2008 Ford Fusion 4 cylinder 2.3 liters gasoline from North America
Good, could be better
Before buying Fusion I tested 2 other cars: Camry and Altima. I intended also a Sonata but we have no dealer in town.
Camry: style, I felt a bit bald, very similar with Honda and Hyundai. Brakes soft and transmission only with 4 gears. Not impressive. Did not convince me.
Altima: gearbox is outstanding in manual mode. Very punchy. Big problems with brakes: model '07 had no ABS. At 40 miles/h I put long rubber on road with a terrible noise. I was sliding with front wheels completely blocked for 20 yards. I rejected the car, was dangerous. I ordered a 2008, came with ABS and +1000 $ more expensive. Brakes still put rubber in front, back brakes very soft. I was in doubt. Finally the dealer was not was I expected and I went to Ford.
I tested a Fusion 2.3 liters used, without ABS very balanced car, very good brakes. Another used, 3 liters engine and leather good and very quick. I ordered my car: 2.3 liters, automatic gearbox, ABS, basic trim. Brakes too much on front wheels and plunging a bit, engine noise high (tappets), also the exhaust noisy in front.
Came from another state on wheels, 28 miles/gal not bad for a new engine. In town takes a lot of gas, I think if I reach 20 m/g I am happy. I have 1000 miles now, we will see.
Sound system amazing, is the best of the whole car.
Now about this model, because is a bit of confusion here: this car in designed by Ford Europe and named Mondeo there. Was originally built in Germany starting in 2000, and assembled in Belgium. Is a European model and I would smile to the comment of one reader that he has to wait another 5 years to buy an American car. Sorry man, this is European. Anyway, the model was built till 2007 and was discontinued. Another Mondeo is there, looks like Peugeot 407, personally I dislike.
This car has been designed on computer and was a high rigidity platform. I drove the European model and quality is far superior, very well bolted together. This southern neighbor's make is a bit soft.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th August, 2008
17th Nov 2008, 17:39
City driving 14 mpg scary
Very noisy engine
Very sensitive with the gas, didn't work well with CO85 Knock with Enmark 85 that is higher than 83 recommended by maker
Happy with BP 93.
Less noise, engine ran in
Highway 24-28 mpg far from advertisement
All bolts under body tightened less leaning and better driving.
Traded in for a Taurus.