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#4934 of 5819 What a joke article
Aug 01, 2007 (6:02 pm)
This is reaching pretty far to call the Fusion a flop. If you look at sales for June most car makers had a slow month. Even Toyota and Honda had slow sales!
This is yet another bashing of Ford Motor Company by the media.
I'm sure most know how the media puts the Fusion/Milan down for having a "weak" engine. I was looking through my Motor Trend September edition. They have 2008/09 new cars. Looking at the Acura line up the RL does 0-60 in 7.0, the TL in 6.9, the TSX in 8.3 seconds. (automatic transmissions).. The Fusion in 7.2! yet they call the Fusion weak!!!??? More media bashing. In fact if you look through each sedan and compare 0-60 times the Fusion is quicker than more sedans than you would think.
#4935 of 5819 'auto-lock' feature
Aug 02, 2007 (9:02 am)
My wife recently took a test drive of an '07 Fusion AWD. She really liked the car. The one thing that bothered her was the auto-locking of the doors after you get in. She has this phobia of getting in an accident or some other situation and then not being able to get the kids out of the back seat. She asked the the salesperson if this is something that can be disabled, but he didn't know. Does anyone know if this is something that can be disabled? I guess I'm also curious as to what the purpose of this feature is to begin with?
Thanks in advance for any info.
#4936 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [keeferb]
Aug 02, 2007 (9:43 am)
This should be able to be disabled by the dealer or it may even be in the owner's manual. As far as the purpose goes--it was to prevent unwanted opening of the doors by outsiders--in case the driver and passengers forgot to lock their doors. I dislike this option and will not own a car in which the auto door lock "feature" can't be deleted or over ridden.
#4937 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [keeferb]
Aug 02, 2007 (9:57 am)
You can definately disable that feature. Page 86 and 87 of the owners manual provide instructions for the process.
#4938 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [bdyment]
Aug 02, 2007 (10:45 am)
I hate cars that don't have the autolock feature. It is so easy to forget to lock the doors and have someone walk up to your car and open your door or passenger side door from outside if you forget. Even if you remember, it's a pain to keep doing this when it could be automatic.
I've seen police chases on TV where the bad guy runs up to a car stopped in traffic, opens the door and throws the driver out into the street. One time the driver was still tangled in the seatbelt and got dragged outside the car.
#4939 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [jaxs1]
Aug 02, 2007 (6:39 pm)
Thanks for the info. I called the service manager at the dealership and he confirmed that it can be disabled. It's just a matter of opinion on which way you want it.
Thanks for all the info.
#4940 of 5819 Bad enough accident.
Aug 03, 2007 (4:36 am)
Also if the door is locked it might be less likely to fly open in an accident, although that was something that mostly happened with those thumb button handles of the 70s
Is your wife saying that she is going to drive around without looking the doors? That seems more unsafe to me.
#4941 of 5819 Re: Bad enough accident. [mschmal]
Aug 03, 2007 (2:58 pm)
Yes, that's like keeping your front door unlocked when you're home because you're scared that the fire department won't be able to get in to rescue you in a fire if they're locked.
#4942 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [bdyment]
Aug 05, 2007 (7:28 am)
I think it is still the case that locked doors are safer in an accident. I think that is the reason for the auto-locking feature, not so much preventing unwanted opening of the doors by outsiders.
In any case, the person who thinks her kids are safer if she drives around with unlocked doors is mistaken.
#4943 of 5819 Re: 'auto-lock' feature [jeffyscott]
Aug 07, 2007 (6:52 pm)
It's interesting because we currently own 2 late model Nissans and neither of them have this 'feature'. My neighbor's Toyota doesn't either, nor does a Honda that I recently rode in. But my parents Chevy does. So I guess I'm not convinced that does make you safer. There must be a study out there somewhere...