really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,299 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jan 172016


  • 112,000 miles


In cold weather the front driver side door will not close and latch. This was addressed in a recall (Ford recall no. 06S45) several years ago, but the problem still persists. I have taken this vehicle back to my local Ford dealer multiple times were an apparent "bandaid" fix is used because the door will not latch in cold weather. I believe the latch system is flawed. When it does latch I have no confidence it will remain latched while driving.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #28

Dec 132015


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact noticed corossion on the front subframe of the vehicle. The mechanic diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- North Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #27

Sep 122015


  • 239,000 miles
Door latch is frozen closed and cannot get drivers side door to open. Dismantled entire car to fix issue.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #26

Feb 032015


  • 163,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford free style. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the driver side door opened independently and failed to close. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #25

Nov 042014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While driving the rear passenger side door opened, almost expelling my child had he not had a seat belt on. The doors on this vehicle have been freezing up and either don't close or pop open while driving. I saw there was a recall that is not VIN pertinent but is on the Ford Freestyle for these freezing door latches. When I call Ford they tell me the VIN has no outstanding recalls...can you help me please

- Gorham, NH, USA

problem #24

Nov 012014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 116,265 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle sel fwd - 116K miles, very good condition, 2nd owner. On 11/1, I requested mechanic to do a full inspection on the car, no know issues, but just to check it over before winter. Upon inspection, mechanic found the engine cradle subframe to be rusted/rotted beyond repair, and said car was not safe to drive. Only this cradle showed significant rust, in fact the original exhaust system is still on the car (that is most shocking, the exhaust out lasted this subframe). As I stated the car is in fantastic shape, and runs great. We either had to fix or scrap the car as it was unsafe to drive. Estimates from dealers to replace were around $3000. We ended up using a local body shop we trust to replace the subframe with a used / rust free one for $1150. I retained the subframe and called Ford customer service also to issue a complaint. I realize the car is 10 years old with over 100K miles on it, but given its great condition (if you saw pictures you would understand) there is no acceptable reason for a subframe, that holds all the suspension and steering to be rusted/rotted to the point of being unsafe to drive.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #23

Jun 122013


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the wheel well on the vehicle was corroded and contained holes. As a result of the holes, fumes seeped into the vehicle and caused the contact to become ill. The holes also caused the seat belt to become wet when it rained and collect salt when it snowed. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 012010


  • 55,000 miles
I was sent the recall for door latches freezing and doors not closing securely and/or doors opening. I had the recall work done at Ford dealer. The following winter was mild and doors were not wet in below freezing days/nights etc the following years doors still continued to open and not latch shut when wet and below freezing. Following this discovery I called Ford customer service on 2 separate occasions and they said "we did the recall work and that's all we are doing" I told them it did not fix anything --they said its not their problem. This car is junk at every level but doors not closing is their problem - please make them re-recall this issue!!

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #21

Dec 122009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that during colder temperatures or when it rains, the front driver's side door would not engage when closed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000....updated 03-12-14

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #20

Jul 192013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
My Freestyle surges and lunges forward and backwards. I hit a car while trying to back up and park because the car surged and accelerated into reverse. This is the second time that I have had this problem in 2 years and needed to replace the throttle body. I almost hit people in a parking lot because of the sudden surge and acceleration. This is extremely unsafe and unpredictable. Needs to be recalled! engine mount was also cracked and needed to be repaired as in many of the other cases in the class action lawsuit.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #19

Nov 152012


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that after a heavy rain, a large amount of water would accumulate on the front and rear passenger's side floorboard. The contact noticed that excessive water seeped through the door panel. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06V383000 (latches/locks/linkages); however the contact's VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Winter Garden , FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 152010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I filed a complaint on January 3rd, 2012 and never heard back from anyone regarding this. It is still happening and is still an issue. My original complaint number is 10442220. I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle. I was entering the vehicle when the front driver side door failed to close properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed to the contact that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V383000(latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #17

Mar 122013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Car stalls daily three times while driving, dealer cleaned the throttle body still stalls, another dealer cleaned the maf and changed the spark plugs and change cvt transmission fluid, still stalling. Need a new throttle body it is a common defect with Ford and very dangerous some one will get killed because of it. My cvt transmission start to slip and needs replacement.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #16

Feb 202013


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger side door latches froze and the doors could not be completely closed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #15

Nov 152012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the front driver and passenger side doors failed to close. The contact also stated that the latches freeze when the temperature was cold. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the door latch would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #14

Jun 042012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 125,283 miles
Car was parked in rear of apartment complex.when I put it in reverse it lunged back without my foot on the gas, smashing the rear of the car into the apartment building wall. I did have a seat belt on but the impact caused severe neck trauma as my head was turned at the time of impact. I shut the car off. Approximately an hour later I started the car, put it in drive, and as I attempted to drive the car home, it would "lose power", the wrench light would come on, and the car would have no transmission power. I had to pull the car over, turn it off and restart it. This happened repeatedly. The local Ford dealership incorrectly diagnosed and charged me a repair for cleaning the sensor - and refused to refund me my diagnostic charges even though my car was not fixed. I did my own research to learn it was a throttle body issue. The service manager stated they would apply the credit towards replacing the throttle body....but not all the charges. They were horrible to deal with in customer service after completely failing to fix my car and charging me almost $500.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #13

Aug 072012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
In August 2012, my 2005 Freestyle surged while in reverse with my wheels at full cut as I was backing out of my driveway, as I have been doing for the last 40 years. As I took my foot off of the gas pedal to apply the brake to switch to drive from reverse, the car surged in reverse, and the right corner of my rear bumper impacted my neighbors truck behind his front door, causing me to report the accident to my insurance company to repair his vehicle. I told the agent at my insurance company I had read about this surging problem in the Freestyle forums, and asked if the accident would be contributed to mechanical failure due to defective part, rather than driver error, as I stated before I have been backing out of this driveway for 40 years with 70's Lincoln and Cadillac, all cars 5 feet longer than the Freestyle, without incident. Her reply was that if there was a recall due to this problem, then yes, it would be attributed to mechanical failure. My question is, I know the NHTSA was investigating this last year, has there been any conclusion to this investigation" if anyone has an update, can you please contact me at fcejr55yahoo.com with the information. I know it says not to use my E-mail address, but how else will somebody be able to contact me" any help will be greatly appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

Aug 152012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,656 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford freestar. The contact stated that the third row seat was anchored to the wheel well, which became rusted. As a result, the seat became dislodged. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who advised the contact not to drive with anyone in the third seat. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 103,656....updated 10/10/12 updated 10/16/2012

- Desoto, KS, USA

problem #11

Aug 012012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
After coming home from a trip to the grocery store, about 5 mile total round trip; I pulled into my garage. With my foot on the brake and about to move the gear lever from drive to park, the car suddenly surged forward hitting a metal storage shelf. The car surged 5 feet forward while engine rpms increased from idle (about 800) to 2500 instantly and uncommanded with absolutely no throttle increase or input. It damaged the front of my car. Our Freestyle does this often. I normally can catch it. It always happens at low speed or while the car is stopped. It happens both in drive and reverse. I have since had to discontinue letting my 18 and 16 year old son and daughter drive the vehicle because of the danger involved in these uncontrolled surges.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #10

Feb 072012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
When the weather falls below freezing temp the drivers door lock mechanism jams and no amt of warm air applied to the door will unjam it. I was unable to open my drivers door for three days.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

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