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I notice some significant distortion in the rear view mirror (daylight use). Does anyone else have this problem? I intend to ask the dealer if such a problem would be a warranty issue - it's more annyoing than anything, when you look in the mirror and see a distorted view of following traffic - their position "moves" when you move your head due to the warping of the images.

My '03 Taurus has an autodim mirror and never had this problem. I would think Ford would replace the mirror under warranty - at least I hope so!
 

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Take it to the dealer and have them compare it to another fusion. If its the same it will classed as normal characteristic, if not then it will be replaced under warranty.
 

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I don't have such an issue on my v6 SE...
and indeed, the warranty should cover it.... should.
 

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I have the same complaint. The mirror makes everything look tall and skinny--really annoying at first, but now I hardly notice it. I was just going to assume "they are all like that." Let us know if they replace the mirror.
 

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Tall and skinny huh. I do not see that; and since I tinted the windows I really do not see that. I keep driving forward and never look back. :csweeney:
 

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After having my rear window tinted I noticed that my rear view via the mirror is blurred. Mostly at night though. Also, if look through the windshield, almost parallel with the dash and hood, I notice things to be distorted too. Not a problem since I don't typically look through the portion of the window.
 

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The glass on the Fusion, and Mustang is not all that great. (I single those cars out because those are the only car's I have taken the time tim look at carefully).

Look through the front window at an oblique angle and you'll see all sorts of imperfections. The rear window also, and side windows less so. I think the rear window already has some sort of film on it (maybe not 100% coverage) to hold the antenna/heater elements onto the window.
 

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Distortion like this is generally caused by the rear window, not the mirror. And it likely affects all of them. In one case, the 1995 Aurora, GM redesigned the rear window for the second model year, but I do not know if the redesigned window was fitted to any 1995s under warranty.

Many cars have a similar issue, especially if they have a curve in the rear glass.
 

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i noticed this yesterday in my fusion too. i didn't notice it until I looked for it.. there are wavy imperfections in the glass in the front and back....

well. it's not like this is a $40k car... it's a $20k budget "luxury" sedan.. if it was a lexus or acura, I'd be taking it right back to the dealer...
 

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everything in mine looks fine no distortions that I can see
 

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I have since cleaned my windows and still have no distortions, and I am always looking at the car.

the only problems I can complain about are the POS black trim pieces on the doors between the windows
that scratch way too damn easy.
 

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Yeah, that gloss black trim has got to go! It scratches with even the softest towel and looks like crap in the sun.

[quote author=shadowfall1976 link=topic=41624.msg669232#msg669232 date=1145427625]
I have since cleaned my windows and still have no distortions, and I am always looking at the car.

the only problems I can complain about are the POS black trim pieces on the doors between the windows
that scratch way too damn easy.
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I like the black, it goes better, there is enough chrome on the car to me anymore would look bad.
the black trims it out nicely, but what they use is shit. I am going to when they get bad enough,
paint them metallic black, and clearcoat them. with the redfire metallic the metallic black will look
bad assed and add more to the car, and not blind anyone who stands next to it.

I would however like a stainless steel or polished aluminum grille replacement, that looks like stock
but is not the plastic chrome that is stock, and the foglight bezels as well, now that would be a
worthwhile investment, while still preserving the stock looks, but too, I would try to paint the
PLOME grille metallic black too, if I could buy a replacement in the case that I didn't like how it
turned out, that way I wouldn't be screwed,
one never knows how something will look until you already screwed it up.

but I do like the chrome, only if it wore off would I ever paint it, without a back-up.
 

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Yeah, too bad the "chrome" is plastichrome and not the real thing. Hopefully it will hold up to the elements, but my experience with plastichrome has not been that great. I don't think I would want to black it out as I am not into the monochrome look (my car is black) but a quality aftermarket aluminum or chromed front end would look great, I think. I like the chrome accents on this car, in black, but not so much in the lighter colors. The silver almost looks too monotone for my tatest. I just have to remind myself that I paid less than $16k for my SEL I-4, but that was using my father's $1k Ford retirement rebate which he wasn't going to use anytime in the near future. I am happy that he was able to transfer it to me! Not sure about the tack-on pillar chromed accents. The 3M adhesive may be good, but after a couple of seasons in Michigan I can envision water and ice expanding the edges to the point that it looks "tacked on" and no longer sits flush with the stock trim. There is a LOT that Ford can do with this car. Hopefully the 2006 look is only the first step in a long run of a great car with a great look.
 
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