Ford 6-Speed Automatic Lawsuit Alleges Gearbox Is Defective

Ford has certainly faced its fair share of transmission-related lawsuits over the past several years, most of which pertain to the rather infamous Powershift gearbox, which has caused many owners major headaches and the automaker millions of dollars. As Ford Authority reported back in October 2021, a lawsuit was filed over issues pertaining to the 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission used in many Ford Fusion models as well, one that claims those gearboxes can experience failure of the powertrain control module, transmission control module, torque converter welds fluid seal integrity, and driveshaft. Now, a new lawsuit has been filed over that same gearbox, according to Car Complaints.

This new lawsuit – Gerkarrah Jones, et al., v. Ford Motor Company – was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) by plaintiffs represented by Stern Law, PLLC, Wells Law Office, Inc., Marino Law PLLC, and Newsome Melton, PA. It pertains to 2010-2020 Ford Fusion and 2009-2021 Ford Escape models equipped with the 6F35 transmission as well, though it’s somewhat strange, as the Escape ditched this particular gearbox for its 2020 redesign.

Regardless, this class-action lawsuit claims that Ford should have issued a recall for the 6F35 transmission long ago, saying the automaker “unlawfully induced them to purchase or lease their respective vehicles by concealing a material fact (the defective transmission). Ford, however, continued to install these defective transmissions in Fusion and Escape vehicles, even though Ford knew of their defects undisclosed to owners, lessees, and prospective purchasers, and lessees. Even worse, Ford repeatedly lied to consumers as to the reasons for the problems consumers experienced.”

These same owners claim that the 6F35 transmission experiences a wide array of issues including shaking, jerking, shuddering when accelerating, slipping gears, hesitation, loss of power, hard shifts, and even complete failure, in some instances.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  • Just wanted to point out that we have a 2020 Transit Connect with the 8 speed trans that's acting the same way as what the lawsuit points out. So why wasn't the 8 speed trans included within the lawsuit?

  • Instead of the gas only Fusion with that 6F35 transmisdion, buy the Hybrid Fusion with the HF35 electric transmission and no shifts (continously variable). I have a 2014 Hybrid and it has never given any problems.

    • My 17 MKZ is doing fine @80k from frequent drain and fill (15k interval). 3rd was kicking when I bought it @40k but has smoothed out a lot. I found that the Mercon LV loses all viscosity by 50k and is likely to blame. Be skeptical of modern maintenance schedules.

  • I wonder if part of this is moreso customer carelessness and ignorance towards their machinery. Manufacturers have been making grandiose maintenance cycle claims that are highly suspect. Ford deserves to be sued for claiming the 6F35 fluid change interval should be 100k miles when Mercon LV will break down and lose viscosity long before then. I'm doubtful of the mechanical defect angle, but 100% sure Ford's service guidelines are a recipe for transmission failure on the 6F35.

  • We had a 2008 Taurus with the co-developed with Gm 6 speed tranny. It was junk, it had most of the issues described in the lawsuit. The tranny was the reason I got rid of it, otherwise it was a fairly fine car.

  • My mother had one of the Focus' with the dry clutch transmission. First time she took it to the dealer and told she wasn't within a recall range. Paid for the transmission out of her hide. When it destroyed itself again, we junked it. Getting tired of all this junk being manufactured.

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