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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,163 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 5 of 12)

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problem #157

Sep 182013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 34,260 miles

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

I was driving home going 45 mph when my car stalled without warning. When I tried to give it gas, it started jumping and jerking the wrench light came on. I was able inch by inch to move my car to the adjacent turning lane, turn on my flashers and call my husband on my cell phone. He was on his way home also and pulled up behind me. He tried to give it gas too but it would not budge. He turned the ignition off and then cranked the car. The wrench light went off and the car had power - just like turning it off had reset something. We were only a couple of miles from our house, so he drove by 2011 Ford Fusion home and I followed in his truck. I then called my dealer, jim tidwell Ford on barrett parkway and told them what had happened. They suggested that I call a wrecker and have it towed to their location as driving the car might due further damage or the incident might re-occur. So, that's what I did. A service technician called me first thing this morning and I went over what had happened with him. He called me this afternoon and said my car was ready for pick up. The problem was the throttle body and motor assembly and since it was under warranty there would be no charge to me. I can't believe Ford isn't declaring a recall on this part. If I had been on the expressway, I feel certain I would have been rear ended. This problem will cause someone to get killed. I'm just lucky no one hit me. It happened so suddenly and without warning. This type of situation will make you fall out of love with your Ford product. I don't believe I will ever buy a Ford product again, even though I prefer to buy american products.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #156

Sep 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,200 miles
Vehicle was getting up to speed at about 40-50 mph and upon depressing gas pedal combined with shifting of gears (automatic), engine stalled. Occurred twice with 5 miles on busy highway. Engine light and wrench light came on each time. After shutting down engine on shoulder, it started right back and ran fine for a while. Was fortunate with no traffic incident/accident either time. Occurred three more times before getting to dealership. Dealership service informed me that it was a throttle body issue and replaced the throttle body part it at my cost as the extended warranty did not cover it.

- Arlington, OH, USA

problem #155

Jul 212011

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
While accelerating car goes into limp mode....diagnosed as throttle body stuck open.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #154

Jul 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the fuel filler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 10/31/13 the vehicle was repaired at a cost of $390. Updated 11/12/13

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #153

Sep 132013

Fusion

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle decelerated without manual force with the illumination of the maintenance warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the throttle body needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Beebe , AR, USA

problem #152

Sep 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
My wife and daughter was traveling down a busy highway when the vehicle went into limp mode. They were almost hit by another vehicle. This is definitely a safety hazard.

- Corinth, MS, USA

problem #151

Sep 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles

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

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 #150

Mar 052013

Fusion

  • 37,245 miles
Car dies while driving, surges at times, had been happening on and off. Died part way through a large intersection on 7-13-13, luckily I just avoided a collision. It would start and go a few feet, then surge and die. Called crater lake Ford in medford, or, they stated very busy that day and had not heard of the symptoms I described. Placed a call to dave's import service they said they would look at the car. Within 45 min they had diagnosed failed throttle body.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #149

Sep 122013

Fusion

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate while depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Brent , AL, USA

problem #148

Aug 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 60,300 miles
I left from my home in the early afternoon. The car had not been used since the previous evening. About 2 miles from my house I got onto a state route and started to go up a slight hill. I had accelerated up to approximately 45 mph and the engine started running really rough, then stalled. The check engine light lit up. It seemed to go down to idle with no response from engine while pushing the pedal. I glided to the side of the road and crested the hill, then let the engine sputter at around idle as I was able to put it in neutral and let gravity take me to the bottom of the hill where I could glide around the corner into a safe parking lot. I shut the car down, waited a minute and it started back up as though nothing had happened. The check engine light was clear. I have not tried to check to see if it stored any codes yet. I had experienced 2 previous events in the previous 2 weeks with this car. The car has been serviced regularly.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #147

Aug 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 60,100 miles

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

Drove a mile from our home to pick up pizza. Went into the shop for about 5 minutes, came out and started the car. Backed out of the space and pulled across a divided road to head home and the car sputtered and lost power so that I had to pull over to the side. The check engine light was lit. I shut down the car and it started right up and the check engine light was clear. It repeated this issue again about 1 week later on the highway for my wife though recovered. Then again for me while accelerating up a state route but did not recover.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #146

Sep 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 34,194 miles
I have been sensing a surge in engine power for several months in my 2011 Fusion. I suspected a throttle body problem and googled for information. I found all of the information on the NHTSA website about throttle body problems for this car as well as information in other forums. It was a good thing as I was prepared for what happened today. I had just left my house when the dreaded (and expected) loss of engine power with the wrench light being illuminated. I experienced the same symptoms reported by so many complaints logged for this issue: Loss of power, rough idle, just enough power to barely move the car, certainly not enough to limp anywhere, much less home, even though the engine was in "limp home" mode. I had my code scanner with me and was able to retrieve the P2111 (throttle stuck open) code before I restarted the car to restore full power. This only worked enough to get the car turned around when limp home was triggered again. I restarted again and was able to get within a block of my house when limp home triggered once more. The third time I was able to get to my house. I called the dealer and then roadside assistance to get my car towed to the local Ford dealer after verifying that they had a throttle body in stock. The car was towed there and a defective throttle body was diagnosed and replaced. This is not a case of if the failure will happen, but rather when. I was fully expecting it any day and sure enough, it happened. I was extremely fortunate as I was less than a mile from home, knew what to expect and how to deal with it, and my car was still in warranty, but only by 1,806 miles! any other situation would have resulted in me being in a very dangerous predicament with a car that was basically dead in the water. I was almost to the point of purchasing a new throttle body on my own in the interest of being proactive rather than being stranded.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #145

Sep 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 44,600 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.

- Mesquite , TX, USA

problem #144

Sep 032013

Fusion

  • 46,000 miles
Traveling on the highway doing 70mph and the car stalled. Brought it to Ford and they said the throttle body is defective and needs to be replaced. Car had stalled several times 2 days earlier while at a red light, had to have one foot on brake and one foot on gas to keep it from stalling again. Ford does not cover this defect.

- Sulphur, KY, USA

problem #143

Sep 062013

Fusion

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled as the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 29,000.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #142

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 #141

Sep 072013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
My 11 Fusion died in gear (lemp mode they call it) in the middle of an intersection where I was almost hit and stopped traffic for a good amount of time due to it being in gear and unable to move. After being towed to a dealer and being told it was my battery; I left the dealer paying for the tow, diagnostic and a battery. I went back a week later for an oil change and was told my car was in good running condition. Around the corner from the dealership is the on ramp to go home. As I was accelerating up the on ramp to highway speed it went into lemp mode again leaving me with no power entering onto the highway. Thank god the semi and other vehicles behind me were paying attention and avoided rear ending me at high speed. I was again towed around the block from to the dealer where they have informed me that it is my throttle body position sensor and is not covered under my extended warranty, or the federal emissions warranty. $600 later; I am trading this car in because it is not safe to be driving with this possibility of losing all power at a critical time. Some one needs to have them account for this error and get these cars off the road. I was close to being killed because of this and sooner or later this will cause a death.

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #140

Aug 282013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
While driving at low speed, the vehicle slowed and stopped, requiring me to pull off the road. The engine remained running, but at a very low RPM - applying gas did nothing to rev the engine. After turning the vehicle off, I was able to restart it and limp it home. The next time I drove it, approximately 3 days later, it acted similarly, threatening to cut off when not applying gas. I took it to the Ford dealer for diagnosis and was immediately told this was probably a "throttle body" problem. The dealer confirmed this the next day and placed an order for the part. The part is on back order, I suppose due to the demand for correction on this part. I left the vehicle with the dealer for the 5-7 business days needed to get the part as I was not comfortable driving the vehicle without the repair. Thankfully it is still under warranty. I understand this is a $500+ part.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #139

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 #138

Aug 222013

Fusion

  • 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

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