really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,798 miles

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2006 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Sep 302016


  • 152,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. While accelerating from a stop, the vehicle's speed increased very slowly and shifted abnormally. In addition, the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage on the rebuilt engine was approximately 90,000 and the vehicle failure mileage was approximately 152,000.

- Mills, WY, USA

problem #35

Sep 112016


  • 122,500 miles
Driving on the highway at 80 mph the car looses acceleration power and an orange wrench symbol shows up on the dashboard. I have to safely coast my vehicle to a safe spot off the road. When car comes to complete stop it idles really rough and loud and makes a loud noise when placed into park. I have to shut car off then restart and I'm able to continue driving as if nothing ever happened. The problem keeps happening and is starting to occur more often but always while driving on the highway...pray to god nothing serious ever happens.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #34

Jun 032016


  • 143,000 miles
I was parking in a bettendort, Iowa restaurant parking lot when my car surged forward. I applied the brakes, but car would not stop. It left the parking lot, crossed a sidewalk and went onto a street near an intersection. I kept applying the brakes, but car still wouldn't stop. It collided with an oncoming car, crossed over a median and finally stopped on another street across from the intersection.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #33

Aug 012015


  • 80,000 miles


Interior front door latches broke around the 100,000 mileage. All four electric window regulators/motor have failed from the 80,000-110,000 mileage period. Each of the regulators plastic rollers where the cable goes around were broken. Two of the automatic door locks quit working as well. All motor mounts have been replaced at least once and 2 have been replaced twice each. 4-cylinder. I have seen 100's of complaints online about the motor mounts and many for the interior latches and window regulators. I have spent over a thousand dollars on the motor mount issues.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 022016


  • 80,000 miles
Our Ford Fusion engine suddenly started dying in traffic. When stopping at a light or stop sign in traffic, the idle would drop below 5000 rpms, then suddenly the engine would die. After placing the vehicle in park, we would have to restart the engine. Usually would die after sitting still after about 10 seconds. Sometimes the vehicle wouldn't start backup right away, so we were stuck on the road until it finally decided to start. No check engine light or wrench would display. We took it in to Ford dealer and they determined the throttle body was defective. Apparently this is an issue with most Ford Fusion, as well as other models that use the same throttle body. The vehicle has 80,000 miles on it. Repair costs were over $1000. When is Ford going to address this issue for the Fusion that were made before 2009? thanks, larry doss

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 042016


  • 121,759 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated and decelerated independently as the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ECM failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,759.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #30

Jan 142016


  • 110,000 miles


While reversing out of my parking spot at work the other day, the car completely stalled while my foot was on the gas pedal. I was thankful that no one was behind me because the car completely shut down. I put it in park and restarted it easily, but I was too nervous to drive on a highway after the incident, as there was no indication the first time that the car was going to shut down. I drove down a country road with my flashers on until I got to a safe place where I could call my husband. While I waited for him to come get me, I kept the car in idle and ran the heater. The car shut down again, and this time I was able to take a picture of the warning lights that accompanied the failure. (see attached.) the dash said "check charging system" and the oil, emissions, and battery lights came on. We called and had it towed to a local shop but man there has no idea what the problem is and told us to tow it to the dealership. My car has over 100,000 miles, but I have had trouble with it since I bought it. I have had mechanics tell me that the electrical system does not work well. I have also had them tell me that it is normal for the air-conditioner in these cars to just turn on randomly to cool the engine, which mine does frequently. Moreover, the battery in the car now is the third one I've had. Brake lights burn out constantly, and the transmission makes terrible noises when I start the car and particularly when I reverse. This new problem of stopping unexpectedly is simply unacceptable. I hate to give up my Fusion because when it's running correctly, it's a great car; however, this last instance is just too dangerous. If I were on the highway, I could have been killed. This same thing has happened to friends of mine who owned Ford. I will be calling Ford and asking them about throttle body and PCM problems that others have noted in their complaints.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #29

Jan 062016


  • 159,070 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light and electronic throttle control warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,070.

- Prescott, WI, USA

problem #28

Jul 312015

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 58,800 miles
After slowing down just before the stop sign, my car started to sputter and when I tries to accelerate after the intersection it stops accelerating. I had to limp along to get home. Luckily, I was just about 1.5 miles from home. I have done for this car all scheduled maintenance and never missed the recommended periodical oil changes. I drive less than 5000 miles a year with this car an it has less 59,000 miles on it. This must be due to a defective part from the factory and I should not pay for it. I have left it parked on my driveway until I hear from you and by way of your good offices hopefully from Ford. Thank you for kind assistance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Harvest , AL, USA

problem #27

Apr 142015


  • 78,333 miles
Car dies whilst driving. This is a safety issue. Authorized Ford dealer service determined issue was caused by a defective throttle body.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 112015


  • miles


I started having issues with my car in 2008. My car then would not go any faster than 50 mph would not accelerate on the freeway on ramp, and could not go up hills. So I repaired it or so I though. Now bring me to last year 2014 I still experience all that pull when traveling but now my speedometer was going crazy and would just go up to 100 mph as I was sitting at a stop light/sign. Fast forward to August 2014 when I had the speed sensor changed...and now I'm in March 2015 and again my car pulls, me speedometer goes crazy. Well as I was driving with my two children in the car ages 5 years, and 7 month old. I was rear ended while pulling up to a stop sign!!! luckily it was just enough to scare my daughter and I was just a bit sore the whole day but things could have been worse! after reading up on the sure my issue I am having I just about had enough! Ford needs to take responsibility for faulty transmissions and faulty vehicles!!!

- Santa Maria , CA, USA

problem #25

Jul 042014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
When driving on the highway and roadway, such as bridges this summer, my vehicle stalled several times, lost power coming almost to a complete stop, putting my family and I at risk. When I pressed on the gas to accelerate, the engine begin to race, causing the "check engine light" to come on. It also jerked and skidded as I tried to maneuver the steering. To avoid accidents on these occasions, the vehicle had to be pulled over and subsequently, parked. Highway driving was also avoided most of the summer for safety and concern. There is also an issue with the front driver side airbag, as recent as this summer, the seal became distorted, twisted and cracked in the dashboard. Lastly, about 2 weeks ago, the rear door lock on the driver side no longer works, the door must be opened manually from the inside of the car. These are valid vehicle defects and safety issues and Ford must step up and do the right thing for all parties of interest.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #24

Nov 172009


  • 55,000 miles
This vehicle lose power and slows down, it happened on the express way more than 5 times. I was almost rear ended by a semi truck. I only drive it on side streets now. It pops into gear very hard, the wrench light and the check engine light is on. It gets stuck in second gear and burns a lot of gas. It started soon after the warranty ran out. I had a lot of repairs done and the power train and engine is not working right as of yet, something is wrong with this Ford Fusion 06 and a lot of people are having the same problems with it. Why does it take the deaths of many innocent people first before there's a recall?

- Holland, OH, USA

problem #23

Oct 232014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated and failed to accelerate over 20 mph. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician noticed that the wrench warning light illuminated and diagnosed that the drive train and the throttle body failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Newport Richey, FL, USA

problem #22

Sep 272014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Vehicle is hesitant to start and get up past 5 mph and engine light came on. Took car to local pep boys where they placed it on engine machine. Per pep boy car through throttle body stuck open code. Local dealer closed dropped car off for look over. Dealer confirmed Monday that throttle body is stuck but state that this vehicle is not a part of current throttle body recall...im writing this here so if Ford should decide to cover this at a future time I'll be able to file for a refund.

- Boyertown, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 162014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 70,020 miles
The factory ignition coils began to short against the interior walls of the engine head above the spark plugs. As they shorted it burn the power control module (PCM). With no PCM my spark plugs failed to light, causing my engine become flooded with gasoline, which washed away the lubricants on my cylinder and heads causing all of my cylinders and heads to become damaged. As this happened before I was able to pull over my engine shut off. Causing me to lose power steering and all of the other electrical functioning components. Luckily I was on a fairly quiet road and at somewhat low speeds, but for the many others that have or could experience the same problem might not have been or be as lucky. 2006 Ford Fusion 3.0L V6.

- Kingman , AZ, USA

problem #20

Jul 102014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 98,375 miles
Car started knocking go slow than would speed up, brakes would work than not! got home checked the oil it was low, which was fine a week before that. Put oil in it, my son saw it leaking around oil pan. So had it towed to a car repair checked it out, they are telling me it's the timing chain, now they say the codes coming off the machine they are hooking it up with say it needs a new engine. I don't even have a 100 thousand miles on it and take good care of my car!

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #19

Jul 102014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 91,206 miles
The motor mount and brackets broke as I drove on a local street at speed of 25 mph. It was the wrong design for this vehicle but they installed it anyway. Later they designed the correct part which was the one the service tech put in the car that same day, the bill was $400.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #18

Jun 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 135,138 miles
Driving on interstate 5 evening commute, going up a hill when the engine lost power, reaching a maximum speed of 20mph with the accelerator pedal pressed down fully. The ESC light and a "wrench" light both illuminated. Was able to safely exit the interstate and turned the car off. After a few minutes I restarted with the aforementioned lights remaining off. Vehicle ran fine. Took it to the Ford dealer the next day and was told the throttle body would have to be replaced, which I rejected at the time. The vehicle ran fine until 1 day past a year from the first incident (June 26, 2014). The same thing happened twice, once at 60mph and again at 40mph. It occurred again on June 27, 2014, however this time from a stop. I began to accelerate from the stop sign and barely made it across the intersection. Each occurrence I turned the engine off and restarted, the vehicle ran fine. I did a web search on the issue and found numerous other Ford owners are experiencing the same thing with model years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #17

Dec 192013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
I have had problems with it since I bought it, it has problems starting especially when its cold outside. Driver heated seat caught fire and melted my seat, now my heated seat doesn't work and seat is ruined. Transmission is poorly made and unsafe. While driving it has problems shifting, shoots the rpms all the way up. The car sounds like its going to blow up. Does it mostly when showing down and speeding up. Not the only person having issues, Ford needs to stop being so cheap and recall the 2006 repairpal.com/transmission-problem-242.

- Batesville, IN, USA

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