really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,632 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle fuel system problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Aug 012007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 13,500 miles


Vehicle is a 2006 Ford Freestyle limited all wheel drive...often, when idling with the transmission in drive and foot on brake, the engine rpms will increase without pressing the accelerator and the car will lunge forward until extreme pressure is applied to the brake pedal. Sometimes, especially when in reverse and the car lunges as described, the car will stall after lunging and the check engine light will come on. Upon restarting the engine, the car will run, but in a limited capacity with the check engine light on. Stopping the car, turning the car off, and then restarting the car, clears the check engine light and the car will operate normally. This seems to occur more often when ambient temperature is around or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Since we purchased the car new in 2006, this has occurred at least 50 times.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #62

Sep 262011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle is absolutely the worst made car I have ever owned! throttle body problem... 50,000 miles, check! ac compressor goes bad.... 60,000 miles, check! and now beginning at 79,000 miles the cvt transmission is trashed! $6000 to fix and you can't even get a new one! I drove it knowing it would go bad another 3000+ miles because I was destined to spend a lot of money either way. The mechanic actually suggested I trade it in when it began. Would that have been fair to whomever bought it" these are all common early mileage problems with the Freestyles! there are numerous posts about other owners with the same problems, especially these three and there are a couple more that fortunately I have dodged to this point. What is Ford going to do? just let those of us who bought Freestyles with cvt suffer. What about the fact that you stopped using the cvt transmission on the Taurus X? why" I think we know based on the numerous cvt failures at such low mileage. But not low enough to be covered by warranty.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #61

Sep 112011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle surges while in reverse and while in drive at stop lights or when backing out of a parking space. Have came close to surging out into the intersection and almost surged out into the path of another car in a parking lot.

- Francisco, IN, USA

problem #60

Nov 102010


  • 49,948 miles


Car will intermittently and suddenly surge forward or backward while in 0 speed condition such as during parallel parking and moving the shift lever from D to R or R to D. rpms increase during the surge without anything touching the accelerator pedal.it is required to slam the brake pedal to keep the car from hitting whatever or whoever is in front or rear of the vehicle. Very scary and dangerous! this is a "popular" problem with 2005-2007 Freestyles and is now known to be caused by a defective throttle body. Replacement cost is anywhere from $800-$1000 at a Ford dealership. This is clearly a safety issue that need to result in a vehicle recall for repair.

- Audubon, PA, USA

problem #59

Aug 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Car lurches usually when putting it into drive or reverse. Last week it lurched into oncoming traffic while pulling out of sonic drive-in, then it lost power scaring the bejesus out of the whole family. Fortunately traffic was able to stop in time for us to limp out of the way. Took it to a dealership they said the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. Got to checking and it appears to be a re-occurring theme with this car. Worried if I spend the $500-$900 to have it repaired it will do it again down the road in a year or two or 30,000 miles.

- Powhattan, KS, USA

problem #58

Aug 222011


  • 58,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle surges anytime it is in idle with the ac on. If placed in park with ac on it surges once placed into gear. I have written Ford and they passed the buck to you. This has occurred multiple times and continues to occur everytime I drive for more than 10 min. Consequences: Multiple times I have come within inches of rear ending another car...one time it pushed me into on-coming traffic...I am waiting for you all to hold Ford accountable and make them recall the Freestyle as this a defect and there is already a class action suit filed against them for this...I wonder how many people will have to be seriously injured or die for you all to pay attention.,

- New River, AZ, USA

problem #57

Jun 292011


  • 78,000 miles


While starting my car and attempting to back up, it started sputtering, wouldn't reverse, and then the engine reved and it lurched backwards. I immediately hit the brake and put it in park. The engine altered between sputtering, lunging, and then it reved on it its own while in park and with no acceleration. I turned off the ignition, waited a minute, and started it again, this time with no problem. About 2 weeks later, the same incident happened while I was trying to pull forward in a parking lot but this time the engine kept stalling. I had it towed to the auto dealer who tried recalibrating a computer sensor but warned that it "may be the throttle body but that would be very unusual." After another incident, the dealer replaced the throttle body (this past Monday) but same incident happened last night, this time leaving us stranded in the middle of a four lane road. After several attempts at turning off and then turning on the car, we were able to hobble to a parking lot where we turned off the car and sat for 5 minutes. It was then fine, and we drove home. We did notice that the A/C would cut in and out on its own during the 30 minute trip home. It is the shop again as I write this.

- Salem, CT, USA

problem #56

Aug 072011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The car often lungs, revs up, without warning or having your foot on the accelerator. It seems to be getting more consistant. It does not matter if the ac is on or not.

- Rocky Point, NC, USA

problem #55

Jul 282011


  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle surged forward while parking and backward while exiting parking space. Has continued to occur since.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #54

Jul 182011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 93,275 miles
My mom owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. It had a throttle body failure that cost her $835 to replace on 7-21-2011. This is outrageous!!!! it's understandable that mechanical things will fail but this is an obvious safety issue. The car began to "surge" and lurch forward, mainly when parking. My mom actually bumped the front of the car port!!! the vehicle also died multiple times while sitting at red lights over the course of about 3 weeks... when she needed to take off, it stalled and would not accelerate... this is an extreme safety hazard and Ford needs to make this right! reimburse my mom! she's on a fixed income and can't afford to pay for Ford's mistakes, not to mention she could have had an accident causing damage to her vehicle or someone else, or worse yet personal injury to her or someone else!!!!!! do the right thing... step up an recall this throttle body... there is already a tsb out on it.. (05-25-13) so it's a known issue. What will it take to get this fixed"... does someone have to get hurt or killed???"

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #53

Jul 272011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


2006 Ford Freestyle lungs forward or reverse when car is put in drive or reverse and brake ir released it will set a orange wrench indicator that can be reset by shutting off car this is very dangerous in parking lots have nearly hit other cars.

- East Earl, PA, USA

problem #52

Jun 152010


  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle lunges at a stop or at low speeds (under 5mph). Problem seems to be worse with extreme temps. Outside (0-30 F. & 85-100 F). Vehicle will sometimes stall when this occurs and brake is applied to stop vehicle. There is no indication when this will happen. Problem seems to come and go randomly.

- Geneva, OH, USA

problem #51

Jul 232011


  • 61,000 miles
Car accelerated unexpectedly, to the point of having to hold the brake while the tires were still spinning in the gravel. After this the dashboard wrench and check engine light came on. Car also stopped while in traffic several times. After taking car to Ford dealership for service, we were told the throttle body was malfunctioning and caused this problem. While the car is still under warranty we were advised this part was not covered under the warranty at a cost of $700 to us. We have no problem with the dealership, our problem is with Ford Motor Company. Why is there no recall!! this is a dangerous situation.

- Sophia, NC, USA

problem #50

Jun 122011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
When I run my A/C in my 2006 Ford Freestyle and will be trying to back up my car will shut off and my check engine light will come on. Today while driving forward my car sputtered and the orange wrench light came on. Once I stopped I turned off the car and it turned back on and the lights stayed off. I drove home without any problems but I was not using the A/C. I only notice it when I drive with the A/C on which it is summer so it has been happening quite frequently. Sometimes when I am driving through town with stop lights it will lurch forward and I am afraid I am going to hit the car in front of me or even someone walking in front of me. I took the car to walmart with the check engine light on before while getting my oil changed and they recommended me to use fuel injection cleaner and it seems to make the check engine light go off but does not help my backing up and shutting off problem or my going forward and the car lurching. I am afraid that driving with 4 children under the age of 10 that something will happen with them in the car.

- Berlin, PA, USA

problem #49

Jul 242011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
First sign was when leaving a mall parking space; placed car into reverse to back up, motor surged and car leaped backwards unexpectedly nearly striking a passing car and pedestrians. Put transmission into'd' to pull back into space and transmission dash indicator illuminated and the car died. Various iterations of restarting the engine, putting the car in gear and then either surging under full power or dying until we got to an auto parts store to see if they could read any codes for the problem. The shop was very nice but unable to determine anything conclusive so we limped along to the nearest Ford dealership where we learned the throttlebody had failed.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

problem #48

Jul 222011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,247 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle I pulled off the interstate stopped at a stop sign when I went to pull away the car lunged forward almost hitting another car and died 3 times the check engine light came on. I went to pull back on the interstate and had no power had my foot to the floor and could barely get to 30 mph. I am an automotive tech took the car to work and pulled the codes po61B internal control torque calculation and P2106 throttle control system. After researching the codes I found that alot of people have experienced the same problem with the same codes and had to replace the throttle body. I am replacing the throttle body but realize this is a common and dangerous problem that Ford is not taking care of or even acknowledging there is a problem. Knowing that the throttle bodies were on back order not long ago means to me they are in big demand so there must be a problem.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #47

Jul 202011


  • 68,450 miles
The vehicle's engine cut out after a stop several times, when restarted, vehicle behavior was erratic during acceleration. Dealer determined the electric throttle body was bad and replaced the component.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #46

Jul 162011


  • 75,000 miles
When hot outside, vehicle accelerates on its own at idle without touching the accelerator pedal.

- Spearfish, SD, USA

problem #45

Jul 062011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
Ford 2006 Freestyle is accelerating on it own in reverse and drive. I do not have my foot on the gas.the car lunges forward and then stalls.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jun 232011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Noticing our 2006 Ford Freestyle RPM's suddenly surging when running at low RPM's and then turning the steering wheel. Problem is increased when air conditioning is on. Was very close to crashing our Freestyle into the shelving in the garage. Also have had incidents where the fan motor on the rear seat climate control will surge to high then go almost to off, surge again and then stabilize at the desired fan speed. Have not taken action on a repair yet.

- Erie, CO, USA

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