After 18 months of aggravation in dealing with my 2008 CTS4, I traded it in yesterday on a Ford Fusion SE Hybrid. I hated to downgrade in cars but I really need great fuel mileage and the hybrid is the ticket. The 2nd Gen CTS is a beautiful car and will always love looking at them going down the road. I just messed up and bought the 2008 version with all of the problems. One of these days, I will be back on this forum with a new CTS or ATS.
Great group of posters here, keep up the good work on helping each other.
If gas cost $5 a gallon, the TrueCar data estimates that the payback period for a hybrid Ford Fusion (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Ford/Fusion/245/10005/327314/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) over the conventional Fusion would be six and a half years, compared with eight and a half years at $4. At $6 a gallon, the hybrid Toyota Camry (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Toyota/Camry/286/3311/322683/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier), Hyundai Sonata (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Hyundai/Sonata/250/2853/323889/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) and Kia Optima (http://autos.nytimes.com/2010/Kia/Optima/255/2923/322490/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) are likely to generate savings within four years.
05-12-13, 08:07 PM
After 18 months of aggravation in dealing with my 2008 CTS4, I traded it in yesterday on a Ford Fusion SE Hybrid. Not being critical in the least, but I think it's ironic that you traded in a first-year design for another first-year design in hopes of improving reliability. If reliability were your aim, you'd have been better off looking at cars that have been on the market for awhile.
05-13-13, 12:00 PM
I have a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid which I bought new. They give you 10 years or 100k warranty on the battery -I'm at 112k right now. What they don't tell you is that if the battery goes bad it costs $7,000 (that's right $7,000) to fix. I just paid $921 to fix replace the cooling fan for the battery. It gets 29-30 around town but only 24-25 on a trip at highway speeds. So it is a good news bad news kind or car. If my battery goes out do I spend the $7,000 or just call it a day and junk the car...
If I was after fuel economy though I would go turbo-diesel.
Good luck. See you back here.