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Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,887 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle engine problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 24 of 30)

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problem #127

Apr 212011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when accelerating, the vehicle would hesitate abnormally. Also, when attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would decelerate independently to a complete stop without stalling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000. Update 05/24/11

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #126

Apr 192011


  • miles
I have an 06 Freestyle that surges forward or backward without pressing the accelerator. This has happened numerous times especially when running the A/C. I have to make sure and stay away from other cars at a red light for instance or the car would lunge in the them. I was told it was the throttle body. Haven't been able to replace.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #125

Apr 102011


  • 66,400 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle with approx. 66,500 miles on it, has problems with throttle body as diagnosed by Ford coastal in mobile, al. Before diagnosis, my Freestyle would suddenly lounge or accelerate, uncommanded, while backing up (reverse), out of parking area. Engine light and maintenance "wrench light" soon follow after these series of events. Ford coastal suggests replacing throttle body. This part is not covered by my powertrain warranty. The cost is $920 to be shouldered by the car owner.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #124

Mar 062011


  • 74,000 miles


Vehicle would accelerate, without depression of gas pedal. Lunge forward at stop lights while brake pedal was depressed. While driving, at approx. 50mph, wrench light came on and vehicle stalled. Pulled to side of road, started the car again and it worked fine...for awhile. Called dealership, and they said it could be computer system, but not sure. Will be having dealership look at vehicle to determine cause. This has been going on for over a month...just a slight increase in the beginning, but now is uncontrollable.

- Worthington , IN, USA

problem #123

Feb 232010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, the check engine warning light would illuminate and then the vehicle would abnormally accelerate up to two feet. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer informed the contact that there were no related recalls on the vehicle and that if they could not diagnose the vehicle, there would be no repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 48,000 and the failure mileage was 40,000.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #122

Feb 142010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while trying to decelerate or just while idling, the vehicle would surge forward without warning. The engine warning light would illuminate on the instrumental panel after the failure. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who they advised the contact that the throttle body had failed. The vehicle was repaired but six months later the failure occurred again. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rayford, NC, USA

problem #121

Feb 082011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a wall. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who could not diagnose the problem. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer had been notified. The contact stated that the failure was the second occurrence of sudden acceleration. The failure mileage was 33,000. Updated 03/11/11 the consumer stated a wrench light illuminated on the dashboard. Updated 04/27/11

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #120

Oct 012010


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle the contact stated that the vehicle would fail to start intermittently and occasionally would abnormally accelerate. The contact was advised by a local mechanic that the failure could be caused by a defective throttle. The vehicle was neither diagnosed for the failure nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Granger , IN, USA

problem #119

Jan 212011


  • 110,000 miles
My 2006 Freestyle will intermittently accelerate when stopped or going at low speeds. This happens at redlights, carpool line, or anywhere I am idle. It happens on occasion while in reverse. I have tried some of the fuel injection cleaners and will be taking it to be looked at today after a scare at an intersection where it revved up and stalled. I have seen many post about it being the throttle body but I for one can't afford a problem that seems to be er related. It is a safety concern for me right now as I was almost hit at the intersection. This has been going on/off for a few months and at first it was so slight I did not notice. Of note, my air compressor needs to be replaced and I have read that these problems seem to going hand in hand.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #118

Aug 012010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the throttle body was repaired at the manufacturers expense. The failure persisted and the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repairs or diagnosis as the failure persisted sporadically. Over time, the vehicle became inoperable. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that any further repairs would be at the contacts expense. No assistance was offered. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Clarkesville, GA, USA

problem #117

Aug 252010


  • miles


Car accelerates on its own. Brakes on or off it accelerates.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #116

Nov 202010


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While the contact was driving 65 mph with the cruise control activated, the rpms increased to 5,000 and would not move. The contact pulled to the side of the road and turned the vehicle off. The contact then restarted the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact also stated that when the air conditioner was on and the vehicle was coming to a stop, the rpms increased to 2,000 and the vehicle stalled. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #115

Jun 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. When the vehicle stopped the RPM's began to increase and decrease excessively. She also stated the vehicle would intermittently stall while driving forward or in reverse. When the vehicle stalled and was restarted, it would function normally. The failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000. The current mileage was 83,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #114

Nov 022010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Over the past 4-6 months I have noticed the car surging and lurching forward after coming to a complete stop with my foot still completely on the brake. I have almost collided with vehicles in front of me as well as pedestrians in the crosswalk! this also happens when the car is in reverse backing out of the driveway and stopping to shift into drive. The car will surge or lurch backwards and if you are not covering the brake while in drive or reverse, the car will accelerate without touching the gas pedal. I took the vehicle to frontier Ford in san jose, ca and the mechanic diagnosed this problem as a bad throttle body. From my research, this is a widespread problem with this make & model vehicle. I believe this problem may very well lead to a serious tragedy if this common problem is not recalled. Please help us owners of these cars remain safe and not kill someone because of this failure! a recall is badly needed !!!

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #113

Jul 152010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While stopped, the engine exhibited an abnormal increase in rpms. The vehicle then surged forward until heavy pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the throttle body casing had overheated and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred intermittently. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 01/11/2011 updated 03/02/11

- Sedalia , MO, USA

problem #112

Oct 192010


  • 76,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle engine surges and vehicle lurches forward when brake is depressed while pulling into and backing out of parking spaces.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #111

Jun 202010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle at low speeds of 2-5 mph and applied the brake, the vehicle would suddenly surge forward. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The current mileage was approximately 88,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

- Al Paso, TX, USA

problem #110

Oct 042010


  • 40,000 miles
My Ford Freestyle suddenly accelerates without pressing on the gas. It happens most often when we are stopped and I lift my foot off of the brake, it will suddenly lunge forward. It will also happen at low speeds, such as pulling into or out of a parking spot. It also happens at stop signs, drive thrus and in traffic. It happens during every drive now, sometimes numerous times. I have almost hit other cars and twice have almost run over a pedestrian. The part that is supposed to fix this problem seems to be unavailable. I have three children, the oldest is only 5 and I have very real safety concerns for my family and others around my car.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #109

Jun 042010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 40 mph uphill, the contact attempted to accelerate further but the vehicle would not accelerate beyond 40 mph. Once she reached the top of the hill, the vehicle abnormally accelerated until she applied the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure continued to recur intermittently. She also stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall without warning when driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were again, unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was never repaired for either failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #108

Sep 242010


  • 95,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle is experiencing a surging/lurching at idle. I've also had loss of power and being forced to drive home in limp mode. The real irritation was when they were told of the long wait for the part and that "they" think it's not a safety issue. I have to disagree when my car will shut down in the middle of the road because I'm applying the break in traffic or a stop light. I am concerned for my family's safety because if this problem gets worse (either in frequency or magnitude) some day my car will drive itself into another car, or a person. And what's worse is that I'm sure that no insurance company would believe that the car just surged on its own and plowed into a parked car?because that would be ridiculous. The dealer didn't want to do anything at first because they PCM had no stored codes and they weren't able to duplicate the problem themselves. Once they finally figured out the problem I got a call from my service advisor who told me that the throttle body was malfunctioning and that it would need to be replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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