really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,659 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #129

Dec 112012


  • 80,000 miles


Once ABS kicks in, I have no braking ability. Caused an accident back in 2013, checked by Ford as no problem. Every time my ABS kicks in I have this problem.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #128

Oct 302016


  • 87,500 miles
After purchasing our Fusion, the brake pedal seemed very soft. We put new brakes on it but this did not remedy the problem. When driving the pedal goes almost to the floor and sudden stops are not an option! we were told by a serviceman it was most likely the "sensor or brain" of the braking system and that this was a common problem with this make of cars.

- Oak Harbor, OH, USA

problem #127

Nov 152016


  • 123,000 miles
On three occasions in the past twelve months the brakes nearly failed (went soft) while braking in rain or a rough surface. I reported this to my service technician on my last visit of 11/15/16. The brakes were checked and no problems were found. The technician had no knowledge of this type of problem.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #126

Nov 142016


  • 105,000 miles


After an ABS event, I noticed my brake pedal went soft and almost to the floor. I am able to "pump" the brakes and will get some pedal back but after a few seconds of driving, the pedal is soft again. The brakes and braking system has been checked by the dealership. Main complain: Brake pedal going soft, takes longer distance to stop on all road surfaces.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #125

Jan 012016


  • 60,000 miles
When braking on icy, wet, or snowy roads the brakes work the first time but then when you attempt to brake again the brake pedal hits the floor and you loose brake pressure. In order to regain brake pressure you have to pump the brakes hard or slam on them a few times for the brakes to begin working again. This happened at least 5X last winter. We called several Ford dealers to report this problem and were told they had never heard of it. After fearing for our safety we researched the problem on the internet and found many other Fusion owners reporting the same problem and had success fixing this problem by replacing the ABS. We took our car to a dealer and they were unable to confirm the problem. We went with our gut and had the ABS replaced. We paid out of pocket about 2,000 for this repair.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #124

Dec 162016


  • 77,000 miles
It was slippery out. I was going about 15 mph and headed to stop at a stop sign. The ABS engaged. After this happened, there was no pressure left in the pedal - it went nearly to the floor each time I had to stop. I was so scared that I might not stop all the way, for my whole trip home - 20 miles - with the snow getting worse and my son in the car. We were both terrified. Seems fine now, but I ended up taking the car to a mechanic, who looked through the whole system and couldn't find anything. This was a $100 cost for inspection....

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #123

Jul 012016


  • 65,000 miles


Received recall on airbags 6 months ago and as of 1/3/2017 has not been taken care of. Ford dealership says they have not received the parts yet. Also the brakes go soft when braking and have not received any recall about this problem. 2 very dangerous problems that need to be taken care of.

- Weston, OH, USA

problem #122

Jul 132016


  • 88,000 miles
I was braking when I caught a pot hole and the brake pedal went to the floor. Since then the brake pedal is soft and will randomly go to the floor. I took it to a Ford dealer and they tried replacing the rear rotors and pads and flushing the fluid but it did not work. I took it back and they ended up replacing the hydraulic control unit with a used one. It still doesn't feel right but it's better than it was.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #121

Dec 212016


  • 57,800 miles
I was pulling into a parking spot, the car went over curb and into a tree that stopped me. The brakes seemed to work after that but was I afraid to drive the vehicle. I have taken it to a mechanic he cant find the part because Ford doesn't make that part anymore. I'm still without a vehicle. I saw on the news you were investigating 2007-2009 Ford Fusion for brake pressure failure I believe that is what happened to me.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #120

Nov 152016


  • 50,000 miles
Driving on a city street, 40 mph, light turned yellow, and I hit the brakes. The ABS fired and car stopped. After driving a block or two I needed to brake again. When I hit the brakes the brake pedal went down almost to the floor of the vehicle before they "grabbed" and the car began to slow. I was in the middle of an intersection before I came to a complete stop. Subsequently, over the next couple of days, the brakes felt very soft and sluggish. My first thought was that I did not have enough brake fluid, so I checked and the fluid was flush with the fill line. After a few driving trips the brakes started to feel normal again. Until I had to brake suddenly again. Again, the ABS fired and the car stopped as expected. Immediately after the brake pedal felt loose and the brakes felt soft. I took the Fusion to a Ford dealership and asked them to look at the brakes, mentioning this problem. I was told that there was no problem. I am now hesitant to drive this vehicle.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #119

Apr 202016


  • miles


When coming to a stop or slowing down when I go to brake the paddle can go all the way to the floor losing brake pressure. Once this happens the brake do not recover for sometime I have to pump the brakes in order to stop. It sometimes takes a day before they recover. This usually occurs while braking on uneven roads, manhole covers, railroad tracks it can happen on slight imperfections in the road also very scary.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #118

Oct 012016


  • 110,000 miles
Brake pedal goes to the floor before brakes start to engage. Local shop isolated any issues with the wheel brake assemblies and stated that is was either the master cylinder or the ABS module. Brakes will engage sooner in the pedal travel if they are pumped once. Based on research it appears that it is most likely a stuck valve in the ABS hydraulic unit.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #117

Nov 252016


  • 156,000 miles
I was driving down my street getting ready to pull into the driveway and when I went to slow down I hit a pot hole or something and when I hit my brakes to slow down the pedal went all the way to the floor and I almost hit a car parked on the street. I noticed that just recently you guys have been getting other complaints about similar issues so I thought I might as well make it another one. Thanks.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #116

Aug 212016


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. While driving various speeds, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed. The contact had to pump the brake pedal several times for the brakes to engage. On another occasion, the contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #115

Sep 172016


  • 100,000 miles
After having to use the ABS to stop my car, the brake pedal became soft when I tried to stop again. This has happened to me on two separate occasions.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #114

Nov 082016


  • 148,000 miles
The first time my brakes went mushy was when I was driving and had to stop suddenly the ABS activated then after that the brake pedal became mushy and the car was hard to stop without pumping the brake pedal, it remained that way for a short time. The next time it occurred was driving on a rough patch of road, when I touched the brakes to go over a pothole at a slow speed the ABS kicked in and the brakes turned to mush again making it hard to stop after that. Both times I was on main streets in the city and it is very scary when your vehicle decides it doesn't want to stop very easily. I believe this needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt or worse.

- Deer Park, WA, USA

problem #113

Dec 142016


  • 70,000 miles
Brakes have become spongey and a lot of pressure is needed to engage the brakes. The master cylinder and the rotors and brake pads have been serviced and inspected. The Fusion has done this multiple times and now has stayed consistently spongey. All services have been done through the Ford dealership.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #112

Dec 202016


  • 1 miles
Brake failure over bumps or slippery surfaces. ABS triggers and lose brake functionality. Pedal goes soft and goes all the way to the floor.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #111

Dec 242016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the ABS activated and the brake pedal functioned abnormally. The braking distance increased. The contact indicated that the brake pedal felt soft during and after the incident. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #110

Dec 282016


  • miles
Brake failure on uneven surface

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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