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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Hybrid

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  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,798
    "BTW: There was some previous discussion about battery charge levels. I am also mystified on it. Here in DC this morning car was outside and iced up, got in turned on the front and rear defrost and drove off. About 1/2 mile later noticed my battery was almost at 100%. Go figure, other days even on the highway it is at 55% or so. "

    On my 2008 FEH, I do not have the NAV, and there is no display of the charge at all. I have a scanguage II that tells me the SOC. The normal range is about 53 SOC, but it varies from 40 to 60 optimally, and a maximum of 30 to 66 SOC. There is some kind of temporary "recalibration" that has been reported at somewhere around 15-18K miles, but I haven't seen that on mine at 17.5K; when this happens the actual SOC goes to around 80. Many people think that the computer is evaluating the capabilities of the batteries and adjusting the SOC percentages, but all anyone can state for certain is that this procedure does occur periodically.

    It is hard to believe that Ford would be allowing the batteries to go that high as a percentage of the battery storage maximum.

    Are you sure this is State Of Charge (SOC)? On some vehicles the cars show a percentage of the "usable range" rather than the actual percentage that the batteries are charged. So if the batteries are at 100%, that may mean that they are charged to 60% of their capacity. So your "normal" 50% may represent around 50 SOC, and the 100% you saw displayed may be around 60 SOC. If you get a scanguage II you could check the actual computer reported SOC.

    I believe that Toyota does this by listing "bars" of power - the maximum bars do not represent that the batteries themselves are at maximum capacity, just at usable maximum capacity.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,798
    "The heaters on the Hybrids are all electric(at least on Toyota, should be the same on Fusion), and run off the traction batteries."

    Are you positive about that? The air conditioner compressors are electric, but that is very different from heaters. Electric heat is very inefficient when there is a very hot engine available to do the heating.

    I believe that there is a battery heater, which is electric, but not the main vehicle heater.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    An electric cabin heater would drain the battery in just a few seconds. The ICE maintains enough heat to do the job.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    I agree the HS has a better chance than the other luxury hybrids because it goes for fuel efficiency over performance. However, I just read a review that said the Fusion hybrid was almost as nice and got way better mileage for $10K less. The only thing the HS had going for it was some of the interior materials (but not all of them). I'll see if I can find the review.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,607
    I agree, akirby - also, the HS styling is a negative, not a good looking car, while the Fusion is one of the better-looking cars in its class.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    Here is the article. It's only one person's opinion so take it with a grain of salt.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20091015/BUSINESS02/910150473/1319/Lexus--HS-250h-s- trikes-out
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    It would be a riot if the Fusion can outdo the "Lexus"! I had test driven a 2007 Lexus RX400h a few months ago when trying to decide the fate of the Camry Hybrid, I was getting very displeased with it, and didn't want to sink money into the car to make it more"fun" to drive. The handling was poor, it needed new tires, and it looked just like every other car on the road, ugly, and the interior was mediocre, I could place my hand on the front middle of each front seat, press down lightly and feel the springs, that combined with the road noise, wind noise and rattles after only 33K miles, it was time for "change". So back to the Lexus test drive.

    The RX400h seemed like a nice vehicle, at least in looks it was. The seats were shiny leather, and I almost immediately started to sweat on my back and seat. The plastic material of the dash and doors was pretty good quality, a bit thicker than what I have in my Hyundai Veracruz, I give it a mark for that. Interior wise, I believe the Hyundai is just as nice. On the road test, it gained only 1 mark, it rode and handled nice, but the engine, for a hybrid, was noisy, and not a nice noisy, an I'm coming apart in every direction noisy. The stereo was horrible, it did not play MP3's, it did not have XM or Syrius, it did not have an auxiliary input, and the sound quality was so bad, that if a window was opened, you couldn't hear it. The MFD for the NAV and Hybrid screens was identical to what is in the Prius. Overall I was not impressed with it, and for the kind of money that these go for, I cant imagine they sell the way they do, I guess people like the "image" more than the actual vehicle. Side by side, even though it was a 2007, and the Veracruz was a 2008(but the 2007 VC is basically the same), the VC has so much more to offer and was to me a much nicer car.

    Compare the Fusion to the Camry, and what a difference, the Fusion is so much better, so I can't imagine that the Lexus would be much better than the Fusion if it is at all better. My impression of Lexus, overpriced, overrated, overhyped, and just plain ordinary. IE a snob mobile.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
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    Each of the eight Fusion owners will then choose four friends or family members to join their team, and each team will be given a 2010 Ford Fusion or Fusion Hybrid to drive in an automotive relay race. To complete the relay, each team member must fulfill an assigned task within 41 hours, tracking competitive variables such as miles driven, stops made or the number of passengers picked up.

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    The Fusion owner of the winning team will have their vehicle paid off, and team members will win free gas for one year.

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  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Oh man, I don't have that many friends!!! GRRRR

    Sounds like a great plan.
  • bigtbigt Posts: 413
    Things may finally be looking up for Ford.

    "Ford is definitely doing something right," said Rik Paul, the magazine's automotive editor.

    At Ford, though, four-cylinder versions of the Fusion and Milan finished second in the family car category, beaten only by Toyota's Prius gas-electric hybrid. The Fusion and Milan outscored Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry and Honda Motor Co.'s Accord, the two top-selling cars in the U.S. "which many people view as the paradigms of reliability," Paul said.

    http://wtop.com/?sid=1795940&nid=111
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,893
    Things certainly seem to be looking up for Ford, but not if the UAW has anything to say about it...

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  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I can believe it. I had a 2009 Camry Hybrid, and man was that thing slapped together poorly. Wind noise on the drivers side, sunroof sticks, rattles in the dash, 33,000 miles and the seats were showing signs of wear. Yeah, Toyota isn't all its made up to be, the Fusion Sport I now own is built so much better. Its quiet, it rides nice, it handles great, its comfortable, and it doesn't look as if it got punched in the nose.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    I have a lot to say about this, but this isn't the right forum so I'll bite my fingers.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    Simple - the UAW rank and file do not want to give Ford equal footing with their competitors which is key to Ford getting back in the black.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,893
    Before this spins away from the Fusion completely, here's a link to the UAW discussion over on the Automotive News board

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  • Hi I have a FFH with remote start. Does any one know how to program the remote start/car so that when you turn the car on; the electric driver's seat heater goes on as well? Right now if you turn the car off with the regular heater and seat heater going, when the remote start turns the car on again, only the regular heater turns on. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I dont think you can, I have yet to see a car that will turn the seat heater back on after you shut the car off since it is controlled by the switch and not the climate control.
  • Checking with my local Mercury Dealer about a month ago, he confirmed that Splash Guards were now available for the 2010 Milan Hybrid. I ordered a set of 4 ($75.00) and $75.00 to install. I was somewhat disapointed in that they are small and do not extend down more than approximately 2" but are made of a durable stiff rubber so some kind. The rear flaps have the word "Milan" while the front are plain. I was assured that they would do the job for what they are intended. Just a heads up for anyome that has been checking availbility. :) :) :)
  • waffhwaffh Posts: 1
    If the switch is a "mechanical" switch (like in my 2002 Buick Regal GS), it will come on when power is applied to it (as in turning on the ignition). An "electronic" switch, as in the Fusion Hybrid, even when the iginition is turned on, still has to be physically switched "on".

    Sure wish that the Fusion had a "mechanical" switch so I could leave it "on" and the seats would be warm when using Remote Start.
  • Do you think Fusion Hybrid sales will pick-up even further given the Prius brake issues (and Toyota issues in general)?
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I Highly doubt it. A lot of buyers of the Prius aren't looking for a car like the Fusion, and think the Prius is a better car. You can also get a Prius for a lot less than the Ford. What people tend to do, and I see it a lot on these forums and others, is compare a compact size Prius with a mid size Sedan, they are not the same in size passenger wise, the only thing that is putting the Prius in the mid size class is the fact it has more "trunk" space. I did a comparison between the Prius, Camry and Fusion, the Prius is about 3" on average smaller in most measurements to the Fusion, the Camry has about 1" more than the Fusion. The true comparison between two Hybrids, and which is the market Ford is going after, is the Camry. Now if the question is, will the Fusion Hybrid take away Camry Hybrid sales, the answer is absolutely!
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,607
    I wonder if there are many more FFHs to go around. I thought there was a battery-based limit on the total.
  • My lifetime gm also reset arount 5k miles. Now it is lower then is was since my winter driving mileage has decreased quite a bit. BTW, has others heard about the braking software glitch on the FH? They are coming out with a fix soon, its on ones built before Oct.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    But Ford is coming right out and doing something about it before it becomes a problem, unlike Toyota. Also keep in mind, this is on a First year model car, the Prius, even though a geniii, can be considered a revamp of the genii, much the same as the current Fusion Sport, its the same car, but different engine and transmission, and some restyling. The Fusion Hybrid however is an entire new driveline that has not been used in any other car. The entire system is new, the Prius is pretty much the same as it was last year, but with a bigger ICE, and some new programming. Toyota pretty much covered up a problem, Ford is not, they are coming out and doing something about it. Of course had the toyotas not been an issue, it might have been a totally different story.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    acdii says, "But Ford is coming right out and doing something about it before it becomes a problem, unlike Toyota"

    Don't think it's out of the kindness of their hearts.

    They see the flak 'Yota is taking and want to avoid it themselves.

    That's the ONLY reason. Don't think it's because they care about the owners. They care about not getting SUED by the owners.

    Corporations don't have feelings. They have bottom lines.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,699
    Slight difference here folks. The Ford problem only affects brake "feel", not brake performance.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Right on, the brakes still work but feel funny where as the Prius's brakes don't work at all for about a second which I read can increase the stopping distance by 90 feet or more depending on speed. I don't know about you but I can think of a number of times where I stopped with just a foot or so to spare. 90 feet would have cost me plenty and could cost you your life.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    The Prius problem is merely a software issue, can be fixed easily.

    It mostly happens when the tires lose contact with the ground during a hard stop, like a pothole.

    Not many potholes on highways, so this problem will mostly happen at lower speeds.

    That's why there are only 4 reported accidents attributed to the problem.

    Ford's solution will likely be similarly easy.
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