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Old 10th December 2011, 14:45   #1
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Hi Friends,
I have bought a preowned Fusion Tdci about 2 weeks back in thane. The prologue can be read here : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/sedans...-cars-own.html (At crossroads and need advice on what portfolio of cars to own)
Its a White colored, Fusion TDCI (not plus), with 35k on the odo, 2 new front tyres and 2 stock tyres- all Goodyear GT3. The owner has got multiple cars and is based in Bhayandar and just wanted to dispose off the car.
I showed the car to the local Ford workshop before buying and i got great service from the Sreeji Ford. The car has an absolutely fine clutch and gearbox, engine etc are in good health and no major issue. In fact the SA has told me not to service the car and drive for 2-3 months as the car has been maintained well (services though done at a local garage and i found 2 unused free service coupons in the service book !!!). There is JBL music system inside with a big subwoofer in the boot.
The Deal costed me 3.65L including transfer charges and brokerage and another 10k for insurance.
The issues with the car were:
1. Antennae missing
2. Rear Wiper missing
3. Driver side mirror broken (deducted 2.5k but it actually costed me 5.5k with the inside assembly as well)
4. Bonnet release handle broken
5. Squeaking brakes but no issue with braking
6. screeching kind of a sound which the SA told is from one of the belts and will cost around 1k
7. Right Driver side indicator broken with a small dent in panel
8. Seatback adjuster (which adjusts the angles of the seatback) has no threads so not adjustment possible
I have kept aside around 10k to sort all these issues and the car will start looking new with a coat of polish and interior cleaning. Planning somewhere around december end
The Family just loves this car so much that my 18mth old Fiesta 1.6 with only 7k in the odo is parked for last 2 weeks!!! What we like are:
1. Seating: The seating is high and back seat ingress and egress (i hope the right word) is very comfortable for my aged parents and i also find it comfortable as well as a better road view
2. Suspensions and GC: Suspensions and GC is simply superb and i am no longer worried about the deadly bumpers or the potholes and the mystery puddles in monsoons where you dont know the depth of the pothole. 198mm GC takes care of everything.
3. FE: Amazing FE of 15 Kmpl in city driving in mumbai ie from ghodbunder road to worli and back and covering 80 kms in approx 3 hrs totally
4. Less than expected Noise: it has dampner in the hood and the noise inside is very less and infact with music on, i forget its a diesel and change gears at lower rpm. This upshifting at rpm lesser than 1500 leads to loss of power and acceleration. Now shifting around 1800-2000 gives me perfect accleration and no lag at all. Guess i'll take time to get used to it especially firing on all cylinders on my Ikon and Fiesta petrols.
5. Overall Space and Visibility: as this is my ride to office daily, the seating space is amazing and the hatch gives a sense of extra space and freedom with no feeling of crampness at all. I dont care about the boot space which still is quite good. All round visibility is amazing.
6. Steering is amazing as well as familiar controls make me feel at home. AC is a chiller like my fiesta.
Overall We are very happy with the car. The car didn't visibly look in very good condition but what all matters is in supreme condition. I had done an extensive search of used cars in mumbai and thane and visited at least 10 dealers and i realised that better the car looks with fresh set of tyres and scratchless paint, more are the chances that the car has been abused / accident vehicle with tampered odometers. I can happily share my experience and advice anyone who is looking to buy a second hand car to ensure you get a good price as well as the right car.
Some of the pics are attached below.
As there are very few fusion ownership threads, i intend to update this thread regularly and all suggestions are welcome including on how to spend a kitty of 20k (10k on repairs mentioned above and 10k based on yr suggestions)
thanks for reading this long thread.


Pics will follow shortly

Last edited by Amartya : 11th December 2011 at 14:32. Reason: Edited out the COLOR tags.
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Old 10th December 2011, 15:23   #2
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I believe A Fusion TDCi at 3.6L is a fairly good deal. It's really difficult to find a low mileage one as 35K. Does this version have the ABS? Also if I may suggest, please get rid of the white / beige steering cover and go for a black leather cover, those you get for around 400/- in local accessories shop. The current one spoils the looks.

Wish you miles of happy & safe motoring!
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That is a wonderful car indeed. Unfortunately it was a bit early for its time here in India. The version called TDCi 'Plus', was the best, with ABS etc. I almost bought one some years ago but on account of a perceived need for space, went and plonked on the Scorpio instead. I realized later how much I liked the Fusion every time I saw one on the road!
Now that the EcoSport is coming in, and the Figo and Fiesta are peacefully lurking about in the marketplace, I don't think you will find any issues getting spares also, despite the Fusion having been discontinued a couple of years ago. Have fun with the beast! All the best!
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Old 10th December 2011, 17:00   #5
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Congratulations!
I have always wanted this car, but my family's inclination towards new cars forced me to drop any plans.
It is the most spacious diesel hatch to hit our markets and one in which I [6'2"] was really comfortable.
The boot space is wonderful too.
Unfortunately, as rightly pointed out, it was too early for our market.

Wish you a lot of happy miles in the beauty

edit: Please get a new steering wheel cover.
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A fantastic vehicle that ticks all the right boxes and is the right size inside out if your ego is managable. Would have been an outright hit if it was priced a lakh less and was owned by maruti/hyundai. Ford servicing costs and the awkard pricing robbed it of success. One of my all time favourites for sure.

And yes, please burn the steering cover, dont even throw it, destroy it right away. Just leave the steering as it is. Most of the oem steerings provide good grip and feel that cant be replicated by these cheap ones.
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Congratulations on the purchase! A good and wise choice. Please change the steering cover it looks hideous also I suggest go for a 2-din system or a touchscreen one, it would enhance look of the interior, also try to get the door handels body colored.

Wish you many niggle free miles!

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@ Sharad

Wonderful purchase. I own a 2007 Fusion TDCi and I'm in love with the car. I have clocked about 130,000 kms in 4 years. The last tankfull returned 20.88 kmpl. I'm loving this car so much a even after booking a New Fiesta way back in Sept, I haven't taken delivery of the car.

Offers for my car are at 3 lakhs without any negotiations and at the price you bought it, it is a steal!!!

The car will last long enough.. Enjoy
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Congrats on the Fusion! It is one hatch I'd love to buy if it were on sale today. I think Ford committed a blunder by withdrawing it, without waiting for the market to mature.

Compared to the price of the new hatches like i20 and Swift, I'd say a Fusion tdci had a killer price!
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Congrats Sharad, the Fusion is indeed a fusion of a car and a SUV, it looks great too.


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Originally Posted by sharadmumbai View Post
The Deal costed me 3.65L including transfer charges and brokerage and another 10k for insurance.
The issues with the car were:
1. Antennae missing
2. Rear Wiper missing
3. Driver side mirror broken (deducted 2.5k but it actually costed me 5.5k with the inside assembly as well)
4. Bonnet release handle broken
5. Squeaking brakes but no issue with braking
6. screeching kind of a sound which the SA told is from one of the belts and will cost around 1k
Did the insurance on the car have NCB ? or was it a new insurance policy, please check.
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Congratulations, thats one good deal you got. At 30+K she can serve you well for many many years.

When we choose Baleno in 2005 we looked at Fusion as well, it sure has enough and more space, good engine power (The Duratech was new at that time. if i remember it correctly). Only Fords fuel efficiency and A.S.S of ford kept us away from it.
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Brilliant Purchase. The Fusion TDCi is an awesome vehicle and very highly underrated due to its ridiculous initial pricing. When we had to replace our Fusion+ Petrol, this topped our shortlist given our very very happy experience with the petrol version. Just gettting a decently priced model in BLR was very difficult. For 3.65L this is an AWESOME deal.

Enjoy your new ride. And yeah, this is definitely going to be the family's choice of vehicle so get used to it soon
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Congrats on this purchase! The white colour brings out the contrasts very well.
As earlier suggested the black seat-covers would amazing to look at.

Wishing you many more happy miles!
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@sharadmumbai, that's one S**y looking car !!!

Congrats !!!!!!

Need I say she's so stunning because she's draped in white(my favourite colour)

While Fusion is a slow mover even in the pre-owned market,your cost of ownership will be in control since this car shares a lot of parts with the Fiesta.

Fords are built tough so no rattles.

And since the mill is a diesel , enjoy !!! You'll get a good price even when you want to say bye.

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COngrats. THe Fusion indeed is a real good car. The space / features are unmatched. I think you got a good deal. Drive safe.
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