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: The 2011 Fusion builds off the 2010's reputation. That's not a good thing.

The first thing that jumps out is the ridiculous amount of power steering complaints. It grinds, it squeals, and it eventually just fails.

And if losing power steering isn’t enough for you, how about a sudden loss of engine power? That combination is enough to achieve clunker status.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,181 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 5 of 11)

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problem #137

Sep 182013


  • 39,014 miles


Driving with a handicap child and 2 other children in the car down a road that is 55mph. All of a sudden the RPM revved up to over 9000 and would not go back down. I did not have control over the speed of the car for a moment. Then the wrench and the check engine light came on. The car stuttered and then shut off. I was almost rear ended in the middle lane of traffic.

- Liberty Township, OH, USA

problem #136

Sep 122013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle lost power as the transmission warning light illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the road to shut off and restart the vehicle, as it resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Goliad, TX, USA

problem #135

Sep 152013


  • 34,000 miles
On September 15, 2013 I was driving on a major surface street at approximately 35 miles per hour when the car just stopped working. Completely powerless. I saw two lights on the dashboard: The battery and the oil. There may have been more but I was more focused on safety and oncoming traffic than the lights on the dash. I decided not to take a chance of getting rear ended (injured or killed) so at the first big break in traffic I safely exited the vehicle and walked over to the sidewalk (one lane over). A local apartment resident saw the incident and grabbed a safety cone to put behind my car as a warning. Thankfully there were no accidents but there were some close calls and last minute lane changes as drivers came upon my car. I called Ford roadside assistance and they sent a tow truck to get the vehicle. It started up perfectly for the driver, but I had it towed anyway. It has been at the dealer for two days. They have been unable to duplicate the situation and have received no "codes" to indicate a problem with the vehicle. They have called Ford to ask for assistance and Ford has asked them questions regarding lights going on, my speed at the time of the incident, how far I had been driving the car before the incident, etc. This is the second time I have had a problem with my 2011 Fusion completely failing. The first time was in September 2012 when the throttle failed on the freeway. It was supposedly fixed. This time the lost of power did not feel like the throttle. It just stopped working. Had power. Didn't have power. I am extremely concerned that the dealer will find nothing wrong with the vehicle and it will be returned to me in an unsafe condition. Others have reported this and similar issues. Please get these vehicles recalled before someone loses a life.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #134

Sep 042012


  • 19,095 miles


While driving in the center lane on the southbound I-5 freeway my 2011 Ford Fusion began to feel like it was driving through mud and lost acceleration. When I attempted to compensate by accelerating the car, it resisted and continued to slow significantly. Thankfully traffic was not extremely heavy at the time and I was close to a freeway exit. I pulled to the right, avoiding oncoming traffic (barely) and coasted down the off ramp. By the time I got to the off ramp (about 10 seconds) the car had gone from 65 mph to less than 5 mph. If it wasn't for the momentum of the vehicle I would not have been able to make it and would have been at a dead stop in the middle of the freeway with oncoming traffic (and semi trucks) going between 60 and 75 mph. The engine was throbbing, the car was shaking, and I had no acceleration capability at all. I had enough momentum on the off ramp downslope to turn right and stop my vehicle at the side of the road. I called a tow truck and the car was taken to a dealership for repairs. I was told the throttle was the problem and it was replaced under warranty. Had timing not been exactly right, this problem could have caused a very serious or even deadly accident for me and for other drivers on the road. I have since learned about this ongoing issue online and wish I would have known at the time that it was a problem and known how / that I could submit a concern to the NHTSA.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #133

Sep 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 64,750 miles
The engine stalled in traffic on a 4 lane secondary road while traveling approximately 45 mph. I was in the left lane with concrete jersey barriers to my left, and traffic behind me and to my right, so I shifted to neutral and restarted the car, but the engine went into 900 RPM "limp mode" with the check engine light and wrench icons lit. I eventually crawled over to the right lane and then the breakdown lane to shut off the car and went through this process three more times to cover the last 10 miles of my commute home. I used an obd II scanner to identify a P2111 code before contacting my dealer's service department. A little research shows that this throttle body failure is a dangerous situation that the NHTSA has been investigating for a while, but Ford has still not owned up to the responsibility of issuing a recall.

- Lebanon, CT, USA

problem #132

Sep 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I was driving 35mph when the vehicle lurched a couple of times and decelerated on its own to 2mph. No matter how much I pressed on the gas or let off on the gas, the vehicle stayed at 2mph. The "wrench" icon illuminated on the dash. The engine stayed mid-way between hot and cold, but the RPM's never got above 1 & 1/2. took the car to a dealer and found out that the throttle body is going out. I was so thankful I was not driving on the interstate at 70mph (or turning into traffic) when the deceleration suddenly occurred. I was powerless.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #131

Jul 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles


Started the vehicle and began driving, the throttle died in the middle of an intersection. Had to restart car in intersection. The throttle returned momentarily. Slowly drove the vehicle at < 5mph (as all it would allow) to autozone. Received P2112 code: Throttle control stuck shut. Had to tow home. Relevant to this article and investigation: have since paid for Ford to replace the throttle body. Am awaiting recall for reimbursement.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #130

Aug 292013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,071 miles
Driving 70 mph down the highway and the motor simply cut off. Was fortunately able to make it to the emergency lane and come to a stop safely. Turned ignition off. Then turned the ignition on and the car immediately cranked back up. Drove to nearest gas station thinking maybe being low on gas with about 40 miles to empty was the issue. Filled up with gas and proceeded home. The next day, as we were beginning to take a trip, after turning onto the on ramp and started to accelerate to get onto the highway, the engine turned off again. Fortunately was able to get stopped before being hit from behind by the cars closely behind me that were accelerating to get on the highway as well or by the flowing traffic on the highway itself as I entered the busy highway, thus endangering the lives of my whole family and those persons of the vehicles that may have come in contact with my vehicle. Cranked car right back up and slowly proceeded to the Ford dealership. Where I was told that the mfi throttle body and motor assembly had to be replaced to correct the problem. This is failure is a danger to every Fusion driver and their occupants, as well as, anyone that is driving near them that could hit them in the rear or possibly hit them in the door killing the driver or occupants because the car will not accelerate though an intersection or onto a highway.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #129

Sep 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Increased RPM, then vehicle stalled on road giving transmission indicator. Shifting delay, and stalling. Reported to have internal problems with suggestion of transmission rebuild. Vehicle has less than 100,000 miles.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #128

Sep 102013


  • 37,500 miles
Vehicle stalled out during highway speeds. Took car to Ford and they said it was the throttle body and it was not covered under warranty.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #127

Sep 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


This is my second occurrence: I was driving at a level speed of about 45 with the flow of traffic (in-city road, speed limit 45). When I heard my car seem to shift out of gear, and start stalling and slowing down and the wrench icon on the dash was lit up. I was in the left lane of a four-lane street. I got to quickest upcoming shoulder, and turned my vehicle fully off and back on. This stopped my car from stalling and shaking. But I am starting to feel very unsafe in my vehicle because there is no warning when my car will stall out and I do a lot of highway traveling. This was the second time in a 2 week period that this has happened.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #126

Aug 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2011 Ford Fusion. On 8/16/2013, on city streets, traveling less than 20 mph, the car engine cut off, the wrench light came on. I was able to steer, but all of my dash indicator lights were functioning as well as A/C and radio. However, there was no response from the accelerator. At less than 5 mph, she began to shudder/balk like I was just learning to drive a stick shift. On 9/2/2013, the same thing happened at two separate times, except during the first I was driving on a toll road at 55 mph. The second incident I was again traveling at 55 mph on an access ramp that leads onto the interstate. In all 3 incidents, the wrench light came on and I did have control of the steering wheel and was able to safely get my vehicle out of the main thoroughfare. I then shut off A/C, radio and ignition; waited a short time and restarted the car. Each time she hesitated ever so slightly before starting and I was then able to drive on to my destination.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #125

Aug 222013


  • 76,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle was hesitant to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the throttle would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 76,500.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #124

Aug 292013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I was merging from one interstate to another and had accelerated to 65 mph. The car automatically started decelerating and shaking. Thank goodness I was in the right lane and was able to pull off. I turned it off and it started again. I was able to drive it a short ways. It did it 2 other times while I attempted to drive it to the Ford dealership and when it did it the 3rd time I pulled off the road and had to get towed. It was extremely scary and had I not been in the right lane to pull over at each time it happened, I don't know what would've happened!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #123

Aug 292013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I made a complaint on 8/25/13 about the throttle body. I called the Ford dealership to have it checked to see what was wrong with it. They called back and said it was definitely the throttle body and that the part would not be in for 4-6 weeks because the part was back ordered due to high demand. There are so many cars that need to have this replaced. I couldn't believe it. I am now without a car because I am afraid to drive it for fear I will get hit. I am still having to make a payment and no car to drive. No warranty so when I do get it fixed I will have to pay out of my pocket. Hopefully they do the right thing and have the Fusion that are affected recalled.

- Capon Bridge, WV, USA

problem #122

Aug 212013


  • 68,075 miles
While driving the car shuddered, lost power, had no gas peddle response and ran very rough. Put car in park and shut off. Turned ignition, car turned over for 10-15 seconds as if starving for fuel. Finally caught and ran for about 2 miles, then happened again. In a span of 4 miles it did this three times. A few days later it did the same thing 3 times in a matter of about 10 miles. That time was on the highway doing 65 mph.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #121

Aug 282013


  • 52,013 miles
My car had just over 52000 miles on it when this incident occurred. I was driving on the highway around 70 mph when my car lost throttle control. It felt like the transmission pulled itself out of gear and I was unable accelerate. I had very little control over my car. When this issued occurred the "wrench" icon on the dashboard had turned on. I was able to pull over to the shoulder, and when I put the car in park the car began to mildly jerking. Frantic, I turned off the vehicle to stop the jerking. After about 10 seconds, the car was finally calm and I attempt to restart the car. When car was restarted there was no longer any jerking coming from the vehicle, the wrench icon was gone, and I had control of my gas pedal again.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #120

Aug 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
We were driving on the interstate and all of a sudden we lost power and the tool light came on. We slowly got off on the side and drifted to a rest area. We turned the car off and attempted to start again. We were not sure if it was going to start. After it started it ran fine until the next day and the same thing happened. I have just be lucky to be able to find a place to pull off and have avoided getting hit.

- Capon Bridge, WV, USA

problem #119

Aug 242013


  • 49,372 miles
Car just seemed to go out of gear. Coasted to side of road turn ignition off and it did the same thing again coasted to side and called road side assistance.

- Kearney, MO, USA

problem #118

Aug 232013


  • 55,600 miles
This is a known issue with 2011 and other model Ford Fusion and other model Ford cars. According to the media, on Oct 2nd 2012 NHTSA created a defect petition to open an investigation on escape and Fusion vehicles. I was traveling on over the chesapeake bay bridge on I50 in morning traffic ata ~ 60 mph when all of a sudden my Fusion lost complete power. This caused a hazardous situation. I then had to 'limp' over a mile up the to the top of the bridge at less than 5 mph until I could put the vehicle in neutral and coast down the other side. Myself and numerous other vehicles were subjected to a hazardous condition when this occurred. Later troubleshooting revealed my problem was the well known 'Fusion throttle body issue' currently under investigation. Local Ford dealer al packard in white marsh md service dept confirmed the issue as the '2111' fault and problem. After reading all of the details on this problem on the internet, I discussed the matter at length with local and national Ford customer service people. Although this is a well known issue, Ford has no customer warranty program in place for this dangerous problem, nor is it covered until their power train warranty. There needs to be a recall warranty program and have this problem fixed before more people get hurt. In my case I witnessed numerous unsafe conditions while I was limping up the bridge for 20 minutes. The situation could have caused a terrible accident on the chesapeake bay bridge. I work as a flight safety product support manager for a major aircraft engine manufacturer. Any loss of thrust control issue is handled as a safety issue and recall programs are put in place. The same needs to occur here. My brother who also owns a 2010 Fusion had a similar issue where he has lost complete power while traveling ~65 mph in interstate traffic.

- Grasonville , MD, USA

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