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#135 of 261 2 months, 4200 miles later
Nov 10, 2009 (1:49 pm)
Now is the time for me to post about my new Fusion Sport. I traded up to it from a Camry Hybrid, and other than the Smart key and 34 MPG, I sure do NOT miss the Camry. This Fusion is everything I have been wanting in a car for a long time now. Back in about 1995 or so I bought a 1992 Crown Victoria, with the High Performance Package. It was a great car, got 21 MPG no matter how I drove it and it drove Really good, handled like a dream, and cornered very well for the big car that it was. A few years later I needed something that could pull a horse trailer, and decided to trade it for an Explorer. Biggest mistake I ever made. About 5 years ago I found a 2001 Crown Vic Sport, which was very much like the 92 Vic that I missed, but only by what it claimed to have, it did not handle or move the same so that was my last Ford, I traded it in on a Veracruz, and the Explorer went towards a Prius. Well, I got rid of the Prius, outgrew it, got a Camry, and it was an OK car, but nothing to write about, as it was mediocre in performance and handling, only reason I had it was it was a Hybrid and I got a really good deal on it.
Well, one of the owners of the company I work for bought a 2010 Sport model, and I made the mistake of sitting in it, and eventually decided to say the hell with 34 MPG and dumped the Camry and got the Sport. It reminds me so much of the Vic I had, but is even better. This car handles like it is on rails. It is so much more comfortable than the Camry, it is much quieter inside, more leg room, my knee no longer smacks the door, and I can take my hand off the wheel without worrying about the car drifting one way or the other like the Camry did. Both my kids love the car, they like the roar it makes when I give it gas, how it pushes them into their car seats, and like how they can see out the back windows now, where they couldnt in the Camry, downside is, they are about 2" closer to each other so I have the occasional "stop it" coming from behind me. The AC controls, & TC are a bit too low, so Ford does have a little bit of work left to make this car #1 for everyone, For me it is #1, it is the best car I have ever owned, and for a family sedan, it moves pretty damned good, a few times I left the driver in the right lane with a puzzled expression on their face when I blew their doors off, I guess they didn't think a Ford could move out so good. It don't need no stinkin fart can to beat a ricer, that's for sure, as I have proven a few times to the kiddies with their civics
I think the Sport styling is very nice and pleasing to the eye without looking too race like to attract attention The wheels and tires though, when winter comes around, I may be parking it in the garage when it snows, and drive the Veracruz, wont know until the first snow fall to see how well the tires work in the snow. The 3.5 V6 has a lot of power, so I just know I can get the tires spinning with very little effort.
The fit and finish is impeccable, there is not one thing in the car I can point my finger to and say, ohoh look they made a mistake. All the stitching in the seats and steering wheel are perfect, all the leather panels are perfect, not a single blemish in any of them. All the dash pieces are firm and fit properly, the doors give a nice solid thump when you close them, and the Sony stereo sounds Excellent once it gets adjusted properly, hooking up the Ipod was simple, just plug it in, and it plays, and the Sync is so easy, press the voice button, say play artist Alabama and Alabama starts to play(that is of course that you have Alabama on your Ipod). Pairing the iPhone was a piece of cake, had to do it a couple times when getting the sync up to date, and the applications installed for traffic and directions. The iPhone will also stream bluetooth audio to the Sync, so you can keep the ipod connected to USB, the iPhone connected to the power adapter, and choose either one to listen to the music or pod cast of your choice. I also found there is a second USB connection, where you can hookup a hard drive or other drive as a permanent connection so you dont have to leave the iPod or other MP3 player in the car, but I haven't figured out how to get it to work yet, it needs a male to male USB adapter. The Trunk is huge, there is a lot of room in there, and if you fold down all he seats, including the front passenger seat, you can haul long pieces of whatever you like in the car.
This is our 4th Ford in the garage, the others are my F350, my moms, 2007 Lincoln Town Car and her 1995 Grand Marquis. So far the reliability on all 3 of those has been superb. Other than normal wear and tear items, like ball joints, shocks, and brakes, the Grand Marquis, and F350 have been flawless, and considering how rough our roads are, that's pretty damned good, not once has any of them stopped running or had a major breakage in all the time we have them, and other than the town car, they are over 130K on the clock and still going. I had a 1979 Ford LTD wagon that we bought new in 1979, it had its problems, Ford experimented with the Variable Venturi Carb, and also had a bad run of 5.0 engines with piston slap, so after 50K miles on it, I pulled the motor and rebuilt it, blue print style, and drove that car for another 300K until the frame gave in to rust. That's 350K on the transmission, suspension, and rear end, only replacing an occasional tie rod and brakes.
Here's hoping I can do the same with the Fusion( not rebuilding the engine part though:D!)!!!
Nov 10, 2009 (8:38 pm)
Thank you for very informative message about your
Fusion S. It is time to drop my Taurus 97. It has antique V6 Vulcan and badly design
transmission, problems with RPM sensor and with catalytic converter. One can live with this car but driving is boring.
I am looking for something more exiting. It could be your Fusion S or Accord.
What be your preference? I like fast cars, and my second one is 06 BMW 325i.
Best regards, Lehrer
#137 of 261 Re: [lehrer1]
Nov 11, 2009 (5:29 am)
I think you'll find the Fusion a little more sporty than the Accord, but you'll need to test drive them to be sure.
#138 of 261 Re: [lehrer1]
Nov 11, 2009 (6:22 am)
I can tell you the Fusion Sport, lives up to its name. There is this road I take once in a while that has a sharp offset, a full road width to the right, the length of the road, and normally I would take it at no more than 40 MPH in any car, anything more and you could put the car in the ditch, or worse, roll it. It is a 55 MPH road, this morning, I took it at 50 MPH, and didn't even realize it until I looked down after straightening out and it was at 50. Now that was impressive. Not even a tire squeal through the whole thing, and I stayed in my lane. I am working on the launch times, and getting it to 0-60 under 7 seconds, getting close, 7.2 0-60 with tire slip, if I can get a good launch without tire slip, I can get it under 7 seconds. I also found it has a strong power curve above 3000 RPM, enough where you get pushed into the seat when it gets there, and stays there until at least 5000 RPM. This is the first car I want to take to a road race course and put it through its paces, it handles that well.
#139 of 261 Re: [acdii]
Nov 11, 2009 (3:37 pm)
thank you for information, it is nice that you are happy about your car!
ps I'd be happy to hear more about your car,
Nov 12, 2009 (4:57 pm)
I hope Fusion S does not have electric steering.
#141 of 261 Re: [savetheland]
Nov 12, 2009 (11:34 pm)
"I hope Fusion S does not have electric steering. "
It does. I think it's just the Sport or maybe all the V6's have hydraulic power steering. Check the Ford site to see the specs. Have you test driven it yet, though? I was bummed to hear about the electric steering too after test driving a Sonata, but I think they did it really well.
#142 of 261 Re: [xmech]
Nov 13, 2009 (6:26 am)
Only the Sport has hydraulic steering, all the rest share the electric steering. Which isn't too bad, The Camry is worse.
#143 of 261 electric power steering
Nov 13, 2009 (7:49 am)
Opinions on the new steering system seem to vary. While some reviews have been strongly negative on it others have been neutral (ie. that it is about the same as the best (in terms of steering feel) of the competition, for example:
Car and Driver wrote "the steering was nearly as good as the best in this group" in a comparison with the Mazda6 and Accord.
Motor Trend, in a comparison with Accord, wrote: "Both cars' helms feel overly light, neither transmits much road feel to the rim, and both provide nice, linear response and cornering grip that exceeds expectations".
CR has written: "Handling is responsive. The steering, which is now electric to improve fuel economy, is nicely weighted and conveys some feedback."
Nov 13, 2009 (5:12 pm)
Yes I did rent I4 Fusion for the week during vacation and did not like electric steering. Drove also Cobalt with ES and it is horrible, Malibu with ES was similar to Fusion but Fusion felt better. Malibu had a better trasmission though and cabin ergonomics were better. But Fision engine feels more refined.