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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,332 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle engine problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 12 of 29)

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problem #349

Jul 152009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles

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

-component- throttle body!!!!! the car move up half a foot forward with out me doing anything and back as well?

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #348

Aug 222011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle not only has an issue w/ lunging, but has recently been going into "failsafe mode", in which acceleration in the car is completely cut off. I was almost hit by an 18 wheeler while trying to coast to the side of the interstate B/C I was unable to accelerate my car to move to safety. Once I was on the side of the road, I turned the car off & then restarted. I was able to accelerate, but it continued to happen every few miles until I reached home. The feeling of having no control of a vehicle moving at 65mph left me shaking. Luckily I did not have my children in the car at the time. The fact that Ford knows there is an issue and has failed to make any effort to contact the owners of the Ford Freestyle has left me feeling dismayed and I no longer have the confidence in their vehicles.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #347

Jan 102006

Freestyle

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that she started the vehicle and activated the air conditioner. She then shifted into drive and depressed the brakes and the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The failure recurred sporadically during the operation of the air conditioner. The same failure recurred while in reverse. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the failure was contributed to the throttle body. The contact was waiting upon additional information provided by the dealer regarding the diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Port St. Lucie , FL, USA

problem #346

Aug 292011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

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

2005 Ford Freestyle surges forward without foot on accelerator.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #345

Aug 282011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle has uncontrolled acceleration or "lunging" or "surging". when the vehicle is at low speeds such as maneuvering in a parking lot or pulling into driveway, vehicle will increase the RPM's and cause the vehicle to jump forward or backwards. The vehicle may move up to 15 feet if the brake is not applied and is very scary.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #344

Jul 202011

Freestyle

  • 38,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while reversing out a parking space the vehicle lunge. The vehicle was taken to a local shop who was unable to diagnosed the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,800 and the current mileage was 39,067.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #343

Aug 152011

Freestyle

  • 93,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped and shifted into park. Upon shifting out of park and into drive, the vehicle surged forward abnormally. The etc fail safe engine mode warning light then illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #342

Aug 052010

Freestyle

  • 86,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving 10 mph when the vehicle suddenly surged forward while the brakes were applied. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the check engine light was illuminated. The air conditioner was activated during the failure. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer advised that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the throttle body. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 86,500.

- Bentonville , AR, USA

problem #341

Jun 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Car lunges forward or backward intermittently, when I leave the house. I have just put the car from parked into reverse, when I step my foot off the brake, but haven't touched the gas yet, it accelerates on me. It's very scary, each time it has occurred (about once a month in the past 2 years), I was fortunate to have quick reflex, step on the brakes and didn't hit anything. But I am worried about this happening one day when I am too close to other objects (ie. A drive-thru) and hitting another car!

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #340

Jul 032011

Freestyle

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly when his foot was not on the pedal. The vehicle also accelerated when it was idle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 46,000.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #339

Apr 302011

Freestyle

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While the vehicle was parked the contact placed the gear shift in reverse and the vehicle suddenly lunged backwards. The failure also occurred when the gear was placed in drive. The contact had to apply excessive pressure to the brake pedal in order for the vehicle to stop. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number:PE11018 (vehicle speed control) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Monticello, ME, USA

problem #338

Aug 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle acceleration problem primarily with ac running. Only started happening in July 2011 at end of road trip from Ohio to North Carolina, when we would come to stops in traffic. Now that it started it keeps happening. Just last night I parked at the curb, had my foot on the brake and before I could get it in park, it lunged forward. With foot on the brake already I was able to control it and immediately shut it off. I'm going to test to see if I turn off the ac before I come to a stop or once it starts happening, if that makes any difference.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #337

Aug 042011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would unexpectedly accelerate while light pressure was being applied to the brake pedal and the vehicle would also lunge backward while in reverse. In addition, the vehicle would lunge forward or stall while the engine was idled. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with the failure. An authorized dealer diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 71,800 and the current mileage was 72,000. Updated 11/07/11

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #336

Aug 172011

Freestyle

  • 158,623 miles
I am the original owner of this Freestyle and have experienced problems with it surging when the air conditioner is turned on since its purchase. Initially, I took it into the dealership and other service companies, but they "could not duplicate" the problem. The surging has grown worse as the car ages. Presently, I cannot go through a fast food drive through with the air on because of the possibility of the car lunging and rear ending the car in front me. Further, I work in a city with pedestrians and cannot turn the air on until I am out of the city because I fear hitting a person. Recently, I contacted Ford directly, but they responded with a scripted message that there was no recall on the vehicle.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #335

Aug 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Update on ODI 10419757: Took car to Ford dealer because engine light came on after car lunged (while backing up). Said it was the throttle control actuator sticking was replaced at a cost of $895. Two other customers with Ford Freestyle have had the same problem.

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #334

Aug 022010

Freestyle

  • 64,469 miles
On 8-2-2010 I had some problems with my car not moving when the gas was pushed, then it wouldn't go on its own. Had to have the throttle body replaced. After that, there were a few times it felt it would do it again. But no problems occurred. Then on 8-4-2011 I had the same problems again and Ford told me it needed another throttle body replaced.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #333

Aug 022010

Freestyle

  • 64,469 miles
On 8-2-2010 I had some problems with my car not moving when the gas was pushed, then it wouldn't go on its own. Had to have the throttle body replaced. After that, there were a few times it felt it would do it again. But no problems occurred. Then on 8-4-2011 I had the same problems again and Ford told me it needed another throttle body replaced.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #332

Aug 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Normal driving conditions-when backing out the car lunges and goes dead. Fail safe engine mode is displayed. Have had it lunge forward when foot is on brake and engine dies. Happens more often when air conditioner is on. Check engine light comes on. Ford dealer said air compressor was no good. Did not replace because we saw complaint about Ford Freestyle.

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #331

Aug 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 94,246 miles
Just after starting the vehicle put the vehicle into reverse to pull out of parking space and it begins to accelerate and lunge backward. Same symptoms happened moving forward from hot start, with A/C on. The vehicle stalled after one occurrence with the wrench light on, upon turning the key to restart no fault lights were on and the vehicle was operating as designed. This unattended acceleration happens typically upon a start when the vehicle is at operating temperature with the A/C on. Outside ambient temperature is approx 95 degrees and only will do it immediately after starting it. No parts have been replaced at this time as there are no stored fault codes or visual failures at this time.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #330

Aug 142011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle was lunging forward while idling. I nearly hit some pedestrians and also nearly hit the car in front of me at a traffic stop when the car lunged forward on its own. Since I have a newborn baby and was very concerned about safety, I did not hesitate to bring it to the dealer. I was notified that the throttle body of the car needs to be replaced. I understand that the problem is fairly common which indicates it is a manufacturer defect and should be considered for recall. I feel this issue is a major safety concern and has the potential to cause injury or death.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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