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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,305 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 11 of 32)

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problem #425

Sep 082013


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 46,000. The VIN was not available.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #424

Oct 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
While traveling to work vehicle lost all power. Nearly rear ended as there was no place to pull of as car coasted to a stop. Looked online to see if this is a problem with this car as I purchased it 4 months ago. Numerous complaints and close calls reported. The throttle bodies are on backorder as there are so many failures being reported. This a serious problem and will lead to accidents.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #423

Oct 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 31,800 miles
I was making a right hand turn on a red light. I came to a complete stop. Checked both ways & proceeded to make my turn (when making a turn on red, you need to be able to accelerate in order to effectively make the turn, obviously). My car lost all throttle power and response to the engine. My mph dropped drastically low and car started to violently shutter back and fourth. I was left like a sitting duck in the middle of the lane. Two cars swerved out of their way, almost hitting me in the process (as this was a 4 lane road/highway). I had children in the car at the time also. I restarted the vehicle, wrench icon cleared and car drove as normal. However, 3.5 miles later car does the same exact thing. The throttle body is defective on this vehicle. I have called Ford and explained it is a safety hazard and they refuse to do anything about it. My 3yr warranty has expired which voids my warranty out even though I have not even hit 36,000 miles on the vehicle yet! no recalls are being issued. No help/assistance is being given to customers with this similar issue. Ford estimated me at around $450-500 for replacement! please somebody help. I am extremely hard-working and thought I bought a reliable vehicle (at least for a while)...did not expect to have a $500 repair before 36K miles even hits! it is 100% a safety hazard, no matter even if Ford claims it is not... "the car is supposed to be able to idle still and be able to move off the road safely in the event this occurs"..... quite difficult to believe when the car is shaking back and forth violently. Please help.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #422

Sep 282013


  • 58,000 miles


Going down highway at about 50 mph when the car just seemed as if it was not getting any gas. The gas pedal would not work. Second time pulling out after stopping at stop sign and when pulled out in the middle of the road it stalled out again, tried pushing gas peddle to make it go and felt as if the gas peddle was not working at all.

- Conover, NC, USA

problem #421

Sep 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 39,486 miles
My car stalled on a busy highway (21 N). Luckily I was in the right lane and could coast off to the side. I turned my car off and then back on and it was fine. It happened two more times; one while going to work and yesterday when dropping my elderly mother off at her home. I was afraid to drive the highway to work as there is a lot of construction and nowhere to turn off the road should it happen again. I am now sitting at the Ford shop and they tell me it is the throttle body and will cost $560 to fix. This car is barely three years old and I am a little disappointed to find that there have been so many complaints about this particular part without a resolution. I no longer feel safe driving in my car.

- Norton, OH, USA

problem #420

Sep 272013


  • 31,700 miles
Driving at a constant speed of 45mph when my car idles out, lose control of gas pedal function (acceleration) while making a right turn on a red light. (oncoming traffic coming from the left driver-side. Wrench icon comes on my instrument panel. Care begins to stutter and shake, I still can not use my gas pedal. I turn the car off and back on in the middle of the road (things reset and are fine). There is a defective throttle body part that numerous other Ford Fusion are having, yet no recall has been made? my car has very low miles for it's year and should not be experiencing this issue. I could have been seriously injured.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #419

Sep 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 35,775 miles


Vehicle stalled and check engine light came on. Dealer identified problem as faulty throttle body, and replaced it. It was not covered by powertrain warranty.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #418

Sep 192013


  • miles
The car stalled in the middle of airport traffic. The wrench light came on and the check engine light. It occurred again on the fl turnpike traveling at 75 mph. We no longer drive on the highways and it has happened 3 more times. Research says it is the throttle position sensor, and the only fix is to replace the throttle body.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #417

Oct 042012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I was driving at 70 mph on the highway when all of a sudden my vehicle essentially stalled. The engine still appeared to be running (minimal rpms), but I couldn't accelerate, so the slowdown to a crawl was rather dramatic. I was absolutely lucky I was not injured as I was nearly clipped by an 18-wheeler as I attempted to pull to the side of the highway. The wrench-shaped light came on, which I had never seen before. I had my vehicle towed, but while waiting on the side of the highway my battery shorted out. The nearest Ford dealership (willis Ford of smyrna, Delaware) was not able to get any "codes" from the test they run. So all they ended up doing was replacing my battery. I picked my car up the following afternoon and it seemed fine. However, the next morning (the first incident happened on the 4th, the second on the 6th), the same thing happened. Albeit I was only driving about 50mph. Once again, the wrench light came on. The Ford dealership in dover, Delaware (winner Ford) also could not get the code. But after my research and explanations, they were in roughly 80% agreement that it was the throttle body, so with my permission they replaced it. That was on the 11th or 12th. They had kept it for a couple of days and drove it themselves to try and get the situation to replicate, which they couldn't do. Since it has been replaced, it has not happened. I don't know what to expect of this process, but knowing that there's an investigation makes me feel a little less crazy.

- Magnolia, DE, USA

problem #416

Sep 232013


  • 46,490 miles
As I was driving through an intersection taking a left hand turn, my car slowed down and was no longer responsive to my pushing the gas pedal. I had to roll through the intersection to safety and fortunately on coming traffic was far enough away that I was not hit. I had to turn off my car and turn it back on to fix the issue. I could have been seriously injured. My research showed me that many others are suffering from this dangerous problem which seems to stem from the throttle body. I need this fixed immediately since this is a major issue but no place is selling this part. Very concerned about how this could turn out for others

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #415

Jul 172013


  • 128,000 miles


I have a 2010 Ford Fusion SE 2.5 and my check engine light came on along with a wrench light and my car went in to "limp mode" and my car lost power as I was turning left with traffic coming right at me, I was barely able to make it across the road without being hit!

- Oak Ridge , TN, USA

problem #414

Sep 212013


  • 58,467 miles
I was merging onto the highway and when I hit approximately 65 mph, I felt the lose momentum and by the time I looked down, I was around 55-60 mph. I then tried to give it gas while watching my RPM's and saw that it was erratically jumping around between the 1000 and 1500 marks. So I pull over to the should and off the road and as I start coming to a stop, my car beings to shake violently. So I throw it in park and immediately turned off the car. After about 10 minutes on the phone with the closest Ford dealer I know, I turn on the car and it's running like nothing ever happened. However, it did take a little long to start, like as if the battery was on the verge of dying. I managed to get my car to the Ford dealership where I had them run a diagnostics test on it and sure enough, they didn't find a code. They even had me come out and watch the test be done, and everything was showing a passing mark.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #413

Sep 182013


  • 68,300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 68,300.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #412

Aug 052013


  • 60,100 miles
Car idling rough, engine stalls multiple times when at idle or slow (parking lot) speeds. Multiple occurrences over several days. Read that it was a very common problem with these Ford Fusion cars, being the throttle body. Verified with mechanics. No trouble codes given by on board computer. Several days later, engine stalled while driving on the interstate at speeds of 65-70mph. This has continued happening from time to time, even after cleaning of the throttle body that is on national backorder. Idle issues also continue. Still no trouble codes given by the on board computer.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #411

Sep 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 23,200 miles
After traveling on the highway @ 60 miles per hr, the car lost acceleration speed and was slowing down. The check engine light and a wrench was shown on the dash board.the car would not work. After I turned it off and was able to restart but no sooner it happened again, unable to accelerate. This happened to me a few weeks ago on my way to work. I was traveling 40mph when I lost power and could not accelerate.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #410

Sep 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at 65 mph and heard what seemed like a loud pop and right away I noticed my car losing power and when I hit the gas the speedometer kept going down. Fortunately traffic was not too bad and I was able to pull off the road and call for a truck to tow me to the dealership. When they inspected the car they stated that I needed a new throttle body. The car gave absolutely no warning and had it been in different traffic conditions could have caused a serious accident.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #409

Sep 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 45,600 miles
I was on I 81 South near staunton va, passing a line of trucks with a line of cars behind me when the engine lost all power. I was down to 10 mph before I could get to the shoulder and pull off the road, all the time bracing for an 80 mph impact. The engine was still running at idle, but would not respond to the throttle and the wrench icon dash light was on. I cut off and restarted the engine, the light went out and it ran like nothing had happened. I took it to the dealer I bought it from the next day, they confirmed it was the throttle body and said it wasn't covered by the power train warranty. This is fraudulent because it is an engine part, and the engine is part of the power train. I ordered a replacement off ebay, and changed it myself. You only have remove four 8mm screws and the electric plug. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #408

Sep 132013


  • 70,000 miles
This car has to have a recall.. bottom line ! I was driving about 15mph in the city making a left hand T urn and the car shook violently and sputterd I hit the gas and nothing check engine light came on along with wrench.. sat ther for 10 min restarted car and made it home.. I have not driven car since !!!! and today is the 18th.. simply to scared !! after reading all info on line im leaning toward the ( throttle body ) but this expence I have to pay out of pocket delarship says around 5-6 hundred dollars that I dont have right now.. so I have to walk past a car that im still paying on to get on the bus until I have enough to fix... Ford ( fix or repair daily ) is what Ford stands for !!!!!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #407

Sep 112013


  • 47,600 miles
Lost engine power while driving and could not accelerate or maintain speed. Engine was still running however. Turned off car and restarted and acceleration worked like normal. This happened again today (9/18/2013).

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #406

Aug 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
In the middle of my drive home on the interstate at 60mph, the car just suddenly lost the ability to accelerate. As I put on my hazard lights and began pulling off to the side of the interstate, the car began mildly lurching. Luckily, I was able to safely pull to the side of the interstate and get the car stopped. I turned the vehicle off and restarted a few minutes later to find the vehicle appearing to be completely fine. I got off of the interstate at the next exit and luckily made it safely home. Upon taking the car to the dealership to be looked over, I was told the throttle body was "gummed up" and would need to be replaced. I am told that this type of repair is not something commonly needed to be done on a car only a few years old with only 56,000 miles, and the sudden loss of all ability to safely control the car on the interstate is an extreme safety concern.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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