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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 Owner Comments (Page 23 of 29)

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problem #129

May 162008

Freestyle

  • 142,000 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 when the vehicle was idle it would lunge forward and backwards. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 142,000.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #128

Apr 232010

Freestyle

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated they have had several occasions were the vehicle lunged forward while idling. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #127

May 202010

Freestyle

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when the vehicle was idle it suddenly lunged forward. She noticed the failure during periods of extremely hot weather and the air conditioner was on. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop but the mechanic could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 129,000. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #126

Jun 012010

Freestyle

  • 70,000 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 while at a traffic light the vehicle lunged forward rather than coming to a complete stop. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #125

Jan 012006

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 30,000 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 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 60,000 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 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

Freestyle

  • 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

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