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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,442 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle miscellaneous problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Jun 162011

Freestyle

  • 130,793 miles

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

Incident happened while on vacation in another state. Car was idling with air conditioner running for approximately 20 minutes, upon shifting gear into reverse and backing out of a parking space, car surged into reverse without foot accelerating the petal. Driver braked and car stalled. Car restarted in engine failsafe mode. Car repeatedly stalled upon successive restarts each time continuing to display engine failsafe mode. After multiple attempts, car restarted in normal mode with the check engine light remaining on. Car was sluggish, but continued to drive without stalling. Drove car to tropical Ford dealership in orlando the next day. Service advisor recommended multiple items, including replacing throttle body assembly, PCV valve, PCV control valve, reprogramming the PCM. Upon advise of service advisor that it was a dangerous situation that "car could surge and stall while traveling at high speeds on the interstate" on the long drive home, we authorized tropical Ford to replace the throttle body assembly ( replaced with fp # 6F9Z-9E926-a) and reprogram the PCM.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #19

Dec 012010

Freestyle

  • 63,000 miles
Sometimes when putting the car in gear from park the motor surges. Also it surges when stopped at a stop sign or when backing out of a parking spot. This has been happening for quite some time and is happening more frequently lately.

- Louisville, IL, USA

problem #18

Jun 162011

Freestyle

  • 145,950 miles
My wife was pulling into a parking space with her foot lightly on the brake pedal. The car lunged forward, causing her to press hard on the brakes. The car did stop, but it almost hit the car in the next parking space. This is the second time this car has displayed this problem. Our daughter was driving it a month or so ago, and it did the same thing.

- Mccomb, MS, USA

problem #17

Jun 032011

Freestyle

  • 250,000 miles

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

My 2005 Freestyle is making loud rattling sound (coming from trans) and the failsafe mode indicator as well as the yellow wrench have been appearing. I have had it in the service dept of dealership many times for surging and power failures, etc, and they have made numerous repairs - (including the ac compressor) and replaced a head gasket (which is leaking badly now?), and it appears this time it may be a throttle body problem" the dealer won't look at it till next week and wants $200 to check it out" people waiting in line (at the service dept) today told me they had the exact same problems (with Freestyles). There should be a recall if so many people are complaining.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 012009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle surges forward without foot on the accelerator. Occurs mostly at city driving speeds, not on the highway. Began approx. 2 years ago (June 2009).

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #15

Jun 152008

Freestyle

  • 44,000 miles
Sudden acceleration from idle. Car would suddenly jump forward or reverse at idle especially when shifting from park. Dealer taped some wiring for temporary fix warranty coverage during. Problem reoccurred after warranty coverage expired and dealer and would not address the issue. Vehicle now has 100K+ miles and the problem has gotten progressively worse. I have learned to keep my foot on the brake.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 012010

Freestyle

  • 60,000 miles

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

Car is accelerating on its own hard on shifting into drive or reverse. Mostly on low pulling out speed when you turn the steering out of a parking spot at every time. Hope the recall comes into effect on these hard time or before someone gets killed. Thank you for your time to look into our safety.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #13

Jan 012008

Freestyle

  • miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle lunges forward or backward before I give it gas. I notice it most when getting ready to back out of the driveway or when getting ready to back out of parking spaces or preparing to pull forward after backing out of a parking space. It seems to happen as I remove my foot from the brake pedal. I began noticing the problem approximately three years ago, and it probably only happened half a dozen times in that year. Since then it has become more frequent to the point that now almost every time I get in the car it happens. So far applying the brakes has stopped the sudden acceleration, and I have had no accidents however, the problem seems to be getting worse and I am quite concerned about it.

- Atmore, AL, USA

problem #12

May 082011

Freestyle

  • 80,300 miles
I was pulling to a stop light with my foot firmly on the brake and the truck continued to accelerate. I had to press the brake almost completely to the floor to keep from jumping into on coming traffic. I heard about the complaints on the news so I decided to file a complaint as well. This is a very dangerous issue because you never know when it will happen again.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #11

May 082011

Freestyle

  • 80,300 miles
I was pulling to a stop light with my foot firmly on the brake and the truck continued to accelerate. I had to press the brake almost completely to the floor to keep from jumping into on coming traffic. I heard about the complaints on the news so I decided to file a complaint as well. This is a very dangerous issue because you never know when it will happen again.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #10

May 082011

Freestyle

  • 80,300 miles

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

I was pulling to a stop light with my foot firmly on the brake and the truck continued to accelerate. I had to press the brake almost completely to the floor to keep from jumping into on coming traffic. I heard about the complaints on the news so I decided to file a complaint as well. This is a very dangerous issue because you never know when it will happen again.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #9

Mar 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle limited often lunges (high RPM rev) without pressure on the gas pedal - often at low speeds and when shifting from park to reverse. Almost hit house through garage and car in front of me in a parking lot.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #8

May 142011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle - my car also has the surging problem. It has been occuring for many years and I had taken it to the local dealer several times, to no avail, they couldn't get it to surge. It tends to happen at low speeds, like while at a drive through restaurant, or just starting from a stop, it will surge and jump without any acceleration. The dealer could never get it to happen, so I quit taking it in for further checking. I can't even let my daughter drive the car, as she is a permit driver and I don't feel it safe for her to drive. I hope you find a solution to this problem, it would be much appreciated. This has been occuring for many years, however below on the incident date, I just listed the last date of occurence, I would have to call Ford for the exact dates, but I purchased car in 2006 and it has been happening ever since.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #7

May 162011

Freestyle

  • 90,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford Freestyle accelerates on its own at times after you put it in gear. If you are not prepared by having your foot on the brake it will lurch as the rpms increase on its own without touching the accelerator. This is very dangerous especially if someone is standing behind the vehicle.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #6

Nov 202010

Freestyle

  • 48,000 miles
At the start of the winter here in Minnesota, the driver's side door on our 2005 Ford Freestyle would fail to latch intermittently. When this would occur, there was nothing to prevent the door from swinging open while driving. Ford issued a safety recall notice (06S45) in 2006 to "fix" this known defect on the 2005 Ford Freestyle but it is clear that the "fix" is not preventing the problem from reoccurring. It is impossible to predict when the failure to latch will occur and results in a highly dangerous situation which puts the driver and the passengers the vehicle in peril.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 012009

Freestyle

  • 32,000 miles
Ford Freestyle 2005 has been leaking for months. Large puddles have formed on the front and rear passenger side of the car. Most recently, water has leaked from the sunroof onto both the driver and passenger side. I have read extensively on the internet about a basic design flaw in this car that causes water from the drains to empty into the car because the drains are unable to handle the required amount of water. Ford dealerships generally seem to report no knowledge of the problem or do not resolve the problem. Driving with water dripping on my head is a safety hazard. Also, my child has been sick with respiratory problems for almost a month now. I had not pinpointed the source of his problem, but having read numerous posts about mold growth due to the water infiltration I am wondering if that could be the problem. Water causes mold, rust, and can short out electrical systems in the car. While Ford doesn't apparently see this as a hazard or a result of their bad design, many consumers do.

- Fort Washington, PA, USA

problem #4

May 252009

Freestyle

  • 40,000 miles
We recently purchased a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The dashboard gauges will randomly all bottom out for a few seconds, and then come back on. This happens at least once nearly everytime we drive. Occasionally the gauges will 'freeze' where they are and the dashboard lights (including odometer) will go out. This lasts for a few seconds, and when the lights come back on, all of the gauges bottom out for a few seconds and then come back on. While trying to figure out what the problem is, we discovered that there is a common defect in the gauge cluster and an online search reveals hundreds of complaints about this. There is an open investigation, but no recall to date. This is a safety hazard despite what Ford says, not knowing how fast you are going (even if it is just for a few seconds) is dangerous, but the worst part is the distraction when you see your gauges going crazy out of the corner of your eye. Distracted drivers are not safe drivers. The dealer tells us they've changed dozens of these, and the cost is nearly $900! for and the NHTSA know this is a problem, Ford should take responsibility and make it right.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 182008

Freestyle

  • 71,000 miles
No one was injured, the 2005 Ford Freestyle had to have a battery replaced and upon replacement the car started but the instrument cluster no longer functions, . the dealership (B.J. Ford, Liberty, Texas) said the cluster would need to be replaced at a cost of $440. I have researched several websites and this seems to be a defect. Your agencies own nhsta action number: PE07058 addressed this issue. I feel Ford should take responsibility for this issue. It is expensive to replace and it seems to be a prevalent issue with the 2005-06 Freestyle models.

- Hull, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 282007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,100 miles
3/28/2007 while driving down the freeway at 65 the wrench light came on and the car completely lost power, I had to pull over to the shoulder. I shut the car off and re-started it and the problem was gone. This was the third time. Second was yesterday my wife was backing out of the driveway and the car did the same thing. Also 3/25/2007 while pulling into my subdivision I made a left turn and got to about 15 mph and the car shuttered and the wrench light came on again, I drove it with almost no power for another 15 yards to my driveway, shut the car off and restarted it and no problems. I purchased this car used on 3/23/2007 with 55000 miles on it. I have contacted the Ford dealership where I purchased it.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Ford Freestyle: Dangerous in mild winter weather and conditions. Vehicle does not perform in winter weather. Vehicle slides, slips, grinding of brakes and bucking of vehicle, vibrating of steering wheel, all in less than 3 inches of snow. No snow tires made for this particular vehicle according to dealer and non-dealer affiliated vendors.

- Oswego, NY, USA

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