I am starting to look at a new car myself and am also curious as to how well the new Ford's are being made. Will their reliability hold up to that of Toyota's or Honda's?
I had a couple of mid-90's Fords that were nothing but trouble.
The Fusion is a great car. The mid-life (2010) freshening of the outgoing model really did it justice and reaped numerous recognitions for the car. The '09 would be nice but a '10 would be much better.
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In today's world, with nearly all the mid-siz cars being pretty bulletproof drivetraine wise, I would focus more on fit/finish. For example, my grandparents bought a 2004 hHonda Accord from us a few years back. I just drove it the other day and with 80k miles it is rock solid. Besides a little leather wear from where you get in and out you would think the car has 10k miles. Whenever I'm considering a different car, I like to drive one a few years old to see how they hold up. Many of these cars that feel great when they are brand new but are rattle traps after a few years.
Also, you can't really say "ford is reliable" or "Honda is reliable". The truth is that companies like Ford have hundreds of model combinations. Some are very reliable and some are not. Even legendary companies like Honda have put out duds.
We've got a 2008 Fusion that we've owned since new. Zero problems with it. It's the seventh new or slightly used Ford I've owned since 1997 and have only had one major issue with any of them. I would buy another Ford in an instant.
My oldest daughter is on the third Ford model and no problems ever, one was used and two were purchased as dealer cars with less than 5,000 miles on each, at the time of purchase.
No oil leaks, no drive train problems, nothing.
FYI, the Fusion cost is about $1,200 less than the MSRP. Options cost about 90% of the sticker. The markup on small cars is pretty small.
I have 2009 Fusion with about 80K miles and I have not experienced any problems since I have had it.
I average about 29-31 on the highway and about 27-28 in town.
You have to at least get a 2010 Fusion. The 2009 and older have the gay *** headlights.
If you're planning on buying a Ford Fusion, wait for the 2013 to either get a deal on a 2012 or buy the all new model.