Last post on Dec 13, 2009 at 3:45 PM
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Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Car Safety, Sedan
#16 of 21 Maybe a year later, but...
Dec 10, 2009 (7:26 am)
I have plenty of experience with Traction Controlled cars. The WORST is the Prius, it doesn't reduce power, it turns it OFF! Breaking TC has its drawbacks big time as well, especially if you cant disable it. We had a 2000 Grand Marquis with TC, and got it stuck, it would not apply power to either wheel once they started to slip because the brakes were overriding the power. I had to pull the fuse to disable it, and only then was I able to get the car unstuck. Another bad situation that braking TC can cause is if you start to slip while at speed during a snow storm, it can actually put you into a spin if activated.
Now the reason I am posting. I have the 2010 Fusion Sport, not the AWD version, the FWD version, and we just had a major snow storm here, at least 2" fell in under an hour from the time I got in my car to the time I got home, and the traction control on this car is great, it reduces power, not cuts it, and it applies braking as needed. The car comes stock with goodyear tires which have not had good reviews, and I was skeptical that they would have any traction in snow, but they actually have very good traction. The roads this morning were ice, not just icy, but layers of ice, and when the tires couldnt bite, the TC pulled it through with hardly any effort. The Ford system on the Fusion to me so far has been the best TC system I have had on a car, much better than what Toyota has.
#17 of 21 Re: Maybe a year later, but... [acdii]
Dec 10, 2009 (8:30 am)
Does Ford have a button to turn TC off? Both of our cars have that (a VW and a Mazda).
#18 of 21 Re: Maybe a year later, but... [jeffyscott]
Dec 10, 2009 (9:02 am)
According to post #15 above, it does. Don't know if that changed since 2007 though.
#19 of 21 Re: Maybe a year later, but... [jeffyscott]
Dec 11, 2009 (5:53 am)
My 2009 V6 Escape AWD has an off button for the TC.
#20 of 21 Re: Traction control with the AWD [threads]
Dec 12, 2009 (4:37 pm)
also a year later, that explains a lot about how i feel my fusion awd reacts to slippery conditions. i have learned you just keep the steering wheel pointed where you want to go and let the car make the corrections.
#21 of 21 Re: Traction control with the AWD [explorerx4]
Dec 13, 2009 (3:45 pm)
With traction control and anti-lock brakes...remember to keep steering in the direction you want to go. It's not like in the old days when you had to pump your brakes and steer straight ahead.