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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 7 of 29)

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problem #449

Jun 292012

Freestyle

  • 55,000 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 any speed the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the throttle sensor was replaced. After the repair the vehicle failed again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer here the throttle was replaced a second time but to no avail. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the egr valve was replaced. The failure was still not corrected. The vehicle was currently at the dealer awaiting repair. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Santa Anna, CA, USA

problem #448

Jul 162012

Freestyle

  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While idling in the driveway, the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The contact applied the brakes and the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Ionia, MI, USA

problem #447

Jan 012010

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when reversing or with the brake depressed and moving forward, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate without warning. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed but the dealer was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Hewitt , NJ, USA

problem #446

Mar 062012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 980,000 miles

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

Vehicle unexpectedly and with great speed lurches in both forward and reverse. I notice the issue most often when pulling into or out of a parking spot or just after using the brake. The car suddenly accelerates without warning forcing me to slam on the brakes so that I do not hit other vehicles or unintentionally enter traffic. The issue is very dangerous because there is no forewarning and has appeared to be happening more often and with greater force.

- Lawler, IA, USA

problem #445

Jul 062012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle lunged forward in parking lot with both my wife's feet pushing the brake pedal to the floor. Hit parking divider and my wife was able to get the car into park. Engine continued to accelerate in park, then resumed normal idle. Dash service and engine lights appeared. Taken to Ford garage immediately. Dealership resisting coverage under extended Ford powertrain warranty.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #444

Jun 112012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle which lurches backward when you have the A/C on and you back up. It also started doing the same in foward. Ford should act upon this before there is a death.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #443

Jun 272010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,000 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 in reverse approximately 3 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle suddenly lunged without warning. In addition, there was a momentary increase in the engine rpms. The contact was able to continue driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The throttle body was replaced with a used throttle body due to the safety issue and the part being on a massive back order. Two years later, the failure recurred. Currently, a new throttle body was being replaced by the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. Also, there was a current open investigation associated with NHTSA action number PE11018 (vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 83,000. Updated 08/07/12

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #442

Aug 172010

Freestyle

  • 90,000 miles
At slow parking lot maneuver speeds vehicle lunges forward, usually on a hot day with air conditioning on. After braking, check engine light comes on and car is sluggish.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #441

Jul 062012

Freestyle

  • 84,340 miles
On a hot day (98 degrees) when driving with the air conditioning on in my 2005 Ford Freestyle it surged ahead in the mall parking lot and I almost hit someone walking in front of the car. This vehicle has acted like this on hot days when the A/C is on and running in the past. You have to be very careful and aware that this will happen, if someone was to borrow my car I would be afraid that they would run someone over. It happens in both forward and reverse and usually only at slow speeds/idle speed. Its dangerous in parking lots when you are both pulling into the parking spots you have to brake quickly or you'll speed up and hit a parked car in front of you, then backing out of the spot it does the same thing. This is a serious problem and needs to be taken care of. One time last year on a long drive through philadelphia this happened and the car stalled and locked up at a green light. We just want to know how to fix it.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #440

Jul 062011

Freestyle

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward and backward when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who ran a diagnostic test and stated that the throttle body had failed. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Bridgeport, WV, USA

problem #439

Jun 142012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 82,531 miles

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

My car started lunging when moving at slow speeds, and I'd have to jam on brakes to keep it from hitting another car, building, etc. Happens primarily when A/C is on also. Loses power on acceleration, but lunges when applying slight gas in both reverse and forward. Scary beyond belief. I have a heart condition, and nearly fainted when it happened last time, at an intersection with wild traffic, and I had to jam the brakes to keep the car from going into traffic. Seen enough similar reports online that my next stop will be news media. Please help us!

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #438

Apr 232012

Freestyle

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would abnormally lunge forward when the brake pedal was released. The contact depressed the brake pedal and stopped the vehicle from accelerating further but the failure recurred as soon as her foot was removed from the brake pedal. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 7/19/12 the consumer stated a mechanic cleaned the throttle and fuel injection system at a cost of $168. It is working better now. Updated 07/23/12

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #437

May 052012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I have had multiple incidents. In almost every occurrence that I can remember, I have either been pulling into my garage, backing out of my garage, or pulling into a parking space when it feels like something "catches" and the Freestyle moves a few more miles per hour suddenly. It's happened more often when in drive than when the car is in reverse. The issue does make me worry about running into another parked car or into my garage wall, but I try to be ready for it and have my foot on the brake to stop the sudden momentum.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #436

Jun 292012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I was backing up out of a parking spot very slowly and the car surged backward about a foot, I was able to depress the brake and stop it. The fail safe mode then engaged. I turned the car off and sat for a couple minutes and restarted it and started backing out. The same thing happened again, the surge backward and the failsafe mode engaged. I once again stopped and turned off the engine and sat for about 15 minutes. When I restarted the car the check engine light was on but I was able to back out of the parking space all right, and the failsafe mode did not come back on. It was an extremely hot 100 degrees day, and the A/C was on. This is extremely scary. I could have hit someone.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #435

Oct 272010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Purchased the car used from Ford dealership. I had been following a friend on IH10 in East Texas. Friend had pulled over to side of road, I pulled in behind him. I stayed in my car with ac running for approx 10 minutes I put the car in gear and started to drive. The vehicle would not go over 20 mph. I pulled over and turned the car off. My friend saw me and pulled his vehicle over and came back to check on me. I started the car back up to get off the freeway the accelerator was racing even with my foot on the brake the engine light came on and the computer said it was running in safe mode. On July 2 2012 I took my son to airport. I parked in the parking lot, we had set in the car in park with engine and ac running for about 15 minutes.. when I put the car in reverse the accelerator got stuck and with my brakes still applied the car lunged backward accelerator running full force. The gas pedal was not engaged by me and I had to turn the car off to stop the acceleration. When I turned the car back on the engine light was on and operating in safe mode. This is very unnerving and I think could have caused an accident had any cars been around me. I took the car in to the dealership where I had purchased it, have an appt to bring it back in on July 9 to have them fix it. I got on the website of Ford today for any recalls that might have been called for my car-didn't see any for this type problem. However in researching the problem I found a lot of people who had reported it. This problem needs to be addressed and quickly before someone is injured or killed-and I pray its not me. The dealership is charging me $85 to run a diagnostic they already knows exists. As far as I can tell, no one has been able to have this problem resolved or fixed.

- Winslow, AR, USA

problem #434

Jun 052012

Freestyle

  • 114,345 miles
When I put car in reverse, drive, or when car is sitting idle there is a sudden abrupt throttle in the transmission gas. The acceleration is so abrupt that it causes the car to move with force without having to press the gas. There were a few incidences where I almost rammed the objects in front and behind me, from the sudden throttles/acceleration. Ive noticed that if im sitting behind the wheel at a traffic light and I have my foot on the break and if I move the steering wheel the car will accelerate on its own. Please look into this issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Farminton Hills , MI, USA

problem #433

Jun 302012

Freestyle

  • 89,000 miles
With the A/C on full (very hot day outside), when stopping or starting to reverse, the car lurched forward twice. My foot was on the brake and was not on the accelerator.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #432

Jun 242009

Freestyle

  • 71,456 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that after the brake pedal was released the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five times. The dealer confirmed that the throttle body assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted.the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,456 and the current mileage was 128,200.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #431

Apr 182012

Freestyle

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving out from a parking lot, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. The vehicle stopped when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that they were unsure of the cause of failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were not available.

- Ogden , UT, USA

problem #430

Mar 072012

Freestyle

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while attempting to reverse out of residential garage, the accelerator pedal became stuck and there was an increase in the engine rpms. The contact also stated that the last two occasions the failure occurred, the vehicle stalled immediately after. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the throttle control sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Waterford, OH, USA

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