really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,498 miles

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2006 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 022013


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced independent deceleration. The maintenance and traction control warning indicators had illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000...updated 10/18/16

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #16

Mar 012016


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked forward without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000....updated 10/11/16

- Clifton Height, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 182016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle; however, it was unable to be driven. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V006000 (power train). The failure mileage was not available.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #14

Dec 092014


  • 169,046 miles


Going down a small hill and was picking up speed, let off the gas pedal to slow down. Starting up the next hill and when the gas pedal was pushed I ended up going backward and there were 4 vehicles right behind me. They all were stopping and each turned in a different direction not to hit the other person in front of them. It could have been worse if I had taken the interstate. This happened at about 6 a.M. so there was not a lot of traffic like there is at 7 a.M. in the morning. But if I had not forgotten my billfold, this would happened at a very high traffic time of day when I would have been going home.

- Vinton, IA, USA

problem #13

Sep 022014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I was driving down a country road and had just dropped my kids off thank goodness. Nothing seemed to be wrong when all of a sudden the engine revved high. I was try'N to look to see what was go'N on when I wrecked into the ditch about 60mph. Out of nowhere the transmission failed and was stuck N a ditch and no one to help.

- Kenova, WV, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Jun 292014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


We were driving in the middle of no where with my family (2 children - 9mos and 3 years old) in the back seat and out of no where the van will not go forward and will not go back. It was like it was simply thrown into neutral. We had to wait over an hour on the side of the road with my small children to get a tow truck as well as wait for someone to come get us! the van was driving just fine, no issues, no warning the transmission just failed.

- Weston, MO, USA

problem #10

Sep 182011


  • 97,758 miles
Engine idle RPM surge.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Mar 142014

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 92,253 miles
My family had stopped to let pedestrians cross and when my husband pushed the gas pedal down to accelerate but it did not in gauge the drive. The van acted as if it was in neutral. The only gear that worked was reverse. I looked on-line to find that the Freestar '04 and '05 where both recalled for the same problem. Ford should take responsibility and issue a recall. My family( 4 children all under 5 years old) was lucky that it happened in a safe area. We where on our way home which requires us to use the freeway. I thank god we where not on the freeway, it could have been a different out come.

- Kalama, WA, USA

problem #7

Jun 122013


  • 49,000 miles


I was driving the car when it suddenly stopped responding when pressing on the gas pedal. The vehicle eventually rolled to a stop. The engine was running, but the car would not move forward or reverse. Turns out it was the torque converter (transmission). It cost $1200 to repair. Very unusual for this to happen to a car with only 49000 miles. I googled the problem and got many hits. Ford had recalled the 2004 and 2005 models for this problem. Why not the 2006?

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Dec 282006

Freestar 6-cyl

  • miles
I bought the vehicle in Jan. 06, starter went 11 months later. Van has never started up correctly. It doesn't run smoothly. Runs rough when it rains. Found info online regarding water leaking into the PCM which can create misfires, shift late, engine can run rough. I have taken it back to echelon Ford several times. They still won't admit to it being a problem. Couldn't find a code. However, now that I am out of warranty, they were able to find a code. Ford are not backing up there product! there hundreds of complaints about these vehicles and nothing is being done! I have 1 year left to pay, and can't afford to make repairs that Ford should be fixing since it started when I had the original warranty...why will Ford not do something.." I have a wife who drives it with 4 kids. What are they waiting for, an accident...? what has to happen to get them to fix this problem on there vehicles. Ford is saying it's miss firing in cylinder 3. probably because of all the water that has effected the PCM, and the ignition coil pack & ignition wires needs to be replaced, why would need to be replaced in a 5 year old vehicle... is that getting wet too..." I am extremely tired of dealing with this van. It's not fair to have a company not stand behind there product. I have had it!

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 222012


  • 110,760 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Freestar and as of Jan 9 2012 they have recalled 04-05 for the transmission blowing up! torque converter, pump and output shaft to give you the pats! my family was in the van on the 400 hwy driving on Jan 22 2012 with two children and my van shouts down no control, driving 105-110 in the middle lane.. we did get to the side of the road and no one was hurt thank god, to realize our transmission blow, with only 105,000km on the van not knowing there was a problem out from Ford Canada all ready for the 04-05, we have called Ford Canada and told them what happened and they informed us that we have no warranty and its not in the recalls, so the van was fixed with a billof 2975.00at aamco transmission on Jan 25th 2012 with no help from Ford, I cant believe this has happened they were aware of this problem and are not concerned about lives, someone or all of us and anyone around us could have lost there lives due to this problem with the transmissions failing and there know about it, and don't feel there is enough repaired with the 06 are you kidding me not enough reports this is a joke, there are aware of this and when someone loses there life there recall them, give your head a shake, fix the problem before this even happens, I don't know where to begin and where or who to talk to but I am email everyone I can so that no one loses there life over this!!!I need help from all parties out there please I am heard this happened to me and my family and it could have turn out very bad!!!!!

- Barrie , AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Vechicle just stopped. Got it going again after turning off and restarting. Code showed it needed to be "reflashed." Cost 110 at dealership and no improvement. Code showed ignition coil. Replaced and no improvement. Finally replaced PCM April 2011. Also experience intermitent electrical problems (radio, clock reset) with no battery failure.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 072010


  • 61,190 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford freestyle. The vehicle accelerated with his foot on the brakes at a traffic light. He applied extreme pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure had occurred approximately 4 or 5 times. The contact called the dealer and was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact purchased the previously owned vehicle in June of 2010. The failure mileage was 61,190 and the current mileage was 63,330.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #1

Jul 112010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford freestyle. While driving out of a parking space at 3 to 5 mph the vehicle stalled. She restarted the vehicle three times and it continued to stall. Before the vehicle started a wrench like icon illuminated on the dashboard. The contact stated she was able to drive to her destination without incident. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the throttle needed to be replaced. The dealer advised her that the part was on back order. The estimated repair cost was approximately $800. The approximate failure and current mileages were 34,000.

- Fairmingdale, NY, USA

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