July 20, 2013
Bought these wheels already mounted on Michelin tires.
Everyone who cares about such things LOVES the look the new wheels give my 2007 mint Fusion. Would call the look "sporty, more masculine/aggressive" but not over the top "tricked-out." I am loyal to the Ford brand and my dealership for sales and service. As such was curious as to their reaction when I pulled the Fusion (new wheels and tires) into the service bay. 4 of the 6 CSRs noticed immediately and commented positively on the upgrade without being asked.
The wheel and tire order arrived in perfect condition, but missing the necessary deep socket which was supposed to be included. A quick call to tire rack and my socket was sent immediately arriving a few days later.
Waiting for the socket gave me the opportunity to apply 2 coats of wax on the rims before they were mounted. MUCH easier than once installed as they design (while very cool looking) has some very narrow/tight areas to try and access.
Once I had the socket, The wheels/tires installed easily with all the necessary parts included. It took me about an hour to install all four, using the factory jack.
The wheels have been through one Cleveland Ohio winter, including all the requisite road salt and still look great. Now after 9 months, the factory finish looks just as good as the day they arrived.
I would have rated these wheels "10" across the board but chose to drop "Ease of Cleaning" to a 7, for the reason previously mentioned so that anyone considering these wheels would be aware of the challenge their design presents when cleaning them thoroughly and/or waxing them.