I should start off by saying that we really like this new car and Energi feature is amazing and an easy sell to friends once they drive it. I'm also blown away with Ford and how far they've come in regards to quality. I'll take the blame for not looking sooner...
So far the only real complaint on the 2013 Fusion has been from front seat passengers from all ages. My 78 year old mother, my kids, and my wife all said "how do I make the seat go up" as soon as they sat down. I searched the web for any solutions and all I found was more complaints about the Fusion 2012 & 2013 passenger seats. Even the very positive auto reviews from leading sources point out that front passenger seat is too low with adjustments for all directions except up and down. I talked to 2 different Ford service departments all both said, yes, we've heard that complaint but had no solution.
After studying it, the easiest fix was to simply raise the rear of the seat up 1.5" or 2 " up. The hard part was finding the correct bolt and length made from the gauge material as the original. The next part was finding a source for the spacer. Lots of cheap plastic ones for various Jeeps but I was concerned about safety. I finally found a place that makes solid steel spacers in various sizes (Aluminum and Stainless steel are too soft).
The original bolt is a 1.5" Torx T55 which must be part of the new Fusions Ford Mondeo heritage from Europe. (These cars are very popular over there, I saw them everywhere) , the replacement 3" bolt is the same gauge steel but has a 8mm Hex bit head. You can buy these T55 & 8MM sockets at HomeDepot or Sears for about 3.00 each.
The seat feels to be the perfect height now. Even a 1.5" spacer would have made a huge difference. My biggest concern now is studying it a bit more to see if there is any stress on the seat or the bolt. The seat appears to move back and forth with no strain, the space and bolt are flat (not angled) See enclosed Picture to get a better idea of what it looks like.
If you need info on the parts (try this modification at your own risk ) - email me at 3dadd.ebay@gmail . I have a few extra 3" bolts as I had to buy a box of them.
Edited by DAVE, 16 June 2013 - 08:16 AM.