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Mercury Milan, Ford Fusion, Sedan
May 01, 2010 (7:08 am)
Last week I got a 2010 Ford Fusion SEL V6 for a rental car while traveling for work. The new Fusion is a very impressive car, I drove about 1,200 miles in 5 days and really enjoyed it, in fact I was shocked at how much I liked the car. After growing up with Fords and Lincolns in the 1980's I swore them off, but I have to say Ford got this one right. My parents are on their 3rd Camry and I've enjoyed all of those but the 2010 Fusion is a strong competitor if long term reliability holds up. Good job Ford.
#5581 of 5819 Reliability of Ford Fusion
May 01, 2010 (8:28 am)
Could someone, who has put a lot of miles on their Fusion, tell me what kinds of problems you have had? Consumer Reports give them excellent reliability ratings. I am interested in buying a 2010. We recently bought a 2008 Fusion SEL as an extra car and I love driving it. I have an '05 Honda Accord that I have driven 95,000 miles with zero problems. I am really interested in the Fusion, but the Honda has made me love having a very reliable car.
#5582 of 5819 Re: Impressed [jpp5862]
May 01, 2010 (10:24 am)
Which big rental companies carry Fusions/Milans? I want to do same as you - rent for a few days on a business trip to really get to know the vehicle but am frustrated in being able to lock one in for a trip. Avis has them but doesn't guarantee one for a resevation so you take your chances. I ended up with a Malibu last time I tried that a few weeks ago. Hertz used to carry mostly Ford but not now. Others?
#5583 of 5819 Re: Impressed [eastern1]
May 01, 2010 (11:00 am)
Just go into the rental with a open mind. These cars are rented by for the most part uncaring people who can and do use and abuse them.
#5584 of 5819 Re: Reliability of Ford Fusion [temj12]
May 01, 2010 (2:50 pm)
I bought one of the first ones off the truck - an 06 SEL V6. 4.5 years old but only 38,000 miles and not a single problem or rattle.
#5585 of 5819 Re: Reliability of Ford Fusion [temj12]
May 01, 2010 (3:59 pm)
if you honda is a good vehicle, why do you want to change to another one?
#5586 of 5819 Re: Impressed [eastern1]
May 01, 2010 (4:34 pm)
I've had Fusions with both Hertz and National. With National you pick the car you want, you just walk out onto the lot, find the correct section for the class you are renting and pick one. That makes it a little easier, but I've found that most companies will give you the car you want if you ask as long as it's in the class you're paying for. They can't guarantee they'll have one in stock when you show up, but if they do they usually accommodate your request.
Also, as another poster mentioned, rentals are often abused. Both of my recent fusions were at the 6,000 mile mark and were rattle/squeak free.
I will say the 2010 seems much better than it's predecessor, I had a 2009 Fusion for a rental a few months ago and was much more impressed with the new model.
#5587 of 5819 Re: Reliability of Ford Fusion [temj12]
May 01, 2010 (5:57 pm)
I have a 2008 Fusion SE with 4 cyl, and I have 73000 miles on it. No problems so far, has been great for me. I drive mostly highway miles.
#5588 of 5819 Re: Reliability of Ford Fusion [explorerx4]
May 01, 2010 (6:17 pm)
That is a legitimate question. I like to trade sometimes.
May 02, 2010 (6:10 pm)
I rented one with I4 for a week. It is more refined than earlier Fusion. When I drove it off the lot I thought it is running on electric motor. After I parking I checked the badge to be sure that it is not a hybrid. Thats how quite and refined it feels. Ergonomics and interior design might be better though. it is not a VW for sure. But seats are very supportive and handling is excellent. If it is better than Accord I do not know - I did not drive latest Accord. Honda engines are class leading. But Accord is also a bigger car. BTW there is the midsize sedan shootout in last MT and Accord was rated lower than Fusion because they felt it is a noisier car and for some other reasons like packaging problems - smaller trunk in a bigger car. I think that Fusion has advantage on both Camry and Accord - it feels as quiet and refined as Camry but handling is better that on Accord or Camry. Well may be you can compare it with Altima - i do not know I did not compare all these cars. I drove Maxima but it felt not as refined as Fusion - more like a muscle car.
Regarding reliability - I have more confidence in Ford than in Honda or Toyota in light or recent events and nagging problems with Honda transmissions. My friend had several Camrys and had problems with all of them. On the other hand I drive Mercury Sable for 8 years, bought new and well maintained - with 135K miles it did not experience a single problem.