really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,167 miles

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problem #86

Nov 142019


  • 119,000 miles
Throttle body stays opend causing wrench to pop up on dash and car to no longer accelerate while in traffic. This is very dangerous.. also the throttle body actuator is faulty. I've had multiple people say they have this exact issue with the Fusion.. not to mention the tension pulley makes the car while in many Ford Fusion cars...

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #85

Aug 132020


  • 100,450 miles
My vehicle has been stalling while I am either driving on a highway, turning or stopped at a light. This is extremely dangerous while driving on the highways in NJ.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #84

Mar 232020


  • miles
My 2012 Ford Fusion is revving high and shifting weird. Not like slipping but it's revving a lot if her then it should be. Also the tachometer shudders every now and then at 1600 RPM. My father told me there's a lot of problems with the Ford Fusion transmissions and I don¿T feel safe with my wife and kids driving it.

- Buna, TX, USA

problem #83

Jan 232020


  • miles
I brought this unit at an auction, but the wheel continues to look on me.... now several lights are on including check engine.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #82

Jan 032020


  • 58,000 miles
The inside drivers door handle breaks and makes it impossible to exit the car without rolling down the window and using the outside door handle. This is very dangerous and makes exiting the car in an emergency difficult and could lead to injury. This appears to be fairly common with the Ford Fusion.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #81

Sep 072019


  • 120,000 miles
I stopped to get gas, put my car in park, and shut the car off. It started rolling forward as I was trying to get out. I leaped back in and hit the brake and put the emergency brake on. After that, the car wouldn't start because it was registering that the car was in reverse even though the gear shift was in park. I went into the gear shift area by pulling off the center console and manually put it in neutral so I could start the car and drove it to the Ford dealership for them to look at it. I did some research and saw that similar issues were found in 2013 and newer Ford Fusion and they were recalled. I'm thinking the 2012 year Ford Fusion should be included in this recall.

- Hills, IA, USA

problem #80

Aug 252019


  • 86,900 miles
Unable to open drivers side door from inside - drivers side electric door locks and inside handle will not open door. Must put window down and reach out side to open door

- Blacklick, OH, USA

problem #79

Aug 012019


  • 45,000 miles
The interior door handle can can break internally when exposed to high temperatures such as a hot summer day on a regular basis. The plastic used off-gases and loses structural integrity over time unfil failure occurs potentially trapping a person who is unable to reach the exterior handle in the vehicle. According to my research this is a pattern of happenings with the 2012 Ford Fusion due to a change by Ford in door handle construction. Repairs are often ineffective as it is replaced with a similar part that fails in the same manner.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #78

Aug 022019


  • 102,000 miles
Driving down I35 at 75 mph advance trace came on and lost steering as it took it to the nearest dealer and said rackandpinion need replaced to get system to talk no steering on vechel I see recall on this but dealer says it is not and I must file a complaint on Ford I order to get it fixed with out paying 2600 for repair

- Eustace, TX, USA

problem #77

Jul 062019


  • 76,580 miles
Door latch - driver's door interior handle - failed. Symptoms appear to be the same failure mode reported on numerous Ford models and years. The handle does not control the door. The lock mechanism does not function.

- Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA

problem #76

Jun 032019


  • 61,228 miles
I had a leak under the front of the car, staining my driveway. Even after having the ptu replaced, I still had a leak. I only realized it was leaking when I had to park in a different location in my driveway. I brought it to another garage. Found out that the transmission tube were rusted, thus leaking transmission fluid. The garage replaced the transmission tubes, and replaced all the fluid.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #75

Apr 152019


  • miles
Takata recall - Ford dealership has failed to fix this cars airbag. I've made numerous appts that have either been cancelled or forgotten by the dealership due to unavailable parts, or human error. Ive been told the parts were on order, the parts were unavailable, there were far too many recalls and the dealership couldnt mert the demand, and also completely forgotten altogether! dealership was supposed to call us to fix this after failed appointments and never followed through. My car was just updated with a $300 value loss because of it. This car is completely paid off.

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #74

Mar 202019


  • 58,546 miles
When I was decelerating the car would vibrate. Only happened in town, not on highway. I was told I had to replace the driveshaft and left spring, which was broken!

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #73

Jan 162019


  • 152,000 miles
When moving, a strong blow and vibration occurs in the car as a result of changing the changes in the lime

- Riyadh, WV, USA

problem #72

Mar 062019


  • 88,000 miles
The driver inside door handle will not open door. I see there have been recalls for models before and after 2012 for this problem. I am 70 yrs old and cannot repair this myselflf not have funds to have repair. Is there a recall for this model and problem

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #71

Feb 192019


  • 88,065 miles
Takata recall tranmission sometimes does not shift correctly

- Talcott, WV, USA

problem #70

Jun 062018


  • miles
Takata recall incident where on multiple occasions vehicle was jumping out of gear, one specific incident where two passengers where in vehicle and vehicle jumped into department of vehicle building while car was in parked gear and police report was made due to no one physically in drivers seat.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #69

Oct 182017


  • 90,000 miles
There is a grinding/pooping noise from front of vehicle when turning. The recall 15S18 was reprogrammed along recall 16B38 but the noise has continued and has gotten worse. When driving slow and turning to the left and right in a parking lot it is very noticeable the dealership stated the noise was coming from the steering rack.

- Odem, TX, USA

problem #68

Nov 052018


  • 85,000 miles
When trying to open the drivers side door from the inside on my Fusion, the door handle let loose and I could no longer get out of the car. The door handle is apparently broken. I bought the car used and it worked perfectly until last evening. Apparently door handles on different years of Fusion have done the same and Ford replaced them. All of the cars are the exact same interior as mine appears to be on the videos in which this breakage occurred. I had just pulled into the parking lot and had to have my boyfriend open my door to let me out of the car

- Port Allegany, PA, USA

problem #67

Aug 012018


  • miles
Sbs break system. Repairs from dealer is not fixing the problem. The car sometimes speeds up, when using breaks.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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