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:
44,385 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 4 of 13)

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problem #186

Nov 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 46,984 miles


The error occurred as I was driving on a major 8-lane highway. I was about a quarter-mile from my exit (after being on the highway for 60 miles) when I felt a "clunk" and an orange-lit wrench appeared on my dash. As I turned onto the exit ramp, I slowed to a stop at a stop-light, waiting to turn left. While the brake was depressed, the car was attempting to move forward very abruptly, as part of it's "limp home" feature. When the light turned green, I released the brake and attempted to accelerate through the intersection, but pressing the gas pedal produced no response from the car. After limping through the intersection, I shifted the car into park and turned the engine off. After waiting 10-15 seconds, I restarted the car and the throttle issue and dash light were both gone. I have since driven ~100 miles without seeing the issue re-appear.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #185

Oct 292013


  • 96,540 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the battery and oil warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the air flow sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 96,540 and the current mileage was 99,448.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #184

Nov 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,137 miles
Driving down highway, car loses power like it wasn't pulling, luckily I was in slow lane on highway, when I got over to shoulder of 2 lane highway the wrench on dashboard lit up & car died, after sitting for 5--7 minutes it cranked back up and I was able to take to Ford dealership. I am not real happy after reading all the problems people are having. I usually take my 5 yr old grandson to daycare in morning so after this I am kinda leary of driving this car. If I had have been in the fast lane on this highway I would have had a harder time getting out of traffic and probably hit by another car or an 18 wheeler. Thank god I did not have my grandson with me. After this I seriously think I need to get rid of this vehicle.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #183

Sep 302011

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 42,736 miles


Driving on the highway in clermont fl. When car suddenly lost power, fortunately I was able to pull off the road, car was shaking and sputtering and the wrench light came on.shut the car off and then restarted it, it will run sometimes fine for a few days then it will happen again, sometime two or three times in one day.I pick up my grandchildren from school and sometimes work late at night. This is a serious safety problem, what is Ford waiting for to recall this vehicle, for someone to be injured or killed?they need to fix this dangerous problem.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #182

Nov 032013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
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 #181

Oct 312013


  • 45,500 miles
Incident #1. when accelerating from a stop, the engine started jerking and the car rolled forward slowly and the powertrain service light illuminated. Shifted to neutral, rolled to shoulder, and re-started vehicle. Operated normally after re-start. Incident #2.(two days later) while accelerating from stop, when vehicle reached approximately 45 mph the engine started running poorly and the powertrain service light illuminated. Rolled to shoulder, and re-started vehicle. Operated normally after re-start.

- Ames, NE, USA

problem #180

Oct 302013


  • 86,000 miles


I was driving on a five lane highway near raleigh, nc and I suddenly lost power and the car nearly stopped in the middle of the road. It was frightening and dangerous to get to the side of the road across three lanes when cars were flying by. Turned the car off, restarted it, and would get a mile or so, and it would lose power again. Happened at least 10 times, and so, using the flashers, I was able to make it to a Ford dealership. It was diagnosed as the throttle body going bad, and the service tech told me they had done hundreds of throttle body replacements for Fusion, and that an attempt to have a recall is going on. I was extremely fortunately to not be rear-ended which could have been a deadly crash, and it was terrifying trying to cross three lanes of traffic with the car barely moving as it lost all power in less than 10 seconds each time.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #179

Oct 302013


  • 87,500 miles
Lucky me, I happened to have two of these failed designed vehicles. My wife has a 2010 that developed throttle body problems at 35000 miles and now mine at 87500 miles. The 2010 left her stranded with zero engine power, in the middle of busy roads a total of two times before the dealership (palm coast Ford) on the third visit decided that just cleaning and spraying down the failing hardware didn't cut it and finally put a new one on, luckily still under warranty. The mechanic did however say that this is a common occurrence for these Ford products and that the same thing would probably happen to the throttle body he just put on. Why Ford did not fix the problem sooner at that point in time? my guess, not enough people had a direct link to their death from car accidents at that point in time! 20,000 miles later so far no other problems. Now my 2011 Fusion is a manual 6 speed. When my throttle body failed this morning while going to work I noticed that while in cruise control the speed was pulsing down and up around two mph. This would happen for a short time and then stop and be functioning properly for a while and then do it again. Finally at a light I noticed the idle up and down and after accelerating to 60 it suddenly went to idle of 900 RPM. No power from the engine. You could floor it and nothing. Well once again like many others that have had the same Ford failure experience I almost was hit by another vehicle because of no where to pull over. I will purchase the part and replace it myself. I thought I would give Ford a try again from years ago when I had a lynx that caught on fire, and a Taurus sho with a poorly engineered clutch design, but they failed me again.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #178

Oct 252013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 57,490 miles
Vehicle hesitates then engine shuts down!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #177

Oct 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 57,886 miles
Went to make a left hand turn in an intersection and car would not go. No matter how hard I pushed the gas pedal, it would not give the car gas to move. The RPM showed the car was idling, and the service wrench light came on. Engine was shaking and appeared to be sputtering. Very scary. I was almost hit by another car because of being stalled in the intersection.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #176

Oct 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


This has happened 7 times in the last 2 days. While driving, the engine just quits, or while idling at a red light, it just stalls. The yellow wrench light comes on. It restarts, but this is very frightening when it happens while driving at 30-40 mph. Fortunately for me, no one was behind me when it happened and I was able to restart the car when the engine died in the middle of the road. I drove it straight home, but it happened 5 times on the 8 minute drive home. I researched and found that this is a known problem with Ford. I reached out to Ford Motor Corp by email and their response to me was basically, "hate that for you, we're not issuing a recall." Ford is perfectly aware of this problem but corporate greed far outweighs consumer safety and they won't own up to the fact that they have a shoddy, and dangerous product.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #175

Oct 152013


  • 39,000 miles
"wrench" light came on and car lost all power over 60 mph. Restarted vehicle underway and still had no power. Had to pull off the side of the road on a very dangerous highway on an extremely foggy morning. Restarted and car idled extremely rough and again had no acceleration. A few minutes later the vehicle restarted and continued on as normal. Exact same incident happened later that day on the way home. Vehicle did not want to start. After a few minutes of sitting, was able to continue on as normal. Have not drove the car since the incident.

- Rushville, IL, USA

problem #174

Aug 262013


  • 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 #173

Oct 062013


  • miles
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 #172

Oct 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Was traveling 45 mph wrench light came on and stalled.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #171

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 #170

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 #169

Jun 202011


  • 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 #168

Sep 292013


  • 43,000 miles
While driving my 2011 Ford Fusion through an intersection it cut off speed and throttle control abruptly. No accident but this issue left the possibility for one to happen. I was able to pull the car over after shutting it off and starting it several times. Left the car off for about 10 minutes and it started and was able to drive again. Made it to an autozone and found out it was throwing a cel of P2111. For the throttle body. The car had to be towed to the local Ford dealership. I was told that the throttle body had to be replaced and would cost about 500 dollars. The service tech was very well aware of this issue that persists in my model car.

- Camp Lejeune, NC, USA

problem #167

Oct 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Was driving at aprox. 45 mph when suddenly unable to accelerate car. Car did not shut off. Yellow wrench light came on dash. Drifted until able to stop vehicle. Shut off car and unable to start. Tried 2nd time and car restarted. A simple google search ended up with a tremendous amount of vehicles experiencing the same problem. Vehicle has not been recalled. Called Ford garage and expecting tow truck to arrive shortly. Unsafe to drive. This is a known and on going problem. Ford does have a special service message out for the known problem. It is as bad as the Toyota run away cars. Recall should be issued before someone is killed.

- Fayetteville, PA, USA

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