really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,531 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Nov 102016


  • 147,000 miles


The ptu on my car went out last month. When I called the dealer to order it I was informed by the parts department to look into recalls because there is a known issue. I started looking and there is a recall for this particular ptu on the edge, flex and some Fusion...but not for mine...I have called Ford and asked why and I was given no explanation. This unit was manufactured by Ford to be a non-serviceable lifetime unit...obviously it is not. They have admitted that there is a problem and even replaced some of them...why is mine not covered when it is the same exact parts as the others? I have also found that a class action law suit is being filed over this issue.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #31

Oct 022015


  • 128,000 miles
Why isn't there a recall on the brakes and transmission, our brake pedal went all the way down to the floor on a few occasions, then it seemed fine, and it would happen again, there have been numerous complaints on this issue, we had to pay $2,700 to have Ford fix it, and the transmission jumps, when you step on the gas the car lurches and this is going to cost a lot of money that we don't have.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #30

Apr 232016


  • 143,000 miles
The transmission started being difficult to shift into gear. Then, I have started hearing a whirring sound from the engine compartment. After reading up on some of the problems, it appears my torque converter is dying! which will lead to total transmission failure!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ thanks Ford!

- Morro Bay, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 112016


  • 84,000 miles


I have had to replace the transmission, the head gasket, drive shaft and carrier barrings. When I had the vehicle fixed I was told I need a new gas tank as well. My passenger side airbag compartment is rising up from the dash and I am concerned it will deploy even without an accident to initiate the deploy. Called Ford Motor Company and they were not willing to help in any way. I purchased the car in 2013 and have had problems from the start with no help from Ford. Thank you.

- Waterville, NY, USA

problem #28

Jan 252016


  • miles
2013 we had to have the transmission rebuilt (92K miles) in August 2014 had to take back to transmission shop I had a problem with shift solenoid sticking they repaired. In 2015 back to transmission shop same problem. January 25, 2016 back to transmission shop same problem and they have to rebuild the transmission again. There is a major problem with these transmission. I should not have to put $2500 for a rebuilt transmission twice.. 65K miles later it is bad again. I don't drive hills or mountains. I live flat land and I drive a lot of hwy miles. This is bull!!!! I went to see if there are any recalls on it and there is not but I see a whole lot of complaints. All for the same problem. Upon your request I can forward the paperwork for the repairs once my car has been done this week. I want Ford to step up and take care of their customers. When I put the car in R I was holding on to the steering wheel because it jerk so hard I thought it was going to send me through the windshield. I am so disappointed in Ford and I have owned so many of them over the years.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #27

Oct 192015


  • 80,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle decreased in speed and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the external throttle body was damaged and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,600. The VIN was not available.

- Bonner Springs, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 012015


  • 67,443 miles


While driving there is a loud humming sound, the vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic, the center support bearing is bad, and drive shaft is rusted, almost solid. The vehicle miles are far too low for this to be normal wear and tear.

- Blissfield, MI, USA

problem #25

Apr 252015

Fusion 4WD 4-cyl

  • 95,739 miles
Car parked at the driveway, started the car, see an engine light and wrench light in the dashboard, tried to accelerate gas pedal, it appears there's no accelerating power. RPM unstable, engine shaking. Called aaa roadside assistance, aaa technician checked and started the car its the same issue. He recommended to disconnect the positive battery cable to reset computer system. Disconnected wait for 10 seconds and re-start the engine, then everything worked. Took the car to a Ford dealer, service advisor believe to be the electronic throttle body problem. Verified in the computer if there's a recall for 2008 Ford Fusion, however nothing reported at this time.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #24

Apr 012014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 124,616 miles
Started with very loud sounds coming form the car - thought it was the front end. Took it to Ford in paso robles, ca they could find nothing wrong. Transmission failure began with faulty shifting - check engine light came on. Contacted Ford immediately they set my apt time 4 days later - I had to park my car until I was able to take it in. The transmission had to be replaced on 5/29/2014. It is now 4/1/15 and the same noises are coming back and I expect the transmission to have to be replaced again very soon.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 68,895 miles
2008 Fusion SE-V6 AWD model (fwd + it has a drive shaft that goes to the rear wheels for AWD). Several miles before I brought it in for service for the below problem the car began making a howling/whirring noise at the rear of the engine only when the car was in motion which got louder as the speed increased. Imy Ford dealer told me the noise was because of a bad driveshaft and it should be replaced asap as driving it the way it is a safety issue. My car had just come out the manufacturer's 60,000 mile warranty and I was not pleased to learn that I would have to pay $1103.35 for the repair. The dealer tried to get Ford to ok the repair under my just expired warranty. If the shaft suddenly failed, it could cause control problems so it is a safety issue particularly at highway speeds. After much research I found that Ford was well aware of the problem and even issued an internal technical service bulletin # tsb 08-14-1 stating that the oem driveshafts on the 2008 Ford Fusion AWD models were not "keyed" correctly when manufactured and over a period of time will eventually fail and dislodge from the vehicle. A revised shaft was manufactured and should be used to replace defective shafts. Ford knew of the potentially part failure but rather than notify the owners or have a safety recall, they chose to keep it "in-house" and only fix it when the owners reported it. Since the most failures seemed to occur near the 60,000 mile point (mine was just over that), Ford chose to adopt a "wait and see" attitude on this problem/safety issue. Since the shaft repair one year ago, I have written to the district Ford representative and the chairman of the board of Ford, alan [xxx] about how this was handled but to no avail. I am shocked and dismayed that Ford would treat its customers this way (I own 3 Ford) and the way they handled this potentially dangerous safety issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #22

Oct 152014


  • miles


Cracked dashboard that exposes the airbag. Power train coil on damage.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #21

Jun 112014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
This car is all wheel drive. The center support bearings also called carrier bearings on the center driveshaft going from the power take off unit to the rear differential went bad making a very loud roaring noise. As a mechanic myself, trucks have these bearings and they rarely go bad if at all but at high mileages. Failure at 35000 miles is unheard of.

- Felton, PA, USA

problem #20

Aug 242014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
In the driveway and turned the car on. The check engine light and wrench light came on and there was no throttle and the engine took a while to kick on. The scan tool said error code P2112 throttle actuator control system stuck closed.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 182014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Transmissions are going out on these cars between 2006-2010. Which will leave people stranded in the road way which could become a hazard. The reason for this issue is because Ford put a defective program in the computer for the transmission which causes the transmission to fail. I would appreciate if the issue was looked in to thank you.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #18

May 082014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving down the road and the wrench service light came on. I wasn't familiar with what that light meant. When I got home I looked in the owners manual for suggestions. I got new gras, made sure the gas cap was tight, and waited for 3 cold starts to see if it would go off. Then we went to leave bin the car and vit wouldn't go, even with the accelerator pushed all the way down. I called a Ford dealership to have it towed there. In doing research this appears to be common with Ford Fusion and I feel there should be changes or a recall. My research told me what was wrong before the car left the driveway as the issue is so searchable on the internet!

- Martin, TN, USA

problem #17

Jun 092014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Ford Fusion AWD/6 speed in 2009 with only 107 miles. I kept record of all required maintenance on the car. Just recently planning to take a vacation from Colorado to see my son at nellis air force base, so last month I got all maintenance don't it again. Oil change, transmission & power steering flush, etc. I parked the car with no problem. The next day, I started the car and it has no power, I drove it down the drive way and have I to turn around. The engine was knocking so bad the I thought I would fall off on the ground. I got it towed to the mechanic and the said the coil is bad, they replace two coils that cost $600. Right when the mechanic is going to call us to pick up the car, they said it was running worse. Now they said those coils melted, and now the PCM need replacement. I called Ford corporate and they said there is no recall for pmc on 2008 Ford Fusion but yet several mechanic said this is not normal. I expect to come out of pocket for at lease $2000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #16

Jun 112014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 35,400 miles
My 2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3L, 5-speed manual, has shut off on the highway with no warning at highway speeds of 65+mph. The engine would suddenly lose power and stall and I would have to coast and attempt to control my car at speed until I could get the engine restarted. I was unable to just turn the key forward to restart the engine and had to turn the key backwards all the way into the "off" position before attempting to restart the engine. The engine would not always restart on the 1st or second attempt. This happened to me twice over a 2 week period at high speeds before suddenly worsening and causing my vehicle to stall and not run in idle or randomly at any speed. I took my vehicle to a Ford dealership where they diagnosed it as a faulty throttle body (engine fault codes included P0128, P0607, P2107) but refused to cover any portion of the repair despite the vehicle having only 35,500 miles and numerous complaints about similar safety issues on similar vehicles/components.

- La Vergne, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 122014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 60,971 miles
Traveled from ct to marathon, fl, arriving after noon. Within sight of the hotel destination the engine began to break down and run rough. I also smelled smoke. I managed to get to the hotel parking lot before the engine quit altogether. A local shop diagnosed the problem as two cylinder misfires and failed ignition coils. 57 mi from the dealer in key West and over 100 mi from miami, I elected to have a local ase certified shop replace the coils. Reflashing the PCM showed a new set of codes and that the PCM was failed and needed to be replaced. According to machado Ford in miami, there were no pcms in Ford's inventory in all of the us. Searched for remanufactured pcms was fruitless as well. Finally contacted armstrong Ford in homestead and they said they could fix the car. $996.56 to the shop in big pine key. Transported the car to homestead on fri 2/21. Monday the dealer had located a PCM and replacement was completed under warranty Tuesday afternoon. I picked up the car on Wednesday and left for jacksonville in the afternoon. 120 mi North in jupitor, the engine failed again. We sat on the side of the fl turnpike's 70 mph traffic until we could have the car transported to mullinax Ford in West palm, arriving after the service dept had closed. The next day I learned that all three catalytic converters were plugged and needed replacement. Two converters were available and were replaced on 2/28. The third converter was back ordered with an expected availability of 3/31. Since the remaining unit had discharged its contents into the tailpipe and was discarded, I was able to drive back to ct. Tasca Ford in berlin ct is still waiting for the replacement converter after numerous extensions of delivery dates from Ford. The Ford customer serv rep refused to return my calls. My total out of pocket expenses exceed $4000 to date.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #14

May 202014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that when putting the vehicle into reverse, the vehicle jerk violently and made an abnormal sound. The contact mentioned that the wrench warning icon illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage 61,374.

- Norwich, NY, USA

problem #13

May 082014


  • 118,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at approximately 60 mph, when my car started to lose speed. I was on an incline at the time which made it worse. I almost caused an accident. Afterwards I pulled over. My wrench light came on. Indicating that there is a problem with the throttle body. My car when in to limp mode. After doing extensive research on this matter, I did find that there has been a recall for the throttle body replacement in North Carolina. I did call Ford and mentioned that to then. They had me give them my vehicle identification number and told me that it does not apply to my vehicle. I do not understand how this can be a safety recall for some, but not for all.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

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