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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2018, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy a a 2013 Fusion, Optima, or Altima.


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Need a commuter car with decent gas mileage for long interstate trips.
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The fusion is my top choice
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The fusion is my top choice
Do some research on the Ford transmissions if you are getting an automatic. If you want a manual transmission with a regular clutch you'll be fine.

The larger Ford engines (like V6 for Ford Explorer) are paired with a normal automatic transmission with a wet clutch - a torque converter. The smaller engines paired with an automatic actually have a manual transmission and a pair of (yes, two!) electronically controlled dry clutches. Shifting is done automatically of course.

The transmissions from that era, like my son's 2013 Focus have a problem with their seals (technically it is a seal problem with the dual-clutches) and they can be prone to slipping. This occurs when they get wet from any leakage (either from the tranny into the clutch, or the engine rear main seal into the clutch).

The seals have been upgraded on the latest models, but I still don't know if I would trust them. Repairing the clutch is heinous. Someone doing the repair has to buy special tools that have come DOWN to $800. Originally they were in the $1200 range. The dual-clutch assembly is also expensive. If you have Ford do the repair it is about $2500 - this is the quote I received. If you have a shop do it, you can get it down to say $1500. If you do it yourself, well, you gotta buy the tools. Can you make the tools/jigs yourself? Sure, if you have a machine shop and a lot of time on your hands. You can find this repair on YouTube.

How long before the dual-clutch needs to be replaced? Results vary. Seems like anywhere from 50k to 150k miles. But it WILL have to be done.

My advice. Get a manual transmission. Also, be darn sure what kind of tranny + clutch system the 2013 Fusion has before you get it.
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Has to be an automatic. The wife will be driving this as well. If it were for me only I would be fine with a stick.
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