The ZF CFT30 or Ecotronic continuously variable transmission was produced in the USA from 2004 to 2007 and was installed on a number of Ford or Mercury models for the local automotive market. The transmission is designed for engines up to 3.0 liters, so the drive here is in the form of a pulling chain.



Production years 2004 – 2007
Type CVT (continuously variable transmission)
Number of gears
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 3.0
Torque output, Nm up to 280
Recommended oil Ford XT-7-QCFT
Oil capacity, liter 9.6
Replacing the oil every 50,000 km
Replacing the filter every 50,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~200 000

Gear ratios ZF CFT30

Using the example of a Ford Freestyle 2006 with a 3.0l engine:

Forward 2.47 – 0.42
Reverse 2.52
Final Drive 4.98

The transmission was installed on:

  • Ford Five Hundred 1 (D258) in 2004 – 2007;
  • Ford Freestyle 1 (D219) in 2005 – 2007;
  • Mercury Montego 3 (D333) in 2004 – 2007.

Disadvantages of the ZF CFT30 gearbox

  • The reliability of the transmission is low, as it was installed on large and powerful models.
  • At about 150 thousand km, critical wear of the belt or cones occurred in the gearbox.
  • The most aggressive drivers periodically encountered broken shaft iron.

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