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:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
55,706 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 11 of 20)

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problem #185

Jul 242013


  • miles


My daughter owns a Ford Fusion 2010 and has had multiple incidences of throttle body failure. We have taken it to the dealer, who diagnosed it and ordered the part. The part is back ordered due to so many failures on several types of Ford cars and trucks. A little research on the part of the NHTSA would show it is past time this part should have been recalled!!! losing acceleration in the middle of pulling into traffic whether in town or highway is exceptionally dangerous, the NHTSA and Ford need to step up before deaths occur.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #184

Nov 282012


  • 40,490 miles
As I was driving to work November 28, 2012 the car died. Luckily I had already exited the highway and was only doing app. 30 mph. I pulled to the side of the road and attempted to restart the car. I finally got it to run, but it was running terribly. I nursed the car to where I worked and called a tow truck. It was towed to kings Ford in cincinnati (about 20 miles from where I work). The mechanic verified a "dtc P2112" code for a throttle body stuck. It was replaced by kings Ford and although I was under the 36 month warranty period I was over the mileage (3 year/36,000). I was charged $442.81 for the repair. This is ridiculous for a car that was less than 3 years old. I complained to Ford and was basically told "too bad". not happy with any Ford product now. I manage a 330 vehicle fleet where I work. Do you think I'll buy a Ford again?

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #183

Jul 182013


  • 86,000 miles
Throttle body is defective on vehicle. Causes vehicle to not get any gas and shuts down to an idle with the wrench light illuminating. Many people have this known issue. Driving in dallas I found this to be very unsafe with so much traffic. Could have been seriously injured as the vehicle would not move.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #182

Jul 242013


  • 109,540 miles


Vehicle went into limp mode @ 70 mph on interstate. Came very close to a collision before getting vehicle to the side of the road. Need a recall from Ford now before it becomes so large like Toyota and the death rate starts to climb. It is a defective part and Ford knows it.what does it take 10 deaths or 100.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #181

Jul 132013


  • 32,000 miles
After stopping at bank, car went into creep mode after less than a block. Restarted and drove home. Nine days later the same thing occurred. Drove to mechanic next day ok. Needs throttle body for $440. Ford apparently not willing to fix although they've had this problem for years. Replaced ignition coil a few weeks earlier for $330. Same mo with Ford.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #180

Jul 232013


  • 43,000 miles
I was driving to work yesterday morning and almost got rear ended by a semi when my car lost power. After work I took my car to the mechanic and he verified that there is an issue with the throttle body. After finding this out I did some research online and found that this appears to be a very common problem. I have read countless pages of complaints on this particular problem happening to other people. Without a doubt, I feel that there should definitely be a recall on this issue. I guess it takes someone to get killed before that will happen though. This is not the first time this has happened to me and probably won't be the last. I would hate to see someone get killed over this. It will bring a hefty lawsuit.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #179

Jun 032013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


After coming to a stop at a red light, we tried to accelerate, when the wrench light came on and the car lost power, but did not shut off. We could not accelerate, rpms dropped and, luckily we coasted to a safe stop. I put it park and turned it off. After a minute or two, started it up again, the wrench light was off. We went a couple of miles and it did it again. We decided it was unsafe so we brought it home.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #178

Jul 092013


  • 80,424 miles
The car began to stall on the freeway, so I had to drive it off the freeway after it had turned off twice. The first time, it went off in the middle of the freeway as I luckily veered to the side and no one was hurt. I took it to be serviced. It turns out there was a faulty throttle control: The throttle actuator was stuck closed (P2111), and also would get stuck open (P2112). This must have happened while I was on the freeway. The auto service center ran the tests and tested my vehicle after replacing that throttle assembly and now my car runs back to normal. Also, my rear parking aid back up tone is out of order. Sometimes it just beeps constantly and there is nothing behind the vehicle. It seems to be working in order, but once in a while it does that.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #177

Jun 202012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle goes into "limp-home" mode suddenly and unexpectedly. Happened on I-95 and was lucky I could pull over without getting killed. Dealer could not find problem although this should have been well-known to them by then. Happened several times since and got worse and now car is immobile and too dangerous to drive. Apparently a problem with fuel injection throttle body which Ford is well aware of and part is back-ordered 7-10 days (they say). NHTSA initiated an investigation of problem in Feb 2013 but Ford has not informed customers of this very dangerous situation nor offered any fix. Seems unconscionable to me. What does NHTSA propose to do about this and why hasn't it done so" this situation is literally without exaggeration a danger to human life and the manufacturer does nothing. What is NHTSA for"

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #176

Jul 182013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
On several occasions, the vehicle has no throttle response will driving. The car must be safely pulled over to the side of the road, turned off, and then restarted to correct the problem. The wrench light comes on every time this occurs, and the check engine light comes on some of the time. This is very hazardous due to the driving conditions that may be evident at the time the problem occurs. The local Ford garage diagnosed the problem as the need for the electric throttle body replacement, part #ds7Z-9E926-a.

- Meadow Valley, CA, USA

problem #175

Jan 072013


  • 82,200 miles


While driving car at any speed, will lose all power, go down to 20 mph, pressing gas pedal does nothing, have to get to side of road, car will shake violently till you shut it off. Take at least 4 to 5 times to start again and have power enough to get it going again. Engine light and wrench lites come on, engine light stays on but wrench lite will go off. Had my 3 grandchildren in car going over a set of 3 railroad tracks and car lost power, was able to cruise over last track and get off to side of road, just as I did railroad gates went down due to approaching train. Also have lost power going thru intersections, on interstates, roads that have very few places to pull over. This has been a true nightmare driving this car, I have had many situations that not only have been very dangerous to myself but also my passengers and most important my grandchildren. Took car to dealership back in January, they replaced charcoal cannister which helped for approx. 2 months. Since then problem has occurred at least 3 times every time I drive it, took back to dealership, they say tough luck, not under warranty anymore. Have researched on-line about this situation and looks like I am not the only one. Please help!

- Adelphi, OH, USA

problem #174

Jun 282013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
As I was driving on interstate, the vehicle suddenly lost all acceleration power. I was forced to pull off the road for fear of stalling on the highway. After a couple separate similar instances and trips to the auto repair shop, they determined the problem was a faulty throttle body. After replacing the throttle body, the problem has not recurred. I did some online research after the problem was identified and found numerous owners have complained of a similar issue with the 2010 Ford Fusion. The research stated this is very common with this make and model when the vehicle has between 40,000 to 60,000 miles.

- Mandan, ND, USA

problem #173

Jul 052013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
While driving on at least 6 occasions, vehicle stopped propulsing and had no throttle. A code appeared indicating a throttle/ transmission problem. I contacted Ford, and they indicated this is a known issue with my make and model, and not covered under warranty. After researching this online there are so many problems, the part has been back-ordered months at a time, more than once. This problem has been noted in the 4 and 6 cylinder engines all trim levels. I was going over a bridge and feared for my life. Their should be a recall. This a major safety issue because the vehicle stops without warning, and a driver could be anywhere. Lemon law? thanks in advance.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #172

Jul 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Approximately 3 weeks ago I noticed a small bucking type symptom while sitting at an idle at stops lights. Today while pulling out from my street onto the main road my car began bucking very bad and stalled. I was able to get it restarted and continued on to work. It happened twice more at stop lights while trying to cross a major highway! I called my mechanic and took it in immediately. They just called to tell me it was the fuel body and that this is a known issue with these cars and the parts are on back order! considering the severity of this issue and the fact that someone could be seriously injured in a accident because of this issue I would demand that Ford issues a recall for these parts immediately!

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #171

Jul 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 44,854 miles
While I was driving, my Ford Fusion lost most of it's power. I was told it was due to a broken throttle body (part). It sounds like it will take 3 weeks to get the part. I'm not sure why it is taking so long, especially since most people here are complaining about the same part.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #170

Jun 042013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Lost power at highway speed. Pulled onto shoulder and restarted engine. Later checked the code, which was P2111. Stopped driving car: In some situations this loss of power could be a safety issue. Dealer replaced throttle body at a cost of $400.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #169

Jul 042013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 52,325 miles
2010 Ford Fusion: Going down the freeway at 70 and then all of a sudden started losing power, no acceleration and down to 55 at which time I was able to get to the side of the road before it died. I let it sit a couple of minutes and tried to start it - started fine. The Ford garage put it on the diagnostic machine but I was told because the check engine light did not come on there was no memory to show what may have happened. It ran fine for about two weeks and then the same thing happened. Took it back to Ford - but was told again - nothing they could do because the diagnostic does not show what the problem is. After my own research on the web I have found that this is probably a problem with the throttle body assembly and that Ford knows about - but my local garage does not want to fix it without knowing for sure that is the problem. I feel very unsafe in this vehicle - maybe the next time I will not be able to get off the freeway/road before it completely stalls.

- Shasta Lake, CA, USA

problem #168

Jul 052013


  • 70,000 miles
While driving down the highway at 70mph, the car experienced a sudden loss in power followed by fluxuating RPM and no throttle control. Had vehicle towed to dealership and problem was diagnosed as a faulty throttle body.

- Elizabeth City, NC, USA

problem #167

Jul 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle just went limp!! I was coming to a stop at a light and lost all power. Turned the vehicle off and restarted, it worked just fine.

- Williamson, WV, USA

problem #166

Jul 082013


  • 115,000 miles
While driving the car loses power wrench light comes on and the car will not go. It will die as U coast over to the side of the road hoping the whole time the person behind you is not going to rearend you. This was very dangerous. I took it to my local Ford dealership and was advised that the throttle actuator control was struck open they could try cleaning it and reset codes or I could purchase a new throttle control. The technician advised me that cleaning them using fixes the problem and thr throttle control part would be on back order and did not know when they could get it. I asked what if it doesnt fix the problem how much money am I out and then have to buy a throttle control. I feel this is a problem Ford should be fixing when I can google it and there is a known problem.

- Paris, TN, USA

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