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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,926 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 23 of 29)

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problem #125

Jan 012006


  • miles


Car accelerates when at low idle and the A/C is running. The car will lurch forward. I can stop it with the brakes. Can happen at stop lights, but usually the brake is fully depressed at stop lights. Unfortunately, it happens when backing out of the driveway and switching to drive, it will lurch at that point. It will also happen when parking, either pull-in parking or parallel. Just lucky I've been able to hit the brakes in time.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #124

Jun 202008


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While maneuvering the steering wheel into a parking space the vehicle began to lunge forward. The contact noticed the failure occurred intermittently when the air conditioner was on or the steering wheel was turned to its furthest point of rotation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the throttle plate was replaced. The failure continued to occur. There was an open investigation related to the failure under NHTSA action number PE11018 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #123

May 162009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated whenever she had her foot on the brake pedal the vehicle would lunge forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not identify the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Manhassett, NY, USA

problem #122

Jun 182007


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward at times, usually in the idle position. He believed that it occurred when it was hot outside and the air conditioner was on. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the air conditioner compressor activated and caused an increase in rpms. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 91,000. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #121

Mar 222009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the vehicle lunged forward when it is was idle and the air conditioner was engaged. The contact had the vehicle inspected by a dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The contact stated it seemed to happen once the vehicle was warm. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage is 96,000. Updated 06/21/11

- Nevada, OH, USA

problem #120

Aug 162010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My Ford Freestyle lunged forward in 2010 while I was sitting in traffic at a toll booth on busy rt 128. At the time I was scared to death, and had to aggressively press the brake to keep it from hitting the car in front of me. This continued for a few mminutes, and eventually the car went into "limp home mode". when I got to a safe spot, I turned the car off. When I turned the car on again, this lunging did not happen again. At the time it happened I thought it was the heat, or because I had the air conditioning on, anything to justify what just happened. It was not until II saw the news this morning 5/16/11 and realized the problem I had last summer was experienced by others.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #119

Jan 222010


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds for a year the driver noticed that all the warning lights would illuminate on the instrumental panel on a intermittent basis. The vehicle would also stall on different occasions without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that the instrument cluster had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the instrument cluster. The contact also stated that when trying to decelerate the vehicle it surge forward. The vehicle was also repaired for the instrument cluster for this failure as well. The failure continued to occur for the mentioned failures. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Brinkley, AR, USA

problem #118

May 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving at an unknown low speed the vehicle surged forward until extreme pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The failure continued to recur intermittently. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall while driving at highway speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the computer was replaced. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer since the failure continued to occur and was advised that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Groves, TX, USA

problem #117

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 #116

Nov 012010


  • miles
Letter from congressman patrick T mchenry regarding concerns for the recall of a 2005 Ford Freestyle (dot/I#2010-2207) the consumer stated the vehicle would accelerate on its own.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #115

May 022008


  • 50,000 miles


Surging/lurching unexpectedly with my 2005 Ford Freestyle. I take my children to and from school and extracurricular activities. I almost hit a group of children crossing in front of me due to my car surging unexpectedly. I have been having trouble with my car for quite some time and checked periodically for recalls for this issue. Contacting the nearest Ford dealership after our local dealership shut down. I used to think Ford was a decent vehicle, I will never purchase another american made vehicle. The warranties suck on them, and they seldom are true to their customers and do not take care of defective issues in a timely manner if ever. The first incident was in May 2008. The surging issue has recurred many times since. And it is getting worse.

- Cherokee Village, AR, USA

problem #114

Aug 012009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle jerked forward and the fail safe gate light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and turned the vehicle off. Upon restart, the light was still illuminated. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired (details of the repair unavailable). The failure continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000 and the current mileage was approximately 101,200.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #113

Jul 042010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that at very low speeds, the vehicle would suddenly lunge and surge. The failure occurred once or twice a day but only at low speeds. The contact had to rapidly depress the brake pedal to get the vehicle to stop surging. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer had not been notified. The vehicle was being repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 85,000. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. Updated 01/13/11 the consumer stated this is not an isolated problem. Updated 01/24/11

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #112

Sep 252010


  • miles
Accelerating on it's own and lunge's forward with foot on brake. Vehicle tries to lunge, stalls dash displays "fail safe mode". this occurs mostly when going in reverse. This has been happening off and on for over the past 2 years and has gotten worse in the past months.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #111

Sep 162010


  • miles
Have been having ongoing problem with car lunging, sudden acceleration especially when stopped. Today it started and a warning light came on but went away when I turned the car off. Later it started surging very badly again and I put fuel cleaner in the tank when I filled it up. A few hours later I was stopped at a stop sign and it surged and moved forward a few feet and died in the road. I will be contacting a Ford dealer in the morning but when I got online to research the problem I found several complaints about similar problems that was being related to the throttle body(cleaned, replaced).

- Spruce Pine, AL, USA

problem #110

Sep 132010


  • 91,346 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle surged forward and shifted into fail safe mode which reduced the power of the vehicle. The contact drove the vehicle to an auto retail store for diagnostic testing and the results indicated that the throttle body failed. The next day the vehicle surged and shifted into fail safe mode again. The contact has not taken the vehicle to the dealer but noticed numerous complaints on the throttle body. The contact called the manufacturer and since the vehicle was out of warranty the manufacturer could not provide assistance. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 91,346.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #109

Aug 302010


  • 74,000 miles
The car lunges forward or backward depending if you are in drive or reverse. It is so fast you have to brake with both feet and pull against steering wheel to stop car. Car trips into failsafe mode after this happens (would be too late, you would have hit something by then)dealer says it is the bad throttle body. Seems to be a systemic problem with Freestyle 2005-2007? very dangerous a matter of time before someone is run over or killed with vehicle.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #108

Jul 052010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph in a parking lot. As the contact depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was able to stop the unintended acceleration as he applied the brakes. There was also an abnormal increase in braking distance. The failure would also occur when in reverse. The dealer advised having a diagnostic test performed before proceeding with any repairs. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- West End, NC, USA

problem #107

Sep 102010


  • 82,100 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle for 2 yrs having a problem with foot being on brake and the throttle wanting to go causing car to surge ahead - no accident yet - this is off and on - also if turning hard will surge - 2X went into safe engine mode - code P061B and P2106 then after parking car for awhile it will be fine - also rear brakes making noises and have to be replace every few thousand miles - car surges and accelerates on its own mostly when stopped with foot on brake also does this in reverse - car has about 120,000 miles on it at this time - very dangerous - cannot afford to have throttle body replaced - this happens every day pretty much - some days only once - this past week extremely often and went in fail safe mode - there should be a recall on this dangerous problem - I have read many complaints about this - very dangerous.

- Honey Grove, TX, USA

problem #106

Sep 032010


  • 59,200 miles
This car has an apparently well-known issue with the throttle body failing, causing: A) sudden uncontrolled acceleration from a stop, and B) sudden loss of power when traveling down the road at highway speeds. My wife experienced both problems yesterday. First, with my wife's foot on the brake, the Freestyle lunged forward and almost rear-ended another car that had children loading into it, while in school carpool line. Then, while making her way immediately to the Ford dealership -- with my two children -- this uncontrolled lunging from a dead stop continued at intersections; and while traveling at speed, in traffic, the car would suddenly lose all power. The sudden lunge makes it likely you'll hit a pedestrian or rear-end the car in front of you; the sudden loss of power makes it likely you'll be the recipient of a rear-end collision. The repair is costing us $730. It's the throttle body, of course. And I've asked the dealership to give me back the old part, so yes, I should have that available when I get the car back. *** important *** this is a well-known issue to both Ford and the ODI of the NHTSA. There are hundreds of matching, publicly filed complaints documenting this chilling safety issue in this very same ODI database to which I am submitting this mirror complaint. When should we expect to see some action from the ODI/NHTSA and/or Ford on this"??????" I want my money back but I also want Ford to fix this, not just on my car, but on all the other family's' cars that have this **well-known** safety defect!!!!!!!!!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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