2006 Ford Freestyle Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Great room without sitting up on the air like most SUVs. Very comfortable, especially on long trips. Does have a bad blind spot on drivers side rear. Plenty of power but because of transmission it is deceiving. Can not feel transmission change gears with CVT. Plenty of room in back seat but 3rd row is for toddlers or small kids only. Loads of room with 3rd row laid flat. Update. Transmission had to be replaced as many in the AWD models do. Ford does nothing about it and does not claim an issue. Traded car with 102000 miles due to replacement transmission having issues.
My daughter bought this vehicle used and had 80,000 miles. She drove it and put 100,000 miles on it. I got it at 180,000 miles and now have 210,000 miles on it. It's not a drag racer but it can get up and go when needed. It's rather plain looking when compared to other wagons and SUV's but it's got clean lines and has a solid feel on the road. My only complaint (daughters too), is the air conditioner. Typical Ford, it stops pumping out cool air when the vehicle is idling. Unfortunately dealers do not repair things anymore. They want to replace the system ($2,200 plus). From my research I've learned it's a valve and/or spring, located under a plate on the compressor, and that the problem exists in other Ford models that use the same compressor. I guess dealers make more money, without having to break a sweat, by replacing the big parts only. The CVT took some getting used to but it's not given me, nor my daughter, any problems. I'm looking to keep my Freestyle until it gets to the 250,000 mile mark - or sooner if I croak.
do not buy this car ,it has a lot of problem : transmission dies fast , i drove only 20,000 miles and the transmission broke i took it to the dealer and he wanted to charge me 7,000 dollars plus $4,000 for labor.this it happened to my friend too .this car has a lot of sensors problem.it's comfortable inside and it has very nice look every body like it but when you buy it you will face the truth.if you want to waist your money and all your saving money buy it. it's baaaaaaad car.
THE CLOTHE SEATS WILL STAIN EVEN IF YOU SPILL WATER ON THEM! This is the #1 complaint of this car. I read some reviews before I bought it in 2008. Literally tried all types of cleaner for car seats and NONE of them have taken the stains out. Even spilled water left a stain.
Since owning it 7 years I've replaced 2 a/c compressors. Normal brake jobs and it will tell you when to change the oil which is a good thing for maintenance. The other problem is some of the plastic hardware (i.e. compartment to hold garage door opener) broke a couple of years ago and now will not stay shut. Some of the lettering on the radio has worn off.
The continuous transmission took some getting used too but it will get up and go when you need it.
It doesn't have enough "power supplies" for all the gadgets now days.
It has been a good car but now that kids are getting older and bigger and two dogs, long trips are unbearable due to size of car.