2006 Ford Freestyle Consumer Reviews

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2006 Ford Freestyle
4.2
Average based on 39 reviews
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CVT repair can be expensive!

by from Dallas, TX on February 5, 2011

We got a 2006 Freestyle for a really great price. Freestyle prices are bottom dollar for a really nice and well built vehicle. I liked the interior and overall the car had a good solid feel. It wasn't...
We got a 2006 Freestyle for a really great price. Freestyle prices are bottom dollar for a really nice and well built vehicle. I liked the interior and overall the car had a good solid feel. It wasn't quite the minivan we wanted, but it was close. We were happy for the first few months, then we went on a 1500 mile trip to see family. 1000 miles into the trip the CVT goes out. No warning, just quits working. We have it towed to a Ford dealer and good thing we had an extended warranty. The repair price almost matched the purchase price! According to Ford, the factory that built the CVT's was closed. Few, if any, parts are available. No new transmissions are available. They only located four rebuilt units; two in Michigan and two in New England somewhere. First they fixed the "Megatronix" control unit, and the CVT still wouldn't work. The CVT's input shaft was sheared. This part was not available. After weeks of waiting and flying home and then having to fly back to get the Freestyle, they had it fixed. The repair cost was over 8000. (CVT~4800 Megatronix~1800 Labor, etc~1500) If the CVT goes, you are up the creek. Also, have the throttle body checked. Our engine surged and died a lot. They had a Service Bulletin to fix the T.B. It ran good after that. After repair we traded the Freestyle in on a minivan. I asked the service manager, my extended warranty company (this was a Ford Certified Pre-Owned Freestyle purchased from a Ford dealer), and Ford Customer Care what happens when the CVT is no longer available, period? I got three answers from three people: 1. "Ford never abandons a vehicle. We'll figure out how to fix them" 2. "If that happens it will be decided on a case-by-case basis." 3. "I don't know." Think about that. As of late 2010/early 2011 These cars sell for 9k-12k fully loaded in immaculate condition for a reason. My local used car superstore informed me they would not sale my old Freestyle on the lot due to warranty and parts costs. And the fact no one wants them anymore. I recommend a Taurus X if you like the Freestyle. It is basically a reworked Freestyle without the CVT. IF YOU BUY A FREESTYLE, GET SOME KIND OF EXTENDED WARRANTY!!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Excellent Car for Travel

by from Waco, TX on December 3, 2007

We took our Freestyle with the CVT transmission on a trip to Colorado and could not have asked for better performance on the road or on the hills. Got excellent milage about 28 MPG and had no worrys a...
We took our Freestyle with the CVT transmission on a trip to Colorado and could not have asked for better performance on the road or on the hills. Got excellent milage about 28 MPG and had no worrys about power. I wonder why Ford discontinued the CVT even if it was going to add a little cost to the vehicle.
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Does recommend this car

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I LOVE my Freestyle!

by from KANSAS CITY on July 8, 2010

I was looking for a stylish vehicle with a 3rd row seat. I didn't want a minivan and most SUV's I looked at didn't have a 3rd row seating area. The FREESTYLE was in my price range and was exactly what...
I was looking for a stylish vehicle with a 3rd row seat. I didn't want a minivan and most SUV's I looked at didn't have a 3rd row seating area. The FREESTYLE was in my price range and was exactly what I wanted as far as stylish outer looks and interior design.
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Does recommend this car

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Very capable and pleasant to drive

by from Princeton, NJ on May 6, 2008

Car is extremely versatile. Can comfortably take the family of five, our large dog and luggage on a weekend trip, yet is economic and of reasonable proportions for the times that I drive to work alone...
Car is extremely versatile. Can comfortably take the family of five, our large dog and luggage on a weekend trip, yet is economic and of reasonable proportions for the times that I drive to work alone. It is voluminous when I fold down all seats and carry a lot of boxes. The all-wheel-drive works very well in snow and yet the car dives comfortably like a sedan. The car is attractive, so I enjoy it, and am happy to take colleagues on business trips. The transmission makes other transmissions seem out of date. Traditional automatic transmissions give you uneven acceleration as they change gears. They often require a downshift when you suddenly apply gas, causing a momentary reduction of power. The Freestyle transmission gives you immediate smooth power when you apply gas. I am a pilot, and it reminds me of how you get power from a jet engine. The GPS and all gadgets work well. No maintenance other than oil changes and recommended servicing has been required after two years and 20,000 miles.
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Does recommend this car

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I love this car!

by from Newark, Ohio on February 26, 2009

I just got a Freestyle in November and it's March now. Still to this day I go out to my car and it's love at first sight. It looks great, it runs great, it has all kind of awesome features. I would re...
I just got a Freestyle in November and it's March now. Still to this day I go out to my car and it's love at first sight. It looks great, it runs great, it has all kind of awesome features. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a minivan or SUV. It's the best of both worlds!
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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I love my 2006 Freestyle

by from North Ridgeville, OH on April 1, 2009

I purchased my Freestyle in December of 2005. When I first saw it sitting on the showroom floor I went WOW!! The look of it was actually sporty! I had my Taurus in the shop for a repair. Big mistake g...
I purchased my Freestyle in December of 2005. When I first saw it sitting on the showroom floor I went WOW!! The look of it was actually sporty! I had my Taurus in the shop for a repair. Big mistake going into the showroom! I ended up leaving with the Freestyle. I love the crossover. Everything about it. When I first sat in it, it was so comfortable and I'm rather short. As stated in previous reviews, everything is in arms reach. The amount of storage is phenomenal! The amount of cup holders, the plug ins for cell phones etc located in 3 different places in the vehicle. The sound system is fantastic. I've had my Freestyle for over 3 years and I still feel happy every time I drive it. Friends think it's awesome too. I've been able to haul all different things in it with the way the seats fold down. It's just one terrific vehicle. I wish Ford hadn't discontinued it. I would buy another.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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"Great Family Car"

by from St. Louis on December 12, 2007

I've owned an Expedition, Caravan and Full size Van. This car features the best of all. I can't beleive I'm getting 21 city in a 3.5 AWD model. It's perfect for everything a family needs. The CVT tran...
I've owned an Expedition, Caravan and Full size Van. This car features the best of all. I can't beleive I'm getting 21 city in a 3.5 AWD model. It's perfect for everything a family needs. The CVT transmition is smooth and effective. Great Job!
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Does recommend this car

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Love My Wagon

by from Pa. on February 25, 2008

This car has been great. It's very comfortable for me and my family and with the limited we have all the options accept power moon roof. Very impressed with the all wheel drive and the gas mileage not...
This car has been great. It's very comfortable for me and my family and with the limited we have all the options accept power moon roof. Very impressed with the all wheel drive and the gas mileage not bad at all. Definitely recommend the car.
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nice car

by from Dexter, Michigan on December 26, 2012

the freestyle is very roomy, handles great, and has decent mpg. I only wish Ford continued this line.
the freestyle is very roomy, handles great, and has decent mpg. I only wish Ford continued this line.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Dangerous

by from San Antonio on July 24, 2012

We've had issues with the car lunging when foot is on the brake. This happens in both forward and reverse and is common in this car (you can google something like "Ford Freestyle Lunges" and see resul...
We've had issues with the car lunging when foot is on the brake. This happens in both forward and reverse and is common in this car (you can google something like "Ford Freestyle Lunges" and see results). It is a serious safety issue and Ford will not recall the car. Also, the AC has gone out 3 times already. We like the roominess and the style but it is definitely not worth purchasing.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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