20th Nov 2009, 12:56

From original poster; my brakes cost me $400 with the stealership!! Forget Toyota, their quality is going south too. Do some research; top mid size sedan for reliability is the Fusion. Considering you can get a slightly used one for next to nothing...

12th Oct 2010, 14:57

From original poster; I hate this car! It's starting to do weird things with the idle too. If I drive off without letting it warm up, the idle goes up to 3000-4000 when I first stop. It will hold revs too if I quickly transition from gas to brake/clutch and come to a stop. F.I. problem? Probably. I just need it to last 11 more months when the lease finally ends!!!

17th May 2011, 11:49

Brake pads and disks are wear parts. They are not supposed to last. Changing brake parts at 20,000 and 40,000 is normal.

17th May 2011, 13:20

Normal for what? I never change brake pads before 70,000-80,000 miles, and have never changed discs unless they were warped (which I have only done on one car). Our current GM SUV is at the 100,000 mile mark, and it still has the original brake pads. In fact, it has yet to have ANY repair. A lot of brake shops and dealers make a fortune by duping people into brake work they don't need. No car, not even poorly built Japanese cars, should require brake pads before 50,000 miles.

18th May 2011, 16:30

I just bought a new set of pads for all 4 wheels on our large GM SUV with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. My cost for the pads and a can of brake fluid was under $65. If you do your own pad replacement (a very simple job), you can save a bundle. Pads for cars cost about half of what my large SUV pads sell for.

And yes, the Fusion IS tops in reliability, but where on Earth did you get the idea that you can get a used one for "next to nothing"? Because of their high rating and the demand for them, the resale value is rising faster than any other car. I bought a used 2006 Fusion in early 2009. The local dealership where I bought mine currently has two

2006's exactly like mine with many more miles on them. They are priced $1000 HIGHER than what I paid for mine over 2 years ago. In addition, used 2010's here are selling for more than new ones. I'd hardly call that "next to nothing!!"

4th Jun 2012, 10:06

It also depends the size of the vehicle and type of driving... For example a heavier vehicle needs more effort to stop (that is why I simply do not believe that you have a GM SUV that has 100k on the original brakes... Maybe they changed the pads, and you did not even know what were you paying for).

Also, a car mostly driven in the city will wear the pads way quicker than a highway driven vehicle, mostly due to the frequent use of brakes... So if you drive mostly in the city, you should consider yourself lucky if you put 20k on the same pads, regardless of the make and model.

17th Jul 2014, 18:50

First of all, I wouldn't want drum brakes on any vehicle.

Secondly to the person saying that all Japanese cars are no good & the Fusions are great; I wouldn't take a Fusion (or any other Ford) if it was given to me. They are not the end all, be all that you proclaim them to be.

Finally, I wouldn't knock Chrysler Corp. I've owned a number of Chrysler/Jeep products & have never had one I didn't like.

I have owned a horrible Ford product though - Never again!