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Expensive Ford Freestyle repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (24%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 88 repairs.
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Ford Freestyle repair cost distribution

$2500+ (21%)

$1000 - $2499 (79%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 63 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2007 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT FWD

42622 mi

C $580
replaced faulty alternator 
62000 mi

C $2123
Vehicle taken in for CVT fluid change. One week after return, vehicle would randomly go into "limp" mode. Vehicle returned, determined that the mechatronics unit had failed and one of the clutch packs was quite worn. Parts replaced. 
88660 mi

C $345
Alternator died. Vehicle is now on it's 3rd alternator. 
153000 mi

US $1000
Car would randomly enter limp mode and wouldn't accelerate past 1500rpm. Dealer replaced Throttle Body Control Module. Problem resurfaced shortly thereafter. 
73980 mi

C $650
Car will not move when the ambient temperature is lower than freezing. Self diagnosed that the transmission high pressure filter housing bypass solenoid is not working. Dealer performed transmission service and cleaned the solenoid. 
85560 mi

C $1100
Ignition coil died in cylinder 5. replace ignition coil and all spark plugs. Replaced accessory belt tensioner and belt. 
89900 mi

C $130
replaced battery due to low charge 
95480 mi

C $4000
CVT Noise 
37820 mi

C $300
Hatch cyinders had to be replaced 
39060 mi

C $150
Water infiltration in filtering system, caused by a non Ford air filter, previous trip to a non ford dealer 
72300 mi

C $1250
Brake system and one of the 4 ABS sensor had to be changed One of the gas alimentation control failed 
89760 mi

C $1600
Replacement of bushings and tables, left and right 
80000 mi

US $1250
Replaced air conditioner compressor 
94000 mi

US $1000
Throttle body was replaced. Car had been surging when stopped at signal or backing up - dangerous. At first dealer couldn't replicate & didn't know what to do. I researched online & found throttle body the problem and informed them 

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2007 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT AWD

81220 mi

C $2539
AWD sensor always on, they changes the pump and 4x4 module 
88320 mi

C $500
Rear weel bearing 
96720 mi

C $1200
Intake gasket to be changed, vacuum hose repaired 
99820 mi

C $2500
Major oil leak, they took off the front cover, changes the seals etc. 
102300 mi

C $575
Need alternator, no new part available, only jobber 
106000 mi

US $1400
Replaced worn out front brake pads and rotors. Replaced rear bearing hubs. They had been making noise for a while. Complete silent after the repair. 
87000 mi

US $3100
Low grinding noise from the front end when wheel turned slightly. Replaced the AWD power takeoff. Did not solve problem. Claimed that replacement was not aligned properly. Reinstalled now noise free. I question need for replacement. 

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2007 Ford Freestyle 4-door

6-cylinder CVT 2WD

151700 mi

US $2500
car died on highway, proved to engine wiring harness, killed the pcm and throttle body 

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2006 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT FWD

103800 mi

US $470
Replaced deteriorated upper engine mount. Rattle from front right at low to moderate speeds. Mechanic lubed suspension stops and tightened suspension bolts without separate charge. Recommended visit to dealer. 
112000 mi

US $172
Replaced front stabilizer bar bushings. 
123000 mi

US $130
Clean throttle body and intake to resolve surging during slow speed maneuvers with hot engine and air conditioner on.  
125000 mi

US $532
Replaced front struts due to poor ride quality and nosediving while braking.  
133000 mi

US $190
Air conditioner not blowing cold air, could not hear compressor starting. System charged and dye added. Checked for smell inside the vehicle. Mechanic believes it is from carpets rather than from A/C system. 
143800 mi

US $660
A/C not cooling at all. System recharged and dye added. Dye added last spring could not be found. Car had excessive lean in turns and was making THUD noises from rear when going over bumps. Sway bar links replaced both front and rear. Handling of car much better. 
145800 mi

US $1500
Check engine light came on, with some flashing, with severe loss of power and rough running. Replaced coil packs on all cylinders (with buried spark plugs-cost subtracted), changed EGR valve, cleaned and lubricated throttle body. 
163000 mi

US $239
Car was very difficult to steer after sitting for about a month. Power steering system flushed and linkage lubricated. Steering is better right now, but may not be a long-term repair per mechanic. Replaced multiple bulbs of third brake light. 
166000 mi

US $157
Car was cooling only when running at speed, not at idle or traffic lights. System evacuated and recharged with leak dye added. May be a leak in condenser. 
181000 mi

US $160
A/C was running but not cold. About 12 months since last recharge. 
36000 mi

US $115
Several times, when just starting or after a long idle. When shifted to drive (F or R) the engine surged to 2000 rpm then went into a limp home mode. I was told to replace throttle body ($600) but not til a redesigned one was available in October.  
79000 mi

US $145
AC would not blow cold under 1800 rpm. Scroll valve replaced in compressor. Problem solved without compressor removal/replacement 
112000 mi

US $1100
replace compressor drier etc. 
119000 mi

US $875
replace rear shock 
60500 mi

US $1200
upper engine torque mount worn- replaced Battery failed load test- replaced 
67000 mi

US $1300
Compressor leaking freon. replaced entire system. 
103000 mi

US $1476
Air Conditioner no longer blew cold air, recharge did not fix. Dealer diagnosed leaky compressor and replaced. Dealer damaged radiator during service and replaced at no additional charge. 
190000 mi

US $2000
the car was not cooling. I had the compressor replaced 3 times, replaced the evaporator coil, dryer and expansion valve 
68820 mi

C $450
Check engine light on. When in reverse, engine would accelerate by itself and then just die and the repair light would remain on after all other lights & indicators go off. Throttle got cleaned, problem still persists. 
76260 mi

C $1500
Suspension was acting badly, had to replace everything. Lots of potholes in Montreal, unfortunately! 
77780 mi

C $500
Changed transmission in full. The car keeps acting out - at times it just won't go any direction, like the clutch is not engaging or something. 
96720 mi

C $1000
Front stabilizer bar, control arms, ball joints replaced. 
125000 mi

US $3000
CVT started going out at 99K miles. Drove until 123K. Replaced with salvage yard CVT. Upper motor mount worn out. Replaced mount. 
292000 mi

US $145
Throttle body went bad. Swapped the throttle body with a new one 
120000 mi

US $7300
Replaced transmission with a new one 
128000 mi

US $7300
CFT30 transmission failed and had to be replaced. This transmission is presently on 60 day backorder from Ford, however, my shop located two in a warehouse. $7300 is a ridiculous price, however, the only other option is a used one, $3300. 
128300 mi

US $1850
AC compressor seized, shredding the serpentine belt and plugging the condenser and evaperator. No power steering and no electrical charging made vehicle undriveable. All parts required replacement. 
118400 mi

US $310
Replaced driver's side front axle seal. 
155 mi

US $2000
AC compressor leaking 
96700 mi

US $1870
The car would lose power suddenly but everything would be fine when restarted. Determined to be a faulty electronic control module. Dealer replaced it and had to change all the fluids and filters because of the repair. 
107500 mi

US $500
Left rear wheel hub and bearing were replaced. 
68300 mi

US $1233
Replace AC compressor. 
70200 mi

US $186
Replaced worn, noisy front sway bar end links. 
108566 mi

US $259
Passenger side air conditioning blows warm. Dealer replaced RH AC temperature actuator. 
109000 mi

US $559
Replaced front and rear sway bar end links. 
110000 mi

US $302
Replaced defective power steering pressure switch. 
100840 mi

C $2000
Tire and tray 

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2006 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT AWD

86000 mi

US $5500
cvt transmission replaced with new one from mfg 
141000 mi

US $550
AWD system. fluid pump failure that activates the W AWD system. Per Ford the part is no longer available. 
70000 mi

US $250
2 broken front struts 
93000 mi

US $3500
Motor mount replaced. Struts replaced. 
100000 mi

US $1600
A/c - heat system unbalanced and inefficient, esp. a/c. Replaced core. 
120000 mi

US $1400
No A/C. Condenser replaced and Freon recharged. Two struts replaced. 
115000 mi

US $1200
Got a quote for the paint flaking off the hood. All freestyles do this. Was quoted over a thousand dollars with no guarantee the issue would not return. Did not repair. 
119000 mi

US $300
Heated seats stopped working. Did not repair. Not worth the cost. 
128000 mi

US $400
Motor mount rotted 
51000 mi

US $100
Throttle body sensor malfunctioned causing erratic idle. Awaiting replacement but backordered since begining of July. I have been able to drive though since my visit to the dealer. 
65000 mi

US $100
Upper engine support rubber center deteriorated resulting in the entire support being replaced. 
89700 mi

US $4200
CVT transmission failed. 
93000 mi

US $195
Sway bar bushing needed to be replaced. 
103000 mi

US $675
Dash light indicating traction control was not working. Parts related to traction control replaced but light is still on after several attempts to reset. 
106000 mi

US $1095
Compressor failed. Compressor, dryer and all associated parts replaced. 
99800 mi

US $1200
Traction control was not functioning. Complete unit replaced. 
128000 mi

US $1500
After hitting a pothole there was loud noise emanating from the left front of car. Replaced both struts, strut bearings and sway bar connector. 
107000 mi

US $2400
Emissions engine code. Code still exists. So far many parts thrown at problem, unnecessarily. I found a TSB that may help. 
110000 mi

US $1030
A/c compressor fail 
121000 mi

US $1031
New struts, 4who alignment and oil change. 
91000 mi

US $1000
I noticed fluid was leaking from front of vehicle. Dealer found transmission pan gasket needed to be replaced.  Water (aka Coolant) pump replaced when leak was discovered by dealer. 
34000 mi

US $288
Clunk noise heard when driving over bumps - Front stabilizer links worn on both sides - replaced same. Parts & Labor= $288.40 Dealer also conducted 21 point inspection. Oil & filer changed at no charge(Used points from Ford Owner's Advantage membership) 
66000 mi

US $200
Throttle body - clean same and reset engine management software. Flash and update 
78000 mi

US $780
Front left lower control arm was badly worn and car was pulling/drifting with uneven tire wear. Replaced same and realigned all 4 wheels 
79500 mi

US $1100
Expansion valve failed & destroyed A/C compressor. Ford dealer wanted $1700 to repair-instead took car to ASE certified garage which fixed system with genuine Ford parts for $1100 - saved me $600 and A/C is now ice cold! 
81000 mi

US $375
Right Rear Wheel Bearing failed and parts fused. Took to ASE certified mechanic for R&R 
91140 mi

C $100
Heated seat not working. Grid replaced. 
115320 mi

C $1100
Transmission not shifting properly when cold. Replaced mecatronic unit. 
116140 mi

C $100
Blend door motor for passenger HVAC failed and was not allowing cold air to blow. 
116560 mi

C $1400
A/C line to rear of car rotted through. Replaced line. Had to remove manifold, fuel tank and drop rear sub-frame assembly to replace line. 9 hours of labour. 
119040 mi

C $550
Replaced a control arm in the suspension. 

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2005 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT FWD

52700 mi

C $1700
Ball-joints were replaced where front suspension meets wheel. 
71300 mi

C $220
Air conditioning did not work. two flashers burned out. 
78120 mi

C $1500
Suspension problems. Steering problems. 
82460 mi

C $450
AC repair. I am starting to hate this car that I had so much enjoyed... right wheel bearing needed to be changed. 
84360 mi

C $700
Rear brakes changed and some other bit repairs to rear wheels. 
158000 mi

US $1200
It needed a dryer and compressor 
72000 mi

US $140
Unintended acceleration. Had to apply brakes to keep from moving. Not as severe as if pushing down accel fully, but very disconcerting. Mechanic thoroughly cleaned throttle manifold. Gunk had accumulated, a sticky, gummy mess that affected the throttle. 
80800 mi

US $1000
A computer module and the main AC computer failed. 
115000 mi

US $1100
AC compressor failed. Calif. requires entire system to be replaced. 
130000 mi

US $150
Diagnose and replace 'fuel rail pressure sensor'. 
59000 mi

US $5000
transmission failure 
59000 mi

US $500
severe transmission failure which would cost $5K to fix so got rid of car 
35340 mi

C $300
Cracked bushing, front end. 
55800 mi

C $230
Outer tie rod end, passenger side 
61380 mi

C $300
Sway bar links ...second time in two years  
64020 mi

C $292
Sway bar end links ......again !!!!! 
78740 mi

C $667
Ball joint, front passenger ... 
85560 mi

C $1380
Front engine stabilizer mount replaced. Complete tuneup and rear sway bar links. 
71740 mi

C $340
3rd set of Swaybar links in 4 years Extended warranty service for throttle body, included reflashing ECU 
99280 mi

C $675
Replaced drivers side ball joint 
111600 mi

C $450
Replaced front struts and mount-bearings.. 
92000 mi

US $1200
fuel injector 

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2005 Ford Freestyle 4dr Wagon

203-horsepower 3.0L V6 CVT AWD

172000 mi

US $1050
Dvr side wheel bearing/inner and outer tierod ends both sides/dvr and passenger stabilizer bars 
179000 mi

US $500
Dvr side front started to make a unusual noise, but didn't affect driveability of vehicle. 
191000 mi

US $1000
Rear differential pump burned out, wasnt circulating fluid, so it kept tripping Traction control error message. Heard that Ford didnt have a recommended service check, but Volvo did, which this car is based on. 
206300 mi

US $600
Waterpump was leakingrnHad been replaced the year before, but appeared the housing had a crack in it 
208000 mi

US $530
Vehicle wouldnt start some days, light on dashboard state to check charging system Ended up having to have the Alternator replacement 
56420 mi

C $140
Steering link replaced. 
75020 mi

C $275
rear wiper moter r/r 
93000 mi

C $1000
r & r lower right ball joint and control arm 
105400 mi

C $645
R & R Alternator 
107260 mi

C $777
R & R both rear calipers and rotors 
112220 mi

C $257
Repair exhaust pipe at header 
56000 mi

US $150
Replaced loose front sway bar links. 
62000 mi

US $600
Alternator stopped working, needed to be replaced. Because of its age, serpentine belt was also replaced. 
68000 mi

US $400
There was an unpleasant noise coming from the rear right. It turned out there was a wheel bearing failing. The bearing was replaced and the noise went away. 
82000 mi

US $750
Starter motor had become slightly unreliable--made odd noise, sometimes needed to attempt start multiple times. Control arm needed to be replaced. 
82500 mi

US $550
Stuck rear calipers. Calipers, rotors, and pads had to be replaced. Didn't include price of rotors or pads, they were near end-of-life anyway. 
103500 mi

US $470
Alternator not charging adequately. This was a rebuilt alternator; the orignal had failed previously. 
112000 mi

US $1241
Rear differential was failing. Replaced with used part. Broken rear sway bar replaced. 
117800 mi

US $450
One of the steering knuckle pivots was frozen, so steering was more difficult and uneven than it should have been. 
125000 mi

US $2000
The computer that monitors the AWD sensors was broken. It had to be replaced. One transaxle mount was broken. Needed to be replaced. 
92000 mi

US $2800
Had input shaft replaced and bearings also. Cleaned Throttle Body due to rpm fluctuating. Replaced pressure sensor on rear differential, but AWD malfunction light is on. 
92000 mi

US $700
the Input shaft failed again, transmission shop had someone machine a new shaft, so far so good, also the AWD malfunction light was due to a faulty pump at the rear differential, was replaced for 700.00 
74000 mi

US $120
Exhaust leak discovered, crack found in exhaust pipe. Exhaust pipe repaired by welding new part onto crack portion, issue resolved. 
76000 mi

US $1100
Clunking noise from front end turned out to be blown left front strut. Both front struts replaced plus turntables. Also links at all four wheels replaced. Problem resolved. 
89000 mi

US $2000
Became increasingly hard to steer, replaced steering shaft. Found leak from A/C system, compressor and lines needed to be replaced. 
96000 mi

US $130
Exhaust leak from flex pipe, new flex pipe welded on 
97000 mi

US $744
Left front ball joint had excessive play, was clunking over bumps. Ball joint replaced and issue resolved. 
99000 mi

US $545
Alternator failed 
99900 mi

US $1000
Car vibrated when braking, needed new pads and rotors all around, also replace one frozen caliper 
102600 mi

US $500
Both front wheel bearings replaced. 
104000 mi

US $300
Replaced one of the rear wheel bearings 
104000 mi

US $200
Right rear caliper leaking, replaced. 
108000 mi

US $178
"Check Transmission" and the wrench light came on. The dealer updated the software but it continued to occur. They quoted about $7,100 for a new transmission. I'm still able to drive short distance but am looking to replace this car. 
75000 mi

C $800
Check Engine Light was on. Diagnosis from scan: leak in the fuel system. Information Center displayed message: Check Fuel Cap. Replaced fuel cap. Hopefully this solves the check engine issue. 
85560 mi

C $700
ABS sensor replaced. Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
114700 mi

C $1300
AWD malfunction. Replaced pump for AWD system. Not sure of actual part name. Part was $750. 
114700 mi

C $750
I replaced both front struts, strut mounts and sway bar link kits. 
135000 mi

US $1450
Left rear caliper quit releasing after breaking. Caused inner pad to wear to metal. 2nd time it's done this. New calipers on both sides (aftermarket this time). Had had it checked by Les Schwab 2x and they said brakes were fine. Nope. $$$$ Upper torque rod Bushings replaced. (I believe this is the 2nd time in 2 years.) 
24000 mi

US $1200
AC compressor went out 
60300 mi

US $550
A high pitch whine became evident during acceleration. Upper Engine Mount was replaced - problem fixed. 
66000 mi

US $1110
Grinding & Popping noise while slow turn hard steer (like turning into garage). Also noticed softer front suspension than normal. A TSB had been issued on this which required replacing the front spring coils. 
85900 mi

US $300
Transmission would not come out if first gear (safe mode). Dealer wanted $1,700 to repair but hydraulic valve body part was not available for two months. Decided to wait and see. Computer reset, car is acting normally. 
156000 mi

US $1500
Issue showed up as AWD Drive Failure message with Traction Control Failure light on. Was due to a common failure for the CV transmission on the Freestyle. Not the catastrophic mechanical failure, but the pressure sensor and Mechatronic unit. 
120000 mi

US $750
Developed hole in upper intake manifold resulting in vacuum leak and engine failure. Manifold replaced. 
135000 mi

US $1100
Repeated coil failure and EGR malfunction. Problem was electical. A wire from the computer to the EGR valve connector was shorted. 
162000 mi

US $420
Starter motor failed 
195000 mi

US $100
A/C compressor replaced, clutch was throwing sparks and smoking intermittent starter failure, have to knock on the starter regularly to get it to work 
230000 mi

US $300
Control arms and end links replaced on front left and front right. Alignment done at shop when complete. 
245000 mi

US $320
a/c compressor failed/locked up, drive belt broke. Replaced compressor, drier and expansion valve. Flushed a/c lines, pulled a vacuum and recharged system. Replaced drive belt. 
245000 mi

US $160
Ball joint movement/play on both sides, excess inner tire wear and car would not pass safety inspection. Ball joint is integrated so the entire control arm was replaced on each side. 
69000 mi

US $1000
Sudden acceleration when putting into gear. Goes into Fail Safe Mode. I was told it needs a throttle body which is on back order. Rented a car for 8 days but cant afford to do that permenantly. Seems it may take till sept. to get the part 
147000 mi

US $140
Rear washer line became unattached near firewall and would pump fluid onto the ground just behind the front right tire. 
154000 mi

US $400
DEM (differential Electronic Module) failure. The DEM has been replaced but the All Wheel Drive is still malfunctioning because the oil pump in the rear differential needs to be replaced. 
158500 mi

US $1314
Replaced oil pump for all-wheel-drive system. Replaced tie rod, tire balancing, and all-wheel alignment. 

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2005 Ford Freestyle 4-door

6-cylinder CVT AWD

263000 mi

US $1400
replaced spark plugs, coils, and EGR valve. 

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