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 20 of 32)

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problem #245

Jul 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 44,200 miles


The morning of July 8, 2013 I was driving at approximately 70 mph on a major interstate (with construction) when my car stalled. My check engine light was flashing and the throttle control/transmission wrench flashing. I at least had enough momentum to go about 100 feet to where there was a shoulder that they were not doing construction on. I ended up shutting my car off and waiting a few seconds. I then turned my car back on to see if it still had the problem. Everything appeared to be working fine. I ended up getting back on the interstate and about 5 miles down it happen to do the same thing. At this point I got off the freeway żż shut my car off again. This time I turned my car back on and my check engine light was still flashing. I was about one mile from a Ford dealership. I took it there and found out that it was throttle body. The part is on back order and the dealer ship will not receive the part for 7 to 10 business days. This doesn't include the days that it is going to take them to install the part. I am nervous to drive my car even after this part is fixed. I was driving at 70 mph and could of easily got into an accident with all the construction that was going around. I hope that Ford takes these complaints serious and takes some action. Someone can get seriously hurt with this issue and I hope it doesn't take that for Ford to take action!

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #244

Jul 082013


  • 47,500 miles
As I was driving on the hwy, the car would not accelerate and died, except the power was still on. I was unable to accelerate and had to put my flashers on and pull over, although this hwy doesn't have a shoulder, just a grass median. There is a curb so I was still forced to just come to a stop in the middle of the hwy but luckily I was able to get in the left lane. As the car comes to a stop, it shakes. I have to turn power off by turning key, then turn key to start car again. It turns over a couple times, then starts and I'm able to drive again. It did this again 2 more times while driving that same evening. The next day, nothing, then the third day, same thing. Now the check engine light is on and remains. Of course when this happened each time, I was on the hwy and had my kids in the back seat, ages 7 and 9. I mostly feared not being able to start the car again as I was unaware of what the issue was at first. After research and using a diagnostic tool, I have learned it is the throttle body. Please provide recall instructions so that I may be able to get this repaired at no cost to me asap. Thank you.

- Roanoke, TX, USA

problem #243

May 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Driving along and vehicle goes into limp mode. Cannot accelerate. Pull over turn off car and restart. Car starts up and runs fine until it happens again which has happened several times now and more frequent. Can't afford to pay dealer so I have to but the part and install it myself. No codes show up just a wrench. Talked to the dealer and they are very familiar with the problem and told me what to replace but if I take it to them they will charge a fee for the diagnostic even though they know what the problem is, then they charge another fee for replacing the part.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #242

Jul 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 73,017 miles


Traveling in center lane of five lane expressway, I-85 in atlanta. Car suddenly lost power and starting shaking, drifted over through traffic to curb and shut off. There were multiple warning lights on but when I cranked it up it ran ok again for several miles then did it again. This happened a total of four times on my 38 mile commute home.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #241

Jul 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 47,700 miles
As I was driving the car the engine lost power and the check engine light and wrench light came on this happened at least 10 times in a 24 mile drive (to and from work) auto zone says it is the throttle body sticking. I went to and my car is not the only 2010 Fusion experiencing this issue I feel Ford needs to recall these vehicles and fix the throttle body before someone gets killed.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #240

Jul 022013


  • 66,300 miles
I was stopped at a light when trying to accelerate through the intersection the car acted like it was getting no gas. It was a rainy day and I assumed the undercarriage had gotten it wet. I stuttered through the intersection and was able to pull the car over and stop the car. After sitting for 5 minutes I was able to restart the car and get off the road into a parking lot. I then let it sit for an hour and was able to make it home the 10 miles without incident. I drove the car for 2 more days without incident, then on 7-5-2013 during a 30 mile trip it did the same thing. Stopped at a light and suddenly the car acted like it could get no gas. We parked it for an hour and made it home. The following day when trying to take it to the dealer, car would speed up and slow down on a sidestreet! was a scary 2 mile drive to the dealership. After 9 hours they figured out it was the "throttle arm". after the diagnosis I find that this is a common issue with my 3 year old car. I bought the car new, and having to spend $427 to get this fixed is ridiculous. There should be a recall on this part.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #239

Jun 252013


  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle decelerated. The failure occurred three different times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the electronic throttle body would have to be replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Porter, ME, USA

problem #238

Jun 302013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
We lost all acceleration while pulling out of the store parking lot. We turned off the car, started it up again and it did the same thing while turning left into our neighborhood. Luckily no traffic behind or oncoming while making these left turns. We got it to the dealer and they said it was the throttle body, not under warranty, not on recall, advised against driving our car, did not have a car for us to drive, would not pay for a rental, and the part was on nationwide back order for a month! we called Ford customer service told them our situation (my wife is six months pregnant without a vehicle for a month). They agreed to pay for a rental car and put us on an expedited list. However, we have yet to hear when that part is coming in.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #237

Jul 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
Engine appeared to cut out at 2 different instances today. First time was when turning right out of the neighborhood and the 2nd time was when merging with traffic. In both cases, the car lost all power and did not seem to even coast well. I had a blinking wrench on the dash and was lucky to have not been in an accident. Car was able to restart after pulling to the side of the road and putting it into park. This has been a sporadic ongoing issue for the last few weeks and will eventually cause an accident unless it is fixed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #236

Jul 022013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 70,360 miles
I started to pull into an intersection after getting the green light and the car suddenly lost acceleration. I let off the gas and tried again and the car vibrated a little and rolled to a stop in the middle of the intersection. I put it in park and turned it off and back on and it started and pulled away another 50 feet before it happened again. I was able to coast out of the way of traffic. It was towed to a Ford dealer and they replaced the throttle body the next day. After leaving the shop it had one jolt during acceleration but no further issue that day. The following morning I tried to start the car and it had no electrical power at all. They still don?T know what the issue is.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #235

Jun 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


June 10th, 2013 the car decrease from 45 to 5 miles while making a left hand turn crossing two lanes of on coming traffic. Wrench light came on. I switched off car and restarted. Light disappeared. We put a call into dealership service department and reported to Ford motor. No reply back from stamford dealership. Light did not come back on and I was able to drive car home.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #234

Nov 142012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Was accelerating to enter freeway when engine went to idle and car began to slow down. Pulled onto median and tried to rev engine but no response. Turned engine off and back on and the car drove fine for a few minutes before exhibiting same behavior. This time pulled off freeway and waited for someone to come get the car. After 30 minutes or so we tried the car again and it drove fine all the way to the dealership. Once there they determined that the throttle body was bad and charged us quite a bit to replace it.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #233

May 242013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
2010 Ford Fusion SE wrench light comes on and the car stops driving on the highway, street and in an intersection. The wrench light comes on and the car loses its acceleration completely. The car will start to stall and shake.the dealerships can't find out why this is happening. Ford will not call a recall for this issue and Ford stated the part for this vehicle is on back order with no eta. I'm not the only person with this known issue. If you google the wrench light you will see a number of 2010 Fusion owners have this problem. This problem is growing at a rapid rate and Ford has yet to do anything about this situation. What will it take for someone to get killed before Ford Motor Company take this issue serious.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #232

Jul 032013


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle independently engaged into limp mode while driving 70 mph. The vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts and was powered off. The vehicle resumed normally once restarted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic or repairs performed. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #231

Jun 152012


  • 35,800 miles
As I was driving at approximately 40 mph on a busy 4 lane highway, and my engine lost all power. It slowed to about 3 mph and would not accelerate at all, nearly causing a major crash. I had to proceed for a distance to find a place to pull off the road. I turned the car off for maybe 5 minutes then restarted the car and it seemed to be over the problem. I contacted the local dealer and was told it was the "throttle body" that was causing the problem and they did not have any on stock since they have been repairing other vehicles with this part... the problem has happened 3 more times now and because it is a safety issue I need to replace the part myself and not wait for Ford. My car has now passed 36,000 miles and is not covered by warranty.

- Irwin , PA, USA

problem #230

Dec 142012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 34,657 miles
Driving on my way home. A wrench light illuminated in the dash and the car lost it power instantly. Slowing down to a complete stop. My latest incident was much scarier. I was on the cross island parkway in the bronx going with the traffic. Thank god I was in the shoulder, it happened again. The car was going about 60 mph and the same thing happened. I was able to get on the shoulder with out anyone running into the back of me. The car came to a complete stop and was jerking like crazy. I turned it off and it started back up and I went from bronx NY to eastern long island scared as hell in the right lane just in case it happened again. And there are other times as well.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #229

Jul 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
My daughter was returning from a vacation in northwest Florida and was driving through opp, Alabama, when her 2010 Fusion starting jerking badly. The check engine and throttle control warning lights came on. She pulled over, turned the engine off, waited a few minutes, and restarted. As soon as she put in gear, the car starting shaking and she was unable to accelerate. She had to have the car towed to a Ford dealership in elba, Alabama. The problem was diagnosed as a bad throttle body. She was informed the part was on back order and that it could take a couple of weeks to receive. With no other option, she was forced to rent a car to continue her trip home. The rental car options were slim and it appears this episode will cost her almost $900 including rental car costs (with a $200 one way fee). This doesn't even include the costs to return to the dealership to pick up the car when it's repaired. Based on researching and the learning of many other similar experiences that other Fusion owners encountered with the exact same problem, it is clear Ford has a defective part and should address with a recall.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #228

Jun 242013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While driving the vehicle would lose all power and would not respond to the acceleration pedal. It would require pulling to the side of the road and shutting the engine off for 3-5 minutes before being able to continue. This happened 7-10 times in the same day. The "check engine" light finally came on and stayed on. We took it into the nearest auto parts store who ran it through the computer and it was the "throttle position sensor" which required replacing the entire "throttle body". this nearly caused a wreck every time it happened.

- Trenton, GA, USA

problem #227

May 292013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Came off the highway and was waiting at a red light. Went to accelerate and the car would not go. The car did not stall but would not accelerate. Took to mike bass Ford in sheffield oh and they diagnosed that it was the throttle body. Took approx 12 days to fix. The dealership claimed that Ford had run out of the part.

- Elmore, OH, USA

problem #226

Jun 152013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
When driving on a highway, suddenly the engine seemed to lose power and slow down, and the wrench on the dashboard lit up. Switched the transmission to neutral and was able to pull onto the shoulder. Upon putting the car into park, the engine would race and slow down continuously. After turning off the car, waiting a few minutes and then restarting, was able to continue driving without incident for another hour or so. Wasn't able to extract any fault codes from the ECU later that day. Purchased an obd reader and was able to get error code P2112 next time the issue happened. Dealer refuses to cover the expense as I am out of the bumper-to-bumper warranty period, and the part is on backorder for weeks. Complained to Ford corporate who told me they would "likely" make an exception and to bring the car to the dealer to diagnose. Dealer confirmed the issue, called Ford corporate to confirm it would be covered and they denied it. Complete waste of my time, and shocking that Ford doesn't do a recall for such a dangerous issue. I'm lucky I didn't get in an accident any of the 5 times or so this has happened to me.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

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