I loved my 2017 Fusion Hybrid until it overheated. Since it was only a few weeks old to me (bought it used w/6,500 miles from a rental firm. I won’t name the Enterprise), I took it in to a dealer for a look-see. It was missing a louver device that provided air. I decided to fix it and get on with life.
It was sluggish driving off the lot as I took it out for a test drive. About 12 miles in, the transmission started slipping and warning lights appeared. Since I had just left the dealer, they towed it in. They now tell me the there was no fluid in the transmission and it appears that it had been damaged.
So, wise ones, could I have driven it for a few weeks without fluid? If there are no leaks, and the dealer says there aren’t, could I just put fluid in it (the dealer recommends a reman transmission)? Could the self-insured rental firm have fixed a badly damaged car, then quickly sold it, leaving an unlucky buyer to find out just how bad the damage was? And, if fluid alone won’t do the job, reman or rebuild?