Interesting Facts about the Ford Freestyle
- If you see a Ford Taurus X today, you are actually looking at a rebadged Ford Freestyle. The full-size crossover SUV Taurus X was produced in 2008 and 2009 after it carried the Ford Freestyle badge from 2005 to 2007.
- During its short run, the 2005 Ford Freestyle was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award. A year later, Ford Freestyle received several recognitions including one of 50 Great New Cars List by the Automobile Magazine and the 2006 Recommended Buy by the Consumer Guide. Motor Trend Buyer's Guide recognizes the Freestyle as a family-friendly, easy in/easy out vehicle. The Motor Trend credits the Freestyle as flexible, usable, and comfortable vehicle.
- If you will notice, all the names of the Ford SUVs begin with the letter E (Ford Explorer, Expedition, Escape, Ecosport, and Ford Excursion). But why not the Ford Freestyle? You see, the Ford Freestyle, although classified as a midsize crossover SUV, replaced the Ford Taurus station wagon and rides on the Ford D3 platform, which is essentially the platform used for Ford sedans. And Ford names its sedans and minivans starting with the letter F (Ford Focus, Fiesta, Five Hundred, Fusion, and Freestar).
- Today, the Ford Flex is the marquee's entry to the full-size crossover utility vehicle segment. The Flex replaced the Ford Taurus X in June 2008. Just like the Ford Freestyle, it doesn't share anything similar to its predecessor. While the Freestyle used the D3 platform, the Taurus it preceded used the DN platform. The Ford Flex uses the D4 platform, which it shares with the Lincoln MKT and the Ford Explorer, while the Ford Taurus X used the D3 platform. Again neither the Freestyle nor the Flex shared anything in common with the vehicle before it.
- The Ford Freestyle was first seen as the Freestyle concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. Two years later, it was released in the market.
- The main interior feature of the Ford Freestyle was the command seating. This feature is intended to improve the driver's visibility and to make it easier for the driver to get in and out of the vehicle.
Ford Freestyle Problems
The Ford Freestyle was released in 2005 and discontinued in 2007-just three years in the production line. Although it was a nice looking SUV, it was plagued with several problems. Here are some of these problems:
Several complaints have been received by the NHTSA regarding the lunging problems of the Ford Freestyle. The unexpected movement of the vehicle at low speed even when the foot is off the gas pedal can happen both forward and reverse gears. The sudden acceleration can be suppressed by pressing the brake pedal, but that isn't really much of a help if the driver only wants to move forward and the vehicle wants to lunge him off the windscreen. The occurrence is more prevalent when the steering wheel is turned and the A/C is on.
Rear brakes are supposed to wear out after 100,000 miles, but many reports claim that the Ford Freestyle rear brakes need to be replaced about every 30,000 miles. Some even have to be replaced as early as 12,000 miles. Since brake pads are not covered by warranty, owners have to shoulder the expenses of having the rear brakes replaced.
The Ford Freestyle equipped with CVT transmission is not the best option out there. It is prone to failure and there isn't a lot of mechanic who can fix it. Even Ford dealerships may not be capable of fixing it, since they abandon this model after three years. Repair cost even blows anyone away and gives the owner more options in the used car lot than keeping the Freestyle that can fail anytime. Junk it or pay the hefty price for repair.
This is something that must not happen in the 21st century. If Henry Ford is alive today, he would be very, very embarrassed with the Freestyle. If the name means anything, it might just be the definition of the gauges-going freestyle. Many owners report that the gauges go crazy and simply quit. Name any instrument in the dashboard that can go wrong and it can go wrong in a Ford Freestyle.
My Ford Freestyle will not crank and I noticed that the wrench light is on. What does this mean and how can I make my car start up?
Your Ford Freestyle not starting is connected to why the wrench light is on. This most likely means that you will need to replace the throttle body assembly. This component is used to monitor the airflow in the engine. To confirm that the throttle body is faulty, you must check for smooth movement of the throttle linkage from idle position to wide-open position. Then inspect the linkage and cable if they are worn or loose. If the throttle linkage is moving roughly or if the linkage and cable are worn, then you might have to replace the throttle body assembly. If everything is fine, test the throttle position (TP) sensor and see if you can obtain proper readings using the ohmmeter from it. Not getting proper readings means that you need to get a new TP sensor. If your vehicle's throttle body assembly is working fine but the wrench light is still on, you might need to scan for codes to find out what the problem is.
My Ford Freestyle's fan only works on the highest setting. How can I fix this?
You can inspect the wiring for any loose or worn connections as well as the switch if it is not working. However, it may be likely the blower motor resistor, which is used to control the speed of your Ford Freestyle's fan. While problems commonly occur with this component, repairing it is not too expensive, is easy to buy, and is easy to install. You can find this part right behind the globe box. To test the blower motor resistor, you need an ohmmeter and your vehicle's owner's manual. The manual should specify the resistance between the terminals of the resistor, and you will use these as reference while you test them using the ohmmeter. If your readings are far from the specified measurements, then the blower motor resistor is faulty. Take out the component and visually inspect it; you will most likely find that it has a corroded spot.
Whenever I activate cruise control in my Ford Freestyle, it only works for around a minute then stops by itself and won't work again until I restart the car. Sometimes, even after restarting the car, the cruise control will still not work. What could be causing this issue?
There are several reasons why your Ford Freestyle's cruise control stops working. First, one or several fuses might be burnt, which is usually caused by a short or electrical overload in the cruise control circuit. Simply replace the blown fuse with one that has the exact same amp rating. Do not substitute a fuse with a higher rating, as this will cause your car to overheat and catch fire. You should also find the electrical short circuit and fix it. If the fuses are okay, check the brake pedal switch if it is faulty or wrongly adjusted. To do this, step on the brakes and see if the brake lights come on. If there are none, then the brake pedal switch is bad and needs to be fixed.
Ford Freestyle: Ford’s Competitive Three-row SUV
Known for its all-weather capabilities, minivan-like versatility, and wagon-like maneuverability, the Ford Freestyle symbolized Ford’s foray into the highly competitive car-based, three-row SUV/Crossover segment. Since three top SUV names—the Chrysler Pacifica, the Honda Pilot, and the Buick Rendezvous—accounted for 200,000+ sales in 2003, Ford wanted a share of the pie. So in 2003, the Ford Freestyle (as a 2005 model) was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show.
2004-2007: Crossing over into the SUV segment
The Freestyle was launched in 2003, although production didn’t start until 2005. Initially, this model was to be called the Ford CrossTrainer. However, the name was changed to Freestyle since Ford adopted a scheme wherein all of its cars were to be named with brands starting with the letter F. This model was designed using the Ford D3 platform, a design and engineering concept used on other various vehicles such as the Mercury Montego, the Volvo XC90, and the Ford Five Hundred.
Just like large SUVs, the Freestyle was equipped with a three-row seating arrangement that could accommodate seven passengers. A command seating, a driver’s seat with a higher H-point, was also included to improve driver visibility and to make stepping into and out of the vehicle easier. This model and its SUV rivals were the first US vehicles to incorporate a CVT or continuously variable transmission system. Available models were SE (offered from 2004 to 2006), SEL (offered from 2004 to 2009), and Limited (also offered from 2004 to 2009).
During its initial production years, the number of sales was quite respectable. As a matter of fact, the Freestyle earned a nomination for the 2005 North American Truck of the Year award.
2007-2009: From Freestyle to Taurus X
At the Chicago Auto Show in 2007, the Freestyle was renamed and introduced as the Ford Taurus X as a 2008 model. The Taurus X featured a distinctly styled grill known for its chrome bars with a blue oval at the center. It also featured an “Edie Bauer” trim that’s also found on the Ford Explorer. Its engine and powertrain were upgraded, discontinuing the 3-L V6 and CVT transmission. It was now powered by a 3.5-L Duratec 35 V6 and a new, six-speed 6F automatic transmission system. Other new features included a power lift gate and second-row seats. Available models included SEL and Limited, which were both offered from 2004 to 2009, and an Eddie Bauer Edition, which was offered only for 2008 models.
Despite the cosmetic changes and powertrain upgrades, the Taurus X didn’t survive due to the 2008-2010 automotive industry crisis. In 2009, the Freestyle/Taurus X was replaced by the Ford Flex. Despite its discontinuation, the Ford Freestyle continues to attract second-hand buyers looking for a reliable, spacious, and stylish family-friendly SUV.