really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,023 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 17)

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problem #283

Mar 112014


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge forward independently. The contact mentioned that the transmission would not engage correctly and decrease in speed or fail to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #282

Aug 212014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 109,624 miles
The vehicle lunged twice while I went from park to drive. I immediately put my foot on the brake to avoid hitting the car in front of me as I was in carline picking up my children from private school. On 8-23-14 as I was in reverse pulling out from a parking space, the vehicle lunged backwards and lost power. I turned off the engine. I started the engine and began to drive the vehicle which felt as if it was losing power. I continued to drive 2 miles home and prayed the entire time that I would make it safely. After doing research, we discovered the NHTSA action number PE11018. We were never notified of this recall and feel that Ford should reimburse owners of all monies spent on the defective throttle body system. So far we have spent $600.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #281

Aug 172010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,780 miles
The vehicle lunged after going from park to drive. I quickly put my foot on the brake. This occurred three times that week. It always occurred when the ac was running. I then had the Ford dealership in daphne, al look at the car. They advised that it was the throttle body. I had the repair completed at [xxx] in pensacola. We spent $500 on the repair. I feel that this malfunction was extremely premature. Ford should reimburse customers who have receipts to prove that they completed work that was later a NHTSA action. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #280

Aug 162014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


Was sitting in car in a parking lot with ac running waiting for my wife. As I began to back up I put foot on brake to let car go by when the car began to surge and my foot was no where near gas pedal. Then the car shut off by itself and check engine light came on. Later we were waiting in a line at a drive-thru as we waited in line I had car in drive but foot on brake. Then the car lunged forward and I could have hit the car in front of me. The car died again. This happened another time. I took it to auto part store to diagnose check engine light. It gave me code P2106 and which is throttle actuator control system-forced limited power.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #279

Jul 312014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 124,910 miles
I had just started the engine, A/C on, and was attempting to back out of a parking stall.the vehicle seemed to be working normal.engine temp-normal, fuel-3/4 full, no indicator lights were on, engine rpms about 750. With my foot firmly on the service brake pedal, I put the transmission into reverse.the vehicle powered backwards about 5 feet and I began to turn the vehicle towards the right.the engine speed immediately raised, but my foot was hovering above the brake pedal & not touching the accelerator pedal.I stomped hard on the brake pedal to avoid hitting the vehicles parked beside & directly behind me.the vehicle stopped after powering backwards another 5 feet after applying the service brakes.no collision occured.I immediately looked at the dashboard and saw the rpms were at 2250+ while trans still in reverse & service brakes fully applied.I shutoff the engine while trans in reverse and then moved trans into park. A loud click was heard coming from the hood area and the vehicle lunged forward.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #278

Aug 162010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Engine surging unexpectedly and violently in gear at idle. I have had the throttle body replaced three times, and on 7-2-2014 it has begun this surging again. Ford customer relationship line has confirmed to me that the vehicle has not cleared off of their database ( I never received the csp-12N03 letter), and the coverage for replacement of the part has expired as of 5-31-2013. Ford asked me to keep all of my receipts when I replace the throttle body for the fourth time so that if Ford enacts a new coverage, I will have my paperwork in order. No promise of a notice letter however.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #277

May 122013


  • 128,885 miles


We were at a stand still in traffic leading to the off ramp, a vehicle came speeding down the on ramp and by his own admission was not paying attention. He then rammed into the back of our vehicle and hit us so hard that it triggered a multi car crash, 6 vehicles in all. During repairs of the vehicle we were told that the engine was experiencing idle surge. It was also noted that this was not due to the vehicle accident. We paid out of pocket some $1,700 and we continue to have the same issues. The Ford dealership has not and will not correct the problem. Ford is responsible for this repair and I would like to see some action taken on their part. I called Ford corporate office and was told despite my vehicle being included in the 2005-2007 recall my particular VIN number is not included in that lot. Not good customer service.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #276

Mar 202013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 101,792 miles
March of 2013 one of the 5 transmissions replaced. Lunging at low speeds, not shifting gears, dying, error codes wrench light comes on, this has occured with every incident which eventually lead to transmission failure everytime.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #275

Jan 232014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
As outlined in the class action lawsuit against Ford filed in California, our car experienced a "sudden and unexpected cvt transmissions failure". this resulted in a "sudden loss of forward propulsion and delayed acceleration" when merging onto a 40 mph street. The check engine light, the wrench light and the traction control dash lights came on and the engine experienced high RPM's with little forward movement. We took the problem to authorized Ford dealer who recommended repairs to the computer system costing us $2,000 even though it knew about the systemic transmission defect the Ford general manager stated in a phone call this morning (6 13 2014) his service department has had two other Ford Freestyles in their shop presenting the exact issues as our car. Following Ford protocol resulted in a "final" diagnosis of transmission failure. Point being, the local Ford dealership admittedly had prior knowledge of the cvt transmission failures yet did not relay that information to us at the onset of the systemic defect. The vehicle sits in our driveway. It is not safe to operate as we elected not to replace the defective cvt transmission at a quoted cost of $5,000 plus installation.

- Vaughn, WA, USA

problem #274

Aug 012009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The throttle body issue with Ford Freestyle has affected us twice with the same car. The initial time is mentioned above, and the part was replaced under warranty by Ford. The issue has resurfaced and it makes the car very dangerous if you are not mashing the brake down at idle because the car will lunge or lurch uncontrollably. It accelerates rapidly at idle without control. The lurching occurs especially bad when the air conditioner is running.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #273

Sep 242013


  • 120,000 miles


My engine blew and had to be rebuilt. I then had to have the transmission rebuilt 2 months after getting it back. The inner tie rod ends went out. There was a number of.there things that went wrong at the same time. It was as though the vehicle started falling apart at 120000 miles.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #272

May 252014


  • 185,000 miles
Car gives codes for safemode and there is no solution.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #271

Apr 152014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, there was a loss of power as the vehicle decelerated. The contact had to depress the accelerator pedal to exit to the shoulder. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the torque converter and the output shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was to be inspected and repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #270

Jul 062013


  • 30,000 miles
My Ford Freestyle 2006 with 30,000 K miles had a transmission failure with my daughter driving on an 5 lane inter-state highway when it failed and lost power. My daughter had to navigate 3 lanes of traffic as the car was stopping. Thank god she got safely off the roadway. She could have been killed. After reading the internet I am convince that Ford's design is faulty and Ford is not taking any responsibility for correcting.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #269

Mar 022009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 98,642 miles
Cruise control caused traction control light and wrench light to come on. Transmission went into a variance of neutral. Fixed by turning off car and turning it back on again. Vehicle worked fine without using cruise control until throttle body was replaced via recall. Ever since then battery has had an undue amount of buildup at terminals and sequence above happened at irregular intervals. Interval never more than 100 miles. Always fixable by turning car off and turning it back on. Ford says maybe $7100 will fix it. As of 3/1/2014 transmission went out but restart didn't fix it. This is not only dangerous, but thousands of these cars are doing the same thing. Please help. Most trannies cost maybe $2000, Ford should have a better fix. Otherwise I like the car and wouldn't mind paying a reasonable amount for a transmission replace. Ford is saying $4500 in labor, there's no way it takes a week for a competent qualified mechanic to replace a transmission.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #268

Feb 012013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically accelerate with the illumination of the wrench warning icon. Additionally, the engine rpms would fluctuate and the vehicle would lose power. The contact would turn the engine off and on to stop the failure. Also, the contact stated that the transmission was failing and would cause the vehicle to hesitate when the contact was attempting to accelerate. The accelerator would be depressed with force in order for the vehicle to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the throttle body was replaced however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised that the throttle body and the accelerator sensor would need replacing. The accelerator sensor was not repaired because the part was not available however, the throttle body was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Weeki Wachee, FL, USA

problem #267

Oct 182013


  • 95,429 miles
I filed a complaint about 2 years ago regarding my vehicle lunging forward. I received a notice to bring my car the Ford dealership for throttle body repair. Since taking my vehicle into the dealership for repairs I have noticed that my vehicle is hesitating. When you press on the accelerator the vehicle does not increase speed more than 8 to 10 miles when you push the accelerator to the floor. I have taken this vehicle to 2 different dealership that specialize in Ford product but not the Ford dealership. I have been told that my transmission needs to be rebuilt and I was told at another dealership that it was in desperate need of replacing or rebuilding. I feel as though Ford knows the problems that the owners are facing and need to step their game up. I have another year and a half before this vehicle will be paid in full. I feel at this point that Ford assembled all of these vehicles and should be held accountable for selling these lemons. When you start looking at complaint after complaint from different customers all over the world then you know there is a bigger problem. I feel all the money that I have invested and still investing to save my credit has turned me away from Ford vehicles of any kind at this point.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #266

Feb 182014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 87,860 miles
Put car in reverse & it started lunging. Wrench light came on which indicates transmission problem. Took vehicle to Ford dealer and was informed there was an internal electrical failure at the throttle body unit and it had to be replaced at the cost of $1000.

- Greenbush, MI, USA

problem #265

Dec 202011


  • 140,000 miles
Throttle accelerating while brakes are applied lunging forward shutting off trouble getting up hills trying to accelerate but won't go past 30 mph transmission light is on wrench light is on traction control light is on.

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #264

Jan 262014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 74,342 miles
Loss of power with no warning while traveling at 50 mph. "wrench" indicator light comes on representing "throttle body" according to owner's manual. Indicator light for "traction control" also comes on. Car is towed to nearby auto mechanic. Next day I am told the "megatronics unit" must be replaced at a cost of $1,775 (includes recalibrating). One is located at a dealer in charlotte, N.C. they are on back order through Ford. After the unit is installed, it is determined that the transmission is no longer functional and needs replacing. According to the mechanic, there was no way to know this until the megatronics unit was replaced. In other words, it cost $1,775 to find out it would take another $4,500 - $6,000 (rebuilt vs. New) to repair. That is more than the value of the car, if it was in working order. The car is less than eight years old and averaged less than 10,000 miles per year. It has been driven primarily by my wife, a retired school teacher, and most of the mileage has been local driving. The $1,775 part can't be returned because it is now considered "used", even though it has not moved one foot. I own a car that has no trade-in value and will most likely end up in a junk yard. The mechanic tells me that even if I were willing to spend the money to repair it, no one who specializes in transmissions wants to touch it because they worry about a repeat of these problems and don't want to issue any warranty with it. I have had to purchase a vehicle with absolutely nothing of value to trade. My wife and I are both in out 60's and certainly did not anticipate having to make a purchase of this magnitude at this point in our lives. I don't think it is a stretch to expect the vehicle to have gotten well over 100,000 miles before anything close to a problem of this magnitude occurring. Instead, it got 74,342.

- Conway, SC, USA

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