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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan

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  • savethelandsavetheland Posts: 671
    I rented 2010 Fusion but did not notice that compartment. Maps fit pretty well into box on top of dash
  • blumsteinblumstein Posts: 38
    I have a 2007 Milan and do not have that compartment. However, we once owned a Mystique with a small compartment, but it was on the far left side. I don't believe that the purpose was identified anyway, but a set of leather driving gloves fit perfectly, so that it what I used it for.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    huh, just had to go look in my 1 month old FFH. Not sure what that is for, but the inside is open at the top toward the back. Would the owner manual fit there?

    I have my garage opener in the little tray to the left of the steering wheel.

    -Brian
  • newowner10newowner10 Posts: 227
    Not in the case the manual comes in. I even tried to open the door to see if would fit in from the side.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I think the far left side compartment in the old Contour/Mystique was for change. At least that is what I always used it for and that is what I use the one in my Mazda6 for.
  • koho955koho955 Posts: 97
    You have good eyes. I've been driving my 2010 Fusion for 5 months now and I never noticed that compartment until you mentioned it. Looks good for holding extra sunglasses or something????
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I have an I-Pass, so no need for change in the car. Fits the garage opener just fine though.

    That slot on the right of the glove box is an interesting one, that is for sure. Even the owner manuals out of the case they come in don't really fit in there perfectly, and you still have to bend them to get them in. Maybe a CD case holder?

    Edit: it does work well for holding single CD cases, about 3 or 4 fit perfectly in there.

    -Brian
  • newowner10newowner10 Posts: 227
    edited April 2010
    I have read the book and gone to "SyncMyRide" is there a place that defines all of the commends? I would expect a glossary list for each commend would be available in the book or on line at least.
    1) Why would you search for a Track and not just play a track?
    2) What does 'Connections "do?
    3) If you want to switch between two cell phones do you use "Connect "?
    4) It you want to listen to conference call but have a conversation in you car that others can not hear do you just say "HOLD" or "Hold On" and "Hold Off"
  • newowner10newowner10 Posts: 227
    Update I got "Hold" to work on the phone. The phone I was using was not capable of that function.
    I tried a Blackberry and the "Hold" commend works but it blocks both sides. I listen to long conference calls but I would not like the partties on the other end to hear me. The "HOLD" function prevents me from hearing the call completly. What I need is a "Mute" function.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    This is one item I miss from the Hyundai. It could surely use a mute button on the steering wheel.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Press and hold the volume down key. It works within a second or so. Really no need for a separate mute button. I noticed this on our 2008 Edge and thought the same thing until I realized how fast the volume down button responded.
  • newowner10newowner10 Posts: 227
    I still want to listen to the caller but not let them hear the noises I make.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    Sorry - forgot about that part. Can't you use the mute button on the phone? Or is that disabled when using bluetooth?
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    I own a 2006 Fusion SEL V6. This car now has about 55,000 miles on it. Solid as day 1. No rattles or squeaks to report. We took this car on a road trip this weekend and averaged 29.2MPG!! per the computer, doing about 73MPH on average. I could not believe what I was seeing. It seems this car gets better with age. I may be a bit out of the norm. I keep this car in excellent condition, both inside and out. Would I buy another, Heck yes! in a hear beat. However, I would probably opt for an SEL I4 6spd auto. I want more MPG the second time around.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 376
    Last week I got a 2010 Ford Fusion SEL V6 for a rental car while traveling for work. The new Fusion is a very impressive car, I drove about 1,200 miles in 5 days and really enjoyed it, in fact I was shocked at how much I liked the car. After growing up with Fords and Lincolns in the 1980's I swore them off, but I have to say Ford got this one right. My parents are on their 3rd Camry and I've enjoyed all of those but the 2010 Fusion is a strong competitor if long term reliability holds up. Good job Ford.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    Could someone, who has put a lot of miles on their Fusion, tell me what kinds of problems you have had? Consumer Reports give them excellent reliability ratings. I am interested in buying a 2010. We recently bought a 2008 Fusion SEL as an extra car and I love driving it. I have an '05 Honda Accord that I have driven 95,000 miles with zero problems. I am really interested in the Fusion, but the Honda has made me love having a very reliable car.
  • eastern1eastern1 Posts: 7
    Which big rental companies carry Fusions/Milans? I want to do same as you - rent for a few days on a business trip to really get to know the vehicle but am frustrated in being able to lock one in for a trip. Avis has them but doesn't guarantee one for a resevation so you take your chances. I ended up with a Malibu last time I tried that a few weeks ago. Hertz used to carry mostly Ford but not now. Others?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Just go into the rental with a open mind. These cars are rented by for the most part uncaring people who can and do use and abuse them.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,747
    I bought one of the first ones off the truck - an 06 SEL V6. 4.5 years old but only 38,000 miles and not a single problem or rattle.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,972
    if you honda is a good vehicle, why do you want to change to another one?
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 376
    I've had Fusions with both Hertz and National. With National you pick the car you want, you just walk out onto the lot, find the correct section for the class you are renting and pick one. That makes it a little easier, but I've found that most companies will give you the car you want if you ask as long as it's in the class you're paying for. They can't guarantee they'll have one in stock when you show up, but if they do they usually accommodate your request.

    Also, as another poster mentioned, rentals are often abused. Both of my recent fusions were at the 6,000 mile mark and were rattle/squeak free.

    I will say the 2010 seems much better than it's predecessor, I had a 2009 Fusion for a rental a few months ago and was much more impressed with the new model.
  • neile457neile457 Posts: 65
    I have a 2008 Fusion SE with 4 cyl, and I have 73000 miles on it. No problems so far, has been great for me. I drive mostly highway miles.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    That is a legitimate question. I like to trade sometimes.
  • savethelandsavetheland Posts: 671
    I rented one with I4 for a week. It is more refined than earlier Fusion. When I drove it off the lot I thought it is running on electric motor. After I parking I checked the badge to be sure that it is not a hybrid. Thats how quite and refined it feels. Ergonomics and interior design might be better though. it is not a VW for sure. But seats are very supportive and handling is excellent. If it is better than Accord I do not know - I did not drive latest Accord. Honda engines are class leading. But Accord is also a bigger car. BTW there is the midsize sedan shootout in last MT and Accord was rated lower than Fusion because they felt it is a noisier car and for some other reasons like packaging problems - smaller trunk in a bigger car. I think that Fusion has advantage on both Camry and Accord - it feels as quiet and refined as Camry but handling is better that on Accord or Camry. Well may be you can compare it with Altima - i do not know I did not compare all these cars. I drove Maxima but it felt not as refined as Fusion - more like a muscle car.

    Regarding reliability - I have more confidence in Ford than in Honda or Toyota in light or recent events and nagging problems with Honda transmissions. My friend had several Camrys and had problems with all of them. On the other hand I drive Mercury Sable for 8 years, bought new and well maintained - with 135K miles it did not experience a single problem.
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    "if you honda is a good vehicle, why do you want to change to another one? "

    I was a Honda guy and had really good luck until 2008 when I bought a new Accord. It was a terrible car. My personal opinion is Honda built great cars all the way through 2007 after that they decided to make some additional profit. All you have to do is go over to the Honda Accord form and search. You will notice a ton of complaining about rear brakes that are wore out at 15,000 miles, Vibration, key fobs that don't work and it is hundreds of people complaining. If you look at this forum you will find mostly praise and little complaining. I have a 2010 fusion SEL and love it.
  • savethelandsavetheland Posts: 671
    It is interesting that you mentioned brakes. My Sable still runs on original brakes for almost 130,000 miles and I estimate another 30K miles probably. But I drive mostly freeways and rarely brake because try to drive smooth to save fuel. But 15,000 miles for non-sport car is ridiculous. On sports cars brakes are more effective but also wear much faster.

    Hondas were always famous for their engines and slick manual transmissions, while Fords were famous for handling and good steering feel (in Europe). But now Fords became sophisticated and refined too. I would buy Ford Mondeo hands down, but it is not available in US. It competes directly with and wins Acura TSX which in Europe is known as Honda Accord.
  • kblantonkblanton Posts: 1
    someone please tell me how to put the dang front plate brackets on a 2009 ford fusion. has been driving me nuts now for 18 months.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    It is so late in the model year that I am waiting for the release of the 2011. Does anyone know when that will be?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    It is so late in the model year that I am waiting for the release of the 2011. Does anyone know when that will be?

    In all likelihood, 12 months after the release of the 2010.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I would think toward the end of Sept., first part of Oct. which is when most new models are released.
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