really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,355 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #68

Sep 292010


  • 66,000 miles


My 2006 Ford Freestyle suffers from peeling paint on the aluminum hood. The paint issue is confined to the 3 - 4 inches of hood back from the leading edge, the leading edge, and the underside of the hood. Same issue as any Ford product with aluminum hoods/liftgates. Ford would not fix this issue under warranty even though their internal documents dating back to 2004 confirm the issue

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #67

Aug 242016


  • miles
Anytime it rains my vehicle fills with water. I have mold starting in my vehicle. I took it to Ford dealership for recall work but it still leaks horrible bad. This car is mostly stationary. We have had rain the last two days and it has been sitting in the drive way. I checked it today and it is full of water. This has happened since I purchased the vehicle in 2013

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #66

Aug 042015


  • 52,342 miles
Engine lost power while driving on the garden state pkwy. No engine lights came on it hesitated to accelerate after leaving a toll booth and kicked off. I was told the car had a cylinder that was not firing and I needed a new engine. Upon the dealership pulling the engine they verified the engine was well maintained by me and the cause of the cylinder blow out was due to the timing chain blowing apart. My son could have been killed. Their was no engine light warning no transmission light and he had to cross over 4 lanes of high speed traffic to get to the shoulder of the garden state pkwy. I had the engine replaced and 6 weeks later upon picking up the vehicle it now has a transmission problem the day I picked up the car it would not accelerate over 60mph for me to enter traffic. It still does not climb steep hills. The car revs in rpms to 5 and feels like it it now getting air or fuel. When driving on flat surfaces transmission shifts fine. Help

- Manchester, VT, USA

problem #65

Nov 012015


  • miles


Throttle body in car check engine and wrench lights come on, the vehicle will not move even when put in gear I have to let car warm up for at least 45 min then cut car off N on a couple times the RPM not moving speedometer not moving

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #64

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 #63

Aug 172015


  • 143,000 miles
Starting up truck thr wrench ligjt comes on while it idles. If I try driving it runs horrible. I have to shut it off and restart and quickly throw it into reverse or drive to avoid idling. By the number of complaints I have read about the same issue, Ford needs to deal with this and recall the Freestyles. What a shame as I love my truck. May never by a Ford product again if this is not resolved. Not holding my breath as it seems Ford doesn't care since there a lot of others with Freestyles with the exact problem

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #62

Jul 212015


  • 110,000 miles


We have a 2006 Ford Freestyle I was driving on the highway at 70 miles per hour and the car lost all power. I pulled over shut the car off and than say awhile and started back up and it started going again fine. A few miles down the road it did the same. Thank god I was near a auto body shop after pulling over 6 times anyway mechanic said that the throttle body is bad. I looked this up and noticed there was a major issues with Ford and this part. As far as I know there has not been a recall when we asked. But I have seen many complaints about this is many cars. This is very dangerous and lots have complained about the safety. As you have no idea that the car will randomly stop. I could have been killed on that highway. Somoene needs to do something about this!

- Griggsville , IL, USA

problem #61

Jun 282015


  • 110,170 miles
Car was parked for about 10 minutes after running without issue for 20 minutes. When starting again from the parked position, car lost all power steering. Within the 2.1 mile/6 minute ride that followed, the power steering never returned. Checking under the hood revealed serpentine belt failed in a clean break. The car was not driven prior to replacing the belt the next day. Once the belt was installed, a quick run through the system functions included running the A/C. all systems seem functional until the A/C is activated. Within 3 seconds of starting A/C, observed audible motor sound followed by all power failed (full shut-down). Turned off engine, removed key, waited 60 seconds, all was good until again turning on the A/C, when symptom of system failure (audible motor sound change) occurred again, A/C was turned off right away, and engine and all other systems operated as expected.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #60

Jun 222015


  • 100,000 miles
I have had a few problems with the car lurching forward as I am coming to a stop. The most recent thing was as I was leaving a parking lot my rpms went up to 5 and the engine got really loud my car jumped forward 3 times almost hitting the car in front of me! I took it in where it has to sit at a dealer ship for a couple of days with no rental coverage. Also they said it is under a special extended warranty for RPM surge but if it will not do it for them I have to pay $100! I dont understand how this car is not being recalled!! I read that someone hit a person because of this problem and their has been several accidents.

- Clinton Rtwp, MI, USA

problem #59

May 022015


  • 124,500 miles
While backing out of a parking place, the car lunged and I had no control. This has also happened in the forward gear. Finally the brakes did work. This time the lurch was significant enough that the car actually stalled out on me. I restarted the car and started to drive it home and the car had no get up an go. Ran very sluggish with no power. Took the car to auto shop where I was told it would need a new transmission. Called Ford dealership was informed that a new transmission would cost $6200. Can not afford this, but it is unsafe to drive as well as unsafe for my teenage daughters to drive for their leaner's permit. What are my options"??"

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #58

Nov 032014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 1,386,659 miles


I stopped at a stop light and my car would not function when I went to go, motor was running but vehicle wouldn't go.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

problem #57

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 #56

May 252012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Car lunges when in idle. Either in drive or reverse. Just sitting still it wants to move and if you don't have your foot firmly on the brake it will move the car with a huge jerk forward or backwards. Very unsafe.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #55

Jun 252011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My Ford Freestyle 2006 lunged backward approximately 2 to 4 feet while the transmission was in reverse, my foot was fully applied to the brake, and the vehicle was not moving. This has occurred many times in the same manner, and in similar situations over the past year. The temperature outside is usually in the 90's or above, I usually have the air-conditioning running, and the car will start to loose power with the tachometer visibly dipping down to zero. The car will then suddenly race to 2000 rpms, and the car will lunge backward (or forward) while my foot is on the brake. When this happens in reverse, it is impossible to apply the brake hard enough to stop movement. When this happens in drive, it is possible to apply the brake hard enough to stop movement, and the car engine will die.

- Gothenburg, NE, USA

problem #54

Jun 012007

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Vehicle engine accelerates to approximately 2100 rpms while in gear forcing it to lundge foward or reverse without the interaction of driver this problem seems to occur while at idle, and deceleration to stop, malfunction is becoming more problematic with mileage and age of vehicle.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #53

Mar 312012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
My car keeps lunging especially when the air is on... also when I go into reverse it lunges and shuts off. What could the problem be...

- Washington Park, IL, USA

problem #52

Jun 062011


  • 119,000 miles
I drive a 2006 Freestyle. Just weeks after buying it from used dealer the vehicle started lunging when I would attempt to stop or be at a slow pace. Example being in parking lot and trying to park it would lung from about 1000 RPM to 4000-5000 rpms. This would throw my car forward. I did tap a car that day but no body damage. Also the car will be driving down the road and the wrench comes on and motor shuts down. There is no warning and has been very scary when merging into 75mph traffic with no where to go. On the 6th of June 2011 the throttle body was replaced. However within the 30 days all symptoms were occurring again. I had the compressor go out which cost $1000 to replace. On 12/02/11 I took the vehicle back to the shop, they ran codes and found it was the transmission. I have many accounts of the lunging and the wrench shut down issue. It has become very regular and makes my car very unreliable.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #51

May 282011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
Three times I have experienced lunging in my car when shifting from park to drive or reverse. My foot is on the brake and not on the gas pedal. My then had transmission problems, not shifting from first gear regardless of speed or RPM. After having the computer codes checked there was an error with the transmission, the tech reset the computer codes and the car temporarily ran fine. Then the problem returned and persists. After researching this problem I discovered that it is not something limited to the transmission but seems to include the throttle body and the air conditioner as well.

- Happy Camp, CA, USA

problem #50

Jul 192011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
The car lunges forward or backwards, while having full foot on the brake, when trying to reverse from parking or in neutral. It has stalled also from this, but most dangerous is the jumping forward or backward in parking situations!! when is Ford going to recognize this and do a recall? I have 3 children and it is our only vehicle!!!!!

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #49

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

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