really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,332 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 17 of 29)

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problem #249

Jul 212011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The vehicle surges when at idle. Commonly happens when backing up or moving forward slowly (ie, in a parking lot or driving into a garage). Because this is occurring at idle speeds so far my foot has been either on the brake or close to the brake to prevent an accident. However this will also happen if in a traffic jam or slow moving traffic situations (ie, dropping the kids off at school, slowing down due to pedestrian traffic, etc). I have discussed with the dealer the issue and they are ignorant to the problem.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #248

Jul 192011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,423 miles
Turned the vehicle on and immediately it surged. Thought it was me but then it continued to happen. Seems to only happen when foot is on brake and/or when turning the steering wheel all the way. Just started happening this month. Took the mechanic to check, but he could no reproduce issue. I am not surprised though, as it seems to be intermittent. Problem best described as vehicle seems to have someone else pressing the accelerator. Has not caused an accident yet, but certainly seems as if it is inevitable.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #247

Apr 092011


  • 80,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle "surges" when the engine is running but my car is not moving. I have to keep my foot on the brake when starting up the car for fear it will lunge forward, or backward, without any pressure put on the gas pedal. I am afraid to let anyone drive the car, even with me telling the person about the surges, since it is not what you would normally be thinking about when starting a car and putting it into gear. I am concerned about the safety of this situation. I have not taken the car to the dealership yet since I don't know what the charge will be for repair. The surging has occurred at least 10 times over the last 2 months. Each time I think it is just a one time thing, but now I know it is not.

- Margate, NJ, USA

problem #246

Oct 012008


  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would surge forward unexpectedly when no pressure was being applied to the accelerator pedal. The brakes were effective in stopping the vehicle during the failures. The failure was experienced on an intermittent basis when the vehicle was idled. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where they located a failure within the egr valve and mass air flow sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. There was an investigation open under NHTSA action number PE11018 (vehicle speed control) that may be related to the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 107,600. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hamshire, TX, USA

problem #245

Jun 282011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic light with the brakes engaged, the vehicle lunged forward and the engine revved to a very high RPM. The failure also occurred while in reverse. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #244

Jul 162011


  • 92,000 miles
Started car, put it in reverse, car lunged. Not the first time it has done this. Each time the lunge, either in reverse or drive, happens with no warning whatsoever. It just about always starts when the car is started or moved into gear after idling.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #243

Apr 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 96,101 miles


I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle that has been surging forward when I am at a complete stop & the engine fail safe mode with a wrench has shown up. I have 4 kids & this has happened on the highway with them in the car on the highway & it is very scary to lose power on the highway & try to get to the shoulder without getting hit by another car.

- Lawson, MO, USA

problem #242

Jul 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 122,438 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle lunges when placed in drive or reverse, it happens before the accelerator is pressed and I must stomp the brake to stop it. I have had many close calls in the past two weeks. Today a "fail safe engine mode" message came on.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #241

Jun 142010


  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the vehicle would accelerate when the brakes were applied. The failure occurred intermittently and more frequently whenever the air conditioner was on. The vehicle was not inspected by a mechanic. The failure mileage was 62,500 and the current mileage was 72,000.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #240

Jul 012010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. While changing gears from park to drive the vehicle suddenly lunged forward while depressing the brake pedal. The contact applied excessive force to the brake pedal in order to control the vehicle. The failure occurred intermittently and over time occurred more frequent. The engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle would lunge backwards when switching the gear from park to reverse as well. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. There was an investigation open under NHTSA action number: PE11018 (vehicle speed control) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #239

Feb 262011


  • miles


My 2005 Ford Freestyle will lunge at low speeds, usually while parking in the driveway or parking lot. This happens quite frequently while the car is in drive or reverse and even caused the front end to lunge into a concrete wall of a parking garage causing minimal damage before the brakes could be applied.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #238

May 112009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,386 miles
My vehicle will jump ahead at different times. Most of the time it is when you put the car in gear. It lunges very quickly so you have to be aware if it at all times. The first time it happened it took me by surprise it jumped ahead so quickly. I have noticed lately when the air conditioning is in use it will jump/lunge ahead numerous times.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #237

Jul 102011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle began lurching forward when at a very low speed (pulling into/idling in a driveway). We were able to stop the vehicle by pressing on the brakes.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #236

Jul 192011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 102,209 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The vehicle randomly surges in forward an reverse. I have found many complaints online saying it is the throttle body. It seems to happen most often when first shifting out of park to reverse or forward. Happens even more often when air is on. It is very disappointing there has been nothing done about this. This vehicle is supposed to be a safe family car!! it has put my son and wife in many close calls. I hope NHTSA makes Ford do something about this and soon!!

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #235

Jul 122011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle sel. I am experiencing engine surges (sudden acceleration) on a daily basis. The vehicle was taken to a Ford dealer where they didn't find any problems and blamed it on engine load from the ac systems. While I have not had any accidents yet I have on several occasions been forced to stand on the brake to avoid hitting other vehicles and in one case a pedestrian. Ford won't do anything because they say that they can't find anything wrong and there are not recalls.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #234

Jul 172011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 212,000 miles
When go to back it lunges back and if you are sitting in traffic it will lunges forward and then stall out or die and the rpms go up real high.

- Houston, MO, USA

problem #233

Jun 242011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
While idling my Freestyle will accelerate without my foot being on the gas pedal. I am always afraid to take my foot off the brake while idling just waiting for the car to jump forward.

- Kentucky, KY, USA

problem #232

Jul 022011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle sel fwd has sudden acceleration problems in both forward and reverse. This issue happens more frequently and is worse in the warmer months. This issue has been going on for the past 4 years with my vehicle. The sudden acceleration caused my Freestyle to shut down and go into engine failsafe mode the last time. The acceleration issue occurs multiple times a day. The dealer says that since there is not a recall on the vehicle there is nothing that they can do that won't come out of my pocket. I am worried that the car will one day lunge forward or backwards into another vehicle or a person walking around the car. Ford needs to be forced to issue a recall and correct this problem before someone is gravely injured.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #231

Jul 052011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 105,500 miles
The vehicle is experiencing a surge in the engine performance at a low speed and also when shifting into drive, neutral, reverse & park. The surge of the engine causes the vehicle to lunge forward or rearward (depending on what gear is selected) and when put in neutral or park a sharp increase in engine RPM's is experienced to the extent that the engine stalls. This problem is a constant occurrence, not intermittent or every once in a while.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #230

Jul 012011


  • 70,000 miles
I purchased at 2005 Ford Freestyle in 2006. My vehicle now has 88,800 miles on it as of 07/18/11. Over the past year my vehicle has began accelerating when I shift the vehicle into a forward or reverse gear. My foot is always firmly on the brake. Recently, I have been turning the A/C on low and watching the RPM's before I shift into gear. My car will still jump on me and the motor will accelerate even at 500 RPM"S. I will not go through a drive thru because this is where my car will cause the most problems and I never know when my vehicle will begin to malfunction. I have called 2 Ford dealerships and they are aware of this issue, but they would have to duplicate the problem before they can diagnose anything. They state it could be a number of issues. I am reluctant to take it in cause I know that I will be spending lots of money and the problem will not be resolved. I think Ford needs to isolate the problem and fix it. This seems to be very similar to the issues that some of the Ford Taurus's had in the past. This car is just a revamped Ford Taurus....different look same problems!

- Fair Play, SC, USA

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