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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,557 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Mercury Milan drivetrain problems

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2006 Mercury Milan Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 312017


  • miles


Window don't wort R window

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #18

Mar 222017


  • 78,150 miles
Transmission problem. Wrench light comes on and car decelerates from 55 mph to 5 mph.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #17

May 072013

Milan 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Well we were driving through the appalachian mountains on the highway, we went to pass a car that was slow. We stepped on the accelerator and it tried to shift into overdrive (because everyone if flying through there). But, as that happened the transmission slipped and sent the rpms to a really scary area where we thought it was going to blow up. Luckily, they came back down but as we would drive until it stopped. A couple months later we figured out if when that happened if we pulled over turned the car off let it sit for a minute then turn it back on and it would work fine for a while then. So, to me it almost seems like its a computer issue but its not because we went to an as-E certified shop and had the computers flashed then reprogrammed and it still does it while driving.

- Rice Lake, WI, USA

problem #16

Jun 012016


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mercury Milan. While operating the vehicle, the air bag sensor illuminated intermittently. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. Also, while driving, the vehicle would not immediately accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed and the transmission would slip when shifting gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 152016


  • miles
Throttle defect -loss of power/acceleration - and - takata airbag recall. Vehicle had not been driven more than 1-2 miles, and has been parked since may due to previous airbag warning and subsequent recall. Upon starting the vehicle on 10/23/16 to move it to wash it, the vehicle exhibited extremely limited acceleration and loss of power regarding acceleration, & then sudden acceleration. Car was parked along the curb, and when started, the orange wrench light came on. Upon attempting to drive it, the vehicle experienced extremely limited power/acceleration. It took a considerable distance to reach 30 mph. Upon reaching this speed on the highway, the vehicle accelerated very rapidly. Returned vehicle home and parked it immediately. Additionally, we received the takata airbag recall letter nearly 5 months ago, and there are still no parts available. Vehicle has less than 91, 000 miles.

- Jefferson, IA, USA

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problem #14

Jan 012015


  • 28,000 miles
Hard shifting between gears from 30 mph to 60 mph. Have to pull over sometimes. Very dangerous when entering the freeway or needed acceleration or reduction in speed in traffic situations. Have had Ford update computer with no results.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 292015


  • 94,000 miles


As I was trying to pick up speed from 35 mph my car started to slow down an my check engine light came on. I immediately took it the mechanic to get the diagnostic test ran on it. It showed that I had a bad ignition coil and spark plugs. I bought the coil from Ford and when I got it put in my car 3 minutes later that same coil I bought exploded again! ima mechanic called Ford they said it was a recall on this cars PCM. I've read about this problem from numerous people. Ford needs to do something about this!!!

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 112015


  • miles
I got into the car with my one month old granddaughter and her mom and my son, the car hesitated to start, got on the expressway and tried to pick up speed and the car goes only to 55 speed and it don't pick up so I had to get off the expressway with my family because the car wasn't acting right, .then the next thing I know the check engine light came on and the airbag came on and that tool bar on the left hand side of the dash board came well as the check engine light, this is a 2006 Mercury Milan premier, I heard a lot of clicking while I was driving back home, when I tried to turn the car hesitate and another car almost hit me and my family and one month old granddaughter. I reach out to Ford and was told that they didn't have any recall in the system for my car. I don't know what to do this is so wrong, these are some of the codes that has come on the car as well P0403, P0161, P0155, P0141, P0135, P0102, P0020, P0010, P0179, P1489, P0443.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 032015

Milan 6-cyl

  • 87,519 miles
While driving at 40-50mph and then trying to accelerate to pass or go uphill the transmission would cluck out of gear and then slam back in violently. It was so violent that it snapped the transmission torque mount. When it does this the car lunges forward with loss of power and then snaps back when it slams back into gear. I took it to a transmission specialist and after consulting with sonnax technical support, the only solution is to replace the valve body and update the PCM/tcm with the latest software. However, they did say that there was no guarantee that this wouldn't happen again because aisin/Ford have not figure out how to fix the issue with the valve body, they keep throwing updates at the problem but buy then damage has already been done and Ford wont do anything about it. This is not just a consumer complaining, this is a consumer that believes that this is a safety issue and aisin/Ford should step up and recall this valve body and fix the issue at no cost to the consumer because they knew that there was a problem with that transmission but ignored it and kept throwing updates at it instead of doing the right thing and recalling it and fixing it. I should not have to pay to fix a faulty part with something that is not guaranteed to work. Ford step up and do the right thing.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #10

May 012011

Milan 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
While getting on the highway car stalled would not pick up speed nearly causing an accident was told I need a new tcm and PCM and will require coil replacement. According to maintenance schedule transmission flush and fill due at 90,000.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 102014


  • 79,500 miles


I was driving down I75S in very slow traffic. As I was approaching am accident. I noticed the car stalling or jerking a little. The wrench sensor came on in the car. I got over 2 lanes of traffic to the shoulder & checked the car. I didn't see any obvious problems so I turned it off waited a few seconds & started it back up. The wrench light went off but the check engine light came on. I got off the exit & turned around to come home. The car did fine. I took the car to my local Ford dealer for a diagnostic test & they said the throttle body was failing & would eventually leave me stranded. I am trying to get this issue taken car of soon. I've seen several other people with the same issues as mine online with nc cars & would like to know if there is any recall info regarding this subject. I haven't been able to work bc this is my only car & im scared to get stranded.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #8

Sep 072013


  • 117,025 miles
I was driving down the street when my car begin to a lose speed and the check engine light came on and a little wrench so I took it to the shop and I was told that it was the throttle body and I had it replaced and no the check engine light and wrench are back on and I took it back to the Ford dealership and was told that Ford has a recall on the throttle body that they use in the Ford Fusion and the Milan and Fusion are basically the same car and I don't want to have to shell out another $300 for a part that's no good they should really do a recall on the Milan throttle body as well.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #7

Dec 022013


  • miles
Transmission is slipping, car is bucking and sometimes the engine slips to a reduced speed. I have to take my foot on and off the accelerator several times before the speed will increase. This is very dangerous during rush hour.

- Forestville, MD, USA

problem #6

Feb 232012


  • 72,000 miles
The first incident my car was bucking and shaking. I took to dealer and they replaced the computer that ran the transmission and 3 coils. Now at 77,000 it again is having slipping issues with the transmission. These issues seem to happen at random times, but usually between 40 and 50 mph. When you put your foot on the gas to accelerate from 40-50mph there is a loud banging sound when the transmission slips and you lose acceleration. You have to take your foot off the gas and try repeatedly again to get the car to accelerate. I almost got rear-ended by a tractor trailer when I attempted to change lanes, but could not accelerate due to the slipping problem. It took it to mechanic who had the car for 2 weeks and couldn't find the problem. Mechanic took it to Ford dealer and they said they put on computer diagnostics and couldn't find a problem. I have found countless other reports on the internet of people who have the same problem and even people who have reported either having to drive off the highway due to the lack of acceleration and also of people who have gotten into accidents due to this problem of not being able to accelerate. This is a very dangerous situation to be in on the highway - not being able to accelerate!!!!! I'm worried about getting in an accident and/or getting killed.

- Swarthmore, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 032013

Milan 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Put my car into park and my key refused to come out of the ignition. I tried numerous times to put my car in park/drive to see if the ignition will unlock, but it is not communicating that it is in park (steering wheel will not lock, I also can't turn the key backwards and put into auxiliary mode. It wouldn't be a bad thing if I didn't live in the city. Besides the fact that the stupid drivers side door latch is busted too which is a security issue along with a safety issue. Can't a consumer rely on a car manufacture to issue parts that don't break or malfunction... I see online that lots and lots and lots of people have this issue... as this is a major concern, why is there no recall" why should I have to pay out of pocket to get this fixed when it is a known issue" maybe its time to buy a Chevy.

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 182012


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercury Milan. The contact stated that while decelerating from 30 mph, the transmission knocked and slipped. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed a defect valve body on the transmission. The dealer replaced the valve body. 44,000.

- Masa, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 012012

Milan 6-cyl

  • 33,994 miles
Vehicle automatic transmission will attempt to downshift to lower gear on an upward hill or grade. Without warning, transmission disengages, slips, and suddenly jerks into gear causing the vehicle to lunge forward, sometimes forceful enough to possibly lose control. Many other Ford vehicle models were also affected. Ford issued a technical service bulletin #08-24-1 in 2008 about the known problem, but will do nothing about it after warranty expiration.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

May 012012


  • 72,390 miles
When switching lanes on a highway at 45 mph, attempted to accelerate but car which is an automatic would not shift. Had to get to shoulder to get car slowed down and get it to shift into gear. After that incident it would only drive in the lower drive gear not in the normal drive gear. After car had been parked for 30 minutes, the car would work in normal drive gear but still did a hard pop to shift gears with a hard acceleration. Mechanic determined that the transmission will go into neutral and than pop into gear. Ford is aware of issue as had issued a technical service bulletin on correcting the issue. A transmission with only 70000 miles should not be shifting into neutral by itself which creates a potential for an accident especially on a highway that may not have shoulders for the driver to move its now slow vehicle out of traffic.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #1

Feb 112010


  • 120,000 miles
I had to replace the brake booster, cv boots, master cylinder rotors and brakes. All to the tune of 2,000. I had no warning. No lights in the dash came on or anything. I was going down a hill and all of a sudden there were no brakes. I have had cars and drove them for over 200,000 miles and I have never had to replace all this stuff on a car. This Mercury has cost me so much money. Its not like its a Mercedes or BMW. Nothing on this car is cheap to get fixed. I have replaced the brakes over 20 times and the car is only 6 years old. I see why they stopped making them.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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