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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,409 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.

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 222011


  • 79,500 miles


Trying to park my car in a crowded parking lot, the car suddenly surged forward and then stalled. I tried to restart the car and it would not start. I waited a minute, turned off the radio, A/C, etc and then was able to restart. I have had a similar problem on two other occasions since.

- Exeter, ME, USA

problem #11

Jul 092011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle - trouble began @ 60,000 mi. When I noticed the throttle unresponsive. The unresponsiveness can be described as a "dead zone" in the travel of the gas pedal. Once past the dead zone, the car will lunge to achieve the newly found pedal position. Vehicle will also surge at low speeds when A/C compressor engages...never did that before. Twice now, car will not move after start...engine light comes on...turn off, restart, turn off, restart, and the car is back to normal, with no light. Throttle body was diagnosed as the problem at Ford dealer.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #10

May 012010


  • 70,000 miles
We own a 2006 Ford Freestyle and starting having issues with sudden acceleration within two years after purchase. At first, it was a sudden jolt in reverse only, then it was sudden acceleration while at a stop light or going into reverse after coming out of parking and then sudden acceleration while slowly turning or stopping for people walking by in parking lots. We notice it acts up much more during the summer when the air conditioner is on full blast and the car will actually suddenly die on the highway with the check engine lights turning on at us. It is not safe for my family of four children under six nor for people on the streets who might be hit accidentally from throttle body issues. Sometimes, it is difficult to stop the car from accelerating! we have cleaned the throttle body ourselves to see if it would help and it did for only a short time. We are now faced with replacing the throttle body which is a 700-1000 repair! this is not a new issue or rare issue from what we have researched online with other Freestyle owners. This is a safety issue that must be fixed asap before people get hurt!!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #9

Jul 132010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


2006 Ford Freestyle lunges forward when you take it in or out of park. The RPM rev up and lunges forward anywhere from a few inches up to 2 feet.

- Elk City, OK, USA

problem #8

Jul 302010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The 2006 Ford Freestyle during very hot conditions (in the 90S), with the air conditioner operating, has while idling in a line of other autos, or while parallel parking. Has lurched forward with an engine acceleration without a foot on the accelerator pedal. An accident was avoided in all three occurrences.

- Rocky River, OH, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jul 032010


  • 72,500 miles


Sudden lurching/surging of my 2006 Ford Freestyle while driving at low speed in a parking lot.

- Perkiomenville, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 122010


  • 95,905 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle is lunging very aggressively. I will put the vehicle into reverse and as soon as I let off the brake the car suddenly revs and lunges. When I put the car into drive the vehicle suddenly lunges out of control. This also occurs when I make a stop. The car wants to lunge forward aggressively. Today it finally lunged and then died. This is a very serious situation. If my child would have been walking in front of the vehicle he would have been hit. Something needs to be done about this situation. This is a defect on Ford's part.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 262010


  • miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle. For most of the time I've owned this car it acts up when it is hot. It accelerates on its own when traveling at low speeds (mainly parking lots and driveways). It is very dangerous as a pedestrian could be hit. Several times it has even stalled after one of these incidents. I took it to my local Ford dealer several times over the past 2 -3 yrs. And they "couldn't find the problem". well today the "wrench' light came on and the car had very little power after an accelerating incident, so I pulled into the dealer lot. Today they told me it the throttle body and it costs $800 for the repair but will take 3 weeks to get the part. So I have no car to drive for 3 weeks. I feel that they knew what the problem was all along, and I've been driving a potentially dangerous vehicle for 4 years. This needs to be a recall!

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 062010


  • 85,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle 85,000 miles. Car began lurching forward when in drive and backward when in reverse at about 70,000 miles. June 2010 car lunged forward in a parking lot and almost hit car in front of me. Took to dealership next day and for $920 they replaced the throttle body in one day. Never mentioned they were aware of the issue.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

May 012010


  • 70,000 miles
Throttle body again. Second time in having 06 Ford Freestyle that the throttle body needs to be replaced. Car will lunge forward with no warning and stall out. Almost rear-ended another car and on 5/1/10 when pulled out in intersection, it lunged forward and stalled, cars were coming from both directions. Near miss.

- Huffman, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010


  • 68,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle- 68,000 mi. Throtle body problem. Engine will surge while in drive or reverse with no throttle applied and brakes applied. Vehicle will surge up to two feet at high RPM with full brake application and then stall. Worse during warm weather above 75 degrees. Dealer to replace throttle body. Part to be back ordered parts not available. One month before delivery.

- Pearblossom, CA, USA

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