Ford Fusion: Eight Interesting Facts about the American Mid-size Car
- The Ford Fusion was the first line to showcase the three-bar grille design. Dubbed as the "new face of Ford", this design was introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2003. If counted with the two bars located below the bumper, this unique grille design will form a five-bar design.
- In 2006, engineers and technicians of Ford started the Fusion 999 project, which aimed to produce a fuel cell version of the Fusion that could set a new land speed record. One year after, the Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 was launched, and it did not disappoint during the Bonneville Speed Week with its speed record of 207.297 mph.
- Want to know where the name Fusion came from? Initially called the Futura, Ford decided to drop the name because of a trademark lawsuit that was filed against them by the Pep Boys-an auto parts store which sells a line of tires under the same brand name.
- In the world of NASCAR, the Fusion replaced the Taurus as Ford's new body style in 2006. This makes the Fusion the second Ford vehicle to debut in NASCAR at the same year of its launch.
- To stay true to its "Power of Choice" initiative, Ford will launch different versions of the Fusion for its 2013 line-up: hybrid, gasoline, and plug-in hybrid. Because of these choices, the Fusion will be recognized as the first sedan line to offer such options.
- As a part of its environment sustainability program, the Ford Fusion Hybrid boasts several interior features that are made from 100% postindustrial materials. Some of these features are the seat covers that are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles and the soy-based seat foams.
- As of September 2012, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as the most efficient mid-size hybrid sedan. With an average mpg rating of 47 for city, combined, and highway cycles, this model outperformed other hybrid vehicles by 4 or 8 mpg.
- When the Ford Fusion was introduced, it sold a total of 30,000 units during its first quarter. And by October 2009, it was distinguished as the best-selling domestic car and one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States.
Car Owner 101: Ford Fusion Problems
Over the years, the Ford Fusion has received various recognitions for its innovative design and impressive gas mileage. Tagged as one of the best-selling mid-size cars of all time, this vehicle comes in several models such as the next-generation and plug-in hybrids. However, although it has several outstanding awards, it still has drawbacks that all car owners should be familiar with in case they want to purchase a Fusion.
In terms of safety, the Fusion, particularly the hybrid models, encountered some safety issues in its braking system. These issues were brought to Ford's attention when a senior engineer reported in Consumer Reports that even though the hybrid's brake pedal was pressed more than necessary, the vehicle did not decrease its speed at all.
To deal with this recurring problem, a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for a software update was issued by Ford concerning Fusion hybrids manufactured on or before October of 2009.
If there's one system in the Ford Fusion that is very susceptible to malfunctions, then it's the transmission. In fact, both manual and automatic transmissions are affected by various problems. Unfortunately, since the problems can vary from rough gear changes to sudden car shakes, most dealers cannot solve them. What's more, unusually high revolutions per minute (RPM) caused by the lower gears have also been reported.
As a solution, Ford has issued several recalls over the years for various transmission components such as the PCM calibration device and crankshaft pulley. Though these recalls somehow solved some transmission problems, many car owners are still reporting complex malfunctions nowadays.
Some car experts reported other issues regarding the comfort and interior design of the Fusion. In fact, Motor Trend cited that because of the lower rear-seat cushion and uncomfortably low front-center armrest, a Fusion owner may experience discomfort if he or she is not used to the set-up.
Another issue with the Fusion, particularly with the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport, was noted by Car and Driver because of the mismatched interior colors. Because the inserts on the seats and rubber dash were only available in blue or red, these components could possibly clash with some of the Fusion Sport's available exterior paint jobs.
Each time I shift gears, there is a delay in my Fusion's response. It would not shift to a higher gear. Sometimes, without any warning, the engine would rev really high even if I put little pressure on the gas pedal, and the car would lurch forward. Is this normal? If not, what should I do?
No, it is not normal. Your Ford Fusion should be able to shift gears at once when engaged, without any delay or noise. Delayed or harsh shifting should not be ignored because it can be a sign of transmission failure or damage. Damage to some internal parts, low transmission fluid that may be a result of a leak, and a band that needs adjustments are among the many causes of shifting delays. If your car's mileage is low, the remedy can be as simple as upgrading the software in the transmission control module (TCM) and the powertrain control module (PCM). But if it already has high mileage, major transmission repairs are needed. You may need to have its entire transmission rebuilt or replace its valve body. Make sure to perform TCM and PCM software upgrades so that the shifting problem will never happen again.
I hear creaking and squeaking noise from my car's front end when I turn or drive over bumps. The noise becomes louder on the passenger's side when I make a right turn. What is causing it? Is there a way to make it stop?
The creaks and squeaks can happen because the bump stop or the jounce bumper rubs against the dry strut plate, causing an abrasive sound from the strut area. If this is the case, you will have to remove the strut assembly, lubricate the bump stop, and put the strut assembly back. Weld problems on the lower control arms can also produce noise. To prevent it, you will need repair kits for the lower control arms.
My key got stuck in the ignition. I tried to take it out with all my might, but it would not come out. This is really frustrating! What do I do?
If it is any consolation, a stuck key is a common problem among Ford Fusion owners like you. But do not fret—it can be solved! It usually happens when the shifter bezel binds, the shifter knob sticks, or both. In this case, replacing the shifter bezel and the shifter knob is necessary. Another cause might be the failure of the transmission to lock, which can be solved by pulling the little plastic ring from around the shifter button and taking this broken ring out of the handle.
I discovered a leak on the left side of my Fusion when I took it in for a regular oil change. The mechanic told me it was transmission oil leak coming from the left side half shaft area. How do I stop it?
An axle shaft seal that is damaged by bad surface finish on the axle shaft may be causing the transmission oil leak. Stop the leak by replacing the axle shaft and its seal.
The Ford Fusion: From Good to Great
The Fusion is a mid-sized sedan released by Ford starting 2006. The Fusion is a good vehicle for individuals and families alike. Superb and solid construction, adequate engine performance, slick driving response and a roomy interior are some of the reasons why the Fusion remains popular today.
2006: First generation
The Ford Fusion was first released as a front-wheel drive sedan with S, SE and SEL trim levels. All Fusion’s came with a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine but the SE and SEL trims could be equipped an optional 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine instead. Five-speed manual transmissions were standard for all Fusions, but a five-speed automatic transmission was optional. A six-speed automatic transmission was optional for SE and SEL trims.
All-wheel drive Fusions became available in 2007. A navigation system and satellite radio also became available for the SE and SEL trims. Additional safety features added were side air bags for the front seats and an anti-theft perimeter alarm. An anti-lock braking system was added in 2008. In 2009, electronic stability control was another safety feature added.
Engine performance of the Fusion was a little lacking in power. Handling was very good with its fast response time and adequate suspension. Its build quality above average, but a few of the plastic components lacked careful design and weren’t very robust.
2010: Second generation
The second generation Fusion was sold in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Sport. Engine choices for the S, SE and SEL trims were the standard 175 horsepower-2.5-liter inline-four engine and the optional 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. The Sport trim was equipped with a 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Transmission for the 2.5-liter engine is a standard six-speed manual with an option to switch to a six-speed automatic. The six-speed automatic is the standard transmission for the 3.0-liter and 3.5-liter engines.
The second generation improved on what made the original really great. Handling and response were excellent. The interior was spacious and its styling was classy. Improvements to the engine lineup, especially to the Sport trim, have eliminated one of the few remaining weaknesses of the car.
2013: Third generation
The new ford Fusion was first unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Available trim levels for the Fusion are S, SE, and Titanium. The V6 engines offered for previous Fusions have been dropped, making way for an inline-four engine lineup. These engines include a 2.5-liter Duratec engine, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a Duratec 20 hybrid engine.