hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,350 miles

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2006 Ford Fusion transmission problems

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2006 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Jun 022010


  • miles


Transmission slips in and out of gear while driving at any speed. These are very hard gear shifts and the entire car shakes. Sometimes it won't go into any gear at all, including reverse. The car has unusually high RPM during some gear shifts...particularly when shifting gets "stuck" between 4th & 5th gears. My car was stuck in the middle of an intersection because the transmission froze and wouldn't shift gears. The car cannot accelerate at a normal speed anymore which doesn't allow for normal highway driving, and is dangerous due to the fact that the transmission is slipping gears or sticking in a gear.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #31

Aug 242010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph and attempting a right turn when the transmission exhibited a hesitation and began jerking abnormally. The RPM gauge displayed an extremely low reading. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road. After waiting a few moments, the vehicle resumed at a low speed without experiencing the previous failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the complete brake system was replaced. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection. The failure was related to the transmission and the technician detected the that the gears were sticking. The vehicle was taken to an independent transmission shop for a second opinion where they stated the same diagnosis as mentioned by the dealer. The contact was waiting upon a response from the manufacturer regarding the transmission failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 61,000.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #30

Apr 202010


  • 78,000 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Fusion, when driving on the highway while trying to pass another vehicle, the car will drop out of gear. The car will not reengage until the tachometer returns to an idle. Even then the car may not engage the gear again. With oncoming traffic or other cars behind this causes an unsafe condition.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #29

Sep 142010


  • 52,879 miles


On the interstate and gave car the gas to go around a truck and the car revved the engine and the tachometer went all the way down. Let off the gas and the car was stuck in high gear and would not shift to a lower gear. Had to drive the car that way in stop and go traffic in able to pull off the road. Once the car was turned off and restarted it reset itself and had lower and upper gears in transmission. The car still jerks and doesn't want to go into different gears when driving. Took car to dealer shop and was told that it had a tsb bulletin about the transmission valve body. There is a problem with this and they would not admit to a problem with the transmission. Searching the internet I am not the only one with this problem (100's of people).

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #28

Jun 102010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that when traveling at any speed and downshifting, the vehicle would begin to shake and vibrate violently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. The current mileage was 41,000 and the failure mileage was 38,000.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #27

Aug 232010


  • 65,000 miles
2006 Ford Fusion, with 65000 miles, transmission getting stuck between second and third gear. When the transmission is stuck, the car will rev to 5-6K rpms and drop severely in speed. When moving from a stop position the care then takes about 40-60 seconds to get up to 25mph (because it is still in second or third gear). This occurred with me entering an on ramp to a freeway and driving from a stop light in a busy business district. I took the car into the dealership where the car was purchased and serviced since purchase 12/31/2005. After the first day in the shop the dealer told me the transmission is beyond repair and I need a new (rebuilt) Ford transmission. They wanted $80 freight for delivery of transmission and approx. $4500 fro the transmission and installation. When I bought out my lease last year I purchased an extended warranty on my car (the original ended at 36000 miles). It has now been five days with many phone calls, a rental car (only covered five days under my warranty), and a visit from a private inspector/adjuster. The warranty company is still "review the claim" and has not yet authorized the repair. Without authorization from the warranty co I can not begin repairs. It will take 2-3 days to get the transmission shipped and 2-3 days for the repair. I believe Ford should be responsible and recall the transmissions. Not all owners have the extended warranty like I do. The failing transmissions are a huge safety defect and could lead to expensive repairs, accidents and death. Similar complaint can be found on repair pal at: repairpal.com/transmission-problem-242.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 172010

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 66,150 miles


My 2006 Ford Fusion sel V6 started violent jerking while driving. I am afraid to drive it because I have almost rear ended another car when accelerating and the jerking happened. My husband thinks it is the transmission but it is out of warranty and we don't have the money to repair it. It seems like there are many other owners out there (due to the mass forums and the tsb's) that are experiencing the same problem. Ford is doing nothing about it even though there are plenty of documentations that it is an ongoing situation. It occurs everytime the vehicle is driven. I don't feel selling it to someone else is the ethical solution. For should back/stand behind there product. Not run from the problem. People could be seriously hurt, in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't reported injuries.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #25

Aug 142010


  • 54,000 miles
06 Ford Fusion transmission slips out of gear around 25-35 mph. This happened on the highway resulting in 4 cars almost hitting us & almost causing 2 other accidents. It has been getting progressively worse for a month now. It's @ the dealership now, they said there is nothing wrong with it @ 1st, now they say they have duplicated the problem & I need a new transmission $4700. The car has 54K miles on it. I have read numerous other complaints online @repairpal.com. Something needs to be done, this is a very hazardous problem.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #24

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 #23

May 122008


  • 60,000 miles
Automatic transmission slips out of gear during acceleration. When downshifting it slips and sometimes slams itself into gear. Starting from a stop sometimes the transmission doesn't seem to know which gear to start in and slams into 1st. The most frequent problem is that of the transmission dropping out of gear upon acceleration or trying to top a grade. If you are not careful the rpms will reach 5000+ rpms. This issue began around 50K miles. Ford dealership in sterling heights Michigan checked the transmission in approx may of 2008 and they only offered a complete transmission replacement at a cost of 4K+, they could not determine what the problem was.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 092010


  • 107,000 miles


Transmission fails to respond mostly during shifts in the range from 2nd to 5th gear. The car fails to accelerate, transmission/engine winds and become useless until you let the car return to first gear. This doesn't allow for proper passing maneuvers. The transmission also clanks when downshifting.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #21

Aug 042010


  • 58,000 miles
Purchased 2006 Ford Fusion sel 6 cyl., with roughly 48K on it and currently have 62K on it now, in/around October of 2009, and about 3 months ago starting having transmission problems. Upon accelerating between 25-40, the transmission jumps in and out of gear, often making a loud banging noise and taking away all acceleration. In order for it to get back into gear, you have to completely let of the gas and it will eventually go back into gear. This allows for minimal accelerator at best when trying to speed up. This failure occurs randomly everytime I drive the vehicle. If not fixed, the transmission in my car will eventually go bad. I took it in to advanced automotive in ann arbor to have it fixed. They told me, after doing extensive research due to no codes showing up on the computer, that on the Ford bulletin it was going to need a new valve body, transmission flush, and reprogramming. This is going to cost roughly $2200. The valve body, from Ford, was $1400.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #20

May 142010


  • 59,500 miles
2006 Ford Fusion - normal driving until I hit 59,500 miles. Transmission would slip after reaching approximately 40 mph and the emissions light would turn on. It was taken to the dealer on 5/14/10, and I was told it was the transmission which was covered under the extended warranty. After transmission was repaired, the car was put on diagnostics and now the power module needed to be replaced. The car was brought in on 5/14/2010 and it is 7/28/10 and I still have not received the car. They are waiting for the part which they say was received today. And because I brought my car in first, I get the part first. There is another 06 Fusion with the same issue, waiting for the same part. Was the part on back order for so long because Ford needed to replace so many of them? my guess is yes. I was told the part would be in July 15 and it was just received today (7/28/10).

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #19

Jul 132010


  • 88,353 miles
Events leading: Normal driving operation. Failure:transmission slips after reaching 35 mph+, occurs anytime I am on the highway going uphill or trying to pass. Have seen many forums with others that are having similar issues. Causes my car to slip out of gear until I let off the accelerator or causes a very hard shift causing the transmission to bang really loud. What has been done to fix: Nothing currently, have only done research into the issue and found many forums with individuals that have similar issues and have had their vehicles in to the dealer only to have their car worked on and still have problems.

- Owesboro, KY, USA

problem #18

Jul 212010


  • 96,280 miles
The push button on the gear shift will not fully come out, thus allowing shifting without the need to depress the button. This issue has also resulting in not being able to remove the key. Since the locking/unlocking remote is integrated into the key itself, I cannot lock the car without the second key. Not only is leaving the key in the ignition akin to gift wrapping the car for thieves, the shifting issue is absolutely a safety concern! I searched the problem and it appears very common, so much so that a tsb has been issued. Ford needs to own up to this issue.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 072007

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Fusion 3.0L V-6 is experiencing severe problems with the transmission. This all started at 55,000mi. It will slip out of gear at acceleration and clunks and thuds when it is downshifting. This is an extreme safety hazard, especially if you decide to turn quickly if front of on coming traffic. The trans just may not catch. Ford engineers know what the problem is. It is the transmission which Ford purchased from "aisen" in germany. They have a defective control body which has extreme spool bore wear. Someone better require Ford to fix this issue before someone gets hurt.... I have many close calls since I owned this car. The dealer wants to charge me $5000 to fix their issue. Why is Ford so hush hush?

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #16

Jul 012010


  • 106,000 miles
Highway or regular road driving transmission gives out. The transmission red lines and the car fails to respond mostly on slight to moderate inclines. You must let up off the gas and allow the rpms to drop to normal and allow for the car to change gears. Dealership claims no issues but they do have a tsb on the problem but claim that customer needs to pay $2500 to fix the problem.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #15

Jul 202010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Ford Fusion. Consumer states transmission has slipped the consumer sent in a tsb that was issued regarding transmission problems on certain vehicles..

- Dellwood, MO, USA

problem #14

Mar 012010


  • 60,000 miles
I have had my 2006 Fusion for two years. My transmission started slipping around 60,000 miles. At first it only slipped when I tried to accelerate quickly, but over the last few months it has gotten worse. I am afraid to drive it on the highway because when it slips it jumps out of gear and I can't accelerate at all. I just pray that the person behind me can slow down in time not to hit me and my children. It takes a few miles for it to jump back into gear. I have had to pull over on the side of the road to wait for it to get back into gear. I cannot afford a new transmission! this car replaced my Ford econoline which I drove for over 200,000 miles before its transmission went out. If I wanted to buy a transmission I would have bought one for the vehicle I was replacing. This is the only car I have to get my kids and myself to work and to school. I cannot afford expensive repairs on a relatively new car; and I shouldn't have to. These cars are dangerous.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #13

May 012010


  • 64,000 miles
Having transmission issues at 50,000 and above on the 2006 Ford Fusion... I have researched this issue and Ford has tried to brush it off as I need a brand new transmission, but I made them check their service alerts... there is an alert out on all 2006 Ford Fusion's with a certain issue with the transmission and since there is an alert out on it. I was wondering why there isn't a recall on this vehicle" my car is very unsafe to drive, it slips in and out of gear and it is very unsafe to drive on the highway because it will get stuck in car and very unsafe to drive on regular roads at regular speeds. As it will get stuck in lower gears as well. I do plan on getting the problem fixed because I need my car, but I also feel that I should not have to pay since Ford has a known issue of this problem on this model car. What will it take" for someone to be driving on the highway and their car gets stuck in gear and cause an accident that will kill them and another person. I hope this is investigated and will help the next man.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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