OK, I spent my saturday doing extensive wiper blade analysis....I am just talking about Motorcraft
parts here. They seem cheaper and work well IMHO, so I am ignoring other brands, when I have
done the exact opposite in the past/
I am pretty sure now that Ford changed the part #s and blade itself (slightly) sometime during production
in the past months. Hence this is a big part of the confusion. If you ask different dealers for the part,
you'll get a range of answers.
The older style, the ones that came with my car (built 03-2013) have a slight wind deflector curve
and will only fit on the correct side. I like these and they work well. They have "clips" on them holding the blade to the frame
about every 4" and they are gray-ish in color, not black. These are part numbers: WW-2601 and WW-2700
for the driver and passenger side. They measure exactly the same size, only difference is the part #s
and wind deflector curve which determines which side they fit on. They use a squeeze type fastener
with tabs and a rounded end cap that covers over the end tab. I got extra ones from RockAuto and
then come in a cardboard sleeve in a plastic bag. Very happy with these. I thought they were different
lengths (because the part #s fooled me), but they are not. They measure about 27", and I've had
no issues with the rain sensing or their performance. Many sites say these will not fit my car, but
that match what came with the car exactly.
The newer style, is what the dealers are installing now I guess, Whats listed on fordparts.com for my
VIN is WW-1901-P and WW-2401-P - definitely not correct. The 26" and 28" style, I believe
like WW-2801-PF are pure black in color, and are not side specific. They have a curve
for wind deflection, but its symmetric and can go on either side. They do not have the clips
in the older style and are perfectly smooth. They use a tab style connector that you have to
push on to remove, no pinch. They also are not rounded/capped at the end and are open where
it clips onto the end tab. According to neod192, you need a 26" and 28" version, cause
28" is too long on one side. If your car came with this style, then Ford definitely changed the
style/type during this year. Forget the length, get the right part # and you'll be fine.
I saw Anco and Rain-X claim to make a 26" for the Fusion (I saw them in PepBoys), but seems kind
of iffy and you have to change out the connector piece. Didn't trust it, the Motorcrafts seem
fine for me and work well - oh, and are 1/2 the price of the Ancos ($22 or so each). YMMV...
If somebody with a recently built 2013 Fusion can confirm what their wipers are
(old style or new style?) - let us know. Did Ford put different wipers on the car during
manufacturing, or do they just change their parts catalog - I don't know for certain.