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 #380932  by Sneke_Eyez
 October 7th, 2019, 11:39 am
As many of you know, Ashley's 2002 Pro Am M had become a bit of a headache for us.
From July-September, I spent nearly every weekend working on it, putting a lot of time and money into it.
When I couldn't figure out what was preventing the air conditioning from working properly, Ashley and I decided it was time for us to replace the M.

Ashley travels 182 miles round trip at least 3 days of every week, and the 300M was just not getting great gas mileage while doing it.
She was having to get gas before every trip.

Since we needed a new car, we wanted to prioritize fuel economy, but we still wanted a similar-sized car to the 300M, preferably FWD or AWD.
We also wanted something that had a good reputation for reliability and that was no more than 5 years old.
Looking at Mopar's offerings, we essentially had the 200, 300, and Charger.
While I like all three cars, none of them offer outstanding gas mileage, and the best models of Charger and 300 are often RWD.
So, I turned outside of Mopar, which is a first for me, and there seemed to be only one choice I kept coming back to:
The Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid.

Each car is rated for over 40MPG combined, and the Energi has an additional plug-in battery to give you over 20 miles of electric-powered driving.
Plus, both cars were well rated in terms of reliability, and they were affordable, certainly less expensive than a comparably optioned 300 (though not exactly in the same class).

After test driving several cars that were not well maintained, I found and test drove a few well-cared for examples.
I determined that the Fusions were actually a very nice car, much nicer than I even expected.

On Monday, September 30, after working out a deal on one of the other cars I had driven, I found this car and we decided to go down and test drive it that night.
It was beautiful and had been well cared for by its original lessee and we were struck by the interior and exterior color combination.
The dealership experience was great and I negotiated a good deal on the car and put down our deposit.

We picked the car up on Saturday and have been enjoying it so far despite it not being a Mopar.

Enough writing, though, let's talk specs:

2017 Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid
SE Luxury Package - Full Leather Interior
Factory White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat Paint
Stone Grey Interior (very similar in my opinion to our dark slate and light taupe combo from LH cars).
Navigation with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and
Heated Seats
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

Here is the window sticker:

Photos from Saturday:




More photos to come!

We are very happy to have the car and look forward to the gas savings and reliability!

It really has impressed me in terms of interior quality, ride quality, and tech... and it has this really great little pocket that holds your phone upright in the center console!

So far we have very few things planned for it other than to drive and enjoy it.

I ordered some floor liner style mats for it and I plan to buff it and then ceramic coat it shortly.

The goal, other than to use it as intended and get super good gas mileage in it, is to make the car last as long as we possibly can...
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 #380936  by beespecial
 October 7th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Wow! Those are some nice mpg numbers. A very nice looking car too. Enjoy your new ride Ashley.
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 #380939  by First Lady
 October 7th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Saw the car yesterday and it's beautiful!! As usual, pictures don't do it justice. Can't wait to hear how much of an impact it has for you.
Congrats again!
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 #380942  by EasyRider300M
 October 7th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Great looking car, Ryan. I rode in one of those and it does drive really nice. I like the color white too. Drive it in good health and may you get many miles and smiles.
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 #380946  by LUNAT1C
 October 7th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Very nice. She's definitely going to love it. It's basically what my sister wants to buy after getting into her career, to replace her aging 2010 Impala.
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 #381507  by Sneke_Eyez
 December 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Just over 2 full months of ownership and I can't say enough good things about the car.

It gets great gas mileage (averaging around 40MPG with occasional remote starts) and has cut our overall gas expenses by over half!

It is comfortable, quiet, and has been reliable - and it doesn't appear to use any oil.

So far there have been two minor quibbles:
1) It needs a spare tire - I need to buy a 17x4.5 Ford Escape Spare for it.
Ashley got a flat about 4 weeks ago and it was a massive nightmare dealing with it.
2) Someone or something broke the driver's side tail light about 2 weeks ago and I just had to spend $160 for a new one.

Otherwise, it has been a great car and is serving its purpose well.