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:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,255 miles

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 7 of 12)

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problem #118

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 #117

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 #116

Aug 102013


  • 60,000 miles
While driving down a country road, the vehicle's engine suddenly started shaking violently and would not accelerate above 3 miles per hour. We had to push the car home and have it towed to the dealership. The problem is the throttle body. Ford Motor Co. Is aware that there is a design flaw with the throttle body in this make/model. Ford has re-designed this part but has not issues a recall. The car has been in the shop for over a week waiting for a new throttle body because there is a shortage due to a large number of vehicles experiencing the same problem. Ford needs to issue a recall to avoid what could have been a fatal accident. If this problem had occurred while pulling out into traffic, or on a major highway the end result could have easily have been a fatal accident. Ford needs to recall this part now!

- Armuchee, GA, USA

problem #115

Aug 152013


  • 18,450 miles


Leaving from rockville md to Connecticut 0800 hrs 15 Aug 2013. Traveling in the left lane on highway I95 at about 67 miles per hour and the car just lost all power. I was able to coast to the left shoulder and just kept idling at about 2 or 3 miles per hour. I turned the engine off, and then back on and the gas pedal became active again. I was able to get back on the three lane highway and work myself over to the right lane. Was able to go about 5 miles and the car went dead again. I pulled off on the shoulder, turned the car off and back on and was able to continue again. In another few miles it died one more time. I pulled over turned it off and back on. I continued to the next exit and decided to cancel our trip and go back to rockville. Unloaded at home and took the car to lindsay Ford. They replaced the throttle assembly (under warranty). We cancelled our vacation to connwecticut.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #114

Aug 152013


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed that there was a defective throttle body. The dealer replaced the throttle. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #113

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 #112

Aug 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


***throttle body failure**** I was driving in the freeway and all of a sudden I lost the ability to accelerate in speed. The car just started to slow down which almost caused us to get into a car accident, luckily I managed to steer over to the emergency lane. We took the car the nearest dealership and they found out that is was related to a throttle body failure and needed to be replaced. They mentioned that it is common occurrence with Ford Fusion 2011, so much that the part was on back order! they are charging us about 700$ to replace the part and we have to wait for it to show up. Very dangerous for anyone to experience this situation especially if this happens so frequently. I would recommend that all owners should be notified of this risk in order to avoid any possible fatalities.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #111

Aug 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 22,685 miles
Traveling down the road at 60 mph my car began to feel sluggish, started surging, felt like the engine was going to shut down. I got pulled off the side of road and looked in manual after seeing the wrench icon has was on the instrument panel. I turned car off and back on again. I was hesitant to restart but did. The wrench icon went off and I went back home set an appointment for the following day with the Ford dealership. My car has been there a week today. I was told the throttle body was defective and was on backorder. I am still waiting to get my car after one week.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #110

Aug 012013


  • 69,700 miles
Vehicle stalled without warning in heavy traffic. Pulled off, restarted. Resumed normal operation. Stalled again. Restarted again. Began stalling at lights. Had to trim gas pedal while stopped to keep running. Car stalls on acceleration B/w 2nd and 3rd gear (6 speed manual). When car stalls while underway, major shudder occurs. Has gone into limp mode but after restart will be normal operationally for a short time and then without warning cut out. Extremely dangerous situation, in particular when accelerating from a stop or into traffic or if successful doing that, stalling without warning at speed and with cars/trucks bearing down on you. At one of the above stalls, had tractor trailer bearing down on me without an ability to remove the car from road in that particular area. Throttle body codes P2111 and P2112 indicating bad throttle body. Very common occurrence apparently among the 2010 through 2012 Ford Fusion. Requesting a recall and reimbursement for throttle body which I have replaced.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #109

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 #108

Jul 142013


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine and maintenance warning lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the fuel and throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #107

Aug 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
I was driving at highway speed (70), when my cars accelerator stopped responding in the middle of a curve on a 2 lane rural highway with 2 foot shoulders. I was able to pull off into the grass, where I realize that my car was idling erratically. The accelerator would not respond, so I turned the key off and restarted the vehicle. It resumed normal operation, but has since happened multiple times. I regularly enter high volume, high speed intersections, where this could be extremely dangerous, if not fatal. Ford says there is no recall, but I found no small number of similar complaints as I searched the internet. Please force them to do a recall before someone gets killed. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Maud, TX, USA

problem #106

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 #105

Aug 042013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 55,131 miles
Driving 45mph on state road 45 in southern Indiana, which is very curvy. Let off gas, then when I went to accelerate, pedal went completely to the floor. Car then started sputtering. No acceleration at all. Finally got car off of state highway. Car never completely died, just absolutely no acceleration, throttle body sensor bad! this is a safety issue! had I been going faster and vehicles behind me, there would have been a major accident. Cost $580 to repair on a 2011 car! according to the Ford technician that repaired my car, they have replaced several in the last 6 months! very disappointing for Ford not to recall sure a important repair!

- Unionville, IN, USA

problem #104

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 #103

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 #102

May 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact shut the engine off and restarted the vehicle, and it abnormally lunged forward. The failure recurred while the contact was driving at different speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the throttle body would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #101

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 #100

Jul 282013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 25,200 miles
As we were driving down a 3 lane freeway, the car just all of a sudden lost all response in the gas pedal and the wrench light on the dashboard came on. Luckily we were able to get to the side of the road and no one was behind us when the car became unresponsive. We restarted the car and everything seemed fine, but as we were almost home, it did the same thing again. After this time, we called the Ford roadside assistance to have it towed to the nearest dealership. The problem was reported to us as the throttle body and motor assembly.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #99

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

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