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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,359 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Ford Fusion engine problems

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2006 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Sep 132013


  • 116,000 miles


Car unexpectedly turns off when in motion usually after vehicle has been idle at a red light.

- Artesia, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012013


  • 100,000 miles
Car started misfiring while accelerating about a month ago. Sometimes the kick was so much it felt like getting rear ended. Twice (both incidents within the same week) the vehicle went into limp mode. The first time was during accelerating to move around a slow vehicle to avoid hitting it and the second time the car would misfire everytime it reached 65 mph. I stopped at a red light and when the light turned green the car wouldn't respond to the gas pedal. I turned off the car and turned it back on and it started working again. The check engine light never came on. Ford diagnosed it as the throttle body being stuck open or closed. This same problem tends to happen with this same throttle body in a number of vehicles.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #12

May 302013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Driving with 20 month old child and 6 week old child when car began running rough and one of the check engine lights came on. The car lost power, it would roughly increase speed slowly when I stepped on the gas then suddenly it would speed up and smooth out a little, but was not running normally. The air conditioning also began to lose power. Since this continued, I made arrangement to borrow a car the same day as I felt this vehicle was unsafe to drive.

- Inglis, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 302013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


Traveling down busy local highway about 45mph in late rush hour traffic. The car suddenly began to run very rough and then engine stalled. Check engine light came on. The car had to be maneuvered to the side of the road with no power on very busy highway. There were a couple close calls but no accident thankfully. The car was towed to a local dealer. The dealer indicates the power train controller module (PCM) unit failed. This seems to be very common failure on these cars and it can be dangerous.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 032013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, there was a sudden loss of power as the check charging system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the PCM module, coils, spark plugs, and the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 84,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 122012


  • 70,000 miles
The engine thru a rod rite after warranty was expired. I always had the oil changed regular from a certified mechanic and always had regular service as directed. I had to replace motor costing me $ $5000 dollars, I reported it to dealership where I had purchased another new car from. They said no recall was in affect so they did nothing. I worked for Ford and have always been a Ford owner, but since I could never get my money back out of this vehicle with all I have invested in it I will probably never buy a Ford again !!!! not to mention I had to replace a computer part under the dash that could only be done by dealership, costing me $500 more. Now my transmission is shifting hard in 3rd gear. What a piece of [xxx] !!!!!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #8

Jun 302013


  • 105,000 miles


My Ford Fusion V6 sel has been slipping since 50,000 miles. I have had 2 minor transmission changes within the past 3 years. Today me and my kids were driving about 20-35 mph around town when the transmission slipped. The car would not respond to accelerating on the gas pedal. I tried placing the car into low gear, reverse with nothing happening. This was on a busy intersection, the car final after forcing me and my kids to jerk forward started to work again. Each time I stopped at a stop light the car took 1-2 minutes to rise above 20 mph. I finally made it to my house which has a small slant on the drive way and the car struggled just to make it in the garage. This was the most embarrassing day of my life!!!! the car clearly is out of warranty and each time I look up tsb's I see more and more 2006-11 Ford Fusion postings. Being a Ford fan my whole life I must say if nothing is done with this complaint I will no longer support Ford and will encourage other not to as well. The next steps are to go to the Ford dealership and do a diagnostic. I may also try a major transmission change, my fear would be to do a transmission change with zero confidence that this will fix the problem!!! Ford must keep quality and safety in mind with every car they sell especially a 1st generation model.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

May 172013


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving various speeds. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was found that the engine coil wiring system had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 122,000.

- Redford , MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 252013


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. There was also a vibration in the steering wheel. The failure occurred five times. The vehicle was currently being diagnosed by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Jamesville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Secaucus, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012


  • 85,000 miles


Error code for engine temperature being too low. The cause is believed to be a thermostat stuck open. The fix is a replacement of the thermostat and Ford must be aware of this problem as they have replaced the oem thermostat with a higher temperature rated one. By looking at numerous automobile forums on the internet this is a very common problem.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102011


  • 94,000 miles
My transmission is slipping a lot. I will be accelerating my speed and all of the sudden my car acts like it is in neutral. I have read a lot of complaints from other Ford Fusion owners stating the same problem. This needs to be recalled. This is very unsafe. Driving on the highway and then all of the sudden your transmission slips and there are cars at fast speeds traveling next to you and behind you is not safe at all.

- Elberfeld, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 032012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 52,322 miles
Cruise control started malfunctioning. I have five controls for my cruise control. The resume cruise just stopped working. The +set button which is suppose to set cruise or speed it up now resumes cruise. The - set now sets the cruise and speeds the car up and not the on and off are only working sometimes. This is a real safety issue because myself of someone else could his the - set button trying to slow our vehicle down and instead of slowing down the car speeds up.

- Mount Washington, KY, USA

problem #1

May 182012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Car has multiple issues with hard revs of the transmission. It has caused me to have to slow because it feels like the entire car shifts so hard that it is gonna break apart. Car now does not even rev. Reviewed hundreds of complaints online about same problem with the 2006 Ford Fusion and nothing is being done. It is horrible! something needs to be done. There is no recall and even after replacing parts on the transmission or the entire transmission as hundreds have said they did, the problem still occurs shortly there after!

- Mountainair, NM, USA

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