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Mercury Milan, Ford Fusion, Sedan
#5770 of 5819 Re: potential rust site for 2010 Milan/Fusion [acdii]
Mar 14, 2011 (10:08 am)
Good point. Perhaps just slathering it with epoxy or a asphault like material would add some protection. It is a closed space and open to the air so it should self ventilate and dry after the wet road conditions do abate. Thanks for cautionary note..I agree.
#5771 of 5819 2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6
Mar 18, 2011 (2:21 pm)
Vehicle now as 67,000 trouble free, rattle free miles. I did have to have my rear brake pads replaced. I put ceramic pads on. My front pads still had 80%!!!???. I also had my transmission fluid flushed. I am told I am going to have to get new tires in the next 2 months... so far a great car.
#5772 of 5819 Sync Issue resolved
Apr 17, 2011 (5:36 pm)
I have a 2010 Milan Premier with Sync. When I first got it, everything worked except the voice command feature, which was deaf. I took the car to the dealer and after some diagnostics, they replaced the radio and the microphone. Everything then worked fine until they moved the car and Sync went deaf again. I gave the car back to the dealer for almost two weeks. They did some diagnostic work by connecting the car to the internet and determined that the core unit for sync was broken. That was replaced and Sync was still deaf!
This past Friday, a field engineer from Dearborn came in to evaluate the car and after hours of testing, determined that a wire was broken. Unfortunately, I do not know which one was broken but now everything works just fine.
Overall, the car is very comfortable and economical. The four cylinder engine is perky and smooth and going back and forth to work in metro D.C. traffic has yielded fuel economy of 26 - 30 mpg (calculated).
In July, trip to NYC is planned and we will be taking the Milan to see how it does on pure highway driving.
#5773 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [winter2]
Apr 18, 2011 (12:31 pm)
Glad they were able to resolve it. Goes to show, it can always be the simplest thing to go wrong on these. Problem is, many of the new school techs lack the ability to be able troubleshoot old school. Too much reliance on computers and modules, too little knowledge of tracing wires and using meters. I'm an old school tech, worked on cars when they still had points(remember those), and you used a dwell meter to set the gap.
These days, I'm afraid to touch a car, to add a radio, or trailer hookup, or anything that touches the electrical system, since putting in the wrong load, or resistance can blow up a module, or worse yet, the main computer.
I have a 2010 Flex EB SEL that I am installing the factory hitch on, they have a kit for the trailer wiring, but does not include the connections for the 7 pin socket that includes the brake wiring, YET, under the dash is the connector for adding the brake controller. I need to obtain the wiring diagram so I can tap into that connection properly to use it, without breaking anything. At least they use color coded wires, imagine working on something where all the wiring is made with white wires.
#5774 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [acdii]
Apr 19, 2011 (7:52 am)
It took the dealer a good deal of effort and serious help from Dearborn to get this problem resolved.
As to electrical issues, I have owned cars for many years and have had exceedingly few problems in that department. One I do remember was way back in the late 70's where a wire to the left rear brake light got pinched by a bolt causing a fault. I blew three or four fuses and then went to the dealer who found the problem in about twenty minutes.
As to diagnosing issues, the use of computers to control most everything is both interesting and scary. If the computer fails, you are basically screwed. With the mandating of OBD, that has made fixing a problem harder. I also have a Jeep Liberty (2005) Limited CRD (diesel). If you cycle the ignition four times, the OBD codes show up at the odometer. The issue here is that the codes are wrong 90% of the time and you need a sophisticated scan tool connected to the OBD port to get the correct answer. Now tell me that isn't nuts!!!
This is my first FoMoCo product in over thirty years and except for this issue, the car is really decent. Now let us see if it stays this way.
#5775 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [winter2]
Apr 19, 2011 (12:59 pm)
I have 33K miles on my 2010 Fusion Sport, and not a single problem since I got it. You should be good with yours for a very long time.
#5776 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [acdii]
Apr 29, 2011 (7:54 pm)
Flex is cool!! Seeing more of these around lately. A nice alternative to an SUV or station wagon.
My 2006 Fusion SEL V6 has been a great vehicle. Just keep the maintenance up on yours and it should take you many miles.
#5777 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [cannon3]
Apr 30, 2011 (3:23 pm)
Dropped my Fusion off for warranty work before it runs out. Nothing big, just a skronk from the suspension bushings when you stop after so many miles. The drivers inside door panel squeaks when you pull on the handle to close it.
Aside from those two little things, the car has been great the past 34000 miles.
While I was there, I thought I would check out the new Explorer. Well it is nice, and for $47k it had damn well better be. Would I trade my Flex for one? No Definitely NO.
#5778 of 5819 Re: Sync Issue resolved [acdii]
May 09, 2011 (7:21 am)
My wife and I drove the Mercury to Florida this past weekend. Very comfortable ride and seats. Very good fuel economy too. At speeds of less than sixty-five MPH the car got nearly thirty-two MPG. At a cruising spped of seventy-two MPH, the car returned a bit better than twenty-eight MPG.
The four banger is smooth and quiet but lacks any low end grunt at highway speed.
#5779 of 5819 idle shut off question
May 16, 2011 (3:40 pm)
Many manufacturers are promising a feature that shuts off the engine after so many seconds of idling and restarts when the accelerator is pressed, (for fuel economy). I don't know that much about the system but wonder if someone who does would address the issue of whether it would harm the battery and starting motor which weren't designed for so many repetitive cycles. Doesn't the starting motor draw over 100 amps while powering the flywheel before ignition? It seems intuitively that this would be hard on a battery and perhaps on the starting motor pinion system. Any comments?