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    Ford Fusion

    Anybody got one of these? I'm periously close to making an emotional decision to buy one. A week ago I swore I'd never get emotional about a vehicle again, but this one is getting under my skin. I'd like to hear what somebody thinks after 6 months of driving it.

    We have the new Escape for 'family' (us and the dogs) stuff, so whatever replaces the old Escape will be my daily driver. The Focus is probably a fine car that gets good mileage... but the comparitively small step up in price to the Fusion buys some 'comfort features' that have become important to me (us). The next step up from that to the Taurus doesn't seem practical ... like 'practical' has anything to do with it ... it's a little bigger, but the 'goodies' are the same as the Fusion... so not worth the extra bucks to me. Whatever we get will always have too many miles on it for future value to be a concern.

    The only other thing in this range that looks attractive to me is the Altima... and I don't like the Nissan pricing 'scheme' where the only way to get $700 leather seats is to buy the $4000 package of useless crap they add to it.

    And for those thinking we're nutty to have new car payments, we don't have a house payment to worry about, and that affords us the choice. We live far enough out that we can't abide anything unreliable, and we both have jobs where it's important that we be there when we're supposed to be... so there it is. We can get along for a few days if one vehicle is down, but can't be worrying about whether the second one is gonna get us down the road.

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    Kirk, I have a Ford Focus and just plain love it. Maybe the Fusion is better, but my loaded Focus is just plain nice to drive to work. I am currently getting 37 miles per gallon (non interstate driving) on 87 octane, and could get more if I went to 93 octane and was really careful how I drove.Incidentally, if I had a tach I could see what the engine was doing better and could get my mpg's up some. Maybe the Fusion has that.

    So why am I saying all this? Well despite getting a lot of slack from my snowmobiling pals for driving that car (they drive 10 mpg chevy trucks), if I like the Focus so much, then I would not hesitate to get the upgraded version of the Fusion.

    By the way, I am not a Ford fan either. Always been into Chevy so the fact that I like this car says even more.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Don't know anything about the Fusion. Do know that the Impala is one nice ride though, with good gas mileage to boot.

    I do dealer trades for a local GM dealer and last week traded an Impala for a Equinox. 260 mile trip one way, 60 of which were back roads, the rest on interstate. 28.6 MPG combined, on the trip to Mason City, IA., with the Impala. Interstate was at speeds between 70 and 75.

    I'm like you Kirk. I like the creature comforts. I'm thinking of an Impala for LOML to drive to work. Her work is 60 miles one way. She drives a PT Cruiser right now that only gets about 22 MPG. I'm looking at the Impala LTZ as it comes with all the creature comforts I've come to enjoy. We took a test drive before the holidays and she was very impressed with the car.

    Just some food for thought.


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    I saw a brand new Impala SS parked next to me when I left work this morning. Last Impala I paid attention to since they brought it back was completely unimpressive in the style department to my eye. The SS looks goooood.

    I drove a 2003 Focus loaner the day between the deal and delivery on the new Escape. I was very impressed with it... felt like a much bigger car, and was suprisingly peppy. It's a bit too practical. Mid life crisis, doncha know.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    We have a Ford Focus wagon. My wife loves it and she drives it on a regular basis. I drive it for out of town trips and do wish for a bit more comfort. Moving up a step, like to the Fusion, would be my choice.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Monroe, MI
    My brother bought a Fusion about 4-5 months ago and loves it. Now this is his first new car, but I've ridden in it enough to know that I like it. I've had Impalas as rental cars and they are decent, but at least seem to be a bigger car than the Fusion. My first new car was a Contour and I really liked the size of that car. The Fusion seems to be similar. If we were buying a new car right now, it would most likely be a Fusion.

    This past weekend I had a loaded Pontiac G6 GT Coupe. That was a really nice car. The 4-doors aren't bad either if you must have that--I've had them too. In the coupe it seemed like you sat really low, but I could get used to it. (I'm sure someone will come along and say that the G6 and Impala are actually the same size, but if that's the case the styling makes them feel different.)

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Have several neighbors with the Fusion (many work for Ford at the plant here in KC) and have heard nothing but good things about them. I've always been a bowtie guy, but one of my neighbors has convinced me to go with a Ford next time after comparing the quality between our trucks.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    I made the mistake of actually taking Jean and walking the lot... and she's telling me to get the Taurus!

    She also said get the MUSTANG if I want it... but I'd have my foot in that way to much.

    Tomorrow I'm driving both Fusion and Taurus and then I'll decide on which one and whether to go now or wait a bit.

    Thanks for the replies...

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Buy American made, buy a Toyota Camry. Built right here in Lafayette, IN.

    Sorry, had to throw that out there.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    New Springfield OH
    Kirk, listen closely

    BUY THE MUSTANG!!! Trust me on this, buy the mustang

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