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#1 qwertymz

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Hi all

My Galaxy (1999) just died so I'm looking to replace it with something a bit smaller - hence the Fusion! I found one I quite liked from 2004 (Fusion 1) with quite low mileage, and had a test drive today. Everything went well, and I'm looking to maybe buy it on Saturday.

I am, however, unsure about the clutch.

It seems to be positioned too high, and it's very stiff to push down. I was wondering - is this common to 2004 Fusions?

If not - is a stiff clutch something to worry about (and should it affect whether I buy it or not?), or can it be fixed with relative ease?

I know nothing about cars - so your comments and insights would be very helpful!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

The high clutch bite is quite common on cars with a hydraulic clutch. the stiff clutch is a tricky one, but it could be the slave cylinder/release bearing

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

Hmm. Would I be wise to steer clear here, or is it quite a simple thing to solve?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Hmm. Would I be wise to steer clear here, or is it quite a simple thing to solve?


I don't want to 'influence' your purchase as such but a worst case scenario is that the release bearing needs replaced - so you would be looking at having the gearbox removed to do this and just as well fitting a new clutch at the same time.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

I'm meant to go down to Perth to see it tomorrow, so I'll ask about it. Thanks :)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

I'm meant to go down to Perth to see it tomorrow, so I'll ask about it. Thanks :)


hope it all goes well mate,

what engine is it and whats the mileage?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

1.4 engine, 30k miles. (2004)

I'm also looking at a fusion 2 (2003), same engine, 50k miles for the same price. Unsure about which one to go for!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

hope it all goes well mate,

what engine is it and whats the mileage?


Hope you can give some advice. Tried the car (on neutral) - pushing down the clutch was fine but as soon as it is released the car makes a growling noise. When you out the clutch in it goes away... Is this serious? Any ideas appreciated!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

Hope you can give some advice. Tried the car (on neutral) - pushing down the clutch was fine but as soon as it is released the car makes a growling noise. When you out the clutch in it goes away... Is this serious? Any ideas appreciated!


You will get this in every car to some extent but if its loud or growling then the release bearing is probably shot

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

You will get this in every car to some extent but if its loud or growling then the release bearing is probably shot


Thanks :) yeah it was much louder than expected. Think ill give this one a miss!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

If you were happy to make get it fixed yourself try and knock him down 200-300 quid to get it sorted.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

If you were happy to make get it fixed yourself try and knock him down 200-300 quid to get it sorted.


It was arnold clark so once I pointed out the noise car goes back to the mechanics, and if they can't fix it it goes to auction. Besides.. Don't want to buy a car that starts out with problems!

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