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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 1 of 29)

problem #569

Nov 182016

Freestyle

  • 194,000 miles

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

While veichle is stationary, the engine revs between 500-1000 RPM. Transmission seemed to have stopped shifting and made the RPM go all over the place. While turning at a slow speed it seemed to make the issue worse. Was told it needs a new transmission.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #568

Nov 152016

Freestyle

  • 13,800 miles
My car just stops I was told it was the throdel body but fixing it ws only trmparey I have 6 kids in my car at all times it is very scarey I never know when it will happen

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #567

Sep 202016

Freestyle

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle continued accelerating without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body assembly was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #566

Oct 092016

Freestyle

  • 181,000 miles

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

While driving car at night lights on dashboard and instrument panel went out, ABS light came on, headlights went out but backup lights came on while car was in drive. Turn signals did not work and radio went out. Car eventually lost all power.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #565

Sep 042016

Freestyle

  • 123,000 miles
My Ford Freestyle has begun to surge in acceleration when after I am stopped with my foot on the brake, and then I let it off first to go, it surges ahead or backward, depending on forward or reverse with no pressure at all on the accelerator. Repeat, I do not put my foot on the accelerator, and it suddenly surges forward or backward with no warning, though I can hear the engine and as well as feel it once it surges. This is intermittent, and seems to occur when the ac is on. The mileage is 123,000, and it has happened about 5 times now, but it is intermittent. We were once in many situations: Stopped idling at a light when it was time to go, stopped in a drive thru lane when it was time to go, stopped in a parking lot briefly waiting for pedestrians, so basically stopped for at least a few moments---and once while reversing from a parking space. This is a major safety issue. Please reply asap to my email: Actualideal@yahoo.com. I will be out of the country and will not be reachable by phone and all messages left on my cell phone will be long since deleted automatically before I would return to get them. Please let me know if there has been anything found on this, since I see a large number of other people on this site have been having problems for a lot of years. This last happened when we last drove the vehicle on September 4th 2016. We have not as yet tried to have this fixed.

- Columbus, MT, USA

problem #564

Aug 122016

Freestyle

  • 134,000 miles
Car is lunging forward and backwards

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #563

Aug 042016

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles

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

If we change gears with the A/C on the car lunges when we're trying to come to a stop. It lunges as we're parking or pulling up to a stop sign or stop light. After stopping it will continue to lunge without warning if it is in drive...it will even lunge as we try to shift to park. We are afraid we will hit someone walking in a cross walk or hit the car in front of us while parking. During lunging you can hear the engine rev louder. Lunges while stopping and while being stopped. This has been happening for several years. I've read other posts with people saying the same thing happening. Here is one example. www.myfordfreestyle.com/forums/viewtopic.php?T=5488

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #562

Jul 182016

Freestyle

  • 64,241 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. When the vehicle was placed in reverse or drive, it would surge forward or backwards. On several occasions, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,241.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #561

May 162016

Freestyle

  • 112,800 miles
When vehicle is stationary on the brake it will try to accelerate on its own while not even on the gas pedal in reverse and drive.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #560

May 012016

Freestyle

  • 180,000 miles
When driving down a 4 lane high way the car lost gas pedal check transmission light came on. This could have been fatal. With other vehicle speeds up to 65 mph behind my car... have had several garages look at it and still cant figure out the problem. Now a tow bill labor and other compounding exspences.

- Rexville, NY, USA

problem #559

Feb 212016

Freestyle

  • 86,060 miles

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

Was traveling on a highway. When I set the cruise control I had to push the button 15X for it to engage. After it was set the increase and decrease buttons wouldn't work. When I tried to cancel out cruise control the button did not work. Only way to stop the cruise control was to tap the brakes.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #558

Jul 202015

Freestyle

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was applied, the vehicle did not pick up speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for various repairs and they were not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #557

Sep 172014

Freestyle

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving at various slow speeds, the vehicle lunged forward while the service engine light was illuminated. The failure occurred randomly in the winter months. The contact also mentioned that the engine stalled shortly after the failure occurred. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #556

Aug 202015

Freestyle

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving 60 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Ardmore, PA, USA

problem #555

Aug 202015

Freestyle

  • 105,857 miles
1. driving car at 45mph..came to red light. When pushing a celerator to floor, car suddenly does not respond to pressure on gas pedal. Will not pick up speed. Notice check E gine on display panel and wrench symbol came on and words "engine in failsafe mode" display. 2. when standing still, engine yrunning... foot on brake. Engine idling...car begins to lunge forward, engine revs up when lunging. 3. during 90 degree weather, driving at 55 mph, turned on ac. Car immediately lost power and failsafe mode light came on.

- Genesee, MI, USA

problem #554

Jun 152015

Freestyle

  • 129,900 miles
While accelerating up a hill, felt a surge then deceleration to 25-30 mph. This has happened a number of times.mechanic research codes and said it was the throttle body. PE11018

- Tamworth, NH, USA

problem #553

Apr 022014

Freestyle

  • 100,000 miles
We had problems with it revving up wanted to go forward when parking. We had the throttle body cleaned, helped for a little while.problems with the air conditioning had compressor replaced, then starting having electrical problems (failure safe mode engine would shut down) while driving. Had alternator replaced because all electrical starting shutting down and turning off while driving also transmisson was trying to go in reverse while driving reverse lights would come on very dangerous. Replaced body computer still didn't fix the problem to afraid to drive it. It was paid off but no one could fix the problems, how can you have a vehicle that no one can fix, we have been informed that Ford knew of these problems but would do nothing about them. Very disappointed we really liked the car when we got it.

- Jane Lew , WV, USA

problem #552

Jul 222015

Freestyle

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving 10 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration reaching speeds up to 50 mph. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #551

May 052010

Freestyle

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. While driving approximately 50 mph, the speed suddenly accelerated to 65 mph although the driver did not engage the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repairs were performed, but no information was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #550

Apr 232015

Freestyle

  • 100 miles
I purchased the 2005 Ford Freestyle used. Issues: (1) shortly after purchasing the transmission light came on, then I took it to a transmission shop, who replaced the fluid, which seemed to fix the problem. (2) random surges of power, which almost resulted in a few accidents and was severely frightening (corrected before a recall) (3) this past winter problems with shutting the front doors, then with out warning ( with two children in the back sets ) the back passenger door few open when I turned the corner. The children screamed, I was thankful that a child was not severally injured and then, I had call someone to pick us up. I called Ford and was told I was the only complaint! later at a children's recreation, I parked next to a woman with children driving the same model. I asked her if she experienced door issues, she stated both doors flew open with the children in the back seats, and stated her husband lubed the doors down. (4) now the transmission will randomly decide not to move, but if I turn the free style on and off it might go into gear. No transmission light on indicated an issue. My opinion is the 2005 Ford Freestyle was created to market toward families, the design and marketing worked, but as a result several families are now in danger.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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