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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 engine problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 7 of 30)

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problem #467

Oct 032011

Freestyle

  • 89,000 miles

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

My car speeds up with out any warning when in reverse. So far I have been lucky and only scraped the front bumper on the garage door. Two different Ford dealers cannot find a reason for this problem.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #466

Jul 262012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at about 60 mph. I took my foot of the gas and the vehicle suddenly shuddered and shifted into lower gear. The wrench light came on. I couldn't accelerate properly to keep up with highway traffic. I was able to pull over turn the car off. When I turned it on again, the car acted normally. This same scenario played out several more times over the next few days. I took it to a Ford mechanic who said the throttle body was sending incorrect signals to the transmission. This is the family car. I feel lucky that our sudden change in speed on the highway didn't cause an accident.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #465

Jul 282012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Wife was driving on I540 near raleigh, nc and car "wrench" icon came on and car decelerated quickly causing a dangerous condition. Car was unable to be driven and required towing to a safe place. Appears that the throttle controller malfunctioned causing the car to be disabled temporarily. After the car cooled the throttle worked but we elected not to drive until a local mechanic could check out this condition / problem. We towed the vehicle on a trailer to local garage near our home.

- Tarboro, NC, USA

problem #464

Jun 052012

Freestyle

  • 120,000 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 the vehicle lunged forward or backward when shifted into drive or reverse. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection. The contact stated that the failure worsened whenever the air conditioner was on. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Tiffin , OH, USA

problem #463

Aug 162011

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and suddenly the vehicle lunged forward. The failure appeared to occur more frequently whenever the air conditioner was in operation. The vehicle was in the process of being diagnosed by the dealer. There was currently an open investigation pertaining to NHTSA action number PE11018 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #462

Jul 262012

Freestyle

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the brake pedal was engaged while at a complete stop in a parking lot when suddenly, the rpms began to increase with a rapid acceleration. The brake pedal was applied twice then the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the unintentional acceleration. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Tafton, PA, USA

problem #461

Jun 092012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles

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

My car is surging forward when unexpected. I try to make sure that my foot is on the break but as soon as I take it off the car starts to surge forward and could cause an accident or someone getting killed.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #460

Jul 072012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 820,000 miles
Vehicle will lunge forward in a stopped position, it also seems to bog down sometimes when driving like it looses power, after it's cut off it drives ok again.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #459

Jul 042012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced vehicle speed control failures. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The failure recurred several times. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the throttle body and wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 8/24/12

- Yankton, SD, USA

problem #458

Jan 012007

Freestyle

  • 4,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, she applied the brakes and the pedal was abnormally depressed into the floorboard. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer fifteen times and the contact was informed that a pin in the master cylinder was fractured. The contact was also informed that the rotors were freezing. The vehicle was repaired for the rotors and the master cylinder. In addition, the chord for the emergency brake detached and wrapped around the axle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a new cable was installed. The contact also stated that the vehicle surged when driving at various speeds. The failure recurred whether in drive or reverse. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the throttle body needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 4,800.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #457

Jul 212012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 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 the throttle body failed and had to be repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced several instances of surging forward when idling or coming to a stop. The dealer cleaned and reprogrammed the throttle. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 100,000. Updated 09/07/2012

- Wherthington, MN, USA

problem #456

May 042012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
The throttle will race up especially while coming up to a stop. I belong to a couple of forums that people have tried many of times to get this serious repair recalled. One person even pinned their child against the garage wall. I have not fixed mine yet as Ford garage says it is about $750 repair. My wife almost took a guys door off. As she pulled into a parking spot a guy was getting out of the car and as she pressed the brake harder it made the throttle increase. The guy then though she was deliberately trying to run him over. We had to demonstrate the issue of this and then he understood. I just cant believe that Ford can get away with this throttle issue.

- Indian River, MI, USA

problem #455

Jul 192012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Car lunges forward and backward even with foot on the brake. Used to only do it with the air conditioning on but now will do it at any time. When speaking with Ford they claim they know nothing about this despite me reading them the 23 page letter between Ford and [xxx] (office of defect investigation). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Southampton, PA, USA

problem #454

Jun 082012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,520 miles
Vehicle surges ahead at low speeds and stopped. Must hold brake tight to keep vehicle from jumping ahead. Also vehicle engine surges fast on and off at low speeds like coming up to a stop sign or moving just ahead alittle.

- Watertown, WI, USA

problem #453

Jun 202011

Freestyle

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge forward abnormally with the gear in any selected position and the brake pedal engaged. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis who was unable to duplicate the malfunction. The vehicle was also taken to an independent auto shop. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. There was currently an open investigation under NHTSA action number PE11018 (vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #452

Jun 012012

Freestyle

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph with the air conditioner activated. Neither the brake pedal nor the accelerator pedals were engaged when the vehicle began to surge forward abnormally. The failure recurred six times and whenever the air conditioner was activated. The contact planned to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #451

Jul 182012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 62,192 miles
Unexpected acceleration at slow speeds.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #450

Jun 112012

Freestyle

  • 40,399 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle lunged forward and continued to move without stopping. The failure also occurred while in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to replace egr vaile and the crank sensor. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure mileage was 40,399 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #449

Jun 022012

Freestyle

  • 70,000 miles
Our '06 Freestyle lurched forward while attempting to allow a pedestrian to pass in a parking lot. The engine speed increased and more brake pressure had to be applied to stop the car. Slight engine revving was first noticed at a mileage of ~60,000 miles and grew over the next 10,000 to the point of the car actually lurching forward unless heavy pressure was applied on the breaks. Eventually, I learned that if I had the A/C on max, vehicle stopped and idling, light pressure on the brakes, a turn of the steering wheel would make the car lurch every time. The lurching made parking, especially parallel parking, which requires the steering wheel to be turned right and left, a risk to nearby pedestrians. On-line posts and forums led me to clean the throttle body and the problem has been fixed for the past few hundred miles.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #448

Jul 042012

Freestyle

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while exiting a residential driveway, the vehicle lunged forward without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Parma Heights, OH, USA

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