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 9 of 32)

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problem #465

Nov 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


I was in rush hour traffic (approx 20mph) when out of no where the engine mechanical light came on and the car lost power. I put the car into neutral and tried to move to across three lanes to the emergency lane with no power. I almost got the car to the emergency lane when it stopped. I had to get out on the interstate and push the car to the side of the road. I turned the car off and sat for a few minutes. Then I tried to start the car when it fired right up like there was never an issue. I continued on to work. After leaving work I was driving home at about 70mph and again out of no where the car lost power and I again pulled to the emergency lane, turned the car off and started it again, and continued home. This is a dangerous malfunction that is going to kill someone if it already hasn't.... I almost got hit trying to move my car off the interstate!!!!

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #464

Nov 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 39,026 miles
Throttle response stopped entirely at an intersection, resulting in a near rear-end collision. Subsequent extreme rough idle, bogged-down engine behavior, and difficulty to start engine. Faulty part is electronic throttle body, per NHTSA action number PE13003.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #463

Oct 302013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Transmission fluid leaks seal at left cv joint. I took it to have it serviced due to slipping/ jerking when changing gears. Total of repairs cost me over $500, 4 days later, seal is broken again and needs to be replaced again. Ford needs to recall this vehicle...after seeing hundreds of exact same issue!

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #462

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 49,876 miles


This is a complaint for an issue that has an existing preliminary evaluation - NHTSA PE13003. I purchased a 2010 Ford Fusion sel in July 2010. It was purchased new. In may of 2013, while driving on city streets with my 3 year old daughter, my vehicle appeared to stall as I was turning at a traffic light. While the vehicle was still powered, my ability to control the vehicle or accelerate to speeds over 5 mph was instantly removed. I was able to limp to the side of the road and restart the car, which drove normally until the next day when I was driving across town to meet the person providing me a ride to and from the Ford dealership. Over the course of an hour, my vehicle exhibited the same symptoms 4 separate times while trying to get to a Ford dealership. The dealership reported to me the next ay that I would have to have the throttle body replaced, at a cost of $486. None of the cost would be covered under warranty, and that I would be advised to have the work done immediately as the necessary replacement part was in shortage nationwide, and the dealership only had 1 on hand. I had the part replaced, and the vehicle has functioned normally since.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #461

Nov 022013


  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle just stopped, couldn't accelerate, loss of power, couldn't get any speed.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #460

Nov 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,312 miles
I was driving my fairly new and well taken care of Ford Fusion up a hill with my fiance' and 1 month old baby coming home. The car all of a sudden stalled and cause cars to almost crash into me. I had to hurry pull over and push the car out of traffic. Thank god I was not making a turn through traffic or else a tragedies could have happened. I traded my other Ford for this new one thinking it was safer choice. The engine tool came on then went off as I shut the car off. Today I was driving again on 11/4/13 and I was going through the green light and boom car stalled again!! this time traffic rushing to me on the side where they can't see my hazards on. Again with my baby in the car!!! I had to run out to stop traffic. Please NHTSA have Ford fix this asap or many people may be at risk of serious injury or death!!! they are putting babies at risk too!!!

- Sanford , FL, USA

problem #459

Sep 252013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 66,500 miles


The throttle body on my 2010 Ford Fusion SE failed. My car lost power and stalled out four times while driving in traffic. I have replaced the part and would certainly like to see Ford recall this part.

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #458

Oct 292013


  • 107,425 miles
Accelerating from a complete stop at a stop light and the car started to shake violently and the wrench light came on, no acceleration occurred. Turned the car off and on again and everything was fine except for the occasional jerky acceleration now. Identified as probably the throttle body.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #457

Jun 212010

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
On a highway I started from a stop and my 2010 Ford Fusion moved forward and then dropped into idle with no response to the accelerator and I was forced to pull drift off the highway into the nearest parking lot. I called the dealer and moved slowly to the dealer for an assessed faulty original electronic throttle assembly requiring replacement for $629 with a backlog of 9000 of those parts in the Ford supply system.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #456

Oct 262013

Fusion 10-cyl

  • 80,250 miles
While traveling on the interstate at 70 miles per hour the car suddenly lost power. The wrench icon illuminated and the transmission felt as if it had disengaged from the engine. There was no throttle response. I was able to pull over to the side of the road without incident. I shut off the ignition. After about 3 minutes I restarted the engine. The wrench icon disappeared. The engine and transmission performed normally after that.

- Solana Beach, CA, USA

problem #455

Oct 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Was driving through a subdivision when car started to jerk and stall out. Was able to pull to the side, restart vehicle and return to the road. This has since happened 3 times within the past week, once upon a 4 lane boulevard. I believe Ford Motor Co. Is aware of this issue yet has done nothing to recall and repair the part. I do not feel safe in this car as no warning is given that it is going to die. It just dies and lord help you! I plan to have it towed to the dealership tomorrow and trade it in on a Chrysler product.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #454

Oct 132013


  • 30,000 miles
My 2010 Ford Fusion *just* turned 30K miles;the basic warranty ended 7/31/13. On 10/13 driving 60 mph on I-95 in the middle lane in heavy traffic the car suddenly stalled-no engine power/response when I pressed on the accelerator. A wrench light was lit on my dash. With no engine power to quickly pull over, I was afraid of being hit & barely coasted over 3 lanes to the breakdown lane. I came to a complete stop & it started bucking.I realized the car had not stalled--it had lost engine power. I put it in park, turned the ignition off & on to start the car. It started fine, idled fine, no wrench light lit; I eased my way back into traffic. Almost immediately the same thing happened: The car seemed to stall-lost all ability to accelerate.the wrench light was lit; this time the engine light was lit.fortunately, I was in the right-hand lane & could coast into the breakdown lane; the car started bucking again. I again put the car in park, turned the ignition completely off & on again to start the car. Again, the car seemed to run fine, the wrench light went out, & the engine light stayed lit. I gingerly reentered traffic & drove home slowly in the right-hand mechanic retrieved a service code of P2111 which is the throttle body assembly. I researched-this is known problem, there have been many complaints, there is a tsb, & there has been communication between NHTSA & Ford Motor Company. I called my dealer, explained, gave them the code, told them what I found & that it should fall under the emissions defect warranty (it is technically an emissions defect), it is a known issue and since my car was barely out of the bumper-to-bumper warranty & only has 30,000 miles on it, it was a goodwill matter.fearful of breaking down again I had the car towed ~30 miles to the dealer.they said it was the throttle body assembly & it was not covered by warranty. The repair cost would be $420.58!!

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #453

Oct 252013


  • 48,000 miles
When accelerating the cars engine suddenly stalls. Had to stop, and turn off the car completely, and re-start.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #452

Oct 232013


  • 93,677 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle began jerking and stalled. The check engine warning light was also illuminated. The contact pulled over and shifted into park, and the vehicle began shaking while in park. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and the stalling failure ceased. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact did not have any repairs performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 93,677. Returned by usps on 11-15-2013. Second attempt on 11-20-2013 failed.

- Lavonia , GA, USA

problem #451

Oct 022013


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the throttle body and motor assembly would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #450

Aug 052013


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving car three different time when the transmission shifts strangely and loses power then idles erratically and cannot accelerate, car displays error code on dash. I turn off car and restart and code goes away and runs good.

- Monrovia, IN, USA

problem #449

Oct 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Tried to start vehicle after filling up on gas, already had about 1/4 tank prior to fill up, recently driving for several miles (car is warmed up fully) and it immediately stalled. This had never happened to me, and it occurred to me that just before the gas fill up I noticed somewhat rough engine response in a very short drive from across the street. I've read that there are issue with throttle body faults on Fusion and escape that do not log under normal odb 2 codes after turning engine off. I never saw the check engine light come on.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #448

Oct 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,807 miles
Driving 75mph on highway vehicle suddenly without warning or signals stalls. The vehicle dropped the speed from 75mph to 10mph as I continuously was trying to accelerate the speed but was unsuccessful. The code of P211 throttle body is defective & thank god no vehicle was behind me cause it could of caused a tremendous crash accident.

- Alice, TX, USA

problem #447

Oct 182013


  • 32,000 miles
I was driving on a main road and after accelerating through a light, my car stopped accelerating and my "wrench" light came on. I could no longer accelerate and the car began jumping back and forth as if it were trying to switch gears. Luckily I wasn't on a major highway. I shut the car off and turned it back on and the light went away briefly. After pulling onto a side road it happened again and when I put it in park, my RPM gauge began fluctuating and I was not pressing the gas also began hard shifting and it seemed as though the transmission was going to drop. Not sure if this is a computer issue, but it is clearly not safe. It stalled several more times on the way home. It's definitely not safe to drive and thankfully I was not on a major highway where lives could have been at risk. I researched this weekend and clearly other people have had the same issue. I can't believe this isn't a recall. Hopefully Ford takes care of this before someone gets seriously hurt.

- Everett , MA, USA

problem #446

Oct 162013


  • 92,063 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while driving 70 mph. The contact coasted onto the shoulder, restarted the engine and resumed normal function however, the failure became recurring. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home and was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure and current mileage was 92,063.

- Millington, TN, USA

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