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 19 of 32)

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problem #265

Jul 122013


  • 45,000 miles


I was driving my car and had gone approx 1-1/2 - 2 miles down the road and the car was driving fine then all of a sudden my car started to hesitate and would barely move. I pulled over on a side road and turned my car off and restarted it sounded fine I turned around and pulled onto main road again and again the car started puttering and would barely move I managed to get car off the road. I had it towed to tasca Ford where they said the throttle body needed to be replaced. It has been a week now and I still don't have my car and they can't tell me when the new part will come in because it is being manufactured? they are also stating they have 18 - 20 cars waiting for this same part.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #264

May 212013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 62,297 miles
First incident: On 05/21/2013 car hesitated when pushing accelerator pedal after going downhill to a stop and then attempting to reach normal speed in our housing development (see earlier report on 07/18/2013 for confirmation number: 10525593 and car dealer receipts enclosed for 05/21/2013)....updated 08/16/13 second incident: On 06/21/2013 car did not respond beyond idle speed after pushing accelerator pedal to move from stop light and drifted to nearby parking lot with no accelerator pedal response beyond idle power (see earlier report on 07/18/2013 for confirmation number: 10525593 and car dealer receipts enclosed for 06/21/2013)...updated 08/16/13

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #263

Jul 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,745 miles
While accelerating, cruising or at idle, the engine stalls then dies. When restarting engine stumbles badly and dies. This happens in traffic, accelerating into intersections, at highway speeds, etc. Mil is now on constantly. Vehicle is completely unusable because it is past the warranty period. We will be replacing the throttle body at our own expense, but would like Ford to reimburse us.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #262

Jul 122013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,300 miles


I was driving on my way to work when my car lost power I pulled over turned the car off. Upon restarting it the check engine light was on, I preceded to work. When I got off of work and went home the check engine light was off. A week later the symptoms happened again this time it was more then once. Close to a total of 10 times in a one hour period.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #261

Jul 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,900 miles
I was driving down a highway when the engine suddenly lost power without warning. I quickly went from 70 mph to 50 mph and continued to slow. The vehicle engine light came on the instrument panel and my rpms dropped below 500. I was able to safely pull over to the shoulder. I turned the car off, waited a few minutes, and started it. The car started and idled just fine. I revved the engine a few times. Rpms stayed in the normal range. I put the car in gear and started to move. Immediately the engine light came back on and the rpms dropped again. I had the car towed to a repair shop where they informed me the throttle body had failed and it required replacement. The tow and repairs cost me over $500.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #260

Jul 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Like many others, experienced throttle body failure at highway speed. Narrowly avoided accident as I maneuvered vehicle off highway. Part is on national back order with no estimate on availability. Numerous emails to Ford with no response.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #259

Dec 052012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Date and mileage of incident are guesses. Has happened on multiple occasions. When driving vehicle on highway or local roads, engine stalls as if it had no power, however, the tachometer indicates engine still running. Each time this occurs, vehicle has to be steered on to shoulder. When pulling onto shoulder, it vibrates tremendously. After it stops, you must put it into park, then restart the engine. Brought vehicle to Goodyear where it was identified as a P2111 fault. It was suggested that it be brought to a local Ford dealer for servicing. Brought to the local Ford dealership a week ago. Confirmed as P2111 fault. Part had to be ordered which took approximately 6 days to receive. As of this complaint, still waiting on service to be completed.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #258

Jul 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 49,749 miles
Driving on 295 N bound at approximately 70 mph the engine just stalled...the little wrench light came on along with the engine light. I tried giving it gas but I could not get it to go so I had to fight the traffic to get over to the shoulder and shut it off. I attempted to start it and on the second try it did but felt like it was running on 2 I let it sputter along the shoulder to the exit where I shut it off and let it sit for a few minutes then tried it again, it started and I was able to get it to a advanced auto parts store where they plugged in the tester and got a throttle actuator error code.I got it started and it drove ok till I got home but haven't used it yet. This car did have a problem a few weeks ago but I thought it was just a glitch because it just ran rough and then went back to normal. Now I'm reading about other Fusion having the same problem.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #257

Jul 052013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
While driving on at least 6 occasions, vehicle stopped propulsing and had no throttle. A code appeared indicating a throttle/ transmission problem. I contacted Ford, and they indicated this is a known issue with my make and model, and not covered under warranty. After researching this online there are so many problems, the part has been back-ordered months at a time, more than once. This problem has been noted in the 4 and 6 cylinder engines all trim levels. I was going over a bridge and feared for my life. Their should be a recall. This a major safety issue because the vehicle stops without warning, and a driver could be anywhere. Lemon law? thanks in advance.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #256

Jul 162013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 15,300 miles
Throttle body quit working while driving at 65 mph. Engine dropped to idle and would not respond to accelerator pedal. Wrench light came on at instrument panel. Coasted across 5 lanes of high speed traffic to reach the road shoulder. After turning off the car and turning it back on the throttle started working again. Dealer says that there is a nationwide back order for the replacement throttle body to fix this problem but there is no recall active.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #255

Jan 072013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 42,595 miles


The first occurrence was when I was beginning to accelerate at around 50 mph. The engine lost power and my engine and wrench light came on. Car began to shake and there was no response from the engine just high RPM's and no movement. I pulled over and turned the car off. When I restarted the car, the engine light was on but the wrench light was off. I continued to drive but about 20 miles down the road it did it again. At the time I thought I had got a bad batch of gas. I had filled up that morning. The engine light went out and I drove for another 10,000 miles before it happened again in downtown traffic. Now the car will only go about 2-3 miles before the it goes into the limiting mode. I talked to the dealership and they told me it is the throttle body. They are on at least a week back-order because they can't keep up with the demand of the faulty part.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #254

Jul 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
I had just left the dealership after getting an oil change. After driving less than 1 mile the wrench light came on and my car decelerated. I immediately went back to the dealership. They ran a test and said that it passed, but it my be the throttle body. They told me to try again and if I have problems to call. I left again and the same thing happened. I called the service associate and they had me bring it back. The throttle body was replaced.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #253

Jul 042013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 52,325 miles
2010 Ford Fusion: Going down the freeway at 70 and then all of a sudden started losing power, no acceleration and down to 55 at which time I was able to get to the side of the road before it died. I let it sit a couple of minutes and tried to start it - started fine. The Ford garage put it on the diagnostic machine but I was told because the check engine light did not come on there was no memory to show what may have happened. It ran fine for about two weeks and then the same thing happened. Took it back to Ford - but was told again - nothing they could do because the diagnostic does not show what the problem is. After my own research on the web I have found that this is probably a problem with the throttle body assembly and that Ford knows about - but my local garage does not want to fix it without knowing for sure that is the problem. I feel very unsafe in this vehicle - maybe the next time I will not be able to get off the freeway/road before it completely stalls.

- Shasta Lake, CA, USA

problem #252

Jul 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 47,703 miles
Three times, the car hesitated and nearly stalled, then would not accelerate normally. It was stopped and restarted and was able to be driven home but traffic was disrupted on a major thoroughfare and very scary. When we took it to the dealer, they said it was a throttle body problem and was unsafe to be driven home. Unfortunately parts are back ordered and we are without a vehicle because they said it is unsafe to drive, as is.

- Huntington Woods, MI, USA

problem #251

Jul 012013


  • 61,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at 70 mph and my car stalled. The wrench symbol lit up and my check engine light came on. I pulled over, shut the engine off, and started it again. It happened again about 5 minutes later, and has continued to happen several times.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #250

Jul 222011

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 64,233 miles
Pushed accelerator with no response above idle.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #249

Jul 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Car engine unexpectedly jerked and rpms locked at 1000 no matter what was done with gas pedal. Did not recover until turned off and then on. Repeated over the next several days. Also engine would stall when trying to idle. Resolution was replacement of faulty throttle body assembly.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #248

Jun 292012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 50,066 miles
Driving in heavy traffic the car lost power going up a hill, as if the gas pedal had been disconnected. Luckily I was able to avoid being hit and pulled out of the way. After a few minutes the car did start again but the shifting is strange and it dies a lot. I called Ford dealership and they stated it was probably the throttle body as they had been replacing them left and right. This would not be covered by any warranty and would cost around $500. I then had a private mechanic look at it. He drove it around and the car died on him 3 times in this one trip. So after checking...he confirmed it is the throttle body but the part is on a national back order and would take up to 6 weeks. The manager of the service department at the Ford dealership is very aware of the problem with the Fusion and advised me to contact Ford corporate. I did and their response to the problem was "we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you.we highly recommend that your vehicle be inspected by your servicing Ford dealership to determine the cause of any symptoms your vehicle may be experiencing. They have factory trained technicians, comprehensive service information and specialized equipment to help diagnose your vehicle." Right, more money for them. Someone needs to do something about this before someone gets hurt in an accident. Ford needs to stand behind their product. It's obvious by the national back order that there is a problem somewhere.

- Clarksville, AR, USA

problem #247

Feb 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Loss of power at highway speed. Vehicle decelerated and would only idle. Wrench symbol lit. Shut car off restarted and car was ok until next incident. Failures became more frequent including failures in rush hour highway traffic. Additional failures occurred at slower speed. Diagnostic at the dealer was a throttle body failure.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #246

Jul 102013


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileages were 53,000.

- Cottonwood, CA, USA

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