definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,151 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle suspension problems

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 032016


  • miles


Vehicle was discovered to have severe rust on front frame assembly drivers side during routine maintenance on today's date. It appears this has been an issue for some time and has just became painfully apparent. The corrosion/rust/deterioration occurs directly below an area where the air conditioning system dispenses later/condensation. Erosion to structural support is so bad it has eaten away bottom, sides and top of frame assembly. Sometimes known as an engine cradle. In order to replace, the engine must be moved and other front end components removed from vehicle. It is the opinion of complainant that this rust issue could result in a dangerous condition for the driver of the vehicle, the occupants of the vehicle as well as other motorists on the road and the general public. It is also the opinion of the complainant that this rust issue could result in the structural ability to suspend the engine. Possibly resulting in misalignment of key components or moving parts and could result in excessive wear and damage to other components of the automobile. It is also the opinion of the complainant that the rust issue and weakening of front end support members could possibly impact steering, tire life, tire pattern on roadway during hazardous conditions, etc. Ford Motor Company appears to have similar rust/chassis/frame issues on other models of vehicles after doing quick search online regarding this issue and comparing photographs. Ford Motor Company has issued recalls for other rust/frame/chassis issues, but not for the Ford Freestyle.

- Wilmington, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 142016


  • miles
The subframe is rusted beyond repair. I am aware that between the years 2001 and 2004 Ford motors had the same issue and recalled the vehicles

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 142014


  • 140,000 miles
I was driving to work and the car just stopped..it would not come back on, it would not turn over with the key, so I had to tow it home it will move 12 inches forward and backward.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Oct 172012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


Vehicle would not slow as exit off freeway, rpms increased against braking system. Very dangerous and would not slow. Almost lost control of vehicle. Also, continues to worsen, lungin forward and in reverse.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 212011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
My Ford started jerking backwards when I put reverse or lunging forward when I start driving forwards. This happened twice, once in the jekyll island when we were on vacation (all three days) in July 2011 and also when recently like three months ago, Oct 2011. I first noticed when I was backing out from a hotel parking lot. I thought I am going to it the other cars. Also, I changed the brakes twice, once from the dealer and once from the auto mechanic. My mileage so far is 50K and this is a 2006 Ford Freestyle. I constantly face brake problems in this vehicle. And also other problems.(like front axle) could someone do something about these problems, please!!!

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010


  • 38,000 miles
When driving, my car loses power. Sometimes when moving slowly, I engage the gas pedal and lose power. Sometimes when I engage the gas to move from a stopped position, my car will start to go and then lose power. The car does not shut off, it just won't move, and then suddenly does. The dealer replaced the throttle body, but this is still happening. They said unless they can get the problem to happen when they are driving it, there is nothing they can do to help further. This is very scary and I'm sure it's a matter of time before there is an accident. When I put my car in reverse, sometimes it revs up before actually moving. I have had many problems with this vehicle, starting in the 20,000 miles. Bad window motor, bad brakes, intermittent dash board clearance, air conditioning mechanism leaking into car. The dealer did replace the window motor, brakes and air conditioning problem, but had no explanation on the dash lights resetting. My paint is bubbling up on the hood of my car. Ford offered to fix this for $850. The bubbling started at 39,000 miles. I did not pay them to fix this, as I feel Ford should be responsible for this. When Ford had my car last, they replaced a sway bar and did not tighten the nut, I then had the ABS light come on and they replaced the wheel speed sensor and tightened the nut. My car clunked so bad, I fear that this caused additional suspension problems. I've always had noise in the front end, especially on a tight turn. The greased the front end, but that does not fix the problem. Today, my car only has 45,000 miles on it, but unfortunately, my warranty is up and I know that one day when I put my foot on the gas pedal, it's not going to move. I was told by a Ford service rep. That the cvt transmission cannot be replaced, so when it does fail, I'm out of luck, there is no repair for this. Recall please

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222006


  • 1,000 miles


In 2006 we purchased a new Ford Freestyle. At three months I took it to have the oil checked and I was told my tires were bald, Ford gave us new tires. Since then I am getting ready to put my forth set of tires on the car. I have talked to several people who have the same car and they all have had the same problem. We took it to a Ford dealer and they told us there was no way to align it, we then took it to our personal mechanic and he checked it and said there was no way to align it then the other day I took it to a tire place and they said they do not even sell a kit to align it. What can I do ?

- Carbondale, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 172008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,363 miles
Rear brakes failed (pad remaining is 2/32) at 30,000 miles. I had the vehicle in to have a wheel alignment and the tires replaced. The service center advised me to have the rear brakes replaced asap.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Since we first purchased the car, we have been complaining that our tires have been wearing out too quickly, show unusual signs of wear. After the third visit to the dealers, I contacted Ford to express my frustration regarding the tires and that fact that I had to continually replace these tires at my cost ? it was unusual that tires were wearing out with less than 20,000 miles on the vehicle. Ford Motor Company denied any responsibility for the tire, suggesting that the unusual wear was a factor that was being caused roads within New Hampshire and improper maintenance and our failure to keep our tire aligned and balanced. On August 26th, 2007 - my car began to experience some a wobbling in the car as if the car was out of alignment - with a five minute period, it started to feel like we had a flat tire. I pulled to the side of the road and inspected the tires on the vehicle, which did not appear to be flat. Again I proceeded down the road and within the next 500 my car began to experience some a sever wobbling, violently shaking the car. Again, I got out of the car to inspect the tires assuming that this was being caused being caused by a flat tire. Again, all of the tires appeared to be fine, who ever I did notice that left rear passenger tire appeared to wobble when I pushed on it with my foot. Assuming that the tire might be lose, I proceed to jack up the vehicle in an effort to determine if the tire was potentially loose what I discover, was that the tire was fine, instead, the entire left assemble (tire, disk brake assembly and the rotor) were coming off the car?

- Bow, NH, USA

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