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  1. pianewman

    Passenger Side Door Not Latching ('13 Fusion)

    I don't understand why car owner is responsible for this repair? If the recall was performed, it shouldn't fail, right?
  2. pianewman

    ICE engine revs at startup, FULL BATTERY

    ajcomputer: You've triggered a thought. Since the battery was FULL, there was no regen available, so the computer must switch over to the ICE. That makes sense. What DOESN'T make sense is why the ICE would go to maximum revs when the car was rolling at <5mph. It felt/sounded like a novice manual trans driver, while down shifting, inadvertently slipping into first gear and popping the clutch. I think I've found the answer. DON'T use LOW with a full battery, unless you want the ICE to kick in and scare the be-jeezus out of you...and stressing a COLD engine!!! Thanks!
  3. pianewman

    ICE engine revs at startup, FULL BATTERY

    Hoping a Hybrid Energi owner will see this. There aren't many of us on the road, and probably very few in this forum. With a full battery, LOW provides stronger braking (regen), but should NOT engage the ICE, unless ambient is closer to 32f, AND HVAC is asking for heat, AFAIK. I THINK I switched to D when I heard the engine screaming, but I just don't remember.
  4. pianewman

    ICE engine revs at startup, FULL BATTERY

    ...and the hybrid doesn't have a Sport mode. I need to add: transmission was in LOW, not DRIVE. I drive full-time in LOW, because I prefer stronger regen.
  5. 2017 Fusion Energi, 21k miles. Just purchased, getting to know the car. Twice today, cold engine (45f ambient), FULL battery, right after startup (HVAC set to 69f), rolling downhill (zero throttle input), ICE kicked in, immediately went to a very high, constant rev. The only way to stop the revving ICE was to turn HVAC off. After a few hundred yards (again, zero throttle input), I turned the HVAC on, and the ICE didn't come on. This happened twice. Thoughts? I can't believe this is normal...high-revving a totally cold engine, especially with a fully charger battery.
  6. pianewman

    Aftermarket rear bumper AVOID!

    Final update: OEM main bumper fits perfectly, aligns nicely with rt and left quarter panels. To save insurance cost, I opted to keep aftermarket pieces 2 and 3, which are the lower bumper valance, and the piece with the reflectors that fits in between the lower valance and the main bumper. They're not perfect, but since both are well below the "belt" line of the car, the slight poor fit isn't noticeable. It IS a bumper, after all! I learned that ALL insurance companies are using aftermarket, NOT OEM, replacement parts on cars 1+ years or older. Cost differential vs. OEM varies, and I assume QC varies greatly, as well. I was told that some insurance carriers offer an "OEM Replacement guarantee" clause, which increases the cost of the insurance, of course... As with many things in life, caveat emptor.
  7. pianewman

    Aftermarket rear bumper AVOID!

    Maybe a premature post, because I haven't seen the car yet, but the dealership/shop phoned, 2 different inspectors, to inform me that the OEM bumper fits perfectly! What was infuriating was having to deal with Farmers, whose rep. kept repeating the same phrase, "Since this is an installation issue, it should be resolved by the installer." I repeated, calmly, at least 5 times, "Sir, this is NOT an installer issue. This is a QC issue with the aftermarket bumper. It is NOT acceptable. I'm lucky to be dealing with a shop (Don Davis, Arlington, TX) that is truly "old school", that the customer is always right, and they have gone out of their way to resolve this to my satisfaction. I'll be picking up the car tomorrow (Sat). I'll post again when I've taken possession.
  8. pianewman

    Aftermarket rear bumper AVOID!

    2017 Fusion Energi SEL, 20k miles. Car was impacted right rear, slow speed...offending driver ran a stop sign. (sigh...accident occurred THE SAME DAY WE PURCHASED THE CAR!) Fusion needed 3 bumper parts: main bumper, lower valance, and chrome/light inset trim. No structural damage, no damage to sheet metal, no electrical damage. Offending driver's insurance, Farmer's, refused to pay for OEM parts, and shop ignored/forgot my insistence for OEM parts. They purchased, painted, and installed aftermarket parts. The main bumper simply doesn't line up with either R or L fender...snug, yes, but wavy enough that it's clear it isn't an assembly issue. Farmer's is standing its ground, following their standard policy to replace with aftermarket, regardless of the "newness" of the vehicle. Repair shop (Don Davis, Arlington, TX) has agreed to order and install OEM parts for me, and will continue to negotiate with Farmer's. Repair shop stated that fitment issues with aftermarket parts are very common, and they hesitate to use them. Why they chose to use them now is very disappointing. This may be "old news" for many here, but I think the information might be helpful to some.