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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,922 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 022014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,914 miles


Twice in snow storms while creeping along at <5 mph and applying the brakes (gently pumping) to negotiate a hill the brake pedal became extremely hard to push and seemed non functional. I believe this is repeatable and is somehow related to low speed on a down grade while pumping the brakes. I could not discern whether the engine idle was gaining but the vehicle was unstoppable until I reached the bottom of the grade. Once reaching the base of the hill the problem mysteriously goes away. A mechanic could not find anything wrong with the physical brakes. I believe it is traction and anti-lock brake control related.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 112013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have a 2005 sel Freestyle with about 130K miles on it. This morning while driving to work with speed of 55mph all of a sudden the ABS and AWD lights came on and the message center displayed "check traction control" and "AWD malfunction", then entire panel went dark (RPM, gas, oil, speed and odometer). I noticed that the gauges were making a ticking noise at that time as well. I pulled off the main hwy and shut car off, I then tried to restart the car. All of the gauges lit up again, but car would not start, acted like battery/alternator was shot. Had to get it towed home and was late to work. Not sure where to start to solve the issue, have seen too many posts with the same issues. I think that Ford needs to step up and take the appropriate steps to recall these vehicles before fatalities begin.

- Lancaster, WI, USA

problem #9

Jul 172013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,780 miles
We were driving on the freeway (hwy 350) and the car just stalled out, again in traffic on take off the car stalled in the middle of traffic, once getting on I-70 it just stalled, . we took it to dick smith Ford here in raytown, Missouri, [xxx] the service person said it was covered under extended warranty. So I left the car with them, and about 3:00 pm I got a call, [xxx] said the car was ready, he said they fixed the problem, but it is doing the same thing. This time it stopped with my wife in the heat of traffic, well I called [xxx] at the dealership again and he said it must be something else, well I had a test done, the test indicated it is the same problem the throttle body. I know the problem could not be a tune-up because I just spent $ $900 for that at the same Ford place, yes over nine hundred dollars. Please advise what to do. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #8

Jul 282013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


Bought it 7/23/2013, day one fine. Day 2, spouse in car, with 3 children, check transmission light, track control light, check engine light, wrench light all came on..on the highway. Car lost significant power, almost resulting in accident, car bucking and using significant rpms to accelerate. Restarted the car after 3-4 times, lights gone car running smoothly. Day 3, same thing. I've owned it for 6 days! terrified for my family and other drivers with this vehicle. Too many safety complaints on the vehicle/transmission for Ford not to recall. An american company putting americans at risk for harm.

- North Grosvenordale, CT, USA

problem #7

Jul 022013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 130,450 miles
I took my car in to be serviced for maintenance (power steering service and transmission service) to the Ford dealership in thomasville, ga. After a few days my 2005 Ford Freestyle started to display transmission data error, check track control, and check engine lights. I called the company and was advised to bring it in and I did. The alerts were not on at the time but the service man jerry and josh told me they would check my vehicle and let me know what - if anything was wrong. They kept it all day and when I returned to pick it up I was informed that it was fine and they re-serviced my transmission. About two weeks later my car started the same thing all over again while in traffic it seemed not to want to pull off normally with all these alerts lighting up after church one Sunday. I called Ford of course they were closed but the next day was Monday I called and was asked to bring the car back in. This time once it started to do the same things jumping in gear and knocking hard this time the service man who answered my call says they are looking for a transmission and advised me that Ford would pay for half the work and parts. I asked if they didn't cause it why would you offer to pay half. The last time they got my Ford Freestyle they gave me a borrowed vehicle and told my husband 4 days later that the car has electrical problems that they will pay none of the repair. I was told twice my car was fine now my husband just got a new job and no way to get to it because I believe Ford damaged my vehicle and refuses to right their wrong. What can I do now?

- Ochlocknee, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 292012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The car lunges forward when at a complete stop; nearly causing accidents (I would rear end someone if I didn't allow more space between the other vehicle and mine than legally allowed.). when you try to run the air conditioning the car shuts off immediately, no matter what speed you are driving at. The car makes noise when turning the steering wheel to the left. I just purchased this car 4 months ago and am now being told I need to replace the transmission, the air compressor and a valve. I noticed the lunging immediately and was able to allow myself more space to make up for the differential, however other people on the road are not aware of my issues with lunging and when they pull in front of me, I may not be able to slow myself. I am highly perturbed by the continuing issues. In looking online I find that I am just one of many people with these very same issues with the Freestyle. I absolutely love this car and quite frankly I have 3 more years of paying for it but I need it to run properly. I have 2 young children that I haul in my car as well as their friends and other family members and it's scary. My son is asthmatic and will not be able to stand the car come summer since I am unable to run the air conditioning until I can afford to replace the air compressor. I just wish that I had known that the car was not the "steal" I thought it to be before I bought it. I even spent $2000 more than I had planned to because I liked this car so much..

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 122013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


Car stalls daily three times while driving, dealer cleaned the throttle body still stalls, another dealer cleaned the maf and changed the spark plugs and change cvt transmission fluid, still stalling. Need a new throttle body it is a common defect with Ford and very dangerous some one will get killed because of it. My cvt transmission start to slip and needs replacement.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 042012


  • 104,000 miles
My vehicle accelerated on its own and died...while my foot was pushed on the air conditioner was on...I turned that off and continued to try and restart it took a couple of times when it finally did it showed my throttle control light...and is still on...this problem needs to be addressed and fixed most people who own these vehicles have children inside them! it is very scary and un comforting!! I just bought this vehicle used about 2 years ago this needs to be fixed as I am a mother of 3 with one income and thought I was purchasing a reliable car and now that my extended warranty is up someone needs to pay for this so I know I can go to work and Transport my children safely!!

- Amity, OR, USA

problem #3

Jun 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
When car is stopped, transmission in drive, foot usually on the brake, the car suddenly surges forward for 2 -3 seconds. This has happened at least a dozen times since and have to this point been able to stop the car before damage or injury has occurred.

- St. Johns, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 062010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
Traction control light comes on after a couple of minutes of the car being turned on (does not have to be in motion). Steering gets real sensitive.

- Libby, MT, USA

problem #1

Jul 122009


  • 97,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle engine idles up by itself. Almost ran into someone because of the problem, it also did it twice in which I was traveling in heavy traffic and it idled down to an almost complete stop in which we just about got ran over, the check engine light comes on. I had a mechanic to plug in a obd scanner which it displayed a code which read P061B, said internal control module calculation and performance and torque. After doing a google search, I found there are more than 1000 people with the same vehicle having the same problems. Ford needs to recall these cars. NHTSA needs to contact Ford about recalling such defective cars. Im in the process of contacting the more than 1000 people who are having the same problems and address them too a class action lawyer. To pursue against Ford, and NHTSA if they do not contact Ford about a recall, also contacting my local congressman, and my local attorney generals office.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

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