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:
19 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,959 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 19 of 38)

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problem #398

Aug 022013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


On 8/2/2013, I was driving on I-68W near rocky gap, md. While driving down the mountain, the car's rpms jumped up to 4000 rpms from its normal 2000 rpms. I tried applying the brakes and pumping the gas to try to get the car to operate normally. After 30 or 40 seconds, the car returned to 2000 rpms. This repeated a couple times over the next few minutes. Eventually, I was going up a mountain, when the car's rpms dropped to 1000. The car decelerated and I was able to pull safely over to the shoulder. The amber wrench symbol was lit. I let the car sit for a few minutes then started it back up again. At this point, the car worked normally but acceleration was somewhat sluggish. When I returned home, I checked to see if any vehicle error code were present. None were. Initially, I thought the car wasn't used to the mountain driving. A few days later, I was driving along md-100W (a very flat road) and then pulled into a local shopping center. While driving through the parking lot, the car lost power. I immediately hooked up a code reader and got a P2112. I googled this error code and it seems to be a very common problem with Ford Fusion. If this lose of power occurred at the wrong time, it could easily cause a bad accident.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #397

Jul 102013


  • 42,000 miles
Car was running but would not accelerate after a stop. Gas pedal was inoperative. Electronic throttle body.

- Gloucester City, NJ, USA

problem #396

May 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
1 morning traffic, heavy stop and go, tool light came on, car stalled, shake and would not accelerate. 2 another when I was with children and steady speed of 65mph on the freeway and on fast lane and car no warnings shut down accelerations and tool light came on. 3 driving without traffic coming off a stop light turning on a main street and car shuts down again after no warning. Tool light comes on and engine light as well. Many other incidents have occurred and finally after several attempts to figure out what was the issues the mechanic had a code od P2111 throttle body system was the cause. Very dangerous and what is worse the car tests itself and makes the issues go away for a short time.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #395

Aug 062013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph the vehicle would not accelerate. After merging to the shoulder of the road and shutting the engine off the contact restarted the vehicle and the failure shortly recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated the throttle control module had to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired because the part was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #394

Jun 272013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,335 miles traveling on interstate at 55 miles per hour when the car lost power and the wrench light came on it was all that could be done to avoid a highspeed accident. When the vehicle wa restarted it ran fine. However it continues doing this. The dealer says the throttle unit ($600) needs replaced this after the transmission was just replaced. We called the Ford customer service it took three weeks for their representative to return the call and he had the nerve to ask "what did we expect him to do"? with the web the companies can no longer lie the dealer and Ford first stated it was the first they heard of this, yet there are lawsuits everywhere.

- Hayes, VA, USA

problem #393

Jun 072013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Driving at relatively low speed - 25-30 mph - and car lurched to slow speed - could not accelerate at all. Had to pull over to side of road, turn vehicle off and restart. Drove 50 yards and problem recurred. It continued to happen, fortunately not on the highway until I called the Ford dealer. Had to have the vehicle towed because I did not want to take it on the highway. Dealer wanted to charge me over $500 for repair as vehicle was 3 months out of 36 month warranty. I researched online and found that this is a problem with the "throttle box" which the dealer should have been well aware of. Dealer did "assisted" me with cost of repair - charged me $50. The repair should have been free. Ford needs to issue a recall before someone is killed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #392

Jul 272013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Traveling down the highway at 70mph using cruise control, when the wrench symbol appeared on the dial and the car slowed way down and would not accelerate. We were able to pull to the side of the road, turned off the engine, waited a few minutes to restart and were able to drive away at normal speeds. This happened two more times within the 2 hour trip. We scheduled an appointment with the dealership and were told the problem was the throttle body and that it had to be replaced, but there were no parts available in the entire country and the part was on back order until perhaps 2 months. We were told this is a fairly common problem, but there was no recall forthcoming. I believe this is potentially a life-threatening problem that should be addressed by the company. I'm getting my car back from the dealership because I need transportation and have not been offered a loaner for the duration of the time it will take to get the new part. I will be living in constant fear that the problem will recur and I could be left stranded on the side of the road at some point when the car will not reset.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #391

Jul 112013


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The check engine warning lamp and the wrench warning icon were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 44,300.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #390

Aug 062013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 25,054 miles
I was driving down the interstate at approx 60 when all of a sudden the car was running but when I pushed on the gas nothing happened... and the wrench on the dashboard came on.... the car coasted to a stop finally... I then shut off the car and restarted it.. and no prob then on.. so far...

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #389

Aug 052013


  • 60,000 miles
The car suddenly stopped accelerating and the engine would only produce about 800 RPM. I shut the car off and restarted it and the problem repeated the next day at a lower speed (30 mph). The dealer diagnosed it and said it due to a defective throttle position sensor which would cost $475 and is not covered under any warranty.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #388

Jul 022011

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Car lost power without warning. We were traveling on a two lane road going downhill. Coasted to side of road and restarted. We were able to make it home. Throttle body replaced at dealer. We have two 2010 Fusion in our household. Other car failed in same manner except it happened on the freeway. This throttle body has also been replaced. This car had 55000 miles. Speed was approximately 75 mph.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #387

Aug 022013


  • 49,500 miles
I was driving my morning commute doing about 65 mph on the interstate when there was a clunking type noise from the engine and then the car just would not accelerate. I was able to pull over to the shoulder, put it in park and turned it off. I then restarted the car and it drove just fine. I took it to the dealership that morning and after having the vehicle all day I was told they could not find anything wrong and just reset the computer because they said there was probably a malfunction with the computer that sent a signal to the engine which caused this to happen. That cost me $103 to just reset the computer. Then 4 days later it happens to me again while driving about 60 mph on a highway. I did the same thing by putting it in park, shutting if off and then restarting it. At that point I decided to drop it off at the dealership for them to check the next morning beings it was after hours and they obviously did not fix the problem the first time. On the way to dropping it off at the dealership it happened again while getting on the interstate. I guess we will have to wait and see what lame excuse they come up with this time.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #386

Aug 022013


  • 76,000 miles
I was traveling on the hwy going home. The little wrench light came on the dashboard without warning or any kind of notice and I could not accelerate at all. When I tried to press the gas pedal it would not do anything at all. I managed to pull over to the median. I tried shutting off the vehicle and then restarting it. This solved the problem temporarily. This happened to me three times the rest of my way home. Without warning the light comes on and you have no acceleration. I'm being told it could be the throttle body.

- Honea Path , SC, USA

problem #385

Aug 052013


  • 33,817 miles
Driving about 35 miles an hour when the car makes a muffled clunking noise and the speedometer starts going towards 0. I pull over, turn off the car turn it back on and it runs fine for about 5 miles and does it again, this time the noise is louder, the engine light comes on and I can smell burning. I was able to pull into a parking lot, called a tow truck and had it towed to the dealership. I've just been told it is the throttle body and it will be about $600 to repair it. My warranty expired 34 days ago.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #384

Jul 222013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I was driving in windber, pa going around a sharp turn with a tri axle coal truck on my bumper, as I went to press the gas pedal the car made a pop noise. Looked down at my dash and the wrench light came on right away, I could not get any gas to the engine, I tried to get off the road but there was not a shoulder on the highway.I immediately put my turn signal on and the car just coasted along the side until it came to a stop on the shoulder of the roadway on the curve, might I add. I turn my car off and called my husband told him he told me to call laurel Ford and see if they could tow it for us. I left the car sit because I was going to a appointment in somerset I did not want to be late, when I returned from the appointment the car started right up no wrench light I drove to laurel Ford, I went in talked to the service rep they looked over my car and advised me that the computer did not locate a problem, but they have found that the throttle body has been the problem with this model of car. He explained that the part was on national back order and was unsure when he could get the part. I drove the car home that day with no problem, I attempted to drive the car again to go to work on tueday 7 miles from home the car did the same thing went to give it gas and the car shut off I pulled to the side of the road and turned the engine off and it started back up no wrench light. Went to work going home from work it did it again and not only the wrench light but the engine light came on as well. I got the car home called laurel Ford and took the car to them for repair there is not part to be found its on national back order and its been two weeks I have called Ford and have not given me a time or date of where the part is or if the part is available. I called Ford service twice and got the same answer I feel that Ford has dropped the ball on this not happy.

- Portage, PA, USA

problem #383

Jul 142013


  • miles
When exiting off of the expressway, I lost the ability to accelerate. Coasted to the side of the road, put in park, and as I was shutting if off it shook/rattled and the wrench light came on. Waited a few minutes and restarted and it was fine. Continued to drive and on August 2, as I was driving on the expressway again (traveling approx. 70 mph) I again lost the ability to accelerate, however, this time I didn't stop or slow down before hand. Again I coasted to the side of the road, shut down (still got the rattle and wrench light) and restarted. When I took it to the dealership, they stated the throttle body needed to be replaced. The car is only three years old! this is very dangerous thing to happen especially on the expressway since you can possibly be rear ended in addition to not having the ability to pull over. I would hope that this issue will be looked into and corrected to the best of Ford's ability before something worse happens because of this malfunction.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #382

Jul 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 56,400 miles
I was driving along an expressway at 55 miles an hour when the car suddenly slowed down and would not accelerate upon stepping on the gas pedal. I had to pull over and turn the car off. When I turned it back on, it ran fine but the wrench light came on and then went off. The next day, the same thing happened on an expressway. I took it to a local garage but no lights were on and it did not repeat the problem. A few weeks later, driving on a street road at 35 mph, the same thing happened. It occurred again a few minutes later on a highway at 55 mph. This time the check engine light came on and stayed on. I went to my local garage the next day and they put the computer on the car and found the problem was the throttle activator. I have just left a message with the dealer today and am waiting to hear back if they will fix it even though the car is no longer under warranty. I am very concerned about driving the car as my daily drive to work is on expressways with limited access to a shoulder to park on.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #381

Jun 112013


  • 49,000 miles
The first time I experienced the problem; I was accelerating going up a slight incline, the engine quit. I had to put it park and restart it, in traffic. This same issues happened several more times, the car just quit while driving. On July 27th, it happened again along with a new issue: I was at a stop light and it started running ruff and shut itself off. This incident happened twice.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #380

Aug 042013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Car died at cruising speeds and almost caused an accident. I feel it is dangerous for me to continue driving this vehicle even though it is almost new. I was told this is the throttle body?

- Versailles, OH, USA

problem #379

Aug 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 47,363 miles
The first incident I was driving down the highway doing 55 mph and my car shut off. I was able O start the car again and get out of the road. I replaced the battery since later that day my card wouldn't turn on. The second incident I was headed to the airport on my morning commute; I came to a stop sign and the car accelerated and the engine began to rev very loudly then I my car stalled out. I have my car in the shop and they advised that I have a bad throttle body and it will require replacement, the cost is $345 for the part and $190 for the labor. All while I am still paying on the loan.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

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