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 6 of 20)

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problem #285

Oct 092013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The vehicles engine acts as if it were going to shut down or stall, and goes into "limp mode." This has happened several times. This has happened several times intermittently without warning. Once on a 2 lane highway where we were nearly struck from behind!

- Butler, OH, USA

problem #284

Dec 132013


  • 49,567 miles
This is the second time this is happening on my sons car. It happened five times today while driving home from his university for christmas break. Each time it happens, the "wrench light" appears and then the car loses power. He had to pullover on the hwy each time and restart the car to get it to reset. This is very dangerous and it's happening to many Ford Fusion as I've been investigating this online. My son is only 19 yrs old and is not an experienced driver and I thought we were buying him a dependable car that we would not have to worry about him having problems like this. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Southlake, TX, USA

problem #283

Dec 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Driving at 70 M.P.H vehicle just shut down. Engine was at idle at 1000 RPM but vehicle would not pull off the roadway. Wrench light came on. Had to stop in the roadway put vehicle in park turn vehicle off then restart vehicle. Vehicle ran like nothing had happened. Then it started doing it over and over every 4-5 miles. N.C.C.C. has filed complaint. Ford response in the most severe F.M.E.M. mode failure driver had engine power to allow vehicle mobility to maneuver to a safe location. (this is not true ) vehicle will stop in the roadway it does not have the power to pull the vehicle it idles @ 1000 R.P.M but it will not move. If Ford would drive my Fusion they would buy something other then a Ford to drive. Recall needs to come a.S.a.P. before someone gets killed.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #282

Dec 092013


  • miles


This problem has happened twice within the past 3 days. At the first occurrence, we were driving rather slowly, appx. 35 mph. The car lost power without warning, and started misfiring violently. Depressing the fuel pedal had no effect. The yellow wrench warning icon on the dash was lit. We were going down a slight hill on side street, so it was easy to drift to the side of the road. We put the car in park and allowed it to run for a few minutes, but it continued to misfire and seemed starved for fuel. It did keep running for about 5-10 minutes more before we shut it off. While waiting for the tow truck, my husband tried restarting the car. It started immediately and ran fine with no warning lights. The next day the mechanic checked it but could find no issue or record of an error code. He added "dry gas" in case the problem was due to water freezing in the fuel line. The weather is quite cold. The third day (today) I filled the fuel tank and added another bottle of "dry gas". I drove appx 35 miles (in several segments) then the problem happened again. This time I was in traffic, going appx 55 miles per hour. The behavior was identical: Pronounced misfiring, no power, fuel pedal had no effect, wrench warning light on. I was fortunate to have barely enough momentum to get most of the way off the highway. This time I restarted the car after about 10 seconds. Again, it started right up and I was able to drive the final 6 miles of my commute. In researching the problem, it seems that the cause may be the throttle assembly. We will be taking the car back to the repair shop and I will be happy to report back on the resolution.

- Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #281

Dec 022013


  • 41,124 miles
Car driving fine when it suddenly loses all throttle response. The little orange wrench light comes on. Pulled car over to the shoulder and turned off the ignition. When I turned the car back on, it began working again. This is the second time this has happened. The first incident was a few weeks ago. Very dangerous to lose throttle response. Upon checking internet it appears that this problem is not uncommon. You need to look into this and get Ford issue a recall.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #280

Aug 222013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Was traveling on 696 in detroit area at 70 mph when my 2010 Ford Fusion suddenly lost 'power' to the power train, it lost all velocity and the ability to accelerate. It went from 70 mph to 0 mph in seconds! I have never been so scared for my life as I was at that moment watching cars 'jump' lanes to avoid rear ending me due my sudden loss of power. I thank god I was able to cross multiple lanes making near the shoulder as the vehicle came to a stop! the engine was still running but list ability to move. Dealership charged $600 to repair my vehicle which was 2 weeks out of warranty with 30,000 miles! when asked what happened the service manager said sometimes parts go bad. After reading about the issue, it sounds bigger problem than that. Let me know what info you need.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #279

Nov 192013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 58,655 miles


The problem I am about to describe has happened twice within 5 days. Traveling down the interstate sudden loss of power with no response from the throttle. Yellow wrench light came on RPM's went to 1000 each time. After pulling over and shutting the car off and then restarting the engine bounced and coughed and then ran normal with no yellow wrench. I have called Ford and will have the problem taken care of tomorrow. How come they all know it's a throttle body problem but Ford is not addressing the safety issue with customers. It is all over the internet an obvious known problem. Toyota got killed for sudden acceleration but Ford does nothing for sudden loss of power.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #278

Nov 162013


  • 51,997 miles
I was on an on ramp on the way in to work in the morning when my vehicle lost propulsion. I was accelerating and then the accelerator became unresponsive and the engine idled roughly between 750-1000 RPM. The 'wrench' light came in and I was able to roll to the side of the freeway. I turned off and restarted my vehicle and the malfunction had apparently cleared as the issue has yet to return, but will. I say 'will return' because the exact same thing happen 23sep while on the freeway traveling 35mph during morning rush hour. I brought the vehicle to the local Ford dealership for a diagnostic test ($) and they found nothing and had no ideas as to the potential cause. I was willing to accept it as a fluke, but now that it has happened again I know there must be a problem. I am hesitant to return to the dealership for another $80 diagnostic test when it seems that this is a prevalent issue... (nearly 95% of the complaints of this vehicle on this website). Is there a recall in the works for this vehicle malfunction?

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #277

Oct 252013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I was driving at about 40 mph down a very busy main street in okemos, mi when my car jumped and a wrench light came on in the dashboard then my car decelerated rapidly and wouldn't move. My car stalled in the middle of this busy street...I was luckily able to coast into the nearest parking lot before it hit 0. when I arrived to the dealership I was informed that this was a throttle body failure. I have been reading that this is a common problem in Ford cars from 2010 and I think this is extremely dangerous. Ordinarily at this time I would have been driving 70+ on the highway home from work it just so happened (luckily) that I needed to stop at the mall on my way home. I shudder to imagine what would have happened on the busy highway going 70 when my car was scary enough at 40 mph. I think this is a safety issue in the 2010 Ford Fusion that should be addressed. This could be deadly.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #276

Nov 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 47,545 miles
Vehicle almost stalled like it was starving for gas. Has done it several times while driving normal highway speeds.

- West Wareham, MA, USA

problem #275

Oct 282013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 68,500 miles


My 2010 Ford Fusion SE V6 flex fuel has quit about six times over the past ten days. The first distressing incident occurred about 9 P.M. on an isolated county road with my 4-year-old grandson in the car. We were traveling about 50 mph when without warning the car stalled & seemed to lose power in the middle of the road. The car quit pulling, a wrench indicator light lit up on the dash, then starting bucking & idling erratically. I pulled onto the shoulder & turned off the key. I retried the ignition & car restarted. After making sure it would continue to run, I pulled back out & continued home. The Ford dealership had just checked this car 3 wks before for "fuel inlet light" issue. Told that the neck of the gas line leaks air/water (car was designed/sold w/out a gas cap which causes that light & check engine to light up). We believed that this was the cause of problem, once again, or perhaps I had gotten some bad gas. We had been to town, added fuel cleaner, filled the tank & had no problems with it. Then my mother-in-law passed away two days later & the car quit out of state on a busy interstate hwy! we almost didn't get it out of the road & acted like it was not going to restart that time. Latest episode was on the way home from funeral (abt 40 mls away), it quit again at 11 P.M. that night. Now we've been informed that throttle body is going out. This is not only outrageous for mileage on it, but incredibly hazardous to me, my family, and other drivers on the road! given the shear number of recorded complaints/incidents (for the same problem) seen here as well as in researching online, Ford should recall these vehicles before someone is seriously hurt or killed. I have been a faithful Ford customer all my life, but I am thinking of trading it in on another make & model altogether! I have just about lost faith and trust in Ford Motor Company.

- Louisville, MS, USA

problem #274

Nov 012013


  • 88,867 miles
I just got off I-59 South and was holding acceleration at around 25mph when without any indications of trouble, I get an orange wrench warning light on the dash. The gas pedal quits responding and I lose all acceleration. The engine begins losing power down to a rough idle. I pull off the main road and turn the car off. I tried turning it back on with no change. I tried turning it off and one more time and it reset and drove okay to work, another mile and a half.

- Ellisville, MS, USA

problem #273

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 #272

Jul 082013


  • 63,588 miles
Driving on highway to vacation, after 1 hour my car began to shake and slow down. Car did not respond to gas pedal and continued to decelerate on one lane highway. Due to no pull off area had to continue on hwy with possibility of crash imminent. Cel light came on and wrench light came on. Pulled off hwy and at stop car shake and stalled. After a few minutes restarted car and continued trip. Car repeated sequence of events 3 more times before reaching destination. On return home next day car repeated sequence. Car remained off for 15 mins during which time I pressed the reset button. Car restarted and did not stall and returned home. Next day I took car into dealer. My car stalled 3 times on the highway on trip to dealer. After throttle body was replaced, had incident with engine racing to 6 rpms.

- Davidsonville, MD, USA

problem #271

Oct 182013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving my vehicle on the highway the throttle response became very unresponsive, and the car shut off at speed of approximately 55mph leaving my wife and infant daughter to slowly drift off the road at the best possible place. There was a "shuttering" of the vehicle, and poor throttle response before it shut off while at operating speed.

- Belews Creek, NC, USA

problem #270

Oct 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
My sixteen year old son was driving on the highway when a "wrench" light came on (in the dash) and the car looses all power and does not respond to the accelerator. Restarting the car after pulling over results in normal operation. Upon researching the issue it turns out the throttle plate needs to be replaced. This problem is not the result of abuse or difficult driving conditions and is an extreme safety hazard. I am confident it is only a matter of time before serious injury results from such loss of control without warning or indication. A search on the internet reveals hundreds (or more) of the same issue on the same car within the same mileage range - about 66,000. This problem should be subject to recall.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #269

Oct 122013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I was sitting at a red light with my 21 month old son in the back seat. When the light turned green I pressed on the accelerator and proceeded into the intersection. The car "stalled" and stopped moving. It did not die but I could not accelerate and we were left sitting in the middle of the intersection with no movement. The car continued to idle and you could feel it trying to go but it wouldn't and I was left trying to coast out of the middle of a busy highway. I eventually managed to coast to through the intersection where I pulled off onto the shoulder of the road. When I would step on the gas the car would slightly "lurch" like it was trying to go but it wasn't getting any gas and the rpms would not climb (so not the transmission). Instead the needle on the RPM would bounce slightly up and down as the car tried to move forward. Once I put the car in park, turned it off and restarted it, the car proceeded to operate fine but continued to hesitate when trying to accelerate from a stopped position.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #268

Oct 132013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My wife was merging into traffic on a main highway, while accelerating the car entered "limp home mode" and she was unable to accelerate. She managed to pull off onto the shoulder and restart the vehicle which reset the problem. This was a couple of weeks ago, today during normal driving the problem recurred and she was left waiting on the side of the road, we were again able to reset the problem and get the car home. The drive was less than 10 miles and the problem recurred once. Since then while trying to diagnose the problem I have driven the car less than 20 miles and the problem has recurred numerous times. This car dose not have bad weather floor mats.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #267

Oct 042013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 101,058 miles
Upon attempted acceleration from 43 mph the car made a loud "popping" noise. The car immediately slowed and the accelerator became unresponsive. The car also began shaking and jerking. The longer the car remained on the more violent the shaking became. The second incident occurred during acceleration onto a highway. Car again slowed and would not respond to pressing the gas pedal and started shaking and jerking again. Both times I nearly avoided driving into oncoming traffic of 55+ mph.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #266

Aug 012013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
We were driving down a busy road when we suddenly lost acceleration and could not move to safety. The wrench light came on and we had to get towed. We later found out that it was the throttle body, which was a common, known problem with this particular model.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

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