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Old 10th September 2012, 21:08   #1291
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Honestly, I found the Autocar Video Review quite one-sided. Now, I too am a fan of SUVs and happen to be at the threshold of replacing may car, and no doubt most eagerly await this mini monster but to say that everything is so good about it seems like an over-statement. While I would love to pleasantly surprised but I feel they extolled the car's virtues a tad too much.

I do agree to your point of view. Drive wise, the vehicle will deliver to what every one claims. To that extent, all the eulogies on the video are well taken. So is the point on zero body roll.
But they should have looked at the seating ergonomics and spacing in a bit more detail.

Ford cost of ownership is definitely on the higher side. I can speak for it, as I own one.
But it seems they have worked in bringing that down in case of Figo. I dont expect it to happen very soon in case of the Ecosport.

May be the new Fiesta owners can talk about it, as many of those parts would be shared.
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I felt that the video did not have anything new in it, but just stated previously stated points with a video component (showing the car being driven).
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Honestly, I found the Autocar Video Review quite one-sided. .. but to say that everything is so good about it seems like an over-statement. .. I feel they extolled the car's virtues a tad too much.
Pretty much what we have come to expect from car mags, isnt it ?
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By the way, I have read a few threads about Ford cost of ownership which seems to be on a much higher size compared specifically to Suzuki or Toyota or even Honda. I hope a higher degree of localisation takes care of this aspect.

Any comments from current Ford owners regarding cost of ownership, specifically, so as to correlate it to Ecosport?
You can see a comparison of the parts on this link. I can personally verify the costs of some parts of the old fiesta. As you can see that the cost of parts are amongst the lowest in the country. I have no idea about other ford cars though.

http://www.india.ford.com/servlet/Bl...=max-age=86400
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Its all hype that ford is expensive to maintain. That was the case when ford had escort etc. Not since they introduced fiesta. I have owned and still own original ford fiesta from 7 years now and can say for sure, its not at all expensive to maintain. So i hope ecosport will be normal to say the least to maintain.
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Honestly, I found the Autocar Video Review quite one-sided. Now, I too am a fan of SUVs and happen to be at the threshold of replacing may car, and no doubt most eagerly await this mini monster but to say that everything is so good about it seems like an over-statement. While I would love to pleasantly surprised but I feel they extolled the car's virtues a tad too much.

By the way, I have read a few threads about Ford cost of ownership which seems to be on a much higher size compared specifically to Suzuki or Toyota or even Honda. I hope a higher degree of localisation takes care of this aspect.

Any comments from current Ford owners regarding cost of ownership, specifically, so as to correlate it to Ecosport?
Like I have mentioned many times here, my fiesta(2007 TDCi) is cheaper to maintain than my I20 Crdi. Every service costs about 3.5K-4K. Don't know about the new Fiesta though. Ford service is not as expensive as it used to be.
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Its all hype that ford is expensive to maintain. That was the case when ford had escort etc. Not since they introduced fiesta. I have owned and still own original ford fiesta from 7 years now and can say for sure, its not at all expensive to maintain. So i hope ecosport will be normal to say the least to maintain.
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Like I have mentioned many times here, my fiesta(2007 TDCi) is cheaper to maintain than my I20 Crdi. Every service costs about 3.5K-4K. Don't know about the new Fiesta though. Ford service is not as expensive as it used to be.
Thank you both, Nitinralli & Shivasuma for sharing your exeprience on Ford's maintenance costs. The above statements coming from first hand owners really help in giving some kind of assurance for a third person like me. Even I had heard that Ford cars' maintenance is quite heavy on pocket. However I believe, the increasing localization over the years might have helped Ford bring down the maintenance costs. Ecosport if launched with 80% localization (as declared by Ford top honchos), would surely help bring down not just the ex-showroom price, but the recurring maintenance costs, which are of paramount importance for a person like me who intends to keep his cars for 8-10 years.
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We have a Ford Fusion since 2007. Has run 50K+ now & overall I am very satisfied with the servicing costs.

We had to change the water pump, as my driver had forgotten to check coolant, & I found the total damage of around 10K reasonable considering that the engine is an imported unit. Clutch replacement also came to around 7-8K @ 50000 kms.

Routine servicing costs are at par with my Santro AT.

And the car is a hoot to drive.
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I agree with the above statements on service costs. Its on par or even better than others expect if you approach them for body work. That will be a total rip off.
Once installer punctured the firewall sealing of my ikon to route remote wires and water began to enter the cabin when I approached service center thinking that it was a a/c leakage issue. I was advised not to change the rubber gromet as it is expensive instead they sealed it with some glue which worked.
Later i sealed it as DIY way when i had to route Amp wire kit.
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The above statements coming from first hand owners really help in giving some kind of assurance for a third person like me. Even I had heard that Ford cars' maintenance is quite heavy on pocket. However I believe, the increasing localization over the years might have helped Ford bring down the maintenance costs. Ecosport if launched with 80% localization (as declared by Ford top honchos), would surely help bring down not just the ex-showroom price, but the recurring maintenance costs, which are of paramount importance for a person like me who intends to keep his cars for 8-10 years.
I can also support that statement. We never had any issues with ASC, and if routine servicing is done as schedule, Ford cars are quite easy to maintain. Only issue I have is that, they are a bit hesitant to do repairs. For e.g.; if you get a small dent on the door, they will suggest to replace the door, rather than fixing it, which will have an impact on your insurance. This probably is a trait of the dealership/ASC in my hometown.

And as you mentioned, it may get even better for the EcoSport with the talks of the heavy localization.
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It looks like ecosport is little taller than swift. So will be taller than duster too? Thanks that it does have road presence and would make few heads to turn if its in red.
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Another video showing the the steering rake & reach adjustment (at @ the 5 minute mark). It also shows the driver seat height adjustment (@ 05:40 mins). Auto climate control (Blower & temperature settings). Multiple functions on the MID & lot more, enjoy


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Ford cost of ownership is definitely on the higher side. I can speak for it, as I own one.
But it seems they have worked in bringing that down in case of Figo. I dont expect it to happen very soon in case of the Ecosport.
Cost of ownership is higher for Ikon and fusion. Not for Figo , Classic and Fiesta. I owned a fusion and I know the difference now. I have a Wagon-R at my home town and some of the parts of Classic are cheaper than WagonR also.
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Ecosport likely to undercut Duster in pricing

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“EcoSport will be a value proposition as a sub-four metre car. Over 70 per cent of all cars sold in India are small cars sold in this segment. Apart from 1.0 litre petrol engine that performs like a 1.4, we will also have a global diesel engine fit in the car. Including automatic transmission, we will give customers all sort of options in different variants,” Michael Boneham, MD and CEO, Ford India, said.
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MyDigitalFC: http://wrd.mydigitalfc.com/news/ford...ult-duster-796

IAB: http://indianautosblog.com/2012/09/f...t-duster-price

MotorBEAM: http://www.motorbeam.com/cars/ford-e...enault-duster/
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Apart from 1.0 litre petrol engine that performs like a 1.4
Errm... Earlier Ford was saying that the 1.0L Ecoboost performs like a 1.6 L engine. Why has that come down to 1.4?

Getting a bit worried. Please don't detune the engine, Ford.
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Errm... Earlier Ford was saying that the 1.0L Ecoboost performs like a 1.6 L engine. Why has that come down to 1.4?

Getting a bit worried. Please don't detune the engine, Ford.
I guess the performance will suffer because of the fuel quality that we have in India.
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