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 16 of 32)

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problem #325

Aug 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 67,800 miles


Was going 60 in the middle of rush hour and car just went to nothing in seconds. Had my 14 month old son with me. Scared me. Car was puttering wouldn't go over 10 miles an hour. Didn't know I could shut it off and back on. Found out later by doing research it could be the throttle body. Took to shop and they said that is what it is. Costing me 600 dollars to fix and they consider it a hazard. Noticed after doing research that this is happening on alot of 2010 - 2012 Ford Fusion. Not sure why a recall hasn't been done. I would like my money back if there is was or gonna be one..

- Anna, TX, USA

problem #324

Aug 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Was driving on highway with cruise control set. Vehicle began decelerating as if cruise control had shut off. I attempted to resume the cruise control with no success, as the car continued to decelerate. I pushed on the accelerator in an attempt to regain speed, because a vehicle behind me almost struck me in the rear. I had to maneuver onto the shoulder and came to a stop, because the car would not accelerate. I shut the car off and restarted it. It ran rough, but would accelerate and I was able to continue my 85 mile journey home. I have since learned this is a common problem with the 2010 Ford Fusion 2.5 liter engine, as the throttle body is defective.

- Clinton, MO, USA

problem #323

Aug 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My pregnant wife was driving my car home on the highway when the car suddenly died on her while she is in the fast lane. She pulled the car over to the side of the road and turns the engine off and then back on. About 20 minutes later the car dies out again, this time the shoulders are non existent and she is forced to turn the car off and on in the far right lane. My wife and unborn child could've died last night and it seems this is an issue that Ford is aware of. When are they going to recall these faulty vehicles or at least replace the faulty parts that they put in them. We shouldn't have to pay one penny for their mistakes.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #322

Aug 092013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 110,755 miles


I was driving at 45 mph and the car jolted then the wrench symbol came on the dash. The car than began to slow and the RPM would not go above 1000. I pulled over and the car was idling very badly. I turned the car off waited a few minutes then turned it back on and it was fine. My husband has a code reader and when we hooked it up and there were no codes. I started looking on the internet and found a lot of complaints regarding the throttle body and that Ford is under investigation for this.

- Channahon, IL, USA

problem #321

Aug 082013


  • 49,000 miles
I was driving 35-40 mph when all of a sudden my vehicle slowed, started shaking, the wrench light came on and my gas pedal would not respond. I pulled over, turned my car off, waited for a moment then turned it back on. The check engine light was on but it seemed fine so I decided to continue my drive toward home. 10 minutes later, as I was getting off the highway at 55 mph in rush hour traffic, the car suddenly started shaking, slowed to limp mode and my gas pedal became unresponsive. I continued in limp mode trying to get off the highway and pulled into a business parking lot. This happened several more times as we drove in the parking lot trying to diagnose the problem - once even coming to a complete stop. We used a code scanner, but no codes were being set. We suspect the throttle body but local dealer has none and we R told it is "deep back ordered". not only do I now have no car to drive, but it is extremely dangerous!

- Jenks, OK, USA

problem #320

Aug 012013


  • 99,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway and the car jerked I tried to give it gas and it wouldn't go anywhere had to pull over on the side of highway and turned the car off and it worked fine I hooked a code scanner and trouble code P2111 popped up throttle body stuck open..

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #319

Jul 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Car lost acceleration, power, there was shaking had to pull over turn car off and continue on. Happened again on Aug 8th, 2013.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #318

Aug 082013


  • 49,000 miles
I was traveling on the interstate at highway speed. Traffic had slowed alittle so I began to slow as well. When I pressed the accelerator nothing happened. The wrench light came on the dash. I had no control over the acceleration of the car. After almost being taken out be a semi I was able to get the car off to the side of the interstate. The car was idling very rough. I shut the car off and waited a few seconds. I restarted the car and the light was off. I was able to drive home with no more problems. Seems that Ford has a major issue. I thing they should be made to recall these cars before someone gets killed.

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #317

Jul 102013


  • 42,000 miles
Car was running but would not accelerate after a stop. Gas pedal was inoperative. Electronic throttle body.

- Gloucester City, NJ, USA

problem #316

Jun 272013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,335 miles traveling on interstate at 55 miles per hour when the car lost power and the wrench light came on it was all that could be done to avoid a highspeed accident. When the vehicle wa restarted it ran fine. However it continues doing this. The dealer says the throttle unit ($600) needs replaced this after the transmission was just replaced. We called the Ford customer service it took three weeks for their representative to return the call and he had the nerve to ask "what did we expect him to do"? with the web the companies can no longer lie the dealer and Ford first stated it was the first they heard of this, yet there are lawsuits everywhere.

- Hayes, VA, USA

problem #315

Jul 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 54,245 miles


I was at a stop at a railroad crossing. Upon applying the gas to go, I started to loose all power with the engine starting to shake, and the car seeming to stall, but limping along. Nothing happened as I pressed the gas pedal. I was able to pull the car over to the side of the road in a parking lot. The dashboard had a wrench light on. The car in the engine area was still vibrating and shaking, with no power but to limp along. I turned the car off. Waiting a few minutes and the car started up, but shaking an sputtering. I was able to drive the car to my job without any further problem. I called the Ford dealer and make an appointment for the following Monday. When going home, I drove at 30 miles per hour. The car lost all power two more times, stalling and limping along with the wrench lite on. I was able to get the car to the side of the road and it limped to my home. At this point, car was not safe to drive and the next day, aaa towed car from my driveway to Ford dealer. I mentioned the throttle body problem and dealer told me it would have to happen when they test drive in order to have part changed. They did give me a loaner and reported to me that car stalled out and lost power on their test drive. Throttle body part was changed and car has performed well since that time. $550 bill at Ford. This car was a death trap to drive with the throttle body defect.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #314

Aug 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,038 miles
Engine lost power without warning. We were at low speed and could get off the road. Dealer has cleaned the electronic throttle body and reinstalled it. Concern is what happens in the future if failure is in a very dangerous location. There should be a recall for this condition.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #313

Jun 012013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving with the illumination of the wrench warning icon. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The contact was advised that the vacuum solenoid had failed. The dealer replaced the engine vacuum solenoid however the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Prichard, WV, USA

problem #312

Jul 272013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Traveling down the highway at 70mph using cruise control, when the wrench symbol appeared on the dial and the car slowed way down and would not accelerate. We were able to pull to the side of the road, turned off the engine, waited a few minutes to restart and were able to drive away at normal speeds. This happened two more times within the 2 hour trip. We scheduled an appointment with the dealership and were told the problem was the throttle body and that it had to be replaced, but there were no parts available in the entire country and the part was on back order until perhaps 2 months. We were told this is a fairly common problem, but there was no recall forthcoming. I believe this is potentially a life-threatening problem that should be addressed by the company. I'm getting my car back from the dealership because I need transportation and have not been offered a loaner for the duration of the time it will take to get the new part. I will be living in constant fear that the problem will recur and I could be left stranded on the side of the road at some point when the car will not reset.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #311

Aug 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
2010 Ford Fusion / 2.5L SE. One the freeway at a speed of 70mph and engine RPM at 2100 and transmission in D the throttle stopped responding and the vehicle speed began to rapidly decrease. The engine RPM dropped to 900. Very dangerous situation because of freeway traffic and no shoulder. After vehicle throttle stopped responding put the vehicle in neutral (now gliding down the freeway) and turned the engine off and restarted. This did not fix the problem, engine RPM returned to 900 and no throttle control. Was nearly hit while trying to glide to the right lane by traffic. Once the vehicle was glided to a stop shut the car off and removed key and waited a few minutes as semi's came within inches of my vehicle at 70mph. Restarted the vehicle and throttle responded. After two minutes of driving the issue repeated again.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #310

Aug 052013


  • 60,000 miles
The car suddenly stopped accelerating and the engine would only produce about 800 RPM. I shut the car off and restarted it and the problem repeated the next day at a lower speed (30 mph). The dealer diagnosed it and said it due to a defective throttle position sensor which would cost $475 and is not covered under any warranty.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #309

Aug 022013


  • 76,000 miles
I was traveling on the hwy going home. The little wrench light came on the dashboard without warning or any kind of notice and I could not accelerate at all. When I tried to press the gas pedal it would not do anything at all. I managed to pull over to the median. I tried shutting off the vehicle and then restarting it. This solved the problem temporarily. This happened to me three times the rest of my way home. Without warning the light comes on and you have no acceleration. I'm being told it could be the throttle body.

- Honea Path , SC, USA

problem #308

May 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
I was traveling on the kennedy expressway in Chicago at about 4:30 pm at rush hour time. The little wrench light came on the dashboard without warning or any kind of notice and I could not accelerate at all. When I touched the gas pedal nothing happened at all. I managed to get off on the nearest exit and was blocking traffic. Finally I tried shutting off the vehicle and then restarting it. This solved the problem temporarily. This happened to me three times intermittently, twice on the highway and once as I was trying to make a left turn at a busy intersection. No warning. The light comes on and you have no acceleration. I'm being told it could be the throttle body.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #307

Mar 142013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while driving 65 mph a wrench illuminated on the dashboard and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to pull over to the side of the road. The contact shut the vehicle off and restarted it. The wrench was no longer illuminated and the contact drove home. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated if the wrench was not illuminated they could not diagnose the failure. The dealer did not diagnose nor repair the vehicle. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Ludlow, MA, USA

problem #306

Aug 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 47,363 miles
The first incident I was driving down the highway doing 55 mph and my car shut off. I was able O start the car again and get out of the road. I replaced the battery since later that day my card wouldn't turn on. The second incident I was headed to the airport on my morning commute; I came to a stop sign and the car accelerated and the engine began to rev very loudly then I my car stalled out. I have my car in the shop and they advised that I have a bad throttle body and it will require replacement, the cost is $345 for the part and $190 for the labor. All while I am still paying on the loan.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

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