really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,400 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. new engine replacement (5 reports)
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problem #5

Jun 042015

Fusion SE 2.3L L Series Motor

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I was on Interstate 90 in New York cruising at about 65 mph. Not pushing the motor at all. I treat my cars good. I had the windows down slightly with the radio on with no AC running. I thought I heard something weird. I rolled the windows up and turned down the radio and my suspicions were confirmed. A loud ticking could be heard from my engine.

There were NO warning lights on the dash. My engine oil is taken care of regularly. And up to that point, the car has performed flawlessly for the past almost three years. Other than my Camaros, this car has been with me for the longest stretch in my lifetime. The car started to lose power quite quickly, and large plumes of smoke started to billow out of my tail pipe like a smoke screen out of James Bond. it was a pretty hairy experience with the other cars going by at 70 or higher MPH.

I managed to get it to the side of the road. I was confused and angry at that point since there were zero warning lights letting me know what was going on. My car was towed back to my mechanic for a few hundred dollars. While waiting I was checking the car out and noticed the car was spitting out a significant amount of oil onto the ground. I started to do some research on the internet using Youtube and forums to pinpoint the issue.

Apparently these engines, which were built by Mazda from 2006-2009 had a huge failure rate due to mysteriously vanishing oil with no warning lights being lit up to alert the drivers. Due to the responses that people were getting from Ford on the subject, which was we don't know what you are talking about, I haven't contacted them.

I did contact a lawyer firm out of NYC tonight due to the fact that they're involved in a class action lawsuit against Mazda concerning the 2.3 liter motor which they used for their own vehicles that had the same exact issues as I experienced and have found that many other owners have also.

So I can see how Ford is saying that they don't know what they're talking about, they didn't actually make the engine. Shady and smart at the same time. I'm awaiting the response from the lawyer, which is:

Mitchell M. Breit (NJ Bar 043741989) SIMMONS HANLY CONROY 112 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016-7416 (212) 784-6422 mbreit@simmonsfirm.com

Doesn't make sense that the Mazda owners have a leg to stand on and the Ford owners don't. Especially since the replacement cost from Ford is 4572.00 for a complete engine, which may or may not be available. I'm a father of 5 and cannot afford a $5000 bill easily and nor should I have to if both companies were aware of a problem that should've been fixed previously.

Like I've said, I have loved my Fusion up until this point. But a major engine failure with absolutely no warning is not acceptable by todays standards. And, to me, isn't a fair and decent business practice. I will be updating this post after I speak to the lawyers office. Hopefully i will have good news. Thanks for listening and I'll be putting the links for the actually lawsuit that was filed. http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/mazda-class-action-lawsuit-engine-defect-70072/

- Brandon W., Pittsfield, MA, US

problem #4

Feb 282015

Fusion SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

2007 Ford Fusion SE 67k miles, needs new/used/rebuilt engine.

Cost $3000, just spent $600 to replace lower oil gasket/seal!!

- Lloyd G., Charlottesville, VA, US

problem #3

Mar 272014

Fusion S 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

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engine failure

Mar/14 worst news-6 year old engine seized due to lack of oil pressure via supposed cracked pan at 73k miles. My car, when it was hot outside, would sometimes squeal at start up, chug harshly with the AC on, almost always had an incredibly loud idle but as it's death was surely near; started to really slow down, idle rpm's seemed higher, and it really felt like I was pushing up a wheel barrow filled with rocks-- when going uphill or entering the freeway. Made sure to kept up regular maintenance per the manual, watched everything closely except for the last fateful oil change (before engine failure) not even 3 months old and no sign of oil pressure loss, no light illumination-- no sounds, no warning!!! 70mph 52 west, crunch CRUNCH crunch, grind grind GRIND...................... My accelerator was breaking up with me, in the worst way possible!! LEFT WITHOUT WARNING!

July/14 - Paid invoice of $5200, drove a week --returned again due to high vibration/ ticking noises.

Drove a short time w/ reassurance/comfort -- until check engine light came on. Seeking a 2nd opinion-- I was told check engine light was standard fix- got two codes pointing to intake manifold and the actuator/entire part had to be replaced, but the motor mount and trans mount (not dire) were also bad and was causing annoying vibration. I returned to orig. mechanic a 3rd time --costing additional $375 to fix these issues, 80% of the noise was gone. Had it 3wks total- heading 15 north bound just before rainbow road, engine seizes!! Thankfully able to pull to safety without acceleration or DEATH-- Immediately notice a growling/clunking sound. Parked at the shoulder, notice stiff brake. Re-fired engine after a few minutes; temps all normal but engine/ accelerator has power loss, engine fires but bogs down after start up to a dull roar, almost as if the engine is dead completely. Try again after a few more minutes while waiting for a tow truck, this time ---- THE check engine,oil and battery light are ALL illuminated + growling/grinding noises play on, RAD.

Mechanic is working steadfast on it so I can trade it in at fair condition. In the past I've had to replace Door actuators, A/C sensors, and rear headlamps about a million times. These are all normal problems I'd love to have right about now. Seems as though, as soon as my warranty ran out (10k miles past) all these BIG EXPENSIVE problems followed.

- paigeb, San Diego, CA, US

problem #2

Oct 082012

Fusion SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

For an engine to go out at 70k miles is not only ridiculous, but very expensive. It was regularly maintained. The biggest mistake of MY LIFE!? Buying a Ford Fusion. Yep.

- Jessica V., Denver, CO, US

problem #1

Sep 162012

Fusion SEL 2.3L 4cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

This car has been primarily used for highway miles. It had warranty work done within 20000 miles to repair the transmission and again to repair electrical assembly issues. The final straw is that even though this car has had routine oil changes and scheduled maintenance, I drove the car on 70 miles on Sunday, no issues, problems, warnings or anything out of the ordinary. Monday, however I started the car (again, no issues) and as soon as I attempted to accelerate it knocked like a diesel engine. Upon checking, car was very low on oil (not out). There was never any oil on my white concrete drive and no smoking. When looking, there was some black smoke evidence in the exhaust pipe. Oil had been changed 500 miles previous. Diagnosed as engine failure due to bent/broken rod. No rebuild available, just a new $6000 or junk yard engines available. No mechanic outside of Ford seems surprised by this scenario. Looking on line shows multitudes of this same issue within the Mazda 3, Ford Escape as well as other variations of these mercury, etc. within the 2006 2007 model years with the 2.3. I am sure there are other models out there as well. Ford just acts ignorant with the "I've never heard of any issues with this engine, sorry, we can't offer any solutions.

- K W., Ridgefield, WA, US