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:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,082 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 16 of 38)

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problem #443

Aug 192013


  • 70,000 miles


Twice now I was driving when my car began to shake/jump. The wrench light came on and I lost power to the car, couldn't use the gas peddle and steering was awful. I had to completely stop in the middle of the road, put the car in park, turn it off and then back on. I was able to take it home and drive again but it keeps happening. This is not safe for me or other drivers.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #442

Aug 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 12,303 miles
Ford Fusion 2010 has defective engine fuel system/computer identifying the throttle body as the non-functional part causing a safety hazard to self and others. At 60 mph freeway speed the car goes into an instant "low RPM mode", causing complete loss of foot pedal control and RPM immediately reduced to 800. At this point the car is an unguided missile looking to strike something. The power steering is non existent. My car did this on 8-19-2013 with only 12303 miles on it. This has to be an electrical malfunction of the throttle body sensing circuitry being defective. It is only a little more time until this gets someone killed. After stopping with a dead engine, starting again results in very rough idling and no more than 800 RPM, which is incapable of moving the car. Shutoff the ignition, check and have good oil and transmission and cooling levels. Started the car again and it was back to normal, until one block later at a stop light......same thing again. If Ford does not do a recall on this, they will have to spend money on the relatives of the dead people's lawsuits!

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #441

Aug 192013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Ever since 80,000 miles on my car has hit I've been having throttle body issues. At first it was only once in a while when shifting between 2nd and 3rd my RPM needle would bouce and feel the gears having troubles changing. At that point when the car was unable to shift the mechanic light would turn on and disengage my car not allowing me to use the gas. After pulling over the car would still rev and shake to move forward. Upon putting the car in park and turning off all was needed was to re-start the car and would be good. Only until recently the problem only increased. I had a 30 minute commute that took 1 hour and since the car would disengage I had to swerve and vear traffic just to pull over into a safe location. My car during my last trip stalled a total of 19 times in 1 trip, please demand a recall as I can see per the internet I'm not the only one.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #440

Aug 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 74,201 miles


Throttle stopped working and wrench showed in dash board.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #439

Aug 122013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 29,710 miles
Driving at 45 mph, car loses power and/or acceleration. Wrench light illuminates and pulled car to side of road and vehicle shakes terribly. Shut car off and waited a couple of minutes and restarted car. Wrench light was not on and car ran fine. This problem has occurred on three more occasion within a week. Dealer could not find any codes but stated it would be a problem with the throttle body, even driving the car by a mechanic with a diagnostic tester, they could not duplicate the problem. This is a serious safety issue that Ford evidently does not want to fix under warranty because their is no code yet. Their are a lot of complaints on this issue on the internet. Ford needs to recall this part.

- Nescopeck, PA, USA

problem #438

Aug 172013


  • 67,500 miles
2 days in a row, driving 40-50 mph and my car completely loses acceleration. The wrench light goes on. I have to roll to a stop on the side of the road while the car shakes like it is stalling out. I turn the car off and wait a minute or two then turn the car on and everything is back to normal, no wrench light, no problems... until it happens again. This is very dangerous as I have a 10 month old daughter to drive around and wouldn't want to put ourselves in a dangerous situation on a busy road or highway. After researching online this problem seems to be a recurring issue with many Fusion owners around the country. Please help.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #437

Aug 152013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate. The check engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #436

Aug 172013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 37,300 miles
While leaving a stop sign and pulling onto a main road, vehicle jerked and lost all forward motion. No response from the accelerator and engine ran rough below 1000rpms. Wrench light on dash lite up and car won't move hardly at all. Was barely able to get out of the traffic area of the street. Put the car in park, turned off the engine and restarted the car. Ran fine for 1/2 a block and went into limp mode again. Was able to make it onto a side street this time. Repeated the noted process above and was able to drive the car home. Parked the car in my garage and was afraid to drive it afterward. Contacted my mechanic and dropped off the car the next day. He stated it could be the throttle body or related problem based on my description. No codes present on the computer after the wrench light went off on restart.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #435

Aug 172013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 39,100 miles
Was driving on the highway at about 65 mph and the car lost all response to the accelerator, pressing on the gas did not accelerate the car. Pulled over to the side and car ran a rough. Turned the car off, waited about a minute and restarted. Car restarted fine and drove fine after that for the rest of the trip. My wife drove the car the next day and had the same thing happen while she was on the highway. She saw the check engine light come on (I don't recall it coming on, but may have just missed it).

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #434

Aug 092013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 56,300 miles
Driving on the highway going approximately 70 mph when my car acceleration seize to accelerated. The wrench light and check engine light came on. I coasted to the shoulder of the highway were I put my hazards on. I shut the car off waited 5 minutes then started back up. I turned around drove home. This happen two times before on the same day. I read a forum of other Fusion owners who this happen to. They all said it was the full throttle body. I replaced the part and not had a problem since.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #433

Aug 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Vehicle suddenly stalled while at 25-30 mph, making it difficult to safely move to the side of the road. This occurred on a city street, but had it occurred on a multi-lane freeway at highway speeds, this could have caused a serious accident. Vehicle eventually came to a speed of 2-3 mph. After restarting the vehicle, it was able to reach 10 mph while driving for service. Later that same day, the technician was unable to re-create the scenario. The next day, the vehicle started to encounter rough acceleration from idle, was brought back to the same mechanic, who encountered the rough acceleration, and diagnosed an electronic throttle body failure. Part was replaced, but mechanic noted it was on "critical nationwide back-order" because of wide-spread failures of this same part on Fusion and other Ford models. Situation appears to be resolved.

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #432

Jun 302013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the maintenance light. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Versailles, OH, USA

problem #431

Aug 142013


  • 81,254 miles
I was traveling at highway speed when suddenly lost power and unable to accelerate. Pulled over shut the engine off and in about 30 seconds restarted the engine and was able to drive off with no issues.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #430

Aug 152013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 90,577 miles
I had just started and was exiting a retail establishment. I was driving down a slight incline approaching a stop light when the car started shaking and dramatically lost speed. The wrench light came on which according to the manual indicates a possible powertrain/transmission issue. I turned the car off and then restarted (in the middle of the road) and drove to a safe location. I was lucky that at the time I was driving at a slow speed and approaching a stop light. If a car had been behind me someone would have been injured.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #429

Aug 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Car lost power while driving on highway, vehicle slowly coasted to a stop despite pressing the accelerator, only worked after turning vehicle off and restarting with the key. This has happened twice while traveling on the highway and once at about 45mph. Throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #428

Jun 282013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
I was driving and the car power shut off and then the wrench light came on and then I had to restart the car, it took a while but it came on and ran good for a few months and it happened 4 times after that. Every time the dealer said they could not find an issue. This last time it happened the engine light stayed on and I had to get the car towed and was told it was my throttle body issue that is a known problem but no recall.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #427

Aug 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 68,150 miles
Driving 40-60mph, car suddenly loses throttle control, wrench light comes on. After it happened I took it for service and was told there were no error codes. It has happened 6 more times, and I was almost in an accident on the highway today. Car continues to idle after losing speed, but runs rough. Turning the car off, and back on- and it runs normally again. After web search it seems this is a known issue with defective throttles and NHTSA is investigating.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #426

Aug 032013


  • 43,000 miles
I was driving home at a speed of 70 from work on the freeway when the car powered down all of a sudden. A wrench light turned on and the accelerator pedal did not work I had to pull to the side of the freeway when I stopped my car the car felt as if it was trembling so I turned it off for a few seconds then turned it back on surprisingly the wrench light turned off and the car worked fine again. I kept driving carefully at a speed of 60 now and 20 miles later it stalled again. My car at the moment is at 43,000 miles I bought it new in June 2010. I took it to O'reillys so they can troubleshoot and find out what was wrong with my car and they said it was the throttle body. I continued to call a Ford dealership since I still have powertrain warranty which covers the engine and transmission but unfortunately the sales rep. Said it did not cover the throttle body. At the dealership to fix this problem will cost me $93 to find the problem, $150 for the service and $400 for the part. I am a nmsu student living in Texas and drive 30 miles everyday to school and sadly cannot afford this kind of expense. I'm afraid to keep driving it causing to get rear ended while the car stalls or even worst causing a car incident leaving injuries.

- Anthony, TX, USA

problem #425

Aug 112013


  • miles
We were driving along a city street heading toward a busy freeway. We stopped at a red light. When the light changed my wife accelerated (pushed the pedal) to get going the car traveled about 500 feet. It lunged and slowed to about 2 - 3 mph. When my wife tried to accelerate again the car wouldn't speed up. We pulled the car over to the curb as best we could. The car wouldn't start right away. A yellow warning wrench lit up showing this to be a powertrain problem. The car did start after about a 5 minute wait. We drove it home and parked it. I am afraid to get in it until it is checked out by the dealer. Thus, I am having it towed to the dealer this morning. I have read online of a similar incident happening to other owners of the 2010 Ford Fusion. Had we reached the freeway and had it stalled like this we could've caused a serious accident involving other vehicles.

- Seatle, WA, USA

problem #424

Aug 052013


  • 108,000 miles
As I accelerated the car would not increase in speed. I continued to coast until the car came to a stop on the expressway! this happened a second time 5 days later while driving 55 on a two lane road.

- Coopersville, MI, USA

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