hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,994 miles

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2007 Ford Freestyle transmission problems

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2007 Ford Freestyle Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #69

Aug 022011


  • 59,396 miles


Our 2007 Ford Freestyle has begun lurching when at a slow speed both in reverse and in drive. Tonight it lurched forward while I was parking and I nearly hit the car in front of me. This kind of thing has also happened while backing up. It has happened several times recently. It then displayed the wrench warning light on the dash, which, according to the manual means there's a transaxle problem.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #68

Jul 252011


  • 69,150 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she heard a humming noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostics, where the technicians stated that the input shaft bearing failed and the transmission would need to be overhauled. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,150.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #67

Jul 232011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that lunges without touching the gas, when I park and sit for a moment as soon as I put it in drive it lunges forward, sometimes when im going to park in a parking lot and stop and let off the gas it lunges forward, I do not know why it does this but some one will get hurt if this is not fixed and Ford dealer cant tell me why it does this.

- Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #66

Jul 312011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


Our 2007 Ford Freestyle surges uncontrollably when idling. The dealer states that the throttle body is defective and needs to be replaced.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #65

May 152011


  • 55,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle lunged twice in may, 2011 while pulling into parking spot. Incident happened at 55,000 miles. Slammed on brakes and did not hit neighboring vehicles. Early in June 2011, had our ac replaced which was not working. Immediately after ac was working again, car lunged, wrench light appeared and vehicle stalled during a low speed turn. Car proceeded to lunge and surge regularly when it was put in reverse or drive. With foot firmly on brake and putting the car in park, rpms would go between 3000 and 5000. Then car would die. With experimenting, car would not do it when air conditioning was turned off. We researched internet and learned about surging and throttle body problems. Had fuel induction service performed and have not had recurrence in 90+ days. Did not replace throttle body yet but suspect it will be clogged up again with time and mileage. We can't predict when the surging will happen. We will not let our teenager drive this vehicle. It is very unsafe and needs to be recalled for this reason.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #64

Jul 142011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Car was reported to stall on a hot day while the air conditioner was on. When car was put into reverse or drive the car stalled and then went into failsafe mode (wrench light). Car did not appear to lurch forward as has been reported. Problem happened one time.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #63

Feb 022011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 70,112 miles


Car would lunge forward on its own 2007 Ford Freestyle.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #62

Mar 012011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2007 for Freestyle is having lunging issues. I often notice it when it's very hot and the air conditioner is running and/or when I'm parking. I've also noticed the wrench lite appear a few times. Other times, my car looses power completely and shuts off. Other times, it feels like I am loosing power when I'm driving. Almost as if the car is down shifting to a lower gear.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #61

Jul 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 65,588 miles
Started my 2007 Ford Freestyle in a parking lot put it in reverse and all of a sudden it lunged backwards almost hitting a pedestrian. It has been doing this for about 6 months now but this is the first time someone was almost hit. It usually does it when shifting into forward or reverse from neutral took it into dealership it first started and they did some sort of software update ( they claim) but it has never fixed the problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #60

Jul 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 32,102 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle. When the air conditioning is on the car will jump forward. The wrench light will come on and I have to turn the car off and back on to get rid of the light. Yesterday it did the same thing and now the engine light is staying on and will not go off. So far I have kept from hitting anything by reacting quickly and slamming on my brakes or turning the air off or sitting with my foot on the brake but one of these days I may hit a car or a person. Very dangerous situation.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #59

Jul 202011


  • 70,000 miles


My 2007 Ford Freestyle will lunge in forward and reverse. It stalled last night when it was in reverse and this happened. It is happening more often. This is very frightening and could easily cause an accident.

- Fleming, OH, USA

problem #58

Jun 102011


  • 105,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Ford Freestyle on May 05 2011 and started having problems within the second month of having the car but I also heard a loud noise when you turn the wheel sharply to the right, and I told the finance person and he said ok we'll take care of that and they never did. Then now we are in the third month of having this vehicle, and now it cuts off right in the middle of me backing up and the ac on and I would have to turn the car off and restart again. Then the car acts as though its revving up and you could be at a stop light and it will rev up and you would have to really place your foot hard on the brake to keep it from hitting another car in front of you. Took the car several times to the dealership and they said the first time they did not know. They did a diagnostic check up and said they could not find anything. The last time they tell me its the throttle body and then the gentleman proceeded to tell me that's been a big problem with these cars since they have came out. So this company knows they are selling lemons to people and they don't even care.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #57

Jul 202011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
When my Ford Freestyle idles (it seems mostly in hot weather) for more than even 2 minutes when I put it in gear forward and reverse the car lunges even if my foot is on the brake. It does this every time the weather is hot or if my car idles for any period of time. I have just began researching what the problem could be and see many people have the same issue. I have not yet replaced any parts. Most of what I read stated transmission trouble or throttle body problems is the cause.

- Smithville, MO, USA

problem #56

Jul 132011


  • 49,000 miles
On several occasions my 2007 Ford Freestyle has lurched forward without me stepping on the gas. Typically it happens as I am idling and I go to step on the brake (forcing me to break hard), or when I am easing up on the break (I.e., instead of slowly moving, the car lunges forward).

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #55

Jul 132011


  • 80,112 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle lunges in both forward and reverse occasionally. Usually heavily applying the break will stop the car. This typically happens at very low speeds when I am parking the car or getting out of a parking space (at the grocery store, ect...). the instances occur more often in the summer time, in hot weather and when the A/C is on. It is a very dangerous defect, especially since it occurs often in parking lots or at school when I am dropping my kids off, as there are lots of pedestrians. I have submitted a previous complaint on this issue, but have heard nothing. This problem has occurred for the past 3 years.

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #54

Jun 302011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 91,096 miles
About three months ago I bought a 2007 Ford Freestyle. One day when me, my daughter, and my granddaughter went shopping, in warner robins Georgia my car stopped right in the middle of traffic and cut off. We just about had people hit us in all different directions. So I turned the car off and turned it back on and drove into the parking lot and called the people I bought the car from. They told us to bring the car too them. Well a couple days later when I was suppose to take the car to them it turned off two times in one day! I had bought all of the available warranty I could buy when I bought the car, but today the dealership called me back and said that it is the throttle body, and that no matter if you fix it, it can continue to mess up (and it is not on the warranty!!!), and the cost of the part to fix it is $670. I am unsatisfied and scared to drive it and I feel like its a big safety risk!!! I don't want to continue driving it with it turning off in the middle of traffic. It makes me scared and I am nervous for my family!! I have read on the internet that alot of people have had problems with the throttle body for there 2007 Ford Freestyle!!

- Byromville, GA, USA

problem #53

Jul 142011


  • 53,000 miles
My car has been lunging for the last few weeks, and I almost hit another car. Last week, when I got in, the wrench light came on. I immediately started driving to the dealer. I lost power for a few seconds and then my car would hardly shift. The lunging was the really scary thing, and now they are saying my transmission needs to be replaced, and it is out of warranty by one month.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #52

Jun 042011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Surging and lurching forward while parking or slowing down. I almost hit another car and a person on the side walk. Two different incidents. This has happened about a dozen times and becomes more frequent and powerful each time. The wrench light has come on the dash board now. 2007 Ford Freestyle.

- Newfield, NY, USA

problem #51

Jul 052011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle crossover - the car will suddenly lunge forward, sometimes the motor shuts down and the "red wrench" light comes on. This has been happening frequently in the last month. I have called the dealership and they say they think it may be due to throttle problems. Although I have not done an extensive investigation into when the above happens, I have noticed when the air conditioner is on high, it happens. This may be coincidental but nevertheless I have noticed the surge when the air condition is on. I have researched the internet for others with this problem and there certainly seems to be many people with the exact same problem. There is definitely a safety issue with this in that if you do not currently have your foot on the brake, the car will lunge forward (possibly hitting another car, a pedestrian or have even having a deadly accident). This problem needs to be considered a recall by Ford and repaired free of charge by Ford. This should be done before someone is seriously harmed.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #50

Jun 132011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle revs up by itself. When backing into my parking space I have to keep my foot on brakes back up very very slowly due to the car wanting to lung back on its own. Not able to use my A/C or heater. When A/C is on the car really revs up and then eventually cuts off with all the light being lit up, the wrench and engine lights up, then I have to wait about 5 minutes before the car cuts back on. This is very dangerous as when im waiting at a stop light the car will lunge forward by itself, I could hit someone accidentally or I could just run into another car. The car seems to have a mind of its own, its scary. I pay for this car and I cant even use the A/C or heater my kids and I just have to suffer. I cant afford all these problems as I have six children to feed. They need to take care of this problem it could be life or death.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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