2005 Ford Freestyle consumer reviews

$25,040–$26,840 MSRP range
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85% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.1
Explore the 2005 Ford Freestyle

One of my Favorite Fords

My family has owned 12 Fords in the last 35 years. They are comfortable and roomy-important for a family of 7, and 3 men above 6 feet tall. Traded my high mileage Freestyle for an Edge, because Ford stopped making the Freestyle. Wish I had my old car back, I dislike the Edge and would buy another Freestyle in a heartbeat!



Too bad Ford stopped making this vehicle. I think it's the homerun that no one saw. Great vehicle. Would buy again.


Nice carriage

We purchased a Freestyle about a month aga, and have needed to take two 1,000 mile trips so far. It is roomy enough to seat 4 grandchildren comfortably and the rear air makes the ride great. We wanted a Freestyle 4 years ago, and are glad we finally found one.


not a bad car

bought the 2005 Freestyle with 50.000 miles on it in 2009. When i purchased the car from the dealer they did change the AC compressor since it was not cooling properly. Good Gas mileage, between 19/20mpg in city and 25+mpg on the highway. I had to exchange so far the battery, the sway bars ($ 200) in the front and normal oil changes, now the front brake pads are due and the resurfacing of front rotors ($ 150 package). I had a noise in the front going over bumps so Ford quoted me a $ 1.000 repair for new front Struts and mounts. Went to 3 different repair shops, they all quoted $700- 800 until a smaller garage found out its the sway bars and fixed it for around $ 200. Its a common problem, even the Struts starting at around 50K miles... so be aware when you testdrive a used one with high miles and you hear a noise. Styling is great, loading and transportation too. The ride is compfy and quiet. Unfortunately it only can tow 2000lbs... a small trailer 6x10 weights 1200lbs alone when empty. I added a satellite radio, sound is great. Leather at the driver seat cracked pretty much and clear coat on front bumper starts peeling, but I'm in Florida lots of sun. Will have that repainted, ( $ 175). Good car just watch for the little things like usual. The CVT supposed to have a lifetime warranty which expires with the second owner.



We bought our Freestyle Limited AWD used with over 100,000 miles on the V6 engine. - *THE GOOD* If we don't floor it and maintain speeds below 70 MPH on the freeway we can get up to 26 MPG. The ride is very smooth, quiet and comfortable. The controls on the steering wheel for the cruise controll and stereo are straightforward and easy to use. There is plenty of room for 6 people to sit comfortably. The rear seats fold down quickly and easily for additional storage area and there is plenty of it. This vehicle is great for road trips. - *THE NOT SO GOOD* City driving really consumes fuel. If we are doing lots of starting and stopping our fuel economy drops to 20 MPG or less. The controls for the heat/ac are not the easiest to access as they are down very low below the radio and behind the shift lever. The door locks automatically engage when you shift out of park (which is fine) but they do not automatically dis-engage when you shift back into park. - *OVERALL* We did a lot of research before we purchased this vehicle and we're happy with our decison. We are sad that Ford discontinued this line because we would totally buy another newer one a few years down the road if it were available.


Extremely Pleased with the Ford Freestyle

My wife and I bought an 05 Freestyle SE 2WD new in 05. We were expecting our 1st child and wanted a safe vehicle to haul people, our big dog, and all the stuff that goes along with it. We chose the Freestyle, it proved a good decision. The Freestyle has been a very reliable vehicle over the 102,000 miles we put on it. Fuel ecomony was adequate but the engine had to work hard at times in city traffic (18-20MPG). Highway driving was where the vehicle excelled getting 25-27MPG. We would have kept it for years to come, but we ended up experiencing the Volvo designed saftey features in a front end collison at freeway speeds. No one was hurt but the car was a total loss. Better to lose the car than the family. We made the perfect choice.


Watch your tansmission!

I have a 500 and recently bought this Freestyle. Both have rear brake issues. The freestyle has the CVT in it, and I regret that. mileage is unimpressive (21-22Hwy. compared to 27-28 for 500) and the CVT requires an expensive service every 50K. The six speed is the way to go. However, they both do their job pretty reliably and the Freestyle has much better driving balance to it then the hobby-horse 500. Cheap, cheap, cheap seats (typical of Ford), good ergonomics.





Great van alternative

We've owned the car for 2 months now, and are happy with it. The CVT drivetrain has a different feel than traditional transmissions. The car has reasonable power, but isn't sporty. Our 2nd row is 2 bucket seats without the console, and that does make for better access to the 3rd row. The 3rd row seat is fine for a 6ft, 220lb person. One engine item to be sure and inspect on used: The rubber bushing on the Transaxle Roll Resistor. It's a common failure. It's on top of the engine and easy to locate. A general internet search of this item will help with details. Overall, we wanted a 3rd row vechicle that's not a van, and this is a great choice.


We love our Freestyle!

When we were looking at the freestyle some of the reviews said that it didn't have much get up and go. We found that to not be the case! It is a great car and shame on Ford for not continuing to make these.