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pete121

Member Since 08 Aug 2009
Offline Last Active Apr 28 2012 01:38 AM
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In Topic: Quick Clear Windscreen Button Sticking.

28 November 2011 - 09:18 PM

Binka,

Just tell them you want the switch replaced...this is a known problem on the series 2 dashboard (in fiestas as well as the Fusion) The problem is that it relies on the 'springyness'(for want of a better word) of the rubber insert behind the plastic push button....this wears with age, but more importantly it is affected by quite minor changes in temperature too....I think a new switch is around 30 new, and can be found very cheap on e-bay too.... but as you have just bought the car I would be inclined to insist on a new switch.....at least being supplied....easy to fit yourself if need be. The following link is an example of what is available.




http://www.ebay.co.u...s_SM&hash=item2


hope this helps
Pete L

In Topic: Quick Clear Windscreen Button Sticking.

28 November 2011 - 09:17 PM

Binka,

Just tell them you want the switch replaced...this is a known problem on the series 2 dashboard (in fiestas as well as the Fusion) The problem is that it relies on the 'springyness'(for want of a better word) of the rubber insert behind the plastic push button....this wears with age, but more importantly it is affected by quite minor changes in temperature too....I think a new switch is around 30 new, and can be found very cheap on e-bay too.... but as you have just bought the car I would be inclined to insist on a new switch.....at least being supplied....easy to fit yourself if need be. The following link is an example of what is available.




http://www.ebay.co.u...s_SM&hash=item2


hope this helps
Pete L

In Topic: Quick Question Re:1.4 Duratec

24 November 2011 - 08:47 PM

Yeah, I agree with 'Preee' really, I'd generally be inclined to walk away, they are 10 a penny out there, although I can see your point about value for money, however.........if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!.....one query I have..... as far as I knew they didn't put the durashift box in with the 1.3 engine....only the 1.4...???? Just as an afterthought, I have to say, if our car is left for more than a couple of days....there can be quite a judder when first pulling away.... but it very quickly disappears, and I put it down to a bit of condensation on the flywheel.

In Topic: Quick Question Re:1.4 Duratec

19 November 2011 - 10:36 PM

Hi,

I too have the Fusion 1.4 Zetec durashift, and I would certainly agree that the gearchanges do appear to be a little on the lethargic side, when compared to modern dsg type auto boxes, but as long as the change is smooth, I would have no real fears....it does take a little getting used to. At the end of the day the durashift box is essentially a manual box (indeed it is known as a semi-automatic), operated by solenoids and controlled by a secondary ECU (electronic control unit, or sometimes referred to as a 'brain') Citroen use a very similar unit, quite prolifically on many of their cars very successfully. Essentially, these gearboxes are incredibly reliable, however when they do give bother, it is essential that someone who knows exactly what they are doing, tackles the repair, as usually they are reasonably simple to diagnose and repair, in the right hands. The odd horror story you may hear is when someone without the required technical knowhow has attempted to tackle what could easily be a very minor fault, and created a real dogs dinner for someone else to pick the bones out of.

hope this helps.

Pete. L

In Topic: Views On 2008 Fusion Zetec Climate Please

19 November 2011 - 05:12 PM

Hi,

I...well my wife, drives a Fusion Zetec Climate....much the same thing really (exactly the same car underneath the body). The main reason for the glut of them on the market, is that this type of car is very popular with the 'Motobility' group, supplying cars for disabled persons. They are generally leased for 3 years and so are sold off at the end of 3 years....hence 2008 models are now due for end of lease. Don't be put off though, as these cars are, under the terms of their lease agreements, generally very well serviced.
I too bought our car when it was 3 years old, and have had no reliability problems worth reporting. A point to note, is that the Auto box fitted to the 1.4 is completely different to the one fitted to the 1.6. (ours is the 1.4 durashift, and incredibly economical)[the 1.6 is the standard Auto transmission, and quite thirsty]. However, although as I say we have had absolutely no reliability problems with our car, there are a few issues to note with the durashift box, mainly, though, as far as I can make out, due to lack of knowledge, in how to repair faults when they do go wrong which is very rare. A tip here is, Citroen use the same gearbox liberally in their range of cars, and their technicians seem better clued up, should you ever need any advice.
Essentially though, I don't think you could find a better run around, value for money wise.....good luck with your purchase!

regards
Pete L