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My Fusion did pretty good today in the snow storm. Does anyone know if all Fusions have a hidden traction? At first the car swirl just a little bit and than after it seemed to control it self better. Maybe it was just me.
 

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i was also in our chicago snow, and while i kinda wished i had the awd v6 my lil fusion did perfect in the ice and snow, by the end of the day i was sliding for the hell out of it for fun and never once lost control.

than of course i get home and had to help the neighbor unbury her 350z with summer tires still on..... wow blonde women with nice cars ;)
 

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douglas307,

Do you have the 16" or 17" tires?
 

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My car is a SE I-4 and it has the 16" tires. And also I was parked under 12 inch of snow on the street and the car pulled out from the snow pretty easy and other cars where stuck. pretty intresting.
 
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Wow I cant wait till we get snow and I can drive thru it my fusion. I remember when I had my 93 Ford F150 rear wheel drive, we had four inches of snow and it got stuck in the road right after I backed it out of my driveway. So I had to call work and tell them I couldnt make it.

Hopefully this fusion can plow right thru snow.
 

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Just keep in mind that while AWD would help you to get going in the snow, it does nothing to help you turn or stop, which is usually a much bigger problem.
 

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[quote author=hwm3 link=topic=63854.msg1097083#msg1097083 date=1165158480]
Just keep in mind that while AWD would help you to get going in the snow, it does nothing to help you turn or stop, which is usually a much bigger problem.
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In our area, we find it funny that most vehicles ending up "tango uniform" in the ditch have either 4WD or AWD. Some drivers are just clueless... :p
 
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Yeah people get cocky when they have AWD or 4 wheel drive.

The most dangerous thing a person can do is tailgate when their is snow on the road. Thats why local P.D. are cracking down on tailgaters now, so we dont have any pileups in town or on our highway. Last night alone we got 24 people for various driving offenses.
 

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[quote author=RymanH24 link=topic=63854.msg1097159#msg1097159 date=1165169460]
Yeah people get cocky when they have AWD or 4 wheel drive.

The most dangerous thing a person can do is tailgate when their is snow on the road. Thats why local P.D. are cracking down on tailgaters now, so we dont have any pileups in town or on our highway. Last night alone we got 24 people for various driving offenses.
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That's good to hear. I get so ticked off when I have some jerk right up my ass :angrypoint:. Sometimes I just want to slam on the brakes and see where they go. I usually drive my beater in the snow anyway. (oops a dog ran out in front of me, didn't you see it? :Owned:)
 

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[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=63854.msg1097168#msg1097168 date=1165169978]
[quote author=RymanH24 link=topic=63854.msg1097159#msg1097159 date=1165169460]
Yeah people get cocky when they have AWD or 4 wheel drive. 

The most dangerous thing a person can do is tailgate when their is snow on the road.  Thats why local P.D. are cracking down on tailgaters now, so we dont have any pileups in town or on our highway.  Last night alone we got 24 people for various driving offenses.
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That's good to hear.  I get so ticked off when I have some jerk right up my ass :angrypoint:.  Sometimes I just want to slam on the brakes and see where they go.  I usually drive my beater in the snow anyway.   (oops a dog ran out in front of me, didn't you see it? :Owned:)
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8) Amen, Brother!! 8)
 

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It was an interesting drive home for me on Friday. Almost hit a bus and slid into a ditch all in the same motion.
 

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[quote author=RymanH24 link=topic=63854.msg1097159#msg1097159 date=1165169460]
Yeah people get cocky when they have AWD or 4 wheel drive.

The most dangerous thing a person can do is tailgate when their is snow on the road. Thats why local P.D. are cracking down on tailgaters now, so we dont have any pileups in town or on our highway. Last night alone we got 24 people for various driving offenses.
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We need some of those cops around here. Our local sheriff's dept/State Police are a joke!!!! The sheriffs drive around writing equipment violations and all the state police do is sit on the thruway doing radar. I can't believe they don't see all the people tailgating/talking on cell phones that I do.

BTW, is it just me or are a large majority of the cars that are in ditches SUVs?
 

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I have the SE auto w/ 16" Conti's and was a little concerned about how the car would handle snow. After last week's storm dropped 9" here I had the chance to find out. I'm not impressed, but I'm not disappointed, would be the best way to sum it up. I wish the ABS came with traction control...an annoying cheap omission on Ford's part. I never got stuck on unplowed areas or partially plowed areas, but I did have to use caution and skill to stay safe. I never felt uneasy, but it's not as sure footed (in the snow) as my Mystique was, but I rand Goodyear Regatta 2's on it and they handled snow pretty well. It always amazes me how fast people drive around in snow, slush, or ice, most drive as if the pavement is dry.
I do think that the defroster doesn't work all that well...I had to use full defrost most of the time rather than the defrost/floor heat mix, and I had to run the fan at 2 which is noticeably noisier than the low setting.
 

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I live in MO where we got quite a bit of freezing rain and then a few inches of sleet and then a few inches of snow. Fun fun. I drove home from work all right and got all the way to my driveway... then I couldn't make it up the drive! I was so pissed...I had made it so close! It just wouldn't go. I could back up into the street and get a go but I just couldn't get it past a certain point. I did this like four or five times. I will admit that I was scared to really gun it - I've had my car for less than two months and I was doing pretty darn good to even have driven on the crappy roads to begin with (I admit I'm a chicken and inexperienced winter weather driver!) The neighbor did to get it farther up the drive so my ass end wasn't out in the street anymore but couldn't get it much farther than that. Once my husband got home from work, he got it the rest of the way and into the garage - with relative ease, too. It really is the driver who makes the difference!
 

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I saw 4 snow flakes this morning on my way to work (first snow of the year) and my Fusion handled all 4 with ease. lol :klavergreg:
 

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not sure how useful the traction control really is, driving in snow and ice conditions today I would say the traction control only came on about 50% of the time when the wheels were spinning. Not sure how it determines when to activate as it does not come on every time the wheels spin, must only be certain spinning conditions. I didn't think it was all that useful.

Funny thing mentioned about cocky 4 wheel drivers, last year on the biggest snow storm in our area during highway driving I seen about a dozen vehicles in the center median (ditch) on a two hour drive, I would say at least 10 of them were 4 wheel drive vehicles, only 1-2 of them were fwd compact car or midsize vehicles. Goes to show it still takes brains to drive carefully, buying a 4wd vehicle won't overcome stupidity.
 
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