So some of you may have noticed that my signature indicates that I don't have a vehicle of my own, and I was looking for something cheap and reliable with a manual. My intro post was about how I had one, but the trans died, and I couldn't fix it/afford for my local shop to fix it, and donated it for the tax monies -and hey, my tax deduct is what I paid for it, so can only complain but so much.
Well, I got a raise and bonus at work, so I could now afford a down payment and monthly payments! So I started hunting. And hunting. And in the midst of the hunting noticed that most used cars cost more than they did a year ago, and came to the realization that practically, I needed to get an automatic. I can take the train into work, no problem, so don't NEED a car. We have two little ones, and they will need to get ferried around, and while we like my wife's truck, if it's in the shop their three lives grind to a halt. So if our second car was an auto, I can still go in to work, and my wife can drive.
And YES I've tried to teach her manual, but her parents were always weird about cars, so she stalled out once, freaked out, and refused to try it again.
So here it is! A 2011 Ford Fusion in Blue!
Its got 87k miles on the odometer, and the owner followed the recommended service intervals exactly, and brought it to a dealer for all services except one. And as I live in PA our state inspections are ridiculously thorough, so I'll take it to my mechanic and have him check it out.
Now wait, I bought it THEN am taking it to a mechanic?? Yeah, I bought it from a dealer(friend of my brothers works there, and told my bro about this one as it was so clean) in NC, who shipped it up here. So yeah, freaked out until I drove it -but having driven a exact same spec fusion over the summer, knew it would be, well, fine.
It's not the v6, no sport package, so no "fizzing" sensation. And I'll probably press on the carpet where a clutch would be until there IS a clutch to press. It's a car from point A to B. It's got enough pickup, it corners surprisingly well, super clean/very slight rust underneath (and not in the frame) and handles well. It's a practical car.