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 14 of 32)

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problem #365

Sep 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,740 miles


My 2010 Ford Fusion begins to shake, vibrate and then the engine stalls without warning, while driving in traffic. This happens while driving at either interstate speeds or city driving speeds. I have to stop, place my car in park and restart the engine. I have come close to being rear ended by a car behind me, both on the intersate and on city streets.

- Bellbrook, OH, USA

problem #364

Aug 302013


  • 91,400 miles
Driving down highway when wrench lights up and check engine light with no acceleration. Shut car off and was allowed to make it up to 45mph and under 2K rpms. Recall Ford Fusion throttle bodies!!

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #363

Aug 282013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 139,650 miles
Motor power surge a few times then died with 4 lanes of traffic all traveling about 65mlh. Was able to turn key off and restart motor and ran fine the rest of the way home. Today surge a few times but not as often as yesterday.

- North Branch, MN, USA

problem #362

Aug 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


Going on the highway at 70 mph, engine just dies on me, forcing me to pull over, it looses all power but it goes to a very low RPM's for a while, engine shakes and after a couple of minutes just turn off, I turn it back on and it runs like nothing happened. I was out of time approximately 200 miles away from home, this condition happened to me for about 15 times in a 100 miles range. Some times it takes place just after leaving a parking lot, some other times at 20 mph so it is very unpredictible but at the same time pretty dangerous. Every once on a while check engine light goes off, then it is not there.

- Clinton Twp., MI, USA

problem #361

Jun 192013


  • 115,000 miles
Like many others, I'm experiencing increasingly frequent acceleration failures (no acceleration with visual cue as well as acceleration surges) consistent with (and identified by dealer as) a malfunctioning etb. Additionally, it seems that the throttle body may be affected by both proximity and stress sensors, as the failures (and generally fairly dramatic drops in speed) tend to occur most frequently at high speeds in heavy traffic. Per Ford's response to the safety investigation (inrl-PE13003-57050P), the manufacturer submits that the resulting fmem mode (always the most severe of "good luck with that" in my vehicle's case) allows for safe maneuvering. While this may be true on the test courses in dearborn, I'd gladly volunteer my vehicle to allow my neighbors to re-evaluate this claim in actual lansing traffic.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #360

Aug 202012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 39,407 miles
Vehicle stalled and driver was unable to get the vehicle restarted once it was pulled off the road. Vehicle had to be towed into the nearest Ford dealership where it was determined that the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #359

Aug 282013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 58,986 miles


Driver stated that the vehicle was shaking while she was driving it and she was unable to accelerate. She was able to get the vehicle pulled over and turn it off for a few minutes and get it restarted. She took the vehicle to the nearest Ford dealership where it was determined that the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #358

Aug 262013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 59,803 miles
Driver was complaining that the vehicle was running rough while driving. The vehicle stalled a couple of times and the driver was able to get it restarted and drive it into the nearest Ford dealership. It was determined after diagnostic that it was the throttle body that had gone out and needed to be repaired. The shop told us it would be a minimum of 3-4 days before they received the throttle body assembly before they would even be able to start the repairs.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #357

Aug 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 41,200 miles
Driver was driving when the vehicle started to lose power and was getting slower and slower. When the driver pulled over the vehicle was idling and running rough. The vehicle stalled and the driver tried to restart it after letting it sit for a few minutes. She was able to get the vehicle to state back up, but it kept stalling. Vehicle had to be towed to a Ford dealership where it was determined that the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #356

Aug 272013


  • 67,025 miles
Rapid deceleration while on the freeway, wrench sign came on. Pulled on the side of the freeway and car started sputtering and jerking, turned car off turned back on and drive fine. Back on the freeway the next day during rush hour traffic and rapid deceleration happened again. Pulled over in rush hour traffic (very dangerous by the way) turned car off and back on and ran fine. Ford says it will cost me $565 for a new throttle body and cam on a 3 year old vehicle that has had regular maintenance.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #355

Aug 272013


  • miles


I was driving and a wrench came on my dash, the car stalled and lost all throttle. Its happened to me before but now its doing it alot more. I am afraid I will get hurt.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #354

Aug 232013


  • 47,600 miles
Basically the car shut down driving down the Pennsylvania turnpike on Friday morning at 65 mph, the car totally shut down. This happened 2 times at 65 mph and one time at about 25 mph while entering the turnpike. I was very lucky that the tractor trailer behind me going about 70 mph, saw something was wrong with my car and had time moved over into the passing or he would have hit my car and killed me. This happen one more time during my morning commute at that speed. I took my car yesterday to the Ford dealer and he repaired the throttle body motor assembly. I have notified Ford customer service case # cas-#[xxx], but I believe this is an immediate life & health safety recall issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #353

Aug 072013


  • miles
For the last couple of weeks I have been having an issue with my 3 year old Ford Fusion (2010) started stalling out at random times for no apparent reason. When this happened the first time I called my local dealer and asked him what may be wrong with my vehicle and he said that there was a common issue with the throttle body, which causes the car to stall occasionally and that it would cost me around $350 for the part alone. I believe this to a major safety problem because one time this happened to me I was traveling on the highway at 60mph with a semi-truck behind me and the trucker came very close to hitting me. I also had this happen to me at an intersection while taking off from a red light, turning left. I have done some online research about this issue and it does seem to be a problem amongst many Ford Fusion owners in cars that are only 2 or 3 years old. If this is such a common occurrence that Ford dealers know that this issue exists then I ask why hasn't this part been recalled?

- New Carlisle, IN, USA

problem #352

Aug 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 19,383 miles
I was driving my car on the expressway and suddenly my engine died with no warning and the rpms dropped. I came very close to an accident and luckily was able to get it off the road. People drive very fast and I feel lucky to be unhurt. I have a defective throttle body and I can no longer drive my car till it is fixed. This is very dangerous and should be recalled. They say the circuit board is faulty and is sending the engine the wrong signal. Someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed. Please add this to your list of other complaints. I bought my car on July 11, 2009 thank U

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #351

Aug 132013


  • miles
I was driving home doing about 50 mph, and all of a sudden the car lost power and I was unable to accelerate. The car started shaking violently and it finally stopped down to about 2-3 mph. I took it to the Ford dealership and had to pay $824 to replace the throttle body. Ford never mentioned anything about this being a problem. I have seen numerous news stories about this very problem.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #350

Aug 172013


  • 76,127 miles
I was driving about 60 mph on the highway, and the engine stopped. I coasted to the side of the road, and turned off the key to reset the alarm code. The car started and drove normally for about 2 miles, then the engine stopped again. Within 5 miles the car would barely run at all, the engine was mis-firing and clunking along at 2 mph and stalling every few feet. I had no previous indications of a problem. The car was running fine, and then within 5 miles it was completely un-drivable. The problem was failure of the throttle body, cost $525 to repair. There are many reports of this problem on the internet.

- Arena, WI, USA

problem #349

Aug 152013


  • miles
My 18 year old son was getting ready to get on the freeway and the vehicle suddenly slowed to 30 mph. We took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the throttle body at our expense. This issue is so common that Ford is having a hard time producing enough throttle bodies. The part is on national back order and this particular dealer had a car in the shop that had waited 1 month for this part. This is a serious safety issue. One minute later and my son would have been doing 65mph on the freeway. Imagine if he was in traffic and suddenly could not travel faster than 30 mph. In addition, since this event the Ford sync and bluetooth features no longer work.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #348

Aug 212013


  • 99,308 miles
I was driving home from the local store and came up to a light. As I started to turn right and accelerate, the engine suddenly stopped accelerating. The incident occurred at about 1000 RPM's. the "service engine soon" light appeared. I quickly pulled over to the side of the street and turned the car off. I turned the car back on and got no more then 100 yards without the same thing happening again. I repeatedly did this until I managed to get home. A tow truck took it into the dealership and they said the throttle body was bad so they replaced it. I'm thankful this didn't happen when I was turning left with oncoming traffic which could have easily resulted in an accident.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #347

Aug 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was leaving work driving down columbia pike road in arlington, va. @ 3:30 in the afternoon on August 22, 2013 heading towards interstate 395. I has stopped at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green and my 2010 Ford Fusion began to shake violently, as if it was going to cut off for no apparent reason. I looked at the dash board and saw an illuminated wrench and could not figure out what was happening. The street light turned green and I mashed on the gas pedal and the car did not have any forward motion. The car continued to shake violently, so I immediately turned on my emergency flashers to warn the other cars and for my safety, that I was having a mechanical problem with my car and coasted down the hill looking for a safe location to try and figure out exactly what was wrong with the car. As I coast down the hill, I continued mashing the gas pedal with no results. I pulled over stopped the car and turned the car off for a few minutes trying to figure out my next step. Just by chance I decided to try and restart the car and the car started up with forward motion. If I had been on the interstate 395 near the pentagon, I could have lost my life because of this problem. I called my wife who lives in atlanta and told her what had happened and by chance that evening on the atlanta news other Ford owners were describing this very same issue (throttle body failure) on there Ford vehicles. I am filing a complaint against Ford motors to get this problem fixed at no cost to the Ford owners. We paid our money for a quality product and Ford should stand behind there product and fix it not just run away from the problem.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #346

Jul 082013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Traveling down the road at 60 mph on a major highway and the car stalls....this has been repeatedly happening in the last two months. At least 6 times in July and so far 4 times in August. What has to happen for Ford to do a[xxx] recall on this part (throttle body and circuit board) that is causing this, a death"??? I pray its not mine! we just bought this car from widricks auto sales in watertown New York in March of this year and this is whats happening....I will not drive the car until it is fixed because whether Ford cares or not it is an accident waiting to happen!!!! I am so frustrated that a company this big doesnt give a[xxx] about people that buy their products enough to do a recall on this part and replace it for nothingwhen Ford knows about the problem!!!!!!...seriously what is the difference between one complaint and a thousand???? what about the lives of drivers and passengers of vehicles that Ford know have this problem??" can you say law suit Ford people\ information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canton, NY, USA

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