2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3 from North America

Summary:

Unreliable

Faults:

Oil pan gasket leaked at 17k miles.

Brake master cylinder failed at 20k miles.

A/C failed at 23k miles.

General Comments:

Brake master cylinder failed and was replaced twice ($400). Still the car's brakes will become soft at random. I suspect something is wrong with the ABS HCU.

Air discharge temperature sensor in the A/C failed at 22k miles, leaving me without cooling. It turned out to be a common problem for the Ford Fusion. The sensor itself is like $30, but to replace it you have to take the whole dashboard off, which is about six hours of work. A mechanic would charge about $600 for that.

Gas mileage is very disappointing for this four cylinder car. I am not getting anything near advertised. I get like 17-19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the freeway.

The car itself is heavy and underpowered.

The oil change procedure differs from other cars - it has a cartridge oil filter and drain plug behind two flimsy plastic doors. Service station people always break them or forget to put them in place. Also, with a cartridge filter it is possible to not to put an oil filter in and just screw the plug back in. That happened to me - I was running for half a year without an oil filter, to discover that only at the next oil change.

Overall Ford still needs to improve a great deal. The notion that "Ford have improved over last years" and "Fusion is a competitor to Camry" has no substance to it. I also own a Honda Civic, and it did not give me such problems for 10 years of operation. Should have stayed with Japanese cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2013

2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3 from North America

Summary:

It's OK

Faults:

At 73000 miles I needed to rebuild the transmission. I changed the secondary air injector pump, and secondary range sensor. Still there is something wrong with it, and it won't give me any codes; no nothing.

General Comments:

I like the inside and how it looks, but that's with aftermarket rims and paint, and with a car wash every Friday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th June, 2013

1st Jul 2013, 15:36

Pretty much just wear and tear as far as I can tell.

2008 Ford Fusion 6 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Detroit is up to their old tricks again!!

Faults:

The coils are burning up.

General Comments:

I had to replace the number 4 coil, because the Fusion had a serious miss on that cylinder. After this didn't correct the problem, I took it to the dealer that I bought the car from. The dealer found that all the coils are burning up. He said Ford has instruction out on this problem. They say to replace the 6 coils, 6 spark plugs, and the computer. $1,500. I feel that only a few chosen ones are informed of this common problem.

I really thought that Detroit had learned their lesson over the years, so I thought I would start driving American cars again. Now I have to listen to my wife tell me she told me so, and I should have stayed with Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2012

12th Feb 2012, 22:57

Avoid visiting the dealer unless there's no other option... They charge the highest rates for parts and labour.

13th Feb 2012, 08:45

After researching it, this seems to be a common issue with the V6 engine. That is a very expensive fix now that you are out of warranty. Definitely don't use the dealer though. After your warranty expires, it is time to find a local shop that you can trust to do the right thing. Referrals are a good bet if you don't know anyone.

14th Feb 2012, 20:14

By all means avoid the dealer for such expensive items. You can generally save roughly 85% by doing this work yourself, and it isn't that hard to do. A non-dealer shop will save you from 50% to 70% in most cases. My dealer charges $1016 for a tune-up on the Mustang V-8. I can do it myself for around $80.

As for the V-6 Fusion, I can't fathom why on Earth anyone would buy one anyway. The awesome I-4 is incredibly fast and gets way better MPG. I'm delighted that Ford is dropping the silly (and useless) V-6 in 2013.

15th Feb 2012, 22:30

"My dealer charges $1016 for a tune-up on the Mustang V-8."

That's insane!!!

18th Feb 2012, 11:05

One of my friends was quoted a price of $1600 to change out the clutch slave cylinder on his Ford Ranger by the dealer. This is a 15-minute job. An independent shop did it for only $120. Avoid dealers at all cost!!!