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#181 of 300 Re: 2005 Ford Freestyle throttle body [lcjesse]
Aug 03, 2010 (1:19 pm)
We too have had our throttle body replaced back in March. all was well until last week when on vacation after a 6 hour drive and on a very hot day the car all of a sudden started reving up at the stop light. The display showed FAIL SAFE MODE. I brought it into the dealer yesterday and they of course can not duplicate it or find any stored computer codes. We love the car but we cannot help to think about all the Toyota problems. The dealer assures us that we will still be able to shut of the car or select neutral if it ever happens again.
#182 of 300 Re: 2007 Ford Freestyle throttle body [gmiller1225]
Aug 03, 2010 (5:50 pm)
Ford Customer relations has sent me a survey to take and i intend on letting them know how concerned i am over this issue and am going to make them aware that i have just seen 2 reports of accidents due to "lurching" (your accident and then another on another forum. Would you mind if I just copied the "body" of your post (will not use your "name" at all). I think it would carry a lot of weight to have supporting documentation of the "recommended" repair being done twice and still you had the same problem and a wreck on top of that.
#183 of 300 Re: 2005 Ford Freestyle throttle body [dutchmg]
Aug 03, 2010 (6:16 pm)
I wish I could agree with Ford that you can turn the car off, but having been in this situation, I do not agree. This happens so fast and after weeks with no problem you are not expecting your car to accelerate on its own, you would have to know it was going to happen to get your car shut off in time.
#184 of 300 Re: 2007 Ford Freestyle throttle body [gmiller1225]
Aug 03, 2010 (10:08 pm)
Please report this to the NHTSA they have to recall the part or the vehicles and incidents like the one you had are the ones that prompt and investigation.
I'm glad you are fine.
#185 of 300 Re: More Freestyle Throttle Body Malfunctions [alexapf]
Aug 04, 2010 (4:51 pm)
My wife and I got our 2006 FS Limited in early April. We bought it from our local dealership where we were assured it was a solid vehicle (naturally). It first malfunctioned in on 7-19 when we were out of town at the 80K mile mark. Found the local Ford dealership where we were and got it diagnosed as the throttle body. They reset the fault and we made it home without incident. That night I found this forum. The next day I went to the local dealership where we bought the Freestyle, and the service department there confirmed the problems people are having and suggested that I contact Ford Costumer Care. I called Ford and they said "they could not pursue the issue farther until they had a diagnostic report from the "home" dealership". We thought this was ridiculous. We have filed complaints with NHTSA, the Better Business Bureau, our State Attorney Generals Office. How many complaints will NHTSA need in order to pressure Ford. As of 7-20 when I called them they told me they had 26 complaints with this issue. It is really wrong of Ford not to take action on this issue. Does anyone know the full scope of the issue, in terms of how many Freestyle/ 500's were produced vs. throttle body complaints?
#186 of 300 Re: More Freestyle Throttle Body Malfunctions [kberly531]
Aug 05, 2010 (11:45 am)
just got car back, it took three weeks, cost $780. I will be emailing Ford and complaining but I will give my dealership rave reviews they gave me a loaner to use the whole time.
#187 of 300 Re: Throttle Control- Please HELP!!!! [jeanie4]
Aug 05, 2010 (9:52 pm)
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that started lurching like the others I have read about in this post. I have been told that the throttle body is on back order, it has been nearly one month. The have not told me about the problems so many people are having with this part. They are saying it will take $700 dollars to fix. This is awful that they would charge to fix a defective part. I have two more years to pay on this car and can't drive becuase it is not safe. What do they expect people to do. I will never buy another Ford.
#188 of 300 Re: EGR?? [davkat1]
Aug 08, 2010 (2:10 pm)
My wife and I purchased a Ford Freestyle from a Birmingham, AL dealership after having trouble with our 3 year old Ford Explorer. What dealership did you have trouble with and how was it resolved? Any advise you could give would be greatly appreciated.
#189 of 300 Re: EGR?? [fordinbham]
Aug 09, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Never really resolved. I took it to a Ford Dealership and they cleaned whatever was making my throttle control stick and so far I have not had any more extensive problems. It accelerates sometime, but not like before. It does scare me a little though. It may get worse and cause an accident. Who knows?
Another person wrote how to clean your throttle control himself on this site. I do not remember the name right off. It was posting 176.
The dealership I had trouble with was not a Ford dealership and I had a Ford Explorer Sport Trac and loved it. I only got rid of it since I had been driving it for 10 years.
One more thing is to call the NHSTA 1-88-327-4236 and Ford CRC 1-800-392-3673 and make a complaint. Have your VIN # handy. I along with others are trying to get a recall and they said it matters with how many complaints they get.
#190 of 300 Help may be coming!
Aug 10, 2010 (11:23 am)
I got an email from an investigator with the NHTSA. He inquired about my problem and said that he needed me to answer some questions for him since they are conducting an "in-depth study" of the problem. If you would like to or like to receive a sign of reliefp call NHTSA 1-888-327-4236 and help influence a recall. Not having the Freestyle even a year, I can not afford to fix a problem that is a result of FORD!