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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan New Owner Reports



  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I have the Sport and surprisingly enough, the badyear low profile 18" tires handle the snow far better than I expected. I didn't drive it in today's snow storm due to the low ground clearance, the front spoiler is a wee bit lower than the other models, and last time we got 6" of snow I was plowing the road with my bumper. I got the Veracruz out today, feel like a truck even though it drives like a car, I got very used to the Sport.
  • xmechxmech Posts: 90
    "We had our first snow here in Cincinnati and my wife reports that her Fusion SEL did very well on slick roads. She said her traction control light came on several times but never felt the car slip or slide. "

    I thought that light only comes on if there's a fault or you turn off the traction control. I'll have to check the manual again.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    I think it's supposed to come on whenever slippage is detected and the system is active, but it should go out as soon as traction is regained. That's the way it works on my Accord.

    If the light comes on in dry conditions, or stays on, that's a different matter.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    It flashes whenever the traction or stability control is active.
  • desgnrdesgnr Posts: 19
    Just got a 2010 Mercury Milan Premier
    It is very hard to judge the distance when i am parking.
    When i pull into a parking space with a Concrete Curb i am afraid i will hit the curb & hurt the front end which is very low.
    Does anybody else have this problem & what do you do to judge the distance ?
    I never had this problem with any other car i have owned.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Just practice. Pull up as far as you think is safe, then see how close you are and adjust as necessary each time. Within a month or so you'll be able to get within 6 inches no problem.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I had that problem with the Camry, but not with the Fusion. I know the front air dam is lower than the Camry so I tend to not pull up too far anyway. I usually back into a spot since I have the camera I can tell where the bumper is in relation to whatever is behind me. Still have a very hard time backing using the camera, I guess too many years using the outside mirrors has broken me.
  • koho955koho955 Posts: 97
    I have trouble judging the front end of the 2010 Fusion also. When I park and think I'm 2 feet+ from the curb, I get out and look and I am close or over the curb. I'm used to parking my old SUV so I have to get the hang of the smaller back end and not worry if I'm sticking out into traffic anymore.
  • Hi, I have a 2010 Fusion Hybrid. Here are some things I'd like to see on the next model. Illuminated ignition key opening, rear midlevel A/C vents, rear seat boot opening for skis, heated seat works with the remote start, memory seats, choice of voices for MySync (I'm thinking Jessica Rabbit), radio controls adjusted with index finger behind steering rather than thumb in front, less sensitivity on the gas pedal or another way to keep in EV mode longer without having to have such a light foot touch, fin antenna, more padding on bottom part of the driver's seat, hood struts, cabin air filter, and more substantial connector on cell phone charging cover. Any one else have suggestions?
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Your Fusion should already have a cabin air filter, mine does. Good luck on the throttle though, none of the Hybrids I have driven had a gas pedal that was easy to use. The heated seats thing though, that would be a tricky one, what if you use it in the summer? ;)
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230 controls adjusted with index finger behind steering rather than thumb in front...

    I have never heard of any other car/truck/SUV on the market with this type of set-up, nor can I possibly see the benefits to this, especially when you can't even see the switch.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    My 2000 Lincoln LS had a toggle switch behind the wheel. I think it was for changing stations (next, previous). It was very intuitive and easy to use, although I don't really miss it.
  • My Acadia has the 'under steering wheel on the right' toggles for the radio volume.
    Other radio controls on the wheel are on the top right.

    I just bought a Lincoln MKZ with all radio controls on 'top'. The Acadia volume controls are much better as under wheel toggles.
  • desgnrdesgnr Posts: 19
    How come the 2010 Milan Premier does'nt have body side mouldings for protection from scratches ?
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Probably the same reason why the new Fusion and new-for-'09 Mazda6 doesn't have them after having them for the previous generation: they do nothing.

    When I bought my '04 Mazda6, I was satisfied with the mouldings, hoping that they'd add some protection from other car doors in parking lots, and to keep the doors from getting scratched/dented. Now, 5 years later, I've got tiny dents on both front doors and scratches from parking lot mishaps, all around the mouldings. The mouldings themselves? Not a scratch... Seems they do a good job at protecting themselves while allowing the rest of the doors to be destroyed.

    IMO, mouldings are an eyesore on most car door designs, do nothing to protect the doors themselves, and are a pain to wash/wax/detail around. I'm glad they're gone, and don't plan on buying another car with them again.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I agree on the moldings not being needed, or helping any.

    I am completing a refurbish of a 1995 Grand Marquis, mechanically the car is sound, the body needed a little work, so a fresh paint job and its an almost new car again. The side moldings cannot be left off, each rear door has a hole in it, right under the molding. I was planning to leave them off since they were beat up, replacing them is over $500 for 8 pieces. :mad: They really don't do a thing, all the doors needed to be sanded and filled to remove the dings. The drivers side got side swiped, so the moldings are scratched, but looks like I can repair and repaint them.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Maybe when the doors are being sanded and filled, the hole under the moldings can be filled too?
  • So we will pick up our new '10 Fusion this Saturday and I have one complaint so far from the test drive. The volume on the turn signal is loud when the radio is off. Anyone heard of a way to adjust it? I know when I talk with my wife in her Equinox using the built in bluetooth system, I can barely hear the click clack when she is stopped and waiting to turn. Has anyone been on the receiving end of a phone call from the Fusion when it was waiting to turn? Wondering if the signal sound would be loud on the receiving end. Thanks for your responses!
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    My DW noticed the louder turn signal in our Hybrid that we took delivery yesterday. I guess it doesn't bother far. Will have to see if it is noticeable in phone calls.

  • koho955koho955 Posts: 97
    I have been driving my 2010 Fusion for 3 months now and I still have trouble with parking. I too pull into a spot (or the garage) thinking I'm a good 3 feet from the cement parking stop or curb only to get out and see that my front bumper is way over the curb. I always think that I'm sticking out into the street when I park but when I look I'm fine.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    I got the car finished, and the side moldings cleaned up rather well, I am quite pleased how they turned out, they look like new. I had to replace on that was too damaged to repair, but now that they are all back on the car, you will be very hard pressed to find the new one.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    I had my transmission fluid changed and an oil change. My vehicle needs new tires at 70,000 miles, this is my second set of tires. Tires are SPENDY for this vehicle. I decided on some Yokohama Envigors V rated. I got a screaming deal from my local Ford Dealer. They beat Discount/America's tire along with another local shop. I mean beat the price by over $50 for a set of 4. I had to order them, getting them installed next week. The car is running great. No mechanical issues. Oh, I also had to have a battery put in about a month ago. Washed the car today and am noticing the paint is taking a beating. I live in the NW, lots of rain/sleet some light snow/ice. They gravel the roads here, [email protected] Over the next year or two I am going to need to make a decision on whether to keep or sell my trusty Fusion. If I decide to keep it I am probalby going to have it painted the same color. No real body rust, just rock chips. Overall, I would recommend this car.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Ford dealers do have amazing tire prices, far below the discount chains. I priced out new goodyear RS-a's for my sport, and the dealer beat them all out by about $30 per tire.
  • whardenwharden Posts: 2
    This is not an all electric vehicle, the gas motor works as it's suppose to, it depends on the charge of your battery. The best trick I have for getting and staying in electric longer is to accelerate to your desired speed 45 mph or below and just give a tap on the brake pedal this will usually put you in electric mode and stay constant on your gas pedal you should be able to get up to about a mile when doing this. Of course there are variables but this method works great for me. I can better the highway and city mileage with no problems, with my best mileage being on the highway at 50 mpg on one 300 mile trip. This mileage was confirmed with checking actual fill up gallons used.
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 584
    We are getting some great AVERAGE summer mileage right now. 41.0. A little lower in winter...little higher in spring. Owned for 9 months and no problems other than a little road tar and everyday grime. Fortunately I installed mud guards after we received it. But I like to wash our vehicles so that these annoyances are nothing...
  • 2009 Mariner leaks on passenger side and has horrible musty odor. Been to dealership a few times and they can't find a leak. I even took pictures with me. Soap in floor after going through car wash. Odor worse when its damp or really humid. Odor coming through vents. ????
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    This is a "new" to you 2009 vehicle. Do you have any credible history of this vehicles condition, accidents , body repairs ,windshield replacements etc.
  • I bought a 2010 Milan VOGA model new with all options including AWD. The transmission surged and did not shift smoothly from the first drive. Took it back and the dealership repaired as there was a service bulletin on the transmission from Mercury. Transmission still did not shift properly. returned to the dealership. They were unable to duplicate the problem. Transmission failed completely at 36,000 miles as I was driving on the highway. It was rebuilt by the dealership. Still surging--dealership kept it for several days--unable to duplicate problem. Drove it home surged again. Traded it yesterday. I'm unable to determine if the car had an ongoing mystery defect or if the dealership was inept--end result was the same. Sadly, it was a beautiful car that I considered unsafe.
  • I loved my car, up until about a month ago. I have about 45k miles on it already. I am in sales, so lots of stop and go, freeway etc. I have already replaced the battery and struts on the trunk lid. These were under warranty though. I dont really blame the car for these issues as I am always opening my trunk several times a day and starting the car 20-25 times a day. What irkes me is now I have a rear tail light out, the led ones. Figured it should be an easy fix... NOT EVEN. Took it to the dealer. They cant replace the bulb, rather they need to replace the entire lens assembly at the ridiculous price of neary $400. What in the world is that all about?? Anyone else have this issue or is my dealer giving me the run around. Of course its not under the extended warranty and I am not about to spend $400 to fix a light bulb. I have also had issues with the tranny slamming into 2nd and 3rd gear, esp when cold. Dealer performed some sort of "fix" but it has since returned. My wife has a 2010 Fusion with the same v6 and she is having the same issues. I had planned on keeping this car for several years as it has every option I need for thousands less than a comparable german car, but I am not liking these problems at only 45k miles. Any insight out there? Thanks
  • 2010 Milan 4 Premier: My right LED tail failed @18,000 miles, so still under warranty...yes, the cost is high. The LED tail cluster has to be replaced as a complete unit. Not a good idea to have these expensive lights as a safety item. Odd how the kids can't wait to customize their cars with LED's !!!

    I've had this car into the dealer seven times since new for two recalls and other issues. Good service BUT would not really trust this car past 36,000 miles and not going to buy an expensive extended warranty for miles after that.

    This car may not be the keeper I planned my past pattern is to take autos up to well over 100,000 miles of use. Too complex, too many issues so far.

    Transmission shift points was a re-program. Check with dealer.
    If no recall data, see about "technical service bulletin" to cover issues, even after out of warranty.

    Dealers not always super eager to reveal TSB's I had a hard starting issue on an intermittant basis and advisor DID pull up a TSB only because he had done some reading about it on his own. Had he not known this, the issue would have continued unless the event was duplicated in the shop...hard to do when intermittant. It was an electrical interference malfunction that was quickly solved once cause and procedure was 'sourced' from FoMoCo documents.

    Good luck.
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