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10.0

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

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 28 of 30)

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problem #47

Jul 172010

Freestyle

  • 54,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that as she entered the parking lot, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. All of the warning lights illuminated simultaneously. When the brakes were depressed to slow the vehicle down it continued to lunge forward. She had to continue turning the engine on and off in order to stop the failure from occurring. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated they had to perform two diagnostic tests at her expense. The throttle body needed to be replaced, but the parts were on back order. The failure was not covered under any recalls or warranty. The manufacturer stated that the parts were not covered under the warranty and she was responsible for the repair cost. The failure and current mileages were 54,000.

- Brownsboro, TX, USA

problem #46

Jul 182010

Freestyle

  • 56,700 miles
Daughter was driving car in chico ca I was in passenger seat. 100 degree temps and the air conditioner was operating at high setting. She was slowly rolling forward into a parking space covering the brake when the car lurched forward as though she had stepped on the gas. Contacted the dealer by phone today and he assured me that there were no service bulletins concerning this issue. He said because no check engine light came on that it probably would not show up on a computer check. I will be stopping by tomorrow to have them diagnose the problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #45

Jun 012010

Freestyle

  • 49,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The vehicle suddenly accelerated several times while attempting to park the vehicle with her foot on the brake pedal. A recent incident occurred while driving at her residence and nearly caused a crash to occur. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer and to file a complaint with the NHTSA. The failure mileage was 49,500 and the current mileage was 51,000.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #44

May 192010

Freestyle

  • 26,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. When the brakes were applied a wrench warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle surged forward and the contact began to apply repeated pressure to the brakes before the vehicle would stop. The failure recurred twice and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The replacement parts were on back order and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 26,000 and the current mileage was 26,700.

- Playingsmart444@Yahoo.Com, NV, USA

problem #43

Jul 092010

Freestyle

  • 44,000 miles
My '06 Ford Freestyle has been having problems with surging forward especially when moving slowly back and forth into a parking spot. At times it even stalls. The surge causes the car to rapidly accelerate and I'm forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car, wall, person, or whatever is in front of me. It usually happens when the ac is on. I have taken the car to a Ford service station on three different occasions and they have been unable to detect the problem. On the first attempt, they could not duplicate my concern. The next two times I went into the car with the technicians and they did experience the surging motion. However, when running the diagnostic on the car, no problems were indicated. Most recently, the electrical system was updated on the car and I was sent home, as the technicians said they drove the car and no longer felt the surging. By the time I exited the highway (5 miles later) the car was surging and threatening to stall out. I have been researching online and have discovered multiple Freestyle owners with the same complaint. Most have indicated that the cause is the throttle body. I have made another appointment to bring in my car tomorrow and have photocopied some of those complaints. If this issue is prevalent in Ford Freestyles, there should be a recall for our vehicles to be repaired at Ford's expense. Driving my 4 year old car should not make me feel like my life is in danger.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #42

Jul 122010

Freestyle

  • 89,900 miles
We own a 2006 Ford Freestyle with approximately 90,000 miles on it. We have taken the car to the dealer for every scheduled service since purchasing it, oil changes, and "29 point checks" as Ford advertises. This week, while driving the car, the car suddenly accelerated for no reason, without the accelerator depressed and continued to accelerate even with the brake depressed. It almost resulted in an accident. The only way to stop the car was to turn it off. Upon bringing it to the dealer, we were told that the "throttle body" was defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of about $ 1,400. Upon researching the NHTSA website, we discovered that there were approximately 200 or more complaints regarding a similar issue with the same model car and the same model year (unexpected acceleration and loss of control). The dealer indicated that the "throttle body" could not be replaced until August 20, 2010, as there are no longer parts available anywhere in the country. And for the next 35 days the car cannot be driven. Upon calling the Ford Motor Company consumer hotline, the girl with whom I spoke told me that "the part is on backorder" before I even had a chance to tell her what part I was referring to, leading me to believe she was already aware of the problem and the shortage of parts was due to having to effect so many of these repairs. When I told her more about the problem and the fact that this was a serious safety issues (even referencing the recent case with Toyota), she put me on hold for almost 20 minutes while she tried to reach different people, but she would not acknowledge or discuss whether this was a known issue by Ford. She evaded the question just told me that she would have someone "escalate the request" and would call me. She sounded very defensive, and became more defensive when I told her about the near accident but couldn't explain how they could be out of this specific part throughout the entire country. This is a serious safety issue.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #41

Jul 132010

Freestyle

  • 60,000 miles

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

Subject: 2006 Ford Freestyle aggressive, unexpected thrusting comments: I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle with 60,000 miles. It has recently begun to aggressively thrust (either forward in drive or in reverse in reverse) when put into gear and has done this in stop & go traffic and after making stops at red lights/stop signs. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealer where I purchased the car and the only "code" they got was for an air filter. Immediately after the vehicle thrusts, the wrench light illuminates and the car loses power (but can still crawl along with no steering or braking assisted control). The car has to be turned off & restarted at which point the problem dissipates as if it didn't happen only to return again at any unexpected time. Its frightening in parking lots, drive thrus & stop & go traffic because you just don't know what the car will do next. I drive with 3 small children & am in fear the car is going to cause an accident. The car is still under warranty with Ford but they seem unwilling to address this very real, very terrifying concern. What do I do?

- W Orange, NJ, USA

problem #40

Jul 142010

Freestyle

  • 62,685 miles
Problem starts when car is sitting idle, in gear, and the A/C is on. The car will lurch forward without pressing the accelerator. It's as if someone is flooring the accelerator and I'm not even touching it. It happens as soon as I remove my foot from the brake. I've had to slam on the brakes to keep from running into things. Many times the engine will stall and the wrench light comes on. After restarting, the light usually goes off. This happens any time the car sits idle for any length of time, I.e. drive-thrus, traffic lights, etc. I'm always worried the car will lurch out into traffic or I'll hit someone backing up as it's happened many times when backing out of a parking space. I feel this truly is a safety issue and don't understand why a recall hasn't been issued when the majority of complaints are for this same problem.

- Hilliard, FL, USA

problem #39

Jul 072010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the vehicle will sporadically accelerate up to 10 mph when attempting to park. The contact was able to stop the unintended acceleration by applying the brakes. The dealer advised that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The part was not readily available and the dealer advised that the part would become available late August but there was no guarantee. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was concerned with the possibility of a crash as a result of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current was unknown. Updated 06/17/11 updated 01/04/2012

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #38

Jun 122010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated while shifting into reverse with the brakes depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated in reverse. The vehicle then stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and proceed driving. Less than one mile later while depressing the brakes, the vehicle independently accelerated and then stalled again. The failure occurred a third time four miles later while in reverse. The vehicle stalled immediately after independently accelerated. The check engine and wrench warning lights were also illuminated following the failure. The dealer advised that the failure was caused by a sticking throttle body. The vehicle was not repaired but the contact stated the warning lights were no longer illuminated after the dealer's diagnostic. The unintended acceleration failure persisted but the vehicle was no longer stalling upon failure. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 78,250. Updated evoq 07/20/10.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #37

Jul 152008

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated when braking or sitting idle at a stop, the vehicle would abnormally accelerate without warning. The contact was able to stop the unintended acceleration by depressing the brakes. The failure persisted and became progressively worse. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the mechanic cleaned carbon deposits from the throttle. The mechanic advised that the throttle would possibly have to be replaced if the cleaning repair did not remedy the failure. The vehicle was left with the mechanic where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer advised that there was not a recall for the failure and recommended having the dealer repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000 and the current mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Downers Grove , IL, USA

problem #36

Jun 012009

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles
We have a 2006 Ford Freestyle. When the car is idling in hot temperatures, such as at a stop light or in a parking lot, the car will rev up to ~2500-3000 rpms and lurch forward. Sometimes the car dies after this or seems unresponsive to the accelerator. The check engine light will come on. When testing the car on a code reader, it showed nothing related to this problem. Through research online, we've found this is a common problem with 2005 and 2006 year model Ford Freestyles. We believe this is a safety hazard, as it could lead to a collision while trying to maneuver at idle speed.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #35

Jul 072010

Freestyle

  • 79,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle just started accelerating when I step on the brake. I almost ran into the side of my office building. It is doing it quite frequently now and I see there are many complaints but Ford isn't doing a recall.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #34

Jul 072010

Freestyle

  • 5,000 miles
Unintended acceleration in 2006 Ford Freestyle.

- Spring House, PA, USA

problem #33

Jul 072010

Freestyle

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The rpms increased excessively when the contact had her foot on the brakes pedal. The vehicle accelerated as she released her foot from the brake pedal. The vehicle lunged backwards before it began to accelerate and then it stalled. None of the warning lights illuminated before and after the failure occurred. The dealer informed her to bring the vehicle in for a diagnostic test at her expense for $100. The manufacturer was contacted and a claim was filed. There were no related recalls or warranties related to the failure. The failure and current mileages were 39,000.

- Holland , PA, USA

problem #32

Jun 082008

Freestyle

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. When the contact was at a traffic light the vehicle lunged forward and accelerated. The failure also occurred while driving in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced and that the parts were on back order. The dealer does not expect the parts to be available before September 2010. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 106,000.

- Ravenswood, WV, USA

problem #31

Jun 292010

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While pulling out of a parking space, the vehicle began to accelerate. The contact pressed the brake and the vehicle lost power. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who could not duplicate the failure. On a separate occasion, while at a stop light, the vehicle began to accelerate. The contact spoke with the dealer who advised the part was on back order and would take months for the vehicle to be repaired. The current and failure miles were 70000.

- Albertson, NC, USA

problem #30

Jun 292010

Freestyle

  • 85,000 miles
Currently own a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Car started accelerating on own. Drove it immediately to a shop, for fear of driving family in it. Turns out it is a faulty electronic throttle body, similar to Toyota problems. Spoke to Ford dealership service manager who said that this is a national problem, on backorder, currently though no recall. Insist that this is a huge safety issue, similar to Toyota's issues and Ford should stand behind getting this problem resolved. Dealership said backorder of parts could be 3-4 weeks. Not safe to drive car. Expensive to fix.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #29

Jun 192010

Freestyle

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle limited edition. He stated that whenever he would apply the brake, there was an unusual increase in engine rpms and the vehicle would abnormally accelerate forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised him that the throttle body had malfunctioned and would need to be replaced. The repair was done at the contacts expense. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 69,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- Walker , LA, USA

problem #28

May 022010

Freestyle

  • 45,000 miles
The problems started when I was backing out of a parking space. The car surges whether it is in drive or reverse...will continue to accelerate even when brake is applied. I have had to shut the car off completely to get it to stop. Other times it will surge, then stall completely. In addition to this happening after restarting, the car won't accelerate normally. This happened while trying to get through an intersection. Not safe.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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