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#19 of 114 Re: Ford Freestyles not under investigation. [dkincaid36]
Oct 21, 2010 (8:59 am)
NHTSA has started a investigation/gathering information into the throttle issues with the Freestyle. I submitted a formal complaint with them about my 2007 Freestyle throttle lunging and they contacted me for more information. A investigator has been assigned to start looking into the problem. My suggestion is for anyone who has had, or currently has, a throttle problem with the Freestyle to file a complaint with NHTSA. If they don't know about the problem, then how can they force Ford to fix it. This is a life safety issue, and is un-reasonable to have the consumer pay to fix a problem that so many folk are having. If anyone would like the name of the investigator at NHTSA, post and let me know and I'll be happy to post it.
#20 of 114 Re: Ford Freestyles not under investigation. [bf2136]
Oct 24, 2010 (9:32 am)
bf2136, I would like to know the name of the person that you talked to. I also talked to them at one point and they told me that it was under investigation and when I called them back the next person said "no, it's the Freestar that's under investigation." I sure hope they gave you the right information because this is a safety issue and Ford does need to do something about it. I have since traded my Freestyle in for another vehicle but I kept my receipts for the throttle body that I had replaced on it. Please post the person's name because I would love to call and talk to her. I also filed a complaint with NHTSA about a month ago.
#22 of 114 Re: Ford Freestyles not under investigation. [dkincaid36]
Oct 26, 2010 (1:47 pm)
Here is a part of the email I recieved after filing a complaint with the NHTSA. As you can see, it clearly says Freestyle. Hope anyone with the trottle problem will report it to NHTSA or this gentleman. bf2136
My name is Stephen Mchenry; I am an investigator with the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US Department of
Transportation. I am interested in the report you filed with us
regarding an incident of surging or engine loss of power in your Ford
Freestyle. We are conducting an in-depth study of the problem; to assist
in our research would you please answer the questions in the form below.
If you wish you may call me at my office in Washington DC at
All personal information will be kept confidential.
I appreciate your help with our research.
NHTSA, US DOT
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington DC, 20590
#23 of 114 Re: Ford Freestyles not under investigation. [bf2136]
Oct 27, 2010 (5:23 am)
i will be contacting him! just another detail to add! my throttle body went out again! second time to be replaced. 1st time was July 09 and now the second time in Oct. 2010! this time it was the lurching it was all of a sudden I was turning right into an intersection and it just wouldn't go! had it floored and was going only 30mph. And of course the transmission light came on again!
#25 of 114 Ford Freestyle throttle body may be under investigation soon!
Apr 27, 2011 (10:07 pm)
I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle with 63,000 miles and the wrench light went on last week. The car kept decelerating and losing power when I tried to enter onto the freeway. When I floored it, the car would just stutter trying to pick up speed. It's almost like the gears wouldn't switch correctly. I live in SF with lots of hills and the car was stuttering going up and down hills, trying to accelerate, etc. We drove it for 2 days before we took it to the dealer who told us we needed a new throttle body.
We saw this forum and filed a complaint with the NHTSA which confirmed that there is no formal investigation on the FREESTYLE but that there is one open on the Freestar. I also contacted Stephen McHenry above posted by bf2136 who said that there may be an investigation opened up shortly on the FREESTYLE specifically related to the throttle body. In which case he advised me to send the old part back to him (since it is in the shop now) to be inspected and to save all receipts. If an investigation is opened, a recall could be issued in short order and we would be able to get reimbursed by the manufacturer.
Thanks bf2136 for the very helpful contact.
#26 of 114 Re: 52 Complaints [bf2136]
May 25, 2011 (11:44 am)
As of today there have been 495 complaints on the 2006 Ford Freestyle alone, not counting other years
#27 of 114 Re: Ford Freestyles not under investigation. [bf2136]
Jun 02, 2011 (8:55 am)
I have an '07 with surging issues. The throttle body has been suspect the whole time, but I was told without a code, FORD would not pay for it. It finally duplicated for the shop foreman, but will cost me over $600. There is a lot of info about this problem on the web so there is obviously something wrong with this setup.
#28 of 114 Freestyle Throttle Body Problems
Jun 06, 2011 (9:22 am)
I had to have a throttle body replaced on my 2006 Freestyle in 2009. I am now looking to have another replaced in 2011. The difference is this time I will be footing the $700 plus bill because my warranty has expired. I love my car because of the room but I have had nothing but problems with this car.