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#4774221 - 06/01/18 09:23 AM Ford Fusion problem
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Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 863
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Yesterday I saw a disabled Ford Fusion waiting for a tow. I was headed the other direction on a divided urban thoroughfare, and so only saw the carnage for a second or so.

The front driver's-side wheel was pulled way out to the left as though the outer tie-rod end had let go, and the driveshaft/CV assembly on that side had pulled out of the tranny (so maybe it was more than the tie-rod end that had failed).

This was a new vehicle (by my standards) - 2013 or later. A quick internet search didn't seem to indicate this was a common problem.

Has anyone else encountered this with a Fusion or any other vehicle? It sure looked like $$$ to me.

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#4774233 - 06/01/18 09:30 AM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7706
Loc: New York
I had something similar happen to my Mazda several years ago....after I had hit something on the road.....maybe that's what happened here?
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#4774246 - 06/01/18 09:38 AM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 350
Loc: Massachusetts
Probably damage, or a defect brought to light be damage.

Seen a that a few times near my house just after a raised intersection/crosswalk. Somebody hit it too fast and that was the last straw for their suspension.
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#4774257 - 06/01/18 09:51 AM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
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#4774305 - 06/01/18 10:34 AM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
InhalingBullets Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 539
Loc: TEXAS
We have (34) 2012 Fusions in our fleet and we are having to replace the steering arms on both sides. 33 of the 34 are under 75k miles.
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#4774327 - 06/01/18 10:59 AM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: InhalingBullets]
JMJNet Offline


Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 963
Loc: TX, USA
Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
We have (34) 2012 Fusions in our fleet and we are having to replace the steering arms on both sides. 33 of the 34 are under 75k miles.


Wow. Ford Quality?
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#4774382 - 06/01/18 12:06 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1263
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
No mechanical issues of any kind so far on my 2011 Fusion, other than the faulty emissions valve under recall and one pair of rear pads and rotors. Front brakes still original at 123k miles. And living in Indiana, there have been some MEAN pothole strikes that haven't resulted in any mechanical damage either.

As much as I dislike the ho-hum nature of the car, it has been extremely reliable other than eating a 96R battery 3 times in 5 years, just after each battery warranty has expired frown

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#4774468 - 06/01/18 01:18 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: JMJNet]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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Loc: Onondaga County
Originally Posted By: JMJNet
Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
We have (34) 2012 Fusions in our fleet and we are having to replace the steering arms on both sides. 33 of the 34 are under 75k miles.


Wow. Ford Quality?


Those were still the Mazda fusions
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#4774508 - 06/01/18 02:11 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: New York
My friend who is a mechanic for NYC fleet vehicles tells me the Fusions are more reliable and durable than the Malibu's.
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#4774509 - 06/01/18 02:11 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
mx5miata Offline


Registered: 03/28/10
Posts: 654
Loc: NY
Ford/Mazda had a joint venture that ended sometime around 2012. My 2010 Miata had a FOMOCO oil filter.

OT Now I have a Scion IA that's got Mazda stamped all over and wrapped around wire harness'
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#4774575 - 06/01/18 03:34 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: pbm]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3199
Loc: Central Virginia
Originally Posted By: pbm
My friend who is a mechanic for NYC fleet vehicles tells me the Fusions are more reliable and durable than the Malibu's.


But the Malibu was the most reliable midsize car for 2015, so who knows. I'm assuming that includes Toyota Camary and Fusion too.
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#4774579 - 06/01/18 03:34 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Miller88]
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Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3199
Loc: Central Virginia
Originally Posted By: Miller88
Originally Posted By: JMJNet
Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
We have (34) 2012 Fusions in our fleet and we are having to replace the steering arms on both sides. 33 of the 34 are under 75k miles.


Wow. Ford Quality?


Those were still the Mazda fusions


Makes sense.
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#4778332 - 06/05/18 04:08 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: JMJNet]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2347
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
We have (34) 2012 Fusions in our fleet and we are having to replace the steering arms on both sides. 33 of the 34 are under 75k miles.

What kind of fleet and what kind of use/abuse are they experiencing that such a high percentage of them are having this problem with such low mileage. In a situation like this, I would look more at their regular treatment than the cars themselves. Gen 1.5 Fusions are generally regarded as very reliable 'workhorse' cars.


Originally Posted By: JMJNet
Wow. Ford Quality?

I wouldn't chalk this up to 'Ford Quality' - The 2010-2012 Fusions are overall very reliable. Check the mileage on the one in my sig. Still going strong. There are lots of other owners of these vehicles on BITOG who have similar experience to mine. The damage referenced by the OP, and seemingly experienced by InhalingBullets strikes me as either damage-induced, or treatment-induced less than a chronic issue. I have not experienced anything like what is being commented on, and my Fusion has over 3x the mileage.
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#4778334 - 06/05/18 04:10 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: SirTanon]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6912
Loc: Texas
Our 2014 Fusion just hit 100k … steering is tight … car drives nice …

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#4778461 - 06/05/18 06:57 PM Re: Ford Fusion problem [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 1899
Loc: NC
Car in my sig is a “mazda fusion.” No issues to speak of at just over 110k miles.
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