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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,183 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 062014


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that water leaked into the vehicle through the seat belts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Sedro Woolley, WA, USA

problem #5

Dec 152011


  • 70,000 miles
Water in the spare tire well, rust on the third seat support, mold covering tire cover, mold on carpet and a terrible mildew smell in the car. Problem is reported in Ford tbs07-03-06 to dealers water leaking from drain tubes into back of car. I noticed this problem when I saw water running down my seat belts and a terrivel mildew smell in car. Seems to me a mold/mildew problem is a safety issue. Driving around in a closed up vehicle with spores floating around can't be healthy especially with two small chilren ages 1 and 3. I am very concerned about my family breathing in this mold if it was in a home it would be concidered a safety hazard. I found this from a posting online about mold-associated conditions. Health problems associated with high levels of airborne mold spores include allergic reactions, asthma episodes, irritations of the eye, nose and throat, sinus congestion, and other respiratory problems. For example, residents of homes with mold are at an elevated risk for both respiratory infections and bronchitis. When mold spores are inhaled by an immunocompromised individual, some mold spores may begin to grow on living tissue, attaching to cells along the respiratory tract and causing further problems. Generally, when this occurs, the illness is an epiphenomenon and not the primary pathology. Also, mold may produce mycotoxins, either before or after exposure to humans, potentially causing toxicity. Fungal infection a serious health threat from mold exposure for immunocompromised individuals is systemic fungal infection (systemic mycosis). Immunocompromised individuals exposed to high levels of mold, or individuals with chronic exposure may become infected. Sinuses and digestive tract infections are most common; lung and skin infections are also possible. Mycotoxins may or may not be produced by the invading mold.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #4

May 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle limited that leaks through the passenger side third row seatbelt. From what I have been able to see on the internet it sounds like it is because of the moonroof drain clips. I know this part is not a safety issue but the problem continued and shorted out the passenger side brake/turn signal light. I know it is not the fuse because the front one works and I know it's not the bulb because the bulb one the passenger side worked when I tried it on the drivers side. I feel that this is a big safely problem since other drivers don't know if I am turning. Ford needs to fix this problem and issue a recall before accidents happen.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 052008


  • 0 miles


Sunroof/moonroof leak: Possibly allows water inside vehicle every time it gets wet. Brought the vehicle to the selling dealer approximately 16 mos. Into warranty. I thought it was a windshield leak at first and the service rep told me I would have to go to a glass company. I explained that I had not had any glass replaced on the vehicle and that it was a Ford problem, to which they responded that they would check it out. When I returned to pick up the vehicle they told me that they could not find the leak. I asked if they had put water on the car roof and they said they had not to which I questioned how can you find a water leak without water? I refused to pick up the car and they said they would try water. The next day they called to say the leak was repaired, that there was a service bulletin about the moonroof leak, and that they had rerouted the drains to fix the problem. I believed them. I forgot about the problem until March 09 at which time I was out of warranty and was told by a customer service rep in dearborn that I would have to have it evaluated at a Ford dealer at my expense.I declined roughly one year later it is back again and I have concerns that it probably will lead to mold, if it hasn't already, and that because the water stays above the headliner, the wiring for my rear brakelights as well as the side curtain airbags could possibly be compromised, in addition to leading to premature rust through or rot where the water eventually comes out.also I feel betrayed by Ford because I have copies of other tsb's which pertain to my vehicle but were not taken care of because I did not complain of those symptoms at the time of service and now that I've realised I have those problems it's too late for them to be covered. I believe every new vehicle owner should receive notice from the manufacturer about every problem concerning their vehicle and that every time a dealer services a product under warranty, that all tsb's are checked and acted upon.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle, rolling down the back windows and traveling over 40 miles per hour, a loud, low pressure thumping noise is produced.

- Athens, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 242006

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Freestyle sel instrument panel is hard to read and sometimes it cannot be read at all when wearing sunglasses. ** answer required*** the visibility problem occurs mostly when traveling North and when the sun is very bright. The instrument panel is black with white numbers. The consumer was unable to see the speedometer therefore could not use the speed control. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a test drive but they indicated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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