2006 Ford FREESTAR Engine problems & defects.

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If you are driving a 2006 Ford FREESTAR, or if you are planning to purchase one, then it is important that you review reported Engine problems and defects. Total reports: 19.

Driving Down Road City Street (25 Mph Speed Limit) On Way Home. Not Raining Outside. Temperature Was About 85 Degrees. Very High Humidity. As Approached Intersection The Vehicle Suddenly Shut Itself Off. Complete Loss Of Power, Power Steering, And Power Breaking. Wife Had Trouble Pulling Over, But Because Were Only Going 20 Mph At That Point, We Managed To Pull Over And Stop Car. We Were Only 2 Blocks From Home, So We Restarted Engine (which Turned On Without Trouble) And Drove Home Slowly (now With The Check-engine Light On). Dangerous Situation, As It Is Incredibly Difficult To Control The Vehicle Without Power Steering Or Braking. If We Had Taken The Interstate Home Instead Of The Way We Went, We Could Have Been Driving At 70 Mph Onto An Off Ramp When It Shut Off. Very Dangerous Indeed. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 61000 miles. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in IOWA CITY, IA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

May 26, 2012

1) Sudden Unexpected Loss Of Power And All Gears. Occurred While Normally Accelerating From A Stop. Vehicle Towed To ford Dealer. Dealer Stated To Replace Entire Transmission At Cost Of $2900.00 Plus Credit Card Interest. 2) Sudden Loss Of Power. Dealer Replaced Pcm At Cost Of $900.00. 3) Powering Steering Fluid Leak. 4) Coolant Leak. 5) Persistent Loss Of Air From Wheel After Replacing Tire. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 111847 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA51696B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in FLOVILLA, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Nov 04, 2010

The Van Has Been Hard To Start Just Recently Past Month It Takes 4 Turns Of Key To Start , Van Dies While Driving, Battery Has Died . Took To ford Dealership And They Cant Find Anything Wrong At All . They Had Me Replace , Fuel Pump / Spark Plugs And Wires / Fuel Filter/ Ignition Coil / Tps Sensor / Air Intake Idle Sensor / Cleaned And Reprogrammed The Pcm / Made New Ignition Key / Cleaned All Ground Connections / Checked Alternator / Replaced Battery / Drained Gas Tank And Added Fuel Cleaner / After All Of This Expense I Still Am Having The Exact Same Issues ?????? Any Advice From Anyone ??/ Thanks In Advance . *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 87000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZA54676B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in CRESTVIEW, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Aug 01, 2012

I Was Driving Approximately 45 Mph On Busy Highway, My fordfreestar Would No Longer Accelerate. Looking In The Rear View Mirror, There Was Smoke Coming From My Vehicle. The Engine Light Came On After I Noticed The Smoke, Then My Thermostat Went All The Way From C To Hot In A Split Second. No Warning, Car Smoking And My Brakes And Gas Was Not Working. I Tried To Pull Over Safely And Get Out Of The Vehicle Quickly. My Van Was Engulfed With Smoke, An Ambulance Pulled Over To Assist Me. The Car Fire Was Put Out And Towed To A ford Dealer. It Was My Transmission That Blew. It Was Covered By Warranty And Fixed. I Was Told It Was A Bad Transmission. One Year And Two Weeks Later, My fordfreestar Was Not Shifting Gears, I Was Getting Stuck, In Reverse. When I Shift To Drive, It Does Not Go Forward. My Car Had To Be Towed Again To The Same ford Dealer. I Was Told My Transmission Was Filled With Water And The 1 Year Warranty I Purchased The Year Before Was Shorted By Two Weeks. ford Would Not Honor My Warranty Due To It Being Over By 2 Weeks Time Frame. So, I Then Purchased Another Transmission With Another Warranty. Now In 2012, A Year Later, My Transmission That I Purchased Last Year Is Doing The Same Thing, Getting Stuck In Gears, When I Accelerate, My freestar Jumps. Every Time It Rains, This Car Stalls. When I Took To My Mechanic, He Says This Is A Horrible Car. Poorly Made And It Should Have Been Recalled. Apparently It Stalls In The Rain Due To The Sealing From ford? Why And How Is This Possible? This Vehicle Is A Horrible Safety Problem. I Am Fortunate My Children Were Not With Me In The First Car Fire. When Is ford Or The Safety Council Going To Investigate This Car? So In My Vehicle, ford Thinks There Is Nothing Wrong With Their Customer Having To Replace A Transmission 3 Years In A Row. No Safety Warnings Or Engine Light Warnings At All. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 85000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA52276B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in LANGHORNE, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Aug 09, 2010

I Bought The Vehicle In Jan. 06, Starter Went 11 Months Later. Van Has Never Started Up Correctly. It Doesn’t Run Smoothly. Runs Rough When It Rains. Found Info Online Regarding Water Leaking Into The Pcm Which Can Create Misfires, Shift Late, Engine Can Run Rough. I Have Taken It Back To Echelon ford Several Times. They Still Won’t Admit To It Being A Problem. Couldn’t Find A Code. However, Now That I Am Out Of Warranty, They Were Able To Find A Code. ford Are Not Backing Up There Product! There Hundreds Of Complaints About These Vehicles And Nothing Is Being Done! I Have 1 Year Left To Pay, And Can’t Afford To Make Repairs That ford Should Be Fixing Since It Started When I Had The Original Warranty…why Will ford Not Do Something..? I Have A Wife Who Drives It With 4 Kids. What Are They Waiting For, An Accident…? What Has To Happen To Get Them To Fix This Problem On There Vehicles. ford Is Saying It’s Miss Firing In Cylinder 3. Probably Because Of All The Water That Has Effected The Pcm, And The Ignition Coil Pack & Ignition Wires Needs To Be Replaced, Why Would Need To Be Replaced In A 5 Year Old Vehicle… Is That Getting Wet Too…? I Am Extremely Tired Of Dealing With This Van. It’s Not Fair To Have A Company Not Stand Behind There Product. I Have Had It! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMDA51606B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in LAUREL SPRINGS, NJ. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Dec 28, 2006

After Starting Vehicle, Very High Rpm’s. When Put In Drive It Stalls Out. Sitting At Stop Light It Stalls Out. Mechanic Said, “pcm Is Bad.” It’s Not Worth Replacing If It’s A Design Flaw. Us As Consumers Shouldn’t Have To Pay For Car Manufactures Mistakes!! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 120565 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA52276B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in PORT RICHEY, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Aug 30, 2011

I Was Traveling Down The Highway When My Transmission Completely Quit Working And My Rpm’s Shot Up To 5000. I Coasted To The Side Of The Road And The Transmission Would Not Engage. I Had It Towed To A Local Shop Where I Was Referred To Cottman Transmission To Get It Evaluated. Cottman Transmission Said The Transmission Was Full Of Water And Completely Burned Up. They Said That These Vans Have A Problem With Water Leaking Through The Wiper Vents Onto The Top Of The Pcm And Water Entering Into The Transmission. Upon More Investigation I Have Found Out That ford Has Even Acknowledged The Problem And Still Has Not Issued A Recall. They Have Issued A Recall On Some Of The 04 And 05’s For Torque Converter Issues That Sound Like The Same Problem With The 06’s. Something Has To Be Done About This Because I Was Traveling On A Busy Highway With My Wife And Kids And Had The Transmission Locked Up I Could Have Caused A Serious, Possibly Even Fatal, Wreck Because Of ford‘s Failure To Correct A Problem That They Know Exists! Thankyou. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 109121 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA51696B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in LULING, LA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Jan 01, 2013

My Husband And 5 Passengers Were Traveling Home At Night From My Son’s Hockey Game ( 2 Hours Away) When The Car Felt Like It Was Sent Into Neutral. Could Not Go Forward Or Reverse. Thankfully They Were Able To Coast Safely To A Stop. They Were Stranded And Had To Flag Down Help. The Torque Converter Was Totally Stripped Out Which Resulted In A Repair Bill Of $902.00. ( Not To Mention The Cost Of Towing) I Found Out That The 2004 And 2005 freestar Torque Converters Were On Recall. Why Were The 2006 Models Not Included In This? I Was Told They Have The Same Transmission And Such. I Will Be Holding Onto My Receipt In Hopes That We Can Be Reimbursed For This Major Inconvenience And Safety Issue. This Could Have Been A Bad Situation Had They Been On A Freeway. I Am Hoping That ford Will Recognize That The 2006 Models Should Be Included On This Recall. If Not…. The Next Breakdown, Accident, Injury Or Death Could Be On Your Shoulders. Sorry For The Rant But I Am Frustrated! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 94300 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA52236B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in ONTONAGON, MI. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

Feb 23, 2013

After Heavy Rain The Van Began To Misfire And Shake. Check Engine Light Came On. 2 Days Later It Went Out After Drying Off. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 32000 miles. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in PITTSBURGH, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 25, 2012

I Was Driving My 2006fordfreestar In My Neighbor Hood With My Kids With Me. All Of A Sudden The Car Shook And I Lost All Power In My Vehicle. The Engine Just Revved Like I Was In Neutral. I Pulled Over In A Parking Lot. None Of The Gears On Van Were Working. I Was Very Fortunate That I Was Not On Highway And Not Traveling At A High Speed. There Is A Problem With The Torque Converter And ford Knows It. They Did A Recall On The 2004-2005 Torque Converter But Not The 2006. I Have Spoken To Several Repair Facilities Including A ford Dealership And They Advised Me That They All Use The Same Transmission. I Can Not Believe That ford Would Consider The Torque Converter Issue A Safety Recall But Not One For The 2006freestar. I Called ford And They Said That Would Notify Me If There Is A Future Recall But Basically I Am On My Own. They Are Putting People In Jeopardy Of Their Safety And They Are Aware Of The Issue. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 101000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA52266B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in SIMPSONVILLE, SC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

July 02, 2013

The Contact Owns A 2006fordfreestar. The Contact Stated That While Driving At Various Speeds, The Vehicle Stalled Unexpectedly As The Check Engine Warning Light Illuminated. The Contact Also Mentioned That When The Accelerator Pedal Was Depressed, The Vehicle Would Not Accelerate And Would Stall. The Vehicle Was Not Diagnosed Or Repaired. The Manufacturer Was Notified. The Failure Mileage Was 136,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 136000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA522X6B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in GAINESVILLE, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 01, 2012

When I Was Driving A Hill Down, Suddenly The Engine And All Electronic Equipment Stopped, Warning Lamp Engine And Battery Flashes, Steering Wheel And Brakes Did Not Work Correctly. I Need About 1 Mile To Stop The Car. After That The Car Could Not Be Reactivated/started Again. – Cause For Incident (ford Service): The Motor Control Unit Was Filled With Water After A Rain. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 81417 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA572X6B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in HOCHHEIM / GERMANY, IL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 31 mph.

May 29, 2013

We Were In The Middle Lane Of I5 North Heading Home From A Family Vacation When We Suddenly Lost Power.no Warning Sounds,lights Or Anything .one Minute We Were Driving Along ,the Next I Was Hanging Out The Passenger Window( My Husband Was Driving) Waving Off Oncoming Traffic To Let Us Coast To The Side.we Have Endured $ 20000 In Repairs ( And Counting) ,750.00 In Hotel Bills ( And Counting Because We Are Still Here!) As For ford Saying ,it’s Not A Safety Issue’ ,we Could Easily Have Been Killed.my 2 Kids Were In The Car,the Hair On My Arm Stood Up When I Thought About What Could Have Happened Thanks To fords Crappy Workmanship.there Is No Way They Don’t Know This Problem Exists.i Will Never Buy ford Again. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA57206B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in VICTORIA, OR. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Mar 22, 2014

When It Rains It Starts Shaking And Smells Like It’s Burning. It Does It Every Time It Rains And It’s Getting Worse. It Takes Longer To Dry And To Recover. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 230000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA51636B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in BROWNSVILLE, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

June 12, 2012

Some Times While Backing Up The Car Would Lurch. While Driving The Car Would Suddenly Excelerate While Cruise Control Was Engaged Oreven Just By It Self. Sometimes The Car Was Having Problems Excelerating From A Stop.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 96340 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FMZK01186G. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in ST. CHARLES, IA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 1 mph.

Jan 16, 2014

I Was Driving Down The Road In The Rain And The Engine Light Came On. Then The Vehicle Started To Sputter And Acted Like It Was Going To Stall Out. It Felt Like I Was Going To Lose Power But I Was Able To Make It Home. Then The Next Day The Sun Was Out And The Car Seemed To Run Fine. This Happened To Me Several More Times Over The Next Few Months. I Started To Notice A Pattern Of It Only Happening When It Was Raining Outside. Otherwise, The Vehicle Ran Fine In Good Weather. I Realized Water Was Getting Into The Engine Somehow. Our Mechanic Thought It Was A Problem With The Spark Plugs At First. Then It Kept Happening So We Had It In The Shop Again. Water Was Found To Be Leaking Into The Powertrain Control Module. I Started To Research The Problem On The Internet And Found Several Customers Complaining About The Same Problem With Their Vehicles. Apparently It Is A Well Known Defect In The Manufacturing Of This Vehicle. I Feel ford Should Take Action And Recall These Cars Before Someone Gets Tragically Injured From Their Minivan Losing Power On A Busy Highway.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FMZA51606B. FORD FREESTAR 2006 problem was reported in PITTSBURGH, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph.

Mar 01, 2014

After Stopping At A Stop Sign, I Accelerated To Proceed, And As My Vehicle Started To Go It Just As Quickly Died. With Traffic Behind Me And Coming At Me From The Left And Right, I Was Lucky Enough That Those Cars Were Able To Stop In Time And Not Broadside Me Or Rear End Me, And I Was Able To Coast To The Side Of The Road. Long Story Short, It Was The Torque Convertor! I See That There Was A Recall On The 04 And 05 Models But Not The 2006. Having Researched Thoroughly Online For This Problem, Clearly, Mine Is Not An Isolated Incident, As There Are Numerous Other 2006fordfreestar Owners Who Have Experienced The Same Torque Convertor Failure Between 120k And 150k Miles, Complaints Stated In Many ford Forums And Other Internet Venues. Of The 75+ I Read, About 50% Had Registered A Complaint About The Torque Convertor Failure In The 06 freestars With Nhtsa. Clearly, ford Needs To Address This Problem In The 2006 As Well. Thank You For Taking The Time To Read My Info And ¿

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  1. Jose Echavarria November 19, 2017 / 12:00 am

    My 2007 4.2L Freestar has needed to be towed to the garage several times for the same reason that I do not know yet. At first, a couple of years ago, normally during wet mornings, I turned the key to start the engine and it spun for a couple of Rpms and then got stuck. I towed the car to the garage and suddenly the mechanic phones me saying that the engine did not turn even cranking it. The car was inside the garage and there was heat. He proceeded to show me and it spun. He connected everything and the car runned. He said that I should add Lucas Oil Stabilizer everytime I changed the oil. Later, the same happened and I took the van to another garage and they fixed battery connections and said that poor connections were the cause for that to happen. A week ago the same happened when my wife was leaving for work. The car was towed to the garage and the car started there but they changed the coil because it had been replaced two weeks before so better safe than sorry. Today, after a rainy night. The same happened. The engine does not spin. The car has battery charged and I tried to start it connecting battery wires to my other car. Now the engine does not even spin. The first mechanic said that the engine might be seized and might need to be replaced. Opinions?

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