Reliable & Seats 7
Handles great with it's short wheel base. Seats Seven. Has utility space in back. Just Perfect! Used it for all the Kid's Sports! Loved it!
Awesome family AWD vehicle.
**********Awesome family car. It has a rear entertainment system and a third row of seats. It is also all wheel drive so it is great in snow!!**********
Do not buy this car
I bought this car used. It had 85,000 miles so it should have had a lot of life left but the cvt transmission went out before it had 100,000 miles on it. It cost 6000.00+ to get it repaired. Ridiculous!
Part of the family
Purchased new in 2006 and after nine years of faithful service all I can say is that it's the best car we have ever had. After 108,000 miles the only issue we had was a leaky A/C O ring hat was covered by the warrantee. I also upgraded the throttle body to the updated un-heated one. Acceptable 26 mpg hwy 18 around town. She is a bit slow off he line but very enjoyable to drive. I would recommend using ceramic brake pads on the rear. The standard stuff wears out too fast.
This car was recommended to me when I told the dealer I'm tall and want plenty of room. I purchased this car in 2006 with 19k and now in Oct 2014, 79K I have no regrets. I keep the maintenance up. Took it in for throttle recall at dealers (dealer gave me entry code for free if I promised to support them and I did until I moved recently) and noticed better driving. These cars are no longer made so now looking for another SUV/crossover to take its place in a few years.
Doin' it again.
I'm on my second Freestyle. I had one for a company car back in '06. In a little over 4 years, I put 176,000 on that vehicle. It liked to use brakes and tires, but that's not uncommon in this hilly part of the country. I never had an issue with the CVT. I did regular maintenance and fluids on the car and drove it sensibly. I'm retired now and went out hunting for another one. I found another '06 with just under 90Gs on it and snapped it up. I am shocked that these cars weren't the most popular family car in America back then. Maybe it's the "plain Jane" looks? Whatever. I hope to put another 100,000 on this one. Far superior to any mini-van out there.
Hit or Miss
Bought this car used...8yrs old with 54k miles. I've read the blogs about lunging (predictable after it happens a few times), bad brakes (mine has a steering wheel wobble on hard braking), and CVT going out (not on mine). Pros: Good enough acceleration at speed; Comfortable ride, even for big people who need extra leg- or head-room; Rear seat folds flat into floor well and I can still tote my 3 kids. Engine compartment neat and organized, easy to find and fill all fluids. Cons: Much worse than advertised gas mileage (19City/24Hwy, but I'm getting 20.7hwy); A/C doesn't reach back seat except on high, and there is no cabin air filter; No solid attachment points on roof rack. While braking, the car will lunge momentarily when downshifting.
CVT guaranteed to fail
We loved that car, it is comfortable, spacious, great driving experience. Then at 80000 miles we heard a noise overlaying the normal engine sound, which goes up and down with acceleration/slowing down. The devastating diagnose: the CVT transmission is going to fail.Working through various car forums, there a infinite reports and complaints about that. The CVT fails basically between 30,000 and 80,000 miles, almost guaranteed, and replacement (approx. $6000) is not a good option as it will fail again due to inherent technical design issues. In addition, the AC compressor has a leak, an engine mount needs to be replaced, ... This is a black hole sucking up your money.
We own a 2007 freestyle limited that we bought new. It has 137000.0 miles on it with no major problems. have done the usual service on wear items. brakes, tires , oil and filters and Ford did a recall on the throttle body and reprogramed the computer which took care of the lunging problem. Love this car. Wish ford had continued building it. I would recommend it to anyone. We have been up and down the east coast many times and the car not only is fun to drive but very comfortable and safe feeling. The only thing I would have done different is with the video system that folds into the roof. When in use it blocks the drivers few with the rear few mirror. hope ford reconsiders bringing this model back.
This car saved my life.
After hitting a drunk driver head on at 50 mph, then immediately slamming in to a traffic pole, my partner and I walked away with minimal injuries. We very well could have been dead, but the cabin shielded us so much from the accident that we could barely even hear what was happening. That being said, we never had any major problems with the car. It did develop an oil leak around 85,000 miles, but never so serious that we needed to take it in (the equivalent of one quart in between oil changes). The gas mileage left something to be desired as city drivers, but the comfort more than made up for it. And, as it turns out, so did the safety.