Is the Fusion really worth it? I would like one with the 4 cyl manual
5 speed transmission.
I hear it's got all independent suspension with a double wishbone front
Is the Fusion a good car or not? Are they reliable? Do they really
corner great? sway bar front and back?
I wonder if ford sells the fusion anywhere else or if it's only a car
destined for the American market.
It's a good car, according to most reviews. Really cool, IMHO. It's too
early to tell how reliable they are. The V6 is the Duratec from the Taurus
with some valve timing changes from Mazda, so it should be reliable. I think
they will corner really well. They do have anti-sway bars front and back.
(They're not sway bars - that would be conter productive. ;-) ).
The Fusion is available in other coutnries. That doesn't mean that there
aren't a lot of differences, like in the suspension. The Mondeo and Contour
were similar cars, but Ford detuned teh suspension and had a different
choice of engines than in Europe.
Thre front end has a different look in England. In addition, it is a
You're going to get some opinions here. You can also get more opinions by
searching google for ford fusion reviews and more info at www.ford.com.
If it floats your boat, and fits you nice, buy it.
As a 50 year vet of the man v car wars, I can vouch that most cars
'learn' to reflect your attitude toward them.
My TBirds are like hound dogs...I abuse the hell out of them, but I always
appreciate what they do for me.
As a result they rarely let me down, and when they do, they let me down
gentle... like picking the driveway to fail instead of 100 miles from home.
Besides... if everyone based their buying decisions on cold, hard factoids
and absolute 'need', we would still be driving something like a 48 Packard
or a Citroen 3CV
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
I loved those old Packards.. that 356 cube straight eight used to
effortlessly climb the hills to and from New York City via Route 22.
Thinking back, I don't remember the Packard name on the outside of the car.
I have test driven this car. I am not sure how much I liked this car.
It was silver, 5 speed manual with 4 cyl.
On the scale from 1 to 10 I would give it an 8.
What I loved about the car was that it had front wishbone suspension
which I don't know why Ford used since it costs more. It's also good
on gas. It's good good exterior styling. The car seemed to corner
What I hated about the car was the instrument cluster. Ford should
have used white faced gauges which are sportier and easier to read.
Ford used them before on their Explorer sport tracs, I don't know why
they don't use it now. Also the look of it's 4 cyl engine makes me
think old technology. It is to my understanding that the engine isn't
VVT. Some stuff about the engine looked afterthought. The way it's
got electrical stuff all over the place like spagetti.
Now I don't really like Toyota but Toyota makes the most bulletproof 4
cyl to date for its new Camrys. Can you imagine a 4 cyl using a
lifetime serpentine belt that is so thick it looks like it came off of
a big Diesel V10 pickup truck. If you look at the exhaust manifold and
where it attaches to a huge recieiver on the start of the tailpipe!!!
Yes, Toyota seems to make the best 4 cyl to date. If you haven't seen
this 4 cyl in their new Camrys I would suggest you go take a look soon.
It's worth it to just show up at a car show or dealer and just pop the
Such as it is, Ford still makes the better V6 and V8s while Toyota
makes better I4s. Toyota should leave the V6 up to the domestics.
Toyota can't make a large displacement engine that won't gell up and
die of said defects. They have all sorts of issues on their V6's where
there is engine hesitation even on the Lexus line. To date there is no
repair. Its a design fault.
Take a look under the hood of a Mazda3 2.3. Variable intake, variable valve
timing, stainless steel exhaust manifold, exhaust toward the rear (where it
ought to be). Toyota hasn't much on anyone anymore. As long as they can spin
their name, they'll collect but eventually, consumers will catch on.
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