Last post on Jul 17, 2007 at 3:19 PM
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#15 of 24 Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH
Feb 02, 2007 (8:51 am)
I have taken 2 Milan AWD and one Fusion AWD for test drives at two diferent dealers, and encountered what feels like a serious driveline vibration in all of them at 65-70 MPH. It feels like a bad u-joint feels in a rear drive vehicle. The salesman expressed surprise (of course) in all cases. Does anyone know what's up with this and what Ford is doing about it?
#16 of 24 Re: Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH [hiddenvalley1]
Feb 02, 2007 (4:17 pm)
Hmmm, didn't some have a similar issue with the Jaguar X-type? I would assume this has the same AWD system.
#17 of 24 Re: Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH [jeffyscott]
Feb 02, 2007 (8:17 pm)
It's not the same. This is a new in-house Ford design that is similar to the Haldex unit used by Volvo.
#18 of 24 Re: Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH [akirby]
Feb 03, 2007 (7:01 am)
But the Jag does use the Volvo-type system, too...doesn't it?
#19 of 24 Re: Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH [jeffyscott]
Feb 03, 2007 (8:03 am)
Not sure - couldn't find much information on it.
#20 of 24 Re: Fusion/Milan AWD vibration at 70 MPH [akirby]
Feb 03, 2007 (8:19 am)
From descriptions I found, it sounds like they are quite different, actually. I found this description on Jaguar site:
full-time Traction 4™ all-wheel drive. Standard power ratio is 40:60 front to rear, resulting in a rear-wheel drive-like feel, but the instant a difference in grip is sensed, power is redistributed for optimum traction.
The Fusion's description says majority of power is to front wheels under normal circumstances.
#21 of 24 Road & Engine Noise in Cabin
Jul 10, 2007 (5:25 am)
I am 'considering' a Fusion with an I4, but was concerned about engine and road noise in the cabin. I have to confess that I have NOT yet taken one for a test drive, but:
1). I have a Mazda Tribute with the Ford I4 Cyl engine and the road and engine noice is terrible.
2) Consumer Rpts notes that sound is an issue with the 4 Cyl.
Should I just stay away, and concentrate on the Nissan Altima or Hyundai Sonata with their 4 Cyl engines?
#22 of 24 Re: Road & Engine Noise in Cabin [mikezak]
Jul 10, 2007 (12:09 pm)
I own a 2006 4/5sp.1+yrs. and I can tell you that to me,I do not notice any bad engine noise.The car has been flawless for 11k miles so far and the mpg has increased a couple more up to 25-27 city and 28-33 hwy.I'm also a sports official,so I take a few 25-100 mile trips traveling to and from venues and my partners comment alot about how smooth and pleasant the car is .(Hope this helps you)
#23 of 24 Re: Road & Engine Noise in Cabin [mikezak]
Jul 14, 2007 (7:56 pm)
Try all three. That's the only way to know for sure. I just purchased a 2007 Milan Premier I4 5M for which I traded a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 HEMI 5M. Compared to the Ram, the Milan is quiet!
#24 of 24 Test drive of a base Ford Fusion
Jul 17, 2007 (3:19 pm)
Yesterday I test drove a Ford Fusion because I need a new company car and the choices this time is the Ford Fusion or the Chrysler Sebring. We are limited to the four cylinder engine and usually a basic car (A/C, power windows, locks, mirrors, and seats, AM/FM/CD player, but no leather). The vehicle I tried out fit the bill, as far as my company would purchase.
I have to say I was disappointed in the Fusion on many levels. First, I must qualify, that I am about 6 foot tall, and most of it is waist up. I do not fit in most cars with sunroofs (this car did not have a sunroof). In the Fusion I found my head scraping the ceiling of the car even though the seat was all the way down. I finally checked and I could put an index finger between my head and the ceiling- that was it. I also had a problem with the door assist above the drivers door as it was so close to my head that I accidently banged my head on it. In a normal driving position it was two fingers away from my head- not a lot of room for me and since I drive about 50k miles per year, room is important. I also found the seat to be uncomfortable, and realized that the seat back was encouraging a slouching position, which would be very uncomfortable for a 400 mile day.
Most of the controls seemed fine, though I was disappointed in the gearshift position only having a D and L choices. This is a 5 speed transmission and would prefer to have a D, 4,3,2,1 option. Since I drive a lot in the winter (snow belt area) I would want more than a "L" as an option. I prefer to use the transmission to help slow the car down in heavy snow or ice.
When driving the car, I thought the engine sounded a little course. I noticed that the car downshifted very frequently when I needed more power. I also felt the car was a little "darty" on the freeway and at this point will blame it on the vehicle possibly being out of alignment. Regardless, it was not a stable feeling.
Since I am presently driving a Dodge Charger, I initially chalked all this up to my being used to a large car and maybe this is the price I'll have to pay. Then I drove the Chrysler Sebring, which admittedly has not ranked as high as the Fusion on Consumer Reports ratings, but I found the Sebring to have plenty of head room, both on top and on the sides. The transmission has a D, 3 L setting, which would be acceptable in snow/ice driving (an improvement over the Fusion). According to the window sticker, the Chrysler has a 4 speed transmission compared to the Ford's 5, yet gets 1 mpg better city and 1 mpg better highway fuel mileage than the Fusion.
Before driving the cars, I thought the choice would be hard to make, but after taking both of them out, I have to pick the Chrysler Sebring. Others who are not tall waisted probably would fit fine in the Ford, but unfortunately, not me.