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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,148 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.

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 122011


  • 50,000 miles


2006 Ford freetstyle limited repetitive, unexpected vehicle "lunging forward" when air conditioning is on. Will lunge toward walls, people, doesnt matter, have noticed it whether engine is hot or not. Ac must be kept off when in parking lots for sure, as it will lunge at twice the speed even when braking, like driving slow with foot on brake to find parking space.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 84,110 miles
I was driving my 2006 Ford Freestyle today with the A/C on and the vehicle started to accelerate by itself and then shut off. The wrench light came on and the vehicle would not pick up speed.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #6

May 242010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 35,955 miles
The car will lunge forward when slowing to a stop or when pulling out after idling. Running the A/C makes the problem worse and the car tries to shut down.the inside and outside lights start to flicker and the air bag and wrench lights come on. While in park the rpms will race to 3 rpms without touching the accelerator. We have replaced the throttle body and the smart junction box but the car just keeps gettin worse. The car was under warranty when this started to happen but they couldn't figure out what was wrong so they told me to drive it this way until it died then tow it to them and they would go back to the same ticket since the warranty was almost out. That dealership has since closed so now I'm stuck with the bill. If we only knew what the problem actually was.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #5

May 102011


  • 60,000 miles


I purchased my 2006 Freestyle new and love the car but it started this accelerating for no reason. I go to park and it accelerates and scares me. I am almost afraid to drive it. This has happened at least 5 times. Mostly in the last week. Please recall this car before somebody is seriously hurt. My son said its a throttle problem about $400 to have it fixed.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #4

May 012011


  • miles
Vehicle surges with no application of the accelerator. The surge seems to occur when the vehicle is in drive or reverse, with or without the brake applied, and seems to occur when the air conditioning is on although not all surges have occurred with the air-conditioning on. This problem is intermittent and seems to occur in spring, summer and fall months when the air-conditioning has been in use. This surging problem has occurred several times over the past couple of years. The most recent incident occurred when the vehicle was parked in a driveway in front of a home. The vehicle was taken out of park and placed in reverse when the vehicle surged backward to the end of the driveway. The accelerator was not applied to make the vehicle move and the air-conditioning was not on at the time of the surge although it had been used early that day.

- White City, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 162010


  • 86,000 miles
My vehicle surges forward especially when the air condition is running. It seems like something is stuck possibly the throttle. It was first noticed when I drove the vehicle to indio, California and ran the air conditioner.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 102010


  • 49,000 miles
Surging forward/lunging.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 242009


  • 20,123 miles
Excessive brake dust. Was informed that rear brakes were down to metal. Rotors were so worn they could not be turned.replaced rear brakes and rotors.took car in for routine check and mentioned that the rear bar that the 3rd row of seats holds onto was rusting. Asked if they could check for leaks and if other people were complaining. They found no leaks and said I must have gotten the car excessively wet on the inside (no!). I also complained about a sour moldy smell coming from the air conditioner...again no solution.had to replace tires becuase they wor out 'prematurely'. was told it was my driving. Dealership would not do anything under warranty or offer help. Tires had abnormal wear on the inside(toeing?) then I was getting very poor gas mileage and needed a routine check and oil change again. I took it in and was informed I had no rear brakes left. The rear calipers were failing to release. Once again brake assembly was replaced. Took car in for and engine noise/whine 3 different times and had a tech ride with me. Each time they heard nothing and did nothing. Took car in for a loud noise coming from rear wheel along with a burning smell. Tech rode with me and did not hear any noise from tire but did comment about the engine noise/whine. I was finally relieved that he heard it and I told him no other tech has seemed to hear it. Car was looked at and found that rear driver tire bearings were shot and wheel was loose(very dangerous they said) they had to order parts. When I asked what they found out about the engine whine that the tech also heard, I was told there was no mention of it but they would look into it before I came to pick up my car. Next I got a phone call saying the shop foreman didn't hear the noise, so there was nothing they could for the last two days my car has started really rough and then died. Yesterday it surged forward and the wrench light turned on. I took it in and now they say the code says there is a transmission failure!? 45,000.

- Graham, WA, USA

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