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 13 of 20)

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problem #145

Jun 242013


  • 69,000 miles


While driving on 476 in pa, the car lost power and the gas pedal was unresponsive. I was able to pull over and when I turned off the engine a warning/event light went on indicating throttle/transmission issues. I was to call for assistence but waited a few minutes and started the car, and proceed to work ( about 40 minutes of driving. I called the dealership to make repair arrangement and was advised the car is drivable and that some of these throttle issues are "intermittent". the car stalled 3 more time on my way home, about 75 miles and it seemed to stall every 20 or so minutes. Car is now at the dealership awaiting replacement part(s).

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #144

Mar 212013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
My 2010 Fusion is experiencing the same loss of power issues (complete loss of accelerator response, followed by the wrench light appearing) related to the defective throttle body control. While sporadic at first, the frequency of the incidents has increased to where failure now happens almost every time the car is driven (the 25+ failures have occurred in all situations, at all speeds: At highway speeds, on side streets, accelerating up hills, pulling away from stoplights, etc). I have stopped driving the car because the last throttle failure occurred as I crossed a busy 4 lane highway and could've resulted in a deadly accident. When attempting to have the problem fixed in April, my local dealer claimed Ford had placed a "hold" on all throttle bodies and that a new design of the throttle body part was being shipped from the supplier in mid-May. (the dealer also informed me that, despite this being a part of the engine, the throttle body is not covered by the powertrain warranty.) when my "new" throttle body arrived at the dealership in mid-June and I came in to have the part replaced, I was told Ford had placed another "hold" on the part and my car could not be serviced at this time. If Ford will not fix this problem on their own, it is imperative the NHTSA protect consumers by forcing the company to address this problem and to do so at no cost to the car owners. For owners who are forced to drive this car, this is a life and death issue.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #143

Jun 222013


  • 45,000 miles
This was the third time it has happened. First time, replaced battery ($100). Car suddenly dies and loses all power. Able to restart, but with difficulty. Very dangerous, especially with a three-year old! was driving to the dealer to get it looked at and was going 60 mph and it just died, luckily was by an off-ramp so could exit freeway. After looking it up online (car is at the dealer as we speak and they have no clue on what's wrong), I determined it's a throttle body issue. Very dangerous!!!!!

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #142

Jun 152013


  • 55,000 miles


I'm also having throttle body problems in my 2010 Fusion. The car has repeatedly lost power while traveling down the road at 60+ mph. The wrench and check engine light come on. It did it 4 times in one day. Ford customer care acknowledged there were problems with the throttle bodies on these cars but refuses to replace them under warranty.

- Wimberley, TX, USA

problem #141

Mar 082013


  • 45,000 miles
Car appears to stall for no reason. Apparently (according to Ford) the car was not completely stalling but instead going into a "limp home mode" when car computer detected an engine problem. Car was brought to dealer and they replaced the throttle body which corrected the problem (over $400). This "stalling" effect occurred on interstate 95 in West palm beach Florida, where speed limit is 65mph, which put us and others at considerable risk of crash and injury. I subsequently read that this component defect and stalling symptoms was a Ford Fusion "epidemic".

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #140

Jun 182013


  • 59,920 miles
I was pulling out onto a highway and as I gave the car the gas, it suddenly would not accelerate. The car lost all power but continued to run and I noticed a light on my instrument cluster of a wrench. I pulled over and stopped the car. I turned the key off and let the car sit for a minute or two and started it back up. This has happened several times since. A couple of times this has occurred and I was moving at a considerable pace with other vehicles behind me.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #139

Sep 042012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


I have a 2010 Fusion that has acted up previously but quit and now its doing it consistently. The car throws a light that's a wrench spits sputters and will not receive any fuel no matter how much you press the throttle. I am a Ford lover and bought this car for my fiance for a reliable transportation and now im really worried that this vehicle is going to cause her to get into an accident. It pretty much shuts down on you with not allot of warning and all you can do is coast and hope that you can pull on to the shoulder. I have a friend that works for Ford that has informed me that this is a very common problem for this year model Fusion and that its about $550 to fix. I am I have a decent job but I have a wedding coming up in just a month and a half and my soon to be wife is about to start back college and will not be helping me financially I just can not afford the parts and labor. If this is such a common problems with this certain model and year why hasn't there been a recall for this part it has obviously not been very well built and im concerned if I do pay the $550 that this part will just do the same thing. Please help all of us that are trying to make it in life and recall a very poor design.

- Sanford , NC, USA

problem #138

Jun 152013


  • 57,800 miles
While my 18-year daughter was driving the 2010 Ford Fusion with my 16-year son, the car shut off and the wrench light turned on. She pulled over, was upset and called me. She restarted the car and it seemed fine. Then on June 18th, while driving around 55 mph, the car shuttered and shut down on me. I pulled off the road and restarted the car. Today, June 24th, while driving around 35 mph, this happened to me again, the car shuttered, I could not accelerate and I had to pull off and restart the car. I have researched this issue on line and have found numerous similar stories. They all point to the throttle body/ throttle position sensor. Someone is going to get killed. Please recall the throttle body /throttle position sensor car and get fixed.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #137

Jun 142013


  • 29,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the vehicle just started coasting, I could not accelerate the vehicle anymore, luckily, I was able to get to the side, out of traffic, the battery light came on, the RPM started moving back and forth and the car started jumping, and the wrench appeared. The first time I tried to restart the vehicle, it would not start, I waited a couple of seconds and it eventually started and then after about 2 miles, it cut-off again. My understanding is that it is the throttle body. This is extremely dangerous. I have had three or four cars from Ford, this is the first time I have had a problem like this. In addition, Ford needs to recall these vehicles. If Ford does not recall these vehicles, my suggestion would be that Mr. Steven kenner, global director, who feels that there is no unreasonable risk, place his family into these Ford vehicles and let these vehicle stop on them at night, or on the expressway, or where ever they may be. It is extremely ridiculous that a semi-new car that barely has miles on it would have a problem such as this. As of the date, of my complaint, I am looking at 907 complaints. This is ridiculous.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #136

Jun 142013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 80,125 miles
The engine stalls and throttle becomes on responsive. When the vehicle is shut off and restarted it is fine for a while. This occured three times in the last three weeks. I do alot of highway driving and this is a very dangerous problem.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #135

Jun 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


As I drove my 2010 Ford Fusion SE 6 speed manual transmission up to a speed of 50 mph, I was noticing a couple jerks of acceleration and then completely loosing power.I was able to pull over, come to a complete stop and turn the vehicle off and restart it. App-on restarting I was able to make it to auto zone where I was informed that my fuel injectors probably needed a good cleaning. So I bought some cleaner and ran I through my engine. That seemed to have worked until 3 days later I was coming home with my sister and her friend on the freeway, during rush hour driving 75mph this time, and my car didn't only stall once, but three times on my drive home. However, this time my check engine light came on so when I arrived back how and dropped of my sister and her friend I drove to auto zone and advanced auto parts to get an obd II reading. Both readings were P2111, meaning that my throttle actuator was stuck open and not responding to the gas peddle. Now both companies suggested that I just clean my throttle body and that would fix the problem. Before I did this I call my Ford dealer to see if this part was under warranty or any kind of recall and was informed that it was not under warranty or recall. They also suggested that I just clean the throttle body and that would fix my problem. So I cleaned the throttle body, but now the car is stalling more than before. I tried looking up the part so that I could replace it but found out that Ford has already discontinued that part and is telling people to by the new part, but they never did a recall for the part. This particular part controls the air flow into the engine, if it malfunctions the throttle body closes up and the car idles, no matter how fast you are going. This is a sever safety issue that Ford needs to take responsibility for. If they don't someone can be seriously injured, or worse, killed.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #134

May 012013


  • 45,000 miles
Was on the interstate, wrench light came on, car lost power and began jerking. I could not accelerate. In the past 2 months, my original throttle body went bad, number 2 was bad, and number 3 was bad. Now I am on throttle body number 4, which I bought new from a dealership in California. It took days to find it, as new throttle bodies are on a national back order. I wonder why?

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #133

Jun 202013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I was driving on a busy road when my car stopped. I pushed the gas and it would not go. I barely pulled over and turned the car off. After several minutes it restarted. I almost got rear ended the following day because it did the same thing on a hill. I had two small children in the car this time. I called the dealership and they said it is a faulty throttle body. They said it would cost me over $500 to fix and the part would take several days to come in due to it being on back order from it happening so often. I almost got hit with my three year old and 6 month old in the car. This is a major safety issue. It happens out of no where and at any speed. Thank goodness I wasn't on the highway with my children!!! Ford needs to step up and make this a safety recall!! the dealer said he is seeing it in mostly all 2010-2012 Fusion.

- Zanesville , OH, USA

problem #132

Jun 092013


  • 67,000 miles
Was driving interstate speeds and vehicle shut down, wrench symbol came on dash board. Has happened 3-5 times since, in traffic or at highway speeds. Extremely dangerous.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #131

Jun 082013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 52,109 miles
While driving down a moderately traveled road, my vehicle lost power where when I pushed on the accelerator (nothing happened). I was able to get pulled off the side of the road and some warning lights appeared on my dash. I turned the car off and restarted it and it seemed to be okay (no warning lights on dash) and I proceeded home. The following morning it happened again while attempting to pull away from a traffic light on a busier road. I managed to get off the road, turned it off and tried restarting it. Once I got it restarted, I headed straight for the dealership. It was diagnosed as being the throttle body. My issue is that it can completely catch the driver off guard and cause an accident. The vehicle is not very old and the manufacturer seems to be controlling the distribution of the part (only so many released at a time). It took over a week to get my car back for what seems to be a very common issue as read in forums from other owners of the same type of vehicle. I believe the issue with the throttle body needs to be reviewed for a possible recall.

- New Oxford, PA, USA

problem #130

Jun 142013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Driving on the highway going about 40mph my car felt like it died, it was still running but unresponsive. There was heavy traffic and I had to stop in the middle of the lane because I was in an area where there were no shoulders to coast to. Once I stopped, I put it in park and restarted it, it ran fine and acted normal for a few days, and it started doing the same thing on the same stretch of highway that I use every day. Only this time it kept happening about every 15 to 20 min. It is at the Ford dealer now and they are telling me it has a bad throttle body and it needs to be replaced. The only problem is that they are replacing so many right now that there is a national back order and I might have to wait 3 or 4 weeks. So not only am I out several hundred dollars but I don't know when ill get my car back. Ford knows there is a problem with the throttle body, they should be replacing this for free. Its a defective part. And it is not very cheap. Plus they are charging me $130 an hour to diagnose the problem that seems like everyone is already aware of. I am having the exact same symptoms as all the other throttle body people.

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

problem #129

May 012012


  • 45,000 miles
This goes on repeatedly at all speeds but usually worse when above 50 degrees outside and especially when applying slight pressure to gas pedal whether care is already moving or at stop the car engine just stops and little wrench sign comes on and you coast to stop and then have to restart. ( I have had to replace several batteries due to all this restarting). Also this seems to be triggered or aggravated when you hit slight bump in road. This occurs the least number of times on days when we leave in driveway. We don't take care on highway anymore for obvious safety reasons. For example driving around town in atlanta today it does this and stops between 20 and 40 times per hour. No one has been able to explain over the past year this has been going on. This is aggravating since sometimes it will happen in middle of intersections. Ford of course is clueless and not helpful having suggested that perhaps it was bad gas or caused by using off air conditioning too much since this is atlanta. Of course it is neither since we have tried multiple gas stations and it happens when ac is not on.. I think henry Ford had the engineering better on the model T but we own it now and we are now stuck with it. No more american cars for this former Michigan resident. Loyalty to detroit is not mutual.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #128

May 292013


  • 40,000 miles
My 2010 Ford Fusion (40000 miles) suddenly began to shake and then all of the sudden it stalled and would no longer move until it was shut off and cranked back up. I had to maneuver my way off the highway by coasting. This has happened 5 times since the original incident. I originally thought I had gotten some bad gas. This is not the case. It recently stalled while I was driving under a red light. I was very fortunate to be able to coast out of the way of oncoming traffic. When this happens you are without the ability to accelerate and move off the road. You must depend entirely on coasting to safety. I have taken it to a Ford dealership this morning. They said it was the throttle body and it would possibly take 8 weeks to get a new one since so many are being needed. Why has Ford not issued a recall on this dangerous part? I have read many accounts online of owners having this same problem with the throttle body. I am very thankful that I was not hit by oncoming traffic. I hope that it does not take someone getting injured for Ford to do something about this problem.

- Cochran, GA, USA

problem #127

Jun 032013


  • 68,000 miles
While driving normally the cars wrench light will come on, then jerk hard and then lose all acceleration. There is still braking and steering to get off the road and to a stop before the car shuts off. Will not even "limp" home. After several minutes you can start it back and continue, until it happens again.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #126

Jun 152013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
While driving and putting my foot on the gas I could not accelerate the vehicle started to jerk. Looking at the rpms they were moving up and down.. the car started to shake as I was luckily able to pull off on the side of the highway. I turned the car off and started it back up and got back on the highway. After about 5 minutes the car started to do the exact same thing. After multiple times pulling off of the highway I was able to make it home. I was on a round trip from Kentucky to Ohio, no more then 80 miles total, in rush hour traffic. This could have really caused a major collision!!! after getting home and researching the problem on line I cannot believe the horrific amounts of complaints about the exact same thing happening. I purchased the car 3 months ago, and cannot afford to spend what seems to be from 600-800.00 on a new throttle body.

- Florence, KY, USA

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