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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,481 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Ford Freestyle brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 212008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 44,142 miles


Following recommended maintenance, I needed to replace rear brake pads at approximately 44,000 miles and a caliper. My service station called multiple parts stores to get the caliper and was told that this is a "daily" request. I have never replaced brake parts this early in the life of any vehicle I have ever owner in my 40 years of driving cars. I believe that this is a serious safety issue that should be recalled.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 172008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,363 miles
Rear brakes failed (pad remaining is 2/32) at 30,000 miles. I had the vehicle in to have a wheel alignment and the tires replaced. The service center advised me to have the rear brakes replaced asap.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 292006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have three complaints regarding my vehicle. I purchased a 2006 Freestyle in June of 2006. In October 2006 my son and I were involved in an accident. There was extensive front end damage resulting in over $10,000 in repairs. The car jumped over two ravines, both times severely impacting the ground. Almost the entire front part of the car had to be replaced, including the radiators, grill, bumper, etc. The air bags did not deploy. Also, I have had to have the tires replaced two times making the latest the third set of tires on this vehicle. The set of tires I just had replaced were 60,000 mile Continental touring tires. They had uneven, choppy, wear and were approximately 8 months old. I am on the second set of brakes, both front and rear and have had the rear rotors replaced.. the vehicle currently has approximately 39,000 miles on it. The premature, uneven tire wear and the brake wear are excessive compared to any other vehicle I have ever owned. I feel very fortunate that the accident we were involved did not result in bodily injury for either me or my 22 year old son.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #6

Jul 072007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22 miles


I purchased my 2006 Ford Freestyle AWD new, and at 22,388 miles, the rear brakes needed to be replaced. Now, at 30,495 miles, the rear brakes and rotors need to be replaced and a pint of brake fluid needed to be added. I find this totally excessive.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 032007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,800 miles
Rear brakes/rotors worn with only 21800 miles on car.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 062007

Freestyle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My wife and I took our 2006 Ford Freestyle into the dealer for a routine oil change and checkup. We were informed that the rear break pads were down to 3 percent. I expressed surprise, since we had the car only for one year (18,800 miles), and asked how that could be. The service rep only indicated that it would be due to how we drive. Later that day, I found out there was a tsb issued on that very problem.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 022007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,003 miles


I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle with 16,000 miles and I have been told that I not only have to replace the rear brake pads but the rotors as well. I researched the internet and there are many other complaints like this for this particular car. This is way too early for brake pads to be wearing out and if it was "normal wear and tear" the front pads should need replaced since 70% of the braking occurs there. Something needs to be done because Ford is unwilling to acknowledge the issue.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 272006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Ford frestyle 2006 limited AWD- rear brakes wore down to metal without warning after only 11,000 miles.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 172006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle rear brake pads worn down into brake rotors at 25,000 miles.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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