going 25 mph at the time. i called ford dealer who gave me no help. i brought to my regular mechanics and they said there were no codes that showed up, but there is a technical service bulletin tsb07-10-11. this describes it as a "nuisance". it is more like a safety problem. i am scared to drive it with my children in the car. if you look on www.fordforum.com, you'll see many more people who feel this way.

Reported in: GLOUCESTER MA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58206B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

i have a 2006 ford freestar that has been nothing but problems. twice i lost power completely while driving. the first time it wouldn't start so i had it towed to the ford dealership. they said it started right back up and it was fine now. this was in november of 2008. in january 2009 it died on me again. i waited a few minutes and it started back up. i took it to a different dealer the second time. they said there was water in my power control module (pcm) and replaced it. i have not lost power since then. i am now having some problems starting the van. the van has been in the repair shop a minimum of 30 times in 2 1/2 years but it is never the same problem so the lemon law does not apply in my state.

Reported in: MIDLAND MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58286B

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: GREEN BAY WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51616B

STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the power liftgate motor disengages when the latch opens, causing it to fall immediately. through the internet, she discovered a recall regarding this issue. the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. the contact feels that this is a safety issue because someone could be injured by standing under the latch of the vehicle as the motor disengages. the nhtsa campaign id number was unknown. the failure mileage was 76,000.

Reported in: BOWIE MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

while driving down hwy. 163 near monument valley, ut. and then just into az., i was pulling over @ diff. turn-out for picture taking. i pulled out of one, maneuvered back onto hwy. a short bit when i realized the 2006 ford freestar i ws driving was going nowhere, just rolling frm own weight. i pulled over to side, still too close to traffic, and stopped and re-started it to see if it would re-engage the gears. no, only engine revving. i was out there for many hrs. with no phone signa. finally someone went and got mechanic brother to come out with his pick-up truck, chains, and trailer with ramps. next day it was taken by tow truck to ford of page, az. they want $3700 for whole transmission. they do not know of this pending procedure for safety re-call, but will call ford on mon. also told him my van is my home, i am over the road transporter, and would have to camp out in dealer-ship lot indefinitely. the ptice is now $3000. the vehicle has approx. 73,000 miles on it.

Reported in: MANCHESTER NH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA516X6B

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

while driving on the interstate my ford free star caught fire under the hood. i was unable to open the hood and put the fire out. the van totally burned.

Reported in: BANGOR ME || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

have owned this 2006 freestar since new. several electrical issues. stereo system - intermittent problems with the presets resetting and the clock setting back to 12:00. also the volume fluctuating up and down on its own when using the rear controls. the stereo has been replaced twice. still having the problem. rear driver side turn signal lamp - has burned out and been replaced 7 times. outside temperature probe - is not reading properly. starter - have intermittent problems starting the vehicle. have not received any resolution from several dealers. the pcm was not found to be wet or damaged. are concerned that the vehicle has major wiring issues and is a possible fire hazard. also, the rear ac blower squeals intermittently and has been replaced twice as well. still doing it. there is a muffled thump sound coming from the air cleaner box area. the last dealer who looked at the vehicle stated that this is normal. we don't agree. several, unresolved, repetitive issues with this vehicle. very disappointed with ford and will not purchase another.

Reported in: BOALSBURG PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

have owned this 2006 freestar since new. several electrical issues. stereo system - intermittent problems with the presets resetting and the clock setting back to 12:00. also the volume fluctuating up and down on its own when using the rear controls. the stereo has been replaced twice. still having the problem. rear driver side turn signal lamp - has burned out and been replaced 7 times. outside temperature probe - is not reading properly. starter - have intermittent problems starting the vehicle. have not received any resolution from several dealers. the pcm was not found to be wet or damaged. are concerned that the vehicle has major wiring issues and is a possible fire hazard. also, the rear ac blower squeals intermittently and has been replaced twice as well. still doing it. there is a muffled thump sound coming from the air cleaner box area. the last dealer who looked at the vehicle stated that this is normal. we don't agree. several, unresolved, repetitive issues with this vehicle. very disappointed with ford and will not purchase another.

Reported in: BOALSBURG PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

ford freestar 2006 transmission died on highway this morning while highway driving this morning my ford freestar would not accelerate, engine continued running.... my husband was driving 40 mph and suddenly he had no acceleration, engine continued running, when he pushed on the gas pedal the engine just reved. he coasted to a stop, and couldn't get the car off of the road. we had the car towed. this was an extremely dangerous situation. we were told at this point, it is the transmission, we never had any indication that there was a problem, this problem happened suddenly. please look into this dangerous situation! our van only 63,000 mile on it! it has been brought to our attention that there are thousands of ford mini van owners that have had the identical problem with their ford van's. please force ford to issue a recall these transmissions!!!!! at this point, we are going to have to pay what we owe on this van ie..... van payments to the bank......and we don't have the money to pay for a new transmission!!!!! please help us and other's who transmissions have failed. as i see it this problem is going to get worse....ie...van transmissions that haven't failed yet!!! please contact us at your earliest conveniece. thank you and we look forward to hearing back from you.

Reported in: BOYERTOWN PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

EXTERIOR LIGHTING

rear turn lamps have burned out 4 times in three years. at idle "all" interior and head lamps flicker. i have replaced the battery and had the electrical charging system checked and they are ok. appears to be a wiring problem. heat ac blower only blows air from lower heater vents . pcm replaced, and it has malfunctioned again. vehicle appears to have a serious wiring problem.

Reported in: SAN ANTONIO TX || Crash: N || VIN #:

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

rear turn lamps have burned out 4 times in three years. at idle "all" interior and head lamps flicker. i have replaced the battery and had the electrical charging system checked and they are ok. appears to be a wiring problem. heat ac blower only blows air from lower heater vents . pcm replaced, and it has malfunctioned again. vehicle appears to have a serious wiring problem.

Reported in: SAN ANTONIO TX || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

ford freestar 2006 driving on highway approx. 40-45mph. lost power, when trying to accelerate the engine rpm went up, and the car had no acceleration. the van coasted to the side of the road. couldn't get van completely off road. ford freestar is being evaluated all indications are complete failure of transmission. should know more tomorrow. this was a very dangerous situation!!!! please included ford freestar 2006 in your investigations.

Reported in: BOYERTOWN PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

torque converter went on my 06 freestar when in traffic on highway. this forced me to pull on the passing lane median side of the highway potentially putting me in danger of passing big-rigs and other vehicles. thank the lord a state policeman came to block traffic. i read up on this and see its being investigated. this was not an inexpensive fix. i hope ford reimburses me for not re-engineering their problem and letting it continue without a recall.

Reported in: EASTON PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

date: july 4, 2008 vehicle: 2006 ford freestar defect: transmission failed.

Reported in: TWINSBURG OH || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

2006 ford freestar transmission failed at 77,000 miles. minivan died completely while in motion on municipal street.

Reported in: BARTLETT IL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission failure. on off-ramp of highway, van totally disengaged and died. van now has lost reverse and has trouble even going into drive.

Reported in: BENSALEM PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission failed completely while driving 70 mph on interstate - no prior problems or indications of failure. 2006 ford freetsar van with 69,000 miles.

Reported in: INDIANOLA IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52246B

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. while driving, a strong odor of gasoline was expelled from the air vents. sometimes the consumer became so dizzy, that she would have to pull over for fresh air . the vehicle has been taken to the dealer multiple times, but they could not locate the cause of the failure. the failure mileage was 19000. the current mileage was 49951. updated 04/01/10 *bf updated 05/05/10. *jb

Reported in: FORTWORTH TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51686B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission went out on my 2006 ford freestar. happened all of a sudden, no gears work.

Reported in: LAVALETTE WV || Crash: N || VIN #:

TIRES

2 of the 4 goodyear integrity tires we purchased from sams club are showing sidewall bulges and separation after just 10 months. contacted store they reluctantly agreed to replace only 2 of the tires on a pro-rated basis. tire details: purchased 3-8-09 miles: 18,700 type: goodyear integrity p235/60r16 99 s.

Reported in: GROVEPORT OH || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

2006 ford freestar approximately 81,000 miles/ before the incident: i drove about 30 miles on the highway and was driving on a side road going about 25 mph up a steep hill. as i was driving the transmission dropped out of drive. i didn't have reverse only park. had to push the van into a driveway. i had it towed to the local ford dealer and was told that the "front pump has no pressure at all/internal failure either front pump and or forward clutch packs. overhaul of unit not a practical repair. fluid was full but very dirty and has some metal fragments." the transmission was replaced with a ford reman unit. total cost was $3361.46.

Reported in: NORWICH CT || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

a defective power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, pcm) on the ford freestar van actually causes a spark plug to misfire and eventually starts to melt. this has happened on my vehicle three or four times. my car bucks and misfires almost causing an accident as i was entering highway.

Reported in: SYRACUSE NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

a defective power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, pcm) on the ford freestar van actually causes a spark plug to misfire and eventually starts to melt. this has happened on my vehicle three or four times. my car bucks and misfires almost causing an accident as i was entering highway.

Reported in: SYRACUSE NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)

a defective power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, pcm) on the ford freestar van actually causes a spark plug to misfire and eventually starts to melt. this has happened on my vehicle three or four times. my car bucks and misfires almost causing an accident as i was entering highway.

Reported in: SYRACUSE NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN

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?

Reported in: NEWMARKET, ONTARIO CANADA 00 || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA57276B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestyle. while driving out of a parking space at 3 to 5 mph the vehicle stalled. she restarted the vehicle three times and it continued to stall. before the vehicle started a wrench like icon illuminated on the dashboard. the contact stated she was able to drive to her destination without incident. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the throttle needed to be replaced. the dealer advised her that the part was on back order. the estimated repair cost was approximately $800. the approximate failure and current mileages were 34,000.

Reported in: FAIRMINGDALE NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK05136G

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

at start-up engine misfires. hesitation. re-try 1 to 2 times and then starts. vehicle purchased at used car lot. car has 30,000 miles (48,000 km). still under power train warranty but dealer wants to wait.............. dealers represent the manufacturer and should be more accountable, along with manufacturer.

Reported in: NEWMARKET 00 || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA5147WB

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. after starting her vehicle it would not move forward or backwards. there were no warning lights illuminated to inform her that there was a problem. the vehicle was towed to a local body shop where it was inspected and confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. the ford manufacturer was called and informed her that there were no recalls and that the extended warranty had expired. the failure mileage was 89,000.

Reported in: SEWELL NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52246B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: MT TREMPER NY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

transmission failure on my 2006 ford freestar with only 50,000 miles.

Reported in: CHARLESTON SC || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: BUSHNELL FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52256B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestyle. the vehicle accelerated with his foot on the brakes at a traffic light. he applied extreme pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. the contact stated that the failure had occurred approximately 4 or 5 times. the contact called the dealer and was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. the vehicle was not repaired. the contact purchased the previously owned vehicle in june of 2010. the failure mileage was 61,190 and the current mileage was 63,330.

Reported in: MOUNTAIN HOME AR || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK02116G

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: WATERLOO IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: EDMOND OK || Crash: N || VIN #:

TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

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.

Reported in: EDMOND OK || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl*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.

Reported in: FORT MYERS FL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl*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.

Reported in: ELKHART LAKE WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl*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.

Reported in: LACEY WA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA516X6B

SUSPENSION:FRONT

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. while driving approximately 15 mph, the contact stated that the front axle fractured and was repaired by a local mechanic. however, the front axle fractured again. the vehicle had not been repaired. the manufacturer had not been notified. the current and failure mileages were approximately 72,000.

Reported in: WHARTON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52246B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: KEAVY KY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

transmission failure in our 2006 ford freestar minivan.

Reported in: BROOKLYN NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

tl*the contact owns 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated. the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnostic testing which indicated that the failure was within the steering column clock spring. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 65,098 and the current mileage was 65,168.

Reported in: NORWALK OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while accelerating from a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. after several moments, the contact was able to restart the vehicle yet the failure recurred. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed as moisture being in the computer system. the manufacturer was not contacted in regards to the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 171,000.

Reported in: SALISBURY NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: SOUTH LYON MI || Crash: N || VIN #:

TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

i have a 2006 freestar sel in 2008. i purchased it used at 57000 km mileage (canada). about a year after, a recurring issue was that the traction control comes on without warning even at high speeds. the net effect is that it quickly limits the speed to about 40 kph. once, driving at 100 kph, it came on and the transmission failed. i got the txn fixed but it still occurs occasionally/randomly. i got in touch with ford canada and they deny there is such a problem. however, a search of the internet found several owners of freestar with the same problem. i took it to the dealer but they cannot find a problem. one reference quoted a ford service bulletin that refers to the problem as a nuisance but not a safety concern. i and others do not agree. see link http://www.arfc.org/complaints/2006/ford/freestar/traction_control_system/problem.aspx i am also sending this to the canadian ministry of transportation. i think this is a serious issue which could have ended up in a serious crash.

Reported in: OTTAWA 00 || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA56216B

AIR BAGS

tl*the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. approximately thirty seconds after starting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the clock spring was defective. the vehicle was not repaired because the necessary parts were on a national back order. the failure mileage was 65,100 and the current mileage was 65,913. updated 03/10/11 *bf updated 1/4/11 *cn

Reported in: GERMANTOWN TN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

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!

Reported in: UPPER ARLINGTON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: AJAX 00 || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: CHELSEA ME || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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 975.00 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.

Reported in: MOBILE AL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51626B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl* 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.

Reported in: CAPE CORAL FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: NORWICH CT || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

tl* 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.

Reported in: PERRYVILLE MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58296B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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.

Reported in: EDWARDSVILLE IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52206B

POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION

2006 ford freestar failed to move forward in gear while driving on busy road. this occurred two different times. most recent instance saw me and my 4 year old daughter placed in peril. i have had transmission replaced only to find that problems may be the result of the pcm failing as a result of getting "wet" due to a faulty seal on the box that houses the pcm. most recent incident nearly resulted in our nearly being rear ended by a semi tractor trailer at 50 mph. fortunately, i had the presence of mind to shift to neutral, restart van and coast off road just ahead of truck. van stalled and would not run. had to leave at garage out of town and get a ride home for my and my 4 year old daughter.

Reported in: LAKEWOOD OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52265B

POWER TRAIN

tl* 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.

Reported in: PAULINA LA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

tl* 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.

Reported in: PAULINA LA || Crash: N || VIN #:

STRUCTURE

tl* 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.

Reported in: PAULINA LA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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 $3,000.00. 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!

Reported in: CLAYTON NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA516X6B

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: CLAYTON NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA516X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* 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.

Reported in: COAL CENTER PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

i am experiencing problems with my 2006 ford freestar when it becomes wet. if i go through a car wash or drive in inclement weather the engine light starts flashing and the engine power starts becoming erratic, bucking and hesitating. when this first started happening i would have to let the van sit for a few hours and then it would run fine. the last few times it has happened it is taking days for the motor to get back to normal. i have had it at a shop, they gave it a tune up. the problem recurred and took it to a ford certified dealership and they ran diagnostics, charged me $100 and told me i needed a tune up which i just had done. took it back to the shop that did the tune up and they replaced the egr valves to the tune of $700. ran the car through the car wash and problem recurs, they have now removed the pcm module looking for moisture which they did not find, another $100. $900 later i am still struggling with the same problem and nobody has any answers. upon reading many complaints about this same issue on the web i am now reporting it to you. ford needs to recall this and make it right. it's extremely dangerous to be driving in inclement weather and start losing power to your car! we are now heading in to the wet winter months and i'm scared to death to drive my van.

Reported in: NEW PALESTINE IN || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: PUYALLUP WA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51666B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

vechicle just stopped. got it going again after turning off and restarting. code showed it needed to be "reflashed." cost 110 at dealership and no improvement. code showed ignition coil. replaced and no improvement. finally replaced pcm april 2011. also experience intermitent electrical problems (radio, clock reset) with no battery failure. *tt

Reported in: VIRGINIA BEACH VA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

vechicle just stopped. got it going again after turning off and restarting. code showed it needed to be "reflashed." cost 110 at dealership and no improvement. code showed ignition coil. replaced and no improvement. finally replaced pcm april 2011. also experience intermitent electrical problems (radio, clock reset) with no battery failure. *tt

Reported in: VIRGINIA BEACH VA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

vechicle just stopped. got it going again after turning off and restarting. code showed it needed to be "reflashed." cost 110 at dealership and no improvement. code showed ignition coil. replaced and no improvement. finally replaced pcm april 2011. also experience intermitent electrical problems (radio, clock reset) with no battery failure. *tt

Reported in: VIRGINIA BEACH VA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: WEST YARMOUTH MA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

vehicle odometer failure.

Reported in: AVIS PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51686B

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: NEWARK AR || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51646B

EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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.

Reported in: IRVINE KY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

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.

Reported in: IRVINE KY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* 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.

Reported in: CHAMPLAIN NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51686B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 58 mph, the rpms increased and the vehicle failed to accelerate. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was advised that the torque converter caused the transmission to fail and that the transmission needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. no repairs were performed. the current and the failure mileages were 123,000.

Reported in: SOUTH SOLON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52236B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact was driving between 40-50 mph when the engine stalled briefly and the vehicle failed to accelerate. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 126,000.

Reported in: JEFFERSON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle stalled while attempting a turn, without warning. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the dealer performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the torque converter. the dealer replaced the torque converter. the manufacturer was notified of the failure but denied any assistance with the repair. the failure mileage was 76,076 and the current mileage is 78,000. updated 03/05/12*lj updated 02/07/12. *jb

Reported in: CLINTON TOWNSHIP MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

bought the 2006 ford freestar on 9/14/11. 5 minutes after the purchase, i came to a light and the car lost all power. turned right around and went back to the dealership and assumed it was from sitting in the lot through a massive snow storm. in the 18 weeks that i have had the vehicle, it has been brought back to the shop 4 times totaling 12 full weeks. we have constant loss of power. we also experience a jerking/bucking which results in the engine light flashing and as soon as the car slows down enough, it will lose power. this usually happens right after rain. these problems have left me with a non mobile car in intersections. this is not safe at all and there should be a recall on this vehicle before someone ends up in a fatal crash. *tt

Reported in: VERNON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58236B

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

bought the 2006 ford freestar on 9/14/11. 5 minutes after the purchase, i came to a light and the car lost all power. turned right around and went back to the dealership and assumed it was from sitting in the lot through a massive snow storm. in the 18 weeks that i have had the vehicle, it has been brought back to the shop 4 times totaling 12 full weeks. we have constant loss of power. we also experience a jerking/bucking which results in the engine light flashing and as soon as the car slows down enough, it will lose power. this usually happens right after rain. these problems have left me with a non mobile car in intersections. this is not safe at all and there should be a recall on this vehicle before someone ends up in a fatal crash. *tt

Reported in: VERNON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58236B

POWER TRAIN

bought the 2006 ford freestar on 9/14/11. 5 minutes after the purchase, i came to a light and the car lost all power. turned right around and went back to the dealership and assumed it was from sitting in the lot through a massive snow storm. in the 18 weeks that i have had the vehicle, it has been brought back to the shop 4 times totaling 12 full weeks. we have constant loss of power. we also experience a jerking/bucking which results in the engine light flashing and as soon as the car slows down enough, it will lose power. this usually happens right after rain. these problems have left me with a non mobile car in intersections. this is not safe at all and there should be a recall on this vehicle before someone ends up in a fatal crash. *tt

Reported in: VERNON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58236B

POWER TRAIN

transmission is dead. without warning. i towed my car. mechanic asking me 2500$.

Reported in: LYNDHURST NJ || Crash: N || VIN #:

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

i own a 2006 ford freestar and as of jan 9 2012 they have recalled 04-05 for the transmission blowing up! torque converter ,pump and output shaft to give you the pats! my family was in the van on the 400 hwy driving on jan 22 2012 with two children and my van shouts down no control,driving 105-110 in the middle lane.. we did get to the side of the road and no one was hurt thank god, to realize our transmission blow,with only 105,000km on the van not knowing there was a problem out from ford canada all ready for the 04-05 ,we have called ford canada and told them what happened and they informed us that we have no warranty and its not in the recalls, so the van was fixed with a billof 2975.00at aamco transmission on jan 25th 2012 with no help from ford, i cant believe this has happened they were aware of this problem and are not concerned about lives, someone or all of us and anyone around us could have lost there lives due to this problem with the transmissions failing and there know about it, and don't feel there is enough repaired with the 06 are you kidding me not enough reports this is a joke, there are aware of this and when someone loses there life there recall them , give your head a shake, fix the problem before this even happens, i don't know where to begin and where or who to talk to but i am email everyone i can so that no one loses there life over this!!!i need help from all parties out there please i am heard this happened to me and my family and it could have turn out very bad!!!!!

Reported in: BARRIE AL || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

i own a 2006 ford freestar and as of jan 9 2012 they have recalled 04-05 for the transmission blowing up! torque converter ,pump and output shaft to give you the pats! my family was in the van on the 400 hwy driving on jan 22 2012 with two children and my van shouts down no control,driving 105-110 in the middle lane.. we did get to the side of the road and no one was hurt thank god, to realize our transmission blow,with only 105,000km on the van not knowing there was a problem out from ford canada all ready for the 04-05 ,we have called ford canada and told them what happened and they informed us that we have no warranty and its not in the recalls, so the van was fixed with a billof 2975.00at aamco transmission on jan 25th 2012 with no help from ford, i cant believe this has happened they were aware of this problem and are not concerned about lives, someone or all of us and anyone around us could have lost there lives due to this problem with the transmissions failing and there know about it, and don't feel there is enough repaired with the 06 are you kidding me not enough reports this is a joke, there are aware of this and when someone loses there life there recall them , give your head a shake, fix the problem before this even happens, i don't know where to begin and where or who to talk to but i am email everyone i can so that no one loses there life over this!!!i need help from all parties out there please i am heard this happened to me and my family and it could have turn out very bad!!!!!

Reported in: BARRIE AL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

i own a 2006 ford freestar and as of jan 9 2012 they have recalled 04-05 for the transmission blowing up! torque converter ,pump and output shaft to give you the pats! my family was in the van on the 400 hwy driving on jan 22 2012 with two children and my van shouts down no control,driving 105-110 in the middle lane.. we did get to the side of the road and no one was hurt thank god, to realize our transmission blow,with only 105,000km on the van not knowing there was a problem out from ford canada all ready for the 04-05 ,we have called ford canada and told them what happened and they informed us that we have no warranty and its not in the recalls, so the van was fixed with a billof 2975.00at aamco transmission on jan 25th 2012 with no help from ford, i cant believe this has happened they were aware of this problem and are not concerned about lives, someone or all of us and anyone around us could have lost there lives due to this problem with the transmissions failing and there know about it, and don't feel there is enough repaired with the 06 are you kidding me not enough reports this is a joke, there are aware of this and when someone loses there life there recall them , give your head a shake, fix the problem before this even happens, i don't know where to begin and where or who to talk to but i am email everyone i can so that no one loses there life over this!!!i need help from all parties out there please i am heard this happened to me and my family and it could have turn out very bad!!!!!

Reported in: BARRIE AL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated the engine remained in the on position but the vehicle failed to move forward. the mechanic stated the torque converter failed. the contact found nhtsa recall campaign id number: 12v006000 (power train automatic transmission: torque converter) and wanted to know why the 2006 model year was not included. the current and failure mileage was 70,000.

Reported in: DERIDDER LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52256B

POWER TRAIN

on 1/27/12 while heading out of town with my family on a busy highway at a speed of 72mph my van lost all power. the van was suddenly dropping speed with no prior warning at all. there were semis all around and thank the lord i was able to pull the van over to the side of the road out of harms way. once on the side of the road i turned off the iginition and waited a few minutes before trying to start again. the van started but, would not go into gear at all. i had to call a tow truck which costs me money i did not have and now to find out that there are many others out there with the same make,model and year vehicle that are having the same exact problem and nothing is being done about it by ford is crazy. this could have cost me and my family our lives and others that were driving around me. when is something going to be done.?! to have ford recall the '04 and '05 models for this exact reason, should make them realize there is something extremely wrong with this make and model vehicle. i purchased this vehicle for the family thinking of safety all along but am now scared to drive it once it gets fixed. this is death trap as far as i am concerned. *tt

Reported in: JACKSONVILLE FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

after engaging the vehicle into drive, the vehicle went approximately 30 feet then suddenly stopped. the engine remained running, the vehicle just stopped and would not go in any gear. after towing it to the dealer, we were informed that the torque converter was bad. there were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and no prior warnings of failure. the vehicle had been at the dealer for routine maintenance one week prior to the failure and the technicians reported no incidents of concern. the majority of the mileage on this vehicle are highway miles and there is not a situation of frequent gear changes. as there are many other 2006 ford freestar vehicle owners with similar complaints and occurrences, and the vehicle was built in 2005 (but not included in the 2005 recall), ford should recall this vehicle and others with similar incidences.

Reported in: DELPHI IN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52226B

POWER TRAIN

we were accelerating from a stop light, just getting to 10mph when the transmission failed. it was like the transmission shifted into neutral. there were no warning signs or indicators that the transmission was failing. it just went out.

Reported in: HUDSON IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52216B

POWER TRAIN

van started shuddering and shaking upon acceleration brought the van to a transmission shop and they told me the transmission torque converter was faulty and about ready to fail totally. the transmission repair shop replaced the torque converter and shaft in the transmission. i called ford and they told me they are currently only recalling the 2004's and 2005's. my van is a 2006 and according to the transmission shop it has the exact same defective components in the transmission as the 2004's and 2005's. ford needs to recall the 2006's. this repair cost me $1700.00 and i feel ford should have to pay for the repair on my vehicle. if you have a 2006 or 2007 and are having transmission torque converter issues you need to file a complaint with the nhtsa. so they can make ford recall the rest of the defective transmissions!

Reported in: CRETE IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52206B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving approximately 40 to 45 mph, all of the power shut off, but the engine continued to run. the vehicle was later towed to an authorized dealer and they informed the contact that the failure may be due to the torque converter. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure and current mileages were approximately 108,000. the vin was unavailable.

Reported in: BENDORF IA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the contact felt the vehicle slip before stalling completely. the contact attempted to shift into drive and reverse but the vehicle would not move from its position. the vehicle was then towed to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the forward and reverse gears malfunctioned. the dealer also stated that the vehicle needed a new torque converter, which was replaced. the failure mileage was 83,161 and the current mileage was 83,300.

Reported in: CAMPTON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

while driving on the highway the torque converter would malfunction causing the vehicle to hesitate and make a rumbling sound. the right front wheel makes tapping sounds when turning to the right or left. the ford mechanic and my personal mechanic have said the torque converter, cv joints and drive shafts will have to be replaced, and that the transmission may have to be rebuilt or replaced. i purchased the van form ford in 2007. i am looking forward to hearing for the nhtsa board on these issues.

Reported in: CARTERSVILLE GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. the vehicle was towed the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was contacted. the vehicle was repaired. the failure mileage was 73,971 and the current mileage was 190,000.

Reported in: LIBERTY MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52256B

VISIBILITY

my ford freestar had been outside overnight and the windows were icy as the temperature was approx 30 degrees. i started the car and put the rear defroster on high for about 10 min before leaving for work. soon after, i was on the highway driving 60 mph when suddenly there was a loud implosion as the rear window shattered and most fell in! stunned and not knowing initially what had happened, i pulled to the side of the freeway and quickly realized that i needed alternate transportation to work and returned home to further assess my newly 'air conditioned' van. i contacted my dealer several days later and got the rear window repaired at my expense. despite a couple of mechanics suggesting that the combination of the icy condensation on the window and the defroster running on high caused the window to shatter, ford motors would not reimburse any of the expense ($260) for repairs. this van has never been in an accident and fortunately has otherwise been reliable. i am very disappointed that ford would not cover window replacement and examine the cause especially after reading that this is a prevalent problem with many of their vehicles. thank you for taking my concerns into consideration to continue to maintain safe vehicles for all on the road.

Reported in: WILLOUGHBY OH || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

while driving home from work on a rural single lane highway with no shoulder, my 2006 ford freestar mini-van completely lost acceleration. i was traveling 70 mph and going up a large hill when everything just shut down. there was absolutely no warning, no lights, nothing! when pushing the gas to the floor, the rpm's revved but i had no acceleration. i coasted to a stop at the top of the hill, trying to maneuver the van off the road and out of the way of the 18 wheeler that was not far behind me. after trying repeatedly to get the transmission to engage, i had it towed to a ford dealership and was told the transmission needed to be replaced at a cost of over $3000. i had to take it back to this dealership twice to have them fix small things that they had not properly put back together. less than a year later, the powertrain warning light for the transmission came on and i had to take it back to a different ford dealership. i was told it was the transmission again, and because it was thankfully still under warranty i wasn't out any money, but i was without my primary vehicle for our family of 5 for almost two weeks. the transmission feels like it is starting to slip again, and i have taken it back to the dealership twice to have them look for the problem before it goes out, but i keep getting told it is nothing. when my husband rode with the mechanic to see if it would slip, the torque converter started shuddering, but the mechanic said, "it's just the torque converter shuddering, don't worry about it". now i am reading that a faulty torque converter may lead to more transmission trouble, but i feel the ford dealership is just waiting for the warranty to go out again so they won't have to fix it yet again. this is the only vehicle we have that will transport our whole family, and i'm not sure how safe it is for me to continue to drive it.

Reported in: MT ENTERPRISE TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

POWER TRAIN

yesterday while traveling on interstate 30, our 2006 ford freestar suddenly made a loud revving up noise with the rpms shooting up for a second and then i had no propulsion. the motor was running, but all i could do was coast as far as i could to get to the shoulder. my husband and three young children were with us, and it was very scary to lose power like that and then to sit on the shoulder being shaken by every big rig that came by. we had to be towed to the nearest ford dealership and rent a vehicle to drive the 100 miles home. once home last night, we found info about the same thing happening to many other freestars and that ford is voluntarily recalling '04 and '05 models to replace the torque converters. what about the '06 models this is happening to? we were amazed at the stories we found identical to ours. will the 2006 models be addressed as well? when i heard the automated message from ford concerning the '04 and '05 models and how this issue does not affect safety because a vehicle can be coasted to safety, i was appalled. i wonder if they have tried that in interstate traffic consisting to a large degree of 18-wheelers barreling downhill on you as you try to get past a bridge to the shoulder while carrying your husband and three kids! and then to sit there not able to move one way or the other while more 18-wheelers fly by, feeling relief each time they don't hit you, trying to decide if we'd all be safer standing in the ditch! didn't feel so safe to me!

Reported in: TEXARKANA TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51696B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

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 fords 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. *kb

Reported in: KENNESAW GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58236B

POWER TRAIN

every time it rained, my engine would shudder, shake, sometimes knock, the transmission would shift for no good reason, and i stalled out in traffic once. the vehicle became non-drivable when it rained (and only when it rained). i took the vehicle to my ford dealer (schults ford of harmarville, pa), where technician pat sand indicated that this is a known problem with ford freestars, and said a ford service bulletin indicates that because of a manufacturing problem (incorrect sealer application to the pcm and poor position of pcm in relation to windshield run-off) water leakage into the program control module causes it to issue random commands and errors. they followed the ford bulletin and by simply better sealing against moisture / blocking the water flow, resolved the problem. this is a safety issue and a known manufacturing defect.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

every time it rained, my engine would shudder, shake, sometimes knock, the transmission would shift for no good reason, and i stalled out in traffic once. the vehicle became non-drivable when it rained (and only when it rained). i took the vehicle to my ford dealer (schults ford of harmarville, pa), where technician pat sand indicated that this is a known problem with ford freestars, and said a ford service bulletin indicates that because of a manufacturing problem (incorrect sealer application to the pcm and poor position of pcm in relation to windshield run-off) water leakage into the program control module causes it to issue random commands and errors. they followed the ford bulletin and by simply better sealing against moisture / blocking the water flow, resolved the problem. this is a safety issue and a known manufacturing defect.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

every time it rained, my engine would shudder, shake, sometimes knock, the transmission would shift for no good reason, and i stalled out in traffic once. the vehicle became non-drivable when it rained (and only when it rained). i took the vehicle to my ford dealer (schults ford of harmarville, pa), where technician pat sand indicated that this is a known problem with ford freestars, and said a ford service bulletin indicates that because of a manufacturing problem (incorrect sealer application to the pcm and poor position of pcm in relation to windshield run-off) water leakage into the program control module causes it to issue random commands and errors. they followed the ford bulletin and by simply better sealing against moisture / blocking the water flow, resolved the problem. this is a safety issue and a known manufacturing defect.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN

i had just left home and turned out onto major highway - i was picking up speed and it was like i put my van into neutral - i just pulled off highway and it would not go into any gear. had to tow it and have it repaired. torque converter went out -- had to have transmission rebuilt. aamco rebuilt transmission and they told us it had a 2005 transmission in it. i feel like the 2006 ford freestars should be placed in the same recall as the 2004 and 2005 ford freestars as some were actually made in 2005.

Reported in: SHADY GROVE FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52216B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that all of the warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact mentioned that the exterior and interior lamps were flickering. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that ecm was defective and needed to be replaced. the remedy failed to repair the failure. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 120,000 and current mileage was 140,000. updated 5/7/12 *cn updated 05/30/12

Reported in: BATON ROUGE LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA516X6B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that all of the warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact mentioned that the exterior and interior lamps were flickering. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that ecm was defective and needed to be replaced. the remedy failed to repair the failure. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 120,000 and current mileage was 140,000. updated 5/7/12 *cn updated 05/30/12

Reported in: BATON ROUGE LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA516X6B

POWER TRAIN

recurrent intermittent problems with slipping transmission. problem has become increasingly worse. waiting for catastrophic failure with this known ford transmission problem. i will probably die,when this(transmission) fails and puts me in the path of a speeding vehicle; giving me no chance to get out of the way. a 6 year old vehicle should not have this problem.

Reported in: FULTON NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

the first failure was when i was driving down the road doing just over 55 mph, all of a sudden the van died an i coasted to the side of the road. after several failed attempts to restart the van it finally started and stayed running. i eventually made it home without incident. had it checked and was told it possibly had an electrical failure but change the fuel filter in case it was an issue with fuel getting to the engine. so we did. it ran fine after that until about 3 months later. we took it to run errands with no problem and returned home. went to run to the grocery store and the van would not go into gear. it would start ok but not move, wouldn't go into drive or reverse. thankfully it was at home when it happened and not going down the road like the first time when i had all 3 kids with me. had it towed to a garage where they found metal shavings in the torque converter. had a new one put in and it ran fine for about 2 weeks. then we found cracks in the coil packs and hd those replaced along with all spark plugs. not sure if that is relevant to the torque problem. spent $940.00 to fix the torque converter and another $240.00 to fix coil packs and spark plugs. the torque converter is a recall on the '04 and '05 and the same needs to be done with the '06's.

Reported in: RANDOLPH NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51636B

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

the first failure was when i was driving down the road doing just over 55 mph, all of a sudden the van died an i coasted to the side of the road. after several failed attempts to restart the van it finally started and stayed running. i eventually made it home without incident. had it checked and was told it possibly had an electrical failure but change the fuel filter in case it was an issue with fuel getting to the engine. so we did. it ran fine after that until about 3 months later. we took it to run errands with no problem and returned home. went to run to the grocery store and the van would not go into gear. it would start ok but not move, wouldn't go into drive or reverse. thankfully it was at home when it happened and not going down the road like the first time when i had all 3 kids with me. had it towed to a garage where they found metal shavings in the torque converter. had a new one put in and it ran fine for about 2 weeks. then we found cracks in the coil packs and hd those replaced along with all spark plugs. not sure if that is relevant to the torque problem. spent $940.00 to fix the torque converter and another $240.00 to fix coil packs and spark plugs. the torque converter is a recall on the '04 and '05 and the same needs to be done with the '06's.

Reported in: RANDOLPH NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51636B

POWER TRAIN

driving home on tollraod at night going up on ramp. van gave no warning, no lights, no issues. engine still on but van would not move. was able to roll back down ramp partway and get on to small houlder area. this ramp was curved and we were in a blind spot with a carfull of people and the cat. had to wait for hctra to tow us to a safe location, then had to wait another 2 hours for a tow truck. couls not get a rental from ford nor did we get any help replacing the transmission. $2600 later we have a erbulit transmission. i drive 2 hours to and from work. the van has all of its maintence done on time. ford has recalled the 04 nad o5 freestar for the same exact problem but will not acknowledge the issue with the 2006. very frustrating.

Reported in: HOUSTON TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

POWER TRAIN

driving with my two young daughters in the vehicle. had just driven about 50 miles at 60 mph. luckily had just gotten off the highway when the vehicle felt like i had shifted into neutral. the engine sounded like it was revving but i had absolutely no power. it's now going to cost me $2500 for a new transmission. i wouldn't even give it a second thought if i hadn't just read that the 2004-5 freestars have been recalled because of transmission problems. i'm wondering why the 2006 wasn't included since i'm guessing the transmissions are identical. we were incredibally lucky since i had just gotten off the highway, but 5 minutes earlier would have been a different story. *js

Reported in: FOX POINT WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. while the contact was driving approximately 45 mph, the wrench warning indicator began to illuminate on the instrument panel. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. the technician stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. the vehicle had not been repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that there was not a recall related to the malfunction. the approximate failure mileage was 27,116.

Reported in: DILLSBURG PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FTZA54606B

POWER TRAIN

without warning and at various speeds the transmission on our 2006 ford freestar will lose power. i would describe it as a hiccup effect were power is lost and gained several times in a 15-30 second time period (switching gears?). consistently this will happen between the speeds of 55 -60 mph, and almost all the time this will happen when the engine requires more power going up hills. we are taking it to our second repair shop in one month today.

Reported in: BIG FLATS NY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. while traveling 55 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly shifted out of gear, as if the vehicle was shifted into neutral. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that nhtsa campaign id number: 12v006000 (power train:automatic transmission:torque converter) did not apply to his vin. the vehicle had not been repaired. the current and failure mileages were 146,000.

Reported in: ELKHART LAKE WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

i am usually satisfied with the fords that i have possessed. until i leased a 2006 ford freestar. as my husband was driving with our 3 young children, the van had stalled in the middle of high traffic as we were entering. thank god that none of the other vehicles had hit us. come to find out that it was the torque converter. we had also found out that the ford freestar 2004 an 2005 torque converters have been recalled. it is obvious that it is a flaw of the model. now we are on foot having to pay the 1100 expense out of pocket. how are we to do that when we are having financial situation as it is. *js

Reported in: AMARILLO TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52206B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

driving down road city street (25 mph speed limit) on way home. not raining outside. temperature was about 85 degrees. very high humidity. as approached intersection the vehicle suddenly shut itself off. complete loss of power, power steering, and power breaking. wife had trouble pulling over, but because were only going 20 mph at that point, we managed to pull over and stop car. we were only 2 blocks from home, so we restarted engine (which turned on without trouble) and drove home slowly (now with the check-engine light on). dangerous situation, as it is incredibly difficult to control the vehicle without power steering or braking. if we had taken the interstate home instead of the way we went, we could have been driving at 70 mph onto an off ramp when it shut off. very dangerous indeed.

Reported in: IOWA CITY IA || Crash: N || VIN #:

STEERING

driving down road city street (25 mph speed limit) on way home. not raining outside. temperature was about 85 degrees. very high humidity. as approached intersection the vehicle suddenly shut itself off. complete loss of power, power steering, and power breaking. wife had trouble pulling over, but because were only going 20 mph at that point, we managed to pull over and stop car. we were only 2 blocks from home, so we restarted engine (which turned on without trouble) and drove home slowly (now with the check-engine light on). dangerous situation, as it is incredibly difficult to control the vehicle without power steering or braking. if we had taken the interstate home instead of the way we went, we could have been driving at 70 mph onto an off ramp when it shut off. very dangerous indeed.

Reported in: IOWA CITY IA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE

driving down road city street (25 mph speed limit) on way home. not raining outside. temperature was about 85 degrees. very high humidity. as approached intersection the vehicle suddenly shut itself off. complete loss of power, power steering, and power breaking. wife had trouble pulling over, but because were only going 20 mph at that point, we managed to pull over and stop car. we were only 2 blocks from home, so we restarted engine (which turned on without trouble) and drove home slowly (now with the check-engine light on). dangerous situation, as it is incredibly difficult to control the vehicle without power steering or braking. if we had taken the interstate home instead of the way we went, we could have been driving at 70 mph onto an off ramp when it shut off. very dangerous indeed.

Reported in: IOWA CITY IA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

05/07/12 as the brake was applied to turn a corner in traffic, the car just quit forward motion! turned engine off and restarted engine, and was then able to drive forward. 05/21/12 started parked van , put it in reverse,applied accelerator, the engine revved up, but no reverse motion(car rolled backwards as was parked on an incline), put it in drive, applied accelerator, and again the engine revved up, but no forward motion drive(again van rolled backwards). van was towed to garage. assumed that it was the torque converter problem that a recall was issued for 2004 and 2005 ford freestars. diagnosis was indeed a bad torque converter in our 2006 ford freestar(not currently recalled for the torque converter like the 2004 and 2005 ford freestars).

Reported in: COCONUT CREEK FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA582X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle jerked while shifting gears. the contact also stated that the vehicle stalled while driving at various speeds. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but he was unable to diagnose the failure. the contact stated that she also had to have the vehicle towed on a few occasions. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. the failure mileage was 116,000.

Reported in: PETER PARK TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52226B

STEERING

1) sudden unexpected loss of power and all gears. occurred while normally accelerating from a stop. vehicle towed to ford dealer. dealer stated to replace entire transmission at cost of $2900.00 plus credit card interest. 2) sudden loss of power. dealer replaced pcm at cost of $900.00. 3) powering steering fluid leak. 4) coolant leak. 5) persistent loss of air from wheel after replacing tire.

Reported in: FLOVILLA GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

ENGINE

1) sudden unexpected loss of power and all gears. occurred while normally accelerating from a stop. vehicle towed to ford dealer. dealer stated to replace entire transmission at cost of $2900.00 plus credit card interest. 2) sudden loss of power. dealer replaced pcm at cost of $900.00. 3) powering steering fluid leak. 4) coolant leak. 5) persistent loss of air from wheel after replacing tire.

Reported in: FLOVILLA GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

1) sudden unexpected loss of power and all gears. occurred while normally accelerating from a stop. vehicle towed to ford dealer. dealer stated to replace entire transmission at cost of $2900.00 plus credit card interest. 2) sudden loss of power. dealer replaced pcm at cost of $900.00. 3) powering steering fluid leak. 4) coolant leak. 5) persistent loss of air from wheel after replacing tire.

Reported in: FLOVILLA GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

i have filed a complaint before on this website about my frod freestar suddenly not moving. going up a ramp in the dark when car just stopped going forward. same complaint as many others here. i have emailed ford several times to find out if the 2006 will be recalled like the 04 and 05 models with the same exact problem. just kept getting the standard we aren't responsible answer. i called ford 2 days ago to verbally file a complaint. i was told that 1) rebuilt parts are better than new parts, so that's why i have a rebuilt transmission in my van now and 2) that ford won't respond about a recall unless they start getting phone calls from people with the same complaint. so do letters an emails about the problem not count? don't know if anyone is following the complaints on here but i thought i would share just in case. i paid $2600 to get a rebuilt transmission put in my car by ford and i really want my money back and faith once again in my vehicle. *tt

Reported in: HOUSTON TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate. the contact was able to see that the engine and tachometer continued running however the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. the vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where it was determined that the torque converter failed. the vehicle was repaired by replacing the torque converter. the manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. the current and failure mileage was 84,000.

Reported in: LEESBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58286B

ENGINE

the van has been hard to start just recently past month it takes 4 turns of key to start , van dies while driving, battery has died . took to ford dealership and they cant find anything wrong at all . they had me replace , fuel pump / spark plugs and wires / fuel filter/ ignition coil / tps sensor / air intake idle sensor / cleaned and reprogrammed the pcm / made new ignition key / cleaned all ground connections / checked alternator / replaced battery / drained gas tank and added fuel cleaner / after all of this expense i still am having the exact same issues ?????? any advice from anyone ??/ thanks in advance .

Reported in: CRESTVIEW FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FTZA54676B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

the van has been hard to start just recently past month it takes 4 turns of key to start , van dies while driving, battery has died . took to ford dealership and they cant find anything wrong at all . they had me replace , fuel pump / spark plugs and wires / fuel filter/ ignition coil / tps sensor / air intake idle sensor / cleaned and reprogrammed the pcm / made new ignition key / cleaned all ground connections / checked alternator / replaced battery / drained gas tank and added fuel cleaner / after all of this expense i still am having the exact same issues ?????? any advice from anyone ??/ thanks in advance .

Reported in: CRESTVIEW FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FTZA54676B

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

the van has been hard to start just recently past month it takes 4 turns of key to start , van dies while driving, battery has died . took to ford dealership and they cant find anything wrong at all . they had me replace , fuel pump / spark plugs and wires / fuel filter/ ignition coil / tps sensor / air intake idle sensor / cleaned and reprogrammed the pcm / made new ignition key / cleaned all ground connections / checked alternator / replaced battery / drained gas tank and added fuel cleaner / after all of this expense i still am having the exact same issues ?????? any advice from anyone ??/ thanks in advance .

Reported in: CRESTVIEW FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FTZA54676B

POWER TRAIN

driving down the road the van just lost forward motion, like it went into neutral. coasted to side of road, tried all gears and had nothing no drive or reverse.

Reported in: WEST PALM BEACH FL FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2SMZA51636B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

van shut off while driving and would not restart it had no electrical power, turned out computer shorted out $1200.00 repair.

Reported in: WEST PALM BEACH FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2SMZA57636B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving down a city street, stopped at a light, when it turned green i pushed on the pedal gently (someone was in front of me) and it made a huge jerk and clank clank clank. it then started to go. at this point it had the "powertrain malfunction light on". i drove it to ford and the car wouldn't go into reverse at all and wouldn't drive with out jerking. it also wouldn't go back in neutral when the key was turned on. no warning, drove fine before this.

Reported in: GARFIELD HEIGHTS OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

ENGINE

i was driving approximately 45 mph on busy highway, my ford freestar would no longer accelerate. looking in the rear view mirror, there was smoke coming from my vehicle. the engine light came on after i noticed the smoke, then my thermostat went all the way from c to hot in a split second. no warning, car smoking and my brakes and gas was not working. i tried to pull over safely and get out of the vehicle quickly. my van was engulfed with smoke, an ambulance pulled over to assist me. the car fire was put out and towed to a ford dealer. it was my transmission that blew. it was covered by warranty and fixed. i was told it was a bad transmission. one year and two weeks later, my ford freestar was not shifting gears, i was getting stuck, in reverse. when i shift to drive, it does not go forward. my car had to be towed again to the same ford dealer. i was told my transmission was filled with water and the 1 year warranty i purchased the year before was shorted by two weeks. ford would not honor my warranty due to it being over by 2 weeks time frame. so, i then purchased another transmission with another warranty. now in 2012, a year later, my transmission that i purchased last year is doing the same thing, getting stuck in gears, when i accelerate, my freestar jumps. every time it rains, this car stalls. when i took to my mechanic, he says this is a horrible car. poorly made and it should have been recalled. apparently it stalls in the rain due to the sealing from ford? why and how is this possible? this vehicle is a horrible safety problem. i am fortunate my children were not with me in the first car fire. when is ford or the safety council going to investigate this car? so in my vehicle, ford thinks there is nothing wrong with their customer having to replace a transmission 3 years in a row. no safety warnings or engine light warnings at all.

Reported in: LANGHORNE PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving approximately 45 mph on busy highway, my ford freestar would no longer accelerate. looking in the rear view mirror, there was smoke coming from my vehicle. the engine light came on after i noticed the smoke, then my thermostat went all the way from c to hot in a split second. no warning, car smoking and my brakes and gas was not working. i tried to pull over safely and get out of the vehicle quickly. my van was engulfed with smoke, an ambulance pulled over to assist me. the car fire was put out and towed to a ford dealer. it was my transmission that blew. it was covered by warranty and fixed. i was told it was a bad transmission. one year and two weeks later, my ford freestar was not shifting gears, i was getting stuck, in reverse. when i shift to drive, it does not go forward. my car had to be towed again to the same ford dealer. i was told my transmission was filled with water and the 1 year warranty i purchased the year before was shorted by two weeks. ford would not honor my warranty due to it being over by 2 weeks time frame. so, i then purchased another transmission with another warranty. now in 2012, a year later, my transmission that i purchased last year is doing the same thing, getting stuck in gears, when i accelerate, my freestar jumps. every time it rains, this car stalls. when i took to my mechanic, he says this is a horrible car. poorly made and it should have been recalled. apparently it stalls in the rain due to the sealing from ford? why and how is this possible? this vehicle is a horrible safety problem. i am fortunate my children were not with me in the first car fire. when is ford or the safety council going to investigate this car? so in my vehicle, ford thinks there is nothing wrong with their customer having to replace a transmission 3 years in a row. no safety warnings or engine light warnings at all.

Reported in: LANGHORNE PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

van was in motion on secondary roadway/county highway at approx 30mph. operator slowed vehicle for traffic and then attempted to continue on but received no response from the van. engine was operating and gear selector was in drive. the incident could be classed as near miss accident as other operators had to drive around the van which had come to a stop in the middle of road. ford diagnostics are that the torque converter has failed and has to be replaced. the symptoms and problem are the same as the 2004 & 2005 freestar torque converter recall. however, ford has not included the 2006 model year in the same recall.

Reported in: GUILDERLAND NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52236B

POWER TRAIN

vehicle started but when placed into drive or reverse nothing would happen even when the engine was revved. no warning, no noise, no previous indications at all that there was a problem. car was towed to ford dealership who informed me that the torque converter would need to be replaced as it was broken. thankfully my wife and kids had just pulled off the main highway for a fuel stop and were just going to continue their journey when the problem occurred. how can ford issue a recall for 2004 and 2005 freestar torque converters and not issue one for the 2006 when i'm sure that some 2006 models were actually made in 2005.

Reported in: HILLSIDE IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

driving north of idaho falls on i-15 on august 26, 2012. cruise control on at 75 mph. sudden loss of gear, engine rpm spiked. removed cruise control, now coasting in drive. pulled over to the shoulder and placed in park. attempted to engage the transmission with no response in any gear. the transmission has a date code of august 16, 2005.

Reported in: BUTTE MT || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle became resistant to forward acceleration. the vehicle was towed to the contacts home. the contact called a local dealer and was informed of a recall for the failure under nhtsa campaign id number: 12v006000 (power train:automatic transmission) . the contact was also informed that his vin was not included in the recall. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileages were 99,000.

Reported in: WATERFORD MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58276B

POWER TRAIN

i was traveling at a steady speed of 40 mph when i experienced instant and total transmission failure. the engine remained running and all subsystems continued to function but there was no power applied to the wheels in any gear. after being towed to the nearest ford dealership (lindsay ford in wheaton, md) the service department said that i needed a new transmission for $4,000. i eventually had the transmission repaired at a local shop for a total cost to me of $2,600. i learned that i had the same transmission problem that seems to be common to the ford freestar: a broken pump shaft caused the torque converter teeth to break off. it is obvious that this is a serious design flaw that remains uncorrected. ford should be held accountable and made liable for all failures and repairs related to this issue.

Reported in: BOWIE MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN

i bought the vehicle in jan. 06, starter went 11 months later. van has never started up correctly. it doesn't run smoothly. runs rough when it rains. found info online regarding water leaking into the pcm which can create misfires, shift late, engine can run rough. i have taken it back to echelon ford several times. they still won't admit to it being a problem. couldn't find a code. however, now that i am out of warranty, they were able to find a code. ford are not backing up there product! there hundreds of complaints about these vehicles and nothing is being done! i have 1 year left to pay, and can't afford to make repairs that ford should be fixing since it started when i had the original warranty...why will ford not do something..? i have a wife who drives it with 4 kids. what are they waiting for, an accident...? what has to happen to get them to fix this problem on there vehicles. ford is saying it's miss firing in cylinder 3. probably because of all the water that has effected the pcm, and the ignition coil pack & ignition wires needs to be replaced, why would need to be replaced in a 5 year old vehicle... is that getting wet too...? i am extremely tired of dealing with this van. it's not fair to have a company not stand behind there product. i have had it!

Reported in: LAUREL SPRINGS NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51606B

ENGINE

i bought the vehicle in jan. 06, starter went 11 months later. van has never started up correctly. it doesn't run smoothly. runs rough when it rains. found info online regarding water leaking into the pcm which can create misfires, shift late, engine can run rough. i have taken it back to echelon ford several times. they still won't admit to it being a problem. couldn't find a code. however, now that i am out of warranty, they were able to find a code. ford are not backing up there product! there hundreds of complaints about these vehicles and nothing is being done! i have 1 year left to pay, and can't afford to make repairs that ford should be fixing since it started when i had the original warranty...why will ford not do something..? i have a wife who drives it with 4 kids. what are they waiting for, an accident...? what has to happen to get them to fix this problem on there vehicles. ford is saying it's miss firing in cylinder 3. probably because of all the water that has effected the pcm, and the ignition coil pack & ignition wires needs to be replaced, why would need to be replaced in a 5 year old vehicle... is that getting wet too...? i am extremely tired of dealing with this van. it's not fair to have a company not stand behind there product. i have had it!

Reported in: LAUREL SPRINGS NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51606B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

i bought the vehicle in jan. 06, starter went 11 months later. van has never started up correctly. it doesn't run smoothly. runs rough when it rains. found info online regarding water leaking into the pcm which can create misfires, shift late, engine can run rough. i have taken it back to echelon ford several times. they still won't admit to it being a problem. couldn't find a code. however, now that i am out of warranty, they were able to find a code. ford are not backing up there product! there hundreds of complaints about these vehicles and nothing is being done! i have 1 year left to pay, and can't afford to make repairs that ford should be fixing since it started when i had the original warranty...why will ford not do something..? i have a wife who drives it with 4 kids. what are they waiting for, an accident...? what has to happen to get them to fix this problem on there vehicles. ford is saying it's miss firing in cylinder 3. probably because of all the water that has effected the pcm, and the ignition coil pack & ignition wires needs to be replaced, why would need to be replaced in a 5 year old vehicle... is that getting wet too...? i am extremely tired of dealing with this van. it's not fair to have a company not stand behind there product. i have had it!

Reported in: LAUREL SPRINGS NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51606B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact was driving approximately 15 mph when the vehicle completely stalled. the contact moved to the shoulder of the road and powered on the vehicle. the vehicle was towed to the contact's home. the manufacturer was contacted and advised that there was a recall for the 2004 and 2005 ford freestar vehicles however, not for the 2006 models (nhtsa campaign id number: 12v006000 power train:automatic transmission:torque converter). the vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the torque converter would have to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 97,780. the current mileage was 98,000.

Reported in: BYRON GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling 25 mph the vehicle lost power and would not accelerate. the engine was running, but the vehicle would not accelerate. the vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told the torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. the failure and current mileage was 120,000.

Reported in: ANN ARBOR MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA516X6B

POWER TRAIN

after starting vehicle, very high rpm's. when put in drive it stalls out. sitting at stop light it stalls out. mechanic said, "pcm is bad." it's not worth replacing if it's a design flaw. us as consumers shouldn't have to pay for car manufactures mistakes!!

Reported in: PORT RICHEY FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

ENGINE

after starting vehicle, very high rpm's. when put in drive it stalls out. sitting at stop light it stalls out. mechanic said, "pcm is bad." it's not worth replacing if it's a design flaw. us as consumers shouldn't have to pay for car manufactures mistakes!!

Reported in: PORT RICHEY FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 55 mph the vehicle stopped accelerating however the engine was still running. the contact smelled burning fluids. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission, torque converter and shaft had failed and would need to be rebuilt. the vehicle was repaired. afterward he was informed of a recall under nhtsa campaign id number: 12v006000 (power train:automatic transmission). the manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. the failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 106,000. ..updated 01/30/13 *bf the consumer stated the vehicle ws repaired. the consumer was advised the defective transmission is the same as those included in the recall. updated 2/1/2013 *js

Reported in: MILLEDGEVILLE IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA516X6B

STRUCTURE:BODY

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle made a rubbing noise. the contact inspected the vehicle and found that the rear driver side wheel well had become separated and was rubbing against the tire. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the vehicle was not repaired. the vin was not available. the failure and the current mileage was 110,000.

Reported in: SPRINGFIELD OH || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 5 mph and turning into a residential garage, the transmission would not engage in any gear, preventing the vehicle from being driven. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who advised the contact that that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred one week later. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 83,000.

Reported in: GREENFIELD OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

my wife was driving home from work when she turned onto a side street, the van lost all power and the wouldn't go into gear. after researching the problem i came across alot of people with this same problem with there 2006 freestar. i also found out that the 2004 and 2005 freestar had recalls for this same problem. could someone please look into this.

Reported in: OLATHE KS || Crash: N || VIN #:

SERVICE BRAKES

within the first year of owning this vehicle, we experienced intermittent problems with accelerating after a stop (either at a stop sign or red light or pulling out of a driveway). the traction control light would flash, and the van would not accelerate beyond 10-15 mph despite depressing the gas pedal to the floor. the only way to resolve the problem was to shut the vehicle down and start it again which clears the computer. there were several instances when we lost power while entering an intersection and were almost hit by other vehicles. we took the vehicle to two ford dealerships, neither of which found an error code or could replicate the problem. there was no rhyme or reason as to when or where the problem would occur. it may happen twice in one week or six months could pass without an issue. we were finally forced to sue ford under pennsylvania lemon law. approximately a year after the van was out of warranty, the van failed to accelerate while pulling out of my daughter's daycare. i drove to the ford dealership at 10 mph and left it running. the traction control light stayed illuminated for once, and a mechanic was able to pull an error code for a faulty abs sensor. i called ford corporate from the dealership and had them pull up the vehicle records. to their credit, they agreed to pay the $1200 bill for the abs sensor and another part related to the problem. i drove the van for another year and a half with no other abs problems. an employee at the dealership advised me that when no error codes appear during diagnostic testing, ford will not pay the dealership to troubleshoot. therefore, there is no incentive for the dealership to put any effort into fixing a problem...it just costs them money.

Reported in: HATFIELD PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling 35 mph, the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts. the contact merged off the roadway where the vehicle was towed to a private mechanic. the mechanic inspected the vehicle and determined that the torque converter failed. the contact referenced nhtsa campaign id number 12v006000 (power train:automatic transmission), which he believed was similar to the failure, but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall campaign. the manufacturer was notified of the issue. the failure and current mileages were 118,000.

Reported in: CHESTERTON IN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that she attempted to accelerate from a traffic stop but the vehicle would not respond. the vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. the manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in nhtsa campaign id number: 12v006000(power train:automatic transmission:torque converter). the failure mileage was 60,000.

Reported in: OLYMPIA WA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

at a grocery store parking lot, after turning into a parking spot i put the van into reverse to straighten it out, when i put back into drive, it didn't move, there was no engagement whatsoever of the gears. i had to push the vehicle into the spot out of the lane of traffic and have it towed. ironically this happened 3 days after i learned about ford recalling the freestar for 2005 models to replace torque converter; when the service center who towed my vehicle told me i needed a torque converter replacement i had them provide pictures of the part and can clearly see the part itself was a 2005 part! however ford is not taking responsibility because the year of my vehicle is 2006, it cost me over $1300 to repair. i notified customer service at ford on 8/31/12 to request a refund but so far nothing.

Reported in: HOUSTON TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58276B

VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS

air conditioner, right side passenger door window, moter mounts.

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01126G

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

air conditioner, right side passenger door window, moter mounts.

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01126G

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

air conditioner, right side passenger door window, moter mounts.

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01126G

POWER TRAIN

transmission failed without warning while driving at city speeds under normal conditions.

Reported in: MILWAUKEE WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

while driving at highway speed (75mph) the transmission failed, there was no warning and there were no previous problems with the transmission. the transmission has no forward or reverse gears leaving it essentially in neutral. this left the car without power or the ability to safely exit the highway in the middle of crowded traffic. except for the ability of other drivers to avoid our car this could have resulted in a catastrophic accident.

Reported in: CLIFTON SPRINGS NY || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE

i was traveling down the highway when my transmission completely quit working and my rpm's shot up to 5000. i coasted to the side of the road and the transmission would not engage. i had it towed to a local shop where i was referred to cottman transmission to get it evaluated. cottman transmission said the transmission was full of water and completely burned up. they said that these vans have a problem with water leaking through the wiper vents onto the top of the pcm and water entering into the transmission. upon more investigation i have found out that ford has even acknowledged the problem and still has not issued a recall. they have issued a recall on some of the 04 and 05's for torque converter issues that sound like the same problem with the 06's. something has to be done about this because i was traveling on a busy highway with my wife and kids and had the transmission locked up i could have caused a serious, possibly even fatal, wreck because of ford's failure to correct a problem that they know exists! thankyou.

Reported in: LULING LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

i was traveling down the highway when my transmission completely quit working and my rpm's shot up to 5000. i coasted to the side of the road and the transmission would not engage. i had it towed to a local shop where i was referred to cottman transmission to get it evaluated. cottman transmission said the transmission was full of water and completely burned up. they said that these vans have a problem with water leaking through the wiper vents onto the top of the pcm and water entering into the transmission. upon more investigation i have found out that ford has even acknowledged the problem and still has not issued a recall. they have issued a recall on some of the 04 and 05's for torque converter issues that sound like the same problem with the 06's. something has to be done about this because i was traveling on a busy highway with my wife and kids and had the transmission locked up i could have caused a serious, possibly even fatal, wreck because of ford's failure to correct a problem that they know exists! thankyou.

Reported in: LULING LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

i was traveling down the highway when my transmission completely quit working and my rpm's shot up to 5000. i coasted to the side of the road and the transmission would not engage. i had it towed to a local shop where i was referred to cottman transmission to get it evaluated. cottman transmission said the transmission was full of water and completely burned up. they said that these vans have a problem with water leaking through the wiper vents onto the top of the pcm and water entering into the transmission. upon more investigation i have found out that ford has even acknowledged the problem and still has not issued a recall. they have issued a recall on some of the 04 and 05's for torque converter issues that sound like the same problem with the 06's. something has to be done about this because i was traveling on a busy highway with my wife and kids and had the transmission locked up i could have caused a serious, possibly even fatal, wreck because of ford's failure to correct a problem that they know exists! thankyou.

Reported in: LULING LA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

running sluggish on acceleration. no warning lights regarding any problem until total failure while driving on a major highway. was able to get to dealer. at stop sign car would not move. re-started and was able to park. needs transmission replaced.

Reported in: BAYVILLE NJ || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

i got into my van, after dropping my mom off and was during approximately 15 miles am hour, got half way down her street when i heard this strange noise, like the sound of ron's revving on a race car or something. than. my rpm gage was going all the way up and down. it was moving pretty slow, and i got scared and pulled over and put it in park and shut it down. i than tried to start it up again and it would not go . it just kept revving. the ron's moving up and down again. i had to have it towed to a transmission shop and they charged me $1,550 to have trainee rebuilt. i was out of a vehicle for months trying to come up with the money. also spending money on rentals to get to work and bring my kids to school. than just three months after getting my van back, i drove to the akron reservation and nearly the same thing happened driving up a hill on the way back. i had to have it towed again and went without my van for another week and a half. they fixed it again and than told me there was a recall on the torque converters through ford. the 2004 and 2005 ford freestar. my van is an 06, and their are a lot of 2006 story's and complaints i have heard besides mine. ford needs to extend the recall and add the 2006 models also, because it's the same defective problem as the 04, and 05.

Reported in: BUFFALO NY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while accelerating from a stop, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. the vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was determined that the torque converter failed. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was contacted about the failure. the failure and current mileages were 266,000. the vin was not available.

Reported in: MORVEN NC || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

van quit moving. engine was running fine throughout the entire incident, but the transmission would no longer engage and move the van in any direction. waiting on diagnostic report, but have checked the vin and there is no recall notice at this time.

Reported in: DALEVILLE IN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51626B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle lost motive power without warning. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 83,161 and the /current /mileage was 110,000. updated 2/27/13 *cn updated 03/11/2013 *js

Reported in: CANTON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the transmission suddenly pulled then the electrical system failed. the vehicle engine was still running but the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the vehicle was awaiting diagnosis. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 103,218.

Reported in: OWENS CROSSROADS AL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

2006 ford freestar. consumer writes in regards to transmission malfunction. *smd the consumer stated the vehicle slowed to a stop, in the middle of the interstate.

Reported in: PUNTA GORDA FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

2006 ford freestar. consumer writes in regards to transmission malfunction. *smd the consumer stated the vehicle slowed to a stop, in the middle of the interstate.

Reported in: PUNTA GORDA FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle came to a complete halt without any warnings and there was a sudden increase of engine rpm. the vehicle was taken to the dealer. the technician diagnosed that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 92,000.

Reported in: LAKE GENEVA WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

POWER TRAIN

my husband and 5 passengers were traveling home at night from my son's hockey game ( 2 hours away) when the car felt like it was sent into neutral. could not go forward or reverse. thankfully they were able to coast safely to a stop. they were stranded and had to flag down help. the torque converter was totally stripped out which resulted in a repair bill of $902.00. ( not to mention the cost of towing) i found out that the 2004 and 2005 freestar torque converters were on recall. why were the 2006 models not included in this? i was told they have the same transmission and such. i will be holding onto my receipt in hopes that we can be reimbursed for this major inconvenience and safety issue. this could have been a bad situation had they been on a freeway. i am hoping that ford will recognize that the 2006 models should be included on this recall. if not.... the next breakdown, accident, injury or death could be on your shoulders. sorry for the rant but i am frustrated!

Reported in: ONTONAGON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52236B

ENGINE

my husband and 5 passengers were traveling home at night from my son's hockey game ( 2 hours away) when the car felt like it was sent into neutral. could not go forward or reverse. thankfully they were able to coast safely to a stop. they were stranded and had to flag down help. the torque converter was totally stripped out which resulted in a repair bill of $902.00. ( not to mention the cost of towing) i found out that the 2004 and 2005 freestar torque converters were on recall. why were the 2006 models not included in this? i was told they have the same transmission and such. i will be holding onto my receipt in hopes that we can be reimbursed for this major inconvenience and safety issue. this could have been a bad situation had they been on a freeway. i am hoping that ford will recognize that the 2006 models should be included on this recall. if not.... the next breakdown, accident, injury or death could be on your shoulders. sorry for the rant but i am frustrated!

Reported in: ONTONAGON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52236B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the instrument panel failed. the vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the light behind the instrument panel needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 115,000.

Reported in: QUINLYN TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FTZA54696B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving uphill. the vehicle was towed to a transmission specialist, who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the transmission torque converter. the transmission was rebuilt and the vehicle was repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the failure mileage was 65,555 and the approximate current mileage was 65,655. updated 5/7/13 *cn updated 05/16/2013 *js

Reported in: WEST ISLIP NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

SERVICE BRAKES

when i placed the shifter lever to reverse the vehicle would not move backward. the torque converter had to be replaced. brake booster had to be replaced.

Reported in: RIVERCIDE CA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

POWER TRAIN

when i placed the shifter lever to reverse the vehicle would not move backward. the torque converter had to be replaced. brake booster had to be replaced.

Reported in: RIVERCIDE CA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

SEAT BELTS

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the rear driver's side seat belt failed to unlatch. the contact mentioned that the seat was folded down and the seat belt tightened, leaving no slack in the webbing to allow it to return to the upright position. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 97,000.

Reported in: CROUSE NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01156G

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

while driving in heavy traffic during a snow storm with my 9 year old daughter on the freeway my 2006 ford freestar started jerking and trying to stall out when trying to get off the freeway to safety speedometer was showing i was driving 120 at a stop light. the rpm's were at a 3 while sitting still. if the van had stalled on the freeway the incident would have been horrific. then a second incident happen on march 28, 2013 when i was preparing pull onto a side street my van started jerking and stalling out on me and the speedometer showed i going a 120 while sitting still at a stop sign.

Reported in: CORBIN KY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

while driving in heavy traffic during a snow storm with my 9 year old daughter on the freeway my 2006 ford freestar started jerking and trying to stall out when trying to get off the freeway to safety speedometer was showing i was driving 120 at a stop light. the rpm's were at a 3 while sitting still. if the van had stalled on the freeway the incident would have been horrific. then a second incident happen on march 28, 2013 when i was preparing pull onto a side street my van started jerking and stalling out on me and the speedometer showed i going a 120 while sitting still at a stop sign.

Reported in: CORBIN KY || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

engines runs fine and accelerates, but van does not move. as if in neutral. same problem as recalled 2004 - 2005 faulty factory torque converter. was almost hit on highway as speed decelerated rapidly. seeing many others online have filed similar complaints, i am quite sure ford knows this defect extends to the 2006 model which was built in 2005 using the same parts known to be faulty.

Reported in: HATTIESBURG MS || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving my van home from the grocery store. all of a sudden the speedometer said i was traveling at over 100 miles an hour and began to vibrate. i pulled over, turned the car off and restarted it. it seemed to be okay at first. then when i tried to get it up to speed it would only move down the road at a crawl. same problem as the 2004-2005 models.

Reported in: BELTON MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

i was driving my van home from the grocery store. all of a sudden the speedometer said i was traveling at over 100 miles an hour and began to vibrate. i pulled over, turned the car off and restarted it. it seemed to be okay at first. then when i tried to get it up to speed it would only move down the road at a crawl. same problem as the 2004-2005 models.

Reported in: BELTON MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

POWER TRAIN

i was going to work traveling at exactly 40 mph and engine was working fine but transmission was not engaging. the van came to a slow gradual stop. i turned the van off ant started it again with no problems but when tried to shift into gear, it would not engage. my brother who is a certified auto repair technician in puerto rico was visiting and checked it for me an stated that the transmission pump failed causing the torque converter to break. it would need to be repaired at a cost of at least $1200.00. i am making payments and i have no other vehicle and now i can't get to work. ford knew about this problem because it is the same transmission recalled in 2005 the freestar i am preparing to sue.

Reported in: BRADENTON FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

while in drive (in a rainy night) vehicle just coasted to a stop. i had no working gears - vehicle acted like being in 'neutral' no matter what was selected. towed to pundmann ford and diagnosed as a torque converter problem that also ruined the transmission. dealer quote "diag removed trans assy replaced torque converter o/d drum forward clutch and o/d band all pistons and seals road test". several thousand dollars to fix. found out recall in 2004 and 2005 models for same problem. this is same problem and 2006s should be included. shocking that a transmission goes completely out at 47,000 miles.

Reported in: WASHINGTON DC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52256B

POWER TRAIN

while in drive (in a rainy night) vehicle just coasted to a stop. i had no working gears - vehicle acted like being in 'neutral' no matter what was selected. towed to pundmann ford and diagnosed as a torque converter problem that also ruined the transmission. dealer quote "diag removed trans assy replaced torque converter o/d drum forward clutch and o/d band all pistons and seals road test". several thousand dollars to fix. found out recall in 2004 and 2005 models for same problem. this is same problem and 2006s should be included. shocking that a transmission goes completely out at 47,000 miles.

Reported in: WASHINGTON DC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52256B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the transmission failed to without warning. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. the technician stated that the torque converter would need to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

Reported in: TRINITY FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

may 4, 2013 , 2006 ford freestar w/ 87,785 mi. stopped moving in intersection with children in van.all gears acted like neutral except park. 2 1/2 hrs from home. wife had to call carmel, in police dept. for assistance to move out of intersection for her & children's safety. ford is aware of this issue, had recalls on 04-05 freestars, many complaints on 06 also, no recall. local mechanic diagnosed it as either torque converter failure or pcm, both well known issues on this car. build date on freestar is 12/05. we had to pay $400 to have it towed home.. this issues demands a recall before someone is seriously injured or dies. no warning before this happened..

Reported in: DYER IN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

VISIBILITY

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the windshield wiper motor failed. the contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told this was a common failure. the vehicle was repaired. the vin was not available. the failure mileage was 110,000.

Reported in: RANDELSTOWN MD || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

pulled into parking lot at work, then the engine revved up as if it was in neutral and transmission would not engage. had to coast to parking spot. if this would've happened moments earlier i would've been traveling down the highway at 75mph in traffic and could have caused a very serious wreck. i have learned since this incident the 2004 and 2005 models were recalled for this exact issue, the manufacturer date on my freestar is oct. 2005, so why has the 2006 models not been recalled when they have the same torque converters with the same issue as the 2004-2005 models.

Reported in: JASPER TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52236B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that upon entering the vehicle, it appeared that the audio system had been reset. the contact also stated that the reverse indicators failed and the passenger side air bag light illuminated. the contact also mentioned that after opening the lift gate, the vehicle would not start immediately and the brake light illuminated erroneously. the contact took the vehicle to a dealer and was informed that it was probably an electrical problem. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure and current mileage was 91,000.

Reported in: COMMACK NY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA582X6B

POWER TRAIN

as i was turning through traffic to drive up a hill, the transmission stopped working and the car no longer was able to move forward under its own power. i was lucky enough to be able to use the momentum i had to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. the transmission had to be replaced at a cost of 3,500 dollars.

Reported in: SIMSBURY CT || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51676B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost motive power. the vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis. the technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

Reported in: KANSAS CITY MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling 35 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. the engine was still running but the vehicle would not move. the contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer and it was determined that the torque converter had failed. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure and current mileages were 170,000.

Reported in: PORT ALEGANY PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51606B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving approximately 25 mph on a side street when the car lost power to the power train. the check engine light came on before losing power. the engine did not stall and as i pressed the accelerator, i could hear the engine revving. it was if the car was in neutral. i steered the car to the side of the road and stopped it. i turned it off and restarted it to see if i could get it to operate in gear. again, the card turned over but there was no power in drive or reverse.

Reported in: ROCHESTER MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

POWER TRAIN

while driving on highway 11/70 in knoxville tennessee, traveling west my wife lost propulsion and had to coast into a parking lot. engine is fine, transmission does not provide power to wheels. this happened suddenly and without warning. we have not had any warnings that anything was going wrong with the vehicle. i realize that there is a recall for this model for the years 04, and 05, for the transmission. my failure symptom is consistent with the failure described for the 04, 05 recall. thank you,

Reported in: LENOIR CITY TN || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

while driving in traffic, power to the wheels was disconnected and the engine revved. car acted as though it was out of gear. after coasting off the roadway, vehicle would not engage in gear. there was no prior warning or issue. took the car to a mechanic who changed the torque converter - problem solved. we are surprised this was not covered under the recall for 2004-2005 vehicles as it seems to be the same issue!

Reported in: TYLER TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52246B

POWER TRAIN

after heavy rain the van began to misfire and shake. check engine light came on. 2 days later it went out after drying off.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE

after heavy rain the van began to misfire and shake. check engine light came on. 2 days later it went out after drying off.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

after heavy rain the van began to misfire and shake. check engine light came on. 2 days later it went out after drying off.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE

i was driving my 2006 ford freestar in my neighbor hood with my kids with me. all of a sudden the car shook and i lost all power in my vehicle. the engine just revved like i was in neutral. i pulled over in a parking lot. none of the gears on van were working. i was very fortunate that i was not on highway and not traveling at a high speed. there is a problem with the torque converter and ford knows it. they did a recall on the 2004-2005 torque converter but not the 2006. i have spoken to several repair facilities including a ford dealership and they advised me that they all use the same transmission. i can not believe that ford would consider the torque converter issue a safety recall but not one for the 2006 freestar. i called ford and they said that would notify me if there is a future recall but basically i am on my own. they are putting people in jeopardy of their safety and they are aware of the issue.

Reported in: SIMPSONVILLE SC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving my 2006 ford freestar in my neighbor hood with my kids with me. all of a sudden the car shook and i lost all power in my vehicle. the engine just revved like i was in neutral. i pulled over in a parking lot. none of the gears on van were working. i was very fortunate that i was not on highway and not traveling at a high speed. there is a problem with the torque converter and ford knows it. they did a recall on the 2004-2005 torque converter but not the 2006. i have spoken to several repair facilities including a ford dealership and they advised me that they all use the same transmission. i can not believe that ford would consider the torque converter issue a safety recall but not one for the 2006 freestar. i called ford and they said that would notify me if there is a future recall but basically i am on my own. they are putting people in jeopardy of their safety and they are aware of the issue.

Reported in: SIMPSONVILLE SC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

returned to vehicle from the store, started, selected reverse and nothing happened. engine would respond to gas with revs, but no movement. tried other gears--nothing would engage: it was as if every gear was neutral. has to be towed to service center. have now read online that this is very common and that the 2004-5 were recalled for this very issue. i am so frustrated that ford would not recall the 06 as well. an hour earlier my wife and children could have been killed if this had happened on the freeway! also pretty disappointed in nhtsa for not leveraging its position to force ford to address this.

Reported in: CARLSBAD CA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52236

POWER TRAIN

i was on my way to work at 5am and was at a red light. on the green light, hit the gas and the van would not move. i couldn't get it to go into gear. it was like i didn't have any shifting abilities. the engine was running, but it wouldn't move. called a tow truck, and yes i have a transmission problem. the torque converter is shot plus whatever else can go wrong with broken metal in your transmission. we don't have the money to fix it, so we have a pretty piece of junk in our driveway that we still owe $4,500 on. i think i will plant flowers around it so the neighbors will not see the grass growing under it. plus that will give it a proper burial, because without a ford recall, it will never move.

Reported in: CILINTON MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51666B

POWER TRAIN

while driving, coming to a stop sign, i stopped, when commencing to go through the stop sign, vehicle would not move forward. i tried putting vehicle in reverse, i moved approx 2 feet and could not move anymore in any gear. i received help to push into a parking space away from traffic until i was able to have vehicle towed to repair shop. after researching, i found that a recall exists on the faulty torque converters which could affect the transmission also on the 2004 and 2005 ford freestar and it is the same exact faulty part as on my vehicle. frustratingly my vehicle the 2006 freestar was not included in fords recall program, but it should be. fortunately this did not occur on the highway in a more dangerous situation. i am currently on dialysis and my wife with parkinson's this is adding to our overall declining health with this additional stress. now i found out we may have to spend an additional $3000 to fix our vehicle. i have been a loyal ford customer for 45 years.

Reported in: MYRTLE BEACH SC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52246B

POWER TRAIN

the same as everyone else. the van does not shift from first to second gear. if it does shift, it is a very hard shift. some times need to back off on gas so it shifts. once in second gear, van runs good. reverse is sporadic as well. some times it wants to. sometimes not so much. changed transmission filter. did not correct the situation. did some research to see if anyone else has had issues like i am having to find out that there are many people with the same issue. i have noticed that there was a recall for the same make and model but previous 2 years. not sure why this year has not had a recall to fix the torque converter, but i am hoping that there will be a recall soon.... it is obvious that there is an issue that needs to be resolved....

Reported in: READING PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. the vehicle was moved to the shoulder where it was shut down and restarted, but to no avail. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was contacted about the failure. the failure mileage was 95,000.

Reported in: MUSKEGON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52246B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving on a highway in my ford freestar 2006 and the minivan seized, i lost control of the vehicle. the brakes were not working properly and i had drifted off onto the side of the highway were the grass and a few turns helped slow down my vehicle. i had to immediately jump out of the vehicle because there was smoke coming from the engine, but the vehicle would not stop. when the vehicle finally stopped, i jumped out and an ambulance assisted putting out the fire. the engine light went on about 2 minutes before this occurred, giving me no warning signs. i found out it was the transmission. it was replaced under warranty. in 2011, the same thing occurred, engine and car completely failed. when i took it in - it was the transmission again. i had to buy another transmission in less than a year. ford was not willing to assist me or talk to me about it. i called several times complaining about safety and the possible accidents it could have caused. none the less, in 2012, the transmission went again. thank goodness it was covered under warranty. same thing, car completely seized while driving again. it was the transmission again!! three years of getting a transmission - something is wrong and noone is doing anything about it. my transmission light went off again - i am afraid to even drive it to the dealer. this is ridiculous - who is helping the consumer and protecting them against this? my kids are not allowed in the vehicle now in case the car seizes on the way to the dealer.

Reported in: LANGHORNE PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52276B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the rpm reading increased and the vehicle would not accelerate. the vehicle was towed to the contact's home. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

Reported in: ALLEN PARK MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58206B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 79,000. updated 9/4/13 *cn the vehicle was reapired at a cost of $ 1,550.

Reported in: CAPITOL HEIGHTS MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51646B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 79,000. updated 9/4/13 *cn the vehicle was reapired at a cost of $ 1,550.

Reported in: CAPITOL HEIGHTS MD || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51646B

POWER TRAIN

driving down road at 40 mph. vehicle suddenly lost all drive power. no forward, or reverse available when transmission shifted between all gear positions. engine would rev normally and engine running fine. transmission when out. no drive power. this vehicle should have been included in the torque converter/transmission recall that was done on the 2005 and 2006 freestar. *tt

Reported in: SUSSEX WI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58296B

POWER TRAIN

my daughter and i were traveling home from columbus ohio, we were traveling on sr 53. when our 2006 ford freestar engine started increasing rpm's. without any warning the transmission just acted like it was in neural. we were able to get off road but was almost hit by semi behind us. we were stranded on a country road at 3 am. i finally contacted a towing servive and $120.00 later we made it home. i contacted our local ford dealer and they said yes, we no whats wrong what is your vin number? i gave them my vin number and was told that it wasn't on their list????? it the same problem they know they have but since it wasn't on their recall list it was my respondsability. thsi van only has 36,000 miles, ford knows they have a problemand won't own up to it financially. they are going to get someone killed if this problem isn't fixed. how can a company know they have a safety problem and not be liable for their pooly designed transmission.

Reported in: FREMONT OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58246B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving down interstate 295, in nj mile mark 33 when the vehicle started smelling and smoking. i pulled over and the transmission fluid came out from the bottom of the car. i had it towed to the repair shop and they told me that the transmission was shot and needed replaced and it would cost me $3,500.00. from what i have been reading online they recalled the 2004 - 2005 transmission for the same problem. i also read that the same transmission is used from the 2004 - 2007 models, so why would it fail for the 2004 - 2005 but not for the 2006 - 2007. i just made my last payment on this vehicle in august of 2013 and the transmission went on sept 2013. i am upset with this especially having a van full of children returning from a trip. it seems like this is a problem that should have been recalled a long time ago and not still allow for the problem to continue. *jb

Reported in: LUMBERTON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52265B

POWER TRAIN

my children and i were returning from a trip to and were driving through kentucky on the interstate. while we were going up a hill the car just started to rev as though it were stuck in neutral. i tried lower gears and finally we were able to move of the freeway and on to the side. thankfully we were all okay. after leaving it in a different state from which we live and having the torque converter repaired, we were able to return and drive it home. approximately 4 and a half months later, i am driving home from a night class on road that does not have great lighting and going up a hill the same thing happens. this time it is towed to a local shop and we are told that it will cost us $2400 to put in a new transmission. from what i can see here by other complaints and other web-sites, this is a common problem, that ford knows about. i am really disappointed. until this happened the first time, this was a great vehicle. i would not be so upset, if we had not just had this problem repaired such a short time ago and if it were not so over abundant in these and other vehicles.

Reported in: FAIRMONT WV || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

SEATS

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that there was mold under the middle rear seat. the contact also mentioned that the vehicle was previously treated under nhtsa campaign number 13v081000 (seats). the manufacturer was notified about the failure. the failure mileage was 6,000 and the approximate current mileage was 75,000.

Reported in: GOLF PORT MS || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

i was driving my kids to school, runnining approximately 30 mph and all of a sudden realized that my engine was reving up and i was not speeding up. it happened out of no where. scared me to death because i was on a busy road and had a tractor and trailer behind me that almost ran me over. had to have my car towed to the shop to find out that my transmission had gone bad. it cost me $3400.00 to have a rebuilt transmission put in. just one year ago the pcm module went bad and ford charged me $3000.00 to put a new one in. still had the same problem. i took my car to an independent auto mechanic shop and found out that the ford dealer never replaced the pcm module. had to pay the independent shop another $1000.00 to actually put a new pcm module in. have called ford several times and they won't do anything about it. i have read hundreds of post of other people who are having the same problem. somebody needs to do something to ford. i took all my paperwork to an attorney and he told me that i didn't have enough money to fight a company the size of ford and to just get rid of the vehicle. i don't have the money to buy a new vehicle and when i tried to trade it in, the guy at the dealership said that they weren't going to give me much for it on the trade in because of all the problems that the van had. please someone help to make ford do a recall on these vans! they are ripping people off and nothing is being done about it.

Reported in: CORAPEAEKE NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52286B

POWER TRAIN

i reported to the dealer i bought the vehicle from the 2nd week i owned it that there was a wrench light on and it was flashing.they told me to come to the store and they would look at it,they discovered a solenoid had blown and they replaced it.they told me it was fixed but if it were to come back on that i should get back to them.the light would come on and off randomly,sometimes weekly,other times bi weekly and i called them each and every time.they sent me to a garage in biddeford that only replaced a spark plug and they called it good.i have been driving the van this way since june and despite the fact that the problem was brought to their attention,it now remains unresolved.i went to drive it 2 days ago,wrench light was on when i left,on the way home,the wrench light and engine light were on and it wouldn't shift.i couldn't go above 40 and prayed to make it home.i have no money for another car and would love to get a resolution to this soon.i am in a severe time crunch and can't afford not to have a car.

Reported in: STEEP FALLS ME || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was contacted about the failure. the failure mileage was 109,000.

Reported in: LORRAINE OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

i was notified of a safety recall on my mini van, called the local dealer was told that i would get a call back as they did not have the part to fix it yet. never got the call back, finally got to take it in and after the dealer having it for 4 days i get a call and am informed of "internal failure of transmission" , was told the cost to repair the transmission. i did some checking and ford has known about this issue since 2005, my van is a 2005. there have been complaints about getting the torque convertor replaced and shortly thereafter the consumer is informed of the "internal failure of transmission". seems to me that this falls under the "cause and effect" syndrome , ie the torque convertor fingers break loose (tiny fragments) and follow the fluid down into the tranny and presto your tranny goes out. ford should cover this repair, i have the extended coverage but it is gonna be close on the expiration of coverage. i think someone should gather all of the injured consumers and sue ford. i called ford at 1-800-565-3673 and made a consumer complaint.

Reported in: ODESSA TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA57665B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally while sitting idle at a traffic stop. the vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 69,350.

Reported in: LIVE OAK TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

POWER TRAIN

torque converter failed without previous signs of problems--was advised that same part on 2004 and 2005 may have been recalled--looking at websites 2006 model seems to be a problem for a lot of people.

Reported in: EASLEY SC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while stopped, the vehicle would not accelerate. the vehicle was personally inspected by the contact who noticed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

Reported in: CLAYTON NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

ENGINE

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly as the check engine warning light illuminated. the contact also mentioned that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate and would stall. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified. the failure mileage was 136,000.

Reported in: GAINESVILLE GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly as the check engine warning light illuminated. the contact also mentioned that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate and would stall. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified. the failure mileage was 136,000.

Reported in: GAINESVILLE GA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

the vehicle would do 35 or 40 mph and would not shift gear. took vehicle to two automotive repair shops to find out the issue. had the torque converter replaced along with transmission gaskets and seals. the 3rd gear shift solenoid was also replaced and vehicle still does the same thing. took it to the ford dealership and they told me that they know there's a problem and what it is (without even looking at the vehicle), but my vehicle does not fall under the recall notice. i am asking that the recall be extended to include the 2006 model ford freestar and not limited to the 2004-2005 model year as ford has not corrected the manufacturer issue in regard to the power train performance.

Reported in: APPLE VALLEY CA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51626B

FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

i was driving the car when it suddenly stopped responding when pressing on the gas pedal. the vehicle eventually rolled to a stop. the engine was running, but the car would not move forward or reverse. turns out it was the torque converter (transmission). it cost $1200 to repair. very unusual for this to happen to a car with only 49000 miles. i googled the problem and got many hits. ford had recalled the 2004 and 2005 models for this problem. why not the 2006?

Reported in: CHARLOTTE NC || Crash: N || VIN #:

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

i was driving the car when it suddenly stopped responding when pressing on the gas pedal. the vehicle eventually rolled to a stop. the engine was running, but the car would not move forward or reverse. turns out it was the torque converter (transmission). it cost $1200 to repair. very unusual for this to happen to a car with only 49000 miles. i googled the problem and got many hits. ford had recalled the 2004 and 2005 models for this problem. why not the 2006?

Reported in: CHARLOTTE NC || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that upon inspection, the output shaft torque converter was found to be destroyed. the contact also mentioned that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle exhibited a loss of power when the contact was attempting to accelerate. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the torque converter would need to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified. the failure mileage was 150,000.

Reported in: GRAND RAPIDS MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51626B

ENGINE

when i was driving a hill down, suddenly the engine and all electronic equipment stopped, warning lamp engine and battery flashes, steering wheel and brakes did not work correctly. i need about 1 mile to stop the car. after that the car could not be reactivated/started again. - cause for incident (ford service): the motor control unit was filled with water after a rain.

Reported in: HOCHHEIM / GERMANY IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA572X6B

STEERING

when i was driving a hill down, suddenly the engine and all electronic equipment stopped, warning lamp engine and battery flashes, steering wheel and brakes did not work correctly. i need about 1 mile to stop the car. after that the car could not be reactivated/started again. - cause for incident (ford service): the motor control unit was filled with water after a rain.

Reported in: HOCHHEIM / GERMANY IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA572X6B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

when i was driving a hill down, suddenly the engine and all electronic equipment stopped, warning lamp engine and battery flashes, steering wheel and brakes did not work correctly. i need about 1 mile to stop the car. after that the car could not be reactivated/started again. - cause for incident (ford service): the motor control unit was filled with water after a rain.

Reported in: HOCHHEIM / GERMANY IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA572X6B

POWER TRAIN

hello - i am wondering if the 2006 & 2007 ford freestar vehicles have been recognized for the serious safety hazard they present, and for recall as their 2004 & 2005 predecessors have? "2004-'05 ford freestar, mercury monterey recalled for loss of power without warning ford is recalling 205,896 2004-'05 ford freestars and mercury montereys because the torque converter output shaft may fail, resulting in sudden loss of power with no warning, according to the national highway traffic safety administration. ford will replace the torque converter on the affected vehicles. the recall is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012. ford is recalling 205,896 2004-'05 ford freestars and mercury montereys "the torque converter output shaft may fail," said nhtsa in its recalls summary of the problem. "this condition results in a sudden loss of motive power with no warning, increasing the risk of a crash." ford told the federal safety agency that the supplier of the torque converter manufactured converters containing a pump shaft spline that did not consistently meet the specified heat treat requirements. as a result, some of the torque converters may experience worn pump shaft splines. nhtsa opened a probe into the issue in 2009. ford dealers will replace the torque converter. if you own a 2004-'05 ford freestar or mercury monterey, be aware that a recall is in the works." my 2006 ford freestar experienced this very same loss of power due to a torque converter failure on the highway, placing myself and my entire family in grave danger as i was forced to extricate the vehicle from the highway in heavy traffic with a complete & sudden loss of motive power. the 2006 & 2007 ford freestar & mercury monterey vehicles clearly suffer form this same torque converter spline failure and should be recalled by ford.

Reported in: READING PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA52226B

POWER TRAIN

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph the transmission failed. there were no warning indicator lights illuminated. the vehicle was towed to amoco. the mechanic diagnosed that the gear shift inside the transmission needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the problem. the approximate failure mileage was 84,000. updated 05/28/14*lj updated 05/29/2014 *js

Reported in: WILLIAMSPORT PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

STEERING

12/10/13 and 12/11/13 mini van stalled on the road while driving 25 miles per hour. no warning light before hand. loss of power steering and engine. was told that it was an air flow control. drove car home from dealership and stalled on the road home. pcm was replaced. 1/20/14 next two times car failed to start while in a parking lot or driveway. (was repaired) pcm was replaced again. 2/6/14 fourth stall was on an exit ramp of a major highway. car was going 45 miles per hour and stalled. loss of power steering and engine.

Reported in: LAWRENCEVILLE NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FNDA52295B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/10/13 and 12/11/13 mini van stalled on the road while driving 25 miles per hour. no warning light before hand. loss of power steering and engine. was told that it was an air flow control. drove car home from dealership and stalled on the road home. pcm was replaced. 1/20/14 next two times car failed to start while in a parking lot or driveway. (was repaired) pcm was replaced again. 2/6/14 fourth stall was on an exit ramp of a major highway. car was going 45 miles per hour and stalled. loss of power steering and engine.

Reported in: LAWRENCEVILLE NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FNDA52295B

POWER TRAIN

we stopped at stop sign, took off and went about 30 feet and it quit pulling. luckily the car coming down the highway slowed down before he rearended us. we pushed it off the side of the road and had to call the wrecker to bring it home.

Reported in: CROOKSVILLE OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

POWER TRAIN

i was accelerating down the street at approximately 35 miles an hour in a 55mph zone. when all of a sudden it was like the transmission was thrown in neutral. when the vehicle slowed down so fast with no power, i was almost rearended by a vehicle from behind traveling at approx 55 mph. when i coasted to a stop the vechile would not go forward or backward. i havine been driving fords for 46 years and never had a transmission to go out on me. i could have been hurt if rearended. it cost me over $3000 to have the transmission rebuilt. ford should have a recall and pay me for the problem as the same failure is going on everywhere in the us. the 2005's had the same problem. ford should be ashamed of there selfs for making the junk.

Reported in: FREMONT NC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA522X6B

POWER TRAIN

driving on the interstate and the van started to jerk and lose power. if the previous 3 years of the van are recalled for the transmission. and mine went out does the recall need to be expanded? based on some google searches alot of people have lost there transmission do to the torque converter.

Reported in: NASHPORT OH || Crash: N || VIN #:

ENGINE

we were in the middle lane of i5 north heading home from a family vacation when we suddenly lost power.no warning sounds,lights or anything .one minute we were driving along ,the next i was hanging out the passenger window( my husband was driving) waving off oncoming traffic to let us coast to the side.we have endured $ 20000 in repairs ( and counting) ,750.00 in hotel bills ( and counting because we are still here!) as for ford saying ,it's not a safety issue' ,we could easily have been killed.my 2 kids were in the car,the hair on my arm stood up when i thought about what could have happened thanks to fords crappy workmanship.there is no way they don't know this problem exists.i will never buy ford again.

Reported in: VICTORIA OR || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA57206B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

my family had stopped to let pedestrians cross and when my husband pushed the gas pedal down to accelerate but it did not in gauge the drive. the van acted as if it was in neutral. the only gear that worked was reverse. i looked on-line to find that the freestar '04 and '05 where both recalled for the same problem. ford should take responsibility and issue a recall. my family( 4 children all under 5 years old) was lucky that it happened in a safe area. we where on our way home which requires us to use the freeway. i thank god we where not on the freeway, it could have been a different out come.

Reported in: KALAMA WA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51686B

POWER TRAIN

my family had stopped to let pedestrians cross and when my husband pushed the gas pedal down to accelerate but it did not in gauge the drive. the van acted as if it was in neutral. the only gear that worked was reverse. i looked on-line to find that the freestar '04 and '05 where both recalled for the same problem. ford should take responsibility and issue a recall. my family( 4 children all under 5 years old) was lucky that it happened in a safe area. we where on our way home which requires us to use the freeway. i thank god we where not on the freeway, it could have been a different out come.

Reported in: KALAMA WA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51686B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, there was a sudden loss of engine power and the mil illuminated. the vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 104,000.

Reported in: MARS PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA58236B

ENGINE

when it rains it starts shaking and smells like it's burning. it does it every time it rains and it's getting worse. it takes longer to dry and to recover.

Reported in: BROWNSVILLE TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51636B

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic and they stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 140,000. the vin was unavailable.

Reported in: BOCA RATON FL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

as i was pulling out into traffic then accelerating the vehicle all of a sudden just wouldn't move almost hit by several cars n having 5kids plus now a premie due in a few weeks due to high risk it is a huge issue! due to the torque converter failure & being a ford owner since 16 yrs old as well as working for them this is an even bigger issue for me!!

Reported in: YORKVILLE IL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51696B

POWER TRAIN

i was travelling on interstate when there was a sudden loss of motive power with out any warning. sudden loss of power to the drivetrain increased the risk of an accdent.

Reported in: BOCA RATON FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51646D

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER

tl* the contact owns a 2006 ford freestar. the contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. the vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the torque converter needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was contacted about the failure. the failure mileage was 140,000.

Reported in: TAYLOR MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51676B

ENGINE

some times while backing up the car would lurch. while driving the car would suddenly excelerate while cruise control was engaged oreven just by it self. sometimes the car was having problems excelerating from a stop.

Reported in: ST. CHARLES IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01186G

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

some times while backing up the car would lurch. while driving the car would suddenly excelerate while cruise control was engaged oreven just by it self. sometimes the car was having problems excelerating from a stop.

Reported in: ST. CHARLES IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01186G

SERVICE BRAKES

some times while backing up the car would lurch. while driving the car would suddenly excelerate while cruise control was engaged oreven just by it self. sometimes the car was having problems excelerating from a stop.

Reported in: ST. CHARLES IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZK01186G

POWER TRAIN

i was driving with my wife and 4 small children. we had just crossed a 4 lane highway, and just crested a hill, when i immediately lost power. the engine revved and the tachometer shot up. we were on a small 2 lane highway with a very small shoulder. it was extremely dangerous, as vehicles were coming over the hill, and we were still slightly on the road. i had it towed to a shop, and they explained it was the torque converter. i did some research and discovered that ford recalled the torque converter in the 2004 & 2005 ford freestars due to safety. i also discovered that the 2006 freestars used the same torque converter. i don't understand how the same torque converter used in the 2004, 2005 & 2006, but the 2006 is not a safety issue. i called ford and the "customer service reps" were extremely unhelpful and rude. they couldn't explain to me the why this was not included in the recall, and when she couldn't answer me, she hung up on me. unbelievable.

Reported in: BELLEVUE IA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58276B

POWER TRAIN

while traveling on the highway on a curve we lost all power to the wheels. the engine would rev but the vehicle would not. we ended up coasting to a stop in the middle of traffic. this caused several cars behind us to lock u their brakes and two of them collided. we were lucky in that a nice person had a tow strap and pulled us out of the road and to the off ramp. my wife and i and our 4 year old son was in the vehicle at the time and we all could have been killed. the vehicle was towed to the dealer who informed us that the 2004 and 2005 freestars had been recalled for the torque converter splines which will strip and cause loss of power. our vehicle however has not been recalled and in addition to almost dying we paid $1918.32 to have the vehicle repaired! and we were without a car for almost a month. this defect is going to kill someone it is only a matter of time! i don't understand why it gets fixed in the earlier models but the owners of the 2006 are stuck with the possible death trap.

Reported in: WILDER VT || Crash: Y || VIN #: 2FMDA52206B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

i was driving down the road in the rain and the engine light came on. then the vehicle started to sputter and acted like it was going to stall out. it felt like i was going to lose power but i was able to make it home. then the next day the sun was out and the car seemed to run fine. this happened to me several more times over the next few months. i started to notice a pattern of it only happening when it was raining outside. otherwise, the vehicle ran fine in good weather. i realized water was getting into the engine somehow. our mechanic thought it was a problem with the spark plugs at first. then it kept happening so we had it in the shop again. water was found to be leaking into the powertrain control module. i started to research the problem on the internet and found several customers complaining about the same problem with their vehicles. apparently it is a well known defect in the manufacturing of this vehicle. i feel ford should take action and recall these cars before someone gets tragically injured from their minivan losing power on a busy highway.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

ENGINE

i was driving down the road in the rain and the engine light came on. then the vehicle started to sputter and acted like it was going to stall out. it felt like i was going to lose power but i was able to make it home. then the next day the sun was out and the car seemed to run fine. this happened to me several more times over the next few months. i started to notice a pattern of it only happening when it was raining outside. otherwise, the vehicle ran fine in good weather. i realized water was getting into the engine somehow. our mechanic thought it was a problem with the spark plugs at first. then it kept happening so we had it in the shop again. water was found to be leaking into the powertrain control module. i started to research the problem on the internet and found several customers complaining about the same problem with their vehicles. apparently it is a well known defect in the manufacturing of this vehicle. i feel ford should take action and recall these cars before someone gets tragically injured from their minivan losing power on a busy highway.

Reported in: PITTSBURGH PA || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51606B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

after stopping at a stop sign, i accelerated to proceed, and as my vehicle started to go it just as quickly died. with traffic behind me and coming at me from the left and right, i was lucky enough that those cars were able to stop in time and not broadside me or rear end me, and i was able to coast to the side of the road. long story short, it was the torque convertor! i see that there was a recall on the 04 and 05 models but not the 2006. having researched thoroughly online for this problem, clearly, mine is not an isolated incident, as there are numerous other 2006 ford freestar owners who have experienced the same torque convertor failure between 120k and 150k miles, complaints stated in many ford forums and other internet venues. of the 75+ i read, about 50% had registered a complaint about the torque convertor failure in the 06 freestars with nhtsa. clearly, ford needs to address this problem in the 2006 as well. thank you for taking the time to read my info and ┬┐┐complaint┬┐Ł and for your prompt response.

Reported in: BRITTON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58266B

POWER TRAIN

after stopping at a stop sign, i accelerated to proceed, and as my vehicle started to go it just as quickly died. with traffic behind me and coming at me from the left and right, i was lucky enough that those cars were able to stop in time and not broadside me or rear end me, and i was able to coast to the side of the road. long story short, it was the torque convertor! i see that there was a recall on the 04 and 05 models but not the 2006. having researched thoroughly online for this problem, clearly, mine is not an isolated incident, as there are numerous other 2006 ford freestar owners who have experienced the same torque convertor failure between 120k and 150k miles, complaints stated in many ford forums and other internet venues. of the 75+ i read, about 50% had registered a complaint about the torque convertor failure in the 06 freestars with nhtsa. clearly, ford needs to address this problem in the 2006 as well. thank you for taking the time to read my info and ┬┐┐complaint┬┐Ł and for your prompt response.

Reported in: BRITTON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58266B

ENGINE

after stopping at a stop sign, i accelerated to proceed, and as my vehicle started to go it just as quickly died. with traffic behind me and coming at me from the left and right, i was lucky enough that those cars were able to stop in time and not broadside me or rear end me, and i was able to coast to the side of the road. long story short, it was the torque convertor! i see that there was a recall on the 04 and 05 models but not the 2006. having researched thoroughly online for this problem, clearly, mine is not an isolated incident, as there are numerous other 2006 ford freestar owners who have experienced the same torque convertor failure between 120k and 150k miles, complaints stated in many ford forums and other internet venues. of the 75+ i read, about 50% had registered a complaint about the torque convertor failure in the 06 freestars with nhtsa. clearly, ford needs to address this problem in the 2006 as well. thank you for taking the time to read my info and ┬┐┐complaint┬┐Ł and for your prompt response.

Reported in: BRITTON MI || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA58266B

UNKNOWN OR OTHER

i have a 2006 ford freestar. i was driving down the interstate with my three children in the back driving about 75 mph, started to go uphill and all of a sudden the van acted like it was in neutral and wouldn't go when i gave it gas. the interstate was extremely packed and i'm sitting in a van with my kids ages 3-12 and my van is almost stopping. it was very hard to get it off the road and it was very scary! i was about 2 hours from home with no money for a tow truck, so i turned it off and waited a few minutes, and started it back up. it was still jerking and not catching gears on the way home. was about 20 minutes away from home when the wrench light came on and it started doing it again. made it home, got online and started looking up what might be wrong and found hundreds and hundreds of complaints about this van. it is the torque converter going out. ford has a recall on the 2004 and 2005, and even thought the transmissions are the same and the issue is the same, they won't do a recall on the 2006. is it going to take someone getting killed for them tpo issue a recall????

Reported in: TALLAHASSEE FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51666B

ENGINE

engine idle rpm surge .

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZKO01126

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

engine idle rpm surge .

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZKO01126

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

engine idle rpm surge .

Reported in: SAINT PETERSBURG FL || Crash: N || VIN #: 1FMZKO01126

POWER TRAIN

on returning home from an errand in our 2006 freestar, my son attempted to put the gear into drive, but vehicle would not move into forward, nor backwards in reverse gear. this occurred suddenly without any warning. the car was then towed to porter ford in newark, delaware and it is my understanding from the service department the transmission simply failed. after some research, i found this to be a very common characteristic of 4f50n transmission failures and there are an abundance of published complaints. had our transmission failed in a tunnel or on bridge, it could have been catastrophic possibly triggering a major pile up. clearly such a failure presents a risk to motor vehicle safety. in 2012 ford motor company submitted a defect information report affecting the 2004 and 2005 freestar (nhtsa action number ea09016). it is regarding a defect in the performance of the 4f50n transmission. this same transmission is also in 2006 and 2007. why is this action not extended to other vehicles with this defective transmission?

Reported in: NEWARK DE || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51616B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

we were driving in the middle of no where with my family (2 children - 9mos and 3 years old) in the back seat and out of no where the van will not go forward and will not go back. it was like it was simply thrown into neutral. we had to wait over an hour on the side of the road with my small children to get a tow truck as well as wait for someone to come get us! the van was driving just fine, no issues, no warning the transmission just failed.

Reported in: WESTON MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52216B

POWER TRAIN

we were driving in the middle of no where with my family (2 children - 9mos and 3 years old) in the back seat and out of no where the van will not go forward and will not go back. it was like it was simply thrown into neutral. we had to wait over an hour on the side of the road with my small children to get a tow truck as well as wait for someone to come get us! the van was driving just fine, no issues, no warning the transmission just failed.

Reported in: WESTON MO || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52216B

SEATS

the entire unit that locks the 3rd row seat came loose from the wheel well due to corrosion. i looked up the recall information, and there is a recall for my van make and model year, but due to the fact that i bought this van new in northern kentucky, and have lived in northern kentucky ever since, ford has decided that the recall does not apply to me, although clearly, it is exactly what has happened under the recall. northern kentucky borders ohio, and ohio vehicles are included in the recall. it is ridiculous that the recall is by state, and ford is choosing to let this safety hazard go.

Reported in: DAYTON KY || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51686B

POWER TRAIN

water intrusion from the cowl shorted out the pcm and led to premature failure of torque converter. ford had a tsb on the water issue but never recalled and now that has led me to having big money spent on repairs that i feel ford should correct and pay for!

Reported in: HAMILTON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

water intrusion from the cowl shorted out the pcm and led to premature failure of torque converter. ford had a tsb on the water issue but never recalled and now that has led me to having big money spent on repairs that i feel ford should correct and pay for!

Reported in: HAMILTON OH || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

accelerated away from a stop sign within a walmart parking lot and after about fifteen feet the vehicle began to slow down while depressing the accelerator. attempted to accelerate and the rpm's went up with no propulsion. allowed vehicle to stop then pushed in a parking space. there was never any indication that the transmission would fail via warning light nor was there a noise/bang/clunk etc associated. vehicle just stopped accelerating. had vehicle towed to shop and they said there were no codes indicating the failure and a transmission rebuild would be in order for $2000.

Reported in: PASADENA TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

ENGINE

accelerated away from a stop sign within a walmart parking lot and after about fifteen feet the vehicle began to slow down while depressing the accelerator. attempted to accelerate and the rpm's went up with no propulsion. allowed vehicle to stop then pushed in a parking space. there was never any indication that the transmission would fail via warning light nor was there a noise/bang/clunk etc associated. vehicle just stopped accelerating. had vehicle towed to shop and they said there were no codes indicating the failure and a transmission rebuild would be in order for $2000.

Reported in: PASADENA TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

accelerated away from a stop sign within a walmart parking lot and after about fifteen feet the vehicle began to slow down while depressing the accelerator. attempted to accelerate and the rpm's went up with no propulsion. allowed vehicle to stop then pushed in a parking space. there was never any indication that the transmission would fail via warning light nor was there a noise/bang/clunk etc associated. vehicle just stopped accelerating. had vehicle towed to shop and they said there were no codes indicating the failure and a transmission rebuild would be in order for $2000.

Reported in: PASADENA TX || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA52296B

POWER TRAIN

stopped at a stop sign pulled off and van acted like it went into neutral gave it gas all it does is the rpms go up the van does not move. it will not move in any gear. it gave us no warning it was working just fine.very disappointed.

Reported in: GENEVA AL || Crash: N || VIN #:

POWER TRAIN

accelerating from stop light, acceleration stopped while engine continued at same rpm. no prior indication of potential problem. car rolled to a stop in center lane of road. put on flashers, put car in park (car started to roll) and engaged parking brake. police and tow truck called. pushed car out of traffic lane. very fortunate this occurred during a light traffic time or a rear end collission to my car could have resulted. car towed to dealer for evaluation and repair. dealer diagnosed torque converter or transmission failure. torque converter replaced.

Reported in: MARLTON NJ || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMDA51636B

POWER TRAIN

engine running and vehicle moving. all of a sudden rpms go up to 3000+ and vehicle is coasting. no power to drive wheels. coasted to a safe place. luckily, we weren't on the interstate yet. vehicle acted as in neutral. no movement in reverse or drive. had it towed to mechanic and he is 99% sure that the torque converter is the problem. 2004 and 2005 have been recalled for this same problem. maybe ford should include the 2006's? bought this vehicle new and have never had a problem. have had only fords since 1987, and no problems with any of them. might be rethinking my next purchase.

Reported in: AIKEN SC || Crash: N || VIN #: 2FMZA51656B

SERVICE BRAKES

i was driving down a country road and had just dropped my kids off thank goodness. nothing seemed to be wrong when all of a sudden the engine revved high. i was try'n to look to see what was go'n on when i wrecked into the ditch about 60mph. out of nowhere the transmission failed and was stuck n a ditch and no one to help.

Reported in: KENOVA WV || Crash: Y || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

POWER TRAIN

i was driving down a country road and had just dropped my kids off thank goodness. nothing seemed to be wrong when all of a sudden the engine revved high. i was try'n to look to see what was go'n on when i wrecked into the ditch about 60mph. out of nowhere the transmission failed and was stuck n a ditch and no one to help.

Reported in: KENOVA WV || Crash: Y || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

i was driving down a country road and had just dropped my kids off thank goodness. nothing seemed to be wrong when all of a sudden the engine revved high. i was try'n to look to see what was go'n on when i wrecked into the ditch about 60mph. out of nowhere the transmission failed and was stuck n a ditch and no one to help.

Reported in: KENOVA WV || Crash: Y || VIN #: 2FMZA52266B