really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,841 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle drivetrain problems

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 3 of 13)

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problem #206

Feb 142014


  • 80,000 miles


Bought this car used 2 years ago. Car started making a loud noise, but when put in drive, it quiets a little. Not running well at all. Took it to get it looked at, 1st replaced a bad water pump (almost 700) and then was told it's the transmission. They want $6K for, which I don't have. I still owe $6K on the car. So, I am basically stuck w a car that doesn't work and I can't sell or trade in, nor can I afford to at this point.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #205

Feb 012014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
When starting the vehicle a loud rattling noise can be heard. This noise stops temporarily when the car is shifted from "park" to "drive". the noise then becomes progressively louder when the accelerator is pressed. Gas mileage has declined when driving. When parking on one occasion the car lunged forward without accelerating the gas pedal. I took the car into a automotive repair shop to see what the problem was and they indicated that the entire transmission needs to be replaced because of defective design/materials in the "continuously variable transmission" (cvt). Ford has done nothing to provide a replacement transmission at no charge and has not modified cvt to correct this obvious manufacturing defect.

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

problem #204

Nov 052013


  • 73,000 miles
While driving 45 mph had a sudden loss of power and increase rpms. Immediately pulled over. Engine idle in park makes a loud helicopter sound when engaged in drive or reverse sound is not heard as loud. After doing lengthy research this common problem with cvt transmissions by Ford at around the same mileage (70,000mi).Ford has yet to recall these vehicles voluntarily. Dealers insist transmission needs replacing (common theme).no way thousands of vehicles should have catastrophic transmission failure at 70,000! this is a manufacturer and safety issue. I'm just thankful I didn't have my kids in the car and traveling on the interstate.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #203

Jan 012014

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


2007 Ford Freestyle. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated the transmission was making a loud noise, and the vehicle stalled.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #202

Dec 022013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,734 miles
My car accelerates forward when I try to park it. This is very dangerous and lucky that it has only happened when I'm only going a couple of miles an hour as I am trying to park.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #201

Aug 012013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle intermittently stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission needed to be replaced and the throttle needed to be flushed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available....updated 12-24-13

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #200

May 012012


  • 100,700 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, he heard a loud noise as the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,700.

- Siloan Springs, AR, USA

problem #199

Aug 172013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle emitted a loud grinding sound. The manufacturer was made not aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #198

Mar 172011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the entire power train was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact did not replace the transmission. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #197

Aug 032013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 86,319 miles
My car lunges when I put the vehicle in reverse from park and also when I go from reverse to drive. The lunge is significant enough to hit a nearby vehicle.

- Columbus, TX, USA

problem #196

Jul 032013


  • 147,000 miles


My 2007 Ford Freestyle transmission started slipping recently. I have always taken good care of my car and my mechanic just told me that I need a new transmission. He also told me that there have been many problems with the 2007 Ford Freestyle transmissions. I cannot believe I have to replace my transmission which costs approximately $6,000 to replace. I will be contacting Ford directly as well.

- Belvidere , IL, USA

problem #195

Dec 102009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 35,621 miles
12/10/09 mileage: 35,621 dealer service for rattling noise in engine on cold start up, diagnosed as defective tensioner assembly, but was likely the transmission as same noise was later heard when the transmission was repaired. 12/08/11 mileage: 53,401 dealer service for noise in engine at idle - much worse when cold, diagnosed as faulty automatic transmission. Dealer removed and attempted to repair automatic transmission and found input shaft bearing scores and input shaft scored. Differential shaft splines worn down and splines on ptu worn down and seized together. Transmission was then replaced with rebuilt unit. This was the second transmission installed in this car 3/28/12 mileage: 55,234 dealer service for excessive noise in transmission, described as a growl. Diagnosed transmission concern and noise was verified. Were asked to return unit to dealer at later time for further diagnosis 4/2/12 mileage: 55,338 dealer service for transmission problem, corrected by installing a rebuilt transmission. This was the third transmission installed in this car. Dealer explained that the replacement rebuilt transmission carried a one year warranty 7/1/13 mileage: 63,301 while driving on a street, vehicle produced loud clunk sound after which it would no longer respond to throttle inputs. Vehicle coasted to stop. Fortunately, street was empty. Transmission was inoperable, as vehicle would not move forward or backward in any gear under its power. Vehicle coasted in any gear, indicating that final drive line was no longer connected to transmission or engine. Vehicle towed to dealer. Diagnosed failed transmission. Dealer stated that a 4th transmission and replacement oil cooler were needed for $6,900. During the diagnosis, front wheels locked up rendering it impossible to move the vehicle and dealership had to drag it out of service bay.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #194

Jun 032013


  • 100,500 miles
The engine revs up & the car lurches forward, even when my foot is on the brake. The engine has even revved up while the car was sitting in park in a parking lot. I have to make weekly trips of 300+ miles due to my child's medical condition. I am starting to worry about our safety in this vehicle.

- Trumann, AR, USA

problem #193

Jun 292013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Over the last couple of years, I've noticed that the vehicle would jump a little when shifted into gear. Occasionally, the same little lurch would happen at a stoplight. Today, while stopped at idle the engine repeatedly revved over the course of about 10 seconds causing the vehicle to jump forward even with the brakes applied. Shortly after, a similar problem occurred, but not as pronounced as the previous event. After the incident, the performance of the engine seemed to have degraded and the vehicle was only able to accelerate very slowly.

- Sunset Beach, NC, USA

problem #192

Jan 012013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while descending a hill at an unknown speed, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who stated that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Marysville, MI, USA

problem #191

Jun 072013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
I was driving at 40 mph and all of a sudden the car slammed into a low gear. Wrench lights and engine light went on. Dealer says parts are unavailable to fix and I need a new transmission. ($7000).

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #190

May 162013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the vehicle exhibited a loud noise and a violent jerking motion. The vehicle was then coasted to the side of the road where the contact noticed large fragments emitting from the transmission with fluid leaking. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the transmission was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #189

Mar 252013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The cvt transmission in the 2007 Ford Freestyle are useless. I am not the only one having to replace a transmission way before time. I had a 1996 Camry with 230, 000 miles on it and I never had to replace a transmission or the engine. Now, I am left to replace a transmission that Ford knew was a bad product (hence, stopping the manufacturing of the Freestyle, revamping the transmission and other problems areas and putting it back into rotation as the Taurus X). I still owe alot of money on this car. I know that Ford finally did a rebate of sorts for the poorly designed throttle body and thankful I have received a refund for that expense. How long will it take for Ford to compensate us Freestyle owners with a horribly designed transmission? I really wished I had never given up my Toyota Camry. I felt safer in that car than my Freestyle.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #188

Apr 202013

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 119,708 miles
I just bought this car yesterday. It idles sporadically on park (often dies from surging) and lunges severely on drive and reverse. I have to avoid parking in front of other vehicles to prevent hitting them as my vehicle will shoot forward immediately even with my foot off the break. I have to hit the breaks firmly and quickly. It feels like the car has a mind of its own and revs hard at the most inconvenient times. I'm very afraid this will cause an accident!

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #187

Nov 152012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 100,506 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, there was a clanking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,506.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

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