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 21 of 38)

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problem #358

Jul 262013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 62,020 miles


While driving on I-85 South approximately 50-60 mph in moderately heavy traffic, between exits 27 and 26, the car sounded like it dropped out of gear while accelerating. I was able to merge to the shoulder of the highway. The car continued decelerating and the "wrench light" appeared. The car would not accelerate at all. When stopped (at the ramp for exit 26), the car rattled and idled very hard and was shaking. The battery light appeared, then the oil lamp appeared and the car shut off completely. I was towed an hour later to keith hawthorne Ford in belmont. On Monday, July 29, 2013, the service manager, stated that the throttle body had failed; when they hooked-up the car to the testing machine, it did not show any codes. They replaced the failed throttle body, I paid for repairs and have the failed throttle body in my possession.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #357

Jul 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,600 miles
Four incidences since onset. When accelerating, at approximately 25 mph, the car appears to stall. A "wrench" (maintenance) light comes on. Then, when pushing gas pedal, it appears as if the car does not receive fuel. Pull to the side of the road, turn off and restart car and proceeds normally.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #356

Jun 282013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Driving car down the street and it went into idle mode. Had to pull off street. Car had no power. Turned car off and waited a couple of minutes and restarted. Ran fine for a while after that. The failure happened more frequently as time went by. Had throttle body replaced on July 18. Car has ran fine since then.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #355

Jul 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


I was driving down my local street at approx 25 mph. The engine lost power and was stuck in a rough idle. This has happened at least 6 times now. This is a very dangerous situation that is known to Ford (faulty throttle body). Someone is going to die soon or get hurt in an accident if the car loses power like this. There are hundreds of complaints on the internet about this known problem. Ford should do a recall now!

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #354

Jul 272013


  • 47,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, my car stopped accelerating and started to slow down naturally (almost like I had moved it into neutral). Pressing the accelerator did nothing, and all my electronics stayed on. The car did not shutter or shake, just a natural slowdown. Luckily I was able to change lanes quickly on the freeway and pull over. I stopped my car and restarted it and everything worked as normal. This happened 3 more times that day. I have taken it into the dealership today, but have noticed all the claims over the mast 2 months in regard to this issue. I called Ford and there is no recall yet. I await a call from the Ford dealership but expect it to be the throttle body that needs to be replaced.

- Wixom, Mi, MI, USA

problem #353

Jul 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 33,180 miles
On more that one recent occasion while driving on local roads, the car's engine would start idling poorly, and the car would start coasting and not responding to the gas pedal. I would have to pull over, turn the car off, wait 30 seconds and restart the car. I took the car to my local Ford dealer for repair on 7/24/13, and they replaced the throttle body to rectify this issue. From searching online, I found that this issue is very common, as many other Ford Fusion owners experienced this issue at around the 30-35K mile mark of ownership. From the invoice given to me by the dealer after the service, the error code with the throttle body was P2111, which is described at the following web page: I was on a local road with no other cars around, but others described having the engine issue while driving at normal speeds on highways. This is a very dangerous position to be in, and if this is a common issue with Ford vehicles, then it's highly possible someone could get seriously hurt or killed if the throttle body starts malfunctioning at the wrong place/time. Thanks for your time, and please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #352

Jun 242013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


While traveling aprox 65mph down a 4 lane hwy at 6:20 am on 6/24/13, my car began to decelerate and would not respond/accelerate when the gas pedal was pressed. The red "wrench" light lit up on the information center on the dash board. I managed to get the car to the side of the road before it finally cut off. I waited a minute or two and tried attempted to restart the engine and it restarted successfully. I was able to cautiously continue driving until I reached a Ford dealership later that morning at which point they told me it the throttle body. They went on to say that Ford was not covering this repair and that there was no recall in effect! this repair cost me $300 of which I could not spare from my budget! thankfully there were no cars or tractor trailer behind when my car began to decelerate! this needs to be a safety recall immediately, before many people are killed!!!!

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #351

Jul 272013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 68,800 miles
I have an 2010 Ford Fusion SE I brought the car not even a year ago Dec 2012. Yesterday while driving down the highway my car lost all power gas peddle did not respond check engine light came on and wrench light. I cut the car off started it back up hard start let it sit ran fine with no problem all lights at that point was out tried to take off again same issue. I don't know what's going on with it but I have been calling Ford about lost of power for like 4months now they always had an excuse can somebody please help me.

- South Boston, VA, USA

problem #350

Jul 242013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Throttle body shorted battery and caused engine to stall in traffic. When trying to restart, engine sped up fast became very dangerous. Ford has these throttle bodys on back order... that's sad. Pls recall asap before someone loses their life.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #349

Jul 252013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,125 miles
Driving down a six lane highway at 50 mph, car suddenly shuts down, barely idling. Was fortunate enough to get over to the side of the road where the car stalled. Was towed to a shop where the problem was misdiagnosed as a bad battery. New battery put in and same problem happened 36 hours later. Computer was checked this time and was giving a P2111 error code which is a stuck throttle body sensor. Could have been a real problem if the event happened at interstate speed, or making a left turn in heavy traffic. Internet is full of similar problems with this vehicle.

- Havana, FL, USA

problem #348

Jul 222013


  • 57,000 miles


While driving the gas pedal begins to shake and then the car shuts off completely. Have read several reviews/complaints about it being the throttle body, and that's what it is. $800, and warranty is expired, but brought the car in previously to Ford with the same issues, they couldn't find any problems then. Don't feel I should pay for a mistake made by Ford.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #347

Jul 232013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts over 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed and located the failure at the throttle body control. The dealer replaced the throttle body control and the vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 55,000.

- Sanford , NC, USA

problem #346

Jul 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 18,800 miles
Went to start car in driveway and it started in limp mode. Let it sit overnight and it started fine and ran okay for another 9 days. Then while driving down rural highway at 60 mph it went into limp mode again. Pulled over, waited, restarted, hoping to get to the next city. However, after another 7 or 8 miles, it went into limp mode again and I pulled off into a parking lot. Had it towed back to deal. Ford service told me this was the third instance they had in the last week or two, that Ford is not producing these parts (for a known defect!), and that it took them eight days to get the last part. Besides this being a huge safety issue, it is a major inconvenience that parts are unavailable as well. Ford needs to rectify this problem asap before someone is killed! my father retired from Ford and we have never driven any other kind of vehicle but this situation is making me re-evaluate my loyalty to Ford products.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #345

Jul 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 36,492 miles
I was driving on the highway and my car came to a sudden stop. It was sudden enough where my head smacked the steering wheel. I later came to find out that it was a bad throttle body on the car. My car has been in a shop for 2 weeks now and the mechanics are telling me that Ford is having massive issues with the part and its on a national back order for up to 6 weeks. Ford executives should be arrested for sweeping this under the rug and not addressing the issue. This almost cause a massive accident.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #344

Jul 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
When traveling down the road in typical conditions the power could cut out on the engine. Electrical power would still be on but no power would go to the engine forcing me to pull off the road and restart. This has happened several times and caused a minor bump with a traffic barrel. Ford lists this as service notice when it should be a recall, I could have been killed had I not had enough room to avoid the semi truck speeding behind me.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #343

Jul 242013


  • 65,500 miles
This has happened several times over the last few months and happened 3 times on 7/24/13 - I am in traffic on busy highway and the car just stalls. Luckily I was able to pull over all 3 times turned it off and restarted. Had I been doing the speed limit of 60 I for sure would have been involved in an accident with as much traffic that is on the 10. This is a very serious problem and Ford needs to address before someone is killed.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #342

Jul 222013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 53,450 miles
Was driving approximately 45 mph car just went to idle throttle was unresponsive wrench light came on about got rear ended has done it several times since help.

- Covington, VA, USA

problem #341

Jul 242013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Just adding to the list. Twice in the past two weeks my husband has experienced the same issue as everyone else posting a safety complaint about their 2010 Ford Fusion. He found himself not able to accelerate while driving on the highway. The first time he brought the car into a Ford dealership. They found no issue, and apparently are not aware of the overall issue. This morning (after the second occurrence) he brought the car into a non-dealership auto mechanic - no word from them yet. I am worried about his safety, and frustrated that Ford has not issued a recall given how wide-spread and long-known this problem is.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #340

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 41,034 miles
While driving the vehicle it seemed to loose power and was idling rough. Was able to pull off the road, opened the hood and the engine was shaking and running rough. Vehicle was only going a couple miles an hour as driver tried to make it back to his motel, when the vehicle just turned off. Driver let the vehicle sit for a minute and then tried to start it again, and it started up. The vehicle would run but it has extremely limited power. Vehicle was taken to the nearest Ford dealership where it was determined that it was a failed throttle body and that the part was on national back order. Had to wait two weeks for the part to become available.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #339

Jul 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 43,064 miles
Driver was driving 2010 Ford Fusion approximately 50 mph when the vehicle started to shake and decelerate. It felt like the vehicle was losing power. Driver had to put hazard lights on and pull off the road. The vehicle was turned off and the driver was able to restart the vehicle and drive slowly to a convenience store where she was able to call to be towed to the nearest Ford dealership. When the vehicle arrived at the Ford dealership it was diagnosed as having a throttle body failure. The vehicle is currently still in the shop waiting for the throttle body assembly to be available to replace the faulty part. Currently the driver is without the vehicle that is required for them to do their job.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

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