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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,584 miles

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2008 Mercury Milan brakes problems

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2008 Mercury Milan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Nov 072016


  • 55,000 miles


After ABS becomes active the brake pedal becomes really soft and have to push it to the ground to make the car stop. In order for the brake pedal to become normal again ABS will need to be activated again somehow. Seems to be an issue accross all these style of chassis vehicles ( Milan/Fusion). It happens all the time.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #24

Apr 052016


  • 111,000 miles
Brakes are very spongy in all actions. The brakes have been bled, have new brake pads and there are no leaks in the system. I have read other Mercury Milan and Ford Focus have the same problem, brake pedal going too low to the floor board. I feel that this could develop into a future safety problem. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #23

Sep 182016


  • 100,000 miles
The brake pedal goes to the floor when it is pressed. This happens under normal driving conditions, city and highway. The master cylinder was replaced (twice) but the condition has not changed. This has been happening for a couple years, at all speeds, weather conditions (dry to wet).

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #22

Sep 132016


  • 70,000 miles


Brakes go out after ABS incident. 3 times in one year. 1st time/ icy conditions traveling at 15 mph approaching red light, ABS engaged, brake pedal lost pressure and stayed to the floor for 3 hours before returning to normal. Last month, dry conditions on main city road, 50 mph posted speed, had to slam on brakes go avoid collision. ABS engaged, lost all braking ability because of no brake pressure once again. Brakes stayed out for hours, until minimal pressure returned. Replaced all pads and rotors, fluid, as well as master cylindar. 3 weeks later, dry pavement, mid turn (20 mph) lightly applied brake. ABS engaged and lost all brake pressure again. Has been 3 days and brake pressure has still not returned. After much research this is a common and reoccurring problem for this vehicle and also the for Fusion model. After spending a lot of money for repairs and replacements, tests, the problem persists and returns. I do not feel safe in this vehicle with this issue!!! my son and I have been put in severe danger three times now due to a malfunctioning ABS/brake system!!!

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #21

Aug 062016


  • 73,600 miles
Twice in the last month my wife or I have experienced the same problem with the brakes. The problem is intermittent. Twice when approaching a stop sign at speeds between 20 and 30 mph and while braking and hitting a bumpy road section ( heat causing asphaly to form bumps at intersections) the brake pedal went too the floor and became quite unresponsive. We live in a rural area. In my wife's case she eventually stopped 3 or 4 feet past the entrance to the intersection. Fortunately neither time did we have an accident. The first time I took it to my mechanic. Who pulled all 4 wheels and found the brakes operated properly with no signs of overheating of the brakes disks, pads or calipers. In my case the brake only actuated, and was soft, well below the normal brake position. I pumped the brake 3 or 4 times to get the brake back to its normal braking height. The fluid level in the brake resevoir was between min and max. Within two weeks the same thing happened to my wige. I checked the brake fluid. And it was normal. My mechanic had no idea what was amiss. I googled "brake pedal sometimes goes to floor 2008 Mercury Milan" and found a number of similar experiences by other. I called my Ford dealer and he looked up any recommendations by for and found none. The threads on the various forum point to a problem with the ABS system. Ford does not seem to acknowledge the problem yet there seem to be numerous instances

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #20

May 292016


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Milan. While driving at an unknown speed over a bump, the brake pedal had to be engaged with force to stop the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and the technician advised that the ABS pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #19

May 202016


  • 130,000 miles


Recently, if the a bump in the road is hit while braking, the brakes will "go out" and must be pushed to the floor before the car will stop. This greatly increases stopping distance and poses significant safety concerns. After this occurs, the brakes return to normal after being "pumped up". this has occurred 6-7 times over the past few months and is becoming much more frequent. I read very similar accounts in the complaints section but I do not see where an investigation has been opened regarding this. It appears that multiple people have had their master cylinders replaced without resolution of the problem. The consensus seems to be a malfunction of the ABS which is a very costly repair.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #18

May 182016


  • 64,000 miles
Several factors:9 months after purchasing new, accelerator stuck and was not part of the floor mat recall, dealer brushed me off. In Oct/Nov 2015 braking system failed, mastercylinder had a crack in it and fluid was empty, this was at 62,000 miles. Yesterday brakes failed again, shoes/pads worn out, hub/rotor dented, bearings replaced, and was told not to drive until repaired, 64,000 miles currently on car. Also, the interior controls on the dash are starting to come loose from dash. I worry about my safety every time a drive this car. The outside looks great. I am the original one -owner. Very upset to be spending so much on a low mileage car. I have all my receipts for work performed. Informed Corp. Ford yesterday and got a I'm sorry from dorothy. Vehicle was in motion on city streets each time of occurence.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #17

May 152016


  • 80,000 miles
In Oct.2015 I had to slam on brakes for emergency stop. After continuing on the next time I applied brakes, the pedal went to floor. I pumped pedal till I had brakes but next time pedal went back to floor. After getting to my stop I shut engine off and car sit for approx. 20 minutes. Restarted and brakes worked normally till May 15, 2016. Car was driven on freeway till I exitied. Pedal then went almost to floor, not slowing. I quickly had to pump pedal to stop car. Drove to closest Ford dealer and explained my delima. Brake fluid level was checked and found normal. Service dept. Was closed so I restarted car and brake pedal operately normally. Car has 81000 miles. No doubt this will happen again. No clue why "?"

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 102015


  • 60,000 miles
The brake pedal needs to be pushed down to the floor; it is not safe. When taken to the shop, I found out that it's an ABS pump issue. Upon searching online, it's a widespread problem with Fusion and Milan from 2006-08. The brake pedal must be pushed all the way down any time that braking is required. This is a major safety concern.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #15

Dec 082015


  • 146,700 miles


Well, there have been lots of problems with my Mercury. On my trips to Tennessee to care for my elderly parents, on a return trip from Tennessee to Florida, my car lost power steering and slowed to a crawl. I was able to manipulate my car to the side of the road where it was not overheating but would not increase in speed past 20 mph. I was able to take an exit and find an autoparts store and have the engine checked, the belt had come completely off without being broken. I had to have this replaced. I have experienced a total loss of coolant when the hose broke loose. Also, my problems with the wear and replacement of brake pads and rotors very, very frequently. This seems to be a major issue with this car. This morning, 12/8/2015, on my way to work the wrench light came on and I noticed my car jumping when slowing and changing to the lower gears and also upon accelerating, the jumping also occurred. I have contacted my mechanic and am awaiting a response.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 162015


  • 174,000 miles
Purchased the 2008 Mercury Milan used in 2011. First experience with anti lock brakes, so the first time on wet pavement approaching light and the brake pedal jiggled when being pressed, concerned the car would not stop. Brake pedal from that incident stayed low for a couple of days, but then returned to normal position when pressed. This issue occurs when pressing brake over potholes, in wet conditions. Unfortunately, this recent episode has lasted for more than 10 days which caused me to take car to dealer repair and to do research which led me to enumerable complaints about this vehicles defect. I have read post of those who have spent over a thousand dollars to have repaired and still experience the problem, we are a one car family and I am not in a financial position to invest money and not get the results of having resolved. This issue (ABS) regarding the 2008 Mercury Milan is unacceptable and there needs to be a recall on this matter.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #13

Nov 092015


  • 89,111 miles
While driving if hitting a speed bump, pot hole, or something similar the ABS would kick in. This would cause the brake pedal to be pushed all the way to the floor before the brakes would engage. The last time this happened was just driving and came up to the stop sign and the ABS acted as if it kicked in and had to push the brake pedal all the way down. Normally after turning the car off and back on the brakes would go to normal, but has not this time. Changed the brake pads, front and rear, the master cylinder, and still no improvement. After reading that there was a recall on other years for the ABS, found that the ABS is the problem with mine as well. Have recently read that other vehicles are having the same problem as mine. ABS kicking in for no reason and not having brakes until the pedal is completely pressed to the floor. This started happening since I hit 80,000 miles and now have 89, xxx and it has recently gotten much worse, unable to drive the vehicle and unable to afford to fix it.

- Osceola, MO, USA

problem #12

Nov 092015


  • 69,000 miles
Yesterday was a wet, rainy day. I braked coming to a stop light, but hit a pothole just after touching the brake. My brake pedal suddenly became "soft", meaning that I had to depress the pedal to the floor in order to stop safely. I've read similar complaints from other people.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 072015


  • 80,000 miles
When ABS system engages the car fails to recover. Brakes do not respond, pedal hits floor before stopping. This started at about 80,000 miles. The vehicle now has about 100,000 miles and it has happened about 6 times. Most times the car recovers on its own within 24 hours (usually within 2). This time it has been 3 days, the car will not recover on its own. No codes are generating. No lights are on. The car thinks it is functioning properly.

- Carneys Point, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 202015

Milan 6-cyl

  • 96,401 miles
I purchased my car in 2009 used at 25,000 miles. I am experiencing trouble with my master cylinder. As I went over a pothole and pressed on my brakes, the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. I took my car to a mechanic and he stated it was the master cylinder. I had my master cylinder replaced and I am still having he same problem. An ambulance stopped in front of a car ahead of me and I had to slam on brakes, the pedal went all the way to the floor. I went back to the mechanic and he stated the master cylinder was brand new. He told me to look up to see if there is a recall on the brake system. Thank goodness I have not experienced an accident yet. I wanted to have this on file....updated 12/03/15

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 252015


  • 115,000 miles
When traversing over a speed bump, ABS was engaged unnecessarily. After which, the driver is required to depress the brake pedal 3/4 of the brake pedal's travel distance to the floor board in order to initially engage braking. Once at the 3/4 position, braking then becomes "loose" and therefore requires the driver to depress the brake pedal the remaining travel distance to the floor board. This has lead to a major deterioration in braking performance as a result.

- Marietta , GA, USA

problem #8

Jun 252015


  • 115,000 miles
When braking over a speed bump, ABS engaged unnecessarily. After which, in order to decelerate via braking requires depressing the pedal 3/4 of the way to the floor board. Once at the 3/4 position the brakes will engage momentarily then become "loose" once again, requiring the driver to depress the brake pedal 100% of the brake pedal's travel distance to the floor board.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 162013


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Milan. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact pumped the brake pedal multiple times until the vehicle stopped. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the master cylinder was replaced, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the independent mechanic and the ABS system was replaced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 7/29/15

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 132014


  • 140,000 miles
When trying to stop the vehicle and pedal went to the floor. Have had the master brake cylinder, brake pads and brake booster replaced. Car still has a soft brake pedal that goes to the floor upon initial stop. Brakes will pump up after a couple pushes on the pedal. May not have that luxury in an emergency situation.

- Mitchell, IN, USA

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