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Ford Freestyle Recalls



  • dont be scared, if you like your car keep it. the ford dealer tried to get me for almost a thousand dollars to replace the throttle body. all it needs is to be cleaned you can you tube how to do it or i can tell you myself. i save $995 dollars by purchasing a $5 dollar can of throttle body cleaner from autozone.
  • File a complaint @ AND directly with Ford
  • We have an '06 Freestyle that has the same problems that everyone else does, the lunging, lunging then stalling, accelerating on its own. We've replaced the throttle body two times, once at the dealership and the second time purchased the part from dealer and my husband replaced it. It's messing up it again, I urging everyone to submit a complaint so hopefully Ford will do the right thing before someone gets seriously injured. and with Ford directly

    Maybe the earlier posts about going to the news reporters might help.
  • tradingmyfordtradingmyford Posts: 2
    edited March 2012
    I am so disappointed in Ford! I, too, have a 2006 Freestyle, we replaced the throttle body last February, just had it replaced again...yesterday! My mechanic did get it under warranty but the car still is not running right. The RPM's go up but car only moves sometimes....we had it towed today to a transmission place. I am hoping it is not the transmission!!!! I cannot believe Ford will not make good on this car...maybe someone should call the news channels! I will try to get someone to cover this story!!!
  • Can you tell me how to file a complaint with NHTSA ?...Ford dealer just called my transmission needs to be replaced! I am not putting 6500.00 into a car that has a blue book value of 3100.!!! I did the recommended service, replaced the throttle body 2 times...We just need to decide what to do as it is not even paid off!
  • shasha34shasha34 Posts: 1
    Mine is doing the same thing :(
  • sfb2sfb2 Posts: 1
    I guess I will join the club. I just purchased a nice used 2006 Freestyle Limited with 55,000 miles for my 85 year old mother. We brought it home and within 24 hours, it began to surge and stall. It only surged at low speeds, moving from park into reverse - like backing out of a parking space or pulling into a garage. We took it to the local Ford dealer and they said that the throttle body needed to be cleaned and the software needed to be reprogrammed. Well, they performed the repair and we have driven the car about 100 miles since and it seems to be fine. 55,000 miles, should this have happened at all? And if it happened at 55,000 miles will it happen again? And when? Quite frankly, even though the fix was quick and simple, Imwonder if it should have happened at all and if it does not require a more permanent fix. I would be pleased to share this experience with your NHTSA investigator.
  • angiefangief Posts: 5
    I had my cleaned about 5,000 miles ago and it still a good fix. I have 88k on mine.

    Angie Foran
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited June 2012
    My '99 Quest gets a sticky throttle like that, every 30 or 40,000 miles. It's never lurched like a banshee though; just doesn't take off smoothly from a stop sign or red light when it happens. A five minute cleaning of the throttle body with some cleaner and a rag or toothbrush does the trick.

    My old Quest was assembled by Ford with some Ford parts. Hm.
  • lcjesselcjesse Posts: 30
    find a mechanic that wil do Fuel Induction System cleaning on it. I did it a couple of years ago instead of replacing the throttle body. have not had ONE surge since. That's been 40k ago. If it should happen again, i'll have the same service done. It is only about $125. Good luck
  • cabhoneycabhoney Posts: 8
    I haven't posted to this forum since last year when I had my transmission and the throttle body replace. Today in Oklahoma with 104 temps for the rest of the week, my 2007 started feeling like it is getting ready to act up. I had my transmission replaced last July 26 the day before my dad's funeral, and then the throttle body Aug 2. So if it is going to happen again, I hope it is soon before the 1 year warranty expires. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with the attorney mentioned in this forum. I did file with the NTSHA. I will let you all know if mine fails again, I'm betting it will and I'll be danged if I spend any more money on these 2 problems. In this economy, it's ridiculous and drained our savings!
  • in august 2012, my 2005 freestyle surged while in reverse with my wheels at full cut as i was backing out of my driveway, as i have been doing for the last 40 years. as i took my foot off of the gas pedal to apply the brake to switch to drive from reverse, the car surged in reverse, and the right corner of my rear bumper impacted my neighbors truck behind his front door, causing me to report the accident to my insurance company to repair his vehicle. I told the agent at my insurance company I had read about this surging problem in the freestyle forums, and asked if the accident would be contributed to mechanical failure due to defective part, rather than driver error, as i stated before I have been backing out of this driveway for 40 years with 70's lincolns and cadillacs, all cars 5 feet longer than the freestyle, without incident. her reply was that if there was a recall due to this problem, then yes, it would be attributed to mechanical failure. My question is, I know the NHTSA was investigating this last year, has there been any conclusion to this investigation? If anyone has an update, can you please contact me at [email protected] with the information. I know it says not to use my e-mail address, but how else will somebody be able to contact me? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


  • I too am having issues and to make it worse i have to replace my second transmission along with it.,....the problem the trottle body causes is more than meets the eye, there are internal issues going on inside the transmision before it gets to the lurching forward issue. SECOND TRANSMISSION.....GRRRRRRR anybody want to help me would be nice i am currectly in cacada and i see the same issues.

    Ford has issued a One time customer Saisfaction recall on the trottle body for cleaning and up to replace on there descresion....u know its only going to get clleaned...but hey any help from anybody wouild be nice i am trying to start an action to ford here in canada. i will keep all informed.
  • I just received in the mail today from the ford company that they will fix the problems FREE of charge. If you have not received a letter you can call the

    Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
    Mon thru Fri 8am -5pm.
    or contact them at

    Good luck everyone.... I have also noticed if you put the medium priced gas or most expensive gas in your car, it doesn't have the surging
  • they stated they will clean the throttle body and reprogram the powertrain control module free of charge (parts and labor) to improve the idle quality and low speed driveablity....
  • For all that have been waiting, I received a "recall" or customer satisfaction letter (#12N03) in the mail from Ford this week concerning the above issue. I have a 2006 Freestyle where this had been a problem. I had it fixed in 2011 at the dealer at my expense ($1000+). They put in a new throttle kit. The Ford letter says the dealer will clean the throttle body and reprogram the Powertrain Control Module free, parts and labor. It also says they'll pay for previously performed service related to idle surge repairs so I'm off to the dealer to pursue a refund from Ford.
  • Akcall, there has been a recall for this issue check with ford, Throttlebody failure, and its for cleaning and or replaceing of throttlebody.
  • Just wondering if anyone has taken their car to the dealer for this "Customer Satisfaction Program" ? I just got mine back today, and the service notes say that the powertrain control module was reprogrammed. The throttle body was not cleaned. I will have to "monitor the repair".
  • I took my '06 Freestyle to the Ford dealership this afternoon and they ran my VIN. I am qualified to have my throttle body replaced on the recall. My car was lunging forward at slow speeds and if I was at a stop sign or red light it would lunge. I am so glad that Ford is doing this recall and I get my car fixed. Vancouver, Washington USA
  • I took mine in on the 2nd. I did not have any service notes. However last night the car would not start so this morning I am waiting for a jump. I am now wondering if the repair caused an issue.
  • I am just wondering, they might of did something, did they not mention anything to what they did...I have not experienced a no start. not yet anyways. i would question the place that you had service performed.
  • I have a 2005 Freestyle with 105,000 miles. Replaced the brakes a month ago and now I am being told the top motor mount needs to be replaced. There is nothing left of it. To make things worse I cannot get the car to start when it is cold outside! I have replaced the battery and had the electrical system checked but still nothing. It takes 40 plus cranks to get the engine to turn over. It wants to start but dies everytime like it is being chocked. Any clues?
  • kam11kam11 Posts: 1
    I took my 2006 Freestyle in for the recall and when I got it back there was no change. Check engine light was still on and my car surged and then stalled almost immediately upon leaving the dealership parking lot. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  • If the cleaning didn't work then it needs to be replaced. If the dealer will not do it, call the number on the letter about the recall. We replaced ours twice before the recall and having the same issues again. Going to take it into the dealer for cleaning and reset. Fingers crossed.
  • Did they do the computer reset after the cleaning?
  • I've had issues too about not starting right away but that was after the throttle body problems.
  • if the cleaning never worked it more than likely needs replacing..Ford should be taking care of it. Good luck..

    FYI...I had a 2005 and replaced transmission, and still after replacing ( total blow out on tranny ) i had ford read the errors with check engine light and
    wrench light, ford told me without a doubt that the throttle body needed replacing cleaning will not work unless it was next to new or new. plus and this is a big (((( PLUS )))) after any cleaning ( throttle body ) or replacing of the transmission the Main computer needs to be flashed.. i have had quite a bit of ford interaction with this as i am on my second freestyle with the first 2005 having the transmission and throttle body being replaced..... I now have a 2007 freestyle and had a $10 or $20 berring go in the transmission ( making noise caught it this time by hearing same noise in the 2007 as the 2005 i let the noise go on to long and blowed up the berring. causing catistrophic expolsion of transmission ( 2005) i caught it in the 2007 and and ended up dishing out another $700 bucks ( from pocket ) and warrenty picked up the other $2500 Wow lucky....Now i have the throttle body replaced at fords cost and flashing of computer...rides like a champ..good luck.
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