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2013-04-24 09:43:56 AM
The fusion is decent. I'd suggest it for anyone who has a family and has not given up quite yet. Don't buy the Taurus though... no more interior room than the fusion and it drives like an oil tanker.
 
2013-04-24 10:06:55 AM
Am I the only one who sees the Fusion and things Broke-asston styled?
 
2013-04-24 10:19:19 AM
saw one at the gym this morning. quite good-looking, especially with 18" rims. has a very aston-martin-esque grille. hope they've updated the interior with higher quality materials, though. the last time i rented one, it was appalling inside. and the transmission was awful - you'd step on the gas, and it would take a full second to engage.
 
2013-04-24 10:24:08 AM

FlashHarry: saw one at the gym this morning. quite good-looking, especially with 18" rims. has a very aston-martin-esque grille. hope they've updated the interior with higher quality materials, though. the last time i rented one, it was appalling inside. and the transmission was awful - you'd step on the gas, and it would take a full second to engage.


just go for a 2012-14 chevy impala

/got a '12 impala LTZ last month
//farking love the car
///'12 and '13 models are identical though
 
2013-04-24 10:36:54 AM

FlashHarry: saw one at the gym this morning. quite good-looking, especially with 18" rims. has a very aston-martin-esque grille. hope they've updated the interior with higher quality materials, though. the last time i rented one, it was appalling inside. and the transmission was awful - you'd step on the gas, and it would take a full second to engage.


we've rented several and think that interior miles nicer than the Charger's (if only Ford had a good RWD platform that size)
 
2013-04-24 11:05:39 AM

FlashHarry: saw one at the gym this morning. quite good-looking, especially with 18" rims. has a very aston-martin-esque grille. hope they've updated the interior with higher quality materials, though. the last time i rented one, it was appalling inside. and the transmission was awful - you'd step on the gas, and it would take a full second to engage.


Picking your cars based on experience with rentals is like picking a wife based on experience with a hooker.  Most of the time as a consumer, they won't even sell you the package that they sell as fleet cars. The transmission and engine are usually the main differences between fleet and consumer models.
 
2013-04-24 12:17:13 PM

Driedsponge: Picking your cars based on experience with rentals is like picking a wife based on experience with a hooker.  Most of the time as a consumer, they won't even sell you the package that they sell as fleet cars. The transmission and engine are usually the main differences between fleet and consumer models.


totally agree. i have a friend who works for GM's PR department. i've told him that they need to take rental fleets into consideration as it is where many potential consumers first interact with their brand.

i also have a friend who has a fusion hybrid and loves it.

/bmw driver
//gym in 26 minutes, etc.
 
2013-04-24 12:18:20 PM
I have a 2008 Fusion and while I'm not exactly thrilled with it, I don't hate it either.  As somedude210 mentioned, the transmission leaves much to be desired.  6-spd auto that's drive by wire.  Coming up to a hill you press the pedal in a little extra to get it to downshift, but it only goes up one gear when it really needed two to maintain speed so now you have to pretty much floor it to do that.  It's saving grace is the AWD.  I live in New England (hills and snow).  I can crank the wheel all the way and drive the car down the road sideways it's that good.
Been looking at the new Titanium model but just don't see spending damn near $40K for a midsize Ford.
 
2013-04-24 12:30:19 PM

FlashHarry: Driedsponge: Picking your cars based on experience with rentals is like picking a wife based on experience with a hooker.  Most of the time as a consumer, they won't even sell you the package that they sell as fleet cars. The transmission and engine are usually the main differences between fleet and consumer models.

totally agree. i have a friend who works for GM's PR department. i've told him that they need to take rental fleets into consideration as it is where many potential consumers first interact with their brand.

i also have a friend who has a fusion hybrid and loves it.

/bmw driver
//gym in 26 minutes, etc.


Rental fleet vehicles now actually have different serial number sequencing so you can tell them apart from other used cars on the lot.  That didn't used to be the case.  Does anyone remember the Chevy Classic?  No?  No? Anyone?  For a year after Chevy went to a new Malibu body style they kept making the old one but only for the fleet vehicles.  It was so bad and stripped down they didn't want to still put the Malibu name on it so they just called it a "classic".  The name appears nowhere on the car though.  I believe there was a little name on the cubby hole lid and that's it.  I rented one.  It was the worst vehicle I've ever driven.
 
2013-04-24 12:47:18 PM

kcoombs69: I have a 2008 Fusion and while I'm not exactly thrilled with it, I don't hate it either. As somedude210 mentioned, the transmission leaves much to be desired. 6-spd auto that's drive by wire. Coming up to a hill you press the pedal in a little extra to get it to downshift, but it only goes up one gear when it really needed two to maintain speed so now you have to pretty much floor it to do that. It's saving grace is the AWD. I live in New England (hills and snow). I can crank the wheel all the way and drive the car down the road sideways it's that good.
Been looking at the new Titanium model but just don't see spending damn near $40K for a midsize Ford.


got a fullsized chevy sedan for $19k, only 9750 miles on it
 
2013-04-24 01:20:29 PM
I want to go back to 2008 me and kick his ass for not buying Ford stock.
 
2013-04-24 02:29:58 PM
contemplating the 2014 Fiesta ST or a Fusion so I'm getting a kick. Also, don't forget, Ford was the only one to not take a bailout. Go on Ford!
 
2013-04-24 02:37:52 PM

FlashHarry: i also have a friend who has a fusion hybrid and loves it.


Same here. 40 MPG during the break in period.  Not bad for a real car with 4 doors plus trunk, lots of room, and nice features.
 
2013-04-24 02:59:38 PM
i like it and i can get 40mpg if i'm paying close attention to the braking and acceleration

/i wish the keyhole was on the dash because the remote starter dangles on my leg...6'3" though
 
2013-04-24 03:07:31 PM

fo_sho!: Am I the only one who sees the Fusion and things Broke-asston styled?


When it first came out, Top Gear UK flashed a picture on the screen for two seconds then Jeremy Clarkson asked Richard Hammond and James May to say what the car was.  They both said Aston Martin, and Clarkson revealed that it was actually the next Mondeo (badged Fusion in the US).  So, yes, it's a total rip of an Aston grille.  I've thought that since I first saw the car too.  Hardly a surprise, as Aston was part of Ford until '07, and Ford still maintain a small stake.

It's quite attractive actually.  Totally misleading of course, but not a bad looking car.
 
2013-04-24 03:41:17 PM

kcoombs69: I have a 2008 Fusion and while I'm not exactly thrilled with it, I don't hate it either.  As somedude210 mentioned, the transmission leaves much to be desired.  6-spd auto that's drive by wire.  Coming up to a hill you press the pedal in a little extra to get it to downshift, but it only goes up one gear when it really needed two to maintain speed so now you have to pretty much floor it to do that.  It's saving grace is the AWD.  I live in New England (hills and snow).  I can crank the wheel all the way and drive the car down the road sideways it's that good.
Been looking at the new Titanium model but just don't see spending damn near $40K for a midsize Ford.


That's the one nice thing about my Corolla. It has a handy little overdrive disable button that forces a downshift when you press it, so for highway driving, it acts as a nice speed boost when you get to a hill or want to pass quickly. It's a poor-man's tiptronic.
 
2013-04-24 04:55:48 PM
I owned 2 Fusions and I think they're great. I bought one of the first ones off the line in 2006 and my sister still drives it today with 90k on it, zero real issues.
 
2013-04-24 05:47:43 PM
I'll never buy an American car after Fartbongo gave them all our money!
 
2013-04-24 07:01:42 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: I'll never buy an American car after Fartbongo gave them all our money!


I know you're joking, but Ford didn't take part in the auto bail out. They took out a lot of low interest loans a little while before things went to hell.
 
2013-04-24 10:51:19 PM

Mad_Radhu: kcoombs69: I have a 2008 Fusion and while I'm not exactly thrilled with it, I don't hate it either.  As somedude210 mentioned, the transmission leaves much to be desired.  6-spd auto that's drive by wire.  Coming up to a hill you press the pedal in a little extra to get it to downshift, but it only goes up one gear when it really needed two to maintain speed so now you have to pretty much floor it to do that.  It's saving grace is the AWD.  I live in New England (hills and snow).  I can crank the wheel all the way and drive the car down the road sideways it's that good.
Been looking at the new Titanium model but just don't see spending damn near $40K for a midsize Ford.

That's the one nice thing about my Corolla. It has a handy little overdrive disable button that forces a downshift when you press it, so for highway driving, it acts as a nice speed boost when you get to a hill or want to pass quickly. It's a poor-man's tiptronic.


Nope, doesn't even have that.
 
2013-04-25 10:33:36 AM

Mad_Radhu: The Googles Do Nothing: I'll never buy an American car after Fartbongo gave them all our money!

I know you're joking, but Ford didn't take part in the auto bail out. They took out a lot of low interest loans a little while before things went to hell.


they did lobby for the bailout though. they realized that if GM and chrysler went under, a lot of their suppliers would go under too, threatening ford's supply chain.
 
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