2003 Ford Fusion 1.4 TDCi from Finland


Sensible car and cheap to run


The all plastic oil stick snapped, had to open the oil sump to get the piece out.

The air bag light went on, bad connector under front passenger seat was replaced.

General Comments:

The car is very cheap to own. Consumption is around 4,5l/100km. You have to remember to check the oil level because it seems to use it quite a bit.

Performance isn't so good, but is enough for a little diesel car. The boost starts just before 2000rpm and below that the power is quite poor. You can tow a cart with it, but it's a bit of agony.

Interior is a bit on the cheap side, but not the worst out there. There's no squeaks or rattles, but the road noise is quite loud. The engine however is very quiet for a diesel. Seats are firm and give good support. Everything is simplistic, but in a good way. The dash look nicely muscular. Big windows give excellent view to every direction.

The drive is firm and stable. Steering is superbly responsive. The car is quite high so there is some movement when cornering in higher speeds. For a small car it is surprisingly comfortable on highways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2008

2nd Dec 2016, 06:33

I have had a 2003 Ford Fusion 1.4 TDI from new. No problems except the diesel hose fracturing, apparently a common fault. This happened at around the 100,000 miles. The original clutch started slipping at 197,000 miles so I had a replacement fitted. The plastic dip stick does harden and the way it is routed causes it to hit something and snap. Replaced mine at 110,000. Otherwise the car is the most reliable I have ever owned. Still using the original 13 year old battery. Still getting 52 miles per gallon and still not burning any oil between oil changes. All I do is change the oil and filter every 10,000 miles. Slick 50 from new and every 100,000 miles. Cam belt at 100,000 and it's never been to a garage for a service. Now done almost 200,000 miles, it's brilliant!!

2003 Ford Fusion 2 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Excellent and very reliable


Nothing has gone wrong as of yet.

General Comments:

I was a bit wary of buying a Ford, as the last one I had was an XR2, and it very noisy and poorly put together, but with a disabled wife I chose what I thought I needed, and boy was I impressed.

The Ford Fusion 1.6 16v is quick, heavy to drive with great steering, and best of all, has seats that are easy to get in and out of.

The air conditioning is the first I have had, and does the job superbly, and what with CD player, electric windows, and heated front and back screen, I am nothing but impressed, and would recommend this car to anyone.

Just another point that I found useful - Ford sales team were helpful in every way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2007

2003 Ford Fusion 1 1.4 Tdci from UK and Ireland




Poor fuel consumption.

Flat spots on acceleration at 1300 and 3000 RPM, engine would die on move off.

New engine management system computer.

Clutch replaced.

New rear wheel bearing.

New steering wheel, cover wearing.

Headlights replaced, beam adjusters would not work.

Blown Turbo.

Fuel leak from from hand primer in engine compartment.

Power assisted steering belt tensioner replaced, knocking.

Flywheel and clutch replaced.

Noisy rear dampers.

Electronic accelerator control failure.

New accelerator fitted.

New battery fitted.

New fuel rail fitted.

General Comments:

A good vehicle spoiled by unreliable components.

I think thirty five visits to the dealer in twenty two months is a poor reflection on the quality of this particular vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st June, 2005

2003 Ford Fusion 2 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


A good car, but bland to drive


Performance and fuel economy are erratic (no fault found by dealer).

General Comments:

The quality of materials used for the interior is fairly poor. The upholstery and carpet is difficult to keep clean.

Handling is very good, steering very responsive with an excellent turning circle which, along with superb all round visibility, makes parking very easy.

Extremely spacious inside considering it's based on a Fiesta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th January, 2005

6th Feb 2007, 14:24

Jan 2004 Ford Fusion 2,not a days trouble in the 2 years 3 months I have owned it, then 1 day after the manufacturers warranty ran out my a switch in the durashift gearbox packed up leaving me with a £900.00 bill from Fords. getting it fixed and getting rid!

2003 Ford Fusion 2 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Not at all as good as hoped for


Needed a new clutch.

Needed a new exhaust.

Have trouble starting the engine.

General Comments:

The seats are very comfortable.

Easy access to seats, ideal for disabled passengers.

Fuel consumption is extremely poor, average of 21 mpg rural and 40 mpg motorway driving.

The dials and clocks on the dashboard is clearly visible.

Road holding is not too good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th December, 2004