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 5 of 32)

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problem #545

Apr 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Since this vehicle was made with no gas cap my engine light is always on. Any little bit of dirt I drive yet gets into the seal of the gas tank so my engine light pops on and states there is some sort of leak in the system. I can't afford to keep taking it in to pay and arm and a leg for the dealership just to blow out the seal. So my engine light is always on. This is a very dangerous problem because you never know if there is an actual problem with the vehicle or if it's just that dirt in the seal of the gas tank. Big mistake by Ford and they should fix it or they will definitely lose my business...which I've been Ford loyal since I was old enough to drive. I will also deter anyone else I know from buying for just for the capless gas tank feature!!!!!

- Medford, WI, USA

problem #544

Sep 282014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Twice the vehicle ran properly and was parked. Upon starting the vehicle, it ran fine for some seconds. As I pulled into traffic, the vehicle inexplicably lost nearly all power. The engine ran extremely rough and the car would barely move at all. I could barely get off the road because of the extreme loss of power and very rough idling. The wrench indicator light came on both times, but the service engine light did not come on either time. After shutting off the car and restarting it, the car operated normally.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #543

Oct 012014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 43,470 miles
Driving on I-10 from biloxi to diamondhead ms car loses power pull over car starts again drive 5miles quits again drive out of gas station across street car quits again have towed to repair shop starts they can't get it to quit I pick up car drive it home runs drive to car wash runs ok when will it quit again we will see.

- Diamondhead, MS, USA

problem #542

Sep 242014


  • 47,211 miles


Wife called me at 6.15 am on her way to work and advised the car stalled in the middle of the road wrench light, service light illuminated. She was able to restart car and continue driving. The next 3 minutes the car stalled again with just the wrench light illuminated. I told her not to drive the car and to see if it would start to get to a safe place. She was able to move the vehicle to a safe place. I will now bring this vehicle to a dealer. The transmission is also jerking, clunking and not shifting properly. There is certainly a transmission and engine problem with this vehicle. Please continue to investigate, recall or have Ford fix the issue at no charge to the consumer. Thanks you

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #541

Sep 212014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Sudden loss of throttle response at 30mph driving speed. Vehicle soon stalled losing engine power. Check engine light illuminated. Ford obd code P2111, throttle actuator stuck open. Replaced faulty throttle body with new to remedy situation. Erased obd codes. No further problems. This complaint will also be forwarded to Ford consumer relations.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #540

Sep 042014


  • 84,000 miles
While driving on the interstate, the vehicle completely lost power under acceleration. I took it to a Ford dealer and they fixed it free of charge. They said that they are aware of the issue, but have not had time to send out a recall yet.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #539

Sep 052014


  • 76,285 miles


My vehicle suffered the Ford customer satisfaction program for throttle body failure. The vehicle will idel rough there will be a surge and then the vehicle will go into "limp home mode". this happened while turning at lightfrom a stop. The vehicle accelerated then hesitated the a complete loss of power with the engine light coming on. Att hat point the car was in "limp home mode" the throttle position sensor inside the throttle body was the problem. Contacted Ford and my vehicle is not covered under their customer satisfaction program which extended the warranty on over 1 million for vehicles. I believe Ford needs to extend this "csp" to a larger range of VIN numbers and assembly plants.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #538

Sep 082014


  • 109,925 miles
Car lost power at 70 while on cruise on the highway lost speed and dropped down to 40, went into limp mode check engine light came on scanned car code P2119 present Ford replaced (no charge) throttle body and motor assembly under a customer satisfaction program 13B17.

- Brooklyn Park , MN, USA

problem #537

Aug 042014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 49,422 miles
Took car in to tropical Ford in orlando for driveability recall. They claimed to reprogram the PCM. Now on Sept. 6 the car is losing power and stalling out. Also the wrench icon is showing on the dash which in the manual states the issue is the throttle control/transmission. I will have the car towed back to the dealer Sept. 8 to have repaired. I suspect is etb connectivity problem, a lot of similar complaints/recall repairs online.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #536

Dec 122013


  • 26,500 miles
Traveling on N.J. parkway...suddenly, engine just stopped working and I had no control of accelerator. Had been in middle lane at the time and as I tried to get to side of road cars had to swerve into around me because of the sudden loss of speed. I reported this to dealer, but service manger accredited the problem to water in gas line or dirt in filter. As of this writing, a recall was issued from throttle body problems, had it repaired 2 weeks ago, but today, same problem has recurred.

- Belford, NJ, USA

problem #535

Aug 282014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,020 miles


While driving on the highway at 65 mph, the engine suddenly went into idle and it was not possible to accelerate. I was fortunately able to make my way over to the shoulder without causing an accident before the car came to a shaking halt. This then happened 3 more times as I made my way on local roads to a Ford dealer. Also fortunately, the dealer repaired my car (replaced throttle body and reprogrammed), which was no longer under warranty, free of charge. I don't know why such a potentially life threatening defect has not been the subject of a recall.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #534

Aug 112014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 26,790 miles
Just after starting the car and pulling out to drive, the wrench light comes on....then while driving the acceleration stops and goes to 20 miles per hour or less, then kicks in and accelerates and does the same thing again....I pull over and turn off the car, start the car again, the wrench light goes out then the car operates normally. Took it to mcfarland Ford in exeter nh, after reading information about throttle body malfunction. Was doing the exact thing everyone else said their car was doing. Was told that there was a recall due to throttle body and to bring the car in at no extended warranty to 10 years or 150,000 miles. While it was there being "fixed", the manager said he couldn't come up with the code for the throttle body, but a code that is related to the throttle body came up and is able to replace the throttle body if anything related to throttle body comes up, so he replaced the throttle body. The manager proceeded to say if the wrench light comes back on, we would need to bring it in again but this time it will cost. Well, the wrench light just came back on again, two days after it was "fixed".

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #533

Aug 072014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on the interstate at approx. 55 mph, with cruise control activated. The vehicle suddenly deactivated T he cruise control and started slowing down. Wrench light came on, and it stopped responding to pressing of the accelerator. I steered the vehicle off the interstate and on to an exit ramp, with brakes and steering unaffected. When I put it in park, the engine was sputtering and the car shaking. After shutting off the engine and restarting, the vehicle ran normally without warning lights. Repair shop employees said it was probably the throttle body, but because the car computer had not recorded the codes, they weren't sure.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #532

Aug 042014


  • miles
2010 Ford Fusion. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle throttle body malfunction. The consumer stated if the throttle body malfunctioned, it could cause the vehicle to stall.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #531

Feb 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
This car has continually had multiple problems. We bought the car in April of 2012 and less than a year later we were told we needed a new transmission after we began losing power during operation (a serious safety concern!). the car stalls out, the wrench light (and sometimes the engine light) comes on and the car loses power and shakes. Two transmissions later, the problem still persists. Happening again yesterday (a week after we had a new transmission put in). There is no code for the dealer to recognize. The only thing we keep getting from this car is the stress of failure and serious safety concerns.

- Emeryville, CA, USA

problem #530

Jul 292014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 72,704 miles
I was driving normally when the vehicle lost all power. I was forced to pull over on a 2 lane highway with no shoulder. Car shook violently at idle. Turned the car off and restarted it and the problem seemed to go away. Happened again a mile or so later.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #529

Jul 282014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle broke down last evening, stalled with wrench light and engine light while driving in traffic. Was able to safely coast to the side of the road and have vehicle towed to dealership. Dealer has diagnosed faulty electronic signal in the throttle body. Dealer has offered to replace the throttle body for $397. (note: Mafs was replaced in this vehicle in January, 2010, only a couple of weeks after I bought it -- not sure if that is relevant or not.) Ford currently has customer satisfaction program #13N03 for extended warranty coverage on throttle bodies for other 2010 Fusion, but they informed me that my vehicle was not included in this program. Perhaps it would be wise for Ford to take a second look to determine if their current customer satisfaction program needs to be expanded?

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #528

Jul 262014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 59,492 miles
I was driving on an interstate going 65 mph when my gas pedal stopped working, it would not make my car accelerate. The rpms dropped down to 1000-1500 and my car immediately started to slow down. I pulled to the side of the road and as I slowed down the car jumped and acted like it was stalling out. The wrench light on the dash also illuminated. I put the car in park and let the car run for about 1O more minutes before it stalled out.thinking that my car was broken down and I was going to have to get it towed. Before I called for a tow I restarted the car and when I did, it ran fine.

- Milford, NH, USA

problem #527

Jul 192014


  • 50,000 miles
Car stalled all of a sudden traveling 70 mph in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway. The throttle went into limp mode and I was forced to abruptly pull off to the side of the road where the car sputtered with the wrench light on the dash. I started the car again, the wrench light went away and the engine started properly. I diagnosed the computer system and got two codes, P2111 and P2112. The throttle body is getting stuck open and stuck closed causing the car to go into limp mode. This is very dangerous for anyone traveling on a busy road and could definitely cause injury if someone is unable to react to the situation due to their car being inoperable.

- New Hartford, NY, USA

problem #526

Jun 202014


  • 62,000 miles
Driving down highway and car sputters and engine brakes. Almost rear ended. Took to dealership and they said it was a bad throttle body. Looked up issue and found the is already a recall Ford warranty program number 13N03 but dealership stated my car is not covered. Called Ford they also said my car is not covered. My 2010 Ford Fusion sport has they same issues as cars covered under warranty program but is not covered under said program. Dealership had to replace the throttle body at significant expense to myself. More cars are affected by this program and recall should be expanded for the safety of other drivers.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

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