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

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2006 Ford Freestyle engine problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 30)

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problem #547

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 #546

Feb 132014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while coming to a stop, the vehicle lunged forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician cleaned the throttle body. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #545

Nov 152013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle lurches when brakes are applied in forward and reverse. Happened many times. The wrench indicator light came on also when this happened. This happened many times when we first purchased the vehicle. I checks threads on the internet and saw this as a common problem. I personally cleaned the throttle body as shown on youtube by a gentleman and it fixed the problem for awhile. This happened recently to my wife as she was leaving her work parking lot at low speed. Lurched when put in gear with brakes applied. Car felt uncontrollable. We see that an investigation on this problem has begun so I would confer with other vehicle owners. More times and dates than I can remember that lurching has taken place. One time I had to slip it into neutral to stop the car and apply the brakes.

- Clarinda, IA, USA

problem #544

Nov 052013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,957 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 68 mph, the cbt transmission caused the vehicle to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the PCM transmission control had exceeded the current condition. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate mileage was 79,957. The consumer stated two days after the vehicle was purchased, the wrench light illuminated. When the wrench light illuminated, the vehicle sounded and acted like it was stuck in gear. So, the only way to alleviate the issue, was to pull over, turn the vehicle off and back on again.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #543

Aug 122011


  • 138,000 miles
Car loses acceleration power suddenly while driving or immediately after starting. Car surges forward and stalls before wrench light appears.

- Keswick, VA, USA

problem #542

Aug 012013


  • 95,000 miles
Experienced a drop in throttle response going through a curve/intersection and reduced power...pulled to the side of the road...switched off ignition and restarted. Had experienced the same situation over the past three months and found a Ford recall to clean the throttle body and reprogram the controller. Dealership now tells me that the repair is to replace the throttle body at a cost of over $800

- York, PA, USA

problem #541

Aug 082013


  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technicians stated that the throttle body would have to be cleaned under a voluntary recall. After the repair, the contact experienced hesitation while accelerating. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000. Mah

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #540

Apr 152013


  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the vehicle surged forward. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Van Etten, NY, USA

problem #539

Sep 122007


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while sitting idle at a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact was able to control the failure by applying the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #538

Sep 012012


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving under 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated automatically with no warnings when he attempted to park. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic cleaned the throttle housing but it did not fix the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. The approximate current mileage was 93,000.

- Dunkirk, NY, USA

problem #537

Aug 202012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 110,800 miles


Car lunges forward when at a stop but still on drive, brakes must be immediately applied or the car will take off by itself. Happens more when the shift is in the drive position but is being held by the brake for a period of time like in a line, a drive thru, or long traffic light. Very scary!

- Needville, TX, USA

problem #536

Jun 212012


  • 48,000 miles
Transmission went out at 50,000 miles apx. After googling I found this is common with this car. I also am currently dealing with what I think its a throttle body issue. I did a search on edmunds.com and found a 12 page thread of people have similar issues. The car with revved up and lurched backwards and also forwards which is very scary and dangerous. I've had issues with getting the car to go above a certain speed as well. I will put the car into reverse and ease my foot off the brake and not even touch the gas pedal and fly backwards. I am terrified that one of these days I will not be able to stop the car. I am going to have it fixed but from reading others experiences it only solves the problem for a year or two and then they are back to the start again. It seems even this website has over 5 pages of complaints don't you think it is time to do something?

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #535

Aug 172013


  • 114,485 miles
As of this part Friday, I had the motor mount torque insert replaced. There was bad shifting, lunging & loss of gas mileage for the past few months. I have noticed that this was not happening in the cooler weather; just since it has gotten hotter & having to run the A/C on maximum. The car was lunging by itself in reverse & drive. Drove it home; did great. Ran alot of errands today & the emission/transmission light came on; vehicle stalled, no compression. A bit of whining (transmission issues) I will get it into the mechanic Monday a.M., but from previous comments from other owners, this is a common problem. Again, definitely not a good thing w/a 2 1/2 year old in the vehicle almost all the time. Checked to see if any recalls & Ford says nothing. Looks as though the last update was in the end of 2012. Maybe Ford is going to pull this together & take care of business. This is a great car other than that.

- Holt, MO, USA

problem #534

Nov 172010


  • 100,000 miles
Vehicle is lunging forward while in park and also the transmission. There has not been an accident involving this vehicle yet but the way it is going it is a matter of time.

- Gonzales, TX, USA

problem #533

Mar 042013


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward when it was first started. In addition, when traveling at highway speeds the vehicle would lose power. The contact had to stop, shut off the vehicle and restart whenever the failure occurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the throttle body was cleaned and the PCM was re-programmed, but the failure still recurred. The failure mileage was 87,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Atwood, OK, USA

problem #532

Jun 222013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The vehicle was idle while I was waiting to enter into traffic and it lunged forward multiple time. I shut the car off and when I started it again it did not respond when I placed it in drive or reversed. After that it seems to lunge forward whenever it wants to without any reason. I started to read about related issues on line and how owners were contact about this possible issue but I was not. This is a very big safety issue.

- Suncook, NH, USA

problem #531

Jul 102013


  • 98,862 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle lunged forward unexpectedly. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem. The technician offered to clean the throttle at their expense. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,862. Returned by usps on 9/10/2013. 2nd attempt on 9/12/2013 failed.

- White Hall, AR, USA

problem #530

Jun 272013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 84,964 miles
Had gone thru fast food drive thru and parked briefly to eat. Left vehicle running with A/C on. Put vehicle in reverse to back out of parking space. Vehicle lunged backwards across the driveway. Hit brakes quickly and did not hit anyone or other cars. Then when pulling out onto main road, vehicle alternately raced and sputtered. Took to Ford dealership where they replaced throttle body for $905.30. Requested refund of repair charge under cust sat program 12N03. Denied because dealership did not note 'surge' in work order or include any trouble codes on invoice.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #529

Jun 192013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Ford Freestyle lunges when im off of park in both drive and reverse.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #528

Aug 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving down the road, press on the gas pedal to accelerate - the traction control and wrench light come on, the engine revs, rpms go up, car decelerates and won't go over 40 mph. Traction control light goes off, wrench light stays on. Have to pull off the road to stop and restart the car - wrench light goes off. Happened 5 times when I was driving over the mountain on I-40 from Tennessee to North Carolina. Not a lot of room to be stopping on the side of the road. Puts everyone in a very dangerous situation. Have been living with this for over 2 years. Have seen many other Freestyle owners with the same problem. It is time for Ford to recall the car and fix the problem.

- Maryville, TN, USA

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