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 9 of 21)

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problem #258

May 212011


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward abnormally after being stop or in reversed while would lunge forward abnormally when stopped or braking to a stop. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #257

Mar 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The car lunges or surges at low speed. The RPM go up 1000 RPM on its own. This only happens in parking lots at very low speeds so my foot is always on the brake but this cold be a very serious defect causing potential injury to others.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #256

Sep 162011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. While the gear shift was placed in reverse the vehicle accelerated in reverse on its own while the contact depressed the brake pedal. The contact applied excessive force to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated there was a failure within the electrical wiring near the HVAC unit. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #255

Jul 312011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 63,851 miles


The 2007 Ford Freestyle will sometimes lurch forward or backwards from a stop. In all cases the car was initially at a stop with my foot on the brake and when I took my foot off the brake, but before placing my foot on the accelerator, the car lurched forward if in drive or backwards if in reverse. The car usually lurched about five feet before I was able to stop it. Sometimes the lurching was followed by the vehicle stalling and in the worst case the vehicle stalled, the check engine light and the service required light both turned on and I was unable to re-start the vehicle for several minutes. The lurching seems to be more of a problem on hot days.

- Wildwood, MO, USA

problem #254

Aug 142009


  • 70,000 miles
On about 10 occasions my Ford Freestyle has lunged forward or backward while in reverse without me engaging the gas pedal. It will stop if the brake is applied but it often catches me off guard. About half of the times the car then cuts off (once while attempting to turn onto a very busy street). The car will restart but often cuts off about 2 more times before deciding to run correctly. Usually the check engine light and wrench symbol will illuminate. This is a very scary and dangerous problem. On one occasion, after dropping of my mother at a store I took my foot off of the brake and the car lunged forward coming quite close to my mom who was crossing in front of my car. After taking the car to a mechanic, the P061B code came up for internal control mod torque calculation performance. When we googled this code I was shocked at the number of people who have posted on various websites about this same problem. Thanks for your time!

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #253

Sep 142010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 40,125 miles
When shifting from park to drive or reverse to drive, the car randomly surges forward even when the accelerator is not depressed. It also occurs when stopped or moving slowly forward such as at a stoplight or when parking. The problem is more pronounced when the air conditioner is on. It is a concern that this surging problem may cause an accident at some time.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #252

May 082009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles


This is the 2nd time my 2007 Freestyle has started lunging. It will lunge in drive or reverse. Starts out with small lunges but the lunges get bigger. Then I find that it will lunge so hard I need to slam on the brakes. This causes the engine to stall. It is very difficult to drive upon restart. First experienced the lunge problem in may, 2009. Took to dealer mechanic next day and was diagnosed as faulty throttle. Replaced the throttle and now I once again have the same problem. Replacing the throttle bottle didn't solve the problem. I also have had an issue with my A/C and a broken engine mount. Not trusting the Ford dealer mechanic, I took it to a third party. The parts alone were $1000 because they could get them from Ford only. Total cost to replace compressor and fix engine mount $2200. You can't drive in the hot Arizona summers without ac. The lunging seems to get worse with the ac on and when turning the wheels. My first experience in 2009 and this one happened while starting to back out of parking spot. Had ac on and cramped wheels to back out. As I eased by foot off the brake, the car just shot back almost hitting the vehicle behind me. Slammed on brakes, car still tried to back up then stalled. The engine sounds like I have my foot on the brake and gas at the same time. Racing and high rpms. Taking back to dealer today.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #251

Jul 252011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 29,129 miles
While starting 2007 Freestyle there was a very sudden revving engine sound followed by the car lunging forward. The car was still engaged in park position, my right foot positioned over brake but not on it as I was about to shift into reverse. The revving & lunge stopped as suddenly as it had started & I went on to back up without any problem. The incident concerned me because the car did move forward some..inches, maybe a foot. It moved enough that my bushes in front of my bedroom window were touching the front rim/bumper of car. I have had many more incidences like this one in the past few weeks. All are unpredictable. Car has lunged while in drive and reverse as well. It has also "sped off" immediately after engaged in drive. It will accelerate without my foot on the pedal. It will stop when I brake but by then it has already covered some ground. The car is having different/opposite acceleration problems when I stop at signs/lights. The car won't accelerate at all with the pedal pushed all the way. Then it will eventually catch and accelerate.I have had what I think is the power go on & off while accelerating & slowing down, with panel lights go out then on. The steering isn't effected. The engine itself sounds as normal as any day. My car has 29,329 miles. I had to replace all brakes last week. Brought car to shop & was redirected to the Ford dealer. Mechanic gave me code P0701 along with brief explanation of problem. I'm afraid to drive it. It's not safe to drive. However brief the incidences are, the driver is still without any control over where the car goes for that time. The lunging itself could cause injury to driver. I had my Freestyle taken to dealer this morning. I have not heard from service dept. Yet. I have seen huge cost incurred by others. The service dept. Got defensive & abrupt so I am glad that these Ford issues are being investigated.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #250

Aug 152010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Vehicle several times has lurched forward and backward when put in drive or reverse sometimes stalls & shuts off at low speeds backing or pulling out of driveway. Several near accidents with vehicles & pedestrians really wish Ford would recall part & fix problem. Could not find recall but found several other complaints from other Freestyle owners wish Ford would investigate & fix.

- Alice, TX, USA

problem #249

Jul 122011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph and when the brake pedal was engaged, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 70, 000.

- Ben Lomond, CA, USA

problem #248

Aug 202010

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


For the past year, when the car is at idle, but not in park, with foot off accelerator, the car will suddenly, and without driver action, surge or lurch forward. Or if in reverse, it will surge backward. If foot is firmly on brake, the lurch will not cause movement of tires, just body of car as the brakes restrain movement. But if it occurs in the instant the driver is moving the foot from accelerator to brake, or without the brake being firmly depressed beyond what is needed to restrain movement while at idle, the surge can be 2-5 feet before the driver is able to apply the brake and cease the movement. We have almost hit a pedestrian coming out of a fast food restaurant crossing in front of car as we were going through drive-through. We were at a stop to receive food with foot on brake enough to stop forward movement while at idle but not enough to stop when surge occurred. We have almost hit numerous cars while trying to park, especially during parallel parking attempts. The condition comes and goes. At times when it is "acting up" the car also loses its ability to properly accelerate in response to demand for gas and speed. Push on accelerator but the car will not respond except at only a very slow rate, taking many seconds to reach a top speed of 25-30 mph. This has caused safety issues when it occurs while pulling out in front of on-coming traffic, even though doing so at what should be a safe distance. My wife is now refusing to drive the car when the condition is occurring due to her fear of it acting on its own. It started in the 80,000 mile range. Our car now has about 102,000 miles.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #247

Jan 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
At first occurrence, I was pulling into a parking space. As I took my foot off the gas and placed it on the brake my car lurched forward unexpectedly. This unexpected lurching has increased in frequency and happens both in drive and reverse. There have also been incidents when the car is in park and it revs, as if I am pushing on the gas pedal. It will rev like that and idle down a few times and then the engine will stall.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #246

Sep 032011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 69,167 miles
While idling in a fast food line with my foot on the brake, the car suddenly lunged forward approximately 2 feet. After approximately another 10 minutes idling in the line, I got my order and was slowly exiting the drive thru lane, when I had to stop to let 3 pedestrians pass by. With my foot firmly on the brake, it lunged forward another time approximately 3 feet, narrowly missing the last pedestrian. The car then stalled. After restarting it, it took over 1 mile of roadway to get the speed up from 0 to 65, with the gas pedal completely depressed the entire time. The cruise control would also not work. The air conditioning was on and the outside temperature was approximately 100 degrees. There were no warning lights on the dashboard when the lunging occurred, however, the wrench icon lit up after I restarted the car and remained on for the 26 mile drive home. Once at home, I turned the car off and restarted it and the wrench icon was no longer lit up. I have not driven the vehicle since this incident for fear of injuring myself or someone else.

- Miles, TX, USA

problem #245

Jun 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The car lurched/revved forward a few feet while brake was fully depressed. It would do it in both forward, reverse and park it got worse over a 2 and half month period. The lurching was once in a while and then became more frequent with it eventually happening everytime I placed my foot on the brake, put it in park or reverse. The throttle body was replaced but I have heard this is only a temporary solution, that dirty air passing over the part will make it too dirty to perform properly in the future. We were lucky that it was covered under our used car warranty and we only had to pay $100 deductible. Most likely if the part gets too dirty to function again, we will have to pay for it out of pocket unless Ford creates a solution for the problem.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #244

Aug 312011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I own a 2007 Ford Freestyle. It is lunging forward without use of the gas pedal. It will also die after this occurs a couple of times in a brief period of time. Typically this occurs when the vehicle is idling or moving at slow speeds. It has caused me to bump the garage wall and near misses with pedestrians when dropping children off at school. I am very concerned that a child will be injured or a car accident will occur. I know another owner of a Freestyle who recently had to get rid of hers for the very same reason. She was told it would be too expensive to fix.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #243

Aug 282011


  • 69,000 miles
2007 AWD Ford Freestyle. Lunges forward, revs up on it's own, completely stalls out. Have learned it is the throttle body. Ford knows about this and there is no recall. Why" this is very dangerous to anyone driving this car. There is a facebook page dedicated to people in my position. Cars stalling out on highway, on railroad tracks. Mine died in an intersection. The problem is much worse when hot out and air conditioning is on high. Why isn't Ford doing anything about this? who has over $1,000 to fix this problem? why is our safety not important enough to recall this car"

- Ottawa, IL, USA

problem #242

Jul 012011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that upon shifting out of park with the brakes engaged, the vehicle would intermittently lunge forward and stall. Upon restart, the check engine light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #241

Aug 262011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 71,722 miles
Vehicle surges forward when releasing brake pedal. Any time car comes to complete stop, upon release of brake pedal, vehicle surges forward involuntarily. Especially noticeable when air conditioning is engaged and more pronounced at higher blower settings. Dangerous to drive while picking up kids at school. Have not experienced surge when A/C off. Recently had A/C problem and while A/C not working-no surge, the first day A/C fixed-surge back. A/C problem fixed with a scroll compressor relief valve. We feel the A/C and the surge problem are directly connected and are very weary of driving vehicle except for it is the only family vehicle we own. This has been an ongoing problem, especially when the weather is warm and we must use the A/C. several times have come close to hitting other vehicles or pedestrians. This is a regularly occurring problem that is getting worse. Today, numerous warning lights came on together and we had to stop, turn off vehicle and re-start. Sometimes engine will die when we push rapidly on brake to prevent surge. Vehicle must then be allowed to sit for 30-60 seconds then be restarted. Unsure source of problem from A/C to transmission to fuel system but all are electronically controlled. This vehicle is getting dangerous to drive.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #240

Aug 152011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Car lunged backwards causing me to bump into post at gas station causing minor damage to rear bumper.car has repeatedly lunged both forward and backwards.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #239

Jun 012011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 5 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle surged backward. The failure had since recurred while driving forward and while driving in reverse. The vehicle also stalled after surging backward on one occasion. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Berea, KY, USA

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