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 8 of 13)

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problem #106

Jun 102011


  • 70,000 miles


While holding brake and shifting to drive or reverse the RPM's increase causes the vehicle to lunge, almost hit a man in a parking lot, have came close to car's on different occasions. Was happening occasionally but now it's every time you drive the vehicle. Also the vehicle loses power during acceleration, then the wrench light comes on. You have to stop and turn the engine off. Then restart engine.

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #105

May 132012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Vehicle lunges about 1 ft while foot is on break no reason in drive or reverse with no gas pressure, lunges about 6 feet without foot on break no warning or reason, vehicle jerks and stalls and loses power after lunging 1-2 ft in reverse, throttle /transmission light will turn on and off. When put on the diagnostic the computer the car computer will not keep code, I live in a family neighborhood this is very dangerous kids play in the street!!!! Ford needs to take responsibility!!

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #104

May 292012


  • miles
Driving vehicle with A/C on, vehicle jerks forward or backward depending if in reverse or drive, control panel lights up and car shuts down or loses power while driving. Have to shut car off and restart and light will go out and power will return. As long as A/C is on, vehicle will continue with the same problem. Almost have hit other cars in parking lot and road due to it acting up. Very unsafe, Ford needs a recall before someone gets killed!!

- Bainbridge , PA, USA

problem #103

Jun 162011


  • 56,000 miles


While backing from parking space car lunged backward like in acceleration. Second time was put into drive and started to accelerate without had pedal being pressed. Each time the wrench light comes on.

- Oley, PA, USA

problem #102

Apr 042011


  • 67,000 miles
Just above idle the car lunges forward whether we are moving forward or in reverse.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #101

Feb 082011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle has been accelerating without the gas pedal being pressed. It usually occurs when in reverse. It does not do it everytime. The last few days it has been doing it in drive as well. Today it was enough to cause the warning light to come on. I was able to stop my vehicle with the brakes. This is getting worse and I am afraid it may lead to an accident.

- Waverly , KY, USA

problem #100

Apr 242012


  • 80,324 miles


I purchased a used Ford Freestyle 2007 model in April and after having the car that I love and felt safe with my children in, it began to act crazy!! it lunges when pulling in to park or backing out of a parking spot. It scares me now to put my kids in it!!! today after it lunged a couple different times the check engine light came on. While attempting to park at the store I almost hit a parked car and couldn't control the Freestyle!! it seems to be worse if the air is on. After one of the lunging fits today a wrench light came on and then there was no power at all. I pulled over turned it off and restarted it the light went out and power came back! something really needs to be done!!!

- Double Springs, AL, USA

problem #99

Jan 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The transmission causes performance issues. The transmission jerks, rattles, doesn't pull, causes the engine to stop while traveling or parked in traffic. Causes sudden jerking while driving, backing up and starting off. It also jerks violently when the vehicle is put in drive or reverse even before starting to drive. While driving the transmissions causes the vehicle to be slow to change speed. This is a serious safety hazard cause while driving the vehicle jerks so violently that it risk hitting another vehicle or pedestrian.

- Mccool, MS, USA

problem #98

Mar 022012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Throttle body system problem. Car lunging at low speeds and when the driver is not pressing the acceleration pedal; sudden and unexpected. More apparent when the vehicle's air conditioning system is on or when the steering wheel is turned sharply. Past loyal Ford customer. This was a brand new purchase. Problem started again after the hydraulic control unit was replaced in 2008. I have had all I can take; visited dealership today (3-02-212)! please Ford correct this for the sake of your customers.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #97

Feb 132012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 76,070 miles
While approaching a red stop light under light braking from 35 mph, I lessened the pressure on the brake pedal to reduce the rate of deceleration. At approximately 10 mph, the engine RPM surged up and the vehicle lunged forward. My foot was on the brake at all times and I was able to safely bring the vehicle to a full stop without entering the intersection. At no time during the incident was any pressure applied to the accelerator as my right foot was on the brake pedal. The engine and transmission were cold (external temp @ 34 degrees F) and I had traveled approximately.5 miles after starting the vehicle with about a 30 second warm up period.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #96

Jan 162012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Throttle body failure.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #95

Jan 252012

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,234 miles
I bought my 2007 Ford Freestyle AWD in June 2011 with approximately 72,000 miles on it. It started having a whining noise - almost like a pump - after the 75000 mile mark passed. I was not able to purchase an extended warranty because they are not available to purchase after 75K miles. I addressed the noise complaint with a mechanic and after replacing the power steering pump, the noise did not subside. A couple of months later, the traction control light would come on intermittently for no reason; but then go off once the car was restarted. The noise increased slightly, and 2 days after the increase in noise, the transmission failed suddenly. I was driving at approximately 45 miles per hour on the road, and the wrench light and traction control lights both went on and the RPM's went through the roof while acceleration slowed. I was able to get to the side of the road because I had enough speed going from seconds before the transmission failed. No other gears worked. After the vehicle was towed to the garage, I was told the transmission was completely wrecked; and this problem is one that the transmission technician has seen often from Ford Freestyle's. I contacted Ford customer relations and they told me that there was no assistance that they could offer me. Online automotive forums are packed with complaints from customers who had similar experiences to mine - transmissions failing long before they should; and often in a timeframe when no extended warranty is available. Now, I cannot replace the transmission with a used one because it is likely it will fail again; and my only logical purchase is to get a Ford remanufactured one for $4000+ because it is the only one with a 3 year warranty. Losing a transmission is dangerous - had I been going uphill slowly; been driving in bad weather; or in any other likely situation, it could have been much worse.

- Dresden, ME, USA

problem #94

Jan 202010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
How many complaints have to be made before a recall is made. Does someone have to die. For over 2 years, I have asked my Ford dealership about recalls on my vehicle because I have the same problems as the other complainants. I had to replace my transmission after my warranty ran out but I complained about it well before it ran out. No one seemed to be able to figure out what was happening until after the warranty ran out. I made several complaints about the performance which may have not been recorded under my VIN. My complaint date and mileage is inaccurate because I don't know when my first complaint was. My VIN history will tell it all if proper records were kept. My throttle signal just came on today and I have to take it back in to see about that. We need a recall now! don't wait until it's too late!!!

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #93

Feb 152011


  • miles
This car has a bad surge problem especially when the fan is on. My foot will be on the brake and it will just lunge forward. I cannot run the air in the summer or the car will just cut off more noticeably when I am turning a corner. I have had the throttle cleaned and continue to have the same problem.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #92

Jun 112011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Bought a 2007 Ford Freestyle in March 2011 and started having problems shortly after. Was told it has cvt and it acts up sometimes. My problems are lunging, rough idle, engine dying. Have been just dealing with it and using recommended fuel and occasional injector cleaner. This weekend( Jan 8 2012) I went to change air filter, check tire pressure, etc. I followed the directions in the manual to reset the idle trim and now the vehicle will not move at all. It will idle with no A/C, but the gas pedal does nothin. When you turn A/C on it dies. We have not hit anyone or anything, but have come close once or twice. We drive the vehicle with the anticipation that its gonna move without warning. Any assistance will be appreciated.

- Bloomingdale, GA, USA

problem #91

Oct 102011


  • 65,000 miles
Multiple times waiting on traffic at stop lights, stop signs or just waiting to turn. My Ford Freestyle will lurch forward nearly striking the car in front of me or propelling me into oncoming traffic and once nearly striking my wife while she was attempting to get into the vehicle. The Freestyle will also stall in traffic while crossing intersections or simple pulling away from stops.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #90

Apr 282010


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that when having the brakes applied, the vehicle would lunge forward and the engine RPM's would increase drastically. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised him that the fuel injection system had failed. In addition, the contact would hear a loud noise from the vehicle when driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that he needed a new transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 74,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Circleville, OH, USA

problem #89

May 302011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently lunge forward while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the throttle was replaced. A few months later, the power train light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact was also informed that the parts necessary to remedy the failure were unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the first failure, but not the second failure. No assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #88

Oct 012011


  • 85,000 miles
We purchased the 2007 Ford Freestyle only one month ago from a dealer in blair Nebraska who certified that there were no problems with the vehicle purchased. We have not owned this vehicle for more than a month. While driving today with the family (children included) down the freeway the vehicle stopped accelerating in the center of heavy traffic. Lucky no accident was caused! the vehicle started lurching and then would not go over 25 mph. We are understanding that there are several complaints about this vehicle performing the same way with many others in class action and forums.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #87

Jun 082011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The car stalls out and I get the wrench on my dashboard. The car will restart after a few minutes and runs fine at that point. This apparently means that there is a powertrain fault detected. When the diagnostics were ran they pulled the code U0401 and the dealer told me that there were alot of Freestyles and Mercury's with this code and that it would be $280 to diagnose the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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