really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,887 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 13 of 30)

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problem #347

Aug 022010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


I have now had the diagnostic ran and the bad throttle body came in. I contacted Ford and filed a complaint and request for financial assistance. There are hundreds of blog entries with this same issue. It is dangerous and some people are buying new cars because of it. I do not have this luxury. The repair is going to cost around $750 which I cannot afford either. If Ford knows about this, and it is currently under investigation, then why is there no recall? this car is a danger on the roads. We are being put in harms way every day, and now to boot we are having to replace a defective part that owners have had issues with for the past 2 years. The posts I have read are from all across the country, with people having the exact same issues. We are being taken advantage of. Please make them do something about this. Sounds a lot like Toyota.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #346

Sep 012010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
When the motor is running and I put it in gear either in reverse or forward the car lunges. It also happens at stop signs or red lights. If the car is stopped and I remove my foot from the brake, it lunges. It will stop if I hit the brake.

- Imperial, PA, USA

problem #345

Jul 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,352 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle lurches and surges. When put into gear my Freestyle will lurch violently and while driving it will surge power. While sitting and in gear power surges and lurches forward forcing the driver to press the brake hard to keep the car from jumping forward. While cruising power will surge without input from the driver.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #344

May 022011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


We have a 2006 Freestyle and are experiencing a lunging problem when sitting idle. It happens in reverse or drive. Fortunately, we have been alert and applied the breaks before running in to something or someone. This is not a good situation and it is a matter of time before someone gets hurt. One other thing, we only have 65,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #343

May 152011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While a stopped at a traffic stop with the air conditioner activated, the vehicle lunged forward abnormally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #342

Oct 012010


  • 38,000 miles
When driving, my car loses power. Sometimes when moving slowly, I engage the gas pedal and lose power. Sometimes when I engage the gas to move from a stopped position, my car will start to go and then lose power. The car does not shut off, it just won't move, and then suddenly does. The dealer replaced the throttle body, but this is still happening. They said unless they can get the problem to happen when they are driving it, there is nothing they can do to help further. This is very scary and I'm sure it's a matter of time before there is an accident. When I put my car in reverse, sometimes it revs up before actually moving. I have had many problems with this vehicle, starting in the 20,000 miles. Bad window motor, bad brakes, intermittent dash board clearance, air conditioning mechanism leaking into car. The dealer did replace the window motor, brakes and air conditioning problem, but had no explanation on the dash lights resetting. My paint is bubbling up on the hood of my car. Ford offered to fix this for $850. The bubbling started at 39,000 miles. I did not pay them to fix this, as I feel Ford should be responsible for this. When Ford had my car last, they replaced a sway bar and did not tighten the nut, I then had the ABS light come on and they replaced the wheel speed sensor and tightened the nut. My car clunked so bad, I fear that this caused additional suspension problems. I've always had noise in the front end, especially on a tight turn. The greased the front end, but that does not fix the problem. Today, my car only has 45,000 miles on it, but unfortunately, my warranty is up and I know that one day when I put my foot on the gas pedal, it's not going to move. I was told by a Ford service rep. That the cvt transmission cannot be replaced, so when it does fail, I'm out of luck, there is no repair for this. Recall please

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #341

Sep 022011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


I'm having the same problems as I've seen in many of the complaints that are already posted within your site. When you put the Ford Freestyle in reverse it will lunge very quickly and when you apply the brakes it will stall out. This also happens when its in gear and worries me since this is the car my 17 year old drives while attending school states away. I just had the throttle body replaced which was a wasted $380 as the car still lunges. Car is sitting in the yard not knowing what to do with it. I would like to know what Ford is doing about this problem. Is it a transmission problem, torque converter or electrical harness? what's the fix. Seems that someone should know and Ford needs to take action before someone gets killed.

- Dunkirk, MD, USA

problem #340

Sep 082009


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated when the air conditioner was activated, the vehicle would stall without warning and sporadically, the vehicle would lunge forward or backward abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer where the dealer advised that there were no failures and the occurrences were normal for the particular vehicle. The dealer did not perform a diagnostic but advised that the engine would produce greater rpms when the air conditioner was activated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #339

Dec 012010


  • 70,000 miles
When I am idle or just driving around local, the car is accelerating on its own. Very dangerous. I have adjusted my driving habits around this issue, but took it in this morning because the car will not start without pressing the gas pedal. I have read on the internet that there are many people that are having the same issue, but Ford has not issued a recall. I cannot afford to make the repairs that others have detailed, and they say that the problem comes back after the repairs are made.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #338

May 202011


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward while the brakes were applied. The failure recurred intermittently and most frequently when the air conditioner was activated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Naples, NY, USA

problem #337

Sep 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,500 miles


During hot weather, on multiple occasions, my newly-purchased 2006 Ford Freestyle will "lunge" wildly when initially placed in either reverse or drive, requiring heavy application of the brakes to keep it from running away. The vehicle has a "wrench" light (indicating a powertrain or transmission fault) and an "engine" light (I.e., check engine) which both come on when this occurs. Typically turning the ignition off and restarting the car will temporarily resolve the problem, however occasionally the check engine light will remain on while driving for a day or so afterward. This behavior has not been exhibiting itself since the weather turned cooler. I don't know what difference that makes, but it does seem to make some difference.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #336

May 012006


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge forward while driving at low speeds. The failure would also occur while driving in reverse and both failures occurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was eventually taken to an authorized dealer, where the contact was informed that the throttle body control was defective. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 89,090.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #335

Jun 012009


  • miles
Ford Freestyle surges, moving the vehicle when brake is lightly held.

- Los Alamos, NM, USA

problem #334

Jun 182010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My husband was stopped at a red light. All of a sudden the car just went forward through the light, even though he was holding the brake pedal down. Thankfully no cars hit us. We thought perhaps it was just something weird that happened. I continued to drive it and it happened two more times. I called Ford. They told me that there was no recall and I should take it to a Ford dealership to have it tested. The dealership said that they had this happen on quite a few of their cars, and that even though the computer didn't show anything, they recommended that we have a new throttle put in the car. We did and paid $800. To have it done. We had also talked to a different mechanic who also confirmed that he had quite a few Ford come in with this same problem. Ford told us that they would not pay for it unless there was a recall. They car was not safe to drive, therefore we paid for the repair.

- Princeton, TX, USA

problem #333

Aug 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
When parallel parking, the car surged backward and I had to stomp on the brake to prevent it from crashing into the car behind me. I then began to pull forward and it once again lunged, this time I was quicker on the brake and noted that the rpms shot up momentarily before it settled down again. The problem continues to occur, always at low speeds, most often when in reverse. It has occurred a few times when pulling forward into our garage. I am afraid to park near other cars wary that it will cause a collision.

- Marionville, MO, USA

problem #332

Sep 012011


  • 110,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle while driving on highway (60+ mph) engine feels as though it is in neutral. Push on gas pedal, rpms rev up to 4K-5K and car does not accelerate. Wrench light illuminates and need to pull car over to restart it. Car works fine after restarting for a bit, and then will act up again. Have read multiple reports of this happening to same vehicle so it is currently at the mechanic to have the throttle body cleaned to see if this resolves issue.

- Lyman, ME, USA

problem #331

Jul 102011


  • miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The car has been surging forward and backwards, for the last year and a half, with or without the A/C on. The first time I took it back to Ford, they told me there was nothing wrong. Now, we try not to use the A/C and drive/brake very cautiously.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #330

Jun 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The car surges when at low speeds, idling and in reverse. We first noticed it in reverse. This is more apparent when the A/C is on. We are unsure exactly when this started to occur so the date above is a close guess. The surging is definitely happening now. If it happens we have to step very firmly on the brake because the car wants to jump forward. We have also had the wrench light come on. When the vehicle was still under warranty we had it looked at by the dealer but we were told that they could not reproduce the problem. I searched the internet and have discovered that others are having the same or similar problem as I am.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #329

Aug 292011


  • 95,080 miles
My auto serviceman found my throttle body to be faulty. He mentioned a service report was published by Ford due to the number of failures Ford was having with this part.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #328

Jun 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated at rapid speeds and the contact was not depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

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