really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,934 miles

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problem #43

Jul 092018


  • 102,000 miles
2006 Ford Fusion: When driving after the car gets warm up it is starts slipping and shifting someone harshly like it just got kicked. I was on the freeway and couldn't speed up almost got rear ended. I see others have the same issue after doing a search I found different answer as what could be wrong. Found out what the issue is with the aisin transmissions slipping which were used in the 2006 Fusion. It is due to valve bore wear in the main control. If the trans fluid isnt burnt (meaning there is internal trans clutch damage) then you are looking at $800-$1000 to replace the main control. If the clutches are burnt the whole trans will have to be replaced cost"?" something like $4000-$5000. The problem is that when Ford bought the aisin trans, Ford did not buy the service rights. So there are no service parts available or training avail on how to service this trans. The issue with the main control has been so common that aisin has agreed to supply Ford with service main controls.there has been a technical service bulletin out there. See below tsb bulletin date: Feb 2007 various driveability/transmission symptoms - PCM/tcm calibration updates 3.0L - aisin F21 auto trans. ( NHTSA item number - 10021277 ) as one person posted. Ford needs to make this right!!! very unsafe*** our car is parked in the garage we can not afford to fix it or sell it with a bad transmission.ammco said needs new transmission.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

problem #42

Aug 082018


  • 120,000 miles
Takata recall have yet to get papers and get problem fixed. Intermitten failure of the electronic throttle body.

- Parachute, CO, USA

problem #41

May 142018


  • 15 miles
Thermostat sticks open (cold) while driving. Sudden jumps to normal temperature range followed by drop to cold again. Vehicle has hard time starting when temperature gauge is on cold mark after running for any period of time. Thermostat has been replaced with no improvement. Throttle sticks on acceleration causing engine to bog down and almost choke out followed by sudden burst of acceleration that could lead to accident.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #40

Jun 012016


  • 100,000 miles
Takata recall, body paint horrible, rusted early, transmission went went, electrical system horrible, turns like a truck

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #39

Sep 122017


  • 131,426 miles
While driving the car on the highway at typical highway speeds (60mph-70mph) the wrench indicator light comes on in the dashboard and the car looses the ability to accelerate any faster than about 10 miles an hour. We pull over, turn the car off and start it back up again and it appears to run fine. This can happen randomly one day and then not happen again for a few weeks or even a month or two then it does it again. Based on my research comparing other drivers posting about the same problem I believe this problem is due to a defective throttle body or what is sometimes called the etb = electronic throttle body. The problem is the result of the computer and sensors sending bad signals to the throttle body mechanism which then affects the air/gas mixture and adversely affects acceleration, this is dangerous and a safety issue. There was a recall on defective throttle bodies for Ford Fusion but it only included 2009 models and later models, but it did not include 2006 models. I have read of other people in earlier model cars from as early as 2005 posting on forums that they had the same issue, so I believe this wasn't only a problem on 2009's and later. Ford issues an extended warranty on the Fusion of ten years or 150,000 miles. I don't know the name of the specific recall other than a reference to consumer satisfaction program 13N03. The problem sometimes is referred as the "limp home" mode. In conclusion, I would like our 2006 Ford Fusion to be included or qualified in the recall so I can fix this problem or at least get reimbursed once I get it fixed since it is a defect with the car.

- Myersville, MD, USA

problem #38

Aug 212017


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 (na) Ford Fusion. While driving the vehicle, smoke appeared and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle caught fire without warning. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The fire department extinguished the fire. The contact previously called a local dealer (crain Ford of little rock located at 4601 colonel glenn plaza drive 72116 501-542-6041) stated that the parts for the repair were on backorder. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #37

Aug 112017


  • 77,000 miles
While driving my engine intermittently shuts off. The car will still be "on". in the sense that the ac and radio and other features are still working, but the car will not accelerate or move. I have to put it in park. And restart it. "check engine" and "check charging system" indicator lights pop up on the dash. I have done several things, change belts, changed alternators, changed cam shafts, and finally after that thousand dollars was spent the code I'm getting read from my mechanic is for the throttle body shut down.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #36

Sep 302016


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. While accelerating from a stop, the vehicle's speed increased very slowly and shifted abnormally. In addition, the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage on the rebuilt engine was approximately 90,000 and the vehicle failure mileage was approximately 152,000.

- Mills, WY, USA

problem #35

Sep 112016


  • 122,500 miles
Driving on the highway at 80 mph the car looses acceleration power and an orange wrench symbol shows up on the dashboard. I have to safely coast my vehicle to a safe spot off the road. When car comes to complete stop it idles really rough and loud and makes a loud noise when placed into park. I have to shut car off then restart and I'm able to continue driving as if nothing ever happened. The problem keeps happening and is starting to occur more often but always while driving on the highway...pray to god nothing serious ever happens.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #34

Jun 032016


  • 143,000 miles
I was parking in a bettendort, Iowa restaurant parking lot when my car surged forward. I applied the brakes, but car would not stop. It left the parking lot, crossed a sidewalk and went onto a street near an intersection. I kept applying the brakes, but car still wouldn't stop. It collided with an oncoming car, crossed over a median and finally stopped on another street across from the intersection.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #33

Aug 012015


  • 80,000 miles
Interior front door latches broke around the 100,000 mileage. All four electric window regulators/motor have failed from the 80,000-110,000 mileage period. Each of the regulators plastic rollers where the cable goes around were broken. Two of the automatic door locks quit working as well. All motor mounts have been replaced at least once and 2 have been replaced twice each. 4-cylinder. I have seen 100's of complaints online about the motor mounts and many for the interior latches and window regulators. I have spent over a thousand dollars on the motor mount issues.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 022016


  • 80,000 miles
Our Ford Fusion engine suddenly started dying in traffic. When stopping at a light or stop sign in traffic, the idle would drop below 5000 rpms, then suddenly the engine would die. After placing the vehicle in park, we would have to restart the engine. Usually would die after sitting still after about 10 seconds. Sometimes the vehicle wouldn't start backup right away, so we were stuck on the road until it finally decided to start. No check engine light or wrench would display. We took it in to Ford dealer and they determined the throttle body was defective. Apparently this is an issue with most Ford Fusion, as well as other models that use the same throttle body. The vehicle has 80,000 miles on it. Repair costs were over $1000. When is Ford going to address this issue for the Fusion that were made before 2009? thanks, larry doss

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 042016


  • 121,759 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated and decelerated independently as the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ECM failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,759.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #30

Jan 142016


  • 110,000 miles
While reversing out of my parking spot at work the other day, the car completely stalled while my foot was on the gas pedal. I was thankful that no one was behind me because the car completely shut down. I put it in park and restarted it easily, but I was too nervous to drive on a highway after the incident, as there was no indication the first time that the car was going to shut down. I drove down a country road with my flashers on until I got to a safe place where I could call my husband. While I waited for him to come get me, I kept the car in idle and ran the heater. The car shut down again, and this time I was able to take a picture of the warning lights that accompanied the failure. (see attached.) the dash said "check charging system" and the oil, emissions, and battery lights came on. We called and had it towed to a local shop but man there has no idea what the problem is and told us to tow it to the dealership. My car has over 100,000 miles, but I have had trouble with it since I bought it. I have had mechanics tell me that the electrical system does not work well. I have also had them tell me that it is normal for the air-conditioner in these cars to just turn on randomly to cool the engine, which mine does frequently. Moreover, the battery in the car now is the third one I've had. Brake lights burn out constantly, and the transmission makes terrible noises when I start the car and particularly when I reverse. This new problem of stopping unexpectedly is simply unacceptable. I hate to give up my Fusion because when it's running correctly, it's a great car; however, this last instance is just too dangerous. If I were on the highway, I could have been killed. This same thing has happened to friends of mine who owned Ford. I will be calling Ford and asking them about throttle body and PCM problems that others have noted in their complaints.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #29

Jan 062016


  • 159,070 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light and electronic throttle control warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,070.

- Prescott, WI, USA

problem #28

Jul 312015

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 58,800 miles
After slowing down just before the stop sign, my car started to sputter and when I tries to accelerate after the intersection it stops accelerating. I had to limp along to get home. Luckily, I was just about 1.5 miles from home. I have done for this car all scheduled maintenance and never missed the recommended periodical oil changes. I drive less than 5000 miles a year with this car an it has less 59,000 miles on it. This must be due to a defective part from the factory and I should not pay for it. I have left it parked on my driveway until I hear from you and by way of your good offices hopefully from Ford. Thank you for kind assistance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Harvest , AL, USA

problem #27

Apr 142015


  • 78,333 miles
Car dies whilst driving. This is a safety issue. Authorized Ford dealer service determined issue was caused by a defective throttle body.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 112015


  • miles
I started having issues with my car in 2008. My car then would not go any faster than 50 mph would not accelerate on the freeway on ramp, and could not go up hills. So I repaired it or so I though. Now bring me to last year 2014 I still experience all that pull when traveling but now my speedometer was going crazy and would just go up to 100 mph as I was sitting at a stop light/sign. Fast forward to August 2014 when I had the speed sensor changed...and now I'm in March 2015 and again my car pulls, me speedometer goes crazy. Well as I was driving with my two children in the car ages 5 years, and 7 month old. I was rear ended while pulling up to a stop sign!!! luckily it was just enough to scare my daughter and I was just a bit sore the whole day but things could have been worse! after reading up on the sure my issue I am having I just about had enough! Ford needs to take responsibility for faulty transmissions and faulty vehicles!!!

- Santa Maria , CA, USA

problem #25

Jul 042014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
When driving on the highway and roadway, such as bridges this summer, my vehicle stalled several times, lost power coming almost to a complete stop, putting my family and I at risk. When I pressed on the gas to accelerate, the engine begin to race, causing the "check engine light" to come on. It also jerked and skidded as I tried to maneuver the steering. To avoid accidents on these occasions, the vehicle had to be pulled over and subsequently, parked. Highway driving was also avoided most of the summer for safety and concern. There is also an issue with the front driver side airbag, as recent as this summer, the seal became distorted, twisted and cracked in the dashboard. Lastly, about 2 weeks ago, the rear door lock on the driver side no longer works, the door must be opened manually from the inside of the car. These are valid vehicle defects and safety issues and Ford must step up and do the right thing for all parties of interest.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #24

Nov 172009


  • 55,000 miles
This vehicle lose power and slows down, it happened on the express way more than 5 times. I was almost rear ended by a semi truck. I only drive it on side streets now. It pops into gear very hard, the wrench light and the check engine light is on. It gets stuck in second gear and burns a lot of gas. It started soon after the warranty ran out. I had a lot of repairs done and the power train and engine is not working right as of yet, something is wrong with this Ford Fusion 06 and a lot of people are having the same problems with it. Why does it take the deaths of many innocent people first before there's a recall?

- Holland, OH, USA

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