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FORD FUSION Estate 2002‑2012
50 owner reviews for FORD FUSION Estate 2002‑2012
FORD FUSION 1.6 3 5dr (Review date: 2nd May '14)
Bought for Â£9000 in April 2004 with about 2300 miles on the clock, this has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. It has been ideal across the board. I regularly get 40mpg, it still uses hardly any oil and apart from a new battery and tyres has cost me little except for dealer servicing. I'm amazed at my good fortune to own this car. It is remarkably responsive, holds the road well, a great driver's car. There is absolutely no body corrosion, alloy wheels only now ( 2014) showing signs of age.
We bought the car for the slightly higher seating position after previously owning a Rover 820 and Ford Fiesta. It has been ideal for us.
Ford got the marketing wrong when they launched this car, so one doesn't see too many on the road, which suits us.
Good all rounder.Driven by a woman that doesnt hang about.!
FORD FUSION 1.6 TDCi Plus 5dr (Review date: 13th November '13)
Year 2005 I think... Ok, it not a style icon, or particularly sporty.
It is however, extremely practical. If you look at the drivers of these cars most likely they have grey hair. which means they have had loads of cars in the past so they are not purchasing in ignorance.
The 1.6 fusion diesel with all the extras on is the one to get second hand. It is a powerful engine and seventy to the gallon IS attainable.
Thirty quid tax.
Personally I cant make any unkind comments about it.
Best bits.. Road tax. Heated screen. Seating height. Economy ..Automatic lights and wipers. Pretty good in the snow if you dont fit cheap tyres!
Great family car what more do you need?
FORD FUSION 1.4 TDCi 2 5dr (Review date: 3rd March '13)
I have now owned my fusion for almost 7 years and i have to say its the best purchase i ever made.
The good bits: The fuel economy is extremely good returning around 55 mpg and still is even though my car now has nearly 100000 miles on the clock. Nice high driving position and comfy too. I drive a 25 mile round trip everyday and has no problem keeping up with other traffic and quiet enough in the cabin. Ford always have plenty of equipment but the best is the heated front screen for those frosty mornings but also electric windows/heated electric mirrors with also plenty of areas for storage. The boot is a nice size too and can fit the weekly shopping in no problem, with a low loading area this makes everything easy to lift in and out. All the switches and knobs still work perfectly and i have never had to have anything replaced inside the car. Engine is still strong with no burning of any oil between services and also the gears are still as tight when i first bought it. Insurance is cheap a group 5 for my model costing me £220 a year and with £30 year road tax you really can't complain.
The bad bits: My car is almost 10 years old now and i suppose you can expect the odd garage bill. The rear shockers failed recently and i also bought a new battery before the winter. There has also been a couple of bits of exterior trim that came away which is between the glass from the front to rear doors. The trim bits are £22.00 a piece off ebay and can be easily fitted yourself. I have no rust on the car but i have a small amount of paint which has flaked off on my rear passenger door. I have seen other reviews about the thermostat failing and mine did too but was cheap to replace. So apart from service bills and tyres/brake pads and a rear exhaust box this is all the trouble i have had.
The interior is a bit bland but is functional and well put together. I think the Ford fusion has always struggled with its image but if image is on the bottom of your list you really can't go wrong.
Reliabililty and maintenance expenses
FORD FUSION 1.6 TDCi Plus 5dr (Review date: 20th February '13)
Car is perfect for every day use and distance driving. However I have some problems with faults and failed parts.
Three termostat housings in three years. Struts to keep boot open failed and need new ones, I think it is call exhaust recirculation sensor failed. Heavy on front tyres.
Ford gave me a free service this year as I had to have the thermostat housing changed so many times, however I have spent on average on top of the service over five years £250 which I find unacceptable. I love the car but not the costs of maintaining it. I have had Fords most of my life including a Mustang when i was in the USA and this has been the worst for faults. I t would be a great car if the reliability was better
Ford Fusion for a practical lifestyle
FORD FUSION 1.4 + 5dr Auto (Review date: 15th February '12)
The 1.4 litre engine is very economical, it also goes really well especially on the motorway. Space is good and will carry five adults quite comfortably. Running cost is quite reasonable. The high seating position gives driver a good view of the road. As with most fords it is well built and very reliable. It is a good car for your daily commute especially on the city streets and the although not the biggest in its class the boot can hold 2 reasonable size suitcases. Comes with a good stereo and 6 disc changer.
Not so good bits:
The 16 inch wheels and the height of the car makes the ride a bit too rough and it has some amount of body roll around corners . Also the 16 inch tyres are quite expensive. Inside is a bit dull and the worst thing is its dated looks which really need updating.
FORD FUSION 1.4 TDCi 2 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
This is a very practical and basic car, drives well although not the most powerfull of cars in its range, it says 65 mpg but i have never got this maybe your meant to sit at 50mph to gain this. its drives well but because of its shape and the winds that we've had lately i have noticed that the wind catches it quite easily.Its very spacious and comfortable i think this is a good family basic car. £30 per year road tax is definately an advantage even if you bought this as second car for school runs ans shopping etc it would still be a lot more cost effective than a fiesta or other small car. I recently drove from blackpool to glasgow through heavy snow and the car seemed to handle very well while other cars were sliding all over the place and bouncing into barriers. down side which happens with most cars is the reflection of large dash on windscreen at night and will probably be the same in summer, havent had this car in summer yet to see if this is the case
The Auto Ford Fusion
FORD FUSION 1.4 Style 5dr Auto [Climate] (Review date: 11th January '12)
Great all round little car, especially for those of us who like the choice of auto or manual. Ingenious 5 speed manual tiptronic gear box with clever electronic clutch box thing on top of the gear box. No clutch pedel so pedel set up is like a normal auto. However gear stick is once over left for auto and twice over for first gear manual. In auto mode you feel the clutch depress and it change gear like someone is doing it for you, a bit strange for the first few miles but you soon get used to it. They hold the road really well, are nippy at round abouts and cruise well at 70mph, light to drive but not twitchy if you get my drift. Feels solid on the road and with a slightly higher ride height you feel like you are in a bigger car... but parking is a doddle. Boot is spacous to. All in all a great little all rounder, oh tax ia £130 a year and fuel ecconomy is very good which is so important these days. Insurance is also cheap.
very underrated small car for drivers who put usability over image!
FORD FUSION 1.4 2 5dr (Review date: 17th September '11)
The fusion wasn't a commercial success for ford, and i feel that this was due to its plain, even dowdy, appearance. But if you are not concerned about vanity, you will find the fusion an incredibly competant and usable small car. It doesnt have clever multi position rear seats, like some rivals, but it's an honest, no nonsense car. It is tall and boxy, so makes the most of its small footprint, carrying 5 people without discomfort. it has a large square boot with a very low floor and no awkward lip to heave your stuff over. Ours was a motability car for my wife, she has mobility problems and really appreciated the ease of getting in and out of the fusion with its wide opening doors, high driving position and large glass area. This, along with its boxy shape, means it is very easy to place on the road and to park, something to consider if you have ever tried to park a 'modern' car without having the faintest idea where the sharply sloping bonnet ends!. So far i have only mentioned the practicality of the fusion, but that is only half the story!. As some of you may know, the fusion uses fiesta underpinnings, which also happens to be about the best driving supermini out there, and of course, this also applies to the fusion. Its suspension is a little firm for sure, but is not harsh, and not uncomfortable. What it is, is an absolute hoot to punt down a twisty country road, and you couldnt say that about a meriva!. I am really struggling to think of any real faults(!), about the only thing that grated a little, was the lack of an exterior tailgate release (other than putting the key in and turning it), and i'm not sure many people would consider that a major failing!. So, to sum up; the fusion is practical, usable, spacious, reliable (absolutely nothing went wrong, broke or fell off our 1.4 petrol over three years), fun to drive, and cheap to run (if you go for a 1.4tdci you get £30 road tax and 60+mpg). No it wont impress your neighbours, but if you are bothered about that, you probably wont be reading this review, so there isnt much point in my saying, 'more fool you'!. We currently have, through motability, a new shape vauxhall meriva. My wife likes it, but i'm not so keen, i would have rather got another fusion!.