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 17 of 32)

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problem #305

Jul 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


This has happened on many occasions, from driving in stop and go traffic to driving on a highway. After driving the vehicle for some time, a wrench light comes on on the dashboard, there is no fuel going to the car and when I pull to the side, the car stutters like it wants to go and then stops again. After turning the car off and starting it again, the car drives like nothing ever happened. I have gone online and there are a lot of people who were complaining about the same thing and Ford has not recalled the part. I guess someone has to die in an accident for them to take action.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #304

Jul 202013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 64,800 miles
My wife was driving the car on our residential street a couple of weeks ago when the car began shaking and stopped. After restarting, car functioned normally. This was dismissed as an anomaly the first time. On 8.1 the car did it twice in the 8 mile trip home from work with my son and wife. Today, my wife and I were in the car when it did it right in front of the dealer where we bought it (unfortunately, it is Saturday and the garage is closed) then while I was waiting in front of panera a short time later the car just died. There again, each time the car restarted and ran normally.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #303

Aug 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 24,200 miles
When leaving home to go to the store, accelerator peddle stopped responding shortly after shifting into drive after leaving the driveway. The engine idled very roughly, so I shifted into neutral and pulled over. I put the transmission into park, turned off the ignition and then restarted the engine. It idled fine, so I continued on my trip. Shortly after, stopping at a stop sign, the same thing happened when pulling away from the stop. I was turning left, so I had to immediately turn right and pull over to avoid an accident. Restarted engine and continued to my destination. The same behavior occurred again on Y way back home when starting another left turn.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #302

Aug 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 74,100 miles


At 65 mph the car all of the sudden shuttered and went into limp mode. Pulled over to the side, wrench light was on and the car sat an idled/shuttered. Turned it off. Waited about 30 seconds and turned it back on, everything appeared fine, and no lights on the dashboard. Did an internet search and discovered many 2010 Fusion owners having same issue...throttle body. Took the car to dealer and confirmed faulty throttle body. Wanted $596 to replace throttle body and reprogram PCM. Way too much for a part that is about $150 and 10 minutes work. Dangerous situation, as highway speed and sudden loss of power do not mix.

- Port Wentworth, GA, USA

problem #301

Jul 312013


  • 48,600 miles
I was traveling on roadway at approximately 35 mph when throttle suddenly stopped responding. I pressed the accelerator repeatedly but engine appeared to stay at idle and vehicle slowed to a stop. A wrench symbol lit up on dashboard. Shut vehicle off and restarted and engine began running normally. Fortunately there were no vehicles behind me or intersecting with me which I would have had to avoid.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #300

Jun 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 53,500 miles
The vehicle lost acceleration and stalled. Restarted and the condition recurred approximately in 3 or 4 miles. Again, I turned the key off then restarted and again, the condition repeated after several miles down the road. The car was taken to the Ford dealership the next day and no code was available for the mechanic to diagnose. The condition did not reoccur for six weeks and resurfaced again with identical symptoms. Returned the vehicle to the dealership where this time they affirmed the throttle body failure. The part is unavailable at this time because of high demand exhausted the availability of the unit.

- Bunceton, MO, USA

problem #299

Jul 292013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 54,100 miles


I was driving along the tollway and had to slow down due to congestion. My car made a lunge, like a hard downshift and was left with no response from the engine. The engine was running as indicated by the tachometer and power steering, however I was not able to accelerate. After pulling over to the side of the road, nearly being rear ended by oncoming traffic, I turned on the flashers and shut the engine off. I let the car set for about 30 seconds before restarting. Upon restart the car ran fine as though nothing had happened. I had a second occurrence just today (8/1/2013). I now have an engine light and have read the code - P2112. The dealership/service department that I called mentioned that this is a common issue with the Ford Fusion.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #298

May 312013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving to my mother house to pick up my son my car suddenly just lost all power. It was still running but not accelerating. It was violently shaking and a wrench light came on. I pulled into a parking lot turned the car off when I restarted it came right back on after that I had no trouble that night. A couple of days later my son and I were headed home it did this to me again but when I tried to restart the car it had more trouble and only allowed me to 100 yard or so. My mechanic cleaned the part it did fine for about another month or so until this past Monday 7/29/13. I have currently bought a new throttle body and it has seemed to fix this car. Ford needs to realize this a problem.the car has stopped on me numerous time and could have caused many accident. I began looking and this seems to be a common issues among this car. Its time for a recall. I must say that I was lucky to have a mechanic for a dad because I was quoted almost 700 dollars for this job and lucky he could do this for free with only the cost of the part.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #297

Jul 022013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I was driving in the right lane of a major, heavily traveled (with many tractor trailers), divided highway, traveling at a speed of between 55 and 60 mph. All of a sudden, without warning, the engine seemed to shut down. I could not accelerate; the engine would not respond. This was a very scary situation as trucks and cars had to break, while I steered the car to the narrow shoulder. The car didn't seem to lose power steering and the engine was still running (tach showed 900 to 1000 RPM). However, engine was totally unresponsive to my depressing the accelerator. I shut off the engine, put the flashers on and waited a few minutes and attempted to start the engine. The engine started normally, and I was able to pull out onto the highway. However, after driving about one-quarter mile, the same engine shutdown occurred. Called aaa and had the car towed. The auto repair center checked for trouble codes. The throttle body assembly had failed and had to be replaced. I have not had a problem since the repair was made. Subsequent to the repair, I checked on the internet to see if anyone else had this problem. I was very surprised to see that this problem is not uncommon to Ford owners. I was gratified to see that your Agency has opened an investigation into the matter. I called customer service at Ford Motor Company to see if there has been a recall. Ford customer service said there was no recall and did not acknowledge that there is a problem with the throttle body unit. I then called the service department of a local Ford dealership. The service rep said that "they have seen problems with the throttle body unit", but confirmed that there has been no recall.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #296

Jul 302013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 34,890 miles
The car was being driven on the interstate when the engine went into idle and would not maintain speed.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #295

Jul 262013


  • 37,100 miles


Multiple incidents have occurred. The vehicle will be cruising at highway speeds, then lose all engine power and the car begins to shake violently. I need to put my hazards on and come to a complete stop wherever I am, including busy traffic. The car continues to shake while shifting into park. After in park, I turn the car off, wait 30 seconds, then start it again. The shaking ceases upon restarting, and will drive fine for 5-10 minutes before repeating the incident over again and losing all engine power. A Ford dealership diagnosed the problem as a failed throttle body. The repair cost over $500.

- Big Rapids, MI, USA

problem #294

Jul 252013


  • 47,000 miles
This has happened twice. When I reach speeds around 45 and above, the car seems to stall and the throttle cuts out, leaving me without a way to accelerate. I have had to pull over on the side of busy highways, let my car rest for a little bit then start it back up. It seems reluctant to start. Took it to local Ford dealership and they concluded it was the throttle body and I would need it replaced. Googled Ford Fusion throttle body and many others have had the same thing happen, including accidents cause by it.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #293

Jul 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
After driving over 50 miles, my car stalled and the wrench light came on. I pulled over and let it idle, but it ran rough. Once I turned it off and then back on, it ran okay. It stalled again later in that same trip. Then it stalled again twice on my way home. Luckily, I was on a non busy road with a shoulder. Then it seemed to run fine for a few days, but after driving over 50 miles, it happened again. I was nervous because once it stalled as I was turning onto a road without a shoulder. I was concerned that a car would come over the hill and hit me while I was turning it off and restarting it. When I took it to the dealer, I was told that the problem was with the throttle body. When they ordered the part, initially, I was told the part was on backorder and wouldn't be in until mid-August. Obviously, there is a major problem with this part when it takes so long to get the part. Totally unacceptable to wait that long for a part. Now today, my sister-in-law, who also has a 2010 Fusion started having the same problem and she has a lot less miles on her car (about 40,000). Reading all of the issue others are having with this part on the internet, I feel that there should be a recall on this part and my replacement should be covered.

- Keymar, MD, USA

problem #292

Jul 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 53,200 miles
I was going down the interstate felt my car jerk like it slipped out of gear and then I was unable to accelerate, I managed to pull over turn the car off. After restarting it, it was fine. I took it to the dealership I purchased it at turns out it was the throttle body, which seems to be a common problem with the 2010 Fusion. Since it was no longer under warranty I did some research on line and found a ton of complaints just like mine. I called Ford and asked about the recall however my car was not under recall for this problem. And there was nothing they would do to make it good. So I'm stuck paying the repair bill for something evidentially is a common problem. It is a safety concern and dangerous.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #291

Jul 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I was driving down my local street at approx 25 mph. The engine lost power and was stuck in a rough idle. This has happened at least 6 times now. This is a very dangerous situation that is known to Ford (faulty throttle body). Someone is going to die soon or get hurt in an accident if the car loses power like this. There are hundreds of complaints on the internet about this known problem. Ford should do a recall now!

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #290

Jul 272013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
While driving on the interstate, approx. 65-70 mph, the vehicle shudders, loses all throttle response, and the wrench light and check engine light illuminate on the dash display. The vehicle does not shut off or stall, but it does enter limp mode. Once the vehicle is shut off and restarted the wrench light is no longer illuminated and the vehicle will operate normally. This situation repeated 4 different times on the incident date. After speaking with the service manager at the local Ford dealership the problem was acknowledged as a defective throttle body.

- Catlett, VA, USA

problem #289

Jun 242013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While traveling aprox 65mph down a 4 lane hwy at 6:20 am on 6/24/13, my car began to decelerate and would not respond/accelerate when the gas pedal was pressed. The red "wrench" light lit up on the information center on the dash board. I managed to get the car to the side of the road before it finally cut off. I waited a minute or two and tried attempted to restart the engine and it restarted successfully. I was able to cautiously continue driving until I reached a Ford dealership later that morning at which point they told me it the throttle body. They went on to say that Ford was not covering this repair and that there was no recall in effect! this repair cost me $300 of which I could not spare from my budget! thankfully there were no cars or tractor trailer behind when my car began to decelerate! this needs to be a safety recall immediately, before many people are killed!!!!

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #288

Jul 272013


  • 86,000 miles
I was traveling at approximately 65mph down a two lane highway when I lost all throttle response through my accelerator pedal. Engine went to a very "rough" idle around 600 - 800 RPM and the maintenance wrench indicator light illuminated. Luckily I was traveling down grade and was able to safely coast the vehicle to the shoulder of the highway. After safely parking the vehicle I depressed the accelerator pedal with absolutely no response. After having the vehicle towed to a dealership the service technician smiled and told me it was the throttle body that was malfunctioning. Quoted me on a price for a new part and labor without even inspecting the vehicle ($352)! if this problem was obvious to the technician without the vehicle even being checked, why hasn't Ford recalled this part?

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #287

Jul 242013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Throttle body shorted battery and caused engine to stall in traffic. When trying to restart, engine sped up fast became very dangerous. Ford has these throttle bodys on back order... that's sad. Pls recall asap before someone loses their life.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #286

Jul 252013


  • 99,000 miles
I was driving home from the store today on a 4 lane road and was making a left turn when the car powered down to 1 mph and stayed there. Thankfully the car I turned in front of had plenty of time to slow down to avoid me. I traveled two blocks home as the car only allowed me to go 1 mph with the wrench light on and with a slightly jerky ride. I called my local repair shop and they got me in to take a look at it. I assumed bad gas or a fuel line needed to be cleaned, but also thought it was odd that a three year old car needed any work. They troubleshooter and cleaned the fuel lines and took out the moisture they thought was causing this. The mechanic then took it for a test run in the local parking lot where the car shut down on him and once he restarted the car ran fine. He said no codes came up but with investigating online he found it to be the fuel throttle needed to be replaced and he would call me for an estimate and that I might want to join the complaint issue online. I will receive my estimate on Monday. Ford really needs to take care of their customers. I have no problem paying for a wear and tear issue. I do have a problem with companies ignoring customer complaints and not tackling the issue before a death ensues. Is it really worth someone being severely injured or killed over saving your name? funny part is that I choose to go back to an american made car after wanting to support the recovery and fellow family members that work for Ford. I will never forgive Ford if they do not take care of this and if my car is $400 or more in repair. This has happened 4 times now and I am afraid to drive the car. Please help.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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