really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,533 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

May 132014


  • 90,000 miles


I'm writing again. I've had a throttle body issue twice. The customer satisfaction program that Ford did was a temporary fix. Ford knew this. Ford dealership mechanics have told them it doesn't solve the issue. Less than a year after I had to the C. S. P. on my car I was stranded on side of road only to find out it was the throttle body I could have it cleaned and reprogrammed again at my cost which was nearly the same cost to replace. I had it replaced at my cost. In my situation the 1st time my car lunged forward toward wall of my home. I had to use both feet and all my weight to stop it. The 2nd time I lost power and control. All while trying to get out of heavy traffic. I could not get my car off the road and in a safe position. After this problem my ac will not work unless accelerating. And my motor went out. All this before I hit 100,000 miles. I've called Ford and filed complaints with NHTSA. All to no avail. Ford is replacing the same part for other vehicles at a full recall and no cost to the consumer my VIN# is not assoc. With recall. I feel Ford and NHTSA is ignoring the complaints from consumers this is a major safety issue. I feel that we consumers that have this problem need to file a class action lawsuit against Ford & NHTSA. Neither is addressing this serious safety issue. Ford needs to take responsibility & NHTSA needs to force them to. Continuing to ignore this issue is going to cause hearings on capital hill & a bad name for both. I will be following up with my state representative & my congress person. I intend to see that both Ford & NHTSA stop ignoring the thousands of complaints regarding this serious safety issue. If you investigate you'll find newer models than mine have the same issue. Same part same part number, mine and others of my year are not recalled while the others are & replaced. Someone better take this serious.

- Dunn, NC, USA

problem #44

Jan 012012


  • 100,000 miles
This makes the second time I have complained about this problem. It seems that Ford has no plans to rectify the "throttle body" issue although there are many that have voiced the same concern with their vehicles. This issue is a severe safety risk. I have had several incidences, all involving surging, followed by a sudden loss of power. There have also been instances of sudden loss of power upon acceleration after idling at a stop sign or red light. This happens randomly and there is no warning beforehand. Once, I was passing a truck and pulled into the passing lane and the Freestyle completely lost power. I was "hanging" in the passing lane with no power and no way to avert a collision had there been oncoming traffic or traffic behind me. Thank goodness, I had time to brake and force the Freestyle onto the shoulder. This also happenes at stop signs and red lights when I accelerate. Very dangerous.

- Allen, OK, USA

problem #43

Aug 202014


  • 110,256 miles
Takata inflators surging, transmission bad

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #42

Sep 032015


  • 60,000 miles


I was backing out of angle parking space. As I backed I bumped concrete pole. As I put car in drive to go forward the accelerator stuck wide open. I had no control of speed. I sped forward approximately 20 feet and crashed into the back of a parked pick-up. Police were called. I was only bruised and sore. I did see a dr. And will continue to do follow up. My insurance co. Totaled the car. It was very damaged on the driver side. Someone could of been killed in this accident. My description does not adequately describe the seriousness of this incident. Police and others could not believe I was not severely hurt. If theses cars are not recalled it is only a matter of time until someone dies if they have not already.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #41

Jun 072015


  • 150,000 miles
My vehicle has been surging (the gas) when I am at a complete stop for about a month and this week the car began to lose power while driving. The motor seemed to rev up, but the car didn't go anywhere very quickly. I took the car to a mechanic and he did a "3 part induction" on the vehicle. I am hoping that this will cure the problem since when I put "3 part induction" into the search engine in the computer I came up with a Ford Freestyle problems page with quite a few other people with the same issues. So I spent $150 for a cleaning and if that does not work I understand that I'll need to spend over $1,000 for replacement of the parts. I have also recently had brake issues. I just had my brake rotors and pads replaced 6 months ago for almost $600. Took the car back the other day because so much brake dust on the wheels. Back brakes are getting too hot and grinding.I was told the the hoses and the calipers on the back are both bad. They want $800 to replace them - then since the brake pads have a lifetime warranty they will replace them again. Going broke over here.....

- New Athens, IL, USA

problem #40

May 262015


  • 170,000 miles
I was driving my car and the wrench indicator came on, my car would not accelerate. I've taken my car to the repair shop and was infromed there is a known issued with Ford Freestyle 2005-2006 and the cvt transmission. I reviewed and it appears Ford knows this is an issue, but refuses to recall/repair it. I will be seeking legal action if Ford does not pursue a recall on this vehicle and it's known issue with the cvt transmission.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #39

Sep 042013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


When it had the air condition on I kept jumping. I was scared it was going hit another car. Then I was on the expressway going 60 trying to pass a semi to get over and to get off and the car lost all power (shut off)omg panic. Started it up about 10 times before I got it back home.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #38

Apr 152010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
I would be sitting in line at school to pick up grand daughter with air on, let off brake to move forward and car would surge this continued, but fortunately I wasn't picking her up as often. I could not turn air on. My Freestyle now only has 58,947miles(approx.). sometime in 2012 I received a letter from Ford offering to clean the throttle body. I had it cleaned then it sounded like a truck and smelled like gas. The last few months it dies on the highway. I'm afraid to drive on busy roads. I had my car diagnosed, they say it is the throttle body which is messing up the computer. I have contacted Ford distributor to no avail. I am trying to get funds together to take care of this problem. I understand this is not an isolated case. The problem might be that Ford only sold Freestyles for a few years.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #37

Jun 202012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I was pulling into a parking space and car surged. It went up over the curb ind into some shrubs and pushed over sign.second occurence was Saturday July 6th 2014. I was in a parking deck and the car surged on and off as I was attempting to find a parking space. We avoided multiple mishaps by shifting from drive to neutral and hitting the brakes hard. The situation was very hazardous because of crowded vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This vehicle needs an immediate recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #36

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 #35

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 #34

Jan 022013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
There is a recall on the thottle body on the engine toke to a Ford dealer had it repaired to what they wanted to fix afterwards it made matters worse now car will stall out when stopping or taking off or stopping to make turn almost been hit in the side a dozen times or more and almost rear ended same amount I feel that now it is become a true safety issue and talk to Ford dealer that did the work and they said only thing they can do is replace it at 700 dollars when it was there refix that made madders worst.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #33

Jan 092013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 133,500 miles
On February 11th I had the recall done that reflashed computer and cleaned throttle body. The 12th and 13 it was unseasonably warm and the vehicle ran great. On the 14th the vehicle would not move at all. The temp was below 15 degrees. I could not drive my car for a month. When the temps went up into the 20's the car ran fine. I called the dealer to report the problem and was informed that the recall could only be completed once. On March 7th I cleaned the throttle body myself and found a ring of carbon around the butterfly. After cleaning the car was running good again. This was less than 400 miles after the recall had been completed. The symptoms of the jerking have gone away with the cleaning. The continuous problem seems to be the engine and malfunction light will come on and the vehicle reduces power and speed. Seems to be at lower temperatures. Yesterday it was 20 out and it did this. I have inspected the air and vacuum hoses to the throttle body and cannot find any loose, or broken. I have sprayed around throttle body gaskets while vehicle is running and can find no vacuum leaks. I don't think this is completely a throttle body issue. I believe the cvt transmission is to blame. In November I had the transmission fluids and sump filter changed. I did this because of the complaints of early transmission failure. Usually the failure occurs when vehicle is under load, ie going up hills etc. And appears to be temperature related.

- Lewiston, MI, USA

problem #32

Oct 022012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,349 miles
For about 6 months prior to 10/02/12 I began to have intermittent problems with my Freestyle lunging forward in drive and your foot was on the brake, or lunging backwards at slow speeds in the same scenario. It had gotten so bad that troubles started bleeding over into the gears not catching when I put it in drive or reverse. It was throwing tons of codes, so I ended up having it towed to the dealership. They read the codes and said the throttle body needed to be replaced and hopefully after it's replaced the other codes will go away. So after a bill of $1038. The throttle body was fixed, or was it" my problems only continued, now we were into the cvt transmission. With my car still throwing tons of codes, it was determined that the tranny was bad. As I hung my head low, knowing what this involved, I kept trying to reset the codes and see how long she would go before she gave up again. 3 tows later and to a transmission shop, I ended up with a $3000 rebuilt transmission :-( the throttle body is a known issue, but yet Ford doesn't have a recall and is allowing its loyal customers to pay out the ying-yang for this thing. The tranny, the same thing, because it's a cvt 'very special and no one works on them' lol, tons of people have done the same thing and only had the option to replace the tranny. I am so upside down in my car and tried like hell to get into another one but to no avail, did I mention I only have 75,000 miles on my car"! this is a tragedy to me. I've been a loyal Ford owner for my entire life, and it saddens me to see so many customers that have the same car and are getting shafted because 'big money' doesn't want to address an obviously dangerous issue. Hoping that by stating my concerns and what I had to go through that something will be done. I have my receipts and that's great and all but I'm also out $4,000...in this economy, that sucks for me.

- Lake Hughes, CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 062011


  • 131,000 miles
On increasingly frequent occasions, my 2006 Ford Freestyle sel fwd vehicle has surged (or lunged) during very low/0 speed maneuvers, such as turning into, or backing out of a parking space/garage; queuing up in a right or left turn lane, or waiting at a stop light/sign for traffic to clear; or navigating tight passages, I.e., parking garage exit lanes and drive-through lanes. The problem seems to be exacerbated by hot weather and/or A/C operation and/or steering wheel movement. This problem had occurred prior to 9/6/2011, but with very rare frequency. Now however, I am experiencing this problem on an almost daily basis. I am deeply concerned that there is a real safety issue developing with this model. If I don't have my foot firmly planted on the brake, the car can surge (fairly rapidly) forward or backward a good 10 - 20 feet.

- Nipomo, CA, USA

problem #30

Oct 242011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 95,881 miles
Lost power from the engine causing lost speed. Unable to accelerate. Engine sputtered. Since the first episode, I have had continued episodes. Typically worse when the engine warms up. Car completely stopped and was unable to restart the engine on a trip of about 75 miles. Had to have the car towed to a local dealership. We have replaced ignition coil, spark plug, intake manifold gaskets, throttle body assembly without improvement of the condition.

- East Sparta, OH, USA

problem #29

Mar 182012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My car was parked and idling with the air conditioning on (husband was in the passenger's seat, and kids in the back and it was very hot), I got into the car, put it in to reverse with my foot on the brake and it surged backwards going very fast. It almost hit a lady but I was able to slam down hard on the brakes and stop it. I then drove it limping along because it wouldn't' shift, to the nearest dealer. There they replaced the throttle body and some fluids and charged me $1000. It hasn't happened since but now that I know it is a common problem and can reoccur, I am looking for another vehicle to replace this one.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #28

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 #27

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 #26

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

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