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 30 of 30)

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problem #7

Jun 212009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to lose power and decrease in speed. The vehicle would not gain speed when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The throttle control transmission light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that this was a common failure. A diagnostic test was performed and the failure ceased when the vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact drove to her residence. The dealer stated that a diagnostic could not be performed unless the failure was present. They assumed that the failure was due to the throttle body of the engine. The failure recurred a month later while the vehicle was idling. The contact placed the vehicle into reverse and then back into drive. The vehicle accelerated and quickly stalled. The emission system light illuminated and the failure occurred three times in one day. The following day, the light remained illuminated, but there was no failure. They took the vehicle to the Ford dealer for diagnostic testing, which confirmed the throttle body failure. Through research, the contact verified that this was a common failure with her make and model vehicle. The manufacturer stated that they would not be responsible for the repairs. The vehicle is currently at the contact's residence waiting to be repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 71,000. Updated 09/14/09. Updated 09/14/09 updated 09/16/09.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 212009


  • 70,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle - pulling into parking space and braking, car surged forward narrowly stopping before hitting rock wall. Car had been surging occasionally when stopped at traffic light, putting car in reverse to back up. Problem has been ongoing for more than a year. Two trips to local dealer with complaint of problem. They could not duplicate problem, therefore kept no record of vehicle being brought in. Occurrence of surging had increased in the past few weeks, becoming more noticeable after transmission was replaced to the point of happening about 4 of 10 times you step on the brake to stop. On July 24, 2009 took vehicle back to dealer and they were able to duplicate surging. Told me that it was the throttle body -needs replacing- very common problem. Part on backorder until November, 2009. Told them that I felt that this was becoming a safety issue. Was given the number for Ford's customer relationship center. Called the customer relationship center that same day. Crc rep that I spoke with again told me that this was a common problem and that the part was on backorder until November. Ford is changing the vendor who supplies this part and that is part of the delay. I asked her who was responsible if in applying the brakes an accident happened, she said that she couldn't answer that question. I told her that I felt this was a safety issue with the vehicle and she told me that if I was concerned for my safety that I probably should not drive the vehicle. I asked about the length of time before a replacement could be obtained and was told that vehicles still in the 36,000 mile warranty will be replaced first, then those with the extended warranty (which I have) and finally those in which the warranty has expired. If Ford has had a large number of the throttle bodies to need replacing (as both the dealership and the crc rep stated), why has Ford not sent out a warning or done a recall of vehicles to check for this faulty part.

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 232009


  • 68,000 miles
Since the car was new the engine would surge slightly when placed in reverse. Turning the steering wheel while stopped seemed to accentuate the condition. In the last week the surging has become dangerous. The engine revs excessively and makes it difficult to control the car when backing up. Several times I came close to hitting cars and objects behind me. The last time this happened it was all I could do to get the car stopped in time before hitting cars parked behind me. The service indicator (wrench) light then came on and the car entered limp-in mode. The engine was turned off and restarted. The car behaved normally at that point but was taken directly to the local Ford service department. They indicated a failed etb (electronic throttle body) and a total cost to repair of over $800. Part is not available locally. They say it will take several days to come in.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009


  • 61,171 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Whenever the contact depresses the brake pedal to stop the vehicle, the vehicle accelerates. She took the vehicle to auto zone and they performed a diagnostic. There were no failure codes. The contact called the dealer, but will not bring the vehicle in for inspection due to the cost. The failure mileage was 61,171.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 272008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 36,935 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The vehicle jerked forward when the contact attempted to place it into gear. Afterwards, the engine sputtered and shut off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the throttle body unit was the cause of the failure. Since the vehicle was out of warranty, the dealer only charged her $142 for the repair. The contact asked the dealer if the vehicle was safe to drive and was informed that it may not start. Most recently, she was informed that the throttle could stick and she may be unable to stop the vehicle. The contact was also informed that there was no dealer in the United States that had the part required for the repair. The current and failure mileages were 36,935. Updated 09/16/08 updated 09/18/08.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 182006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 320 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While driving the vehicle at speeds ranging from 25 to 55 mph and attempting to apply the brakes it began shaking and vibrating. While steering the vehicle and turning, the tires rubbed the inner walls. The fuel gauge and speedometer failed on 2 occasions after adding the maximum amount of fuel to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 320. The dealer was unable to diagnose the vehicle on six occasions. The current mileage was 1,300.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 092006

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
Bought a 2006 Freestyle less than 24 hours ago. Noticed the A/C not working and the acceleration not working and lots of smoke. Pulled over off the highway and then the car broke down approximately 18 hours after the deal was done with 45 miles on the car.

- Newtown Square, PA, USA

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