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By sassybob on
2005 Ford Freestyle SE Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Like many who have commented on this site, my 2005 Freestyle
CVT transmission failed at 56, 500 mile. The dealership stated they cannot fix the transmission because Ford doesn't make parts anymore, resulting in replacing the transmission at a cost of $5800.00. Ford Corporate has washed their hands on this matter and will not accept any responsibility, so we are faced with either parking the car because we don't have $5800.00, or looking into sueing Ford under small claims action. [violative content deleted]
The CVT trans was made as a joint venture between ZF tranmissions and Ford.
They only made the transmission for 3 model years. When Ford relized the Freestyle's replacement (Ford Flex) was not going to be ready, they revamped the car, giving it a bigger v6 with more horsepower, and changing the name from Freestyle to Taurus X.
As a result in the increased horsepower, they had to go with a traditional 6 speed trans.
The CVT also would not have been able to handle the increased torque of the new engine.
The transmission is actually a pretty solid component.
Did you have any problems withthe transmission before it went out? I bought mine used, with high mileage, and decided to get the extended warranty.
Good thing, because the Mechatronics module in the trans went at 99K.
Fixed under the warranty, and only had to pay the $100 deductable.
What did the dealer say was wrong with the trans?
Ford initially would work on the transmissions, but after they stopped making the transmission, the parts dried up, thus the reason ford won't work on it anymore.
All they do is source out a rebuilt one, and throw that one into the car. If you know exactly what is wrong, you might want to see if an independant
shop can do the work.
They will also do it for a lot less than $5,800.