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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,523 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Apr 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles

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

Unexpected vehicle surging, near misses have occurred, happens in reverse and drive.

- Arcadia, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 152009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 55,649 miles
Lurching out of control car had to be held with extreme force on the brakes. Took to dealer June 15, 2009 replaced throttle body and motor assy. Cost $732.86 June 15, 2011 car has been lurching again, almost took out our kitchen wall, holding brake hard saved home.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
Defective throttle body.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #19

Apr 012010

Freestyle

  • 36,000 miles

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

This started last year, when warm weather started, tried to back up after vehicle had been idling for awhile, Freestyle stalled out and tried to jump, about three times in a row, before we could get in drive. This seems to be an on going intermittent problem that happens in warm weather. Took a friend to the hospital on 05/25/11. Drove to East gate from my house to pick her up, stopped at fast food place, had to wait for food, noticed gauge needles all jumped up and then fell back down while waiting w/A/C and engine running in park. Pulled out, went to downtown cincinnati, got into parking garage, vehicle started to lurch when I took my foot from the brake. I slammed both feet on brake, to keep from hitting anyone, or anything, vehicle stalled. I restarted, and kept both feet on the brake, the vehicle again tried to lurch out, and then died. This happen 3 or 4 times in succession, finally got vehicle under control, and parked it. It was parked about 30 minutes, drove back to eastgate, and then home. Wrench and transmission light came on at time of incident. It was still on when I got home. It went off after a couple of days. On 5/30/11, dropped off friend from work, on my way home, talked in car for awhile with engine and A/C running while in park. Upon driving to main road, vehicle stalled, restarted no acceleration, when I hit the gas, vehicle stalled again. Pulled over to side, turned everything off, removed key, restarted and drove home. Dealership called today, said it was the throttle body and will cost me about $600 to install a new throttle body. This is a safety issue that many people are having, after reading info on edmunds.com updated 06/0/8/11

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 162010

Freestyle

  • 53,290 miles
While backing out of a parking spot the car attempted to accelerate while my foot was on the brake pedal. This car has done a similar thing six additional times since the first incident. Things common to the incidents were that the engine was at idle speed or just above, warm outside temperature with A/C on, steering wheel being turned in 6 of 7 incidents. Electronic throttle apparently receives signal to apply too much power. Was told at dealership that adding injector cleaner with each tank of gas may help, but it has not. Replacement throttle bodies are not available and have a lead time of many months. Will a new replacement be a modified design? I'd take a mechanical throttle body any day over this mess. This is a threat to property and life. I will not allow my wife to drive this car as I feel it would be inviting a crash. Car is also not very marketable if you're trying to sell in hot weather with a demo drive while A/C is on.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #17

May 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 69,400 miles
I have taken my 2007 Ford Freestyle to two separate dealers for surging. Neither dealer admitted hearing of this issue before. The car will surge urge to almost 2000 rpms and then die back to around 500 rpms and struggle to run. It will repeat this until the car is shut off and restarted. In the 4 years of ownership this has happened at least a dozen times as recently as last Friday. My wife refuses to drive the vehicle as it will do this at intersections and she does not trust the car to be able to accelerate when needed. I thought I was the only one having these issues according to the dealer service department.

- Stockdale, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 192011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles

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

2007 Ford Freestyle started surging on highway and the wrench icon came on on the dashboard. We slowed down a drove home because it was snowing. Took it to repair shop and were charged $600 to repair the throttle body. Checked the internet and this seems to be a problem with this vehicle.

- Houghton Lake, MI, USA

problem #15

Dec 072010

Freestyle

  • 64,500 miles
Vehicle began surging on highway and throttle was not responding properly. Took the vehicle to donnell Ford, boardman, Ohio on 12/8/10 and was told the throttle boy needed replaced and vehicle was unsafe to drive. Cost to repair was $860.

- Boardman, OH, USA

problem #14

Oct 242010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
Bought a used 2007 Ford Freestyle limited 3.0 duratec engine, cvt automatic transmission 2 weeks prior to incident. Had Ford dealer tune-up the engine, replace front crankshaft seal on engine and replace the cvt fluid & filters as well as perform a multi-point inspection. After work performed (which required the removal of the intake manifold w/throttle body attached for the tune-up) the vehicle now surges badly when in reverse pulling out of parking spot. Does so quite powerfully and is very dangerous to any life & property that is around the vehicle when surging occurs unexpectedly. No doubt in my mind had my wife been driving she would have panicked and there would have been a loss of life or property. Fortunately I was driving and managed (just barely) to maintain control. Took back to dealer to diagnose and was quoted the throttle body needed to be R/R'd. was told by service manager Ford was well aware of the issue but has failed to respond with a recall.

- Blanchester, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 272010

Freestyle

  • 88,000 miles
I recently bought a used 2007 Ford Freestyle and noticed that it started "lurching" intermittently after being stopped. It would go lurch in drive or reverse, it didn't matter. Recently, it would not start. Thinking it was the battery, I replaced it with a brand new one and it would not stay running. I took it to the dealer and they diagnosed it as a bad throttlebody. I am still waiting on my car to be fixed.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 152010

Freestyle

  • 58,344 miles

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

My 2007 Ford Freestyle with 58,334 miles on it has begun to surge at low speeds, especially between shifts from forward to reverse during parking. It is worse on hot weather days and the air conditioner running. It has caused near misses with people and other vehicles. I see my vehicle is not alone and wonder why this hasn't been addressed with a recall. Are we waiting for someone to be killed first?

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #11

Aug 032010

Freestyle

  • 61,000 miles
We own a 2007 Ford Freestyle with 61,000 miles. We purchased this vehicle new in 2007. The car has recently developed a problem with unintended rapid acceleration which occurs without warning and can happen in forward gear or reverse. We additionally have experienced several situations where the vehicle will not accelerate normally -even with full throttle press on the accelerator. Took vehicle to local Ford dealer and they have diagnosed the problem as throttle body defect and say that it may take 3 weeks for part to be shipped. So that repair can be made. They further state that this is not going to be covered by warranty. This erratic behavior of the vehicle is a safety hazard to the driver and the public since it appears to occur without any warning.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 052010

Freestyle

  • 47,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle.... I was setting at a stop sign with my foot on the brake and just as I was easing my foot off the brake to pull out the gas surged and put me in the middle of the road and the car died. It was not a major road and with quick thinking I geared to park turned the key off and started it back up and pulled over into a parking lot while setting in the parking lot it done the same thing. If this had been my wife or son or daughter driving this could have been a deadly event. Similar events are posted all over the internet and something needs to be done this is a serious situation and needs to be addressed promptly.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #9

Aug 042010

Freestyle

  • 98,864 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle accelerator surges uncontrollably. It happens when trying to park using reverse and when using reverse and drive. Really bad when it is hot outside or vehicle has been running for a while.

- Jerome, ID, USA

problem #8

Dec 172008

Freestyle

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the fuel level indicator would not display the amount of gasoline in the vehicle. The dealer advised the fuel transponder was defective and replaced the part. The contact stated the failure continuously recurred and the dealer replaced the transponder three times but to no avail. In addition, the contact stated when first starting the vehicle, there would be an unusual increase in engine rpms and the vehicle would abnormally accelerate forward or in reverse depending on what gear the contact would have the vehicle in. The dealer did not believe the vehicle was displaying the failure the contact described. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated the unintended acceleration failure would occur more frequently when the air conditioner was active. The air conditioner became inoperable. The vehicle was neither repaired nor diagnosed for the failure. The manufacturer would not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 32,000 and the current mileage was approximately 77,000.

- Mason , TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 302010

Freestyle

  • miles
My wife drives a 2007 Ford Freestyle and has lately been experiencing the vehicle lunging/surging at low idle going forward or backward. Today she almost crashed into the garage. When I researched it online, many people are having the same problem, and the part needed to repair is back-ordered for weeks. I hope it doesn't take a serious accident or even a death for this to be addressed. I'm writing Ford at the same time, but don't know what help to expect since many on the blogs with the vehicles say they're not getting any satisfaction from Ford. Please look into this. I know many people have already written you about it.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 232010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle with 36,000 miles last summer began "lurching" when pulling into/out of parking space. This summer now at 57,000 miles the lurching is becoming more frequent. It occurs primarily when the following conditions are combined: 1) engine is warm, 2) A/C is on, 3) at complete stop with brakes applied and 4) turn the steering wheel in preparation for a turn. Reviewed several owner forums for the problem and several owners report same problem with answer from Ford being "replace the throttle body". problem- throttle body replacement hard to find. Took mine in for service and reported above problem to service dept. Answer was "need new throttle body". will try to find one, on back order. "car is unsafe to drive" per Ford service department. After evaluation condition is worse. Car now idles below 500 rpms, and fluctuates constantly, even w/O A/C on (worse when A/C on). A/C compressor was just replaced this summer and the condition worsened when the compressor was replaced. The consumer stated since filing the complaint, she took the vehicle to an independent shop and had the fuel induction service done for $125. It has been 5 weeks and the problem has not returned. It appeared that the dirty fuel injection system prevented the throttle body from getting the air it needed to function properly. Updated IVOQ 09/13/10

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Jul 132010

Freestyle

  • 69,200 miles
I own a 2007 Ford Freestyle, and two days ago, while driving, it began losing power, then accelerating fast forward and backward. I took it to the shop, only to be told the throttle body seems to be bad. I was going to take it to the Ford dealer to see if this is covered under the 80,000mi. Emissions warranty. I saw alot of other complaints about this part and the same vehicle, so I wondered if it was recalled by Ford, but did not see that it has been. I can not drive my vehicle, as this is a very serious issue if it over accelerates when I hit the gas. My vehicle only has 69,000mi on it.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 132010

Freestyle

  • 82,966 miles
I own a 2007 Ford Freestyle and am having problems with sudden acceleration when I am stopped at a light or when I put the car in reverse. It has almost caused me to hit other objects. I am taking the car in on Thursday to have it looked at.

- St Helens, OR, USA

problem #3

Jun 262010

Freestyle

  • 84,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle will unexpectedly surge and then shut off. The surge has cause me to hit a parking sign and almost strike several other cars. Had it back to the Ford dealer 2 times so far. The first time was told the air filter was wrong and charged me $116. Second time I mentioned I had found lots of problems online involving the throttle body on this vehicle. Received a call that the throttle body was indeed the problem but none are available for at least a month. They cleaned mine and said keep driving. This surge has happened 6 times inthe last week.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

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