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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,678 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion engine problems

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 3 of 12)

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problem #184

Nov 032013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We were going down a major roadway at about 45 mph when the car just decelerated to about 1 mph. It took us awhile to get over 2 lanes of heavy traffic to the side of road where we stopped the car. The wrench light came on. With it still running we popped open hood and car appeared to be running just fine. We could not get the RPM's to go up at all. We turned off car completely, and the wrench light went off and car drove normal. 2 hrs later the car did the exact same thing and we pulled over and started it up again and got home. We believe it has to do with the electronic throttle body, bc other complaints are exactly as ours with this year, make, and model of car.

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #183

Oct 242013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,600 miles
I was on my way to work yesterday morning (appx 7:30am so it was dark out) and I was slowing down with traffic (took pressure off the gas pedal) while crossing a bridge and when I went to accelerate again the car stopped moving and the wrench light lit up on the dashboard. My car was still running, but I had the gas pedal to the floor and the car would not move. When I realized I wasn't moving I hit the hazard button and braced myself for impact as cars were swerving around both sides of me. I put the car in park, shut it off, and tried to re-start it. It did not start right away, but when it did I revved the engine, put the car in gear and pulled off the road. I restarted the car again and proceeded to work. I learned that this is a common issue for this particular vehicle, yet it is not a recall issue at this point in time. Based on my experience yesterday, it seems negligent that this particular issue has not yet warranted an action for a recall. I was fortunate that I reacted quickly and turned on the hazards and was not struck by another vehicle, especially being on a bridge over a body of water.

- Oregon, OH, USA

problem #182

Oct 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 75 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power and the mil warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000. Updated 02/11/2014 the throttle body was replaced. Updated 02/11/14

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #181

Oct 182013

Fusion

  • 9,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact was driving 35 mph when vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 9000.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #180

Oct 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I was driving down the street when my idle and RPM went down and I kept pressing on the gas pedal but the car would not accelerate (warning wrench symbol appeared). I was barely able to pull out of traffic and I nearly got hit in the rear by a tractor trailer. I turned off the car and got out my manual which said something about the throttle body. I turned on the car and everything was fine so I took the back road home (nitetime) and went about 10 miles and parked in front of my home. Went out in the morning (sundayoctober 20) and was going to drive it to the dealer to leave overnite, got a mile from my home and the same thing happened, called a tow truck and had it towed to the dealer.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #179

Aug 262013

Fusion

  • 58,000 miles
My car shut off while at a red light when trying to give it gas. Restarted after a few tries. Had the battery and alternator checked and both were fine. It continued to give issues and finally would shut off while going between 1-10 mph. Took it to Ford to have a test ran on it, and they showed it was a faulty throttle body and would need to be repaired. We purchased the part and paid for a repair for this even though 725,000 other vehicles in the same make have been having these issues. It is quite frustrating.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #178

Oct 062013

Fusion

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This issue is a big safety concern!! I have seen many statements online about the throttle body issue and their should be a recall!! I personally have had to have my car towed twice within a 2 week period because of this issue. Every time my car broke down it was the same thing. I was going along fine and then the car all of a sudden dies, chugs, I drift to the side of the road so I don't get hit and then the engine light comes on with the wrench tool! how scary and unsafe! I am just so glad I wasn't in an intersection or hit by another car because my Ford Fusion decided to die out of no where! I have had to go through two tows, days of waiting for my car to get fixed and my warranty deciding they aren't going to cover my cost!! unbelievable!!! Ford needs to take some action now! many people from what I have seen are going through the same thing and something needs to change. This issue shouldn't be on the customers shoulder and Ford needs to take responsibility before someone is seriously injured from an issue their cars are making. Please do something about this!

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #177

Oct 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 27,980 miles
Traveling at a steady speed and the engine cut out. Not completely but had no acceleration control. Have read on-line that this is called "limp" mode. Was able to pull safely off the road and then restarted the car after which the vehicle operated ok. This has happened 3 times in the last week. Took car to dealer who replaced the throttle body at no charge since the vehicle was still under warranty. Although I was lucky enough to avoid an accident or injury, I could see this being a serious safety issue for a driver on the expressway or pulling in to heavy traffic.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #176

Oct 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
While driving at all times, the vehicle would start to surge and buck then loose power. It never completely died but when I pulled over it ran terrible and would not accelerate. I turned it off for a few seconds and restarted it. It would run for a while, good, then the problem would reoccur. The engine light came on, I had the code checked. The result was a faulty throttle body or sort in the throttle body module.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #175

Oct 072013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 60,717 miles
My wife had my 6 month old sign in the backseat when she was pulling out from a stop sign into a 4way when the car lurched and the accelerator quit responding in the middle of the street a truck nearly T boned her on the driver side where our son was in his car seat upon diagnostics the electronic throttle body was stuck open. I've found similar issues with similar vehicles although the dealership informed me my vehicle is not currently on a recall list.

- Cherokee Village, AR, USA

problem #174

Jan 212013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 48,678 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Veh died while driving and ck eng light is on had tp replace throttlebody $490.

- Fall Branch, TN, USA

problem #173

Jan 212013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 57,379 miles
Veh died while driving going 85 miles an hr and just cuts off.

- Fall Branch, TN, USA

problem #172

Jun 202011

Fusion

  • 41,800 miles
This is the 3rd report that I am filing in regard to my 2011 Ford Fusion. The throttle body assembly needs to be recalled. Whether going highway speeds or in traffic less than 30mph, the vehicle will intermittently lose power to the throttle. The wrench and emissions lights both go on, the vehicle shakes violently and I lose all ability to accelerate. The only remedy is to restart the vehicle, which I often need to do in the middle of the road as I do not have the ability to get to a breakdown lane or other safe stopping point. This has happened on the highway, causing me to have to cross 4 lanes of highway traffic with no ability to accelerate. It has also occurred in the middle of intersections with turning traffic as well as at traffic lights, causing other drivers to unsafely pass me on the right. Please note that when I do get into an accident, I will be finding both Ford Motor Company and the national highway transportation safety administration responsible and liable for all injuries and damages due to the number of complaints and the administration's decision not enforce a recall. Ford refuses to repair the issue unless they can replicate the problem; however, when I restart the vehicle the error is cleared. I have taken numerous videos of the problem and Ford still refuses to replace the defective part. It is simply a matter of time before somebody gets killed.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #171

Jul 202012

Fusion

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated. The check engine and transmission warning lamps then illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the electronic throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Rockford , MN, USA

problem #170

Sep 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
This has happened multiple times varying from accelerating from a stop to highway speeds of 55+ mph. 2011 Ford Fusion sel suddenly loses all power and wrench icon illuminates and no acceleration happens at all. The engine remains at idle with fluctuations. Had to cross multiple lanes and was almost ran into by cars going a lot faster than me while I was movingto the emergency lane. Once car is turned off and restarted the problem will go away. After much research and the one time it showed a check engine light I ran the codes and it all was pointing to a defective throttle body. I noticed that there are a lot of complaints with this aspect on this car and just hope someone doesn't have to get killed on the road.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #169

Jul 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 37,600 miles
Driving on highway 24/27 my car just shut off. No warning. Then sputtered. I cruised over to shoulder. The tool light was (wrench) on. I cut off the car and then restarted the car. Very scary. At first I was advised I had bad gas in the car, then I was advised I need a new fuel injection system. Then after cutting off 6 times in the space of one exit to another, I refused to drive the car anymore. The mechanic stated I need a new throttle body and it was replaced. My car still hesitates and accelerates at times.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #168

Sep 252013

Fusion

  • 45,000 miles
This has happened multiple times varying from accelerating from a stop to highway speeds of 60+ mph. 2011 Ford Fusion sel suddenly loses all power and wrench icon illuminates and no acceleration happens at all. The engine remains at idle with fluctuations from 800-1200 rpms. Had to cross multiple lanes and was almost ran into by three cars going a lot faster than me while I was listing to the emergency lane. Once car is turned off and restarted the problem will go away. After much research and the one time it showed a check engine light I ran the codes and it all was pointing to a defective throttle body. I noticed that there are a lot of complaints with this aspect on this car and just hope someone doesn't have to get killed on the road like I almost did to get a recall on this car and part.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #167

Oct 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,291 miles
While driving down the road the car jerked and the wrench lite came on. The car would not respond to the accelerator and would only coast. I was fortunate enough to be on a hill and was able to coast into a parking lot. I stopped the car, put it into park, and shut off the engine. I tried to restart it, and after a long crank the engine started, the wrench lite was off, and the car and accelerator responded normally. I was able to drive the car home without further incident. My husband then test drove the car and had a similar experience while driving down the road and also had to pull into a parking lot. He drove it straight to the dealer and dropped it off for repair. The problem was diagnosed as a malfunctioning throttle body. Research on the internet showed that this is happening to alot of Ford Fusion owners and we followed link to this website to report the problem.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #166

Oct 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
While driving down a busy street, going approximately 45-50 mph, my vehicle just stalled out on me. Although the car was still running, my vehicle felt like it was drifting. When I tried to accelerate, nothing happened. When I applied my brakes, my vehicle then jumped forward, causing me to almost hit the vehicle in front of me. I had my vehicle towed to the closest Ford dealership, where they advised that my throttle body had gone bad and needed to be replaced. Come to find out, this was not covered under my warranty and will cost me over $500 out of pocket. My vehicle only has 41,000 miles on it!

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #165

Sep 272013

Fusion

  • 78,200 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently and stalled without warning. The check engine warning light illuminated after the vehicle had stalled. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired. The throttle body was replaced. The failure and current mileage was 78,200.

- Hohenwald , TN, USA

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