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#1 hybrid47

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

   I recently purchased a new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid with the 505A Hybrid Luxury package equipment group, that is supposed to have the Leather-wrapped gear shift knob.  The problem is, that what I actually have installed in my vehicle, is the standard Urethane shift knob, and not the leather wrapped shift knob that I paid for in the 505A equipment package.  Has any one else with the 505A equipment package experienced this problem, or is this just an isolated case of Ford installing the wrong parts in the Fusion hybrid?

 

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#2 hybrid47

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:20 PM

Here is a photo showing the Urethane shift knob in my 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid with the 505A package:

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

Just walked out to the garage to take a look -- I have the same one, and I have the 505A package too. However that dark part is soft and is either leather or some type of 'genuine imitation'... you would probably have to see what a base SE shifter is like - maybe someone else here on the forum has one and can chime in.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

You know I was wondering the exact same thing! It sure isnt like the leather wrapped ones that are in other cars.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

    I was not sure that is was the wrong shifter until a friend with a new 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium stopped by which also has the leather shifter and it has a much smoother finish, like the leather wrapped steering wheel, and not the strong pebble finish and mold line running down the vertical axis like mine does, and it does not have the rubbery feel that my Urethane shift knob does.  Here is a photo of the true leather shifter:

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

I have the same one, and I have the 505A package too.  Let us know what you find out. 



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Ditto, 505A pkg, pebbly with mold seam.

The Boot looks like leather.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

 The following Ford Website link states that the Fusion Hybrid SE either comes standard with the Urethane shift knob, or optionally on the 505A package with a Leather wrapped shift knob, no mention is made of the shift boot:

 

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Comfort and Convenience     Hybrid SE

Urethane shift knob                             Standard
Leather shift knob                               Optional

Edited by hybrid47, 09 February 2013 - 06:51 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

There have been a number of mistakes between what is advertised and what is delivered. From what we see here, the leather shifter may be another diffierentiator between titanium trim and other trim levels. It's too bad there are so many errors. It really makes you question the entire operation. Maybe this is a byproduct of offering so many choices, but so far I'm not impressed with quality control or communication between departments.

Edited by fusionTX, 09 February 2013 - 07:12 PM.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

Mine also has the urethane shift knob. I'll be at the dealer first thing in the morning to compare against a Ti and a standard SE and S models.. My dealer is not open on Sunday - if this is the wrong shifter, I'll be standing in front of the GM's desk first thing Monday AM. They are less than a mile from my house. 


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Here is another picture that I took, at an off angle with a mirror, that better shows the plastic/urethane mold seam going around the front and over the top and around the back to the shift lock release button:

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

The Ford Fusion build site stills says leather wrapped shift knob in the 505A package.


Edited by hermans, 09 February 2013 - 08:05 PM.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

I wonder what it takes to get the heated steering wheel that gets deleted on the build sheets.......


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="acdii" data-cid="42255" data-time="1360462454"><p>
I wonder what it takes to get the heated steering wheel that gets deleted on the build sheets.......</p></blockquote>It takes an MKZ, lol.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

     I did some more research and found that on a 2013 Ford non-Hybrid Fusion SE, you can get the leather shifter with the 205A package, so why are we not seeing the leather shifter that is promised on, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE with the 505A package?  Here is a photo of the non-Hybrid Fusion SE with the 205A leather luxury package:

 

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      I have contacted Ford via E-mail regarding this topic and will report back once I have a reply.  I must note that the last time I contacted Ford using E-mail, it took almost two weeks for them to reply back to me.



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

I went to my dealer this AM and looked at their 2013 Fusions. Out of the 204B and 505A packages only two out of 8 cars had the leather wrapped shift knob. I'll be at the dealer tomorrow AM.

 

They did have a couple of 2013 MKZs. One was a hybrid with Bordeaux Reserve just like my SE. It was pretty nice.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

I doubt that this was a quality issue. It sounds more like a sourcing issue - they didn't have the leather knob in stock. Don't want to hold up shipping the cars because they are short a shift knob. But a quality mfg would include a note saying they were short the knob and would forward the correct one to the dealer when available.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

More like, hey whose gonna notice?   Well...looks like someone did.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

More like, hey whose gonna notice?   Well...looks like someone did.

When you find one part like this, it makes you wonder what else do I need to look for?


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

um.... a Toyota?

 

 

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