Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Welcome to North America, Ford Fiesta. Thanks for bringing your herky-jerky transmission, numerous interior quality complaints, and an engine that dies while driving.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,073 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.

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2011 Ford Fiesta engine problems

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2011 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #4

Sep 242012


  • 15,000 miles


I bought the car new and have taken it to two separate dealerships to correct this issue and it continues. Initially, the transmission light came on and the car began having trouble shifting. After the first repair, the car began shaking uncontrollably. The second repair corrected the shaking, but now (at 15,755 miles) the car will (1) make grinding metallic noises when shifting, (2) fail to shift on any incline (instead it revs to approximately 2500 rpms and "sticks" there), (3) jolt forward when the brake is applied as if the accelerator was pressed down, and (4) roll backwards on hills as if it is a manual transmission. I understand that (4) can be common among newer automatics that attempt higher fuel economy. However, numerous times the speed at which the car rolls back has incurred a safety risk. This seems to be another indication of an issue with the transmission.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 152012

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 15,650 miles
The positive battery cable completely sheared off preventing the car from starting. The circular lug used to connect the cable to the positive battery post is too thin for the size of the cable and extra safety fuses and circuitry. To make matters worse such a poorly designed part has a lead time from Ford's oem in Mexico of 4-6 weeks. The car has been at North central Ford in richardson, Texas, since 15 August. After missing the part delivery deadline three times the dealership finally provided a rental car. As of the writing of this issue the Ford Fiesta has been in the shop for 26 days, still waiting for the original part from the oem.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 042011

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fiesta. The contact was driving 55 mph when he began to smell gasoline fumes. The odor was so overpowering that even after exiting the vehicle he could still taste and the smell gasoline in his hair and clothing. The failure recurred numerous times and would become stronger with every recurrence. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis who referred the contact to a second dealer. The second dealer was able to locate an oil leak around the seal, which was repaired but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was notified of the issue but no assistance was provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 17,700. Updated 9/11/12 updated 9/26/12 the consumer stated the smell usually occurred after long 3-4 hour trips. Updated 10/04/2012.....updated 01/30/13 the consumer stated Ford service found a bad oil seal covering the entire bell housing. The cooling fan was inoperable. Ford replaced the sensor and advised the cooling fan may operate the same way. If this did occur the service tech stated he would not know what to do next. The engine would have to freeze up first. The fan continued to be inoperable. The consumer could smell hot steel under the hood. While going up a mountain, the motor timing went off then went back up. Also, when it rains for at least 3 days the motor picks up the moisture, then there is a gas smell. Burning in the nose and burning taste follows for one night. Updated 2/5/2013 consumer requested to have all information, regarding his vehicle deleted from out website. Updated 11/13/13

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 092011

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 2,109 miles
Coming to stop you start to speed up why you are pressing on brakes, do to the fact that the brake pedal and gas pedal are to close to each other.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

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