really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,495 miles

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2006 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #20

Feb 232016


  • 165,000 miles


Vehicle after warming up and put in gear will only move forward very slowly takes several minutes before I can get a acceptable forward motion. Can not go in traffic as car only moves at a very small rate of speed. Eventually it will go into the normal mode for driving car forward..

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #19

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 #18

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 #17

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 #16

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 #15

Aug 112012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while traveling at an unknown speed, the vehicle violently lunged forward and suddendly accelerated without warning. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle was crashed into a light pole. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The contact sustained major injuries, had to undergo surgery and was in a comatose state for an extended period of time. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 8/6/14 updated 8/29/14 updated 09/12/2014

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #14

May 222014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 160,950 miles


Driving at 55 mph, the car lost power, I pulled to the side of the road the wrench light came on, the engine made some rattling sounds. Then I shut the engine off and had it towed to my mechanics shop.

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #13

Dec 122013


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the throttle actuator needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 134,000 and the current mileage was 137,000.

- Royal, AR, USA

problem #12

Oct 012012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 90,189 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled as the traction control warning light illuminated. The contact coasted onto the shoulder and was able to restart the engine and resume normally. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the throttle. The vehicle was repaired. The computer system and the throttle body was replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,189 and the current mileage was 97,000.

- Belleville , IL, USA

problem #11

May 102013


  • 91,000 miles
Vehicle losses propulsion at very inconvenient times ( I.e. driving down the interstate, stopped at a stop light, and pulling out into traffic). I have attempt two fix the problem because mechanic said that it was my throttle body. I even called Ford, and they said "if the wrench light is on it was the throttle body." I just want this problem to stop happing because I have done everything to fix it. Changed the spark plugs, battery, throttle body (twice), and even did the oil. Nothing works. Please help me find out about this recall because Ford is asking me for large amounts of money which I don't have. I bought this car brand new and has been well maintained.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 012012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 20 mph independently. The wrench warning icon illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the throttle. The throttle was not replaced. In addition, the door locks on the rear driver's side door and the front passenger's side door failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was not available.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 122013


  • 82,000 miles
Cut stops running.. all different speeds., any given time. Almost had three different accidents. Glad to be here.. still found out its very common problem since it took a week to get the back ordered part. Throttle body. Seems to be a serious problem. Dangerous to say the least.

- Elyria, OH, 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 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while parking, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact also mentioned that the brakes failed to respond, causing the contact to crash into a building. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- North Providence , RI, USA

problem #6

May 012013


  • 93,000 miles
Car engine started sounding rough and when I stepped on gas nothing happened and car would not pick up speed. It would not go more than 20 miles per hour. The wrench light up in the car showing a problem.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Jul 052010

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
When driving car 25 miles per hour the car stops jerks decelerates the eventually kicks back up some times it does it with normal speed. Which has almost caused several accidents when car suddenly decelerates stops in the flow of traffic then having to wait till it kicks back up or just try to pull off road to keep from getting hit very scary when driving on highway of in rush hour traffic! or putting on flashers at the last minute hoping not to get hit!

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 212010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Automatic transmission slips out of gear when going up a hill or when passing another vehicle. The car make a rough noise and you have to brake in order to get the car to change gears. When the cruise control was set at 65 mph the car approached a small hill and the gear would not change and made a awful noise. I took the car to a Ford dealership for diagnostic check and it revealed that I need a transmission. The cost was quoted at $4900. This started approx 2 months ago and is still happening.

- Cairo, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042010


  • 27,635 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. On June 4, 2010, the contact stated that when he turned on the vehicle, the rpms increased rapidly. The rpms increased to 3,500 when it was normally on 900. The vehicle behaved that way for about sixteen miles so the contact parked it and let it sit for two hours. When he restarted it, the vehicle behaved normal. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were 27,635.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

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