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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,994 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle transmission problems

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Jun 172011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles


The wrench lights come on and the vehicle idles up when at stop light or just stopping vehicle lunges forward with use of brake. Can't use A/C vehicle will lunge also and then shut off completely. Very unsafe...

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #48

Jul 162011


  • miles
When I am going at a low speed the car goes dead. Example being when I turn in my driveway or into a parking space. Also the car surges and jumps forward or sometimes backwards when I put it in reverse or park. It is beginning to happen all the time and is dangerous! I am so frustrated I don't know what to do. I actually ran across a site where tons of others are having the same problem. I do not have $750 plus to pay on fixing something that Ford is well aware they fouled up and did nothing about. As with all the other cases my A/C quit long ago. I feel they should be held accountable and a recall issued so they can pay for the repair of an item that should have been sold in proper working order. Thank you.

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #47

Jul 082011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall when braking to a complete stop. The contact stated that the failure would most frequently occur when the heater or air conditioning was activated. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic where the contact was advised that there was debris in the transmission fluid and discoloration. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive because the vehicle would also surge forward without warning. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #46

Jun 092011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle and I have been having problems with the car surging forward and backwards when I try to park and backup. This also occurs at stoplights and sometimes the car will cut off. Even when I apply the brakes the car still trys to surge. Its like it accelerates all on its own and at times it has even been hard to stop the car due to issue. It was only happening occasionally but now its happens quite a few times a week. There should be a recall on this car due to this problem..

- Sophia, NC, USA

problem #45

Jul 112011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
During low speeds, idling speeds, car accelerates or surges. More noticeable when air conditioning is running or in idle mode in drive up lines. Wrench warning light comes on. If I turn car off and then back on it usually removes the problem. Occurs when going forward or backwards.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #44

Jun 102011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
On 07/21/2007, I purchased a 2007 Ford Freestyle which was used as a demo. Recently at 50,500 miles I have been hearing a light thumping sound from the engine area while idling. Per my visit of mid June 2011 to the dealer service area, I was informed that the vehicle only required a transmission sensor to be replaced. Since the last visit, I have contacted the service department twice and have been told that the sensor is on back order. I could hear that hesitation in their voice like as if they are keeping something from me. I don't like this. The vehicle also lunges unexpectedly and this is of great concern to me. I am just glad that I have not been hit from behind. I have just been very lucky. In regards to the noise, I am speculating a faulty cvt transmission.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #43

Jul 022011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,500 miles


We are experiencing the lunging and sudden acceleration at idle speed on our 2007 Ford Freestyle. When moving in a parking lot, it is very apparent, particularly as you change from reverse to forward. You really need to pay attention, and keep your foot on the brake because the vehicle does lunge. We recently have had another issue with this vehicle while driving on vacation. The little "wrench" appeared near the end of our trip and the vehicle appeared to be losing "power" to the wheels. After the vehicle cooled down, it operated normally and the wrench did not appear again, yet.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #42

Jul 032011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 44,030 miles
My Freestyle which I purchased new has been at the dealer multiple times for lunging. When it lunges it throws the wrench light. Last incident is the incident date below. Same as PE11018

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #41

Apr 242011


  • 41,000 miles
I have had problems with the car wanting to accelerate forward or backwards. At first I thought I was imaging until while at walmart when I put the in reverse = car surged backwards while foot on the brake - about hit a child - when put in forward gear = car surged - jerked - had no rpms. At time of purchase I drilled the sales manager about the transmission and stated that I did not want the same problems as experienced with my Windstar. Was told different type of transmission, update - not gear driven - solved the problems = have not had complaints about the transmission -(definitely a lie - found complaints on line0 at fort mill Ford in fort mill, SC. Once this problem started, had no RPM to speak of - drove with the accelerator to the floor - max speed I could reach was approx. 35 to 40 mph. After researching, it was found that Ford knew this has been a problem from first complaint (see on line) unless you force the issue - Ford dealers denies until brought to their attention the research I done on the problem - they replaced the throttle. I have no confidence that this has solved the problem. Ford should be forced to do a complete recall - reimburse those that had to pay for this error which Ford was very knowledgeable due to the complaints on line. Ford needs to prove that they have solved this issue.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #40

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 #39

Jun 262011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


2007 Freestyle lunges forward after putting it in gear. Requires a lot of pressure on the brake in order for it not to do an commanded forward movement. This is very unsafe.

- Ga, GA, USA

problem #38

May 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Surges up to 2000 RPM when slowly turning into a parking space, driveway, etc. Brakes have to be forcefully applied to avoid the vehicle surging forward and hitting something or someone.

- Ohio 5, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 062011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Vehicle surges without driver's foot on the accelerator. Engine revs and vehicle lurches forward until brakes applied at which time engine may die. A warning light may or may not illuminate on the dashboard as a "wrench" symbol. When the ignition is turned off and restarted, the warning light designated by a "wrench" symbol goes out.

- Pulaski, MS, USA

problem #36

May 312011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 150,257 miles
Own a Ford Freestyle 2007. When I put the car into drive, while the A/C was on, the car "lunged" forward and the "wrench" light came on the dashboard. I checked my manual and it referred to the throttle body possibly having an issue. I immediately shut off A/C and shut car off. I then restarted car and the wrench has not appeared since.

- Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA

problem #35

May 122011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle started jumping or lunging when I would be parking. I would have my foot firmly on the brake and was about to put the gear in park when the car would just jump or lunge forward. I would push harder on the brake and it would stop. Fortunately, I did not hit a car or wall in front of me. After this happened several times over a three week period, I took the car in for service this week and they had to replace the throttle. It cost me $856.64 at my local Ford dealership.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #34

Apr 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle started making a "revving up" type sound when car was in park or reverse. It would feel like it was going to lunge forward if I was stopped at a light ect. It stalled out on me and the wrench light would come on. It would start back up. I took it to the dealer asap when this started happening. I have approx 80,000 miles on my car and was told I was past my warranty due to mileage and they would not honor the 5 yr warranty. The dealer had me call Ford to see if they could help me out with adjusting the cost of repair. Needless to say-this appeared to be a scam to get your car repaired at the dealer. I am now looking at $2500 in repairs to fix a bad bearing in my transmission. This car should be recalled on these transmission problems! Ford needs to stand by their customers! I wonder why they stopped making Freestyles" who is going to bail us out on these repair bills"

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #33

Jun 152010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle occasionally lurches when parking or backing up without any pressure on the accelerator (in most cases my foot is on the brake). In the past it has lurched forward, then stalled when making a tight turn into a parking space and the check engine light has come on. Usually after shutting the car down and waiting for several minutes the engine will restart. The only pattern to the lurches appears to be tight turns and perhaps high outside temperatures. Although the vehicle sometimes lurches forward during normal shut down even on cool days. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealer twice in June of 2010. The Ford dealer's maintenance department stated that they could not replicate the failure. The Ford dealer's maintenance department replaced an air flow meter on the first visit and said that they could find nothing else wrong on the second. The problem continues to persist. Only constant vigilance and luck have prevented an accident.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #32

Jul 042010

Freestyle 4WD 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Vehicle surges without having foot on accelerator.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #31

Mar 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle- the transmission has a bearing going that is causing the transmission to slip. This car is only 4 yrs old. When you are driving you feel the engine revving up. Ford will not stand behind its warranty on the replacement of the transmission. I also have had the wrench light go one. The car is starting to lose power when driving on the freeway, I also have had issues with the middle seat not going down properly. It was replace once when the car was first delivered and will not go down again. I also have paint peeling off left side of hood. This started when the car was less that 2 yrs old. Ford will not help with any of the costs to fix any of the above. I am located in Ohio.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #30

Mar 222011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Our 2007 Ford Freestyle (70124) began making a noise in park and neutral. Took it to dealership and was told the cvt transmission needed to be replaced at a cost of $4384 with labor and flush $5618.87 to repair. After reading other accounts here I also recognize the lurching forward. Tried to trade vehicle but cost of repair takes away trade in value. We will wait for a push pull and drag sale and try to get at least enough for it to get another vehicle. Was told that the new replacement transmission carries a 100,000 mile warranty. Why did the current transmission have only 60,000 mile warranty. We were told Ford is the only place to get the new transmission. Win win situation for Ford at customer expense. One solution for Ford to consider if they cannot do a recall is to refinance vehicles for transmission repair at cost. They should not just abandon their customers.

- South Dakota, SD, USA

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