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Ford Freestyle Lots of Problems



  • Back in 2007, we bought my mother a off rental 2006 Freestyle. Knock wood, we have had no irregular issues with it. She now has just shy of 52k.
  • My 2007 Freestyle lunged horribly and sometimes stalled. The dealer never found anything. Then it got better Then it got worse. Finally, after taking it again and them finding nothing, about 6 mos later it came to a dead stop and wouldn't start,. Not the starter or anything but another dealer (in MD) found the "ineritia switch" was bad. Now it is fine- no more lunging. so you might check that.. I also was afraid I was going to kill someone, seriously, with the lunging forward.
  • How long has it been fixed? The lunging comes and goes with my car. If you have long-term success with it, then I'll check into it. Also, if you don't mind my asking, how much did it cost to repair?
  • just bought 06 freestyle 46000 milesvery noisy engine and sounds like it is straining to keep up,took it in for check they said its normal. type of transmission,cvt? has anyone driven at 60mph with rear windows open,could lose your hearing
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    It is normal for a cvt vehicle to produce more roar in accelerating because it holds the rpms much longer. We like ours very much because it is always doing the right thing without shift shock. However, "normal" noise is relative, so I don't know about yours. And keep your rear windows shut or cracked only a little, otherwise the buffeting is intolerable. If you have other questions, feel free to ask. Good luck.
  • danperryydanperryy Posts: 1
    edited November 2011
    I have a 2006 Freestyle. Yes I have had throttle body problems, just replaced mine - 20 minutes and $350 from ebay. We have 130,000 miles on ours and it is one of the VERY best cars I have ever owned! If some of you that feel guilty about selling yours, call me and I will take if off you hands if it has low miles and assuming it is otherwise good shape. I wish they still made them. I look all the time for a replacement with low miles. We regularly get over 27 MPG highway, and never below 20 MPG city and it holds 7 passengers comfortably. It has PLENTY of power, you try to catch us on the way between Austin and Louisiana!!! What a great car!!!
  • i have a 2006 freestyle and i was experiencing the lunging problem. for me it was the throttle body. i got a friend of mine to get a can of throttle body cleaner and he help me clean it with out evening removing it. so a job that ford was going to charge me almost a thousand buck to replace it. i got done with a $5 can of throttle body cleaner and $20 bucks for me friend assisting me. after that i had no more problems with lunging and it has been fine ever since.
  • Excact same thing happening to me right do u do. I have to fix the car.I only have 108000km. Ford should be responsible. Sudbury . Ontario.
  • Did u call ford canada.
  • animebrandyanimebrandy Posts: 2
    edited January 2012
    Okay, it all started 2 years ago: my reverse sensors stopped working, then my external temperature sensor was 15 degrees off. Now, it says 127 degrees outside, so my heater wont kick in when its 15 degrees out unless my defroster is on AND my rear defroster is too. Thats the only way to get heat in my car!!! Now I replaced the starter, it needed to be. It starts rough and then stalls out if you dont floor it and feather the gas until the idle stabilizes. I just got the throttle body cleaned and a computer hookup said everything was fine, but it still starts crappy. I was getting ready to leave the garage; started it and it sounded like an ooga horn, TWICE then started right up on the third through 7th tries. I am at wits end with all these mysteries!!! Any in-put??
  • I have a 2005 freestyle with 96,000 miles. Has been great however the noise made when the back windows are open and traveling fast can make you lose your mind.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,732
    "I have a 2005 freestyle with 96,000 miles. Has been great however the noise made when the back windows are open and traveling fast can make you lose your mind. "

    That is normal for any station wagon or SUV. The noise is caused by the air buffeting back against the back windows.
  • mikefedor49mikefedor49 Posts: 1
    edited January 2012
    have 2005 fs tranny just went shop says he does many and there is an issue he also had one he was doing for a ford dealer for about 4400 but dealer was charging customer 6600 where do i go to talk to a lawyer or if there is a class action suit started i bought this car used from dealer one owner had for three months now i have to spend 4000 i dont have
  • Mine is also messing up and I believe the tranny is the problem. Your story sounds like mine.. Ill check with the service dept tomorrow to get more information. I am considering arbitration as well.
  • carlaycarlay Posts: 1
    They are Volvo throw away tranny's, Ford has know about the problem and they say there is a pump in them that you can rebuild which works most of the time but they knew the tranny's were on the low end when they obtained them that is why each year they made the warranty longer
  • meyersdmeyersd Posts: 3
    edited February 2012
    These are NOT Volvo transmissions. They are are a product of a joint venture between ZF transmissions and Ford. The transmissions were built in the US, and the car was assembled in Chicago. The 2005 models had a problem with the input shaft in the transmission, a problem caused by an American supplier. The problems were later fixed by changing the supplier. Most people having transmission problems are usually experiencing this problem. Since This transmissionis no longer produced, parts are scarce. Ford will not fix the transmission because they don't have the parts to repair it. The best they can do is put in a remanufactured one that has been checked out as good. The main reason they stopped making the trans wasn't because of failures, but because it became too expensive to mass produce for only 3 models (Freestyle, 500, Montego). The failure rate of the CVT is no higher than a standard geared transmission.
  • My Freestyle does exactly the same thing and has been for 2 years now. This is a problem in 2005's with faulty soldering on a wire in the instrument cluster. It is covered under the warranty, but of course if like me, the warranty expired before the problems begin, you will be looking at $750 for a new cluster and labor.
  • delicoledelicole Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Ford Freestyle and had the tranny replaced and cost upwards 3500, 2 years ago and still having problems in that they have to order a whole tranny no parts available. Then the motor mount broke and someone is saying there's a problem again. Like the car jumps when starting to drive. Its just one thing after another.
  • katycatkatycat Posts: 2
    Word of advise get rid of it......Bought car with 62k trans went out at 68k under extended warranty, which consisted of a used trans because they were in such demand due to input bearing issue. Car has 132000 (just off extended warranty) now have replaced 3 wheel bearings, tie rod ends, cat converter and the trans is out again will cost up ward of $5000.00 to repair and owe more than car is worth. Ford and the extended warranty carrier wanted nothing to do with this. Car has been sitting for the last year and can't afford the payments may have to let it go back and destroy my credit.......THANKS FORD.......JOB NUMBER......NONE!!!!
  • This just started happening to my 2007 Ford Freestyle. The car is lunging when I put it into drive and/or reverse, and today I had doubts that I would even be able to drive it down the road. The dealership is being cagey. Calling Ford was no help at all, although the person I talked to was pleasant enough. I take some solace in the fact that NHTSA PE11018 is still open, but I certainly don't have an extra $7,000 to sink into a transmission that may or may not fix the problem.
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