really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,749 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 16 of 21)

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problem #118

Jul 012010


  • 50,000 miles


Noticed my 2007 Ford Freestyle "surge" while baking out of my driveway. I stopped to let a car pass and the car jumped out into the street. It done it again later that day, but went many days without doing it again. Then we started noticing it was "surging" or doing an acceleration jump when shifting from park, drive, reverse, and any other time we're having to hold the brake. Our mechanic checked it out and diagnosed it as the throttle bottle. Called the local Ford dealership and was informed that Ford was aware of the issue, and that the replacement parts were being reworked to remove the flaw and on backorder. Dealer said that owners would receive a notice when the new parts were available, but that Ford was not going to issue a recall at this time. My car had just rolled 50,000 miles, it now has nearly 60,000 and I've not received a notice/call. I nearly hit a child crossing between me and another car in the school pick up line because this car surged (while holding the brake all the way down). We are now having A/C issues and it is "surging" more frequently. As it's become too dangerous and costly to drive, we are considering parking it! Ford should take responsibility for this flaw before there is a loss of life...

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #117

Jun 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would surge forward while in drive and backward when the vehicle was in reverse while traveling at low speeds. The dealer was not notified but the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 84,100 and the approximate failure mileage was 40,000. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, but they were unable to find a problem. The dealer advised the consumer to bring the vehicle back when she experienced the surging again. Updated 09/07/11

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #116

Jun 062011


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle would lunge either forward or backward once the vehicle was stopped. The engine would exhibit and increase in rpms of up to 5,000 without any response from the vehicle. The vehicle would also stall on occasion. The dealer diagnosed that the throttle body needed replacing, which was in the process of repair. The manufacturer was not made notified. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 54,300.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #115

Jan 102010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. While the vehicle was parked, the contact placed the gear shifter into reverse when the vehicle slightly accelerated backward. The failure also occurred while the vehicle was stopped and the brakes were applied. The failure recurred intermittently but became more prominent over time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number: PE11018 (vehicle speed control) that could have possibly been related to the failure. The consumer stated the vehicle would shut off by itself when braking, to keep from lunging. The maintenance light would illuminate and then go out. Updated 11/23/11

- Bay St. Louis, MS, USA

problem #114

Jun 022011


  • 65,699 miles
The contact owns 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated the vehicle surged randomly in both drive and reverse gear. The vehicle had not been inspected. The contact stated while making a turn either to the left or to the right, she heard a clicking sound in the front wheels. The contact was concerned that the failure could be caused by the cv joint. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 65,699.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #113

Jun 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
Defective throttle body.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #112

Oct 012010


  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that after placing her vehicle in reverse, it lunged backwards; and the tool symbol illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact had to push the brake pedal excessively in order for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The dealer diagnosed that the power train control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure was repaired. The failure mileage was 59,000 and the current mileage was 64,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #111

Jun 012011


  • 65,000 miles
With my Freestyle there is an issue with the transmission or throttle control. There are times when I reverse or go forward from either a parked position or from a stopped position that the car will lunge. I have to apply the brakes sometimes to avoid hitting another auto. When I do this sometimes the car will stall and the "wrench" light will show up on the instrument panel. I have also had it not go into gear, it will lunge and then when I apply the gas the car will not shift into the next gear. The rpms will go up but even with the gas pedal to the floor it will not engage. I have taken to the car to where I have the extended warranty and they are stating that they have not heard of this problem. I have been told that without the light on there is no way to know what the problem is. This is a huge issue because there is no way to know when it will happen and you always need to be prepared to apply the brakes and this can result in a stalled vehicle which in turn could be struck by another vehicle causing bodily injury.

- Locust Grove, VA, USA

problem #110

Jun 012010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle sometimes lurches when I put it in drive, reverse or park, quits sometimes when I'm backing up or pulling out of a parking spot and also surges sometimes when I accelerate. The wrench light will come on, but usually goes off when I turn the car off and then restart it. The check engine light will come on and sometimes it goes off after a few minutes, but other times it stays on for long periods of time even if I turn the car off and restart it. This problem started last June and I took the car to a Ford dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong. I didn't have too much of a problem over the winter, but the problem has returned with the warmer temperatures and is getting worse. The problem is definitely worse when the air conditioner is on and I can almost count on having a problem after the car has idled for a few minutes.

- St. Albans, WV, USA

problem #109

Oct 012009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. While parked, the contact switched the gear shifter to reverse while depressing the brake pedal and the vehicle lunged backward. There was an investigation open under NHTSA action number: PE11018 (vehicle speed control) which could have been related to the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000. Updated 07/21/11 updated 07/28/11

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #108

Jun 112011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 60,527 miles


2007 Ford Freestyle; continual surging forward and backward; stalling; inability to accelerate; wrench and engine lights come on; unable to repair because everytime it happens, by the time I get it into service, it is running well again. More recently spoke with service after occurrence and he is very familiar with the problem, repairs them all the time so I am scheduled for an $800 throttle body replacement tomorrow; the problem leaves me vulnerable while driving so I am unable to wait for recall, it needs to be replaced immediately.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #107

Jun 012009


  • 62,000 miles
This vehicle has, approximately 80-100 times over the past two years, had a habit of "lurching" or "lunging" at very low speeds. This happens frequently in parking lot situations (backing out, pulling in, turning at low speeds) and drive-through places, where approaching and maintaining low speeds is critical. I have brought this to the attention of the dealer several times but they have never been able to reproduce the conditions or problem, so it has gone unfixed. I am afraid that someone is going to get hurt with the problem this car is experiencing because applying the brake does not seem to help at all.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #106

Jun 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward while stopped with the brakes engaged. The vehicle also surged backwards while reversing. During the failures, the check engine light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact also stated the failures occurred during hot weather. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dover, TN, USA

problem #105

Jun 062011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a Ford Freestyle and periodically it lurches forward when my foot is not on the gas and at times even when my foot is on the brake. The lurching happens with increasing frequency depending on how long I am driving the car --the warmer the weather and the longer I drive the more it lurches. I have requested the dealer look at this issue and they have declined to do so free of charge. This is an ongoing problem, not an isolated incident.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #104

May 092011


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated when the vehicle was driven in reverse it lunged and stalled. The contact was concerned about the complaints regarding the vehicle lunging and stalling while in reverse. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the lunging they stated that the heat caused the throttle body to lunge. The contact stated that the lunging and stalling was a major concern. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #103

May 032010


  • 69,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle lunging forward when put into drive/backward when put in reverse. Noticed more frequency when started using the A/C. vehicle is currently in the shop for throttle body repair. A very costly fix!

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #102

Jun 062011


  • 32,878 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential driveway, the vehicle accelerated with the brakes depressed. The check engine light was also illuminated on the instrument panel at the time of the failure. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted to report the failure. The failure was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 32,878.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #101

Jun 262010


  • 34,000 miles
The car surges/lurches unexpectedly when at low speeds such as upon pulling into a parking place or coming to a stop at a red light even when no gas is give and brake is being applied. Car surges upon leaving a parking space when in reverse even when the brake is applied making it very unsafe if someone happens to be walking behind the car. Car surges/lurches at very low speeds whether brake is applied or not. This problem seems to occur much more frequently in warm weather.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #100

Jun 032011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,741 miles
I was going through a drive through and my Freestyle lunged forward several feet before I had to slam on the brakes. The vehicle then shut off and all the lights in the dash came on. I did have the air conditioning on really high because it was 95 degrees in St. Louis today. My vehicle started lunging a few months ago and it has done it 6 more times today since the worst episode, but the vehicle has not shut off again since I was in the drive through this afternoon. This is very dangerous because if a car or person had been in front of me I would have hit them very forcefully. The problem has progressively gotten worse.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #99

Jun 012011


  • 72,184 miles
Several times my vehicle surges forward when moving at slow speeds or braking. This has happened while driving forward and reverse. More noticeable when the A/C is on. Even when my foot is on the brake - the car accelerates on it's own and lunges forward. I can hear the engine revving when this is happening - even though my foot is on the brake.

- Springfield, VA, USA

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