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

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 Fusion drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #217

Aug 012016


  • 90,000 miles


There's a creaking sound that is coming from the right side of the vehicle hen you're driving. The creaking sound comes to play when you're driving 5 minutes into your travel. The sound tends to come and go but at times, it gets really bad. I've had other people comment on the sound and have seen on Ford forums that this has been a common issue with this vehicle.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #216

Aug 152016


  • 65,000 miles
While driving at 60 miles per hour my vehicle decelerate in rush hour traffic, miles away from home. I was able to put my emergency flashers on and move over to the shoulder before my car completely lost power. I had a tool light come on the dash and the car was still on but no power. I turn the engine completely off for about T 1 minute and then restart my car. I was able to safely make it home. On my grandchildren first day of school, while picking up at 1 of 3 schools on the way to the second school my car decelerated just before a train track during rush hour once again. This time my engine light came on the dash. Following the same technique I restarted my car, made it across the track only for it to quit again. My grand baby was worried and needless to say so was I.. using the same technique we were able to make it safely home. Requiring another vehicle to go pick up at the other two school late.... please tell me I shouldn't be afraid to drive my car because right now I am I attempted to perform a vehicle health check but it want allow me too. Please say there is a solution to this ongoing problem surely Ford is aware of this problem and there's a recall and I'm unaware right

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #215

Aug 022016


  • 52,829 miles
Have a defective ptu - power transfer unit that needs replacing. It was leaking fluid and was told I need a whole new unit. I have read about numerous issues with these but a recall was never issued.

- Emerson, NJ, USA

problem #214

Jul 022015


  • miles


My car has had a few recalls. I brought it to watertown Ford and they did not fix it properly. I bought it at enterprise car sales, woburn MA. They were supposed to check it and it was not certified like they promised. From the first month the car had issues. It keeps showing the wrench and not accelerating properly. I can't afford to keep fixing it. I would like Ford to buy back the car. For more than 11,000.00.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #213

Mar 292016


  • 99,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle jerked and shook. The wrench warning indicator illuminated. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road. After a few minutes, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The warning indicator was no longer illuminated. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence, but the acceleration was not normal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,700.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #212

Feb 012016


  • 60,000 miles
The transmission or engine slams at various speeds and starting and stopping the transmission slams the car forward. The rear view mirror has started to peel away from the glass causing major vision problems. I asked the dealer about the issue and they told me to call customer service. Needless to say I still have the same mirror.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #211

Dec 012015


  • 56,000 miles


While driving on city street car just loss power and slowly stop moving, so I pull over into the center divider as it shut down. I turned the ignition to off started it back up and continued on that happened a few years after I bought the car brand new, recently my car has ben doing a lot of jerking as if I'm running over a rock so I took it in and some work was done with the transmission, that was about 2/3 weeks ago and it started doing the jerking again it usually happens when I take off. So I call today and made another appointment. My concern is that this car isn't even 5 years old and already having problems with the transmission and other issue. And I got the 5 year warranty with is soon to expire and the I stuck with a car that I feel was faulty from the beginning.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #210

Jan 302016


  • 125,000 miles
Wipers quit working in middle of windshield. Attempt to speed up delay and will not slow down. If operator tries to slow the delay speed down speed will not decrease. Transmission slams after highway travel and locks up drive tire at times.

- Cassadaga, NY, USA

problem #209

Dec 052015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. While driving approximately 72 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration and decelerated to approximately 30 mph. The contact had to maneuver to the shoulder to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer that was closed. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #208

Jul 312015


  • 76,000 miles
Car was traveling 60mph on straight road when it jerked and wrench light and check engine light and ABS and stability lights came on. Pulled to side of road and shut off car. Restarted and drove 100 feet and wrench light came back on and once again pulled over to shoulder to restart car. After 2nd restart it drove fine for 15 minutes and then stalled completely, once again restarted car and drove 5 feet it once again stalled and lost all power. Restarted and drove for 10 minutes to have it start jerking at a stop light and then stall out once I pulled into work.

- Scottsville, VA, USA

problem #207

Jul 102015


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. While driving 65 mph, the safety hazard light illuminated and caused the vehicle to decelerate. The contact was able to move safely onto the road shoulder. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Wilkesboro , NC, USA

problem #206

Oct 202014


  • 25,000 miles
Put the car in reverse and the power steering locked up. This has happened about 6 times since then and the Ford dealer keeps saying that the cant find the problem. But why is this happening if there isnt a problem?

- Wanamassa, NJ, USA

problem #205

Jun 162015


  • 59,525 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted; however, the failure recurred after the wrench and check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a tune up. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,525.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #204

Jun 012015


  • 89,000 miles
My car has stalled out and surges it looses all power. My check engine light came on and I immediately drove it to the dealership P2111 code showed up when the diagnosed the problem. I have researched the issue and have found that this is common in this paticular model. This should be a factory recall.

- Columbia, MS, USA

problem #203

May 302015


  • 98,075 miles
When leaving from work, reversed out of parking space. The car took a bit more pressing on the gas to accelerate than normal. When pulling out of driveway, the RPM shot up to 4000 and the car did not shift into gear to accelerate. When shifting into second gear it was harsh and jerky. When approaching a stop sign, down shifting was jerky. When traffic moved forward and I pressed on the accelerator, the car shifted into reverse and I quickly had to brake. I could feel that shifting for every gear took more RPM's and it was very violent, driving is dangerous and I am now scared to drive my car. I am having it towed to dealership tomorrow to try and find out exactly what is going on and how to fix it.

- Bremen, ME, USA

problem #202

May 262015


  • 50,543 miles
Ford Fusion 2011 engine surged and dropped speed and resulting in me nearly being rear ended by vehicle behind me. Engine felt as if the transmission hesitated in between shifting gears.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #201

May 202015


  • 81,677 miles
I put my car a 2011 Ford Fusion in drive the power steering failure asst light came on & I lost power steering. I am a 109 lb female & it took every bit of strength I had to control my car. I immediately took it to the local Ford dealership & I shut it off. When I turned it back on the light was off & my steering was back. This is the first incident I have had. I have owned this car for 11 months.

- North Powder, OR, USA

problem #200

Apr 132015


  • 83,000 miles
When ur going 60 mph or faster. It feels like the rear end is swaying. I just bought the car 7 months ago.

- Sterling, MI, USA

problem #199

Mar 062015

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I started receiving a power steering assist failure warning light, and loss of power steering, about a week before it failed completely. Each time I was in a parking lot and reset the warning light by turning off the car and turning it back on. I was pulling out of the driveway on Friday March 6th, 2015 when the light came back on, and I lost power steering in the vehicle. Due to the vehicle not being operable on the road, I had it towed to the local Ford dealership. They diagnosed the issue as a steering rack module failure and suggested a replacement of the steering rack. We ended up having them replace it and the total bill was over $1,700. The dealership stated that this is a common problem with this specific model year and car and had this part in stock. A simple internet search also shows that many other cars with this specific model year have the same issue. Please look into issuing a recall as losing power steering could potentially be dangerous if driving the car on a highway.

- Feasterville Trevose, PA, USA

problem #198

Feb 202015

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 64,018 miles
Driving down interstate vehicle stopped responding. Wrench light came on, diagnosed as faulty throttle body.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

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