The transmission in my Ford Freestar failed at 80,000 km due to water in the transmission. My mechanic told me that he has seen this before, and indicated that a factory defect allows water to flow down the transmission dipstick and directly into the transmission.
After replacing the transmission, the problem was repaired with a sealant. I have asked for partial reimbursement from Ford, but to no avail. If you have had similar problems please post them. I have filed a small claim and will post the results.
Win or lose, I hope that my postings will help you to successfully launch your own small claim. More to follow.