really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,510 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle miscellaneous problems

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Jul 042011


  • miles


My 2007 Ford Freestyle began to lunge forward while my foot was on the break. The wrench light, engine and battery lights came on as well before my vehicle shut itself off. It has happened numerous times but Ford could not find the problem and told me they had never heard of this problem. I notice that it happens most when the A/C is on.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #12

Jul 112011


  • 37,400 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle has been having an issue with lurching forward and backwards when the brakes are applied at low speeds with the A/C on. Several close misses of almost rearending someone due to this issue in drive trus and other places whene slowing down to a stop at a redlight or stop sign. The RPM will raise and feels like the car wants to go foward or reverse depending on what gear the car is is then the engine will cut off and the check engine light (wrench) will go on on the dash. Does not happen all the time. Taking it to the dealer next week to see if they can retrieve the code that may be stored on the car's mail computer

- Munhall, PA, USA

problem #11

Apr 012009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
In the spring of 2009 we started noticing our 2007 Ford Freestyle would lunge when put into gear, after sitting with the air conditioner running. When I would back out of a parking space, it would suddenly lunge backward, then when I put it in drive, it would do the same thing forward. We took it to the dealership and they replaced the throttle body, which was covered under our warranty. We did have to pay a $100 deductible. That fixed it for two years. Now, it's starting doing the same thing again. We haven't taken it to the dealership yet, but I'm sure it's the same problem with the throttle body. My husband plans to call the dealership Monday, so we can get it fixed again, as it's a safety issue. I have a fear of hitting someone when it surges forward and backward. I just pray it's not someone on foot.

- El Dorado, AR, USA

problem #10

Jul 302008

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 75,019 miles


97,000 miles. I have replaced the throttle body twice, new transmission- hole I N the drive shaft. 3 rear brake jobs- the 1st on was by recall. Cracked motorhead 12,000 miles after new transmission. The whole car shakes, squeaks, and pops since the transmission was put in. From the cv joints and back brakes.

- West Columbia, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 222010


  • 59,702 miles
The vehicle engine speed increased by approximately 250-350 RPM upon shifting into gear in the process of parallel parking. The unexpected increase in engine speed caused the vehicle to move more than expected although I managed to avoid striking the other parked car. I did not have contact with the accelerator when the engine speed surged as described. I was lightly riding the brake using sufficient force to control the car's movement at idle speed. I was able to increase brake pressure to overcome the unexpected increase in engine speed, and thus avoid striking the other car. The yellow "wrench" warning light on the instrument panel illuminated when this happened. On October 10, 2010 I took the car to walnut creek (ca) Ford and reported the problem. Upon their examination, they could not find anything wrong. Subsequently, I have had this happen several other times. It seems to happen when its hot outside and the air conditioning is running. The RPM's will increase upon shifting from neutral or park into drive or reverse gear. To test further, I was able to produce the phenomenon several times in a row by going from neutral to reverse &/or drive after the condition occurred again. It should be noted that the phenomenon did not occur when the air conditioning was switched off, but re-occurred when the air conditioning was turned back on. I don't know what component is responsible. I suspect some type of sensor or computer malfunction.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 252010


  • 65,000 miles
The vehicle surges when put into gear or gear is changed (e.g. reverse to drive). Also, if the car sits with the ac on for a period of time (as few as 10 min) in park and is then driven the "check engine" light comes on and engine RPM is limited to approximately 2000. Just turning the car off and then back on clears that issue. The problems are worse when it is hot. That happens occasionally here in tx. Don't know when it started as we bought it used. Brake must be very firmly applied to avoid a big jump - even then, it still jumps a little. Haven't hit anybody or anything...yet.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 152011


  • 67,990 miles


The throddle is sticking. When the car is stopped it still acts like I'm pushing on the gas pedal and tries to go by itself. Especially when changing gears. I have come very close to hitting people and dogs and fences due to the car jerking forward or backward after letting off the brake. For the last two weeks I have been having to keep the brake all the way down for at least 30 seconds after changing gears to keep the vehicle from gunning forward or backwards.

- Bethany, OK, USA

problem #6

May 232011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles
Surging on 2007 Ford Freestyle (VIN: [xxx]) -- eventually caused traffic accident in parking lot while I was pulling forward. After taking the vehicle to the dealer more than once for repair, we have been told it was possibly a software upgrade or throttle body issue, then possible transmission service repair, and ultimately they could not replicate the issue. Our last visit we had a transmission service and 2 weeks later my vehicle surged and I hit a parked car. This happens frequently when I am traveling in reverse (such as pulling out of a parking space or backing out of my driveway) or forward at a slow speed (such as pulling into a parking spot or making a U-turn after sitting at a traffic light). I am very concerned because our dealer has not been able to address the issue. This time my child was in the car with me and we were lucky to have had no injuries only damage to the cars. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Jul 102010


  • 42,500 miles
At very low speeds the vehicle will lunge in both drive and reverse. It seems to mostly do the lunging when the air condition is on. At time it will lunge and stall, so I will have to then shut off the car, put it in park and re-start the vehicle. It is very frustrating then you are in a drive thru and the lunging makes you fear you will hit the car in front of you. This problem started over the summer of 2010 and as of April of 2011 has became much worse. I have to parallel park many time a day at my job and home, and with the lunging getting progressively worse I fear I will hit something or worse a person!!!! please help!!!

- Hamtramck, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 012010


  • 70,000 miles
While slowing to stop or park, my car surges forward when the air conditioner is running. It occasionally also does it when I put it in gear and the air conditioner is running.

- Pikeville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • miles


My 2007 Ford Freestyle limited will surge, even with foot on brake. Usually occurs backing in/out parking space, out of carport, etc. It is a very strong surge, and the brake doesn't always stop it. Have had mechanic check it but he finds nothing wrong.

- Stevenson, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011


  • 80,000 miles
After warming up the vehicle, and letting the engine drop down to 1000 rpms, when the car is put in gear the tach jumps up to about 1500 rpms and the vehicle wants to lurch. I am able to keep the car from going forward by remaining on the brake, but it is a definite lurching sensation

- Brooklyn, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 052011


  • miles
2007 Ford Freestyle is stopping on its own while driving without any warning. I have to coats to the side of the road to turn it off, wait a few minutes and turn it back on. Then I put it in drive again, then while driving, the engine starts racing, and the engine light as well as the rench light comes on. Then the RPM needle starts to go crazy. Then the car stops again, in the middle of traffic and I would have to repeatly coats into a safe position, turn it off, wait a few minutes and turn it back on again.

- Henderson, NC, USA

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