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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,097 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle transmission problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #67

Jun 102011


  • 54,000 miles


The last month, the car has been lunging forward when the A/C is on and my foot is on the brake. It has lunged backward when pulling out of parking spaces and forward when it is at a complete stop. The wrench came on and he car stalled at a drive thru and drove very slow after restarting. The car was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #66

Jun 042011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 101,800 miles
While driving the car lost power and quit in traffic. This is the 2nd time in two years this problem has happened. The 1st was in 2009 and was told by Ford dealership that the throttle body needed replaced. Now on 6-4-11 the car is doing the same thing, again the dealership told me it needed yet another throttle body. This is a safety issue we were in downtown traffic when the car quit, we could have been in an accident because of this!

- Chesapeake, OH, USA

problem #65

May 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
I would like to file a complaint about our 2006 Ford Freestyle. Our vehicle has the cvt transmission and has started revving and jolting forward when I place the car in drive, reverse or even when I come to a stop. I have noticed since I have started using the air conditioning that the problem has gotten more frequent and more powerful. I have been sitting at a drive-thru and almost hit the car in front of me because my car jolted forward. I am afraid I am going to end up hitting another vehicle or someone if the problem continues or gets worse.

- Oak Ridge, NC, USA

problem #64

May 282011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


I purchased used 2006 Ford Freestyle in February 2011. Its been two months. I am having problems of acceleration when my foot is not on the pedal, it speeds up and have to hit the brakes. Also, my wrench light goes and engine light is now on. Dealer today states need new throttle body $800. I just drove it off the lot 2 months ago.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #63

May 272011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,944 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle is having an acceleration problem. I first noticed it in the morning one I put it in reverse and had my foot on the brake the car would wand to go by itself. As it get hotter the problem occurs more. Then in 2010 the ac went out and I spent $1100 in repairs. The problem didn't occur to often in the winter however in the past month the car now accelerates forward and backward. It also accelerates when you are driving. This had not happen before. Today I was driving on a very busy street when the car lunge and then died. I started the car again and it would go very slow as if it had lost power. It turned off 3 more times and then as I pressed the gas the wrench light came on. I called the dealer and will be taking it in. However, this has been an ongoing problem and as I think about all the incidents over the past year, it seems this may be a problem that is escalated by the air condition and when temperatures rise. I have own many Ford and this has never happened with one of them. I think this may be a serious defect that should be recalled.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #62

May 182011


  • 15,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle surges and or accelerates after it is put in gear with my foot on the brake. This happen both in forward(drive) and reverse. This has been an ongoing problem for at least since 2009.

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #61

Feb 012011


  • 60,000 miles


Ford free style 2006 surges.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #60

Mar 162011


  • miles
Our 2006 Ford Freestyle lunges when your foot is not even on the accelerator.

- Old Hickory, TN, USA

problem #59

May 142011


  • miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle lurches forward when I take my foot off the brake. Generally happens when idling and only in warm weather. It actually jumps forward and have to press my foot all the down on the brake hard to try to control it. I never get close behind anyone for fear of jumping into them. I've so far not had any accidents although have had many close calls, including almost running into pedestrians crossing a parking lot. Very very scary. Sometimes the car will stall after a huge lurch. I took it into Ford 2 years ago to explain but they said nothing was wrong with it. I beg to differ on that.

- China Spring, TX, USA

problem #58

May 102011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,672 miles
Vehicle transmission failed without warning while driving on highway on May 10, 2011. Vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. Was told that this particular transmission (cvt) has a high failure rate, is usually not repairable, and is very expensive to replace (over $5,600). Transmission can only be replaced with the same problematic transmission which will likely fail again, and is only available from Ford, and even requires special tools to work on it. Vehicle only has 71K miles on it and is properly maintained. Contacted Ford who refused to help, and contacted dealership where purchased who refused to help. Transmission problem is well documented all over the internet, yet there is no recall to help consumers. Ford should not be allowed to get away with sticking american families with this defective and poorly manufactured product.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #57

Oct 102008


  • 34,000 miles


The contact own a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph and stopped at a traffic stop. The contact attempted to accelerate from the stop bu the vehicle would not respond. The engine was turned off and restarted as the vehicle resumed normally. The dealer replaced the transmission with a rebuilt transmission yet the failure recurred within 1,000 miles and the vehicle was repaired a second time. Most recently, the contact stated that while applying the brakes, the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The dealer advised that the transmission throttle could possibly have contributed to the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #56

Jan 062008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 22,500 miles
Transmission failure.

- Califon, NJ, USA

problem #55

Mar 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,314 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 68,314 updated 07/08/11

- Seneca , IL, USA

problem #54

Mar 072011


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the vehicle wouldn't shift gears and then it stalled. The wrench and the traction control warning light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they advised her that she needed to replace the transmission. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Inkerman, PA, USA

problem #53

Jan 012011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud noise. She noticed that there was a hole in the transmission and that the transmission gears were on the ground. The dealer offered the contact no assistance. The manufacturer advised the contact that because her vehicle was no longer under warranty, they would not be able to provide any additional assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 90,000.

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #52

Feb 032011


  • miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle and I am having problems with the cvt transmission making a tapping noise. I took the car to the dealer and was told the inside of the transmission was falling apart and it would cost me 5800 dollars to have it repaired has there been any other problems like this or any recalls for the Ford cvt transmission help I have been having problem with the car lunching forward and stalling out and the wrench and check engine light would come on and when I took it to the dealer they said that they could not find a problem or any fault codes this has been going on since I have owned the car.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #51

Oct 012010


  • 99,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle transmission and throttle control problems. Bought this vehicle used with 99K miles, days after buying multiple problems appeared. First the throttle body failed, vehicle would accelerate and decelerate randomly while driving and idling in gear. The vehicle was at dealer for two weeks getting it repaired. They replaced throttle body control twice before problem was eliminated. Second the cvt transmission failed, wrench and traction control lights would come on and vehicle would lose all drive power, would do it about every 10 miles eventually before the dealer finally agreed the transmission was bad. They rebuilt it twice and still had same problem, they took it to a transmission shop finally to have it repaired. Vehicle was in the shop over a month for this. I do not look forward to future repair cost knowing that this will continue to be a problem since Ford nor the NHTSA will do a [xxx]thing about it. Thank you Ford and thank you NHTSA, looks like the little guy/taxpayer takes it in the rear again! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #50

Jan 212011


  • 89,000 miles
I was driving down the road last week and heard a big metallic sounding bang. My husband found metal parts in the road. I now have a whole in my transmission and a gear fell out of it. Still waiting to hear from the mechanic how much the repairs will cost. The car has been well maintained.

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #49

Dec 272010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 47,100 miles
We own a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Were driving the car 700 miles from home when the wrench light started going on/off. We were entering a freeway on-ramp when the throttle disengaged and we were forced to coast to the side of the road and call for assistance - thankfully we were able to do it safely. We had it towed to a Ford dealership in san leandro, ca, and had to rent a car to get home. After about 1.5 weeks we were told there was significant metal damage in the transmission and it would cost us $6200 to replace it. The vehicle only has 47,100 miles on it. From what we've read, this is a major problem with the Freestyle and needs to be seriously addressed by Ford.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #48

Dec 132010


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Ford Freestyle. After stopping at a red light and getting ready to move the vehicle it failed to move. The automatic transmission and the upper torque mount failed. There was a warning light illuminated displaying a wrench for the automatic transmission. The vehicle was towed to his residence and inspected by a mechanic who stated that the transmission failed. The manufacturer nor the dealer were not notified. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Norman Park, GA, USA

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