Hello all :-)
I have had several french cars and although ok was never convinced about them. Had an older Passat and cannot recommend highly enough. Solid and reliable. At 200,000 miles had to go. Always enjoyed fords. Find them very comfortable for driving position and reasonably priced for a decent car. Ran Mondeo's ( My Favourite car ) as Company vehicles as a rep for 50,000 miles a year and they always got me home. Vauxhall Carlton was a good car, again high milage meant it had to go. Mark 2 Vectra V6 was fun but compared to the Mondeo felt of less quality.
Have recently changed jobs and needed a car. My company pay a petrol allowance. Needed something comfortable, reliable with reasonable runniing costs. Wife has a Focus Mk1 and its been great. I wanted an 05-11 version but could not get one with low milage for the money I had to spend. I do carry samples so the very small city cars were not an option. The Fiesta was an option but the boot was going to be tight. I came across the Fusion.
Read all the reviews and found this car to be a grown up Fiesta. Fitted the bill perfectly. Bigger boot, decent running costs, Ford driving position and ofcourse that wonderfull heated front screen. I personally dont mind the looks, The car mags saying it was ugly and unloved. Maybe because of this it makes it more exclusive than your average Focus or Fiesta. I have the 1.6 petrol. Mags have said that these cars are slow. Well let me use there own benchmark against them..... focus 1.6 0-60 time is 11.4 sec, and the mags say this is ok. fusion 1.6 0-60 10.8 sec but this is slow. no doubt the tester had just got out of the Porsche he was previously testing straight into the Fusion.
All the fusions I went to look at were well looked after. most had lower mileage. I picked a 2004 1.6 3 with all the goodies and only 41,000 miles on the clock.
Generally the car is solid, well made. there is more noise in the cabin when driving compared to the focus, but not unduly so. Tyres make a bit more noise, and because of the more upright stance there is slightly more wind noise. Steering is very light. Wonderfull for parking. boot is large for size of car, seating postion is very comfortable and high. this is a boon as I have several calls a day and it makes entrance and exit a piece of cake.
Dont know why I wrote all this as I am talking to the converted.
enjoy your cars everyone. We have found that 'Diamond in the rough'