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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,990 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #55

Jan 132017


  • 109,500 miles


Like so many others have experienced, today the driver door handle stopped working. Door cannot be open from inside. Driver must climb over to the passenger side to exit or else roll down the driver window to open from the outside. This should be a recall issue.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #54

Sep 072016


  • 93,000 miles
The drivers side door latch does not open. I am stuck in the car unless I roll down the window and open from the outside which is not that easy.. this will probably result in my having to replace the windows motor!

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #53

Sep 242016


  • 59,000 miles
It's the recall with the throttle body. I've taken car back 3 times already. First they replace purge valve. Then light came back on and car was jumping forward. Now this is 3rd time light back on and now they won't fix car unless I pay. They said it's all a part of the same system but I need to pay for a leak that is coming from filter neck. So I left. I shouldn't have to pay for this. This is a recall. Does this qualify under lemon law? this car scares me to drive. Drive with both foot on gas and brakes.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #52

Aug 132016


  • 79,000 miles


Throttle body had to be replaced when engine wouldn't rev above 1000 RPM...limped a few miles then had to have it towed because it's a manual and it would stall..despite all the info on NHTSA and other sites about the extended warranty Ford was required to provide on these, they have said our cars repair isn't covered. $300 later..after a tow and a ruined trip to pick up our daughter from her internship in nyc, I'm pretty disappointed.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #51

Aug 162016


  • 44,000 miles
Service engine light remained on along with throttle wrench shaking little power....pulled over, restart car lights still on, slow drive and shaky ride home..

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #50

Jun 192013


  • 75,000 miles
Transmission slipping

- Richmond, MO, USA

problem #49

Aug 082016


  • 123,000 miles


As I am driving, the orange wrench light comes on and the car turns off. When I restart the engine, the light goes off and the car runs fine for a while. I believe it's the throttle body

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #48

Jun 252016


  • miles
I have multiple items that have come about all of a sudden over the last month or two for no apparent reason. 1.) fuel fill inlet message has appeared on the dash, along with the check engine light. 2.) driver side door handle just stopped working. 3.) the air conditioner has intermittently stopped working. Cool air comes and goes, and from the outside of the car it seems the fan stays on all the time.

- Almo, KY, USA

problem #47

Jul 012016


  • miles
2010 Ford Fusion. Consumer writes in regards to no further communication from dealership on replacement parts to repair recall.

- Mountainburg, AR, USA

problem #46

Jun 012016


  • 82,000 miles
The drivers side sun visor becomes loose and falls down in my drivers view without me even pulling it down while I am driving.this also happens once in a while on the passenger side too. This happens as the car is in motion usually on the highway but has happened on city streets as well. This happens a couple of times a week.

- Brunswick Hills,, OH, USA

problem #45

Jun 082016


  • 65,500 miles


While driving at highway speeds my vehicle lost power (I.e. the engine and electronics stayed active, however my accelerator no longer was operable). I coasted to the side of the road and my engine began to operate in a rough manner. I also noticed that my RPM indicator was bouncing erratically from low to about half way along the dial. My check engine light also illuminated. I shut the vehicle down and immediately turned it back on and operation was restored.

- Seaside, CA, USA

problem #44

Jun 062016


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving my kids to school. When I stepped on the gas they car wouldn't go. When it finally did it was delayed and wouldn't excelerate quick, and I couldn't drive fast hand about 25 mph

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #43

Apr 092014


  • 85 miles
Intake fuel outlet has a problem car jerks transmission is horrible

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #42

Mar 012016


  • 161,000 miles
While on the highway the vehicle would not shift shift gears. It caused me to almost get into an accident because the car would only go 20 mph and eventually would not go at all.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #41

Mar 172016


  • 65,000 miles
Received a recall notice, Jan. 2016 about a possible fire with fuel-line emission"?" called the 1800 number, and was told to wait for "second letter, " which had something to do with "finding" the part to correct problem - in the meantime, my car stalled twice, once on a local street, the last time while driving on an open highway! had an appointment with harr Ford in worcester, MA for diagnostic, but I'm afraid to drive the car there!

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #40

Jan 222016


  • 104,745 miles
While getting out of the car, the interior driver's side door handle stopped working and now sticks out slightly. The first time this happened, the door opened slightly (about an inch or two) but would not open the rest of the way. The door eventually opened the rest of the way but then would not latch closed. After using the key fob to lock and unlock the doors, the driver's side door will latch closed, but will not lock. The only way to open the door while sitting in the car is to roll down the window and open it from the outside. If the power is not on, then the window will not roll down and you can not use the driver's side door to get out of the car. This also causes the driver's side door to never lock even when all the other doors lock.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #39

Nov 282015


  • miles
The door latch on the driver side does not work. The driver needs to roll down front window and try to open with outside handle. The latches on other Fusion had similar concerns and re-calls.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #38

Oct 222015


  • 77,356 miles
Approximately two years ago, I had an issue with the vehicle's throttle body. As accelerating and driving at a constant speed, the car would stall and shut down and the 'wrench' light would come on with no type of warning. I had the vehicle fixed at a Ford Motor Company dealership. I am now experiencing the exact same issue.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #37

Oct 082015


  • 65,000 miles
While driving, the car will suddenly lose all acceleration and the maintenance wrench light will come on. This has happened while accelerating from a stop, and while going 60 mph down the highway. The only way to reset it is to restart the car. If the car is not restarted, it will shake vigorously as if it is going to stall on its own. Once restarted, acceleration is restored to normal until it does the same thing again.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #36

Sep 112015


  • 39,900 miles
As previously reported, while entering a parking space the power steering went out and I had to struggle hard to put it into a space....luckily, the parking lot was not very full and I was able to pull into one without cars on either side. A warning message lit up on the dashboard, but not until the system was already disabled. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, and repaired at a cost of almost $1,800. The car had 39,000 miles on it at the time.. upon checking the dealership said their is no recall on the power steering...for 2010. But there is recalls for the same car for 2011, 2012 as well as 2013... should a vehicle with 39,000 such a problem? NHTSA id. # 10764902

- Winter Park, FL, USA

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