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 4 of 6)

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problem #53

Aug 152011


  • 125,000 miles


2005 Ford Freestyle surges and accelerates from a stop or low speed. It is particularly evident when shifting the transmission from drive to reverse or reverse to drive. The acceleration can last for maximum 5 seconds but you better have your foot firmly planted on the brake or the vehicle could lunge forward or backward into oncoming or parked cars and pedestrians. It doesn't happen al the time, often after the car has been run and parked for a 15-30 minute period.

- Walpole, NH, USA

problem #52

Jul 222011


  • 76,000 miles
Request to re-open NHTSA defect investigation #PE07058. The entire instrumental panel stopped working while starting, stoping or driving at low speed and on highway. Also when it happens, no turn signal alarm, no air conditioner, and controls on the steering wheel not working. Have not been able to check outside lights. It happens from time to time, comes and goes, lasts about 2-10 seconds. A few occasoins, it trigged air bag, coolent warning and check engine lights to come on. Check engien light stayed for a few days. I think it is a design or production defect since Ford knew it back in 2006 according to its tsb. I think it's dangerous, especially when driving on highspeed, at night and in bad weather, you lose the info of speed and air conditioner and don't know if turn signal light is on.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #51

Jun 012011


  • 120,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle unexpectedly accelerates when car is put into gear (forward or reverse), this seems to be aligned with other complaints associated with NHTSA investigation PE11018. The engine will rev when putting the car into gear and will lurch in the direction of the gear that it was placed in. This is not due to the driver inadvertently pressing on the gas pedal at the same time as the brake. The driver has to firmly press on the brakes to prevent the car from moving. If the brake is only pressed just enough to put the car in gear the vehicle will actually move 3-4 feet. The happens sporadically but does occur at least 4-5 times a week.

- Freeland, PA, USA

problem #50

Mar 012010


  • 125,000 miles


Our Freestyle has experienced mild but worsening unintended acceleration for two years now, but it was always "mild" and did not cause the car to lurch forward even when the driver's foot was hard on the brake pedal. Then we had a new problem: No cold air from the ac at idle. We responded (6/11) to a mailed promotion from hertrich Ford (easton md) for an ac "tune up." They did nothing but add dye to our refrigerant and "clean" our air ducts with disinfectant. So we turned to the owners' forum, myfordfreestyle.com, and quickly diagnosed the problem: A seized-up pressure control valve. Apparently Ford dealers refuse to perform this simple repair (part cost $40) and will only replace the entire ac compressor ($800 + labor). So we ordered the valve online and had a competent local mechanic replace the valve (1-hour labor plus cost of refrigerant). The ac is "good as new", but the unintended acceleration is now much worse. The incidents always occur at very low to no speed and when maneuvering the car (I.e. parking, K-turning, etc.). in all of these situations, both the ac and the power steering pump are demanding/drawing near-maximum power from an essentially idling engine, nearly stalling the engine; the electronic engine/idle control then kicks-in and hugely "over-reacts" by revving the engine to 2,000+ RPM. Even with your foot on the brake, an automatic in drive is going to surge quite far at 2000+ RPM. Please look at the myfordfreestyle.com website: Note that almost all of the complaints about unintended acceleration come during hot weather months and a few also note the problem is much worse with the ac on. It took us less than 30 minutes on the website to diagnose both the ac problem and unintended acceleration problem. It is inconceivable that Ford has not been aware of both of these problems for years. (surely Ford's customer relations staff monitor owner forums).

- Easton, MD, USA

problem #49

Jun 012010


  • 90,000 miles
Sitting at stop light, engine surges and lurches into "fail safe" mode. Car slips out of gear into neutral, and limps to a stop. Has occured multiple times, especially in the heat of summer. Taken car into multiple shops, have never received consistent answer. Answers range from transmission failure to a bad computer, or a sensor.

- Red Oak, TX, USA

problem #48

Jun 032011


  • 250,000 miles
My 2005 Freestyle is making loud rattling sound (coming from trans) and the failsafe mode indicator as well as the yellow wrench have been appearing. I have had it in the service dept of dealership many times for surging and power failures, etc, and they have made numerous repairs - (including the ac compressor) and replaced a head gasket (which is leaking badly now?), and it appears this time it may be a throttle body problem" the dealer won't look at it till next week and wants $200 to check it out" people waiting in line (at the service dept) today told me they had the exact same problems (with Freestyles). There should be a recall if so many people are complaining.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #47

Sep 242010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 55,500 miles


I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle and about 1 year ago, when ever I would back out of my garage or pull into the garage at a slow speed, sometimes the car would lunge unexpectedly either forward or backward depending on if I was backing out or pulling into my garage. It occurred at least 3 or 4 times per week until it finally got so back that my check engine light came on. At that point, I took the car to the dealership and they charged me over $600 to replace the throttle body on the car. This did resolve the issue somewhat, but at least a couple of times a month I still experience this lunging of the car, but it is not as dramatic as it was before they replaced the throttle body. I was really worried about this issue as we have a lot of kids that like to play around our house and I was always worried I was going to run into one of them when backing out of the garage so I had to make sure I kept one foot on the break just in case. This is a very serious issue and it is something that is definitely a safety hazard to the public. Also, my wife has a 2006 Ford 500 and it experienced the same problems and we had to get the throttle body fixed on it as well. I spent over $1,000 within the span of a few months on the same issue in two different Ford vehicles. There is definitely something wrong with the throttle body mechanism and Ford needs to be held accountable for this dangerous situation they have put car owners in and they should be required to refund the cost of anyone who has already spent $600 or $700 to fix their throttle body. The Ford dealer told me to keep my receipts in case this issue made the recall list.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #46

May 232011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle complete shutoff of electrical system including turn signals. This is the second problem. The first was the surging that everybody is complaining about. After a wrong diagnosis and replacing the throttle body and PCM, the whole problem was fixed by replacing the alternator. My concern is the complete shutoff of electrical system is a safety issue. This second problem is current.

- Ocean Isle Beach, NC, USA

problem #45

Sep 022010


  • 100,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle sel has lost power and turned off completely twice. Both times, I turned the ac and radio off and it started back up immediately. I have also experienced the sudden surge others have described when slowing at an intersection for a stop sign and it does require a quick hard break to keep from entering the intersection. Both of these events are extremely dangerous.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #44

Feb 222011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that all of the gauges on the instrument panel were malfunctioning. When the failure would occur, the reverse lights would illuminate and stay on. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the vehicle was diagnosed as the cluster module being defective and needing to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was out of warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 46,000. Updated 05/04/11

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #43

Jun 012008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Over a period of about 2 summers, the 2005 Ford Freestyle would surge while sitting at an intersection or slowing during the approach. The surge was a rapid acceleration of the vehicle which required a heavy, or a quick brake. A quick response was required to avoid a rear-end collision, entering an intersection, or striking a pedestrian. The surges seem to be related to the operation of the air conditioner. The car had gone into a "fail-safe" mode while sitting in a drive-thru. I began using the ac sparingly and would turn off the ac completely when driving in the city or approaching and intersection. However, while approaching a turn on a state route, with a speed limit of 55, the vehicle unexpectedly shutdown leaving the vehicle exposed to on-coming traffic. The date listed below is an approximation. Around the same time Toyota was having problems with "run-away" vehicles, I contacted the Ford Motor Company alerting them of this hazard. I was told to contact a dealership. The dealership replaced the throttle body. I was told that the "computer" could not/did not show any information about the "fail-safe". on-line, it appears that many people have had these problems. Due to the season, I will not know if the problem was corrected. I'm hoping that the family isn't in the car if it wasn't.

- East Liberty, OH, USA

problem #42

Jan 222010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds for a year the driver noticed that all the warning lights would illuminate on the instrumental panel on a intermittent basis. The vehicle would also stall on different occasions without warning. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that the instrument cluster had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the instrument cluster. The contact also stated that when trying to decelerate the vehicle it surge forward. The vehicle was also repaired for the instrument cluster for this failure as well. The failure continued to occur for the mentioned failures. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Brinkley, AR, USA

problem #41

Dec 022010


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the instrument cluster lost power and all of the gauges stopped working and the interior lights shut off. The failure last from a few seconds to a few minutes. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that they could not diagnose the failure. The dealer also stated that this did not mean there was not a problem because they could not duplicate it. The failure mileage was 78000 and the current mileage was 79000.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #40

Aug 082010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While driving at various speeds, the contact noticed the entire instrument panel gauges would not function correctly with the illumination of the "check engine low fuel level" warning light. In addition, the wrench warning symbol and air bag warning indicator would illuminate. The failures occurred intermittently when the vehicle was in operation. Also, both turn signals failed to function properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and they were unable to detect a problem. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #39

Mar 152009


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle limited. While driving approximately 50 mph at night, the vehicle suddenly lost power. The instrument panel was not lit and all lights turned off. The contact was able to be restarted after ten seconds. The failure occurred intermittently and the contact replaced five batteries due to the problem. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 59,000 and the current mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #38

Sep 162010


  • 58,456 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle with 58,000 miles suddenly looses all the instrument panel indications and the engine then dies. Restart is possible and instruments then return to normal. This usually occurs within a few minutes of starting the car but has happened at speed on the highway. The dealer claims this is a common Freestyle problem and the entire instrument cluster has to be replaced at a cost of $700. Why has this obvious safety issue not been subject to a recall?

- Lincoln, MO, USA

problem #37

Aug 302010


  • 74,000 miles
The car lunges forward or backward depending if you are in drive or reverse. It is so fast you have to brake with both feet and pull against steering wheel to stop car. Car trips into failsafe mode after this happens (would be too late, you would have hit something by then)dealer says it is the bad throttle body. Seems to be a systemic problem with Freestyle 2005-2007? very dangerous a matter of time before someone is run over or killed with vehicle.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #36

Aug 272010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The vehicle would experience intermittent loss of the electrical to the gauges and interior lighting. The gauges would sweep to zero and then momentarily sweep back. The length of the loss of electrical is increasing with each intermittent failure. Twice now the vehicle has also lost acceleration when pulling out of an intersection causing a potential collision condition. The last time this happened it also occurred with a loss of electrical to the instrument cluster and interior lighting. This is a potential serious condition as the vehicle may have been involved in a collision due to the loss of power. The vehicle is currently with the Ford dealer undergoing diagnostics.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #35

Aug 212010


  • 58,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle. 3 different incidents when the car was stopped, lurched forward and then the dashboard light came on reading "engine safe failed" turned car off and restarted. 3rd time it happened the check engine light remained on with the emissions light on the dashboard. Took car to dealership to be serviced. We are now told the throttle body needs to be replaced and the electric system needs to be rebooted. The car only has 58,000 miles and we purchased only 30 days ago used.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #34

May 152010


  • 65,000 miles
During vehicle operation, the instrument cluster suddenly and catastrophically fails, apparently disabling several critical safety features. The malfunction at first occurred intermittently, then more frequently, but now occurs continuously. A local Ford dealer has replaced the instrument cluster twice without resolving the problem, indicating that original Ford equipment may be defective. The speedometer and tachometer needles suddenly drop to zero and freeze. The digital display shows ¿odometer data error.¿ all warning lights on the instrument cluster come on at once. Without these instruments, the driver can no longer monitor vehicle performance, such as speed and engine temperature. The malfunction definitely disables the automatic door locks and traction control. It may very well also disable the air bag system since the self-check display also does not work.

- Washington, DC, USA

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