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We bought a 2014 focus fresh off the lot. Day 2 transmission started slipping called dealer they said was a self learning transmission to give it 1000 miles, well 3 tows, after being total stranded, 10 months and about 500 phone calls to Ford and the dealer later. We have a $25000 yard ornament. Ford says there is nothing wrong its just the way it is. I stops pulling, smokes, lurches forward, and more. It is a VERY unsafe car, Ford doesn't care. Google focus transmissions and start reading!!!!!
It's good for a personal vehicle.
This is the only car that I have ever owned that had no warranty problems. I made a trip to the dealership for an oil change and the 60,000 mile service. I did hit a deep pot hole once. the tire and a $12 suspension part had to be replaced. Also, my local tire store removed a few nails.
I have owned the 2013 Fusion for just over a year. Ihave had a recall to replace the fuel module but have had absolutely no problems otherwise. This car with a two liter engine is very responsive and fuel economy agrees with the EPA estimates. I have had several unsolicited comments from strangers who comment on the looks of the car. and friends are surprised at the features, qualities,and quietness o f the car. This is the best car I have ever owned in over 60 years of driving.
Car has been very reliable, and has never left me stranded. I perform regular routine maintenance (including 5-6k mile oil change intervals with Mobil1 5w30 in the summer and 0w20 in the winter and Motorcraft filters) and it runs like new. Major Problems: None Minor Problems: Replaced front sway bar end links Replaced two coil on plugs (COPs) Fixed minor ground issue with signal lights (possibly because of police modifications) Replaced shock absorbers Replaced rear axle bearings/sea
Love the technology in the car. It is a bit small.
Our Fusion has been a remarkable vehicle. It's quiet, refined,comfortable and can be fun to drive as well, due to the well sorted handling dynamics. Of course, one of the main reasons we purchased the car was its fuel economy. Over the past three years, we've averaged just over 35 mpg, but we've had many tanks that have returned well past the 40mpg range. Road trips go by with more stops for the restroom and refreshments than for fuel. The car has been completely trouble free so far.