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A slightly different CVT Poll

Have you experienced a CVT failure in your Freestyle?

Failure
22
22%
No Failure
79
78%
 
Total votes: 101

05BlueSEL
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A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by 05BlueSEL » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:30 pm

Seeing other discussion, I thought I'd do a CVT poll with the options "failure" and "no failure". For purposes of this poll I'd ask that the "surge" issue not be included as it is generally thought to be ECU / throttle body related in most cases. I'll also include a poll for that issue.

I'd define failure as a problem requiring CVT replacement or major repair.

Please feel free to answer this one even if you already answered the other one.

We've had no CVT issues so I've voted "no failure" for starters.

Al Seim
2005 Ford Freestyle

(edited for spelling/typo)
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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by juleswheel » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:55 pm

I vote yes, complete transmission failure at 27k miles on my 2006 Ford Freestyle lmtd awd. Thankfully fully covered under warranty. I now have 51k on the car.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by Matts06FS » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:08 pm

No problems on my 06 FWD SEL with 64,000 miles.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by KAH » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:13 pm

We have a 2007 Ford Freestyle FWD. Current mileage is
92,300 miles as of 12/28/2011.

At 55,000 miles, I changed the high pressure filter
and removed and cleaned the CVT pan. At that time,
I removed about two tablespoons of metal shavings and
debris from the pan and magnet. I did not change the
pan filter nor do I intend to.

My plan is to again change the high pressure filter at about
110,000 miles and also clean the pan. If the pan has just a small
amount of crud, I will probably not remove the pan again for the life
of the vehicle. If there is a lot of crud, I will probably trade the
vehicle in for a new non Ford model.

We have to date had no problems with the CVT.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by tmad » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:51 pm

Just under 63,000 miles. CVT fluid change within last month. Dealer said pressure filter change would require dropping trans, so not performed. So far, so good. I guess we'll see.
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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by Wheelman » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:56 pm

I have 101,000 Km (about 60,00miles) and no CVT trouble whatsoever. I have done no CVT service to date.
I now have 126000 Km and no CVT problems. I have done no CVT service to date.
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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by piratepress » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:37 am

Mechatronics unit in the CVT went out at 58K.
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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by KAH » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:12 am

Just under 63,000 miles. CVT fluid change within last month. Dealer said pressure filter change would require dropping trans, so not performed. So far, so good. I guess we'll see.

I would respectfully suggest you look for
another dealer. The pressure filter is not all that
big a job and most certainly does not require dropping
the transmission or even the CVT pan.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by finndawg » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:24 pm

I have a '06 Freestyle AWD and have 78,000 mi on it. No maintenance on it and no CVT issues yet.
2006 Freestyle AWD Limited
Cooper CS4 Tires
70,000 Miles
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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by meyersd » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:19 pm

Bought the car used at 91K, and had the CVT fluid and filter changed almost immediately. Mechatronics unit in the CVT still went out at 99K. All covered under the extended warranty though. 8) Got front struts put on too under same warranty..
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2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (Grey Clearcoat/Grey Cloth Interior)

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by MrDinMN » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:30 pm

No CVT problems at 72K miles. Did the fluid drain & fill at 60K.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by mmsstar » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:39 pm

I got my '06 FWD LTD in 08 with 50K something on the clock. Did the full 60K service on the CVT when it was due. Turned it in for the '11 Flex in Aug. 2010 with around 80K miles. No CVT problems but did have a surging episode in July before the turn in.
Drove an 06 LTD FWD from July 08 to August 10, moved on to a 2011 Flex

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by DAdams » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:57 pm

Bought an 07 with 67k miles about 4 months ago. So far we have put about 3k miles on it. So far no issues, still undecided on whether I will do the scheduled fluid change for 60k miles. Bought it from a dealership and I doubt it was performed by them or previous owners.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by KAH » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:22 pm

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I would probably not
be looking for a FORD product when I trade in my Freestyle.

The Freestyle has been a great car. But I wish I could
say the same about a number of issues such as the disinterested
dealer, the brainless FORD Customer Service hotline, the rear brakes
that went bad long before they should have and the CVT transmission that may or may not be a problem.

My biggest gripe was with a FORD dealer. Unbelieveable.
Fortunately for FORD, he is no longer a FORD dealer but calls himself
an auto center.

If one could just get the ear of someone who really has the authority to do something of a problem, that would represent a major step
forward.

And now there are numerous reports of FORD quality slipping.
This of course means that FORD just no longer cares.

So my next car has not yet been picked out but rest assurred,
it probably will not be a FORD product.

End of rant. Thanks. Ken H.

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Re: A slightly different CVT Poll

Post by FordTaurus » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:38 pm

KAH wrote:In an earlier post, I mentioned that I would probably not
be looking for a FORD product when I trade in my Freestyle.

The Freestyle has been a great car. But I wish I could
say the same about a number of issues such as the disinterested
dealer, the brainless FORD Customer Service hotline, the rear brakes
that went bad long before they should have and the CVT transmission that may or may not be a problem.

My biggest gripe was with a FORD dealer. Unbelieveable.
Fortunately for FORD, he is no longer a FORD dealer but calls himself
an auto center.

If one could just get the ear of someone who really has the authority to do something of a problem, that would represent a major step
forward.

And now there are numerous reports of FORD quality slipping.
This of course means that FORD just no longer cares.

So my next car has not yet been picked out but rest assurred,
it probably will not be a FORD product.

End of rant. Thanks. Ken H.
"The brainless FORD Customer Service hotline" Yes, this Ford could do better. But what is its status compare to other auto company? And Freestyle are not new vehicles, so if warranty ran out, pretty much on your own to pay for repairs, just as any other products out of warranty without extended warranty.

"The rear brakes that went bad long before they should have." Like I mentioned sometime ago, at the same time of the Freestyle, a magazine "long term driving report" of the same period also had their Lexus LS brake pads replacement at less than 20000 miles.
And Ford did pick up the tap on many brake pad replacements, within a certain time period.

"The CVT transmission" was not a Ford design. They were designed from Germany. Ford not longer using it on any other vehicles.

"FORD dealer" depends on the region. My dealer located in a populated area in NJ has trained Freestyle technicians and they have experiences on servicing the Freestyle.

"Numerous reports of FORD quality slipping." The criticism were on, the new high tech high fuel efficiency transmissions on the Focus which many owners did not understand....... and the MyFordTouch which were having some issues on initial release to the market. And Ford already announced the upgrading and fixed on the next generation MYT a month or so ago, which eliminated the previous problems and the older MFT owners can have their system upgrade for free.

And reliability wise on its' new vehicles stay at the same level.

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