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 4 of 5)

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problem #29

Mar 062011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


2007 Ford Freestyle, it has been lurching and accelerating and then stalling off and on over the past 2 years. We have had it checked out twice and the mechanics can find nothing wrong. Last week the car started having a high pitched whining sound, had the wheel bearing checked, nothing wrong. Then the car in the middle of the highway just quit going forward, the car was still running, but would not go anywhere. Having it towed to the dealer, pretty sure it is the cvt transmission. The car has 78,000 miles on it.

- Hardinsburg, KY, USA

problem #28

Nov 252010


  • miles
2007 Ford Freestyle has noise coming from underneath near the front. It is out of warranty with 120,000 miles. Brought it in to mechanic thinking it was a wheel bearing or something similar. According to four separate repair shops it is the transmission. Lowest cost to fix, that I could find, is 4300 dollars, which is more than half of what I still owe on it. For something to cost that much to repair is a shame. I can understand car parts failing, even transmissions, but not for that much. I had a transmission fail in another Ford, a couple months before this one, and it was 2000 dollars to fix. Expensive, yes, but not over 4000 freakin dollars. I could have the entire engine replaced on this 2007 Freestyle for cheaper than the transmission. Ford could at least offer some kind of break on these transmissions if not a recall. I am aware of a lot of people having transmission problems with these Freestyles. If something doesn't happen for these soon, I will not be sad to never buy a Ford again.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #27

Feb 102011


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. While driving approximately 30 mph the contact heard a clanging sound in the vehicle. The contact proceeded to accelerate but the vehicle would not move. The contact attempted to shift gears and the vehicle would not move to any gear. The contact was forced to push the vehicle into a parking lot. The vehicle was going to be towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Rodgers, AR, USA

problem #26

Jan 102011


  • 140,000 miles


I bought Ford Freestyle about 4 months ago, now I am having problems with the throttle and especially the transmission which stalls out in the middle of driving. Also, when on the interstate it does the same thing. Had it checked out and going to have to get some major worked done on the engine.

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #25

Jan 102011

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 36,819 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle: Wrench light on dashboard came on indicating throttle control/transmission problem. Car stalled and surged for 4 miles. Throttle body replaced at 36,819 miles.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #24

Aug 102009

Freestyle 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Freestyle was delivered in January, 2007. In March 2008, the transmission went and the dealer had the Freestyle until the end of may, 2008. The dealer told me that "people" were flown in from "detroit." Then, in August, 2009, the transmission went on the mass pike at 65 mph. I called the dealer and I was told that it was my responsibility because the car was out of warranty, but the new transmission only had 11,000 miles on it. (as an aside, no one was at the dealership that I had any contact with when the transmission went in 2008.) I called Ford. I was told that this was not a "Ford problem" because it was not fixed by Ford, but rather by the "transmission shop around the corner." Ford's problem has been sitting in my driveway since them and I continue to pay for Ford's problem.

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #23

Dec 122010


  • 50,000 miles


2007 Freestyle sel AWD w/50,000 miles surges at low speeds and stalls at high speeds. The wrench light comes on and the vehicle enters "limp" mode until vehicle is restarted. The dealership was unable to recover error codes when I took it in for diagnostics. However, based on my verbal description of the problem alone he suggested replacement of the entire throttle body assembly, saying "this is a very common issue for the Freestyle, 500, and edge." I am still deciding whether to spend the $1000 they quoted me for replacement (a Firestone service center quoted me $750). For one, I can't understand how such a dangerous malfunction is allowed to go unaddressed. Two, how can the throttle body assembly, which controls the entire powertrain, not be covered by a powertrain warranty" and three, if it is such a common problem that by verbal description alone, a dealer knows a major component needs replacement, why is this not being addressed by Ford at a national level" here's my vote of no confidence.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #22

Jul 072008


  • 32,611 miles
I received a recall notice on the back brakes. Had those replaced july08. In july09 I was backing out of a parking spot and when I put the car in reverse it accelerated and lurched forward almost hitting the car beside me. This happened several times. This went on for about a week. Then every time I put it in reverse it would die then the transmission light came on. Took it to the dealership and it was the throttle body and was replaced. In Feb. 2010 I was informed that my back brakes were completely gone and needed to be replaced asap. In june10 the car started making a funny noise in park and no lights in the instrumental panel had come on. Took it to the dealership and the input shaft bearing was out. Which means a new transmission. In october10, as I was turning right into an intersection during morning rush hour traffic it would not accelerate. I had the pedal pushed all the way to the floor. And, the transmission light came on again. Took it to the dealership, it was the throttle body again.

- West Columbia, TX, USA

problem #21

Sep 222010


  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that I have had for a little over a year now. I first experienced my car not able to go over twenty mile per hour about three months ago and my check engine light and transmission light came on. I got it home shut it off and everything was fine till about three weeks ago. When my car is in park and when I put it in reverse it makes a funny winding sound and about a week ago my wife was driving it and all the lights came on again and she couldn't even drive it anymore it was hurky jerky and got it back to the house. Now I take it in and the mechanic says its the transmission. The computer is saying that it is a problem with a transmission as well. After researching the problem a little more it seems that a lot of people out there are having the same problem with Ford not doing anything to start a recall on this problem. This problem could of have been alot worse for me and my family and had a horrible crash because of this problem.. my car only has a little over 67000 miles on it and should not be doing this already and especially after I keep up with the maintenance on this vehicle. It is going to cost me over 4000 dollars to get this fixed on something Ford has seem coming and is doing nothing about this. This is probably the reason they stopped making this model only after three years. If someone could look into this for me, that would be great!!!!!!!!!

- Oglesby, IL, USA

problem #20

Aug 202010


  • 85,000 miles
We purchased a 2007 Ford Freestyle earlier this year. Shortly, after purchasing the vehicle it started lunging forward while the brake was being held down. In addition, the lunging would also occur when the car was in reverse and the brake was being held. There were a couple of instances, where the car stalled and the wrench light came on. The car was turned off and waited a couple of minutes, and then restarted the car. The wrench light went out. The vehicle was taken to a Ford dealership, who told us nothing was wrong with the car. Immediately after picking up the car from the dealership it started the lunging. I read on a forum that other Ford Freestyle owners were experiencing the same problem. Some of the owners had gotten a fuel induction service. We went to a different Ford dealership for the fuel induction service. The vehicle has not been lunging since we had the service.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #19

Sep 242010


  • 63,000 miles


Traction control and check engine lights come on. Dealership replaced AWD pump under warranty. Lights are still coming on. Dealership says problem is "dem" module in rear axle. Dem is not considered a powertrain part and dealership wants $5000 to fix it.

- Assaria, KS, USA

problem #18

Jun 012009


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that has a tendency to surge when idling in drive or reverse when my foot is not on the accelerator. I have learned to be very careful and not let anyone else drive the car. It started at around 40,000 miles and vista Ford in oxnard told me there was nothing wrong with it. I now have 95,000 miles on it and it does it daily. It is worse when the temperature is higher and at higher elevations. It has stalled a couple of times and the check engine light has come on as well as the wrench. Turning the ignition off and restarting the car makes the wrench go away but the check engine light stays on. The light eventually goes off when I get the care back to a lower elevation. It has been worse when the care is above 4000 feet elevation. I have had Ford all my life and have never had a problem like this. They have done recalls for items that are a lot less dangerous than this. They definitely need to do a recall asap or someone is going the be seriously injured or killed.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #17

Aug 202010


  • 42,000 miles
Cvt transmission on 2007 Ford Freestyle was making a noise in park and reverse, dealer said transmission needed a part that was on national back order but was safe to drive. A few days later, we experienced a more severe transmission issue with the car surging forward when reverse or drive is engaged. In addition, the car is unable to accelerate over 30 mph and once foot is off the accelerator, the car quickly loses speed. This will be the third problem I have experienced with the cvt transmission and the car has less than 45,000 miles. Current status: Part continues to be on back order and dealer customer service has been terrible in terms of providing loaner car and status updates etc...

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 282010


  • 74,000 miles
I bought a used 2007 Ford Freestyle from what I thought was a reputable dealer two weeks ago. I have now been told after having problems wit the car accelerating in reverse when I let off the brake, and having the wrench light come on the dash, that I have a failed throttle body/ transmission that will cost in the thousands of dollars to fix. I have researched on line since then and found that this is a major problem with thousand of other people who have purchased this vehicle. The transmission/throttle body on this car is defective and Ford should replace it immediately! why is this not on a recall list??

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #15

Aug 252010


  • 73,000 miles
2007 Ford Freestyle sudden lurching in forward and reverse. Some times followed by engine stall and check engine light come on. This has happened at stop signs, while in drive this, and backing about of parking spots. It was taken to certified mechanic. They could not duplicate problem (they said that code did not show) I T is now in the shop again as it is not safe to drive.

- Huffman, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 242010


  • 33,713 miles
Ford Freestyle '07 less than 36K miles...vehicle surged forward while foot was on brake pedal...vehicle then died in middle of highway. Could not drive in stop and go traffic while on highway because fear of ramming into vehicle ahead of me. Happened one time before while vehicle was in reverse with foot on brake pedal...vehicle surged backwards. Have vehicle at Ford dealership now...awaiting analysis.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Aug 182010


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Freestyle. The contact stated when shifting into first gear at 25 mph or more, the vehicle would abnormally accelerate with the brakes depressed. The failure would also occur when driving at low speeds. In addition, the vehicle would intermittently stall without warning. The dealer diagnosed the failure within the transmission and advised replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 73,000.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #12

Aug 062010


  • 45,000 miles
This started about a month ago on my 2007 Ford Freestyle with 44,000 miles. The car lunges forward with foot on brake and then stalls. It also occurs when going in reverse. I've almost hit cars in parking lots 3 times. It's intermittent and seems to happen more when it's hot outside ant the ac is on. Ford dealers says there aren't any recalls and I'm out of warranty. They tell me there well aware of the problems with this and that the issue is the throttle body. Cost of repairs is $700-$1000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #11

Aug 062010


  • 60,000 miles
We own a 2007 Ford Freestyle. It is having power surges with accelerations when in reverse or forward, especially on hot days with the A/C going. When we break, the wrench (transmission light) comes on and the car stalls. It is hard to stop the vehicle and steer once the wrench light comes on. Internet research shows several Freestyle have same issue and it is with the throttle body. This is not a safe error to have, as the car accelerates and is hard to control.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 052010


  • 64,471 miles
Vehicle did not seem to shift as it should. Would want to speed up on its own or cut off. Check engine light would come on. Occurred several times while traveling. Had transmission checked and it was fine. Found it is the throttle body, the part is ordered and has been several weeks. Personal investigation on line indicates numerous other owners of the 2005 through 2010 model have had the same problems and had long delays in getting parts. My concern is it could speed up on its one and cause a wreck or cut off. Either situation could be very dangerous to me as well as others.

- Ila, GA, USA

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