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

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Aug 152009


  • 51,000 miles


I own a 2006 Ford Freestyle which had a throttle body issue. The issue caused the engine to accelerate when the transmission was engaged in drive or reverse and the brake is pressed. The acceleration also happened while driving on the highway on one occasion as I began to slowdown in traffic. As a result of the failure, one of the problem lights illuminated, it was the wrench shaped light indicating an issue. The issue occurred almost daily. The problem was remedied by replacing the throttle body, after a four-month" backordered" wait.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 052010


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle limited_car lunges forward when sitting in traffic and you must quickly slam the brakes to stop. This happens suddenly without warning. My car also dies and I must restart, then the wrench light comes on, and the car barely accelerates. This happens more when it's real hot and the A/C is on. I will not let me wife or kids in the car until this is resolved.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #21

Aug 092010


  • 46,800 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle has begun to surge and accelerate unexpectedly. If you are not careful, you will find yourself in a car accident without even knowing what is going on. I took it to the dealership and they said that there is a tsb for this issue and it is due to a faulty throttle body and mass air flow sensor. However it is not a safety concern therefore no recall needed.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #20

Jul 292010


  • 50,200 miles


My 2006 Ford Freestyle sel accelerates on its own without pushing on the gas pedal. It mainly happens when I am pulling into or backing out of a parking space or driveway or have been sitting at a light or sitting with the car running. This has been happening off & on since I bought the car March of 2008. It wouldn't happen often at first but now it is becoming more frequent. When I took the car to my mechanic back in June for an ac problem it happened to him. He is an asc certified mechanic, but does not have any diagnostic machines in his shop. I decided to research the problem before taking it to the dealer & was surprised to see how many other people have posted the same problem. Not to mention being a single parent I really cant afford an arm & a leg that dealer normally charges. Not to mention still making a hefty car payment.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 232010


  • 109,972 miles
Throttle body/transmission numerous incidents of 2006 Ford Freestyle surging while idling. Dangerous in traffic as the brakes would have to be held down in order to not hit car in front of you. Transmission failed going down expresssway at 65 miles per hour with 3 grandchildren in car. Car had to be towed 350 miles home. In addition to all of this, my in-laws have the same type vehicle and are now currently having the same problem. With the current online compaints, this doesn't surprise me. Ford knows there is a problem with this transmission and discontinued using it in later model Freestyles. I think Ford should be held responsible for selling a vehicle with defective transmission and throttle body. To replace the transmission would cost 5,000 to 6,000 dollars which is half the price of the car. This is totally unfair for loyal Ford customers to have deal with. This would be our 41st year of owning only Ford vehicles and will be our last. There are too many of these incidents being reported for nothing to be done. Thankfully no crash or injury but I suspect that the latter is what it will take to finally have this issue investigated.

- Michie, TN, USA

problem #18

Jul 272010


  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle surges in forward and reverse without warning. This occurs randomly; typically at least hourly when driving in-town. I have read that Ford says the problem is the throttle body.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 262010


  • 65,000 miles


2006 Ford Freestyle, throttle body assem. Sticking and lurching. Creates a very dangerous driving situation as the vehicle will rev unexpectanly, at lights-signs in parking lots etc., loss of power on a busy freeway!!!, throttle body backlog for up to 6 months so car owner is forced to either drive or park.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #16

Jul 182010


  • 56,700 miles
Daughter was driving car in chico ca I was in passenger seat. 100 degree temps and the air conditioner was operating at high setting. She was slowly rolling forward into a parking space covering the brake when the car lurched forward as though she had stepped on the gas. Contacted the dealer by phone today and he assured me that there were no service bulletins concerning this issue. He said because no check engine light came on that it probably would not show up on a computer check. I will be stopping by tomorrow to have them diagnose the problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 052010

Freestyle 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle lunges forward. It was several weeks from the first time this occurred to the second time, but now it is doing it almost all of the time. When it is hot outside and the engine is warm the throttle has a mind of it's own. It seems to happen most frequently when parking such as shifting from park to drive, park to reverse, or drive to reverse, but have also had it happen when stopping at an intersection. The vehicle just tries to run away with itself, the limited power light comes on and a couple of times it has stalled when this occurred. The problem is the throttle body. Had the codes ran at the Ford service department at my local dealer and they said they have seen over 20 cases of this same issue. I live in a very rural area and I didn't even think there were that many Freestyle's in this area. I was told by the dealer to file a complaint, and they maybe they would recall the defective part. I believe this part needs recalled as a matter of safety. Last week I almost hit a man in a grocery store parking lot as I put the vehicle in reverse to back out of a parking spot. He was walking behind the vehicle and I had my foot on the brakes but when the car decided to throttle by itself the braked did give a little and the man proceeded to use vulgar language and some sign language.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

problem #14

Jun 222010


  • 61,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle has sudden surges going slow in forward and reverse. The car has stalled twice and the wrench light has come on. I am concerned that someone can be injured if these surges were to happen in a parking lot.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #13

Jul 082010


  • 63,500 miles


2006 Ford Freestyle, vehicle surges suddenly by, mainly at low speed when parking or in heavy traffic. Dangerous when in heavy traffic or trying to park as unexpected surge can cause accident if brakes is not applied in time. Understand now from research that this is a common problem with this model Ford, caused by faulty throttle body assembly.. this could cause serious injury at intersections with heavy pedestrian traffic as sudden surge can move vehicle into someone or something unexpectedly.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 202010


  • 75,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle frequently lunges forward when brake is applied or at low speeds. Wrench light came on during several occurrences (diagnostics codes P061B and 75574 were found) air cleaner box replaced; within one week the vehicle was experiencing the lunging problems again. Sometimes I can stop the car and restart it and wrench light goes out. Problems are intermittent and so far has not occurred during shop visits but has occurred within minutes of leaving garage. Although no accidents, I do not feel safe driving the vehicle.

- Nokesville, VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 012010


  • miles
Engine surges/lurches at idle. Occurs intermittently, but is becoming more frequent as vehicle ages. Nothing done to correct yet.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 292010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle has unintended acceleration. It occurs whenever the car is warmed up and you are shifting from park to drive or reverse. It has been occurring for 3 months. Ford says it's a known problem with the throttle body which is on national backorder. This should be a recall! I've read that this is happening on most Ford Freestyles and five hundreds with the 3.0L engine.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #9

Jun 242010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Engine stalls out at highway speed. Happened when we first got the car several times in 2008, dealer fixed something after two tow-ins, 2 years later same thing. Dealer claims cannot find anything wrong, no service bulletins. I suggest the car is unreliable for my wife and disabled son, may need to get a more reliable car. They agree with me! they suggest throttle body could be bad but it is real expensive and may not fix the problem anyway. I do 10 minutes of internet research and find that Ford has a known throttle body problem with the exact symptoms we have had now for 3+ years and a major supplier problem (and long loaner car expenses while finding part!). first, why has Ford not recalled this problem? second, is it ethical to tell an owner to just keep driving the car even though it will break down, as they told me to do. This is a safety problem! (sudden deceleration with no power to engine, brakes and power steering as it did on I-45 last Thursday leaving my wife and disabled son stranded in the middle lane of the freeway). Third, is Ford going to make this right?

- Nassau Bay, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 102010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle that lunges when you put it in gear. It does it all the time. Its worse when the air cond. Is on. I had an accident in a parking lot. I have quit driving the car till I can afford to take in to a dealer. From what I've read this is a common problem with Freestyles.

- Somerset Center, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 022009


  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle surged rapidly while in drive with no input from gas pedal and without warning. Has occurred several times. This seems to be a common problem for this vehicle yet Ford has not issued a recall. Replacement parts not available. (throttle body) serious safety issue.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 102009


  • 35,100 miles
While trying to park vehicle or when vehicle is stopped & engine running. Accelerated when throttle was not depressed. Dealer re programmed the computer. This did not solve the problem.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 132009


  • 42,225 miles
2005 Ford Freestyle car attempted to accelerate while changing from reverse to drive in parking lot got car to go after driving a few blocks car failed to accelerate from a red light. An investigation will reveal this to be a recurring problem with this vehicle with no corrective action from Ford.

- Stonewall, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 162009


  • 31,279 miles
I own a Ford 2006 Freestyle that accelerates by itself when in reverse. The engine light came on and the dealer said it was a failed throttle body. This part failed in almost every Ford Freestyle for 2005/6/7 since Ford was mfg. Defective throttle body parts. The part is now on national backorder, and there are thousands of people that reported almost getting killed on the highway because this defective part can cause the engine to go dead or the car to accelerate out of control. There is no way to get the part until December, and Ford does not have it on recall. My dealer, maroone Ford, expects me to pay $950 for their defective part, which they don't even have and can't get until after September. In the meantime, I have post traumatic stress disorder from being in 2 car accidents. I bought the Ford Freestyle because I was told it is a safe car. I fear for my life and the life of anyone that gets in the car with me now. I have no other car to drive. I am very worried and upset. I have been sending letter to Ford Corp. Offices, but no response so far.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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