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 8 of 38)

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problem #603

Jan 232014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Transmission fluid leaks out of left side half shaft area. Ford has issue a tsb for the problem. My car is presently at a dealership waiting on parts. Parts are on national back order and Ford presently cannot give me a date when parts will be available.

- Rolesville, NC, USA

problem #602

Dec 272013


  • 90,000 miles
Car had a defective throttle body that caused the car to lose power and shake. Wrench light would come on.

- Rolesville, NC, USA

problem #601

Jun 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 53,450 miles
Wife was driving down 4 lane highway when car stalled and died due to bad throttle body. Cars behind her had to change lanes, one truck had to slam on brakes. The red wrench light came on. I've heard other complaints on the very same issue with nothing being done. I'm reporting now because I've got another issue with the driver side axle leak. Also another issue I've seen multiple reports on. I bought extended warranty but have been out $200 for deductible. These are issues that Ford needs to step up and make recalls. The bad thing is I've had to wait for the parts both times because its such a bad issue that everything is on backorder. Please get these things taken care of before someone gets seriously hurt. My wife was very close to getting hit by a big truck. I think people that have been out money for these things should also get refunded. There needs to be a recall on both issues. Thank you..

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #600

Jan 162014


  • 45,000 miles


Car has stalled out before a few times. This time, it chugged with the wrench light on, brown/grey exhaust. Shut it off, tried again. The same. I inched my way over to the side of the street. So glad I was not on the freeway going to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! recall this car so we can get our money back, or give me big discount on new different car/truck. Poor workmanship on this year of vehicle. Car of the year? what a joke.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #599

Jan 142014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving my kids home from school and as we were turning I pressed on the gas and it stalled, I pressed it again and nothing. Then today same thing in the middle of the intersection thank god there wasn't a lot of traffic.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #598

Jan 092014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
We were stopped in heavy traffic in orlando 800 miles from home. The car would not accelerate so we limped into a gas station. A tow truck operator was at the gas station as well as a mechanic. They both said it is a very common Ford throttle control failure. Ford quoted us $1000 to fix the problem but a mechanic fixed it for $450. Initially, he cleaned the throttle control and changed the spark plugs. It drove fine in test drive but failed again on our way to hotel. We purchased the part from greenway Ford in winter park fl. They had 24 in stock because it is not uncommon to sell 12 a day since the problem is so common. The problem is now solved because we drove the car to Toyota and traded it in.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #597

Jun 212013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The car on multiple occasions would suddenly stop and would stall out or not allow any acceleration. Battery would die while driving car would violently shake. Throttle body was replaced in the summer of 2013 in December of 2013 we started having similar problems again with the shaking and stalling out. The throttle body needs replaced for the second time in less then 1 year. No accidents occurred but I could see this leading to accident injury or even death if this occurred on a highway. Luckily we have always been on side roads when the engine has given out. Ford is aware of this issue on this model of car this needs to be addressed and a recall needs to happen I have read hundreds of reviews since I began having issues and almost every single one has the same complaint about the throttle body this is not fair to the consumers who might purchase this car unknowingly and risk their safety everyone else's safety on the road and pay out of pocket hundreds of dollars for a known defect!

- Braddock, PA, USA

problem #596

Dec 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 44,117 miles
Car going into "limp" mode many times. My mother drives this car and has almost been hit because of it going into "limp" mode. Throttle body assembly replaced at dealer to fix (had to pay for repair).

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #595

Dec 292013


  • 49,000 miles
While on the interstate going 70 mph I felt a loss of power in my Fusion followed by a wrench light coming on. I was no longer able to accelerate and fortunately was on a stretch of the highway with a shoulder. After shutting off the car and restarting I was able to drive home. I had purchased an extended warranty and took it to have it looked at but since no lights were on no codes registered and I was told it was fine. The next day my car once again stopped working while I was on the interstate in the fast lane. Very scary and dangerous. Upon my second trip to the dealership it was determined the throttle body was defective and needed replaced. It appears this is a widespread problem that would have been nice to know about.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #594

Dec 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 20,970 miles
I was stopped at a traffic light and when the light became green I proceeded to turn right through the intersection. After driving about 25 yards the car lost almost all power and the engine began to vibrate. The car moved forward in a jerking manner with little power (10%). all the dashboard indicator lights came on and then went off except for the wrench light which stayed on. I shut the engine off and waited about a minute before restarting. All indicator lights were off and the engine was vibrating and jerky while driving the first few feet and then all went back to normal. I am very concerned that I would be in a dangerous situation if this were to happen on the highway at a high speed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #593

Dec 092013


  • 83,500 miles


Was driving about 40 miles per hour when the car started to stall as if it was running out of gas and wrench light (check engine) came on. Pulled over to side of road and car began to violently shake. Turned the car off, waited a minute, turned it back on and was able to drive it. Two days later, driving about 25 miles per hour, exact same thing happened. Four days later, 55 mph, same thing. It is now at the Ford dealership and they are unable to find code. Code was previously found as P2112 throttle actuator stuck open. I explained what was going on, the previous code, and that I have seen hundreds of complaints online about the same experience. Apparently they cannot just replace the part if they don't experience it themselves, at least not to be covered by extended warranty. Would appreciate a recall. Dangerous to drive this car with my 11 month old in it.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #592

Dec 232013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 67,691 miles
Merged on the highway heading to work. At approx 60 mph, or highway speed the car decelerated quickly and rpms dropped below 1,000. After a more pressure was applied to the accelerator, the car jerked then accelerated back to normal speed. Once pressure was released the car's RPM dropped below 1,000 and started to decelerate quickly. All of this occurred during rush hour traffic. A friend of mine had the same issue and the Ford dealership said the throttle body had to be replaced. There are many online forms that explain the same scenario I experienced with the same part malfunction.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #591

Dec 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 43,524 miles
Backed out of a parking spot and proceeded forward. Suddenly the car began to sputter and idle really badly. The wrench light came on and so did the check engine light. Turned off the car and waited a few moment. After a minute or two, I turned the car back on and it was working fine for about 2 miles. Then started to sputter again. Wash, rinse, repeat the same above until I got home. After researching, found that the throttle body on these vehicles is a common malfunctioning part.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #590

Dec 142013


  • 54,900 miles
Driving along the interstate in my 2010 Ford Fusion SE, it suddenly lost power with no acceleration, leaving my wife and I in a horrible position as we tried desperately to get to the side of the road without causing an incident. The issue was a faulty throttle body. In reading online, I see this is a very common issue with this vehicle. Ford really needs to issue a recall in the vehicle. Someone will get injured or killed because of this problem.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #589

Dec 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 88,492 miles
Traveling at speed in heavy traffic, the car shook and I lost all power. I was able to make it to the side of the road although several people had to swerve around me as I was going uphill and lost speed quickly. The "wrench" warning light was on. While the car would idle, nothing would happen when I pressed the accelerator. I shut off the car and was able to restart it. Everything seemed fine and no warning light. I made it home safely with no more incidents and discovered many other people have experienced the same issue. I will be calling the dealer tomorrow to determine options for part replacement. I am very lucky that I was able to make it to the side of the road and not cause an accident considering the traffic situation. This should be a recall item!

- Hamilton, VA, USA

problem #588

Sep 282013


  • 55,000 miles
My car, 2010 Ford Fusion SE, has now stalled on me three times with in the matter of 3 months. The first time it stalled I was pulling onto a main road and taking a left, having to cross both lanes and it stalled as soon as I tried to accelerate across both lanes, I barely made it across both lanes to pull over and get out of the way. The second time was similar except I was taking a right onto a street and could pull right over. The third time it stalled on me I was driving approx.. 50mph over a bridge and had to pull over where the traffic was coming onto and off of the highway and thought I was going to get hit. My car is not paid for and now I need to spend almost $400 right before christmas... I can not believe this isn't a recall after reading over 600 similar situations... if this were to result in an injury or fatality would that make it a recall??

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #587

Dec 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 61,800 miles
Lost power in the center lane of I-75, almost caused a large accident. Car was rough idling in median. Took it to a Ford dealership, replaced the throttle body. Fixed the problem. Now I see there are many others that have had the same problem. Needs to be a recall. This is very dangerous, I could have killed someone!

- Bethel, OH, USA

problem #586

Dec 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 52,110 miles
Was pulling out of my road which is in a bad curve, so you need acceleration. The car lost all power, and was stuttering. Wrench light on and still running just a bad stuttering. Car barely misses me in the curve because I don't have enough momentum to get out of the road. I cut the car off and restart it, and it acted like it did not want to start but finally did. Thank god. Drove it back in our road and parked it. Scared me bad. This is the only issue I have had with this car. But if I had known about it I would not have bought. Over $400 estimate to fix throttle body. Very upset this car has 52000 miles on it.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #585

Dec 132013


  • 49,567 miles
This is the second time this is happening on my sons car. It happened five times today while driving home from his university for christmas break. Each time it happens, the "wrench light" appears and then the car loses power. He had to pullover on the hwy each time and restart the car to get it to reset. This is very dangerous and it's happening to many Ford Fusion as I've been investigating this online. My son is only 19 yrs old and is not an experienced driver and I thought we were buying him a dependable car that we would not have to worry about him having problems like this. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #584

Dec 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Driving at 70 M.P.H vehicle just shut down. Engine was at idle at 1000 RPM but vehicle would not pull off the roadway. Wrench light came on. Had to stop in the roadway put vehicle in park turn vehicle off then restart vehicle. Vehicle ran like nothing had happened. Then it started doing it over and over every 4-5 miles. N.C.C.C. has filed complaint. Ford response in the most severe F.M.E.M. mode failure driver had engine power to allow vehicle mobility to maneuver to a safe location. (this is not true ) vehicle will stop in the roadway it does not have the power to pull the vehicle it idles @ 1000 R.P.M but it will not move. If Ford would drive my Fusion they would buy something other then a Ford to drive. Recall needs to come a.S.a.P. before someone gets killed.

- Matthews, NC, USA

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