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 7 of 17)

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problem #203

Oct 132012


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while sitting at a stop sign, the vehicle began to accelerate independently. The driver of the vehicle depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and the vehicle would hardly move. Also, the contact stated that the vehicle would skip gears when accelerating and a wrench light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #202

Oct 152012


  • 128,750 miles
So many issues with the transmission not sure where to start. Car was running fine yesterday and then today car had the wrench light on and lost power on the expressway at about 75 mph. Turned the card off and the light was still on but at least I got partial power. The car shudders and won't shift and sometimes when I push the gas pedal nothing happens. When I am stopped car will lunge forward even with my foot on the brake. Called several Ford dealerships and they said they are not certified to work on that type of trans but they will replace it for 7000.00!!!! I have read so many posts with the exact same issue. Why is there no recall"? I could have been killed!!! or worse my kids could have been hurt. Doesn't anyone care enough to do something"

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #201

Sep 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 97,758 miles
The car lunging in drive, it accelerate, and stay in the wrong gear, only way to stop the car is turn off the ignition switch.

- St.Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #200

Aug 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


The car would lunge forward when I would take my foot off the brake before I could get my foot to the gas pedal. Then started to lunge at low speeds in traffic...now it will lose power to the transmission and I will have to pull over, turn the car off, then start it again. This has happened in the city and on the highway when traveling 65mph in traffic.

- Vermilion, OH, USA

problem #199

Oct 102012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Cvt transmission must be replaced. Our 2006 Ford Freestyle whines when in neutral or park. The whine continues (at a lower decibel) when driving. Our ase certified tech told us that this problem is common with this type of car and is fully described in Ford's tsb 06-11-4. Ford is unwilling to assist us with the cost of the repair. A quick internet search tells interested parties that this is a very common problem with this car and this type of transmission. Further, it is our opinion that this repair should be covered by Ford since many, many owners have the same problem. Please issue a recall for this very costly repair.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #198

Jul 092012


  • 112,000 miles
The throttle body unit was malfunctioning causing the vehicle to strain, lurch, and accelerate without depression of accelerator. The throttle body was cleaned and then about 2 months after, the malfunction returned. After extensive research, I viewed dozens of similar complaints, some at low speeds in parking lots, in which pedestrians were almost struck.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #197

Sep 132010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,154 miles


My car would die and then start again. It also would surge forward with the brake applied. The dealer said it was the throttle body and replaced it, which was not covered on the extended warranty plan. It is now happening again (September of 2012). I have researched this and found that many people have said they have had the same problem, some replacing this part twice during their ownership of the vehicle. This is an extremely expensive problem and it needs to be investigated. It should not be something that has to be fixed multiple times. I feel that a recall on this vehicle should be made.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #196

Aug 142010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 74,593 miles
.while stopped in traffic, this vehicle will, without warning, lunge forward. This has happened many many times. I have been told that the problem is the throttle body, a part that cost around 900 dollars. I feel that Ford should fix this problem because of the serious safety implications.

- Ashville, OH, USA

problem #195

Sep 192012


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford freestar. The contact stated that while driving, the transmission would not engage into reverse or park. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who located the failure at the torque converter, which was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 175,000.

- Brunswick , GA, USA

problem #194

Sep 212012


  • 76,100 miles
When I stop the car at a traffic light or any stop, the car is accelerated. And have problems to run again. This is the second time I have to replaced the throttle body.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #193

Sep 012012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The transmission has to be replaced with only 65,000 at a cost of $6000. Ford is aware of cvt transmission defects and failure in it's 2005 thru 2007 Freestyles, yet it has done nothing to assist its customers with this issue, despite numerous complaints from the vehicle owners including myself.

- Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #192

Dec 082009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 119,205 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle lurches forward at 0 to 5 mph. The lurching occurs even if I do not press the pedal. It is dangerous at intersections and when trying to park. A mechanic replaced the egr valve and it is still lurching forward..from what I have found on the internet it seems that many others are having the same problem with this vehicle.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #191

May 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2006 Ford lunges. It also loses power and cuts off while trying to drive. This happens everywhere and anywhere. Even if my foot is on the brake it will lunge forward or backward it does no discriminate. This happens all the time. It's also worse when the air conditioning is on. This could potentially be a serious situation on the highways and local streets, if the car is just cutting off while driving down the road. Lunging forward/backward could become potentially serious as well. I really hope that Ford takes responsibility for these issues. Especially since they stopped making the Freestyle what 3 yrs later. It seems to me that they realized there was some kind of an issue why else would they quit making it? I have to say other than that major problem of lunging and going through rear brakes the car itself is wonderful and not my first Ford. I love Ford vehicles, unfortunately I am a little disappointed with this one. If Ford would take responsibility and fix it that would be great! I can't afford to fix it nor get another vehicle. I feel like I have a lemon on my hands.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #190

Aug 282012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at any speed the vehicle shakes violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the caused of the failure was the transmission and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and did not offer any additional assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 135,000.

- Fort Wayne , IN, USA

problem #189

Aug 302012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 73,176 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle at low speeds all of a sudden lunges both in reverse or in drive.

- Faribault, MN, USA

problem #188

Sep 012012


  • 78,000 miles
Anytime I go from park to reverse or drive at idle speed my car lunges. On this particular day I was backing out of a parking spot. The car lunged so hard it through codes and the wrench on the dash lite up and car lost all acceleration power. I parked the car and drove it the next day and the power was back and the wrench was not lite anymore. It really scares me to drive this car.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #187

Sep 032012


  • 80,000 miles
At a very low speed the throttle body stuck open, and the car lunged backwards. I had to slam on the breaks hard to not zoom out into the parking lot into a passing car. The check engine, "wrench" light came on and the lunging kept continuing both in forward and reverse for several seconds. Finally, it appeared to stop once I put the car in neutral, and I was able to back out of the parking space. After that, there was something definitely wrong with the throttle itself. I was unable to accelerate into traffic at the necessary rate. This is a reoccurring problem as there are hundreds if not thousands of reports and complaints about 2005-2006 Freestyles and 500S. I would hope that Ford would do the right thing and recall this part for the safety of their customers and everyone on the roadway.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #186

Aug 172012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have owned my 2006 Ford Freestyle for just over a year....in this short time I have had it in the shop twice, both for major repairs. The first time was within weeks of my driving it off the lot; all of a sudden my car stopped recognizing the key (I guess it's a smart key with a chip embedded in it). I had to get my car towed to two dealerships before the second one had it for multiple days before getting it back. This time I was leaving the store with my daughters. I started my car and shifted the gear to drive and although my car made the accelerating sound, it went absolutely nowhere. I then tried to reverse it and put it in neutral to see what it would do. I once again had to get it towed to two different dealerships and it has now been at the current dealership for over a week and they are having to disassemble my transmission to determine what is wrong with it. I did a very generic search on google for recalls on my car and stumbled upon www.edmunds.com where there are numerous complaints about transmission issues in the 2006 and 2007 Ford Freestyles as well as lunging issues. My car did this once while I was driving my children to school. I was turning a curb and felt it accelerate immediately and it shocked me so that I threw on my brakes and almost caused an accident. Out of this letter, I would like to see a recall on the 2006 Ford Freestyles for transmission issues where the manufacturer would be responsible for negligence in making these cars and repairs associated with it. This is my third car that I have owned and my first Ford car. After these issues in such a short time of ownership I promise you it will be my last Ford. Very unhappy Freestyle owner!!! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #185

Apr 092012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My complaint mirrors verbatim others related to the May 2011 investigation opened into the "lunging" at slow speeds for the 05-07 Ford Freestyle. The ac, hot temps, & lunging. One occurrence traveling 60mph & began to "stall out" & slow on major highway with three children in car. Any pressure on fuel pedal no result. Busy traffic, could only travel max 35-40mph. Put flashers on & struggled to make it to repair shop. Turned off ac in 100 degree heat to get any kind of response from engine. I was worried & feared for mine & my children's safety. Vehicle would barely accelerate thru intersection after stopping for red light. Finally made it to shop. Vehicle was placed on machine. Codes appeared: P061B alter fuel control module error, P2106 throttle actuator forced limited. Took vehicle to Ford house & explained issues as well as codes from previous shop. Was told would be $100 for Ford to hook up for a dx. If the codes I had were same, would cost est $800 to repair. As mom of 3 & who drives great distances for work, this repair asap. Have had many occasions if not had foot firmly on brake the vehicle would've caused a wreck at stop light, pulling into, out of parking lots, etc. Car literally drives itself in D/R at 10mph with no acceleration at all after placing in D/R. on 8-12-12 was in drive thru line & car lunged at high rate of speed forward after barely lifting foot off brake. Came mm from slamming into vehicle in front. Put car in P & the vehicle died. Wrench/engine light came on. Turned engine off, turned ac off & restarted the car. I can only imagine what would've happened if this had occurred at a stop light in a busy intersection? this issue is a fatality waiting to happen. This cannot be a fluke random issue if you have rec'd 238 prior complaints regarding the exact same issue. I urge NHTSA to place a recall, if for the only reason to save lives. Updated 08-03-12 updated 09/07/2012

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #184

Sep 292009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Issues with throttle body, the wrench light has come on multiple times while driving at low speeds(under 45mph) the can will randomly lurch at low speeds, having the air conditioner on seems to make the problem worse. The way the car jolts and jumps is unpredictable and makes the vehicle unsafe. This problem has been happening since we purchased the car, and after years and many trips to the Ford dealer the problem will stop for only a few days or few months and then the same problem starts all over again. Also other owners of Ford Freestyles made either IN2005 or 2006 have also experiences the same exact problems I have experienced. I strongly feel this car should be recalled due to the safety issues.

- Randolph, MA, USA

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