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Freestyle First Owner with 270,000 miles
36 of 36 people found this review helpful
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By schopster
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2005 Ford Freestyle Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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I bought my Limited AWD new in 2005 and have found the car to be very reliable. Just turned 270K miles as I drive a lot for my work. Gas mileage is consistent at 21 mpg now for mix of highway/town driving. I do alot of general maintenance myself. Things that have been replaced include all wheel bearings, front struts, some front suspension items, normal brakes/rotors/calipers once. I change oil at 5K with ford semi-synthetic and the engine doesnt use a drop of oil between oil changes. Drivers seat heater stopped working
a while back. CVT had filter/fluid changes at 190K and as been rock solid. Once a year you should clean the butterfly in the throttle body- if not it can surge at idle.


Worst Features

This car is very reliable, never lets me down, and I still would not hesitate to hop in it and drive cross country. The body has stayed good.. I live in NE with winter road salt and rarely wash it. There is a couple of spots of corrosion on the leading edge of the aluminum hood but otherwise in good shape for high mileage car. In my opinion, great family car, hauls a bunch (6 people with the rear seats opened up) good sound system with the DVD premium sound option. I have also pulled a 12 foot utility trailer, often heavily loaded, about 25K miles with the car. MPG suffers due to weight and wind drag- about 17mpg at highway speeds.


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Great Car
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By sethjg
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2005 Ford Freestyle Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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i have a 05 Limited Freestyle has 79,000 miles, bought it from my aunt and its been a great car since just dont drive it hard simple as that its a heavy car if you put the peddle to the floor constintly expect problems.. and keep it maintained the car will last for a long time and check for recalls before fixing anything.


Best Features

The Heating and AC at a maintained tempature, and the leather interrior


Worst Features

The body style is ok beside the hump on the roof idk what was goin on in ford head haha


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Never buying a ford again.
5 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By aparadoski
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2005 Ford Freestyle SEL Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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We bought our freestyle off kijiji. At first it was a good vehicle but was a little suckish on gas. We liked it for room for dogs or for passengers or for easy convienvence. After about two years of ownership, we started hearing a rumbling sound when in P or N. We took the car in and they told us that it was the transmission. We will now be trying to get rid of this piece of shit for something better like a mazda cx-7 before our lemonmobile breaks down. ps never buy another FORD.


Best Features

sucks


Worst Features

stop making cars.


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What a waste of 10 Grand
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By 4freese
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2005 Ford Freestyle SEL Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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We bought out Freestyle used and was assured that it was a great automobile with no known issues.
After a year of owning it the car died and it has to have the CVT transmission fixed.
I replaced the mechatronic unit and it still is not fixed.
Dealer said that the best thing to do is light a match and drop it on the floorboard.
A new trans is $6000 and a throttle body is $500.
Mechatronic unit was $800.
What a money pit.
If it had a better transmission it would be a great car but it cannot move without this working.


Best Features

Everything except the transmission.


Worst Features

Ford needs to reimburse buyers or replace the transmisison with something better. They know the problems exsist and will not fix them.


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Another bad tranny.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By susanh48
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2005 Ford Freestyle SEL AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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I've had my 2005 freestyle 2 years.
It's miles 112,000.
When stopped it would lunge forward.
Had mechanic look at it but he couldn't get it to lunge.
Then the rear traction light came on.
Tried to take it to mechanic & was fine.
A few more days go by and then the check transmission light comes on.
Again go to mechanic and it runs fine.
This time I had it looked at & was told it had 5 transmission codes, none of which he could fix. Drove it
for weekend made an appt to take to tranny shop,
told it needed a new tranny $4500 plus labor of $1500 and backordered 90 days. I am like others and stuck making payments while it sits.
This will be my last Ford.


Worst Features

Ford needs to step up and recall these vehicles. A solution to this problem would help all of us who bought there product out.


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