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Just got my Fusion last week and took some pictures late this afternoon. It's the SEL V6 in Alloy, Charcoal interior, with ABS, traction control, moonroof, and leather. It was built the week before last.



Charcoal leather interior -- notice the iPod with the cord going into the armrest? This is one reason for waiting for the audio input jacks on the Job 2 vehicles.


Here you can see the cheeseball antenna:
 

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Looks good! I notice you have our Ipod hooked up... How does it sound?
 

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It sounds just as good as the FM stations. To be honest, I haven't really listened to music with it, yet -- just podcasts. I just hooked it up for the first time yesterday. Prior to that, I was just listening to local FM radio.

On the '99 Honda Accord EX that I traded in, I had installed the USA Spec iPod adapter. It connects to the factory radio's CD changer port, somewhat similar to the PIE unit that is sold for the current Ford vehicles. With the iPod adapter that I installed, there was no need to play with the volume level on the iPod, to pause/play the iPod manually, or even to touch the iPod, for that matter. Someone ought to sell an inexpensive adapter for cars like the Fusion which have DC power and audio inputs near each other, where the adapter pauses and resumes the iPod based on power being provided to the DC port ("cigarette lighter"). This way the iPod would automatically stop and turn off when I turn off the car. The USA Spec adapter was awesome, but it took a couple hours to install and it was something like $120. The SiK imp is probably good, but won't do the pause/play automatically. Neither will the Belkin auto kit, which also suffers from having its own amplifier control, which I imagine will slightly reduce sound quality. Also, both are overpriced for what they are.

I now miss the stereo setup from the Honda. It was all stock factory stuff, but it sounded so much better than the Ford "premium" sound radio. Ford's setup is missing a lot of the mid-range, and the highs are not crisp. Even podcasts don't sound natural. I've tried tweaking the treble and bass, but it still isn't great.

Ford's done a really great job keeping the cabin quiet, though! There is very little road and wind noise at highway speeds compared to my '99 Honda. Really nice!
 

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Is that a 2007 model year? If so, can I ask what you paid for it? Also, how is the reception on the radio with the new antenna? I love the color and thought that was only for 2006 model years! Thanks.
 

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Alloy is a new color for the Fusion. It's only been available since the 2007 job 2 production that began on 9/4/06. I saw this color on an '06 Mustang and thought it was awesome. Right now, it doesn't look so hot to me on the Fusion. But I'm getting the windows tinted soon, and I think that will make a tremendous difference in pulling it all together.

I haven't had any issues with radio reception. I've tuned to at least 8 or 9 stations that are popular around here and they all came in fine.

I qualify for D-plan, so I paid $22,516.25 plus taxes. (MSRP $25,055.) I took the current 2.9%/36 mos. loan incentive in lieu of the $500 offer.
 

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I was looking at a Roush Mustang this weekend. It had the Alloy paint on it.....that is a great color, wish it was available when I bought my '06
 

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I finally got the car tinted this week, so I wanted to share some new pictures with you. I think it looks a ton better with the tinting.



 

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Tint looks good.

I see that you said "Arizona".....what part do you live in?
 
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