definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,179 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle brakes problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Jul 092010


  • 44,000 miles


My '06 Ford Freestyle has been having problems with surging forward especially when moving slowly back and forth into a parking spot. At times it even stalls. The surge causes the car to rapidly accelerate and I'm forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car, wall, person, or whatever is in front of me. It usually happens when the ac is on. I have taken the car to a Ford service station on three different occasions and they have been unable to detect the problem. On the first attempt, they could not duplicate my concern. The next two times I went into the car with the technicians and they did experience the surging motion. However, when running the diagnostic on the car, no problems were indicated. Most recently, the electrical system was updated on the car and I was sent home, as the technicians said they drove the car and no longer felt the surging. By the time I exited the highway (5 miles later) the car was surging and threatening to stall out. I have been researching online and have discovered multiple Freestyle owners with the same complaint. Most have indicated that the cause is the throttle body. I have made another appointment to bring in my car tomorrow and have photocopied some of those complaints. If this issue is prevalent in Ford Freestyles, there should be a recall for our vehicles to be repaired at Ford's expense. Driving my 4 year old car should not make me feel like my life is in danger.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #15

Jul 052010


  • miles
3rd set of back brakes 37623 miles on car 3 1/2 years old. Brakes are dragging fixed once by Ford told it was the last time Ford would pay for it.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 272010


  • 39,000 miles
Front and rear brakes on 06 Ford Freestyle. I have had to replace the brake rotors on this car or had to have them resurfaced 4 time since I purchased the car. At 39,000 miles they did a tsb on the rear brakes, at 79,000 the replaced pads, resurfaced rotors, and cleaned and lubed the slides and pins, at 85,000 miles they replaced the rear rotors and resurfaced the front rotors again, at 96,905 they replaced the front rotors. Why are there problems with the brakes on these cars" what are thy doing to help the consumer with the cost of repairs"

- Neville, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 152009


  • miles


Rear brakes on my 2006 Ford Freestyle there was a recall on the rotors and pads and they was repaired by Ford at 40K but now this is the third set with only 91K since then and it time for Ford to do something about it look like this is a on going thing with the Freestyle and 500.

- Liberty, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 032009


  • 28,900 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle rear brakes need replacement again! had brake pads and rotors replaced at 16,000 miles on recall, presently vehicle has less than 29,000 miles and was informed that the brake pads and rotors need replacement again.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 192009


  • 50,219 miles
Anti lock brake pump defective, luckily discovered before serious injury. Back brakes already replaced one time on Ford 2006 Freestyle. No dashboard indicators ever came on, only realized the problem because the brake pedal did not feel right while using brakes. Ford needs to check this out and issue a recall before someone is injured. We were just lucky.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #10

Jan 262009


  • miles


We purchased a used Ford Freestyle just over 18 months ago and have had to have the brakes replaced twice...there have been no accidents involved with these yet but we have a small son and I take care of them before there is a failure...and from what I have read there have been more than a few Ford owners who have had problems with this...

- Woodbury, PA, USA

problem #9

Dec 282008


  • 26,000 miles
06 Ford Freestyle, 26,000 miles. Bought it new. Drive conservatively. Grinding noise in right rear tire, expect it to be brake since it is when I apply the brake. Have smelled burning smell twice when starting car, don't know why. Engine 'revs' when first started when cold, need to keep foot on brake or it takes off. Took it to dealer once, they couldn't identify problem said bring back if it happens again. That was before the brake grinding noise, which has been in the last few days. Will take to dealer this week.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #8

Sep 012007


  • 19,000 miles
The brakes and rotors of this vehicle are pre-maturely wearing having to be replaced at 19K by the dealer. I now have 31K and the replaced set is already 60% used. This concerns me greatly as the really makes the car unsafe. Tires on this vehicle are also wearing faster then normal. Will need replacement soon.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 252008


  • miles
Had a flat tire on my 2006 Ford Freestyle, AWD, ltd and installed the space saver tire. While driving, the speedometer failed to operate, all fault indicators on the dashboard illuminated, and the transmission proceeded to erratically up and down shift. Went directly to my local Ford dealers service department wherein told by service advisor that this was not normal. Told service advisor that I thought it had to do with the space saver tire. There was no information in the owner's manual to the vehicles eradicate behavior. Later, service advisor reported that this was normal behavior with the space saver tire and the vehicles ABS sensors. I disagreed on the normal behavior since I consider my speedometer a safety device - and since the space saver tire is speed limited, this made the vehicle behavior questionable.

- Lake Park, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 152008


  • 25,000 miles


The rear brakes on my 2006 Ford Freestyle AWD limited are completely gone after only 25,000 miles. They were suddenly metal on metal. Before I knew what was happening the car is in a near non-drivable state. Ford did not inform me of any brake problems. I read others complaints online and then contacted my dealership. They told me there is an open recall and I could receive a one time repair. By repair I assume they mean new brake pads and hopefully rotors. I'm wondering if Ford is actually going to address the problem which I assume is the calipers. I haven't heard anyone say that they are. I'm sure I'll soon need another rear brake repair and what then?

- Lewisberry, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The rear brakes on my 06 Ford Freestyle are completely worn at 38000 miles. Rear brakes should not wear that fast.

- York, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 252007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Since we first purchased the car, we have been complaining that our tires have been wearing out too quickly, show unusual signs of wear. After the third visit to the dealers, I contacted Ford to express my frustration regarding the tires and that fact that I had to continually replace these tires at my cost ? it was unusual that tires were wearing out with less than 20,000 miles on the vehicle. Ford Motor Company denied any responsibility for the tire, suggesting that the unusual wear was a factor that was being caused roads within New Hampshire and improper maintenance and our failure to keep our tire aligned and balanced. On August 26th, 2007 - my car began to experience some a wobbling in the car as if the car was out of alignment - with a five minute period, it started to feel like we had a flat tire. I pulled to the side of the road and inspected the tires on the vehicle, which did not appear to be flat. Again I proceeded down the road and within the next 500 my car began to experience some a sever wobbling, violently shaking the car. Again, I got out of the car to inspect the tires assuming that this was being caused being caused by a flat tire. Again, all of the tires appeared to be fine, who ever I did notice that left rear passenger tire appeared to wobble when I pushed on it with my foot. Assuming that the tire might be lose, I proceed to jack up the vehicle in an effort to determine if the tire was potentially loose what I discover, was that the tire was fine, instead, the entire left assemble (tire, disk brake assembly and the rotor) were coming off the car?

- Bow, NH, USA

problem #3

Jan 242007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,399 miles
Premature wearing down of rear brakes on 2005 Ford Freestyle, vehicle only has 14K miles. Braking performance was diminished. Ford dealer replaced rotors and pads free covered under warranty. Also noticed excessive brake dust on rear wheels.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,300 miles
Purchased a used 2006 Ford Freestyle with only 11,500 miles and the vehicle needed new brakes all the way around at this early mileage. I believe the brakes are defective on all Ford Freestyles from both 2005 and 2006 the only years these vehicles have been produced, Ford needs to recall for brake issues.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 272006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear brakes on my 2006 Ford Freestyle limited AWD are failing. I have excessive brake dust and my rear rotors are already grooved and they required replacement. I only have about 20K on this car.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

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