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Ford Freestyle, SUV
Aug 10, 2010 (5:13 pm)
Hello, happy but sad owners of the ford freestyle, i love our new to us car we really do. Sitting in the french quater of new orelans is not a place to have your car suddenly surge forward and almost hit predestrians. we also have had the same issues as most of the people on this site, we bought the car knowing it had defects such as the steering wheel radio buttons were not working the air would not work untill you got up to 4000 rmp's, but our biggest issue was the throttle body sensor. the mechanic that looked at it at the ford place said it would cost 700 something dollars to fix, i am a mechanic unless that part cost 5 to 600 dollars i dont see the labor in 700 dollars. back to the issue we started to surge also there really needs to be a recall!!!!!!!!!!! on this part the mechanic said there was water running through the throttle body sensor unless vechiles have changed soooooo much in my life i dont see the point in cooling a throttle body sensor with antifreeze. we had it fixed and it costed us 370 dollars. we told them to put the money from fixing the sterring wheel button torward the sensor... ford must do something of this issue we almost hit a mother and her baby crossing the road in new orelans due to the lurching forward at a stop, city driving with the air on high auto with the climite control on. if they were a little closer we would have hit that child.........
#192 of 300 Re: 2005 freestyle [ilovebeer1975]
Aug 11, 2010 (6:02 am)
Read my post (190). An investigator from NHTSA emailed me about the complaint that I had and reported it to them after mine had done the surging. They told me that they were doing an in depth study and wanted to know all of the details. I suggest you call NHTSA and make the complaint about what happened to you and this may help get a recall. There is no sense in the consumer having to pay for a problem that they need to fix. The number is on the post. I do not have that particular one pulled up right now so I can not give it to you. Let's bond together and make this problem become a problem of theirs, but at the same time working in our favor.
#193 of 300 Re: 2005 freestyle [ilovebeer1975]
Aug 11, 2010 (2:59 pm)
">I have a 2006 Freestyle that I had the throttle body replaced in in 2008(?) and today, it finally died after it, too, had been lurching for weeks...and guess the diagnosis - throttle body - it has failed again!
I have now had my car in the shop for work covered by my extended warranty 16 times!!!!! Three times for the A/C and now twice for the throttle body. As far as I have read, they are on backorder (not sure of my current wait time). Luckily, I have a rental car in my warranty agreement...now if only the Enterprise lot they have a contract with actually HAD any vehicles....that would be nice!
By the way, I am right outside Dallas, TX.
#194 of 300 Re: EGR?? [fordinbham]
Aug 11, 2010 (6:56 pm)
1. My dealership is in NY, I called Ford Corp and emailed them everyday documenting the safety issues.
2.I also called the NHTSA to report the issue. You must do this as Ford allegedly does not have to report these safety issues to them.
3.My auto insurance company covered most of the cost under a mechanical breakdown clause.
I also intent to get a refund for the Extended Warranty .
#195 of 300 Re: 2005 freestyle [madden322]
Aug 11, 2010 (6:59 pm)
Please report it to the NHTSA this issue is under current investigation. It only takes 10 mins online or on the phone.
#196 of 300 Re: 2005 freestyle [abessenger]
Aug 11, 2010 (7:25 pm)
i have filed an online report with NHTSA and communicated via emails with Ford Customer relations. I was hot on this about 2 weeks ago. It has been 2 weeks since i had Fuel Induction service done INSTEAD of replacing the throttle body and i have had NO problems.
I will be calling the NHTSA this week as maybe a phone call will allow me to express the urgency in getting a safe diagnosis and fix to the problem. I really am not sure the the TB is the problem, but the diagnostic computer thinks so because of the gunked up fuel system.
#197 of 300 My story- get the word out!
Aug 12, 2010 (5:54 am)
Here is a link to my story.
The key is to apply public pressure to Ford, and keep the complaints coming into the NHTSA.
I have started a facebook page for people to participate in sharing their story. When enough people join, we can get some buzz in the news.
One person said that only 419 people have filed complaints with the NHTSA. But backorder numbers indicate the problem has affected thousands of cars. FILE A REPORT! Do it.
Aside from the financial burden, this is a dangerous issue. stalls at highway speeds, or sudden lunges forward at an intersection will eventually cause a death.
#198 of 300 Engine / Transmission would be helpful
Aug 12, 2010 (8:00 am)
Our family owns a 2005 Freestyle that we bought new at the Employee Pricing sale in the summer of 2005. It now has (only) 40,000 miles. It's Mom's Taxi to school, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, and the Grocery store. We haven't experienced any of the surging /stalling problems yet, but I like to be aware of them.
I know that Ford made the Freestyle and the later renamed Taurus X with different engines and transmissions. I have the 3.0 liter engine with the CVT and FWD. Ford later used the 3.5 liter engine and some cars have a conventional 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission, and some are FWD and others AWD.
Does anyone know if the 3.0 and 3.5 liter engines share the same Throttle Body?
Anyway, if you would just take a moment and list your engine size and transmission it would be helpful. The engine size is printed on a white Ford emissions decal located just above the radiator. If your Freestyle accelerates from zero to sixty without shifting, you have the Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT), and if your savvy enough to be on this forum, you must know whether you have front or all wheel drive.
Thanks for you input, I'll be following this forum closely.
#200 of 300 Re: Engine / Transmission would be helpful [herfreestyle]
Aug 12, 2010 (8:06 pm)
Mine is a 2007 SEL FWD 3.0L CVT.
Like you i loved the size and the "idea" of the car. My "lurching" started at about 37K but was not happening all of the time, mostly i noticed it when i was pulling into my carport. This summer it became more frequent and made me more nervous as my 15 year old son was beginning to drive. It really got bad this summer as we began to have use the A/C. I also had to have the A/C compressor replaced thisi summer and an engine mount replaced for $1300. Once the A/C got fixed, the "lurching" became a real issue. Ford wanted to replace the throttle body but we opted for the Fuel Induction cleaning for $125 as our 1st option. Car has been running great for the lat 2 weeks and am praying that this is all that it needed.