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    Ford Fusion 1.4
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  1. Clicking noise

    Click noise when pressing the accelerator at speed, say in 5th gear and doing 70 if I touch the accelerator I hear a click noise and if I take my foot off then nothing, back on then a click noise every time I touch the pedal. No noise when the car is parked up so doesn't seem like the pedal itself. Also a tin can scraping noise which I can't get to the bottom of. The heat shield was removed, but still the same. Anything worth checking as the car drives fine. Ford Fusion 1.4 style plus 2009 70k.
  2. If anyone has 4 x 15 inch Ford Fusion alloys in excellent condition going cheap then let me know, I am in the North East of England
  3. If your alloys are in good nick and you replace them, let me know as might be interested as have the style plus version...which has steel wheels, so wouldn't want to see a style minus version!

    1. leesid


      will let you know m8 :wink:. i might be selling it this year need a bigger motor tbh 

  4. CHUGGING NOISE and Noises

    2009 Ford Fusion 1.4 Petrol Slight Chugging noise when car is stationary coming it seems from underneath the car under the pedals or seat area and a slight vibration, could it be something to with exhaust? It isn't a metallic heat shield noise, I guess a chugg describes it. Also a noise coming from o/s wheel area after I went over a kerb to avoid a foreign driver who came across my lane. Thought it was a wheel bearing but after that was done it wasn't, so then a new o/s drive shaft which seems to have fixed it, but I am probably paranoid now listening for noises as still seems a slight noise from the o/s area. Any advice appreciated as always!
  5. Time For a REVIEW!

    There's a lot of negativity over the years re: the old man's top hat on wheels, but as one who has driven a brand new Focus 1.6 every 3 years since they came out and recently the new Fiesta for the same ( 2 in 6 years), then here we go. I gave my daughter my 62 reg Fiesta 1.6 and was looking for a cheap car to get me from a to b. Have driven my son's micra and clio, so know when a car isn't so good! After much looking and with not a little trepidation I found a nice red 2009 Ford Fusion 1.4 Style Plus with 51k for £1850 with a recent service. Changed the tyres for some Michelin Cross Climate and put some new Ford trims on to tidy up. Fitted a replacement electric wing mirror for a cracked one. Had the rear windows tinted. Replaced the rear high break light and n/s light due to water ingress with 2 great 2009 lights from a scrapyard (£32). Apart from one small 'thrust' bearing issue there isn't any other problem. To begin with I was doing a 20 mile journey daily mostly in 5th gear and 50mph just to see what mileage per gallon I would get, so even gentle driving it was 38. Boring car I thought! I then started driving it a lot harder and began actually enjoying the car. The road holding is excellent and probably at its best due to the quality tyres. The higher seat position is very good with a great all round view. Lots of room as I am 6ft 2, and front passengers enjoy the comfortable ride, roomy high seating position and view. Whilst not speedy from 0-60 it is more than adequate on the motorway. Brakes are good and the steering is better than most small cars I have driven. Great gear box. Quiet but nice sounding engine. The car drives nice and straight with no issues and corners great with great road holding. I once bought my daughter a Fiat Panda 1.2 and many laughed at the car, but like James May found out AFTER driving his own, it is a little gem. So how many folk have probably driven a Fusion for more than a few days? LIke the old Micra and Skoda Fabia and Panda, the Fusion is driven mainly by the older generation, but that doesn't mean the Fusion is a bad car. Micra's and Fabias are actually decent to drive, and so is the Fusion. There are pages of them for sale on ebay due to the bad old guy flat cap image. BUT I wouldn't hesitate to buy one for any young or new driver as the insurance is cheap and the car is pretty good and very safe and solid. If one is available, say a 2011, with low mileage and well looked after I am sure such could be negotiated for a cheap price and prove a great buy. It isn't a looker like more modern cars, but hey it is no longer £12K either. For £1850 I am more than happy with my Fusion. It isn't £12k worse than the new Fiesta! The Fiesta excels like the Focus with its handling, but some times it could be boring to drive. So why do I find the Fusion enjoyable to drive after a Focus and Fiesta? Have I just found a good sound one mechanically? The only negativity is the mpg, but I still get 35 miles per gallon driving it hard. It does move around a little in high winds,- but that was in gale force winds and it was still ok. So would I want a new Dacia for £7k or a 59 reg Fusion for £1850? I would be looking at the Fusion!!! I would say it is a great second hand buy as you are getting a safe, solidly built car, with decent handling and more enjoyable to drive than one would have predicted. It isn't a guarantee that certain cheap new super minis are going to handle any better! What do other think?
  6. Some Recommended tyres

    Had 4 Michelin cross climates put on in November and have to say they are brilliant. If you google the size and order from one of the tyre online companies-usually german-they offer local tyre fitting from £10 per wheel. Managed 4 tyres fitted at £56 each...so check the prices of Kwikfit etc. Brill on the wet and dry and preform like a summer tyre and an excellent top rated all season tyre. Look good as well!
  7. Ford Fusion Facelift Rear Lights!!!!

    Yes that is good advice. After sealing one (the bulb holder and edges) there was no water in the bottom two thirds but large rain splashes in the top part. Can't for the life of me see how rain is getting in at a higher level! There is so much water in the other that it has to be getting in via the gasket which is always soaking wet, yet fixed correctly. Have bought one from the scrapyard for £20 with no water ingress as it has rained for the last 40 days and saw it on the actual car. So will see if water gets in, if it does I'll drill that hole!
  8. It is interesting how many Fusions have bad water ingress in the rear lights. Mine is a 2009 with water in both, despite sealing the bulbholder and everything else. Looking at Ebay and scrap yards I've found most of them to be the same when you ask or examine on a wet day. Even a 2011 car with water in both lights. Is it a manufacturing problem as a local dealer said he had replaced stacks of them. Nice, as they are £100 each inc fitting or £75 if you do it yourself, and only a 12 months warranty. I have had cars all my life and never any water ingress, only plastic fading on son's 2001 car. The Fusion lights must be badly designed or very cheaply made!
  9. How To Remove High Level Brake Light

    Great, thanks again for taking the time to reply!
  10. How To Remove High Level Brake Light

    Great, thanks Ian. Does it clip back in easily?
  11. I want to check the washer is connected correctly and look at the seal, then disconnect and dry the high level brake level light out as water inside. I noted there are two grommets (mine were missing) but got 2 from a Fiesta. Removing the grommets do I just push through the hole with a screw driver to release each side, and does it clip and push back in easily. Don't want to begin without being sure...you know what happens, it won't go back in and you drive around at xmas with it blowing in the wind!
  12. Water Ingress Rear Lights

    Hi Mihkel What sort of rubber did you use so I can get the same, thanks
  13. Weather Shield Strips

    Just wondered on the roof at the very end of the weather strips at the boot end, is there some sort of end stop piece. On mine there is about 1/2 inch gap at the end. Looking at the strips I can see the metal piece that runs through the middle, so guess something is missing from the ends. Might explain how water is getting into the rear lights. If anyone can kindly check their weather strip and let me know.
  14. Water Ingress Rear Lights

    Lots of water droplets inside both rear light housings so took them both off and couldn't locate any obvious split or crack where water could be entering. Opening them up and the black foam on the back was soaking and wet in the holes, even leaves, with the bottom bulb holder corroded so sitting in water for some time. Dried them off with a hair dryer and will wait for the next rain, so wondering if anyone has had a similar problem and fixed. Could be water getting down the back through boot seal or whatever else. Any advice appreciated.
  15. Thanks Ian, a couple of Independents suggested the same, so appreciate your comments and the link. Waiting to see what the mechanic says who sold me the car as he says he would fit a new clutch at a discount if necessary. But as he only sold me the car a few days back he must think he is on a good thing, for surely an honest mechanic would do it for parts only or even freely for the sake of integrity. He says he wasn't aware of clutch squeal when he had it and who knows whether such is a legitimate issue for a valid repair- even going via Trading Standards/ Small Claims as he is trading cars on Ebay. Thanks again. Another topic on rear lights coming up B)