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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#17130 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [cski]
Nov 13, 2012 (9:47 am)
No Fusion sighted. Zero (0) in DC. Zero (0) in Arlington.
Had errands to run. Lots of Focusssss's No Fusion's
I saw my first Fusion on Sunday (I live in Birmingham, AL). It was apple red, Titanium.
I was, however, VERY unhappy that the Ford dealers in my area who put on the Birmingham International Auto Show this weekend left their Fusions locked. I was there to try on cars (I'm 6'5", so it's a true try-on!) to replace my 09 Sonata eventually, but Ford may have lost business with that lame move. I sat in an Optima, liked it. Sat in a '13 Sonata, didn't like it (like sitting in a bucket; hard to see out of). I've driven an Accord, also like it for it's large screen, easy sightlines, and CVT + Paddle Shift Combo on the sport. I wanted to like the '13 Altima more than I did when I sat in it, but haven't driven it yet. One car whose interior I liked a LOT (which surprised me) was the Malibu LTZ 2.0T. Wouldn't buy a Chevy though; still too many quality concerns.
#17131 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [thegraduate]
Nov 13, 2012 (10:24 am)
Did they have an excuse as to why the Fusions were locked up? Usually, at auto shows, the only reason is that they aren't for sale yet and could be slightly "pre production" units or concepts.
#17132 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [m6user]
Nov 13, 2012 (10:48 am)
I saw a Fusion on Saturday, just driving down the highway. Looks better in pictures than in the flesh.
Nov 13, 2012 (11:27 am)
quote at the bottom of one of the pics from autoblog..
"2013 Ford Fusion: A driver-centric cockpit with a forward canted centerstack and high center console provide visual design cues of Fusion's competence and poise on the road."
Really?? Who writes this utter.... ahhh..stuff??
A high center console provide visual design cues of a car's competence? who at Ford approved this and if no one did, why aren't they suing for....well..idiotic remarks.
I think the hood is too busy. I get what they were trying to do, but end result is a fail, IMO.
All in all though, it is a fairly handsome effort.
I chuckled to myself when I read thegraduate became enticed by the unlocked Optima..that'll teach 'em (Ford).
Dear FMC, it's only a Fusion...sheesh..If you're going to lock it, then hang a sign saying why.
#17134 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [thegraduate]
Nov 13, 2012 (5:03 pm)
Make sure when you try the Fusion on for size that the Easy Entry & Exit Function is activated. It makes getting in and out of the car much easier for anyone 6' or more by automatically moving the seat to the full back position.
My trip yesterday of over 400 miles resulted in an average 34.4 mpg with speeds of 70-75 mph 80% of the time. This included going up "Grapevine Hill".
#17135 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [cski]
Nov 13, 2012 (9:42 pm)
I do think as others have posted it a temporary problem that has been corrected. I think my order is in the group of vehicles that "had a Problem" and I got screwed with delivery. If someone can order in September and has their vehicle... I got screwed. The car is for my daughter and I kind of forced the car on her and now regret buying Ford. For reasons I do not have the time to explain it would cost me a lot to change directions and buy something different. Just feels like one more time where some company says thank you very much now bend over and don't complain. Moo moooo!
#17136 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [b25nut]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:55 am)
Drove a lot yesterday. Zero Fusions. You know, I remember the 2005 Mustang introduction and being really, really excited about it's retro design. Now I view the old 4.0 6 cyl. models as airport rentals. We are going to get used to the Fusion real quick I bet, especially the basic I-don't-need rims, dual exhaust, or fog-lights models.
On the news this morning I was informed that there is a new Prius recall. I am curious as to how Ford's C-Max is going to do competing against it.
However, this isn't the hybrid thread so I am done now b-4 someone gets
#17137 of 20230 Re: Daily Fusion Sighting Update... [sdcal2]
Nov 14, 2012 (6:23 am)
Any time you order a vehicle before or within the first month or two of a new model introduction you have to expect potential delays. Ford has a very specific process to ensure that they don't ship out defective vehicles so some get held longer than others. They try to minimize the impact on retail (sold) orders but sometimes unexpected problems crop up due to machinery or (usually) parts problems from their suppliers.
One guy had his already built Fusion pulled off the line for crash testing by NHTSA, something Ford has no control over. They did submit a new order for him with emergency priority.
If you don't want delays, wait 6 months to order.
#17138 of 20230 Breaking promises and deadlines....
Nov 14, 2012 (8:50 am)
I run my own business part time to supplement income (3 kids ain't cheap).
If I don't keep up with orders and deadlines I am out of business. I show up to appointments early and stay late. These are the principles that make a person, business, and government successful and respected.
I know that building an Automobile these days is like assembling a Lunar Module, but you would think that people who design these things have quality assurance people(who work on deadline's) testing people (who work on deadlines) and government liaison's (who work on deadlines). I think big business in America has partially turned away from the principles that made our country great,
If I ordered a car, and had to wait 2 months to be delivered, only to be told it will be two more months I would cancel my order. Period. I would have signed an agreement with the dealer that if they can't deliver then my money goes away and I am driving off a competitors lot in a new car.
There were plenty of Sonata's and Optima's in 2011. Brand new model. The Largest recall was left front wheel strut components caused vehicle to pull to the left. 41,000 Sonata's recalled, 16,000 Optima's. (I bought a 2012, which had fixed the problem permanently). It took an hour to buy one and I was on my way home....car in hand.
12,000 miles later and there have been zero problems with my car. None. As a matter of fact, very few had to wait for their Korean car. Do we want to be a whole subsidiary of Asia? Keep it up America, and that is what we have to look forward to.
Hope you are listening Ford, as you are the last and only US manufacturer that I WOULD still buy a car from.
#17139 of 20230 Re: Breaking promises and deadlines.... [cski]
Nov 14, 2012 (9:00 am)
How many people actually place a factory order for a Sonata or Optima? These types of delays happen all the time with other mfrs you just don't hear about them. Also in other cases the mfrs would simply ship out defective vehicles and fix them later. Ford chooses to bite the bullet and fix them first. So that causes some delays and not a lot of information. I prefer that scenario to them shipping out defective products.
If Ford didn't allow buyers to pre-order before production begins then everyone would be upset that they have to wait. If they do and have problems then everyone is upset, even though Ford never guarantees any delivery dates on any special order.
This will be a blip in the overall picture once production is humming.