Notes: Welcome to North America, Ford Fiesta. Thanks for bringing your herky-jerky transmission, numerous interior quality complaints, and an engine that dies while driving.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,344 miles

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2011 Ford Fiesta drivetrain problems

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2011 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 8 of 12)

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problem #81

May 192014


  • 72,700 miles


Car felt like it was stalling when I stepped on the gas it would not move waited a few second's and it started to go drove about 100 yards same thing again, came out of it again drove towards home about 3 miles it lost all power transmission could not find the gear looking at dash saw it searching, finally it went into drive, drove another 5 miles and same thing again this time it was shifting on its own from forward to reverse and high low ranges, sat there waiting on it finally went into drive drove it home and. Called rochester Ford dropped it of they said it shifted better then any Fiesta they ever tried wife drove it home and on the way home it did same thing, contemplating next step.

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #80

May 072014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 57,999 miles
When going from a stop to a start the car acts as it pops out of gear and shakes, sputters and the rpms rapidly rise...though it is in gear and not going anywhere. This is causing great concern had other traffic been coming...I would have been hit.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #79

Jun 152011

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
Harsh shifting of transmission, or other transmission shifting complaints/problems. Loss of power on initial take-off from a stop or from low speeds. The feeling of the transmission "slipping". harsh or delayed engagement of transmission "jerking" or "shuddering" upon take-off from a stop. Vehicle rolls backwards when on an incline. Vehicle loses power when on the interstate and you try and accelerate to pass another vehicle.

- Weslaco, TX, USA

problem #78

Jul 172012

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


I had a 2011 Ford Fiesta, I have been experiencing a jerking/lunging motion when the transmission downshifts from time to time. I have almost been in an accident twice because of this with my 8 year old daughter and girl scouts in the car. I took the vehicle in for service and have informed their service dept. /mechanic of the issue. They assured me that nothing was wrong and the vehicles computer is adjusting to how I drive the car and that is why it is doing this. They replaced the clutch and reprogrammed my car over four times" I have done a little research and found this websites after website with people with other complaints similar to mine. I called Ford Motor Company and filed a formal complaint. It took a week for someone to call be back and I was told the car was fine. I tried to call back, but you only get to the call center and no further. I was refused to be transferred to a manager and was told that was that"S the way the car was designed to drive. I was offered a discount the X plan to trade in my car for another but that would not help. When dealing with the dealership the service manager said I am sorry I can't help you anymore. We get at least 6 calls a day about the same problem but until Ford does something there is nothing we can do. I work with three other women that also have had the same problem with their cars. Two of us had to trade our cars because we felt so un-safe in the cars.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #77

Apr 142014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 45,669 miles
Driving to work stopping at a red light, I saw the engine light come on and the transmission selector display flickering through the gears. On green I tried to go but, even though the car was in drive, it did not go but the engine revved. I waited for the next red, turned the car off and on, put it in drive and it went. It was parked all day. When I started it up again, the engine light was off, thinking it might have only been a glitch. I drove home onto I-295 at 65mph speed and all of sudden it started again, engine light on, transmission selector going through all gears, and I lost power to the wheel. Luckily I coasted to an off ramp, before I was flattened by semitractors. I turned the engine off and on, the engine light went off, and the car drove again. This happened 2 more times before I finally got it to the dealership. Now I am just waiting to hear from them.

- Mickleton, NJ, USA

problem #76

Apr 022014


  • 65,000 miles
I had just started accelerating after stopping at a street light. My car began shifting back and forth as I pressed on the accelerator. I noticed my engine was running but my car wasn't moving. It seemed as though the power was there but it wasn't going to the wheels. My car was struggling to do what it was supposed to do. My car jumped and shifted back and forth trying to move. Finally it caught up with the problem and moved a little. I was able to let it roll downhill far enough for me to get out of the road into safety. Later when on the side of the road, I turned on my engine and it worked. I put my car into reverse and moved it back. When I put my car into drive the gear lever moved but the gear did not shift into drive. I pressed on the accelerator but my car didn't move at all. I did hear the engine revving up but the car didn't move. I put my car in neutral and was able to roll it forwards.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #75

Apr 042014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • miles


I drive a 2011 Ford Fiesta and the transmission kept hesitating when I was changing gears. I saw a whole lot of web searches from google of other owner had the same problem. These models gotta be on recall if the transmissions are always going to break. But they're not under the list for a transmission problem.

- Elmendorf, TX, USA

problem #74

Mar 072013


  • 25,000 miles
Hi, I own a 2011 Ford Fiesta that gets stuck in 4 inches of snow at busy intersections causing a crash hazard. The early 2011 Ford Fiestas were made with traction control that you can never shut off. You can't get power to the wheels and you block the intersection until multiple people exit their vehicles and push you out of the intersection. It is a definite safety hazard. I called Ford and they told me to call the Ford dealership where I bought the car. The Ford dealer told me there was nothing available to help. I have a car with only 25,000 miles on it that is dangerous to drive in the winter.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #73

Jan 222014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 44,500 miles
In January 2014 I was unable to accelerate past 55 mph. The seemed the car would go into neutral. The engine would rev but wouldn't shift into gear. I would have to coast to the sign of the road, put it into park, and then start again. The dealership replaced a module and reset the computer, but it happened again about 5 miles from the dealership. The computer was reset again. The same thing happened 2 weeks later, but this time I couldn't get it into gear. It was towed to the dealership. Approx. 2 weeks later the vehicle sounded like an air horn was going off when I tried to accelerate. The dealership pulled the transmission and said a major part of the transmission had broken and it was more cost effective to replace the engine. That was 3 weeks ago. The dealership is waiting for the new transmission from Ford.

- Lakeside, OH, USA

problem #72

Jun 032013


  • 40,000 miles
While driving at normal speeds ranging from <25 mph to highway speed (65 mph), grinding and rattling sounds may be heard from the 2011 Ford Fiesta dual clutch automatic transmission. This behavior has continued with no solution since the middle of 2013. Accompanying these noises is light vibration while driving and instances of transmission slippage under acceleration leading to delayed acceleration in instances where power is needed.

- Liberty Township, OH, USA

problem #71

Mar 012013


  • miles


From a stop position at stop sign, stop light, etc. When pressing on the gas pedal to accelerate the car shudders hard and shakes then it catches and speeds up. I bought it used with 24000 miles on it. Really upsetting when trying to cross traffic and it starts to stall and shudder.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #70

Mar 032014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 47,619 miles
Engine mil turned on after car was started, driving was fine at speeds under 45mph. Once over 45mph the vehicle started to shake violently. The engine code indicated that it was the natural vacuum leak detection (nvld) service kit, that had failed or a fuse in the fuse box. The vehicle was turned into a dealership and the part replaced, the engine mil turned back on before I claimed the vehicle and has been sitting with the dealer for 4 days, as they have no idea how to fix the car. This sensor failing is a known issue on this vehicle as there is a technical service bulletin dated Feb 13, 2013, this replaced a previous bulletin dated May 21, 2011. This sensor failing is dangerous and has been an issue since 2011. And it seems that there is no real fix, at least with my vehicle. The wording in the tsb states "some 2011 Fiesta vehicles may exhibit a malfunction indicator lamp (mil) with diagnostic trouble code (dtc) U029F set in the powertrain control module (PCM) and/or a no crank condition with no communication with the PCM." This leads me to believe that the engine could fail at anytime with this code, creating a hazardous condition especially if traveling on the freeway when the mil comes on and the part fails. This is a wide spread issue based on the abundance of forums and internet posts discussing this exact engine code, and the various symptoms associated with it.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #69

Mar 042014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #68

Feb 192014


  • 35,000 miles
With 1" of snow on the ground the vehicle stopped. The advance-trac control shut down the engine just because the wheels started to spin. This caused a large traffic tie up and a snow plow had to help get the car rolling again. There is no way to disable this traction control like in other Ford automobiles.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #67

Feb 062014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 37,300 miles
The traction control on my 2011 Fiesta is a death trap. There is no option on my specific car to disable the system. In mild snow or slush, the vehicle loses all power to the wheels as soon as tcs engages. I got stuck at the bottom of my driveway. Today, 2/14/14 I was nearly killed when the car got stuck in 4" of snow & was partially in the lane of a busy roadway (I was attempting to turn into the parking lot to my place of employment). My fiance' & our 8 yr old son (who is a factor 9 hemophiliac) were screaming and scared to death as the car was helpless to move away from oncoming traffic. This is an issue that later year 2011, 2012, & 2013 models have the option to turn off this function however there is no way to add this feature to my car. If I or my family are injured due to this issue I will sue Ford & NHTSA for allowing this vehicle to be sold with this kind of safety problem.

- Levittown , PA, USA

problem #66

Jan 212014


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fiesta. While the vehicle was parked when the rpms increased and it began to roll backwards. The driver had to jump into the vehicle and apply the brakes in order to stop the vehicle from moving; however, the vehicle crashed into a porch post. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle inspected. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Neosho, MO, USA

problem #65

Nov 142013

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 67,300 miles
In parking lot, turned car on and into reverse, car would not go anywhere, tried drive and couldn't go anywhere even with increased acceleration. Turned off car and back on again, again same type of things happened. Took me 4 times to turn off car and back on again before I was able to go into reverse to get out of the parking spot. My "sync" didn't say anything was wrong.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 282014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 69,920 miles
In parking lot, started car, placed car in drive and nothing happened, accelerated and couldn't go anywhere. Turned off car and started again, again same thing happened. Turned off car again and restarted, finally car was able to go into drive and accelerate.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #63

Jul 162012

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Driving in traffic normal speed about 40-45 mph, vehicle stopped accelerating completely. Normal commute & almost got rear ended since the car started to decelerate quickly. Once we were able to pull off to the side of the road we tried switching the gears and restarting the car. After this, the car would not restart at all. Taken the car to Ford multiple times and they have ran all sorts of diagnostics and we find ourselves at the dealership at least every 2-3 months with issues. Ford corporate did nothing but provide extended warranty. What would they have done if we were actually rear ended & severely hurt because of the faulty car? unfortunately an extended warranty does not correct he problem & this vehicle is still jeopardizing my family's safety and we'll being.

- North Lauderdale , FL, USA

problem #62

Dec 012013


  • 30,000 miles
Took vehicle in for oil change around 30K miles, tech called me back to show me oil leak. Further investigation found oil leaking from head gasket and crank shaft caps. Everything replaced under warranty. 10K-15K miles later same issue happens again. Everything fixed under warranty again. Few thousand miles later my wife backs out of driveway and there is a puddle of oil under the car again. I got rid of the car before failure again and warranty is expired. Car always handled well, great gas mileage. Terrible acceleration and quirky transmission.

- Bethalto, IL, USA

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