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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,781 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 7 of 13)

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problem #123

Aug 252013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 36,500 miles


The engine shook violently. The wrench light and check engine light suddenly appeared. The speed of the car went from 45 mph to 0 in an instant. Then the entire car powered off. I managed to pull over to the shoulder as this happened and not being able to accelerate at all. I turned the car on again with keys in ignition. Started to drive and the same series of events happened again and my car completely powered off. I got my car towed to Ford malcolm cunningham on 8/26/13. They confirmed it was the throttle body that caused the issues. I purchased extended warranty on my car which only covered the actual part and not the labor to replace the throttle body. The dealership service rep, [xxx], said that they recommended I also flush the engine because they have seen this is related to the throttle body issue. She also said the throttle body issue is a common problem with Fusion and escapes, as she had another person in there for the same issue on an escape. Ford needs to realize this is extremely unsafe and issue a recall asap! I cannot believe my car is practically new and I'm out of pocket $400, while Ford doesn't take any responsibility. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #122

Jul 312013


  • 52,000 miles
My 2011 Ford Fusion has repeatedly experienced the same stalling and random shut-downs that I know understand many other drivers have experienced. Usually upon accelerating, my vehicle will buck abruptly and then shudder and rapidly reduce speed until I am able to shut it off. The indicator light for the transmission turns on and occasionally the check engine light. Most of the time, the vehicle will turn right back on and be able to drive as normal, but sometimes it will repeat the same bucking process very shortly after I resume driving. I took it to an auto zone and the engine check they ran returned with an error message saying "throttle body system stuck open" and that is was being held open at an angle larger than needed. Thankfully, this hasn't happened while on the highway or in any place that I could not pull over safely, but it continues to happen with other drivers around, nonetheless. This is an incredibly dangerous and frustrating issue and one that I am shocked and appalled to find happens to so many other drivers. Ford needs to do something to make this right for the great many of us who have been put in harms way by this faulty system.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #121

Aug 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 78,052 miles
Three issues have arisen in the last month: 1) while slowing down to turn a corner, to stop or after a stop and starting to accelerate, my car stalls 2) at a stop light, my car jumps - will intermittently stall when going to accelerate 3) after putting gas in the tank it is very difficult to turn over.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #120

Aug 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 26,451 miles


Car quit running in drive. Decelerated to a stop. Restarted and parked in a lot. I had just come from the dealer for warranty work and an oil change. I was on my way home when this happened. I walked back to the dealer and reported this. They had to get a tow truck and tow it back to he dealership. They told me it was a bad throttle body. As of Wednesday at 4pm, the vehicle is still there waiting for a throttle body part. My invoice stated "C/S vehicle's idle sometimes goes high by itself". the technician [xxx], stated on the invoice, 'no codes present, cannot duplicate'. the dealership is countryside Ford, 24825 us19N, clearwater, fl 33763 727-797-2277. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #119

Aug 092013


  • 55,085 miles
While pulling out of a parking lot onto a busy road my car began to stall and not run properly, it would not keep even 1000 RPM. The only dashboard light that lit up was an orange wrench. I looked at the temp and it was normal so I slowly crossed the intersection and immediately pulled over and shut it off. I did not try to restart it.

- Lincoln , NE, USA

problem #118

Aug 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The first incident I was driving back from the airport and the engine stayed on but the throttle would not respond. I found a way in heavy traffic moving very quickly to get to a shoulder. Then I turned the car off and then back on and the car responded fine. 5 days later (today) the exact same thing happened and again on a very busy freeway (US59 near downtown houston) at lunch time. Again I managed to get off the road without causing an accident and turned the car off then restarted it and it worked fine. It happened a third time while in a neighborhood traveling at 20 mph. I am astonished that there are nearly 3/4 of a million vehicles with this issue or potential issue and the impressive number of reports of the exact same scenario happening all over the country and Ford has not issued a recall.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #117

Jul 292013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


After accelerating to 30 my car lost the ability to use the foot pedal. The engine continued running but was unable to accelerate. I pulled off the side of the road, shut the car off waited a few minutes and then started the car. It worked fine until August 15th when the same thing happened 4 times. Once with in 30 minutes at a speed us 40 to 55. The 3rd and 4th times occurred within minutes of each other at 55 mph in a construction zone. On all occasions the wrench light came on. On August 17th I took my car to the dealership and they informed me the throttle body assembly was bad and needed replaced. That cost me $500 out of pocket since my car is out of warranty.

- Port Byron, IL, USA

problem #116

Aug 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving at highway speeds, very hard jerking. Luckily the highway was clear or someone could have died! wrench and check engine light went on and car went into limp mode. Went home and ran the code and it told me it was the throttle body stuck. I used google to review my options and 1000's of people have had this problem!!!! how is this not a recalled part yet!"!? I cannot wait so I ordered the throttle body, and it is backordered at the dealer! how is this not a clue that they need to fix this asap" someone is going to die, I read their have already been major accidents with this issue.

- Fillmore, CA, USA

problem #115

Aug 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 33,200 miles
While driving down a freeway at 55 mph the engine suddenly shut off with no warning. We were able to get to the side of the road without being hit. No engine warning lights were illuminated. We were able to restart the engine and continue on our journey. Five minutes later pulling into a shopping center going about 10 mph the engine "thumped, gurgled, and died. The check engine light came on. We were able to restart the engine and get it five miles back to the house. The car is still under warranty so Ford sent a wrecker to the house to retrieve the car. The engine light is still illuminated.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #114

Dec 112012


  • 78,752 miles
The car just will just stall out while driving on freeway or street. I know from what I have read that it is the throttle body. It loses all power and just dies while driving. This has happened multiple times and the last time my kids and I almost died in the car. It is awful how this happened and the part was backordered and is extremely expensive to fix.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #113

Aug 082013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,752 miles


I was driving with my daughters in the car in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway. I was traveling the speed limit, at or around 55 mph, when all of a sudden the car went limp. There was no acceleration and the car immediately began to coast. A wrench light and the engine light went on. With no ability to speed up, I had to navigate through two lanes of high speed traffic with a paralyzed car to get me and my children to safety. Luckily, I was able to do so. The dealership informed me that this doesn't happen very often, and that unfortunately, this repair would not be covered under the power train. They ordered and replaced the throttle body. Upon investigating this issue online, I was shocked to discover that this problem is so prevalent. The fact that Ford is covering this up and pushing the costs on to its customers is frustrating (more than $1300 in my case), but the fact that they are willing to risk the lives of these very same customers is downright disturbing. There should be an immediate recall on all the cars affected by this throttle body issue, as well as a full reimbursement for all those who have had to suffer through this already.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #112

Aug 092013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 51,190 miles
Driving down road and lost all power and acceleration. Wrench light came on and when I attempted to crank car it sounded like it was constantly trying to crank. Turned car off and trued again. It started and allowed me to reach my destination, which was a mile down the road. The next day it did the same thing. Took it to the Ford dealership service area and it was the throttle body. Of course it wasn't covered under warranty even though it is a part of the power train. The concern is that this is happening a lot to these cars and had I been on the interstate my family and I could have died due to the loss of everything. I was not able to get car off the road and it stopped extremely fast and sudden. I was out of town and had no other choice to but get it repaired where I was.

- Waterloo, SC, USA

problem #111

Aug 072013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
On 8/7/13 I was driving my car to work in my apartment complex (approx. 5 mph) my car stopped responding to the gas pedal and started "shaking" erratically. A small tool/wrench light appeared on my dash. I pulled over and turned the car off. Restarted several minutes later and was able to drive with no problems until on the way home. I didn't drive it again until 8/9/13 to the mechanic. It started and drove fine, until 15 minutes after being on the interstate (which I had to get on to get to the mechanic) the car stopped responding to the gas pedal and seems to stay at the same speed for about a minute (approx. 60 mph). Finally the car started to slow down and started shaking ( like it was out of gas but I still 1/2 tank). I had to pull over immediately on the very busy interstate because the car was shaking and didn't seem to respond to the gas pedal. I let the car sit for several minutes and tried to start driving on the shoulder but the car started shaking again. I decided to try one more time before calling a tow truck because it was a very dangerous situation (and I had my 11 months old son in the car) trying to merge back on the freeway with a car that didn't want to accelerate and was shaking. I tried again and was able to successfully pull back onto the interstate. Once I was able to get off, I took side streets and had to stop the car again (approx. 30-40 mph). Mechanics said that Ford aren't suppose to have this problem they were very surprised and told us to research the internet for recalls, that is how I found and the numerous complaints for the same situation. This problem is obviously an issue with the car itself and not in anyway the owners/operators fault. There should be a recall issued immediately since this issue happens suddenly with no warning that there is anything wrong with the car and could result in accidents/loss of life.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #110

Jul 222013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Since January of 2012 when I drive my Fusion the vehicle just would quit and the check engine and tool light would stay on only until I would put the vehicle in park and restart it. I would take it to the local Ford dealership and that the tcs module was bad then it happened again then they changed out the battery. Then two weeks ago it happened again and took it back in now Ford said its throttle body is bad and the part and the labor would be around 400 dollars to fix. This is a safety issue someone could get hurt or even killed. I feel that this should be recalled. I am not the only person that has had this issue. On top of this I don't have a vehicle to drive for over a month and a half. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #109

Jul 302013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
7/30/13- vehicle would not go above an idol, car sputtered and stalled while sitting at a stop light (this happened 3-4 times same day); while slowing to round a curve, pressed accelerator to pick up speed and car stalled out (2 times); there were no symbols on the dash this day. 8/5/13-started car in am, car sputtered badly, put car in drive & car sputtered part way up street, did not seem to be getting gas when accelerator was pressed, "wrench" light appeared on dash; turned car off, waited a few minutes, started car again and it ran okay & no warning lights. I purchased this vehicle "used" on 4/4/13 from blue knob auto, altoona,

- Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #108

Jul 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 34,100 miles
Was running along at 65 mph and car jerked and lost power and the wrench icon come on the dash. Pulled to side of road car was idling but rough. Attempted to push throttle pedal down to increase engine speed but no response just idle. Shut car off and called a tow truck. Tried three Ford dealers was approx. One week to get in. I was 750 miles from home.tow truck dropped car off a repair shop. Manager said he had seen a car not long ago that they had disconnected the battery and all was fine. The service man went out to car and it started right up without little wrench icon being on. Drove w/O any incident.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

problem #107

Jul 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 38,756 miles
The first episode occurred when leaving a parking spot. Car would not go more than 2 mph and was chugging. The others (4-5 incidents) happened while driving, often at 30-50 mph. Sometimes it would be after a turn and during acceleration, others would be simply driving down the road. Car would stall, yellow wrench light comes on, and I would have to stop, shift to park and turn off the car, then re-start. It would be fine for a few days, and another episode would happen.

- Old Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #106

Aug 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 48,672 miles
On Saturday, I was driving out from a complex making a left turn into traffic when my vehicle abruptly slammed stopped at a green light. I put on my hazards and noticed a wrench signal popped on. I put the car in park and turned the vehicle off, then started it back. The vehicle turned on again. I was lucky I was not rear-ended. I drove home and decided not to drive the car until I took it to nearest dealer. Monday morning, I got into vehicle headed to the dealer and again driving out of my complex, the code popped on, vehicle sputtered and stopped. I turned it off then on again. It started and I headed to the dealer close by with hazards on. My vehicle was diagnosed needing throttle body totaling $585. Mind you my vehicle is two years old.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #105

Jul 082013


  • 38,000 miles
While driving on I-95 South approximately 65-70 mph in moderately heavy traffic, at exit 180, the car sounded like it dropped out of gear while accelerating. I was able to merge to the shoulder of the highway. The car continued coasting and the "wrench light" appeared. The car would not accelerate at all. When stopped, the car rattled and idled very hard and was shaking. The service engine light came on. I turned the car off and I waited a few minutes and cranked the car back and all was fine, wrench light and service engine light was off. This has happened 6 more times since July 8th 2013, yesterday it happened 4 times in the 1 hour, almost got slammed by two 18 wheeler trucks. This really should be a recall due to this type of situation can get people killed.

- Dillon, SC, USA

problem #104

Aug 022013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 13,750 miles
Vehicle lost engine power and would not accelerate. Vehicle was maneuvered to the road side where it was shut off for 1 minute. Upon restart, vehicle drove and accelerated normally. After driving for 5 minutes, vehicle again lost engine power and would not accelerate. Vehicle was again maneuvered to the road side and shut off for 1 minute. Upon restart, vehicle drove and accelerated normally. Condition was experienced three times the same day. ECU stored code for throttle control system.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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