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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,311 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 1 of 16)

problem #302

Oct 102016

Freestyle

  • 149,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving various speeds, the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed in low or high gear. In addition, the contact stated that the third row seat mounting bracket was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V006000 (power train) and 13V081000 (seats). The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 149,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #301

Mar 152014

Freestyle

  • 103,005 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and the transmission warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed. The mechanic added a high pressure filter and transmission fluid, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The failure mileage was 103,005.

- Dainesville, GA, USA

problem #300

Jul 192016

Freestyle

  • 97,000 miles
I just bought my vehicle and started noticing some issues with the car racing/idling fast. Several times it would lung forward while driving and while foot was on brake almost hitting a car, then stalled & reduced speed and wouldn't accelerate. The wrench light came on. Took it too oreillys and found it is the throttle and throttle sensor. This is a serious issue and dangerous. I want it fixed by Ford asap!

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #299

Jul 182016

Freestyle

  • 64,241 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. When the vehicle was placed in reverse or drive, it would surge forward or backwards. On several occasions, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,241.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #298

Mar 102016

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving 65 mph, the check engine warning light and an unknown warning light randomly flashed. In addition, the transmission slipped gears and the engine idled roughly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 08/30/16 updated 09/07/16.

- Leslie, MI, USA

problem #297

Jun 092016

Freestyle

  • miles
Recently purchased my car through an independent dealer. Started to accelerate when in park or when reversing. Battery light comes on and goes off randomly. If I cut it off and turn it on it goes away. Car jumps (accelerates) during driving. It does it all the time no matter where I am driving. Run system diagnostic on steering wheel and everything comes back okay. Purchased car for a family car and upset that this is a persistent problem with this model.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #296

Jan 042016

Freestyle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The instrument panel illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Kennett, PA, USA

problem #295

May 012016

Freestyle

  • 180,000 miles
When driving down a 4 lane high way the car lost gas pedal check transmission light came on. This could have been fatal. With other vehicle speeds up to 65 mph behind my car... have had several garages look at it and still cant figure out the problem. Now a tow bill labor and other compounding exspences.

- Rexville, NY, USA

problem #294

Apr 122016

Freestyle

  • 75,000 miles
There is a noise that is coming from the transmission. When in park or neutral the noise is prominent. I am finding out that this is a defective transmission as I have less than 80K miles to the car. Ford has told me that the car is old what are you going to do. They did not mention how dangerous it was. Or the fact that they new about these issues and has not made any attempt to rectify the issue with it's customers who operate these vehicles with their families.

- Ridgefield, NJ, USA

problem #293

Apr 072016

Freestyle

  • 51,000 miles
Driving on highway, heard loud pop (clap sound). Then dash light came on and car steering wheel began to lock up. Tried to flush transmission fluid and replace os sensor from Ford and now it will not shift into first gear.

- Saucier, MS, USA

problem #292

Apr 152014

Freestyle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Bought my 2005 Ford Freestyle after 90000 mile transmission started acting up check transmission and engie lights came on after having it in the dealrship manytimes and spending thousands of dollar's fixing parts they come back back after third trip in ith same problem they tell me you have a cvt transmission and we would have to tear the transmission apart to repace the inter seals it would run 6000 more better if you get rid of it but problem is I still owe on it and they want to give $100 trade in.

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #291

Apr 132015

Freestyle

  • miles
My 2005 Freestyle has had the check engine light come on numerous time taken to dealership many time spent 2000 dollars in replacement parts and problem mn still happens when stop at traffic lights go to take off check engin light omes on and speed reduces started happing after 78000 miles dealership says cost to replace transmission is 8000 still paying on car tht sits in driveway

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #290

Feb 132016

Freestyle

  • 111,000 miles
While driving the vehicle on the highway the speed suddenly reduced and the vehicle would not accelerate my than ~40 mph. My daughter was able to exit the highway and park the vehicle in a nearby parking lot. Once parked and the ignition was turned off the vehicle will no longer start. According to the local Ford dealer the transmission must be replaced at a cost of $6,600.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #289

Jul 202015

Freestyle

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was applied, the vehicle did not pick up speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for various repairs and they were not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #288

Jan 032016

Freestyle

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving various speeds, the transmission exhibited severe hesitation in a jerking motion. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #287

Sep 112015

Freestyle

  • 205,800 miles
I bought this SUV 9-11-15 with the intent to go to my va appointments due to my medical conditions. The owner stated it had a few problems with the transmission, but I did not know that much about automobiles to understand what he was talking about. When I got ready to drive the car it would not change gears, just going forward but could go in reverse. I had it towed to a Ford dealership 35 miles away from my home to diagnosis the problem. They stated it needed a throttle body to correct the problem, but it did not, and I had to pay for the repair which they stated it would idle down the car before they could diagnosis the correct problem. Now they stating I have to replace the transmission in this vehicle for $6000. I do not have this much money to buy a transmission having to go back and forth to my appointments in SC and ga. Why this vehicle has no recalls on powertrain, throttle body, etc which the dealership state they do not know exist and is charging all this money for repairs which do not work. I need some kind of a resolution in this matter with this vehicle. I hate to junk the vehicle because it is in pristine condition and great for my traveling to the doctors.

- Laurens, SC, USA

problem #286

Oct 082013

Freestyle

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While the vehicle was in neutral or park, the neutral input shaft made a loud abnormal noise coming from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- North Kings Town, RI, USA

problem #285

Sep 012015

Freestyle

  • 77,950 miles
While traveling at 60 mph, the check engine and wrench light came on and the engine went into failsafe mode which is idle engine condition with no accelerator action. Only steering and braking were available. This incident occurred on I-278 while traveling in the middle lane of four lanes and became an unsafe condition with no ability to safely pull over. I was able to maneuver radically to the shoulder while other drivers blew their horns with no knowledge of my plight. The engine was diagnosed with code 2012 and required the replacement of the throttle body which corrected the condition.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #284

Jun 052015

Freestyle

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Terrehaute, IN, USA

problem #283

Jul 182012

Freestyle

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed and approaching a stop sign, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. Multiple unknown warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Brecken Ridge , MI, USA

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