Vehicle Overview

Introduced for the 2006 model year as a replacement for the Taurus midsize sedan (which has since been re-introduced), the Fusion has done well for Ford; an all-wheel-drive option was added last year, and a hybrid version is expected to be available later this year as a 2009 model ... unless it's delayed, which is always a possibility with a new hybrid. The four-cylinder and V-6 engines remain, as do the five-speed manual and automatic transmissions — for the four-cylinder only — and six-speed automatic for the V-6. The Fusion has a history of excellent reliability.

What's new for 2008 are a number of safety, convenience and entertainment options, in addition to five new paint colors and an optional Sport Appearance Package.

Buyers have a choice of S, SE and SEL trim levels, and it bears noting that the closely related Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ could be considered higher trim levels, the latter of which has a larger, 3.5-liter V-6.

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    Audio control
    Select radio, CD or cassette mode on the audio unit. The following functions can be operated with the remote control: Volume Volume up: Press the top button on the back of the remote control. ...

    Notes, tables, wire colours and key to symbols on wiring diagrams. Models from 1990 onwards
    Notes, tables, wire colours and key to symbols on wiring diagrams. Models from 1990 onwards ...

    Tailboard (P100 models) - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Lower the tailboard to the open position. 2 Detach the rear lamp wiring cover on one side of the vehicle by removing the two securing screws (see illustration). 24.2 Rear lamp wiring ...