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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,655 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle engine problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Jun 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


At random times when the car is idling or at low speeds with no contact with the gas pedal, the engine surges. This occurs in forward or reverse, with or without the brake being applied. At times, the surging is severe and requires a lot of pressure on the brake to hold the car in place. Last year, it seemed to occur more often with the ac on. The compressor died, so we had it replaced, but that did not fix the issue. We have not crashed into anything but have come very close. It is troubling since it occurs at low speeds, meaning we're in close proximity to cars, people, and buildings when the engine surges.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

May 242011


  • 105,000 miles
Ford Freestyle stalls and shuts down while driving, disabling the powered steering among other things and causes very unsafe situations. This will usually start with some hesitations of the engine and then it dies. Often it stalls while taking off from standstill as well either forward or going in reverse. Sometimes there is surging of the engine as well, especially while using ac or turning the steering wheel. This has caused many dangerous situations on the road where all of the sudden we stall in middle of traffic. The car has been to the dealer about three times for these issues, last time for fuel system cleaning but this has not solved the problems.

- Brown Deer, WI, USA

problem #21

Nov 272010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 77,721 miles
Throttle body replaced after car did not start - 2005 Ford Freestyle. Prior to replacement, jerking/lurching of the vehicle once started and foot off the gas pedal. Hesitated to start on many occasions if car is parked on an incline as if no gasoline in vehicle. Also, on occasions, car stalled in the middle of the street, but started up after several tries. During replacement, Ford representative indicated that the part just went out - nothing could have prevented it. Cost $600+ to fix which also caused additional parts (spark plugs, fuel sensor) required. Diagnosis indicated, throttlebody plates stuck, fuel sensor injector pressure replaced). Dealership kept old parts except spark plugs.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #20

Aug 052006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle. Almost immediately after purchase off new car lot began having trouble with engine surging while A/C was running. Have had it to Ford dealership multiple times and nothing has been resolved and the year 2010 is now ending. On many occasions while stopped in traffic, the engine has surged and the car lurched forward so forcefully that I had to hold the brake to the floor to avoid a collision. Repeated visits to Ford dealer has resulted in nothing but a $50-$100 labor bill and no repair. I am afraid that it is going to happen and someone is going to get hurt. Please look into this safety issue.

- Walton, WV, USA

problem #19

Sep 162010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,781 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle 53,000 miles experiencing loss of power with wrench light on instrument panel illuminating while driving. First trip to dealer, the service department replaced air filter indicating that the filter had slipped out of the housing and was blocking air flow. Within 2 weeks we have dropped the car off for a second visit for same power failure issue. When will Ford issue a recall for this widespread mechanical problem" how many crashes, or deaths have resulted from this issue"

- Milton, VI, USA

problem #18

Sep 162010


  • 58,456 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle with 58,000 miles suddenly looses all the instrument panel indications and the engine then dies. Restart is possible and instruments then return to normal. This usually occurs within a few minutes of starting the car but has happened at speed on the highway. The dealer claims this is a common Freestyle problem and the entire instrument cluster has to be replaced at a cost of $700. Why has this obvious safety issue not been subject to a recall?

- Lincoln, MO, USA

problem #17

Jun 132010


  • 75,000 miles


2005 Ford Freestyle sudden acceleration, quick acceleration on its own during idle or as soon as you let go of the brake, dealer has already looked at vehicle several times. Throttle body, cleaned, new airfilters have been replaced, this has been an occurring problem for he last 5 months vehicle has 75,000 miles and the dealer mentioned they have 6 others with the same problem.

- Wakefiled, KS, USA

problem #16

Jul 172010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving in reverse the rpms would increase which prevented the transmission from shifting in gear. The vehicle would also lunged backwards intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that there were no related recalls. The dealer also stated that they were aware of the transmission problems. The contact does not know if they will repair the failure or not. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileages were 116,000. The consumer stated when he shifted the gear into reverse, the engine revved without any pressure to the accelerator pedal. It was only when he applied heavy pressure to the brake did the engine rev down to idle. Updated evoq 11/15/10

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #15

Jul 062010


  • 78,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle has been surging and lurching without depressing gas pedal. While stopped but in either drive or reverse, once foot is removed from brake pedal, the car suddenly accelerates without warning. The last time it happened, the wrench light and the check engine light came on and it went into failsafe mode. Took it to the dealer and it is the throttle body. The part won't be in stock until August and the dealer is recommending the vehicle not be driven until the throttle body is replaced. This is a very unsafe condition and could have resulted in a serious accident had a pedestrian been in front of or behind my car when it accelerated without warning and without the gas pedal being pushed.

- North Street, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 082010


  • 78,000 miles
05 Ford Freestyle surges at low speeds, particularly in reverse and/or when the ac is turned on. Car began stalling while driving. Auto mechanic indicated that the cause was a faulty throttle body and needed to be replaced but not available from Ford for many months. Very dangerous considering car can stall or surge at any moment.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #13

May 062010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


My vehicle has had a habit of lurching forward in an involuntary motion. Many times I've gone from park to drive, with brakes applied, the RPM increase and a strong lurch forward is done. Even with the brakes applied it nearly forces itself to go forward when I thro it in reverse, it will repeat this involuntary action. When I am at a stop light or stop sign it will want to do the same action forward. I fear I will some day hit a vehicle or people in parking lot. I have taken it to my Ford dealer and the computer does not give any faults. I have taken it some four times for the same thing. In addition, I keep informing them of the power steering. It makes loud humming and grinding noise, but the dealer keeps telling me their is nothing wrong with the system. The air conditioner also has a fault, when not in use it will run by itself and blow cold air. I have to turn it on and off until it stops blowing. Once it did it with the engine off. I have also complained to the dealer but with the same results, their is nothing wrong. I keep asking myself, how can I make the Ford auto maker responsible is the vehicle lurches forward and hits another car or worse, I can hit a pedestrian?

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #12

Dec 022009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle surges and lunges forward while foot is brake. Sitting at a red light with my foot on the brakes the rpms surge and the car starts lunging forward pulling me out into the intersection. The car then shutdown for a second and went into limp home mode. Luckily I was able to put the car in reverse and backup before I was hit by the oncoming traffic. Took the car to the dealer and was told the throttle body assembly would have to be replaced but the part was on a 3 month back order. Dealer would not advise me the car was safe to drive!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 022010


  • 68,000 miles
Cracked engine mount on Ford Freestyle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

May 012008


  • 40,000 miles
To whom it may concern: We did have a terrible problem with our 2005 Freestyle and it was in the Ford repair shop on and off for over three months. The first time it went in we paid to have the work done but when it started linking again we refused to pay even though our warranty was up at the time and Ford agreed not to charge us. After calling Ford headquarters to complain, the manager of the dealership intervened and they also gave us a loaner car. I first noticed a leak in the back (but I think it was leaking much longer than I realized) and they fixed the leak in the back and then it leaked in the front. This went on for several weeks but I must tell you that they did finally fix it. Sorry to say, we did have it back last spring for another leak in the front on the passenger side. Although I had gone online and saw that several owners of Freestyles had the same problem, Ford never admitted that there was a flaw in the design but I think by agreeing to fix it for free it was obvious that there was a flaw. We purchased this car from colonial Ford in danbury, ct and the work was all done in their repair center.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #9

Aug 162009


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. He experienced unintended vehicle acceleration while driving in reverse gear or at a complete stop. The dealer replaced the throttle body; however, after the repair was made the engine began to stall. The dealer was notified, and a technician concluded that the repair parts were on back order; therefore, no repairs were made. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 182009


  • 4,108 miles
When the vehicle was put in reverse the car would jerk and almost stall, then when shifted to drive the car would stall, when the car was shut off and the put into drive the car ran rough, I had taken it to the dealer the first time, they told me there was water in the box, I am a certified mechanic, and I never heard of this, I had taken the car back, to the dealer and they had the car for two weeks before they found out it was the throttle body, they didn't have one in stock, they searched across the country, not one to be found, they called Ford Motor Company, they didn't have one either, they said they are trying to find someone to make the part, , it is a die cast part, then it has to be machined then fitted with the sensors, , wire ports and vacuum sockets have to be machined, they are supposed to call me Sept 30, 09 to let me know the status, I have a very bad feeling about this, I can almost guarantee the part is not going to be right, as of Sept 30 09 they have had my car two months, I think they are going to wait until my extended warranty expires, then the car is good for nothing but a planter in the front yard, I have terminal brain cancer and need my car to carry my wheel chair around, the dealer first gave me a Focus, then a Taurus, I still cant lift my wheel chair to lay it flat in the trunk, I have asked for something comparable to my 2005 Ford Freestyle, , which I just lift my chair strait up and put it in, but what this whole problem has created, is a serious safety problem, if this part lets go on the freeway the car will jerk the wheels will lock up and hopefully the car behind is watching, otherwise, this is going to be a serious accident.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 032009


  • 49,332 miles
I was in a parking space in my 2005 Ford Freestyle. When I put the car in reverse the engine revved up and the car went back very fast before stalling out. The dash board read "fail safe mode". I brought the car to my local Ford dealer and they said it's the throttle body - a part on back order until Nov 09 and costs $700 plus $300 labor ~ and they sent me home with my car!! very unsure of driving my vehicle until then with my 2 young children nevermind the dangers to other people. Ford issued a technical bulletin back in Dec 05 for this exact issue. A simple google search on line shows that their are many complaints regarding this issue. Why has there not been a recall yet. Clearly there needs to be an investigation into this issue that seems to be a common occurrence for the 2005 Ford Freestyle.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 132009


  • 44,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle just bought it last year and it has been at bob bell Ford for over a week. I was at the beach and the car stalled twice and went in to a fail safe mode. I took it to bob bell Ford and they told me that it was the throttle body and that it was on back order until November 2009. I was told that I could come pick up my car and if it breaks down they will come get me. Not thinking that I could be involved in a accident if it stalls well driving. I have called headquarters to see what they are going to do for me as far as a rental and they told me they can't do anything for that length of time. This all has to do with the plants being shut down and parts no being made. Someone just bought a new GM camaro and had to sign a waiver stating that if the car breaks down they could have to wait 6 months to a year to get parts and they are still responsible for making the payment. The part that I need is on national back order. Other people with this same car are having the same problem with this part. Just looking to see what can be done because I can not go without a car until November. I have 3 kids and I work 2 jobs to support my family. Without a car hoe am I supposed to get back to work. Thank you very much for taking the time to help me.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 042006


  • miles
The Ford Freestyle surges and accelerates while idling in parking spot or while sitting at a stop light. Sometimes when it surges, the car loses power and goes into "engine failsafe mode".

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 242007

Freestyle 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving 65 mph, for approximately more than one hour, the vehicle shuts off. The vehicle was towed and the cause of failure was diagnosed as the throttle body. The contact stated that the throttle body had previously been replaced two weeks prior for the same failure. The current mileage is 26,500 and failure mileage was 26,200.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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