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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,864 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion brakes problems

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #66

Sep 012016


  • miles


The brakes on this car are very soft due to a defective ABS stuck valve. The soft and spongy brake pedal is all the time unless their pumped a few times.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #65

Jun 132016


  • 900,000 miles
I was driving on a major highway. When I attempted to brake for the red light my brake pedal had no pressure. I had to push it hard all the way to the floor to get the car to stop. This has happened to me three times in the last 6 months. It is very scary not knowing if I will make it through the light or stop sign without hitting the car in front of me or being hit myself. I have had no leaks, warning lights or noticeable grinding sounds. I am afraid to drive when the snow comes. In addition, I have received notice that my passenger air bag is defective. I question why it is only the passenger.why would Ford use another manufacturer for the other airbags" in closing, what is taking so long to get these parts" this is a serious problem!

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #64

Aug 032016


  • 129,000 miles
Earlier today I filed a complaint regarding a popping sound heard when trying to brake as I drove over a speed bump in the parking lot. After I did, the brakes had to be pressed all the way to the floor, as I lost brake pressure. I came home and parked my car, checking to see if there was a leak or lack of brake fluid. The brake fluid tank is full and despite waiting hours before attempting to drive my vehicle again, there is no evidence of a leak. I assumed perhaps it was a temporary issue and attempted to drive again without any initial problem. The brakes were working fine again, however twenty minutes into my drive, and while traveling at about 50mph along alcoa hwy, I attempted to brake for traffic and my brake pedal again had to be pressed all the way to the floor. This time, I pumped the brakes in a state of panic, as I was afraid I'd hit the car in front of me and the brakes seemed fine again. There was no issue after pumping the brake. I continued driving until I could turn around and return home. At this point, I was terrified I could be in a fatal car accident. Upon returning home, I again attempted to brake for traffic and discovered that while my brakes are working, they seem to only do so after I've pumped them a few times first. They are extremely intermittent in their operation, leaving me to assume that there is something seriously wrong with the brake system. After extensive online research, I am now finding many similar complaints dating back several years where others have had and continue to have identical brake problems, yet there doesn't seem to be anything done about the problem. I don't understand why that is. As a result, I'll be forwarding my concerns to cnn immediately to inquire as to why nothing has come of this issue given the extreme seriousness of this and other complaints like it.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #63

Aug 032016


  • 129,000 miles


While driving about 5mph over a speed bump in my apartment complex and applying pressure to my brakes, I felt a slight pop feeling and the brake pedal suddenly lost brake pressure. I then had to apply greater pressure to the brake pedal to get the car to come to a complete stop. I proceeded to the stop sign and again applied pressure to the brake pedal, yet the problem had not corrected itself. I was concerned the brake fluid level must be low, so I returned home where I had just left. Upon looking at the brake fluid level, I notice that that the tank is full. I have no leaks. I started the car back up and pumped the brake a few times, yet the brake pedal continues to go to the floor of my car. I am now concerned to drive the vehicle because while the brakes still work, the car takes far too long to come to a complete stop. If I drive it to the dealership to be repaired, approximately 17 miles, there's considerable reason to be concerned that I could fail to stop in time if I need to stop suddenly.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #62

Jul 202016


  • 108,000 miles
Brake pedal went to floor randomly, causing car to not stop accurately. Took it to shop found valve sticking in ABS module

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #61

May 032016


  • 83,000 miles
As I came to an intersection, I was depressing the brake and the pedal went all the way down. Ever since then, I have to press the brake pedal all the way to the floor of the car in order to come to a complete stop. Every time the brake pedal is unpressed their is an "air" noise coming from the hood of the car. I have changed the brake fluid cap, bled the brake lines, changed the calipers, and even replaced the master cylinder and the problem is still the same: Brake pedal has to be depressed all the way to come to a complete stop and every time the brake is unpressed it makes an "air' noise. My dashboard never lit up with a warning before this happened.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #60

Jun 222016


  • 159,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. While driving approximately 65 mph, the brakes failed to engage and there were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the hydraulic control unit failed and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the mechanic advised her not to drive the vehicle due to the brakes being inoperable. The manufacturer was not notified and no repairs were made. The failure mileage was 159,000.

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #59

Jun 232016


  • 158,200 miles
I hit a slick spot on the road and the antilock brakes engaged. Once they engaged, the pedal went to the floor and I had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. Once I got the car to stop, I pumped brakes up and they seemed fine until I got to the next stop sign. Although the ABS didn't engage, I still had no brakes and had to use the emergency brake to stop. I pumped again and got brakes back but they were spongy. This morning, I removed the ABS fuse and the brakes were fine.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #58

Oct 022015


  • 128,000 miles
Why isn't there a recall on the brakes and transmission, our brake pedal went all the way down to the floor on a few occasions, then it seemed fine, and it would happen again, there have been numerous complaints on this issue, we had to pay $2,700 to have Ford fix it, and the transmission jumps, when you step on the gas the car lurches and this is going to cost a lot of money that we don't have.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #57

May 032016


  • 114,000 miles
In winter 2014/2015, cars brakes quit working while driving in snow. I took the car to a mechanic who could not replicate the problem. Drove car for about a year to this past winter 2015/2016, when driving on snow attempted to slow down at traffic light for a left-hand turn doing 45 mph when breaks quit working again. I could not stop and cars slid through intersection. Finally coasted to a stop on side of road. Took her back to mechanic who replace the master cylinder. On April 20, 2016, I pulled into a convenience store and hit a bump in the parking lot breaks quit working and I almost ran into the building of the store. After sitting in park and pushing the break as I had done previously, they worked fine and I was able to drive home. I May 3,2016, I pulled into that same convenient store with the same bump and lost my brakes again. This time bumping the curb before I stopped. I called Ford I may for 2016 after doing some research online and finding that this is a common problem with the 2008 Ford Fusion yet there is no recall. Ford said unfortunately there is no recall but I could take my car to a Ford service center for repair. I feel this is a serious safety problem and I could die or end up killing someone else because I can't stop.

- Marcellus, MI, USA

problem #56

Mar 302016


  • 150,000 miles


2008 Ford Fusion faulty brakes "hydraulic control unit". (see links below )my wife and child where on the highway when she switched lanes and attempted to use her brakes at the same time. Like out of a horror film her brakes did not work and pedal went down all the way to the floor. Brakes went super soft and the vehicles emergency brake needed to be used to avoid a collision. After doing research I am not sure why this has not been a recall yet. I found countless people with the same complaint reporting faulty brakes and dealer reported a faulty hydraulic control module (please see links below). With a cost of up to $1000. This is unacceptable please look into this issue. * ** * *

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #55

Apr 242016


  • 84,000 miles
The problem initially began because I had to brake hard to avoid an accident on the freeway and the brakes failed. After restarting the vehicle the brakes went back to normal. A week later as I was driving down a street, I braked normally to pull in to a business parking lot and the brakes failed almost completely. The pedal went down to the floor and would not stop the vehicle in a safe distance. Also, they had a spongy feel. They would not properly grip until I turned the car off and then on again. Had there been another vehicle in front of me I would have hit them, or if this happened on a local freeway here in houston, tx it could be potentially fatal. After researching the problem, I learned that many other individuals have had the same exact issue. The problem appears to be a faulty ABS modulator.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #54

Apr 132016


  • 95,000 miles
On three occasions, upon suddenly braking, brake pedal failed. Took it to Ford once and they couldnt tell me what was wrong. Ford dealer said, "must've been a freak accident." I ignored the second time brake pedal went to the floor as pressure built up soon after, but the third time, took it back to Ford dealer. They quickly said it was the master cylinder. I didn't accept the diagnoses. Did some research and found online that there are so many other 2008 Fusion brakes issues like mine! and no recall!"! research points towards the hydrualic control unit, the mechanical part of the ABS module is bad. And it's a common issue! people can die over this! I have no ABS indication showing on my instrument panel... on all three occasions I was driving on level roads or highways. How can Ford not fix this? is it not common enough just yet!?! maybe let a few die and have the media have a field day with the deaths before Ford responds??? Ford has a responsibility to its vehicles! where's the pride and good will from Ford" god forbid Ford take responsibility and make a recall and prevent them from taking away from there profits!!!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #53

Apr 132016


  • 100,000 miles
I tried to stop a little faster than normal and had to put my brake pedal to the floor. Once I did that, my brakes continued to only work pressing all the way dow or by pumping them to build pressure. This went on about 24 hours before they went back to normal. This has happened a few times in the short month I have had this car. Reading complaints on line for this same problem tells me there is no fix. This is not safe not knowing when your brakes aren't going to work when you need them to. No liservice or and lights come on at all.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #52

Feb 092016


  • 125,000 miles
While braking and hitting a bump in the road that activated the anti-lock braking system (ABS) system the brake pedal would not engage properly after this. The pedal would have to be depressed almost all the way to the floor to stop. Vehicle was inspected and determined to have a stuck valve on the hydraulic control unit which is an integral part of the ABS system. Repair cost was $100 to bleed all new fluid into the system and $925 to diagnose and repair the faulty ABS hydraulic control unit.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #51

Mar 202016


  • miles
While driving I was required to apply the brake pedal further than normal. To stop the pedal must be applied almost to the floor. Brake pedal feels soft, sponge like, when applied. Vehicle still stops but pumping them repeatedly is required. This is required when stationary, in motion and on city streets and highways. Vehicle has 120K but this issue just started. Stating the obvious that brakes are an important but certainly creates a safety issue even if the brakes stop the vehicle. You have to adjust your speed and timing when applying the brakes. Although this has not occurred yet, sudden or emergency braking may be required so I can't confirm how they would react to this situation.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #50

Jan 162016


  • 129,000 miles
After engaging the ABS on light snow, my brakes became spongy. Couple of inches of play on the brake pedal before it would engage

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #49

Jan 052016


  • 90,000 miles
I, and many others, have had issues with Ford Fusion brake problems after an ABS event (as it is referred to). The vehicle is in motion and when braking and hitting a patch of ice, for example, the ABS activate. The problem is that the brakes do not return to normal immediately because the ABS pump valves get stuck and the brake fluid circulates. It takes time to come back to normal which is not a normal thing. We believe it should be a safety issue and that the anti-lock brake pump/control module should be recalled. If you were to google search Ford Fusion brake problems and or soft brake pedals, etc (regarding the Fusion) you will find a lot of information. I am a Ford lover and love my Fusion but it is disturbing that Ford refuses to recognize this as a safety recall after emails and contact with Ford. I copied one link to give you an idea of the problem. This has happened multiple times in the past two years. The brakes should return to normal instantly, not after an indefinite period of time. Thank you. Https:// [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lynwood, IL, USA

problem #48

Sep 092015


  • 90,000 miles
Ever since I had to slam on the brakes to avoid someone else getting in an accident 6 months ago on the highway, the brakes have been very spongy. I have replaced brake pads and turned the rotors also bled the brakes. I can still press the pedal to the floor. Can't seem to find a fix. I'm a huge Ford fan, but this is just embarrassing and extremely dangerous for such a popular car and company. Sack up and make a recall for those of us who are true Ford lovers!

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #47

Feb 162016


  • 58,000 miles
My brakes keep failing on my car, even after new brakes. They go all the way to the floor and I have almost been in 6 different accidents, once having to take the shoulder of the road and damaging a rim. It started at 14000 ish off and on and I only have 59000 on it now, and Ford needs to take care of this. I have read so many complaints of the same. I mean this is not only dangerous for me and my passengers, but for anyone in front of me. I want my insurance company to know I have reported this issue, and I also have printed a file of all complaints I have found. They not only fail, but they grind..... with new rotors and brakes as everyone else is saying. I cannot drive it if it rains or snows, because you just cannot stop the car. I nearly was in a pile up on the hiway as well. It is scarey. I would challenge them on this. The other day I could not stop again. This is a many people are complaining of the same thing.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

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