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So I've now had my Fusion for about almost 3 months.

I'm a teacher, so I really didn't drive it much over the summer.

Now that I'm driving it daily, I can't get over how difficult it is to back up. :x

There is no way of looking out the back window because the trunk is so high.

Using the side mirrors takes some getting used to, since the car's sides are curved and thus makes it difficult to judge.

I've been lucky that I don't have to parallel park. YIKES

I originally thought it would get easier, since my last car was an SVTF (I could shoehorn that car in anywhere) I thought I was just spoiled. But it hasn't gotten any easier.

I back into my spot at work because we have those parking blocks at the end of each space (I've seen how they can tear off the front fascia of a car if the rebar sticks up, infact I experienced it with my old PROBE when I was a kid...not fun)

Has anyone found a sure proof way to back this baby up?

I think FORD missed the boat on not putting back up sensors on this car (especially with the '07s). My dad's 500 Limited has them. Is it an option for either MKZ or Milan?
 

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maybe i have an advantage since im 6,2, idk but at first i thought the fusion was bad but after awhile its easy, i parrell park without stressing and i always back into spots if i can. my last car was an escort gt so yeah it takes some getting used to but i think itll come to u
 
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I have to find a video clip for the person who says its hard to parralel park and back up lol. They show like a 1999 Honda Civic that looks like a rice burner out the butt for sure. And he backs it in (parallel parking) normal like you would but instead of cutting it hard and turning it to the right and going forward to get into the spot. He turns hard to the right, use the ebrake hard and then drops the clutch and floors it. LOL its hilarious. I gotta try it. Let me see if I can find the video.
 

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Don't ask me...I backed into my F150 which was parked directly behind me in my driveway! That was a rude awakening!
 

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It is all in the skill of driving. I have no trouble backing this car. The Fusion is super easy for me to back-up. You see I drove a Ford van when I was a Technician, so I gotten used to backing up blind and estimating. Again skill and sense. I guess I just have skill and dumb luck or I am damn good at driving, Yeah right, LOL. :exnbp: :csweeney: :smokin:

Just keep on driving and practice, practice, and practice. It is like shooting skeet, you will suck at the beginning and then after a few dozen shots you hit some or lots. Skill and practice my friends. Just do-it.
 

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I've had my Fusion a couple of weeks now. Pulled my first parallel park job today. Piece of cake. Of course this is coming from a guy who's previous vehicle was a 25 year old full size pickup. I'll admit the view out of the rear isn't the best but the side mirrors work well and I'll just keep my fingers crossed that nothing below trunck level appears from no where. If I can P park that old truck in spots Hondas would pass up I figure I can park the Fusion with blinders on. :D
It's all about the side mirrors.
 

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Yeah, it is hard parking this thing. I drive backwards with my door open. Looks competely idiotic, but so does backing into someones car when there is a pedestrian walking by. Done it before!
 

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Hi I had a camera back up installed. They put a lense in the back license plate and i have a 10inch monitor next to the radio. It is on a mounting bracket. I can see more than i can with just the side mirrors. I can turn it off so if not needed so the battery wont drain. Ford do not do one so had my stereo shop do it. No holes in body very nice job. It cost me $499.00. I feel more comfortable now. :p
 

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I don't see the big problem. I've never had any issues and I back into all my parking spaces. It's actually easier [for me] than pulling in. Also, then you don't have to back out into moving objects. You back in with non-moving objects.

If you understand how wide and the path of the car while it turns, you can get it down no problem. I'm a one shot type of guy.
 

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Face it folks, with this styling of vehicle you just have to be cautious. I have gotten used to this and now am able to back into areas with no problems. Take it slow and keep looking out of all three mirrors.. 8)
 

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Mirrors are the biggest key to backing up. They are very under rated and people just do not know how to properly use them.

I back up most places too. Much more comfortable that way.
 

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[quote author=captainhook link=topic=57028.msg973018#msg973018 date=1159120670]
Mirrors are the biggest key to backing up. They are very under rated and people just do not know how to properly use them.

I back up most places too. Much more comfortable that way.
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I had a buddy show me how to back up his tractor trailor a few years ago using the mirrors and now I only use the mirrors when I back up my vehicles
 
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