Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Ford significantly updated the Fusion for the 2010 model year. We wish they hadn't

Throttle body issues have led to a ton of reports about a sudden deceleration and loss of power while driving. Ford issued a “customer satisfaction program” in March 2014 that, unsurprisingly, has left very few customers satisfied.

2010 is also the year we started seeing complaints about the power steering failing. Throttle and steering failure? Yeah, that’s why this is a clunker.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,195 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion engine problems

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 27 of 31)

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problem #99

Jan 072013


  • 80,000 miles


My Ford 2010 Fusion, when at a traffic light, stop sign, etc.. would stall when I put my foot on the accelerator with very little response. Then it will finally pick up speed. I have not experience the "engine shut down" as of yet and I hope I don't. after reading the other "complaints", now I know what the problem is. Will take care of it as soon as possible!

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #98

Dec 022012


  • 78,215 miles
While driving on the freeway at 65 mph. The engine lost power as the engine light and wrench light went on. Pressing on the accelerator had no responsive. I had to navigate freeway traffic with no engine power to get off to the side of the road. As I came to a stop the car jerked a bit before I put it in park. I turned it off and let it sit for a while. After turning the car back on I got back on the road, only to have it happen again a few miles later.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #97

Oct 112012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,413 miles
Driving the car suddenly slowed into a limp mode. This happened several times. The final time was on a major highway at 55mph. Luckily I was able to maneuver the to the side of the road before getting rear ended by traffic from behind. This is dangerous condition! after visits to 2 Ford dealers, they replaced the throttle body. The car was out of warranty by mileage, (not time), so we ended up paying out almost $500 for the repair and car rental.

- Sanatoga, PA, USA

problem #96

Jul 172012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 39,278 miles


As I was leaving work and pulling out of the parking lot, the engine sputtered, choked, wheezed and eventually would not go over 10-15 mph. Check engine light came on and vehicle died. Had the vehicle towed the next day to the local Ford dealership and was informed that I had a defective throttle body that had caused the problem and also had created a lot of debris in the fuel intake system. Cleaning of the fuel intake system and replacement of the throttle body was around $700. I didn't think anything of it at the time until I saw on the news that NHTSA had opened an inquiry into this possible defect on the Fusion, so I wanted to add that I had a similar problem as was being investigated.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #95

Jul 162012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Driving on an interstate about 55 mph and wrench light came on engine lost ability to accelerate I.e. went into safe mode and had to maneuver through traffic to the shoulder. This occurred multiple times from July through August 2012 on various types of roadways (highway, neighborhood roads) until the problem was fixed by a Ford dealership. Cause of the problem according to the invoice was the throttle body. They replaced the throttle body and the problem has gone away.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #94

Feb 272013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
While driving on a major roadway at 50 mile per hour, the vehicle suddenly shuts down, almost stalling, and I am unable to start vehicle for several minutes.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #93

Jul 062011


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 61,000.

- Independance , KY, USA

problem #92

Jun 162010


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the engine RPM increased and the vehicle jerked without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 21,000.

- Valpariso, IN, USA

problem #91

Feb 262013


  • 86,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving at unknown speeds and turning left. The driver was able to restart the engine. The vehicle was driven to the contact's home. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 86,500.

- Mullins , SC, USA

problem #90

Sep 072012


  • 59,000 miles
I was on the freeway when engine speed suddenly went to idle. I was in the middle lane and almost got into a crash trying to get to the road side. When I brought the car to the Ford dealer they said the throttle body was bad and it cost me $500 they said it was not covered under the power train warranty, go figure. Also the transmission does not down shift properly after heavy acceleration, they said it was normal. It's no wonder why people shy away from so called american cars, it will be my last.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #89

Feb 212013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 44,500 miles


While driving on I-49 so., approx. 60 mph in peak morning traffic, the engine stalled. Luckily I was able to pull over to the shoulder. Noticed a "wrench" icon lit on dash. Turned off engine and after a few minutes, re-started engine. All clear on dash, so continued on to work. Called hub city Ford and brought car in the next morning. The "throttle body" was changed. No other warning or lights came on.

- Sunset, LA, USA

problem #88

Jan 182013


  • 39,000 miles
Vehicle stalled while driving at 45 mph. Second occurrence. First was approximately 1 year earlier. Immediately restarts as if nothing happened. Each time, took to dealer, who read code and reprogrammed.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #87

Jan 192013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
As I came to a full stop at a signal the car completely died - no lights displayed on the dash. Second time I was making a right hand turn at approx 5-10 mph and it died as I came out of turn. Both times it started right back up. Ford dealer did complete check and extended road test on 2-5-13 but could find nothing wrong and there were no computer errors generated. Both incidences the failure occured during heavy traffic on major streets within the city. My concern (other then it dying) is that nothing lit up or displayed on the dash to indicate the engine was not running. It wasn't until I put on foot on the gas pedal I realized it was not running.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #86

Jun 282012


  • 30,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at a steady speed when all of a sudden, the gas pedal stopped responding, almost as if I was in neutral. I was able to get over to the shoulder. It took a few tries of restarting the car in order to get it going. The same incident happened again the next week.

- Dunellen, NJ, USA

problem #85

Feb 142013


  • miles
While driving home the vehicle lost all acceleration and the wrench light came on. The rpms dropped to below 1000. I was able to safely pull over where the car shook and died out. I attempted to restart the vehicle and it would not start. I waited a few minutes and was able to get it started.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #84

Jun 292012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Driving down the highway going to work and the engine kept loosing power took it to Ford once and they said it was a bad fuse got it back and drove it to work again and the engine stalled out 7 times within 2 miles I had to have it towed back to Ford and they said my throttle body broke and needed replaced.

- North Manchester, IN, USA

problem #83

Aug 022012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 39,663 miles
3.0L engine stalling out. Had to replace throttle body for $355.78.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #82

Aug 092012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 43,600 miles
I purchased my car used with about 43000 miles on it and after only a week of having it I would occasionally notice that while I was accelerating the engine would seem to jump at certain points where it would like pull you up out of your set as if you had a light push from behind you, it doesn't happen a lot it also varies at what speeds it happens at. I didn't think much of it at the time but it seems to do it every so often where it will jump after I take my foot off of the gas pedal or while I am still accelerating.

- Spring Lake, NJ, USA

problem #81

Sep 252012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,400 miles
Driving 55-60 mph on freeway when car suddenly lost all power. It did not stall. It would jump ahead inches at a time if I pressed the accelerator but very dangerous situation as cars behind me had no warning that I was going to suddenly just stop. It took me 10 minutes at least to pull over to the side of the freeway and this only because a long haul trucker finally realized what was happening and blocked traffic for me to limp to the side of the freeway. This happened on 9/25/12, then again on 9/26/12. The only immediate fix is to turn the car off, let it sit a few minutes then start it up again. It seems to reset whatever is causing the problem. Through private contacts I was put in touch with a Ford plant manager who had me go to a certain dealership and had a recorder put on the car. It never did it while the recorder was on the car. They told me they felt it was a throttle valve problem but that my car was out of warranty and if it kept happening I would probably have a very expensive repair if the car kept doing this. It did it once more after the recorder was taken off and has not done it since November 2012.

- Huntington Woods , MI, USA

problem #80

Feb 082013


  • 74,000 miles
Had my oil changed Jan 2013 and was told my transmission fluid was completely empty after having it changed prior 3 months before and told it was fine. Then noticed Feb 09 ish 2013 that there was a good amount of transmission fluid on my garage floor. Was told this happens alot on the 2010 Fusion and it needs to be a recall with the problems it continues to have.

- Sioux Falls , SD, USA

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