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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,286 miles

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2006 Ford Fusion body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag was exposed through the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the dashboard would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 09/10/15 updated 12/11/2015

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #13

Aug 132014


  • 85,000 miles
The dashboard is bulging/buckling against the passenger side airbag. The bubble appears to be caused by the dash material surrounding the airbag becoming detached or unglued. The position of this bulging and separation cause concern that the airbag may malfunction upon deployment.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 082014


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the passenger side dashboard was separating which could possibly expose the air bag. The contact mentioned that the passenger side air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Apr 012014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


The dashboard is separating from the passenger air bag area and seems to be stretched by something, unsure as to cause as nothing is apparent. Also the front left defroster air vent near the windshield started to detach from the dashboard as if it was under spring pressure to do so. The local dealer says there is no fix for this to his knowledge, except to replace the entire dashboard. The dashboard does not appear to be made of material that stands up to uv lighting as to wear and now appears to be either poor quality materials or was factory installed improperly.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 082014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact noticed a protrusion on the passenger side dashboard where the air bag was located. It appeared as if the air bag would deploy at any moment. The vehicle was taken to two mechanics who both stated that the protrusion was not caused by the air bag. The vehicle was taken to a body shop and the mechanic stretched the material to repair the dashboard and closed the opening that was created. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 09/15/14

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #9

Jul 012008


  • 38,000 miles
Motor mounts: All three mounts have been replaced. 6 total. One has been replaced twice. One three times. Electric door locks & window regulators: Front driver and rear right passenger have failed. Driver floor mat: Slides.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #8

May 012013


  • 114,000 miles


The dashboard on the passenger side near the airbag is bulging up. I'm concerned this could cause the airbag to deploy. This is a major safety concern.

- Allentown, WI, USA

problem #7

Sep 042011

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
First the rear driver's side interior door handle broke when my granddaughter was attempting to open it. Recently the front driver's side interior door handle broke. The fake chrome is peeling off of the passenger side both front and rear door handles. It was peeling off of the two handles that broke but I never thought that they would break. Although I am able to open the window to access the exterior door handle to open the door in most cases, the windows don't always open in the cold weather and the door is very difficult to open using the broken door handle. I am concerned I or a passenger will be stuck in the vehicle and not be able to get out in an emergency.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #6

May 262009

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Fusion sel. 1) ignition key gets stuck in ignition. Approximately 9 incidents beginning May 2009 of parking the car, turning off the motor, key cannot be removed from ignition: 3-4 times the key could not be removed for over 48 hours; 4 - 5 times within 12 hours.. car can be locked if using the second remote-control key, but will unlock all doors with in 5 seconds when lock on the inside door is pushed and door is closed. Have had the alarm go off 3 times when car door is opened after car left unattended for 15+ minutes, unlocked, with key stuck in ignition, but alarm has not sounded at all times for the same scenario. 2) chrome veneer on interior front door handles wrinkling and peeling. Problem was beginning to show it self when car was purchased.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 262011

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I bought a 2006 Ford Fusion and not even a month later the inside driver side handle cracked. I cant lock my door while driving or when I'm parked and I'm afraid it's going to make it to where I can't get out in case of an emergency!

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 152009


  • 19,000 miles


The left front door handle on my 2006 Fusion had a funny look to it from the time I purchased it. In Aug 2009, the handle broke. The door could still be opened but it difficult..the Ford dealer said this was not covered under our warranty. It cost $105 to replace !!

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #3

May 012008


  • 39,000 miles
Driver's door interior handle has bent and does not open from the inside. Driver's side rear door interior handle has bent and sometimes will not open from the inside. Passenger side front door interior handle has bent but at this time still opens from the inside. Driver's door and driver's side rear door no longer lock due to this.

- Washington, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Fusion that needs a paint job on the roof, because it is peeling. I bought the car new, and have owned it for less than two years. It has 39,000 miles on it, thus making it 3,000 miles out of warranty. Common sense and places I have taken it to consider this a defect.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 122008


  • 34,000 miles
I love my Fusion however, as a designer & a detailed oriented person I have a few complaints about my car that I believe should be fixed or at least should be taken care of since I have less than 50,000 miles on it. First, I don't like the tilt in the car...very difficult to use if you have arthritis. I don't like that there aren't any back seat lights for whomever is back there. I had problems with my steering shaking & brought the car in to the dealer...they ended up turning the rotors. Things went well for about a week then it went back to the same. They ended up turning them charge..but no real explanation as to why it was happening. One month later it happened again & this time we decided to just buy new rotors on our own & replace the pads too. The interior door handle in the back seat broke & the finish off the drivers interior door is bubbling too...this shouldn't happen in a 2 year old car! now, the other day my A/C decided not to blow cold air anymore & the part is on back order until the end of July!! how can this be with such a popular car & such a new car. I really love this car but I feel that my older vehicles lasted longer with fewer problems. I am past my warranty so whatever goes wrong I have to get help from my husband & his mechanic friends in order to save some money because the dealer wants to charge 4X's the amount which I understand they are trying to make a profit but at the same time most people can't afford such prices. I am starting to think I should have stayed with Chevy or even tried Nissan or Toyota.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

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