really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,181 miles

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2005 Ford Freestyle fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #31

Jul 062010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,290 miles


I was backing up when the vehicle started to lurch and did not want to stop. I slammed on the breaks and saw that the cel and the wrench light was illuminated and the dash displayed fail safe mode. Continued to back up carefully and then when driving forward the car died. Turned key off waiting a few seconds started the car up again and went directly to an auto parts store so that I could read the stored code. Nothing showed up so I started the vehicle up put into reverse and the same thing happened again so I grabbed the code reader and it displayed P061B and P2106. After doing some investigation it looks as if the throttle body is needing to be replaced, and from all of the reading I have done I am not the only person having this issue. The issue is also compounded by the fact that this part is on a national back order from Ford. With all of that info, I find it hard to believe there has not been a recall to fix this widespread issue.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #30

Jul 022010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 115,035 miles
Our 2005 fordfreestyle has a known surging problem. Everytime it would surge we would take it to the shop to be told there was nothing wrong. Finally the car lunged 2 ft forward and shut down while sitting at a light. We hit the fuel reset button to get it working then went to the dealership; paid around $3000 to replace the fuel reset button and sensors to only have it start back up a week later. Went back to the dealership to pay another $1000. Now a month later the car is surging again. This time while driving down the road, thankfully a back road, the car just shut itself off and non of the systems worked. The brakes barely worked. We had to let the car coast to a stop. It is currently a very large and expensive lawn ornament.

- Fort Lupton, CO, USA

problem #29

Jun 012010


  • 64,700 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle with 64,879 miles has started to surge in and out of park and when stopping for traffic. It also surges from park when in reverse and I am going to back out of my garage. I have had this Freestyle since it was new and have maintained all regular maintenance as required. I also continue to have problems with the middle passenger seat where it will not work and have had it repaired at least 4 times now. Ford has not charged me for these repairs but it is very inconvenient to have this ongoing problem with my seat. My main concern is with this sudden surging especially in light of the recent problems that Toyota has had with its vehicles. I would welcome your investigators to my home to experience first-hand. I have not yet contacted my local Ford dealer but intend to do so this week. This problem with surging has just begun within the past 2 weeks.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #28

Aug 012009

Freestyle 8-cyl

  • miles


2005 Ford Freestyle locked up a year ago and was told it was a throttle body assembly that needs replacing but it's on national backorder. We were told it was safe to drive but it surges some and still no part! after research, this seems to be happening to everyone. What is Ford waiting for, people to die before they get this resolved"???"

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #27

Jun 012010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle surges since about 20,000 miles. Now has 100,000 and surging around 5 feet, mostly in and out of parking or in stop/go traffic. My car lunged aprrox. 5 feet backwards and almost hit ladyas I was pulling out of parking space at grocery store; she screamed, jumped, and yelled at me (understandable). I would have hit her if my foot was not on the brake. No dealer could find the problem from 2006 until now, 2010. Ford has offered no help or recall on this "throttle body" problem. Nor did they offer any help on the poor design of the double back seat that gets stuck in the up position and will not lie down. They "negotiated" a $400 cost to fix down from $1,000, even though Ford has a paper on this problem. At 99,000 miles, now the dealer reports I need new throttle body assembly; transmission pan is wet; A/C compressor leaking and needs replacing. I drove my 240 dl Volvo for 10 yrs/340,000 miles. I have had all of my services and oil changes. There should be no reason this car is falling apart like this. I was a court reporter for 25 years. How can Ford not be responsible for replacing parts and gratuitously doing proper service to correct their poor design, especially when it involves products liability problems for Ford" will they become another Toyota before taking responsibility" I have never received one piece of paper warning me about the throttle body problem, which I view as quite serious; and I know the legal outcome if someone is injured or killed. This leads me to believe that Ford has a weak legal advisory committee or perhaps a legal liability dept. That may desire to know about the problems before they have to defend them in court. Something does not make sense to me here. Very disappointed and will not buy another Ford.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #26

Jun 092010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle surges in hot weather. Throttle gets stuck.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #25

May 202009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


2005 Ford Freestyle, car has unexpected acceleration when placing car in reverse and/or drive. Car inspected at Ford garage. Nothing reported.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #24

Mar 102010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle purchased in 2009. My wife has had the car 'stall' in busy traffic 4-5 times over the past two months (Feb-Mar 2010). The Ford dealership in waldorf Maryland diagnosed the problem as a throttle body assembly needing replaced. I've consulted the internet regarding this failure and found that hundreds of Ford Freestyles have the same issue. My car has 105K miles on it. We bought it with 80K miles on it. Please force Ford to recall this car and fix this part. It is unsafe for a family style vehicle like the Freestyle. Ford wanted $800 to replace the part. I believe this is a travesty and is exactly why american car manufacturing is in the straits they are in. Please do something for the country and force Ford to be responsible.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #23

Mar 312010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle. A few months ago I started noticing that it did not accelerate properly. I would go to pull out of an intersection and the car would sluggishly move forward which was extremely dangerous. As time went on it seemed to get worse. Lately when I try to accelerate it will all of a sudden jerk forward. Finally, today when I was driving down the freeway I completely lost the ability to accelrate although the engine was still running and the "fail safe engine" signal came on. I pulled off tto the side, turned the car off and restarted it which seemed to temporarily solve the problem. I got to where I was going but on the way home it seemed very jerky and unreliable. I called a local Ford dealer and they told me it was probably the throttle body and to bring it in tomorrow. It seems as if this is an ongoing and extremely dangerous problem that the Freestyle is having. Thank god I wasn't pulling out in front of oncoming traffic when it decided to not work! I have three kids and carpool all the time. If Ford doesn't do something now they will not only have parts to replace but lawsuits to settle as well when people are seriously injured or killed as a result of their inaction.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #22

Jul 152009


  • 95,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle, we went to Florida back on 07/2009 it was very hot. The car started jerking, than it accelerated on its own. Than it almost stopped. Than it would not go faster than 35. And than it accelerated unexpectedly which we almost ran into the back of someone. When we arrived back home to nc we took it too the Ford dealer who said it was the computer module. We took it in and left it for repair. The service manager called and said that we had a walmart air filter, and it needed a Ford air filter. They tried to say that was the problem. But before we got the car back, we received a post card from the dealer saying our computer module that was ordered from the dealer has arrived. So the dealer told us it was the air filter when in fact it was the computer module. We beleive the dealer replaced the computer module but told us it was the air filter to avoid a costly recall. I have found on this website that this vehicle was recalled it certain parts of the usa for this reason but not in our region. The recall was due because in warmer climates this problem may occur. All of this vehicles should be repaired, because someone with this vehicle may travel to areas that are warmer than other during business trips or vacation trips.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #21

Dec 022009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 37,500 miles


2005 Ford Freestyle surges and lunges forward while foot is brake. Sitting at a red light with my foot on the brakes the rpms surge and the car starts lunging forward pulling me out into the intersection. The car then shutdown for a second and went into limp home mode. Luckily I was able to put the car in reverse and backup before I was hit by the oncoming traffic. Took the car to the dealer and was told the throttle body assembly would have to be replaced but the part was on a 3 month back order. Dealer would not advise me the car was safe to drive!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #20

Aug 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Car would hesitate when pushing on gas pedal, then suddenly catch and accelerate after some time pressing on the accelerator. Had it checked previously with the suggestion to replace fuel filter. After a few months, problem got worse, another service station found the throttle body needed to be replaced, the throttle position sensor was bad. Had it replaced at a cost of $672.33 parts and labor. Found out this problem is shared by many Ford Freestyle owners, checked with local Ford dealer if a recall had been done or a technical service bulletin, was told not and they would not do anything for me about it.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 152009


  • 95,000 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle is having the same problems Toyota is having. Our car started accelerating on its own. Dale jarrett Ford replaced the computer. And since than the problem stopped. They told us that they didn't replace the computer. But we received a card in the mail from them that our computer module is in and ready to be installed.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #18

Jan 252010


  • 63,585 miles
On 1/25/10 while driving car begins to studder and then shuts down. Wrench light came on and was able to coast to emergency lane. Unresponsive to throttling when running. Eventually restarted and was able to limp home (problem occurred 2 more times before arriving home 10 miles down the road). Took to dealership next day (after 4 occurrences in 3 miles). Diagnostics ran, bad throttle body but none available yet. Should be able to order and be in dealership in about a week. While going home from dealership, car began to surge at times and studder at others, eventually stalled and vehicle had to be turned off and restarted before throttle would respond. This is a very unsafe problem as I have been in fast moving traffic each time its happened (45-55 mph) with out 4 children in the car. I have to quickly turn on the flashers and hope to get off the road but I haven't been lucky every time, getting stuck once in the lane while going up hill and vehicle attempted to roll backwards due to loss of throttle. I do wonder how many complaints and documented problems at dealerships have to be seen before Ford can issue a recall.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #17

Jul 102009


  • 120,975 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle. Engine stops without warning while vehicle is in motion. Usually could be restarted after vehicle stops and is placed in park or neutral. Updated 08/19/10 the consumer stated the vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they replaced the catalytic converter. They also discovered a wiring harness from the engine compartment to the engine control computer had rubbed against one of the air conditioner hard lines. The friction had worn away the insulation on the harness and caused the cam position sensor signal to act erratic. According to the technician, the loss of the cam position sensor signal caused the vehicle to stutter/stall. Additionally, the loss of the cps signal inhibits the firing of the spark plugs. The loss of firing signal to the spark plugs caused raw fuel to exit the engine directly to catalytic converters, damaging them permanently. The consumer stated that inserting raw fuel into an operating catalytic converter, at some temperature measured in the hundred degree celsius would be a fire hazard. Updated 08/23/10 the event happens randomly. After first occurrence, vehicle was taken to Ford dealership for diagnosis. Result was "no fault found." No advice from dealer to remedy problem or refrain from operating the vehicle. After some number of occurrences while traveling out of town, the "check engine" light was turned on. Vehicle was taken to Ford dealerships. First dealership confirmed the engine shutdown symptoms and reprogrammed the engine control module. Did not solve the problem. After further occurrences, vehicle was taken to a second dealership. There the technician was instructed not to turn the vehicle off when check engine light was illuminated and to read engine codes. Dealer determined that throttle body assembly was defective, no spare available. Vehicle failed again next day while being driven on expressway. Failed to restart at all. Required tow.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 182009


  • 4,108 miles
When the vehicle was put in reverse the car would jerk and almost stall, then when shifted to drive the car would stall, when the car was shut off and the put into drive the car ran rough, I had taken it to the dealer the first time, they told me there was water in the box, I am a certified mechanic, and I never heard of this, I had taken the car back, to the dealer and they had the car for two weeks before they found out it was the throttle body, they didn't have one in stock, they searched across the country, not one to be found, they called Ford Motor Company, they didn't have one either, they said they are trying to find someone to make the part, , it is a die cast part, then it has to be machined then fitted with the sensors, , wire ports and vacuum sockets have to be machined, they are supposed to call me Sept 30, 09 to let me know the status, I have a very bad feeling about this, I can almost guarantee the part is not going to be right, as of Sept 30 09 they have had my car two months, I think they are going to wait until my extended warranty expires, then the car is good for nothing but a planter in the front yard, I have terminal brain cancer and need my car to carry my wheel chair around, the dealer first gave me a Focus, then a Taurus, I still cant lift my wheel chair to lay it flat in the trunk, I have asked for something comparable to my 2005 Ford Freestyle, , which I just lift my chair strait up and put it in, but what this whole problem has created, is a serious safety problem, if this part lets go on the freeway the car will jerk the wheels will lock up and hopefully the car behind is watching, otherwise, this is going to be a serious accident.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #15

Sep 012009


  • 25,000 miles
Fuel gauge will drop to zero and the check engine light stays on. I paid $109 for Ford to tell me it will cost $500 to fix faulty fuel modules which is known by Ford to be faulty in 2006. They will not fix it at there cost.

- Drayton Valley, 00, USA

problem #14

Aug 312009


  • 54,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Freestyle has a bad throttle body. See the other 1000 complains for the same problem. Ford is aware that this is a major problem. Ford refused to do anything. They want me to prepaid for a part that is not available. Ford has no replacement parts until sometime in December. My car is unsafe to drive. It will go in fail safe mode while driving down the highway.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 072009


  • 39,000 miles
Freestyle loses power while driving on interstate, engine failsafe mode is displayed on dash, will not go over 25 mph. Nearly taken out by a semi truck when try to make it to shoulder. Shut car off, restarted and it appears to work normally. Take it to mechanic who diagnoses a bad throttle position sensor (tps). Had mechanic clean the tps, but problem occurred again soon after. Took it to another mechanic for replacement of tps and found out part is on national backorder because manufacturer of the part is bankrupt. Ford is now re-engineering the part and it is due to arrive in late September, 2009. Have ordered the part twice, both times Ford has cancelled the order. The typical reason is we did not take it to an authorized Ford dealer for the repair. The closest dealer is an hour away on the interstate and we do not feel safe driving at highway speeds and cannot afford the towing charges, especially to have it sit on their lot while we wait for the part to be built sometime in September. We are able to drive for short distances on city streets with speed limits of 30 mph or less. Car goes into engine failsafe mode quite regularly, approximately 80% of the time. Simply want Ford to supply a car for us to use until the Freestyle is safely drivable with a tps that will work 100% of the time. We have not been able to use the car for normal driving since June, when school let out. Very disappointed in the responses from Ford customer service. Do the right thing and get this problematic tps fixed as a recall item. In the meantime, give us a Chevy or Toyota to drive so we can take our kids to school now that it is back in session.

- Avon, CO, USA

problem #12

Aug 182009


  • 57,500 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle has a serious surging problem similar to other 2005-2007 Ford Freestyles. When you put the car in reverse, it revs extremely high and it is "extremely" difficult to stop. Then when you put it in drive, it does the same thing going forward. Sometimes it shuts off completely. Ford dealers tell me the new revised "throttle body" will not be available until December and at full charge ($580).

- Greenwood, DE, USA

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