The Ford Fusion is agile and satisfying to drive, with a sporty feel. Its V6 engine and automatic transmission make for a smooth and responsive powertrain, the four-cylinder option is a bit coarse however. Additionally, Fusion's interior is well made and space is generous.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford Fusion owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS light came on and stayed on"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"regular braking became stiff. abs did not pulsate. independent repair shop replaced the $700 module. that fixed the problem"

Roger G., FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The ABS control module failed, causing a complete brake failure"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The ABS controller has an issue where it gets stuck, and that causes it to not function properly. Happened when the ABS activated, and then brakes became very soft. Happened twice. Took to two different shops and did online research to figure out issue. Replaced controller and no issues since. But it is an expensive fix (approx $2,000)"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We replaced one wheel sensor and the abs light went our for about 2 weeks and then came on again. The brakes are working fine and if it wasn't for the annoying abs trouble light we wouldn't bother with it."

James B., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"a known and fairly common issue: failure of the ABS regulator"

David J., FL (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Under hard braking while driving over bumpy patches, at speeds above approximately 30 mph, that ABS engages, and the brake calipers stick open when the brake pedal is released. After this, the brake pedal is frighteningly spongy, and the pedal goes almost to the floor. One must brake very carefully once this happens, particularly on interstates. Normal braking can be restored by deliberately hitting another bumpy patch repeatedly, while applying the brakes. Repair shops have found no direct cause; Ford has been notified of this by several owners, but has not found or acknowledged a problem, as far as we know."

C E., TN (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"rear calipers needed to be replaced"

Gary S., PA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Excessive rust"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear driver side caliper frozen solid, add to replace"

Guy P., ME (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear caliper stuck and caused overheating of the wheel. This was a factory defect that the dealer failed to fix. I finally had to pay for caliper replacement myself."

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Left rear wheel brake hung up or would not totally release. At first thought the car had a bad wheel bearing; wheel assembly got very warm."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Second time the master cylinder went out on this vehicle since I’ve owned it from new. Brakes went down all the way to floor, had to be pumped to to work, and I felt the vehicle was not safe to drive until repairs completed. Basically drove to work, then took to nearest dealership, got a rental until work was completed."

Mario Z., CA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a problem with a spongy brake pedal so I stopped at Sears auto. They said I needed new pads and rotors. Changed those. Still had spongy pedal. Said it was the master cylinder. changed that.Still had a spongypedal. SSears didn't have the equipment to recharge ABS system so had to take it to the Ford garage. Still had spongy pedal. Changed those. Still had a spongy pedal. Sears said it could be the hydraulic regulating valve, Ithink, priced between $700 and $1700 dollars. Ialready spent over $2000. Told them where to put it.Still driving with spongy pedal, but with all new equipment. Buying Japanese next time!"

Robert M., WV (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Piston failure"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Master cylinder started malfunctioning again. It wasn't a total failure but I had to pump my bake at least twice to have reliable braking. When taken to the dealer, it was recommended that I change the master cylinder again. Second time in this vehicle"

Mario Z., IL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Master cylinder leaked into booster, both replaced for $1200"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Hydraulics for brakes needed replacement.. $1000 job"

Gary S., PA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Complete brake failure, however, was able to drive to nearest shop for advice at low speeds"

Mario Z., IL (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have felt at times that I don't have any brakes. Push to floor all the way down. Have to pump up to have bakes. Then they work for a while"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Just normal wear of break pads"

Frank H., NJ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"grinding noise in reverse"

Anonymous, PE (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"all brakes and discs replaced at 50000 miles. this was the first time they were worked on"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told that my braked, rotors and calipers needed to be replaced. I did have them replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had this car since 2009 and with an average of 800-1000 miles of highway driving I've had to replace the breaks 3 times since the original factory brakes wore out. This is a superb car, excellent workmanship and engineering"

Paul M., TX (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"brake pads broke. Had serviced, replace pads and rotors."

J M., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Rust required all rear brake parts to be replaced to fix sticking parking brake"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"rotors don't last"

Gary K., AB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Had an estimate done for brakes everything has to be replaced > $1200"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I have had trouble before with front and rear brakes. Rear brakes seizing, front brakes shuddering on hard stops , requiring replacement of pads and rotors. Now I'm told the rear brakes need to be replaced again. On a vehicle I previously owned I had the brakes replaced at 65000 miles and the mechanic asked if I had the brakes serviced before. So I am not hard on brake systems"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Excessive brake ware is the Achilles heal of the 2008 Fusion an otherwise very reliable vehicle"

Michael J., VT (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Brake components broke before the pads were completely worn"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear calipers do not slide properly (release) due to corrosion causing excessive pad and disk wear"

Joseph D., NY (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Replacing pads and rotors every 20,000 miles or so"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Can't stop rotor and pad from wearing out unevenly and too fast, even though they are to last much, much longer"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads completely wore down to the point of metal-on-metal contact. This wear occurred far earlier than expected given the life of the brake pads"

Joe H., IL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had brakes replaced and then <3 months later had to go back in to fix problem that came up with new brakes installed at dealership"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Premature brake wear was due to sticking caliper."

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Replaced all 4 brakes"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"After an occasional hard or emergency braking application, subsequently the brake pedal goes to the floor and does not function properly"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"the car vibrated during breaking. while doing the front rotor repair, i also needed to have the front bearings replaced. combined, it cost almost $1400 and took several days b/c the bearings were difficult to remove. It's an older car that has served us well, and this something that happens., Still, none of use enjoy paying for expensive repairs."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive wearing of both front rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Just the rear rotors had to be replaced"

Frank H., NJ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotor on the rear wheel passenger side was warped and made a very annoying noise. It took over a year for this to get fixed"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors warped due to rust from lack of driving even though the car was kept in a heated garage during the non-driving months, as in previous years. Brakes were fine for 5 years, then all of a sudden 'rusted and warped'"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes squeaking, have been to repair twice, but even though the problem has gotten better, it’s never been completely resolved."

Mario Z., CA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The drive shaft makes a horrible creaking sound whenever we turn the wheel. It is still safe to drive and passed inspection, but it sounds awful"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to pop and squeak when applied. I believe this is a wide spread problem with the manufacture"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaking as a result of inner pad breaking."

J M., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD s would not play ,eject, or load"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CD's get stuck often and are sometimes not recognized"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player makes a loud clicking noise that sounds like it is trying to turn the disk changer. We do have at least 4 CD's that are now stuck in it and it will not play or eject these CD's"

Todd M., TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have CD's in the player, but the player says it does not have any CD's. Will not eject CD's nor load any. Player will rotate CD's upon unlocking the car"

Todd M., TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We have a CD stuck in the player and it won't eject. Cost too much to fix"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SEL)

"CD'S stuck in player unable to load or unload them"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"quit working"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"cd stuck and cannot be removed, radio volume control goes veryl high when you touch it so we use the controls on the steering wheel"

Douglas H., OK (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"cleaned battery terminals. After cleaning, CD player did not recognize having discs installed & therefore would not play or eject the discs"

Albert M., WI (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped functioning"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"6 cd changer jammed when ejecting all cds. Had to remove the stereo and send if off to get the cds out and fix the unit. ~$600 repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"CD player will not eject CDs inserted. Will not play CDs inserted. Have had it repaired once. After repair, dealer would not honor warrenty"

Kathryn S., NC (2008 Ford Fusion)

"cd player no longer plays any cd's but am,fm works fine"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped loading and ejecting CDs. It had to be taken out to get the set of six CDs out"

Alan C., MN (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"A CD jambed and some plastice gears stripped."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Does not work with newer phones"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine Maintenance light keeps coming on but turns out to be nothing when it is checked."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Several censors went bad unable to replace one with OE they don't make it anymore had to build it"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Powertrain Control Module damaged by failed ignition coil. This lead to damage to catalytic converter"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light malfunctioning and unable to repair. Have to have computer cleared in order to pass state emissions testing."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"rear main sealer leak"

Tony L., CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"We have faithfully followed the maintenance schedule since buying this car new, and at about 60,000 miles it began leaking oil from multiple locations. Despite replacing numerous gaskets, it still leaks about 1 quart of oil every 1200 miles. Simply unacceptable for a car with so few miles!"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"engine rear seal leaking"

David W., ON (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I have had oil leaking from the head gasket for quite some time. I was told it could be repaired/rebuilt for $2000"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"It was oil leaking from the valve cover gasket"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer hid the oil leak and would not repair when returned"

Michael F., NJ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket leaking. Not repaired since it requires pulling half of the engine. Too expensive!"

Bob W., ME (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Oil leak between transmission seal and rear driveshaft"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"leaking seal between engine and transmission mount, which is too costly to repair"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Very small oil leak, not worth the cost of repair to fix."

Michael F., NC (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Slight pull to left"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"because of previous discovery"

John B., NH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"It started last year. After I put my summer tires on they seemed to be noisier than I remember but I just ignored it. Then when I purchased new winter tires they were very noisy. They made a swish swish sound and a throbbing feeling in the steering wheel. I took the car back to where I bought the tires to check the balance. They rebalanced the wheels which made no difference. I took it to the Ford dealer and they said it needed both front bearings replaced at a cost of $900. I couldn’t afford it so I replaced the right front bearing myself and that fixed the problem and I did not need to replace the driver side bearing."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Both front cv boots were torn and rapidly lead to damaged ball joints and issues with steering"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"According to my mechanic, the rubber boot covering the ball joint is torn (if I remember correctly). Because of the unique design of the front suspension on the Fusion this will be expensive to repair"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Bushings on the front suspension control arms also need to be replaced. This will be moderately expensive but needs to be done soon as it will affect tire wear"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"It was a slow leak so I chose not to pay the 1200 to get it fixed. I'm keeping an eye on the fluid level"

Stanley F., TN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It developed a leak in the power steering cooler, that required it be replaced"

Alan C., MN (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The hybrid/electronic sensor for steering failed. This was an expensive that rendered the car unusable until the sensor was replaced"

Brian G., OK (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Front end of car would have a sharp rubbing sound. The sound would come and go. Noise happened when turning the wheel and sometimes when driving over bumps"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"old and wearing out. found during yearly inspecton"

John B., NH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Had to have bearing replace on one wheel"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheel bearings needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon annual inspection, bearings were worn so we replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Leaking water through front part of windshield"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"The moon roof has leaked and needed repairs three times over life of car. Once in last year"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"air conditioner draining passenger side"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seals and/or weather stripping not effective against water leaks in front headliner"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Moon roof has leaked and needed repair three times over life of car"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals around doors have failed resulting in leaking when it rains."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"When the temperature gets near freezing or below, the suspension makes a lot of noise. Noise disappears when it gets warm. No performance problems noted. It sounds like an old pickup truck"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"rattle and squeaks at driver side door"

Tony L., CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"In the rear left wheel there it's a persistent squeaking sound that my mechanic shop can't find the source of"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the console/dashboard squeaks"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle sound from driver door when going over bumps"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Rear passenger door cannot be locked or unlocked using automatic locking system"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The locks on the doors keep breaking. The security alarm still works if you open on the of the unlockable doors by accident. Two of our door locks do not work"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver door lauch would not open from handle. Had to purchase a new part and install"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Drivers handle broke. The work-around was to roll down the window and let yourself out, then that stopped working also. Also, three of the four INTERIOR door handles had the chrome peel from them. The peeled chrome edge cut a passengers finger when"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SEL)

"Rear door latch gets stuck opening rear passenger side door from the inside"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Hydraulic trunk-lid hinges failed"

Daniel D., FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"no gasket between chrome trim and trunk lid, eventual scraping leads to rust"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Windows

"1 window won't go up electrically. Must pull up manually."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both passenger side electric windows fell down and no would no longer operate. Replaced both window motors"

Regina G., AZ (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim in multiple areas is popping up and loose."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"dashboard opening for passenger-side airbag has buckled up and away. Dealer says it will cost min. $1100 to replace dash"

Daniel D., FL (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Deer collision resulted in front body work. Local Ford dealer did body work and repainted the front clip. In six months paint had chalked and cracked. Dealer repainted and repainted and in 6 months paint had chalked and cracked again and a driving light fell out. Dealer refused to repaint again and driving light replacement was at my expense."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeled off like a snakes skin"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Some paint has chipped off.Minor"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint peeling making paint look like leprosy"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper paint chipping."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust on the hood at front of hood"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"rear driver side wheel well rust perforation....may have been from a previous repair though"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Battery drained and would not recharge. Replaced 2 batteries before dealer pointed to module as probable culprit. Found replacement unit and car runs again but keyless entry and cruise control still don't work."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The headlight on the right is burnt out and because of the location it takes a long time to replace it"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"I had to replace two bulbs for two headlights"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's seat heater stopped working"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"SUDDENLY CEASED WORKING"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Fusion)

"Heated seats became intermittent, working 10% of the time. Repair, per seat, was quoted at $600"

Mike P., WI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Heated seats became intermittent and then failed. Cost to repair is too high to warrant the work being done."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"the airbag light came on and I had to bring it to dealer. $200 later it just needed a new battery"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed last fall. It required complete replacement"

Donald R., VA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"After several hours the A/C will stop placing cooled air into the passenger area although the blower can still be heard. I learned that by turning off the A/C but leaving the blower on high I could get the cooled air back into the passenger compartme"

Robert L., KS (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"When I start the car, the setting should be where I previously left it. Instead, they default back to factory settings"

R B., OH (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower started making ticking noises when operating that continued to get worse before it stopped working. This took several months"

Donald R., VA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"makes a noticeable noise"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"had to replace the thermostat"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The transmission shifts hard from second to third gear. The entire transmission has to be replaced to correct this issue."

Jon R., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Needed to replace line"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Hose leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford Fusion 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Power Transmission unit leaking/bad gasket and it needed to be replaced - 3 days of a loaner car and $3000!"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The check engine light came on and the diagnostic code indicated a transmission problem. It turned out to be a problem with the sensor itself"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Had to replace the whole exhaust system"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There was leaks in the exhaust could have cost over $1000 for the car dealership to fix by replacing much of the exhaust system. The repairs were made by a local shop for around $200"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The passenger side air bag is a concern because the dash board around the air bag, primarily along the side closest to the passenger, has curled upward. We are concerned that this will keep the airbag from performing correctly. Our dealership says that we are responsible for paying to have this defect corrected, which will involve replacing the entire dash. About two year ago, we received a recall notice, concerning the passenger side air bag. Every time the date to bring the car in comes, the repair date keeps being changed. It has yet to be resolved."

Jon R., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"takata airbag recall. took almost a year to get fixed."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford recall"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"The driver side axle was frozen, and required replacement. The sounds associated with this occurrence are now becoming noticeable on the front, possibly the passenger side."

C E., TN (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Car engine started to run harder, dealership said ball bearing worn out in the drive train needed to be replaced cost of $800"

Beth A., CT (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"One of the u-joints froze which required drive shaft replacement"

Bob W., ME (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace driveshaft and wheel bearings"

Zennon B., CT (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"loss of power/check engine light"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"caused an error code and mileage dropped a couple MPGs"

Matthew S., TN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Thermostat sensor failed"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It is sticking open. It is located under the power steering unit and very difficult and expensive to replace. Also causes a check engine light."

James B., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"DIAGNOSTIC LABOR FOUND AIR DIVERTER VALVE STUCK CLOSED. VERIFIED ELECTRICAL AND VACUUM SYSTEM AT VALVE. RAN DIRECT VACUUM TO THE VALVE AND VALVE STILL WOULD NOT OPEN. AIR DIVERTER VALVE REPLACEMENT NEEDED"

John M., IN (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Secondary Air Injection system failure. Rough idle and stalling at cold startup"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Ran into debris on the freeway. Damaged fuel pump. Cost 900 plus to repair. Mechanic built in a guard to protect the pump from future debris"

Rebecca M., NV (2008 Ford Fusion)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The frame holding the battery to the car is flawed. vibration from the shock tower is damped by the battery terminal. Causing the terminal to crack and premature failure. Average life of battery is 2.5 years. Happened twice since owning car"

Steven G., SC (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"The throttle control failed after changing battery. Needed to be towed to repair shop to reset the electronic throttle control."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Wires had to be replaced because of PCM damage"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"synchro gear was failing and sounded like you were grinding the gear every time you shifted from 2nd to 3rd (manual transmission). Replaced trans with fewer km's."

Mike C., ON (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Within a month after purchase, we had to have the transmission replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"catastrophic engine failure. Had to have a replacement engine installed"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Oil leak requiring head gasket to be replaced"

Raj K., MI (2008 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Dec 18 2019
If the valves do not properly close, additional brake pedal travel may be required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2006-2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ vehicles. The valves within the ABS Hydraulic Control Units (HCU) may react with brake fluids containing specific corrosion preventative additives. This reaction may cause the valves to not close properly.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will flush the brake system with DOT 4 fluid and install a new brake fluid reservoir cap. In addition, the HCU will be tested to detect a possible stuck valve condition, replacing the HCU as necessary. All services will be performed free of charge. Owners were notified of the safety risk with an interim letter on January 22, 2020. A second notice will be sent once parts are available, expected to be in the first quarter of 2021. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S54.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V904000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 600166
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 10 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012 Ford Fusion and Mustang and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Ford is recalling certain 2009 Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ and Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Ford is recalling certain 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ, 2005-2008 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners of the recall and that parts are not yet available began mailing March 1, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 654695
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
May 31 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Ford Ranger vehicles, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2007-2010 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles, and 2005-2011 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Ford is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles and 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Any vehicle not included in "Zone A", or "Zone B" is not included in the safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Ford mailed interim letters informing owners that parts are not yet available on July 15, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V384000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1892343
EQUIPMENT
May 29 2014
The floor mat could shift such that it could interfere with the accelerator pedal, preventing its return to an idle position, which could result in unintended vehicle speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain all weather driver side accessory floor mats sold for use in model year 2006-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, and 2007-2011 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured November 9, 2007, through October 31, 2010. The affected floor mats may move and possibly interfere with the accelerator pedal.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new replacement mats, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Ford's customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S07. NOTE: Vehicles built after October 31, 2010, while potentially equipped with the same floor mats, are equipped with a Brake Over Accelerator (BOA) feature that prevents simultaneous accelerator and brake application, allowing the vehicle to be safely stopped by pressing firmly and steadily on the brake pedal.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E028000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 82579
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