hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,472 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 182015


  • 118,744 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to slow down and then stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle; however, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,744.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #24

Apr 092015


  • 126,486 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 126,486.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 162014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #22

Feb 272015

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


I went through an automatic car wash around 315pm. The van was driving fine up to this point. Immediately after I left the carwash, the van started acting like it was going to stall out and the engine light was blinking. I've had one other situation like this with this van when we went away for a weekend and it rained a lot where we were staying. The van acted like it was going to stall but we had no idea why. I went online to see if anyone else had problems with their van that was attributed to water. I was shocked to see how many others have had the same thing happen. I also found an investigation that stated there is a defect and it's a safety concern but that they weren't going to issue any recalls at this time because there haven't been enough complaints. The diagnosis from the Ford dealership is as follows-water has leaked into the PCM. They would need to clean that out and seal it so water can't leak into it anymore. Water has also leaked into my spark plugs and corroded them. They would need to replace the spark plugs and wiring. Water has also leaked into my fuel lines so they want to clean out my fuel line. All of this for over $700. When I contacted Ford motors because this happened due to a manufacturing defect, they told me that they can't help me because there aren't any recalls. I can't say I'm surprised by that since they haven't taken responsibility for this defect with others and don't sound like they ever will. I'm not paying Ford to fix it because this isn't normal wear and tear and it's not caused by anything that I have done. I'm going to take my chances with the vehicle while I try to pursue this another way. I no longer feel safe in my van and will not be transporting my children in it until something is done about this issue.

- Sidney, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 302015


  • 96,234 miles
While driving down the highway with my five children in the car the carson we lost power and I had to say try my best to safely coast to the side of the road and was not able to get completely out of the way before the car stopped and wouldn't move. We have to get out of the car walk through a field A9 year old 10 year old 6 year old two year old and an 8 month old. There are recalls on all other urs except this one even though they have the same engine and failing parts. Torque converter!!! my kids were afraid and didn't know what would happen to us. It will cost us money we don't have to fix this car, with the faulty part. We should be included in the recall.

- Ft Worth , TX, USA

problem #20

Mar 012011


  • 114,000 miles
Sudden loss of power to wheels @ 114,000 miles; Ford dealer: "you need to purchase a rebuilt transmission" this is the torque converter as known to NHTSA; demanded Ford refund, refused. Second Ford remanufactured transmission warranty not being honored with failure @ 93,000. Ford dealer: "replaced fuse, torque converter shudder; your van has over 200,000 miles on it!!" significant transmission vibration with steering shudder, re-diagnosed January 10, 2014; continuation of 93,000 failure and claimed repair. PCM failed at aprox. 85,000 miles; power steering leaks year after purchase @ 53,000 original miles. Ford dealer refuses repair/refund. All documents in possession.

- Flovilla, GA, USA

problem #19

Jun 072014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles


Accelerated away from a stop sign within a walmart parking lot and after about fifteen feet the vehicle began to slow down while depressing the accelerator. Attempted to accelerate and the RPM's went up with no propulsion. Allowed vehicle to stop then pushed in a parking space. There was never any indication that the transmission would fail via warning light nor was there a noise/bang/clunk etc associated. Vehicle just stopped accelerating. Had vehicle towed to shop and they said there were no codes indicating the failure and a transmission rebuild would be in order for $2000.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 182011


  • 97,758 miles
Engine idle RPM surge.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 052013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
After stopping at a stop sign, I accelerated to proceed, and as my vehicle started to go it just as quickly died. With traffic behind me and coming at me from the left and right, I was lucky enough that those cars were able to stop in time and not broadside me or rear end me, and I was able to coast to the side of the road. Long story short, it was the torque converter! I see that there was a recall on the 04 and 05 models but not the 2006. Having researched thoroughly online for this problem, clearly, mine is not an isolated incident, as there are numerous other 2006 Ford Freestar owners who have experienced the same torque converter failure between 120K and 150K miles, complaints stated in many Ford forums and other internet venues. Of the 75+ I read, about 50% had registered a complaint about the torque converter failure in the 06 Freestars with NHTSA. Clearly, Ford needs to address this problem in the 2006 as well. Thank you for taking the time to read my info and complaint?? and for your prompt response.

- Britton, MI, USA

problem #16

Mar 012014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving down the road in the rain and the engine light came on. Then the vehicle started to sputter and acted like it was going to stall out. It felt like I was going to lose power but I was able to make it home. Then the next day the sun was out and the car seemed to run fine. This happened to me several more times over the next few months. I started to notice a pattern of it only happening when it was raining outside. Otherwise, the vehicle ran fine in good weather. I realized water was getting into the engine somehow. Our mechanic thought it was a problem with the spark plugs at first. Then it kept happening so we had it in the shop again. Water was found to be leaking into the powertrain control module. I started to research the problem on the internet and found several customers complaining about the same problem with their vehicles. Apparently it is a well known defect in the manufacturing of this vehicle. I feel Ford should take action and recall these cars before someone gets tragically injured from their minivan losing power on a busy highway.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 162014


  • 96,340 miles


Some times while backing up the car would lurch. While driving the car would suddenly accelerate while cruise control was engaged oreven just by it self. Sometimes the car was having problems accelerating from a stop.

- St. Charles , IA, USA

problem #14

Jun 122012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 230,000 miles
When it rains it starts shaking and smells like it's burning. It does it every time it rains and it's getting worse. It takes longer to dry and to recover.

- Brownsville , TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 222014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
We were in the middle lane of I5 North heading home from a family vacation when we suddenly lost power.no warning sounds, lights or anything.one minute we were driving along, the next I was hanging out the passenger window( my husband was driving) waving off oncoming traffic to let us coast to the side.we have endured $ 20000 in repairs ( and counting),750.00 in hotel bills ( and counting because we are still here!) as for Ford saying, it's not a safety issue',we could easily have been killed.my 2 kids were in the car, the hair on my arm stood up when I thought about what could have happened thanks to Ford crappy workmanship.there is no way they don't know this problem exists.I will never buy Ford again.

- Victoria, OR, USA

problem #12

May 292013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 81,417 miles
When I was driving a hill down, suddenly the engine and all electronic equipment stopped, warning lamp engine and battery flashes, steering wheel and brakes did not work correctly. I need about 1 mile to stop the car. After that the car could not be reactivated/started again. - cause for incident (Ford service): The motor control unit was filled with water after a rain.

- Hochheim / Germany, IL, USA

problem #11

Nov 012012


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly as the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate and would stall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 022013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Ford Freestar in my neighbor hood with my kids with me. All of a sudden the car shook and I lost all power in my vehicle. The engine just revved like I was in neutral. I pulled over in a parking lot. None of the gears on van were working. I was very fortunate that I was not on highway and not traveling at a high speed. There is a problem with the torque converter and Ford knows it. They did a recall on the 2004-2005 torque converter but not the 2006. I have spoken to several repair facilities including a Ford dealership and they advised me that they all use the same transmission. I can not believe that Ford would consider the torque converter issue a safety recall but not one for the 2006 Freestar. I called Ford and they said that would notify me if there is a future recall but basically I am on my own. They are putting people in jeopardy of their safety and they are aware of the issue.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #9

Apr 252012


  • 32,000 miles
After heavy rain the van began to misfire and shake. Check engine light came on. 2 days later it went out after drying off.

- Pittsburgh , PA, USA

problem #8

Feb 232013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 94,300 miles
My husband and 5 passengers were traveling home at night from my son's hockey game ( 2 hours away) when the car felt like it was sent into neutral. Could not go forward or reverse. Thankfully they were able to coast safely to a stop. They were stranded and had to flag down help. The torque converter was totally stripped out which resulted in a repair bill of $902. ( not to mention the cost of towing) I found out that the 2004 and 2005 Freestar torque converters were on recall. Why were the 2006 models not included in this? I was told they have the same transmission and such. I will be holding onto my receipt in hopes that we can be reimbursed for this major inconvenience and safety issue. This could have been a bad situation had they been on a freeway. I am hoping that Ford will recognize that the 2006 models should be included on this recall. If not.... the next breakdown, accident, injury or death could be on your shoulders. Sorry for the rant but I am frustrated!

- Ontonagon, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 012013

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 109,121 miles
I was traveling down the highway when my transmission completely quit working and my RPM's shot up to 5000. I coasted to the side of the road and the transmission would not engage. I had it towed to a local shop where I was referred to cottman transmission to get it evaluated. Cottman transmission said the transmission was full of water and completely burned up. They said that these vans have a problem with water leaking through the wiper vents onto the top of the PCM and water entering into the transmission. Upon more investigation I have found out that Ford has even acknowledged the problem and still has not issued a recall. They have issued a recall on some of the 04 and 05's for torque converter issues that sound like the same problem with the 06's. something has to be done about this because I was traveling on a busy highway with my wife and kids and had the transmission locked up I could have caused a serious, possibly even fatal, wreck because of Ford's failure to correct a problem that they know exists! thankyou.

- Luling, LA, USA

problem #6

Aug 302011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 120,565 miles
After starting vehicle, very high RPM's. when put in drive it stalls out. Sitting at stop light it stalls out. Mechanic said, "PCM is bad." It's not worth replacing if it's a design flaw. Us as consumers shouldn't have to pay for car manufactures mistakes!!

- Port Richey, FL, USA

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