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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,506 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.

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 102011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 45,361 miles


2007 Ford Freestyle throttle body failure resulting in surging and erratic speed control while driving.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #14

Jul 242011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
I was driving my wife's 2007 Ford Freestyle, while in reverse the car began to lunge forward when I putt it in drive. I quickly applied the brakes and the lunging quickly ceased. This happened again on 08/03/2011 this time the car shut off and the engine light came on. The dealership told me today 08/08/2011 that it is the throttle body and needs replacing. No accidents occurred from these incidents.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 102011


  • 105,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle keeps lunging and my trans stopped shifting.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #12

Jul 302008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,019 miles


97,000 miles. I have replaced the throttle body twice, new transmission- hole I N the drive shaft. 3 rear brake jobs- the 1st on was by recall. Cracked motorhead 12,000 miles after new transmission. The whole car shakes, squeaks, and pops since the transmission was put in. From the cv joints and back brakes.

- West Columbia, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 142011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Car surges when at a stop or when trying to park. Some times the surge is so strong it is hard to keep from hitting people or objects.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #10

Apr 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle lunges forward when brakes are applied. It sounds as it I am revving up the motor, even though I am not accelerating and the brake is applied. It is worse when the air conditioner is running.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #9

Dec 122010


  • 50,000 miles


2007 Freestyle sel AWD w/50,000 miles surges at low speeds and stalls at high speeds. The wrench light comes on and the vehicle enters "limp" mode until vehicle is restarted. The dealership was unable to recover error codes when I took it in for diagnostics. However, based on my verbal description of the problem alone he suggested replacement of the entire throttle body assembly, saying "this is a very common issue for the Freestyle, 500, and edge." I am still deciding whether to spend the $1000 they quoted me for replacement (a Firestone service center quoted me $750). For one, I can't understand how such a dangerous malfunction is allowed to go unaddressed. Two, how can the throttle body assembly, which controls the entire powertrain, not be covered by a powertrain warranty" and three, if it is such a common problem that by verbal description alone, a dealer knows a major component needs replacement, why is this not being addressed by Ford at a national level" here's my vote of no confidence.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #8

Aug 252010


  • 63,000 miles
Our 2007 Ford Freestyle with 63,000 miles on it has be surging for about 8 months now and the problem is getting worse. My wife almost hit a child in the school parking lot one day as the car lurched forward without warning. She applied the brake and the called stalled. The problem seems to be related to the throttle body control system. I am shocked to see that there are numerous issues with this same problem that I describe here. I see many people have had the car repaired only to have the same problem happen again very shortly. Shame on Ford for not recalling the cars with an updated and safe design. Toyota paid the priced dearly and so will Ford... its too bad someone, or many people will get killed before the problem is fixed. This an ethics problem for Ford.

- Santa Clarita California, CA, USA

problem #7

May 012010


  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle sel with approx 91,000 odometer reading. Over the past 3-4 months we have noticed the car surging and lurching forward after coming to a complete stop and without any depression of the gas pedal whatsoever. Several times we have almost collided with vehicles in front of us at intersections. We have definitely learned to "cover the brake" at intersections. This also happens when the car is in reverse backing out of the driveway, for instance, and stopping to shift into drive. The car will surge or lurch backwards and if you are not covering the brake while in drive or reverse, the car will accelerate without touching the gas pedal. This happens every day now approximately 5-10 times. I took the vehicle to bob moore Ford in Oklahoma city and the mechanic diagnosed this problem as a bad throttle body. From my research, this is a widespread problem with this make & model vehicle. I believe this problem may very well lead to a serious tragedy if this common problem is not recalled. The part for my vehicle that was ordered on Aug, 11th is not under warranty but on back order. Bob moore Ford contacted me on 8/21/10 to advise me that they could not get a shipment of this part due to it being back logged and that they were not slated to get the part until the end of August.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #6

Aug 122010


  • 51,000 miles
Ford Freestyle 2007 throttle control causes surging which is very dangerous. I have this problem. You should read the internet on this problem and you will find many complaints. Do you have the balls to go after Ford to have a recall on this problem. Probably not. There are long wait times for this part. Please help the consumer because that is your job.

- Elm Grove, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 282010


  • 22,000 miles


Beginning in July 2008, I have taken my 2007 Ford Freestyle to the dealership for the same problem four separate times. The issue is that the vehicle surges/lunges when the brake is engaged. This surge/lunge happens in drive and reverse and it is random. Experiences: 1. at a stop light, car surges forward. A friend of mine borrowed my car to pick up our kids at school, even knowing of the problem, he ended up in the middle of the intersection, 2. in a drive thru, the car surges forward, 3. in the morning I open the garage door, start the car, put it in reverse, take my foot off the brake and it shoots backwards. The first two times the dealer could not recreate the problem. The third time they were able to recreate/experience the issue and informed me that the throttle body is where the issue is originating and that the valve was sticky. So they cleaned it and sent me home. I have been having the same issue again and it is getting worse. So I took my Freestyle to the dealer and they informed me it is indeed the throttle body and that it is a one piece unit and the components are not working together, that is what is causing the issue. They did say that the part would have to be replaced for $570, unfortunately the part will not be available until mid August; unfortunately, that is the date for the other units they had ordered for other cars with the same issue. They are not sure if they will cover the cost since the vehicle warranty is expired! my concern is that this is a safety issue, someone could seriously be injured. My 6 year old son, once came to greet me as I was pulling into the garage when I arrived home from work and the car surged forward. Thank the lord I am aware of this issue and was ready for it to do just that, so I was able to stop the vehicle before it hit him. I am afraid that it will take someone being seriously injured or killed before Ford does something about this issue. And I do mean Ford Motor Company, not the dealer.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009


  • miles
Throttle body needs replacing on my 2007 for Freestyle car has less than 40,000 miles. Car surges when driving every 5 minutes or so. Tool bar light goes on dash I pull over turn off, it resets and happens again 5 minutes later. Ford states my warranty doesn't cover.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292009


  • 40,000 miles
My Freestyle sel vehicle's (6/2006 prod. Date) wrench light came on which is supposed to be for transmission problems. Car hesitates on shifting, especially downhill. In the morning a slight lurch is experienced when pulling off before car is warmed sufficiently. Car has 40K miles and has a 100K warranty so the dealer assessed the problem at a throttle body and put in a part order. The part needed is a non-water cooled one which is impossible to find until is goes into manufacture in December. I understand the earlier model 500S and Freestyles use the water cooled version. The dealer made us pay for a rental and we had to complain to the service manager profusely before a loaner came in. Seems we have been lucky, I hope focuses don't have the same problem. I was told by the service advisor that it is not typical for these cars to shutdown but why risk it. Another dealer researched the problem and described the status in the parts system as the "code from !@#$%". I have been communicating directly with the manufacturer. Maybe Ford should go bankrupt too.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 132009


  • 50,705 miles
I own a 2007 Ford Freestyle on the 13th of August my car started to lurch while driving & then the wrench light came on, drove car to repair center mechanic came out and looked at the car, mechanic had his foot on the brake put the car in gear & engine would rev with out gas pedal being touched & car would lurch, repair shop kept car to so they could hook it up to the computer & run their test, next day the called & said it was the throttle body (part # is 5F9Z-9E926-B) & said they could order the part expedited and have it in 1-2 business days, that was the 14th of August, after the 18th the service manager started checking on the part today is the 24th and we still have no response from Ford as to when part will be available, as part is on back order, have looked online & there seam to be several complaints about this throttle body part not working right & people having worse driving experiences then I had.

- Yankton, SD, USA

problem #1

Aug 032009


  • 65,000 miles
Car accelerated in reverse almost hitting the vehicle behind the car. This has happened a few other times. Also in forward. A warning light came on and I drove directly to the dealer. They said it needed a new throttle body part, but won't be available until December!! car is not drivable and is sitting at the dealers service center.

- Lisman, AL, USA

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