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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,258 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 6 of 11)

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problem #102

Aug 112013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 122,700 miles


8/11/13 driving home after church, traveled approximately 1.5 miles when wrench light came on and vehicle lost power. No throttle response. Coasted off highway and after three cranking cycles it restarted with no lights activated. Drove next 15 miles home with no problem. 8/12/13 driving in town after approximately 1.5 miles the same thing occurred. After three cranking cycles it restarted and drove home with no lights. Plugged scanner in at home and found code on freeze frame of P2111 indicating throttle stuck open. Looked online in Ford Fusion forum and found several others with same issue. Ford indicates the throttle body needs replacing. I believe this a safety issue that Ford should recall and repair at no cost to the consumer. My 16 year old daughter drives this car and stalling in the middle of traffic or losing throttle response is not a safe situation for her to be in, especially if this occurs when pulling into traffic.

- Starke, FL, USA

problem #101

Aug 122013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 43,900 miles
Driving down I-95 at 70mph when the throttle cut out. An amber wrench trouble light was illuminated on the right side of the instrument panel. Pulled of to the side of the hwy. Able to restart the car, but the engine cut out again about 2 miles down the road. Started up again and limped to a parking lot. This time the amber, check engine light was on. Called dealership and they said it sounded like a throttle body problem. I was able to limp home for 15 miles. Had to maintain the engine at 1500 RPM or below. As soon as I went above 1500 RPM, engine would cut out or start choking and had no throttle.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #100

Aug 092013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 60,457 miles
While driving to my brother-in-law's house my car abruptly shut off not allowing me to push in the gas at all. The rpms were at 1. I came to a rolling stop and shut the car off. I restarted the car an drove 1/4 mile further and the car did the same thing. Luckily my husband was with me and felt it happen, he was able to limp it to the closest Ford dealer where they told me my throttle body needed to be replaced at a ridiculous cost. My extended warranty does not cover this and after reading endless things about throttle bodies on Ford vehicles this seems to be a very common problem. I am so very thankful that my car didn't shut off on the interstate with my children in the car. I can only imagine what could have happened. I do not believe that the endless number of customers should have to pay for such a critical part of our vehicle to have to be replaced. In my opinion a recall should be in place because what is happening is not a simple problem, it is very dangerous.

- Elm Mott , TX, USA

problem #99

Aug 072013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 47,900 miles


I was driving on the highway at about 70 mph. The car suddenly shut down and started coasting. Pressing the gas pedal did nothing. The throttle control/transmission warning light came on. I coasted off of the highway and turned off my car. I turned the car back on, warning light was gone, car drove fine the rest of the way to my destination. Next morning the exact same thing happened. Stopped at an auto repair shop. They could not diagnose the problem. Got back on the highway and made it to my destination without incident.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #98

Jul 192013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 54,245 miles
I was at a stop at a railroad crossing. Upon applying the gas to go, I started to loose all power with the engine starting to shake, and the car seeming to stall, but limping along. Nothing happened as I pressed the gas pedal. I was able to pull the car over to the side of the road in a parking lot. The dashboard had a wrench light on. The car in the engine area was still vibrating and shaking, with no power but to limp along. I turned the car off. Waiting a few minutes and the car started up, but shaking an sputtering. I was able to drive the car to my job without any further problem. I called the Ford dealer and make an appointment for the following Monday. When going home, I drove at 30 miles per hour. The car lost all power two more times, stalling and limping along with the wrench lite on. I was able to get the car to the side of the road and it limped to my home. At this point, car was not safe to drive and the next day, aaa towed car from my driveway to Ford dealer. I mentioned the throttle body problem and dealer told me it would have to happen when they test drive in order to have part changed. They did give me a loaner and reported to me that car stalled out and lost power on their test drive. Throttle body part was changed and car has performed well since that time. $550 bill at Ford. This car was a death trap to drive with the throttle body defect.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #97

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 #96

Aug 032013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Car jerking and depressed pedal car not going. Found that it is a throttle body issue. Lucky I wasn't on the freeway when this happened.

- Atwater , CA, USA

problem #95

Jun 302013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,742 miles
I was going to a friends house. My car would not accelerate. The wrench light came on. If I pressed on the gas pedal the tact would move up but the car wouldn't. it was shaking. It was towed to the dealership and the throttle body was changed. Apparently the throttle body is a defective part that needs to be recalled. The dealer said that the part was on back order. Then later that day he got 8 new throttle bodies in. Seems like a problem if a little dealer like the one I go to has to have 8 throttle bodies in stock at a time. Prior to this I know realize my car had an issue from the beginning. When I would be traveling with the cruise control on going down hill, my car would down shift hard and the tact would go up very high. I would have to take off the cruise control. Also, when I put my car in drive or reverse from parked it would jump into gear. It has done this again since I had the throttle body changed. This is very upsetting. I've driven Ford all my life and career with Ford. I believe this is a terrible accident waiting to happen. I've read of a lot of owners of 2010 Fusion having the same problem when going 60-75 mph on a highway. Scary. Also, it seems the same problem has been reported in other makes of Ford vehicles.

- Mauldin, SC, USA

problem #94

Jun 132013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 53,500 miles
The vehicle lost acceleration and stalled. Restarted and the condition recurred approximately in 3 or 4 miles. Again, I turned the key off then restarted and again, the condition repeated after several miles down the road. The car was taken to the Ford dealership the next day and no code was available for the mechanic to diagnose. The condition did not reoccur for six weeks and resurfaced again with identical symptoms. Returned the vehicle to the dealership where this time they affirmed the throttle body failure. The part is unavailable at this time because of high demand exhausted the availability of the unit.

- Bunceton, MO, USA

problem #93

Aug 152012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at normal speed when the car acted as if it was not getting fuel connection. The car then started a jerking motion and I had to steer it off the road in order to get it out of the way of on moving traffic. I had to put the car in park and start it back up. This has happened several times since the first incident.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #92

May 312013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


I was driving to my mother house to pick up my son my car suddenly just lost all power. It was still running but not accelerating. It was violently shaking and a wrench light came on. I pulled into a parking lot turned the car off when I restarted it came right back on after that I had no trouble that night. A couple of days later my son and I were headed home it did this to me again but when I tried to restart the car it had more trouble and only allowed me to 100 yard or so. My mechanic cleaned the part it did fine for about another month or so until this past Monday 7/29/13. I have currently bought a new throttle body and it has seemed to fix this car. Ford needs to realize this a problem.the car has stopped on me numerous time and could have caused many accident. I began looking and this seems to be a common issues among this car. Its time for a recall. I must say that I was lucky to have a mechanic for a dad because I was quoted almost 700 dollars for this job and lucky he could do this for free with only the cost of the part.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #91

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 #90

Jul 022013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
After driving over 50 miles, my car stalled and the wrench light came on. I pulled over and let it idle, but it ran rough. Once I turned it off and then back on, it ran okay. It stalled again later in that same trip. Then it stalled again twice on my way home. Luckily, I was on a non busy road with a shoulder. Then it seemed to run fine for a few days, but after driving over 50 miles, it happened again. I was nervous because once it stalled as I was turning onto a road without a shoulder. I was concerned that a car would come over the hill and hit me while I was turning it off and restarting it. When I took it to the dealer, I was told that the problem was with the throttle body. When they ordered the part, initially, I was told the part was on backorder and wouldn't be in until mid-August. Obviously, there is a major problem with this part when it takes so long to get the part. Totally unacceptable to wait that long for a part. Now today, my sister-in-law, who also has a 2010 Fusion started having the same problem and she has a lot less miles on her car (about 40,000). Reading all of the issue others are having with this part on the internet, I feel that there should be a recall on this part and my replacement should be covered.

- Keymar, MD, USA

problem #89

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 #88

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 #87

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 #86

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 #85

Jun 262013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 85,500 miles
Driving down interstate at 70 miles per hour in far left lane when vehicle unexpectedly loses power. Accelerator pedal completely unresponsive, and engine speed drops to approximately 800 RPM. I had to quickly maneuver across two lanes, which were occupied by tractor trailers to get to right shoulder. Came extremely close to having a major accident during heavy traffic which would have certainly involved 15-20 vehicles due to sudden onset and heavy traffic. Vehicle idled extremely rough upon stop. Vehicle would restart and operate normally for an unknown amount of time, then the same issue would happen again. This appears to be a very common problem for Ford Fusion built prior to late 2011 and Ford escapes. This is a very dangerous malfunction, and a recall should absolutely be issued. Online research has a consensus that the problem is a bad throttle body. There are hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of the exact same problem from these vehicles. I have been very satisfied with this vehicle until this point.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #84

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 #83

Jul 232013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 85,544 miles
Car was idling in park. Put car in drive, started moving forward slowly and the engine started to shake, lost throttle control, check engine and wrench lights illuminated. Engine died within about 10 seconds. Turned the ignition off and restarted the car. It ran normally for about 25 feet and exhibited the same symptoms as before. Restarted the car again and was able to limp the car to a suitable parking space about 250 feet away. After sitting for a minute with the car off, I started it again and it ran normal for the rest of the day. I drove to the nearest autozone and had them scan the computer codes. Found P2111 - throttle actuator control.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

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