really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,097 miles

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2006 Ford Freestyle transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #27

Aug 082010


  • 54,425 miles


2006 Ford Freestyle accelerates - surges in reverse. Was in a parking lot and went from park to reverse. Before I could step on the gas, it accelerated and I had to slam on the brakes. I nearly ran into a family. No car should be able to do that on its own. I am also disappointed that this is a known problem and nothing has been done about it.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #26

Jul 272010


  • 52,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle-engine surges when going from park to drive/reverse and loses power. The car has been to the Ford dealer twice for this problem and still does it. Research done on the internet shows alot of people have had the same problem. If you do now have your foot on the brake hard you could possible hit something. I was told Ford knows of the problem but they just keep replacing parts. 1.mass air flow sensor 2. some throttle module 3. transmission.

- Dillsburg, PA, USA

problem #25

Jul 282010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,096 miles
When car is put in reverse (automatic transmission) the vehicle will attempt to accelerate. Pressing firmly on the brake at the same time will reduce the acceleration.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Jul 182010


  • 64,000 miles
After idling for awhile in the heat the vehicle lunged forward while my foot was on the brake. The vehicle is a 2006 Ford Freestyle and if you go to the website myfordfreestyle.com you will find 8 pages of throttle body complaints. I took my vehicle into the dealer approx 4 months ago complaining of transmission issues and was told that the trans. Was fine, never did they suggest or check the throttle body. I was in a parking garage on the down exit ramp and could have lunged forward into the car in front of me. This is a serious safety issue that is an obvious problem with the Freestyle. My close friend also has a 2007 Freestyle and is having the same problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 202010


  • 100,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While driving in reverse at an unknown low speed, the vehicle surged backward until the brakes were applied and the vehicle stalled. After the vehicle shut off a transmission service light illuminated on the dashboard. Upon restart the service light was no longer illuminated on the dashboard. The contact also stated that the failure occurred previously while driving forward. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to determine the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 100,800.

- Lansing, KS, USA

problem #21

Aug 152009

Freestyle 5-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I was driving on the Pennsylvania tpke and suddenly lost speed. Went from 70mph to 35mph. My wife and I nearly hit the windshield. The wrench light came on. Stopped on the side immediately and turned off the engine. When I started it again, wrench light was gone and the car drove fine. Took it to Ford dealer who first could not replicate the problem. Every now and then I would have the same problem occur, but after taking it to the dealer, they could not replicate the problem and could not find it on the computer. One day that happened, I drove for a good 20 min at 30mph to get to the dealer with the wrench light on so they can diagnose it and not make me look like I am crazy. They finally got the code and said I need a new transmission that costs $6,000. Wrench light came on for a while after that whenever I accelerated a little, and I would loose power again. Now whenever I start the car, the wrench light is on and it is difficult and almost impossible to accelerate. I have to drive it for about 10 minutes with the light on before I turn off the engine so I can have it go away when I start the car again. The situation is getting worse, and Ford dealer person I spoke to says they know of the problem. I have read so many complaints online about the exact same issue. I was told to file a complaint and you might help with a recall for this problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 152010


  • 40,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle. The car accelerates on its own, requiring me to use the brake hard. Also, when the car starts to back up or in slow forward speeds (such as parking), the engine shuts off on its own. Ford has identified it as a throttle body problem. The part is on national backorder with no estimation of when my car can be repaired. I have looked into this and a lot of people are having similar issues. Please force Ford to make this part and issue a recall.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #19

Jun 012010


  • 79,000 miles
Engine will rev up without any pressure being applied to the gas pedal. Happens more frequently when vehicle has been in park and is put in gear. Happens often enough that I am concerned about the safety of my family, as it is a family car. My local Mercury dealer service department says that I need a new throttle body.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #18

Jul 032010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The vehicle lunged forward and backward whether or not the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. She stated that the transmission failed. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jun 062010


  • 60,000 miles


Cvt ( transmission) is failing in my 2006 Ford Freestyle Ford knows off this ! and no recall too fix it !!!

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 072010


  • 56,578 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle is surging and lurking while parking or at stop lights and while in reverse.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #15

May 302010


  • 48,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Freestyle occasionally experiences engine rev and sudden acceleration when operated at low speeds, usually when the ac is in use. Occurs only after idling or operating at low speeds in excess of 3 minutes. Each time I had sufficient clearance to avoid an accident, but it's been close. It has happened a total of 5 times in the past 6-8 weeks, pretty much since it had gotten warm enough to use the ac. Never happened in the past 3+ years of ownership until this year. Most recent occurrence was yesterday, 30 May 2010.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 052010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestyle. While traveling at a speed of 70mph the contact noticed that her vehicle suddenly made an unknown noise and had begun to coast in neutral, causing the contact to pull to the side of the road. The contact shut off the vehicle.and after restarting the vehicle she noticed that the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to her residence. The contact called the dealership and was informed over the phone that the cvt in the transmission may have caused the failure. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or serviced at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 63000.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #13

Jan 102009


  • 62,000 miles
Cvt transmission in 2006 Ford Freestyle failed.cost to repair estimated by Ford dealer $3000. Ford Canada and wells Ford of stirling Ontario refused any responsibility. Vehicle is now 4 thousand kms over warranty however whining noise in vehicle was reported to the dealer when warranty was still effect.

- Belleville Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #12

Jan 152010


  • 28,000 miles
Transmission shut down as I was driving along highway.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 262009


  • 180,000 miles
2006 Ford Freestyle came to sudden stop on a freeway due to transmission fluid leak.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 012009


  • miles
I drive a 2006 Ford Freestyle and has been in the shop for 38 days not. Their has been many complaints on this car due to the fact it is stalling in mid drive. I almost got rear ended. I was very scared for me and more so my children. It has also jerked forward, and when put in reverse it jerks to way you could lose control of the car.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 182009


  • 65,000 miles
The engine of my 2006 Ford Freestyle suddenly revs up to 1500 to 2000 RPM from idle, with my foot on the brake firmly. This happens any time, but more often with the ac on. I had to shift to neutral to prevent hitting someone or something.

- Woodside, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 242009


  • 46,000 miles
We have had or Freestyle since 7-6-2006 and not an issue until the throttle started acting up on a road trip this year. The car has ~46K miles and has been maintained every 5K miles with synthetic blend oil. The trouble started when we drove to Utah from seattle and hit the heat. It was not bad at first but continued to get worse if the car sat while running. For is well aware of the issue and has issued two tsb's for dealers the number are tsb 05-25-12 and 06-21-1 (www.justford.com). this failure cause the car to surge forward or reverse without touching the gas pedal. Ford is aware of the issue and recommends not driving the car due to the risk of injury but contends it's not a "defect" that they are required to cover. Guess they are waiting until enough people complain or someone is killed to own up to the issue.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

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