hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,523 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Sep 122016


  • 129,030 miles


Cvt fail, throttle body issue, started in September 2016. Car now has 135,030 miles. Happens continuously, when idle and moving down the road. I sent a letter to Ford and they responded with a "sorry...we can't help you". making helicopter noise. Loses power and goes into failsafe mode. I will attach both letters

- Genesee, MI, USA

problem #31

Dec 152016


  • 114,000 miles
Door latches freezing every winter and doors will not latch and stay shut. Also went to Ford website and realized there was a recall for fsa title: Engine idle RPM surge extended warranty field service action number: 12N03. I was unaware of this recall and my car does this quite frequently and I am afraid the tens years is up for this to be taken care of. When pull up to a stop sign or red light, sometimes the engine will rev really high and lurch forward causing me to stomp on brake pedal really hard.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 202015


  • 105,857 miles
1. driving car at 45mph..came to red light. When pushing a celerator to floor, car suddenly does not respond to pressure on gas pedal. Will not pick up speed. Notice check E gine on display panel and wrench symbol came on and words "engine in failsafe mode" display. 2. when standing still, engine yrunning... foot on brake. Engine idling...car begins to lunge forward, engine revs up when lunging. 3. during 90 degree weather, driving at 55 mph, turned on ac. Car immediately lost power and failsafe mode light came on.

- Genesee, MI, USA

problem #29

Aug 152014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


A little over 3 years ago, I filed a complaint regarding a surging with my Ford Freestyle. We had our vehicle serviced and the throttle body cleaned. The problem was resolved for a while, but we recently started experiencing issues again. This time the Freestyle would lose acceleration, the rpms dropped, and a wrench-shaped warning light activated. At first it seemed to be an issue only when cruise control was activated, but has since happened during normal driving. We took our car into the dealer, and they completely replaced the throttle body for a total of $900, but we are still having issues.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #28

Nov 082014


  • 120,000 miles
We were pulling out of a parking lot into traffic on a highway and the wrench light came on and we lost all power to the vehicle. The vehicle had to be shut off and then started back up in the middle of the road. Another incident happened on my way to work and there were cars behind me. I was able to make it to the side of the road to start it back up. The third incident happened again on my way to work and then the engine light illuminated and when I had it checked the codes P2104 and P2111 came up. The throttle body was stuck opened and in a bind. I was almost hit during the second incident and feel that this is a serious safety issue. I am glad that I wasn't on the interstate going 65 or 70 mph. The car almost came to a complete stop on its own in the matter of a few yards.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #27

Aug 152009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 29,925 miles
The car stalled while I was in las vegas. I was driving on the street and all of the sudden the speed went down and I could control the speed ("failed engine safe mode" appeared in the panel). I parked the vehicle, turned it off and re-started it. The problem didn't happen again. On my way back, took it to fairway Ford in placentia, California. They replaced the throttle body, air intake and engine roll restrictor. Car was ok until 6/6/14 with 65,330 miles when the same thing happened while driving around my house, took it to fairway Ford and it was recall 12N03 on the vehicle (never received a notice from Ford), they cleaned the throttle body and re-programmed the PCM. 2 mos. Later, 8/28/14 same thing happened, and fairway Ford told me they have to replace the throttle body assembly again and I have to pay $860. Called Ford customer service at 800-392-3673, talked to [xxx] and she said I could get any financial assistance because the recall had expired. I escalated the situation, and a supervisor will call me back on Tuesday 9/2/14. If this happened on the freeway I could get rear ended and be killed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 242014


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle went over a bump in the road and three minutes later the vehicle stalled. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnose that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Nov 032013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
In 2011 the throttle body failed on my 2005 Ford Freestyle. Ford recommended cleaning the throttle body and I had this done at a Ford dealer. Ford later extended the warranty on this part and reimbursed me. Following this, I found that the car occasionally lunged and the rpms would race. On November 3, 2013 the vehicle went into fail safe mode while driving at 45 mph. I was in heavy traffic and the entire engine stopped accelerating. I immediately hit my brakes and began to pull over. I restarted the vehicle and tried to make my way home at 15 mph. On Monday I made an appointment to have my car seen. I was told it was still covered by the extended warranty. On Tuesday the car again went into fail safe mode and shut down while driving. I was almost rear ended. On inspection, the dealer found that the throttle body was at fault. The part was faulty, and could not be cleaned to fix. It would have to be replaced, but Ford would not cover the cost (over $900) even though they know there is a problem with this part. When calling, I was told that they would only cover a one time cleaning. The cleaning did not fix the problem, and this is a massive safety issue. The car shuts down in traffic, leaving you vulnerable.

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Jul 172013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,780 miles


We were driving on the freeway (hwy 350) and the car just stalled out, again in traffic on take off the car stalled in the middle of traffic, once getting on I-70 it just stalled, . we took it to dick smith Ford here in raytown, Missouri, [xxx] the service person said it was covered under extended warranty. So I left the car with them, and about 3:00 pm I got a call, [xxx] said the car was ready, he said they fixed the problem, but it is doing the same thing. This time it stopped with my wife in the heat of traffic, well I called [xxx] at the dealership again and he said it must be something else, well I had a test done, the test indicated it is the same problem the throttle body. I know the problem could not be a tune-up because I just spent $ $900 for that at the same Ford place, yes over nine hundred dollars. Please advise what to do. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #21

Oct 122011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The vehicle began to surge on the hwy. The rpms would surge forward and relax to normal RPM speed. I received a recall letter a few day's ago. My worry is that I have taken it to repair facilities and they found nothing wrong. I am worried that I will have transmission problems because of the recall defect. I have read many posts about cvt transmission failure, it would appear that Ford is doing nothing about the transmission problems. I have owned Ford for over thirty years and if the cvt problems are not addressed. I will not buy another, my family will not buy again either.

- Monticello, GA, USA

problem #20

Aug 212012


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle lunges or surges when at idle or low speeds in forward and reverse.

- Howard, CO, USA

problem #19

Jan 142007


  • miles
I've had problems with this vehicle numerous times over the past few years. I filed a complaint on here once but do not remember the dates or the username/password I used. This vehicle is the worst car I have ever owned. I've sunk thousands into repairs in the last couple of years. I've had instrument cluster replaced 4 times, replaced engine mounts, my A/C compressor went out on it, throttle body replaced. And now it sits on blocks we thought was the fuel pump went out so replaced it. Didn't do any good. Not sure what it is the instrument cluster still doesn't work correctly, it was surging til the day the other day when it just wont go anymore, it will start and run but won't go. I was told it could be numerous things, throttle body again, instrument cluster still not right, might be my transmission, could be my pedal throttle sensor, fuel switch out..........so what do I do nickel and penny everything I have into a lemon that obviously the NHTSA nor Ford care about. I'm a single mother with two children, we live 7 miles from town...and now I have no transportation. I bought this vehicle in 2005 and paid quite a bit for it. Its like toilet paper or diapers....disposable! I will never purchase a Ford again.

- Cherokee Village , AR, USA

problem #18

Oct 242012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Engine sputter then failure. Then computer error states, fail safe engine mode. Diagnostic reveals throttle body failure. Common problem according to service department recall pending, why won't U act. Web full of this complaint.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #17

Oct 242012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Engine sputter then failure. Then computer error states, fail safe engine mode. Diagnostic reveals throttle body failure. Common problem according to service department recall pending, why won't U act. Web full of this complaint.

- Keres, KY, USA

problem #16

Sep 082012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,700 miles
Unintended acceleration-I stopped at traffic light and the engine stayed at a high RPM and did not drop to idle RPM. I was able to hold foot on brake until light turned green, the problem did not reoccur. I was not using cruise control. I took the car to my Ford dealer and they were unable to find anything wrong. This problem has not recurred but is very frightening when it occurs.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #15

Oct 032012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I was parked. I put the car in drive. As I started to take my foot off the brake, the car lunged forward. I pressed the brake hard to stop the surge. It scared me. The next day, it happened again, several times. In reverse and drive, I watched the rpms go up without my foot touching the throttle. This is scary and unacceptable!

- Silverado, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 012012


  • 125,325 miles
For the past few months my car has been lunging forward or backward when going at a low speed. For example, going into or coming out of a parking space, in a drive thru line, or waiting at a traffic light. The problem seem worse when it is hot outside and/or the air is on. Yesterday the problem happen again, engine stalled and when I restarted the car the check engine light came on. I have had a few near misses with the problem, coming close to hitting a little girl in a parking lot and almost running into a car at a drive thru line just to name a couple. I remember hearing about the same problem last year and am very shocked to see that Ford is taking a chance with peoples lives like this, why has there not been a recall issued to fix the problem?

- Garden City , MI, USA

problem #13

Apr 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The vehicle unexpectedly surges when turning into a parking space or sitting at drive through. Also having issues with engine dying when reversing.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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