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#255 of 300 Ready, set, DON'T GO
Aug 01, 2011 (9:19 pm)
I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle that decided to just completely stop working today. I was pulling out of a parking lot into traffic, hit my gas pedal to accelerate, and NOTHING! Instead, there I am sitting in the lane for oncoming traffic with a car that I can't get to budge. Fantastic. The car was still on. It turns on and off with no problems whatsoever. It just won't go anywhere. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?
#256 of 300 Re: To hammer57 [sowen8]
Aug 08, 2011 (3:36 am)
How was your problem resolved. My dealership quaoted me $850 plus for a new computer chip. My guages all drop to zero and it is usually when I am going uphill. The AC is not affected nor the radio nor the power steering. The gas, speedometer and rpms go to zero. The car still gets great mileage at 104K and the transmission is wondrerful.
#257 of 300 Re: To hammer57 [happygalaz]
Aug 08, 2011 (6:10 am)
Your "gauges all drop to zero" problem sounds a lot like a challenge I had with my Saab 9000 years ago. Does your Freestyle lurch and appear to cut off briefly when it happens? My radio also cut off - again briefly with the instruments as I recall.
I took it to the dealer. They kept it over a month. They thought it might be the "computer" but I seem to recall they checked that as well. Still no progress.
A Saab technician from a local shop came in to REI where I was selling backpacks at the time and I described my problem. He said to replace the battery cable(s). I can't recall if it was the positive, negative or both.
I told my dealer this. They said they had already "checked" the battery cables and they were fine. I told them to replace them. They did and the problem was solved.
You might suggest your dealer replace your battery cable(s) or perhaps do it yourself.
Hope this helps.
#258 of 300 Re: Lurching Problems [shiloh3465]
Aug 08, 2011 (11:22 am)
I purchased my 2007 Freestyle in March with 60K miles. My car was doing the exact same thing as your car. I am located in Texas where we are having a record breaking heat wave. I noticed my car 'acts up' mostly when it gets very hot, or when it's been idling for a little bit. usually it would cut out and the wrench light would come on, but this week it caused the check engine light to come on. Took it into the Dealership, they just called back and said it was the Throttle Body. So they will replace that. I hope this will fix the problem. Fingers Crossed.
#259 of 300 Re: Ready, set, DON'T GO [hannahrose]
Aug 11, 2011 (6:04 am)
Mine did the exact same thing to me yesterday. Any feedback would be great. I bought mine used and have had it less than three weeks. Going in to discuss things with the dealer today. Not a happy camper. Left me stranded in traffic yesterday in Colorado Springs. Have loved it for the last couple weeks. Hope the dealer stands by things.
#260 of 300 Re: Electronics [sowen8]
Aug 22, 2011 (7:26 am)
How did you get your problem resolved? Mine would do this intermittently and the dealership told me it was the computer chip. Battery cables would be a lot cheaper as some suggested. Last night on a long trip the AC went off as well as all the guages and dash lights. It stayed off this time for about fifteen minutes and the car ran badly. Then it quit. It did it again a few times but only for a minute or so. Please let me know how it resolved. Thanks!
#261 of 300 Re: Electronics [happygalaz]
Aug 22, 2011 (7:58 am)
I fixed my problem by getting the throttle body cleaned. It fixed the problem for over a year, but it has started jumping forward, even with your foot on the brake, so it is time again. At least it was a quick fix though.
Aug 25, 2011 (9:26 am)
I've had my 06 Freestyle for 2 years. Did the surging thing, wrench light came on ,they replaced the air flow sensor. This year did it again , but stalled out and lost power, they replaced the throttle body. By the way I'm now out 1600. because none of this is coverered under the warranty. Now its back at shop today 2 weeks later and it needs a AC compressor. 1500.00.
They say it covered under warranty but I have to pay deductible which my paper work says I have a zero deductible. I have reported them to the Attorney General because of there warranties and to Dept of Motor Vehicles for unsafe vehicles. They are investigating these cars.
DON"T BUY ONE. I will never buy a Ford again.
Aug 25, 2011 (9:41 am)
Until I got to 102K I had few problems: mostly brakes...they don't stay round...but I do a lot of mountain driving...and a couple of engine mounts broke.
then the throttle control went out almost $900 and now at 105K the instrument cluster...$769.39.
The AC still is great (it was 117 degrees yesterday and the AC worked well) as is the transmission and I have never changed those fluids as I was advised not to with the idea that once opened then the trouble begins.
I think I lucked out on my car so far with no real problems until now, just good maintenance and frequent oil changes. I had a lemon T-Bird once and know how disappointing and frustrating it can be.
#264 of 300 Recomendations?!!
Aug 31, 2011 (12:52 pm)
You guys are scaring me to death. I have an opportunity to buy an '06 for a great price. Carfax shows no alarms and the engine seems to be running wonderfully. Super clean inside and it would fit my family (2nd car) very well. Great price w/ mileage in the low 90's.
Would you recommend this or not?