I have a 2011 Ford Fusion SE, 2.5 L 4-cylinder, 120k miles. It’s in good condition; I keep up on oil and other fluids, and take it to the shop every year for a “check up” before winter. I bought it 2 years ago when it had approx. 92k miles. I’m the second owner. It was a fleet vehicle before I purchased it, and I was told that most of the mileage was from highway trips between cities.
It’s in good shape, but it’s gotten older as cars are wont to do. It has a little less power, makes a little more noise, shifts a little more harshly, etc, than it used to. In two weeks, I’m starting a new job that will mean commuting 800 miles a week, plus whatever other driving I’m doing. The drive is easy: large, flat freeways the entire way. What sorts of possible problems should I look out for, and what types of maintenance can I do now to make things easier down the road? I think I need to replace my spark plugs/wires, as I didn’t do that at 100k, but other than that, what would be a good idea?
Additionally, I may or may not end up moving closer at the end of the summer. If not, I’ll be looking for a new vehicle as the winter approaches (and maybe even if I don’t move, depending on how my Fusion copes with 10k miles over the summer). Any suggestions on good vehicles for northeast Ohio commuters would be welcome!