really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,603 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle electrical problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #93

Nov 122014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Own a 2005 Ford Freestyle, V6, 3.0, all wheel drive, limited edition. I started hearing loud grinding and knocking noises from the cvt transmission. The vehicle will start, and the rpms will increase and decrease uncontrollably. This is the reason the cvt transmission in these vehicles are going bad, malfunctioning, and breaking continuously. The rpms are delayed in the decreasing rpms process, which tells the computer to shift prematurely, or to quickly, causing any internal parts and external parts to be damaged. These vehicles are equipped with a computerized throttle positioning sensor that is attached to the actual throttle body. The computer is sending improper commands to the throttling position sensor, rpms, shifting delay and synchronized shifting sensors. This is putting too much of a load on the gears, bearings, clutches, and other parts pertaining to the functioning of the cvt transmission shifting and everyday use. Ford Motor Company (as stamped on the VIN and vehicle information sticker inside and on the driver side door jam of the vehicle) should have perfected and or recognized these issues during the manufacturing, testing, and or dino sessions. All vehicle designs are to be tested, diagnosed if any issues occur, and are to be fixed, redesigned, and replaced. Ford should take recognition to the customers and dealers that own these vehicles. People are purchasing these vehicles without the knowledge of possible failure and technical difficulties of these units. These issues can cause the vehicles, especially the vehicles that are all wheel drive, to lock up, brake, break, accelerate uncontrollably, and cause wrecks, fender benders, or more severe injuries, and even the lives of people of this great nation. The United States government will need to take action immediately, before Ford Motor Company vehicles kill, eliminate, and or decease people.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #92

Sep 272014


  • 90,000 miles
Vechicle was parked, no one in or near it when all by itself the headlights started to turn off and on rapidly at about half bright for about 30 to 40 seconds I had the control that unlocks and locks the doors in my pocket. I don't have a car starter for this car. I used the lock unlock remote and the problem stoped. I have never noticed it before and I bought the unit new in 2005. I think that the problem is electrical in nature and I'm wondering if a fire could be started by this problem, and if there is something that can cause this problem and what to do to fix it'

- Crookston, MN, USA

problem #91

Dec 312013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Car lunges when sitting still with engine running both forward and reverse and is worse when air cond is on. Loud noise I believe is coming from transmission while parked and running and sitting still. System was overcharging and caused my battery to explode. Check light comes on intermittently.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #90

Nov 012013


  • 90,000 miles


Purchased used-when the weather is cold the doors will not shut-appears to be some type of electronic problem-even when car is warmed up the doors will not latch shut.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #89

Jul 132014


  • 180,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway roughly 65-70 mph and the failsafe engine mode came on, which disabled my gas pedal. I could not accelerate. I was in the far left lane, and had to "coast" with my hazard lights on so I could turn the car off while in park on the shoulder. I restarted the car and it went away. Thankfully traffic was light! earlier in the week this same thinghappened on my way to work I was on a 35 mph rd, and it did this, lost all use of the gas. Had to kill the car and restart but that time the check engine codes P2106 and P061B were drawn.(not the first time I've had these codes I know they mean throttle body'sbad) I've kept my obdii scanner in the car cuz these codes come up once a week at least. I just keep erasing them, restarting the car, and drives fine till it randomly goes off again. Thus was the first time it has happened to me on the highway. It scared me to death that I would have been rear ended on a highway. These should be recalled. Ford claims there's no safety issue. I barely avoided a potential fatal crash!

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #88

Sep 022013


  • 80,000 miles
While driving, my ?05 Ford Freestyle AWD limited the air & radio turn off, along with all of the lights on the dash, all gauges bottom out & the turn signal does not work. This lasts for about 30-45 repeatedly, in quick succession. You cannot signal a turn or know speed when this occurs which is a safety issue. The battery and check engine light come on & sometimes it reads check charging system. This started fall 2013, no one found the problem. It stopped over the winter & started again this spring. Again 2 shops including the dealer again cannot find the problem. Battery & voltage readings were normal. Dealership says it could be the instrument console ($999.99) or a frayed wire but could not validate either issue & admitted the instrument console would not explain the radio & air turning off. The dealer recommended that I replace my relatively new battery, but couldn't give a reason & did not find something wrong with the battery or the wiring to the battery so I took my car home with no answers this is an issue I see all over the internet, I have 2 young children & do not feel safe driving while the instrument panels turn on and off repeatedly. I don't know if it impacts the exterior lights because it has been daylight. Will it take congressional inquiry like GM is facing before Ford takes responsibility or issues a recall for these problems? they must not care since they stopped making the vehicle shortly after it entered the market, I do not trust Ford.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #87

May 292014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


This vehicle looses complete power while driving. Runs sluggish and hesitates.. took it to the dealership for possible recall (throttle body) dealer says not the issue need to replace alternator, and transmission, etc.. called Ford Motor Company customer service for assistance to see if this was a known issue.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #86

Apr 012014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
We noticed that when going over bumps in the road, the interior lights would randomly turn on and off. At first I thought it might have been related to a door switch but after some trouble shooting, I found that it was related to the ignition switch. I found that while driving I could wiggle the key and the lights might turn on or off randomly. There was no effect to the engine. During the day I'd not noticed it but at night it is quite distracting. I've not yet replaced the switch but it is on my list. We recently purchased the car. It may have had the problem for some time before we bought it. As part of my fixing things, I'd also replaced the brake light switch that was stuck on, causing damage to the lights on the tail gate from heat. I can save the switches if it is of interest. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #85

May 142014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 112,980 miles
The interior lights came on w/O turning them on and the switch was in the off position. Also, no doors were ajar at the time of the incident. At the same time the headlights turned on and off three separate times within one minute. This occurred on 05/14/2014, 05/17/2014 and 05/20/2014. All incidents were while driving at night. The first incident was while traveling on the interstate at 65 mph, the road was smooth with no rough areas hit at the time of the incident. The second incident occurred while traveling at 35 mph on a city road which was also smooth and the final incident occurred while traveling on a local highway at about 60 mph on a smooth roadway.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #84

Mar 062014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
The entire instrument panel went dark while drving at night, headlights included. The gauges all dropped to zero, then went back up, back to zero. This happened a few times within a minute. Then all the lights on the panel lit up including airbag, ABS, everything. Very scary to have this happen while driving in the dark. I am very thankful that it was me driving and not my 16 year old daughter -- it really could have caused an accident. This happened again last night while I was driving to pick up my 12 year old from church--- same exact thing. The engine was running fine, though. I researched the problem and saw many, many complaints and it's a known issue for this model year. Why isn't there a recall" this is a serious safety issue - do you want a oncoming vehicle to have there lights flashing on/off and instrument panel failing while they are driving straight toward you or someone in your family"

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #83

Dec 032012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Car leaks when it rains. Third row driver side cup holders stay full of water, I pulled plug below spare tire to keep water from filling up and rusting the tire. Many complaints online about this car leaking. Now the electrical system is damaged, the reverse lights stay on, and the taillights sometimes have water in them.

- Gray , GA, USA

problem #82

Sep 012013


  • 120,000 miles
The dash turned off. All of the dash components are not working including the mileage, speedometer, gas, oil, turn signals etc. It is not safe to drive. It fails several times during the day and at night keeping me guessing if I am driving the speed limit or not and if my turn signals are working. The airbag safety light also is not working, flashing on and off keeping me wondering if I have any safety at all. This problem is not just happening with my car but others in my year and make. It is not safe for the driver, passenger, and other cars on the road. This needs to be fixed. As of now, the bug has not fixed itself. The electronics have been off for a full day and I am worried they won't turn back on. Please do some further work on this problem. Thank you.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #81

Nov 112013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have a 2005 sel Freestyle with about 130K miles on it. This morning while driving to work with speed of 55mph all of a sudden the ABS and AWD lights came on and the message center displayed "check traction control" and "AWD malfunction", then entire panel went dark (RPM, gas, oil, speed and odometer). I noticed that the gauges were making a ticking noise at that time as well. I pulled off the main hwy and shut car off, I then tried to restart the car. All of the gauges lit up again, but car would not start, acted like battery/alternator was shot. Had to get it towed home and was late to work. Not sure where to start to solve the issue, have seen too many posts with the same issues. I think that Ford needs to step up and take the appropriate steps to recall these vehicles before fatalities begin.

- Lancaster, WI, USA

problem #80

Nov 062013


  • 96,000 miles
Gauges bottom out occasionally and the lights on the gauges will also go out for a few seconds. I googled this and found several forums and articles where others have run into this. A defect/short in the gauge cluster. To date though the NHTSA or Ford have not done anything. Driving at 50mph and at night time has to be considered a dangerous situation for myself and others.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #79

Oct 132013


  • 103,000 miles
We have had this car for over two years now. In those two years our instrument cluster has been replaced by the Ford dealer 4 times now. When driving the instrument cluster goes off and sends fuel shutoff codes to the fuel system which causes the vehicle to shake. Other items replaced were the onboard computer and alternator. The computer has been reprogrammed once, but no help. I have seen the technical release for this issue, but this has been a huge safety concern for my family. When the car starts to shake and you are doing 65/70 mph it could cause an accident.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #78

Jul 102013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, all of the gauges failed as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- New Berry, SC, USA

problem #77

Jul 022013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 130,450 miles
I took my car in to be serviced for maintenance (power steering service and transmission service) to the Ford dealership in thomasville, ga. After a few days my 2005 Ford Freestyle started to display transmission data error, check track control, and check engine lights. I called the company and was advised to bring it in and I did. The alerts were not on at the time but the service man jerry and josh told me they would check my vehicle and let me know what - if anything was wrong. They kept it all day and when I returned to pick it up I was informed that it was fine and they re-serviced my transmission. About two weeks later my car started the same thing all over again while in traffic it seemed not to want to pull off normally with all these alerts lighting up after church one Sunday. I called Ford of course they were closed but the next day was Monday I called and was asked to bring the car back in. This time once it started to do the same things jumping in gear and knocking hard this time the service man who answered my call says they are looking for a transmission and advised me that Ford would pay for half the work and parts. I asked if they didn't cause it why would you offer to pay half. The last time they got my Ford Freestyle they gave me a borrowed vehicle and told my husband 4 days later that the car has electrical problems that they will pay none of the repair. I was told twice my car was fine now my husband just got a new job and no way to get to it because I believe Ford damaged my vehicle and refuses to right their wrong. What can I do now?

- Ochlocknee, GA, USA

problem #76

Apr 012013


  • 122,946 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 50 mph, the entire instrument panel began to fluctuate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing where they stated the instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate mileage was 122,946.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #75

Jan 112012


  • 55,000 miles
The first incident my fuel gauge is off & producing incorrect data of gas remaining in car & driver window would roll up and down when trying to just roll it up. I took the car back to the dealership they did not fix the issue. Another incident I was on the highway and the stalled while driving. Third incident I was at a stop light with my 5 year old daughter in the car, all of a sudden the car made a loud revving up noise then shot us forward into oncoming traffic. I was barely able to back up before the cars reached us. Another time I was driving with my daughter taking her to daycare then going to work and we were going through a school zone. We stopped at a stop sign and there was a family with 3 children crossing and the car shot us forward again and we almost hit the family. Several times when picking up my daughter I would put the car in reverse and my foot was on the brake pedal still all of a sudden the car shot us back into the cars behind us. This car is very unsafe. I fear for the safety of others and my daughters and my life when getting into this car. Ford should recall this vehicle and replace it with a new car. People shouldn't be at risk for this.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #74

Sep 192012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
While maneuvering my vehicle in a small space (forward, reverse, turning the wheel) the car began to surge and lunge (has occurred before, but mostly in reverse.) there was loud whining when I turned the steering wheel (that began recently and is almost constant.) the engine began to rev loudly, the car trying to lunge even with the brake applied. I reversed the car several feet from the road for fear it would lunge into traffic. The engine light (1st time ever) and the wrench symbol came on. Car went into limp mode, would not accelerate or exceed 30mph. (4th or 5th time this has happened in the one year I've owned the car.) diagnostic codes given by autozone on 9/19/12: P2106 (throttle actuator control system) & P061B (internal control module torque calculation performance error.) upon restart, engine light off. Dealer was contacted, and on 9/26/12 I drove the car to repair shop. They said smart junction box melted, must replace (electronic chassis control module )before doing repairs to the throttle body, cvt and suddenly non-working A/C (was working prior). No repairs have been made to the vehicle as the dealership (not Ford) refuses to honor the 36,000ml warranty with car. Recent problems prior to 9/26/12:*highway driving (55+mph/sometimes using cruise) car revs high rpms/will not accelerate at all/resumes later*sputters/stalls/loses power when slowing/stopping (it does restart) instrument panel brightens/dims*power locks malfunctioning (unlock function works with fob only) often while driving car locks/unlocks continuously/car randomly unlocks after being parked/turned off player not working/displayed error code/2 month later working again*security system function inconsistent/disables randomly*gears not engaging right away, then a loud noise and car surges/lunges into drive/reverse* lunging (mostly reverse) and surge/lunge when in drive/brake applied.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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