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 22 of 32)

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problem #205

Mar 212013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


My 2010 Fusion is experiencing the same loss of power issues (complete loss of accelerator response, followed by the wrench light appearing) related to the defective throttle body control. While sporadic at first, the frequency of the incidents has increased to where failure now happens almost every time the car is driven (the 25+ failures have occurred in all situations, at all speeds: At highway speeds, on side streets, accelerating up hills, pulling away from stoplights, etc). I have stopped driving the car because the last throttle failure occurred as I crossed a busy 4 lane highway and could've resulted in a deadly accident. When attempting to have the problem fixed in April, my local dealer claimed Ford had placed a "hold" on all throttle bodies and that a new design of the throttle body part was being shipped from the supplier in mid-May. (the dealer also informed me that, despite this being a part of the engine, the throttle body is not covered by the powertrain warranty.) when my "new" throttle body arrived at the dealership in mid-June and I came in to have the part replaced, I was told Ford had placed another "hold" on the part and my car could not be serviced at this time. If Ford will not fix this problem on their own, it is imperative the NHTSA protect consumers by forcing the company to address this problem and to do so at no cost to the car owners. For owners who are forced to drive this car, this is a life and death issue.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #204

Jun 252013


  • 23,976 miles
Vehicle stalled, wrench light on dash lit. I went to side of road, depressed accelerator but engine did not respond. Idled only, idle was rough, engine jerked. After 2 minutes I turned engine off then started the engine with normal result, wrench light was off and vehicle idled normally. I drove 20miles home. Will take vehicle to dealer 6/26, I believe this is a dangerous occurrence as stalling at a higher speed in traffic could be deadly.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #203

Jun 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Driving down the highway I lost the ability to accelerate, and the car went to a quick decelerate. Luckily there was not much traffic, and I was able to safely pull to the side of the road. The car almost stalled once I got completely stopped. I turned the car off for about 30 seconds, and restarted it. It started up a little slow, but was quick to go back to normal. This was on Tuesday morning. On Friday afternoon the same symptoms (no acceleration, and a quick deceleration) but this time I was traveling approximately 60 mph in heavier traffic. I was in the left lane, and my only option was to pull off to the left, because I was not traveling fast enough to try and get through the traffic to the right. Turned it off, about a minute later I started it again, and I went on my way. Then this morning (06/25/13) it happened 2 times on my way to work. I have been driving in the right lane, just in case it happened again, and it is a good thing I did. I consider this to be a safety hazard, as traveling at high speeds, and not being able to safely get pulled over presents a lot of danger for myself and other drivers. I took my car to the repair shop to have them look at the code, and they told me it points to a throttle body issue. After reading numerous reports of similar situations and symptoms, I think this is something that needs to be addressed.

- Heartland, TX, USA

problem #202

Jun 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Garison , KY, USA

problem #201

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 80,125 miles
The engine stalls and throttle becomes on responsive. When the vehicle is shut off and restarted it is fine for a while. This occured three times in the last three weeks. I do alot of highway driving and this is a very dangerous problem.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #200

Jun 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
As I drove my 2010 Ford Fusion SE 6 speed manual transmission up to a speed of 50 mph, I was noticing a couple jerks of acceleration and then completely loosing power.I was able to pull over, come to a complete stop and turn the vehicle off and restart it. App-on restarting I was able to make it to auto zone where I was informed that my fuel injectors probably needed a good cleaning. So I bought some cleaner and ran I through my engine. That seemed to have worked until 3 days later I was coming home with my sister and her friend on the freeway, during rush hour driving 75mph this time, and my car didn't only stall once, but three times on my drive home. However, this time my check engine light came on so when I arrived back how and dropped of my sister and her friend I drove to auto zone and advanced auto parts to get an obd II reading. Both readings were P2111, meaning that my throttle actuator was stuck open and not responding to the gas peddle. Now both companies suggested that I just clean my throttle body and that would fix the problem. Before I did this I call my Ford dealer to see if this part was under warranty or any kind of recall and was informed that it was not under warranty or recall. They also suggested that I just clean the throttle body and that would fix my problem. So I cleaned the throttle body, but now the car is stalling more than before. I tried looking up the part so that I could replace it but found out that Ford has already discontinued that part and is telling people to by the new part, but they never did a recall for the part. This particular part controls the air flow into the engine, if it malfunctions the throttle body closes up and the car idles, no matter how fast you are going. This is a sever safety issue that Ford needs to take responsibility for. If they don't someone can be seriously injured, or worse, killed.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #199

Jun 152013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 59,640 miles


The contact own a 2010 Ford escape. The contact stated while driving the vehicle it lost all power. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 59,640.

- Elkton, FL, USA

problem #198

Jun 172013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while making a right turn the vehicle lost power. The contact drove onto the emergency lane and turned the vehicle off. After restarting the vehicle the contact was able to drive the vehicle normally without incident. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and after it was diagnosed the dealer stated they could find nothing wrong; however, the identical failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but it was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 47,000.

- Ash Flat, AR, USA

problem #197

Jun 202013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Traveling on the freeway this morning, when my vehicle suddenly slows to a crawl, and I lose power to the gas pedal. I just miss being hit by a semi-tractor which had been behind me. I was able to motion my car across three lanes to the side of the freeway. After shutting the vehicle off, and restarting the vehicle it seemed to run normal until about 50 miles down the road when the same thing happened again. I am afraid to drive the car at this point. Dealership claims they are now sure what the cause is, but have seen this numerous times.

- Saint Charles , MO, USA

problem #196

Jun 172013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at 65 mph during rush hour traffic when suddenly my speed dropped to 5 mph. I pulled off to the side of the road and turned off my car. After sitting for a few minutes I started the car and got back on the highway. After I traveled for approximately one mile it did the same thing again. I turned off the car and restarted in a minute or two and again was able to continue my travels on the highway. My destination was about two miles away. I called the dealer, ganley Ford, that I purchased the car from and was able to get my car in that day. The diagnosed the problem to be the throttle body. I was told that it would take a week for the part to come in. To my surprise it only took three days for it come in. I was told that this was not covered under the manufacturer warranty or under my extended warranty. This a very serious issue and I am lucky that I was not hit from behind because there was no warning that this was going to happen. My spend just went from 65 mph to 5 mph. I had the gas pedal to the floor, but my car would not go. I have read many Ford forums and blogs and it appears that this is a very common problem. I believe that these cars should be recalled and those of us that have already paid to have the problem fixed should be reimbursed.

- Parma Hts, OH, USA

problem #195

Jun 092013


  • 67,000 miles


Was driving interstate speeds and vehicle shut down, wrench symbol came on dash board. Has happened 3-5 times since, in traffic or at highway speeds. Extremely dangerous.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #194

Jan 082013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I had come to a stop light and was turning right when the car went into limp mode. Second time about two weeks later I was turning onto a entrance ramp to an interstate and was accelerating when it went into limp mode. It happened again two weeks later. About three weeks ago I was idling when the car totally cut off. I restarted it drove 5 miles and it went into limp mode when I was pulling into a parking lot. Yesterday it happened when I was doing a steady 70 mph on the interstate. Today when I was doing 65 mph on the interstate. Each time, I pulled over, turned the ignition off and restarted the car which ran normally after that.

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #193

Jun 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 52,109 miles
While driving down a moderately traveled road, my vehicle lost power where when I pushed on the accelerator (nothing happened). I was able to get pulled off the side of the road and some warning lights appeared on my dash. I turned the car off and restarted it and it seemed to be okay (no warning lights on dash) and I proceeded home. The following morning it happened again while attempting to pull away from a traffic light on a busier road. I managed to get off the road, turned it off and tried restarting it. Once I got it restarted, I headed straight for the dealership. It was diagnosed as being the throttle body. My issue is that it can completely catch the driver off guard and cause an accident. The vehicle is not very old and the manufacturer seems to be controlling the distribution of the part (only so many released at a time). It took over a week to get my car back for what seems to be a very common issue as read in forums from other owners of the same type of vehicle. I believe the issue with the throttle body needs to be reviewed for a possible recall.

- New Oxford, PA, USA

problem #192

Jun 192013


  • 65,087 miles
During initial acceleration the car will lose power and start shaking sporadically. The car will not stall but it does not accelerate even when the gas peddle is depressed. The car has to be restarted to stop behavior. Check engine light appeared after the behavior persisted for about a week. Brought car to an auto zone for an odbii reading. The codes that were reported are as follows: P2111: Throttle actuator control system - stuck open. P0457: Evap small leak detected brought car to Ford dealer as problem persisted. Ford dealer diagnosed problem as electronic throttle body failure. Electronic throttle body was replaced.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #191

Jun 172013


  • 57,000 miles
Was driving on highway, when my 2010 Ford Fusion SE lost power and was jerking forward. I had to pull over to side of highway because I could not accelerate. Indicator light for transmission problem was on. I turned off the car and restarted, after which the vehicle ran fine again. However, after driving for a few more miles, car did the same thing. I again restarted and vehicle ran fine again, this time running long enough for me to get home. While driving it to the Ford dealership, it did this again, this time at speed of about 60 mph. Vehicle would drive but was only able to go at very low speeds. Dealer said it was an issue with throttle body and that this part is on backorder.

- Conklin, MI, USA

problem #190

Jun 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 56,470 miles
On June 18, 2013 while driving home from work I was stopped a yield sign waiting for traffic to clear which would allow me to enter a main road. When traffic was clear I pressed the accelerator and began to proceed. Within one or two seconds I lost all power in my accelerator and the rpms were not moving in my dashboard. As I steered my vehicle to the side of the road my car began to jerk as I put my vehicle in park; roughly 100 feet from where I pulled from. It is important to note the wrench on the dashboard turn on when my vehicle came to rest. I turned my car off and put my hazards on. I waited several seconds then turn the car on. It had trouble starting but did start. I noticed the wrench on again but it quickly turned off. If the road was not clear when I pulled from the yield sign I would have caused and accident after starting my vehicle and proceeding down the road about 1 mile the vehicle had the same sequence of losing power in the accelerator and jerking to a stop as I put the vehicle in park. This time the road had widened to a tow lane road overpass of an interstate. My vehicle came to a stop just before the entrance to the interstate. The posted speed limit is 35 mph but people typically accelerate to 50 mph preparing to enter the highway. Coming to a stop before the interstate on ramp thankfully did not cause an accident but did cause a small traffic slow down as I pulled to the side of the road. Again I was able to start the vehicle with a little trouble and this time I noticed the wrench and check engine light on. After dropping my vehicle off on June 19, 2013 I received a call from the Ford dealership advising the issue was related to the throttle body and that it would need to be replaced. I authorized the work because I need a reliable car and do not want to fear for my safety while driving the vehicle.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #189

Jun 182013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
4th incident with my 2010 Fusion shutting down while driving. I picked it up from the Ford service 6/18 and they said they fixed it, again. I drove to work, no problems. Got off work, driving for about 10 minutes and the car sputtered, wrench light comes on and when I press the gas, nothing happens. Coasted to the side of the road and it sputtered some more and shuts off. Ford keeps making repairs to my car saying they've fixed it but it's not fixed. Now I have $1,200 in repair bills and no car. I'm scared to drive my car and very stressed over this. No one should have to keep going through this danger of driving a car that keeps shutting off! and as I see from other Ford owners, I'm not the only one this is happening to. Ford needs to do something about this issue, or someone is going to get seriously hurt, or killed!! I've complained to Ford motor credit customer service and filed another complaint with the NHTSA. Please do something to recall these cars to fix the issues!!

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #188

Jun 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,350 miles
Driving and lost power, car engine died. Wrench icon came on on the ger indicator. Sputtered when coming to stop and had to shut car off and restart. When restarted I had no odemeter or gas mileage indicator on dash. Did another 2 times until I reached my destination, approx 3 -5 miles away. I was out of town when happened and I called my Ford dealer and explained and the service manager stated he was 95% sure it was the throttle body. He also stated I might not be able to get fixed right away as to the possibility of no parts available as a known issue. Had to finally stop at a Ford dealer on Sunday on our return trip as kept happening, repeatedly and too unsafe to drive any further as we were not getting any further than 5 miles apart before it kept happening and 2 of us had to stay overnight in a hotel until the Ford dealer opened Monday am. On the 4th time this happened, a check engine light finally came on..not prior to this though.the Ford dealer confirmed it was the throttle body and we did have replaced at that time.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #187

May 282013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
While driving, the electronic throttle body malfunctioned, causing my car to start to lose speed rapidly. I was in interstate traffic, making this issue that much more dangerous. I was lucky that I was in the right hand lane without heavy traffic and could pull safely off of the road. This has occurred multiple times since then. It seemed to be an intermittent problem, but has now put my car out of commission until it is fixed. The cost of repair is over $400. Upon researching this, I found that it is a very common problem that Ford seems to know about, but will not cover under the extended warranty I have because it is an "emissions" part. I must state that I absolutely love my car and like the way it drives, but am disappointed that this has not been recalled since it is common enough for the dealer to know what it is before even looking at the car. I also must say that my dealer has dealt with me fairly and honestly through the whole process.

- Batesville, MS, USA

problem #186

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Driving at highway speeds when I felt a shudder and realized I was losing forward momentum. Rpms dropped and the engine did not respond to stepping on the gas pedal. A wrench light illuminated on the dash. Only coasting, I was able to move the car to the side of the road and put it in park. Car had a very shaky idle, like it was about to stall. I turned off the ignition and waited for about 1 min, then tried to turn the car back on. Car took longer than usual to turn back on, but once it was back on it seemed fine. Was able to continue driving it to my destination without further incident. Five days after first incident, same even occurred again, with turning the car off and on seeming to correct the problem for the time. No electrical, braking, or power-steering power was lost.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

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