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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:58 pm
by mkaresh
Wheelman wrote:Surveys are very much like pre-ellection poles, it depends who you ask. Some defend their vehicle no matter what, others condemn their vehicle no matter what. As one politician once said,
"Poles are for dogs to piss on".
Arguably true for an opinion poll, but this isn't an opinion poll. It's very black-and-white: was the vehicle repaired, or not?

We're not asking people whether or not they like the car or even whether they think it's reliable, though other survey essentially do this.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:48 am
by Jack Watts
mkaresh wrote: Some corrosion has started bubbling up on the leading edge of the hood of my Taurus X. Has anyone also had this happen with their Freestyle?
There have been a few owners who've reported this happening to them. The hood is aluminum, so it's more sensitive to being prepped correctly. If I had to guess, they're probably using some sort of machine lube on the hood when they roll the lip, and it's not properly removed on all of them before paint. I'm not sure how common it is, but I've heard of this website that has reliability data along with good descriptions of the repairs needed. Can't quite remember the name right now....but you should check it out if you find it!

If your "x" is within the 3/36 you could get it covered by warranty, otherwise you can get it re-painted.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:18 pm
by mkaresh
Out of the 3/36. Dealer offered to repair the hood "at cost," which is $300, because they're aware it's a very common problem. Since it's just the leading edge I'll likely sand it then touch it up rather than repaint the entire hood.

There are other reported cases on the site. But since the survey focuses on repairs, unrepaired cases (like mine) often won't be there.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:28 pm
by mkaresh
We have updated our reliability stats for the Ford Freestyle (on our redesigned site) to include owner experiences through December 31, 2011.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007: 44, better than average

2006: 61, better than average

2005: 76, about average

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

These stats:

2007: 71, < 1

2006: 51, 3

2005: 45, 4

Ford Freestyle Lemon-odds and Nada-odds

Thank you, once again, to this forum and everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May and August. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and cover all model years. To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:13 pm
by Paul
Just purchased a 2009 Taurus X FWD a few weeks ago. 54000+ kms (33,700 miles approx) Have not been in for repairs, but may have to, as a few days after purchase the 2nd row 2 place seat behind the driver's seat jambed, and will not "flip & fold". TSB is not to helpful. Obtained ALLDATA sheets on the problem, but still unable so far to solve it. Others on this site have reported the same problem.. Ford's response re this issue is not to encouraging from what I've read. Just throw money at it basically. Have seen quotes here of $800-$1800!!.. Only other potential problem is the paint adherence problem. Have noted the paint on the underside of the hood edge is not adhering properly. Seems to me this should be some sort of recall? Otherwise we so far like the vehicle.- Paul

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:36 am
by mkaresh
On my 2008 that seat jams if there's ANYTHING stuck in the latch, even some crumpled up litter. I've been able to unjam it by applying more force, but at some point the mechanism will break entirely and then it'll be the prices you mention.

It sounds like your hood is starting to corrode. They ALL do this because Ford used a steel insert inside an aluminum hood. If you're out of warranty Ford accepts to responsibility. A recall won't legally be required because the safety of the vehicle is not affected.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:37 pm
by barvic
It sounds like your hood is starting to corrode. They ALL do this because Ford used a steel insert inside an aluminum hood. If you're out of warranty Ford accepts to responsibility. A recall won't legally be required because the safety of the vehicle is not affected.
Hi michael, this sounds like the same issue one has in early model Cessna airplanes where they used a steel door hinge on and aluminum fuselage and door skin. Not a great idea using dissimlar metals. At least the hood won't release in driving where the leading edge of the door may pop due to the corrosion causing the hinge to fail taking the door off in flight. Good thing for seat belts.

Concidentally folks, I have been a true delta member for years referred there from the Audi forums when I had Audis. I have found the site and resulting information very good and clear. Our freestyle has been good for us and still the practicality and versatility of the silly thing truly outways the issues that are cropping up for us. Cheers, Bruce in Victoria.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:04 pm
by mkaresh
We have updated our reliability stats for the Freestyle to include owner experiences through September 30, 2012.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007: 46, about average on stricter recalibrated scale

2006: 54, about average

2005: 73, about average

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

These stats:

2007: 67, 2

2006: 53, < 1

2005: 48, 2

We'll have further updates in February and May. The more owners participate, the more precise these will be.

To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:39 pm
by HorsepowerJunkie
mkaresh wrote:It sounds like your hood is starting to corrode. They ALL do this because Ford used a steel insert inside an aluminum hood. If you're out of warranty Ford accepts to responsibility. A recall won't legally be required because the safety of the vehicle is not affected.
2005 FWD Freestyle here, titanium green metallic, zero paint issues at 107,000+ miles. They don't all do it.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:31 am
by mkaresh
We have updated our reliability stats for the Freestyle to include owner experiences through December 31, 2012.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007: 35, low

2006: 41, low

2005: 65, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds," to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop.

These stats:

2007: 73, < 1

2006: 59, < 1

2005: 50, 2

We'll have further updates later this month and in August. The more owners participate, the more precise these will be.

To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:24 am
by mkaresh
We've updated our reliability stats for the Freestyle to include owner experiences through June 30, 2013.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007 Freestyle: 35, low
2006 Freestyle: 51, moderate
2005 Freestyle: 63, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2007 Freestyle: 76, 3
2006 Freestyle: 63, < 1
2005 Freestyle: 53, 5

We'll have further updates later this month and in February.

To view competitors' scores and descriptions of reported repairs, and to sign up to help:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:48 am
by mkaresh
We've updated our reliability stats for the Freestyle to include owner experiences through September 30, 2013.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007 Freestyle: 36, low
2006 Freestyle: 59, moderate
2005 Freestyle: 71, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2007 Freestyle: 67, 3
2006 Freestyle: 65, 6
2005 Freestyle: 46, 5

We'll have further updates later this month and in May. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

To see how competitors compare, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:10 am
by mkaresh
We've updated our reliability stats for the Freestyle to include owner experiences through December 31, 2013.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007 Freestyle: 41, low
2006 Freestyle: 74, moderate
2005 Freestyle: 61, moderate

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2007 Freestyle: 63, 4
2006 Freestyle: 48, 6
2005 Freestyle: 54, < 1

We'll have further updates in May and in August. The more owners participate, the more comprehensive and precise these will be.

To see the repairs behind these stats, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:05 am
by barvic
That's not too bad gang!

Thanks Mike, been contributing for a number of years now and the truedelta site is worthy of getting involved if you have not seen it. I think his approach conveys a more realistic approach to the true reliability of vehicles as long as people obey the honour system.

however, I still do not know how to remove the 'ego' from ownership in this equation as I am sure a lot of repairs do not get reported as "how could my car have an issue and I certainly won't report it as it may tarnish its record". Hopefully, it is offset by the people who want to slam their car! Again.... people's integrity is necessary for accuracy.

In any event, I think it's the best out there for research.

Re: Ford Freestyle reliability - how does it compare?

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:36 am
by mkaresh
Our reliability stats for the Freestyle now include owner experiences through March 31, 2014, making them nearly a year ahead of other sources.

Repair frequencies, in terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2007 Freestyle: 48, low
2006 Freestyle: 62, moderate
2005 Freestyle: 61, low

We have two additional statistics, "Nada-odds" and "Lemon-odds", to indicate the percentage of cars with no repairs in the past year and those that required 3+ trips to the repair shop:

2007 Freestyle: 74, 4
2006 Freestyle: 60, 6
2005 Freestyle: 63, < 1

Thank you, once again, everyone who has been helping. Next update in August.

For a deeper dive, including the stats for other cars and repair descriptions, and to sign up to help improve this information:

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