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Old 21st January 2012, 14:34   #31
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Congratulations on the car MAS! A great choice, far better than the vento or the verna. Ive personally fallen in love with the car! Ford's are very reliable I have owned an Endeavour for 6 years clocking more than a lakh kilometers. Can you post more interior shots (during day light) of the dashboard and the front and rear seats? Are some of the plastics actually blue and not black? Also what happened about your meeting on Thursday with the Ford officials?
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Congratulations! Happy to see a ownership report for the Fiesta D. Thank you for a good comprehensive review

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I was addicted to the supreme driving pleasure, high speed stability and great mileage of the oil burner.
Driving Figo for the last one and half yrs is creating the same Ford addiction in me!

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Sharp plastic parts - hurt my hand while opening the bonnet lever
The Figo too has many sharp edges in its dash plastics. I too ended up hurting myself more than once. In my wife's i10, edges are all nicely rounded off.
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MAS, my hearty congratulations! All the best and enjoy!
Mine's now 2.5 months and 3800 km old. FE had improved though not by much (thanks to the crawling traffic in Bangalore). But the car's a lot of fun to drive and keeps improving as I put on more miles. I recall someone mentioning on another thread about the handling getting better around 7k+ km's - now that will be interesting to see!
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Congrats on your purchase. I had the opportunity to evaluate this care some time ago. I was quite pleased with the car dynamics, rear bench, rear visibility etc. Some people have a problem with the way the car looks from the rear but I was not too concerned.

However, based on the size, interiors, plastics etc, I would consider the car as VFM for a price of about 8 - 8.5L in petrol and 9 - 9.5L (you do not do such cost cutting on a 10L+ car).

If what you say about price is true. i.e, the car is costly due to components being imported, I think it's Ford (more than any other manufacturer) who needs to localize production of these components and bring the price down.

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Congrats on the new fiesta MAS. I wanted to buy the new one, but got a heart attack when I got to know of the price (especially in Bangalore). Also my wife doesnt think we are "upgrading", since I own a fiesta 1.4TDCi already. So looking at the new cruze or the jetta. Hope the car is trouble-free. The driving pleasure is the best one can get in that segment. Safe driving.
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Congratulations. Finally a thread on the new Fiesta. You've made a superb choice. That is one proper handler you've got there. A Real VFM car, if you compare it to the Verna. I just recently TDed the Fiesta. Funky interiors and all kinds of gizmos to spoil you. FE figures are the real icing on the cake.
This is so good, just can't wait for the Fiesta hatch.
Thanks Goutham. On comparative basis, yes, you get a better car for the money paid. The Fiesta Hatch must be good, but i am not sure if it will come to the Indian shores as the cost of production, according to Mustang, will be higher than the Sedan.

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Congrats on your new purchase bro Going through your post was so much fun. You have covered smaller but significant things about the car. Nice observations and initial ownership report! The Fiesta at 12.27L seems like a very good car in the segment. For driving enthusiasts, this car, with discounts could make a lot of sense.
Thanks Aravind. The car puts a smile on my face everytime i take it for a spin.

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Many Congrats MAS. I can fully understand the reasons why you went for Ford again as I have 3 fords now ikon + fiesta + recently acquired used fusion. Driveability and handling of Ford spoils you and its not possible to like any other car.
While the Fiesta is expensive on paper and if one takes an independent view, but a "Fordian" will always be biased and will pay for the premium of the sheer joy of driving these beauties. The FE is a bonus which you are getting and with your kind of miles, i'm sure you will recover yr premium much faster.
New Fiesta is a great car and when i was toying with the idea of buying a new figo or used fiesta/fusion tdci, my entire family fell in love with the blue display car here in Sreeji ford. The console, features, looks are fabulous when you see in person. My seven year daughter refused to come out of the car and said why don't we take it home. When I said it needs a lot more money, she just reminded that ATM is round the corner and whats the issue!!!!
As the Ford A$$ nowadays is comparable to any other car maker and is pretty reasonable as well, I am sure you will have great time with this car. Also, yours is best review i have read across anywhere, it will be great if you continue to update this post regularly.
You got my feelings spot on. I was unable to move away from the Blue Oval as i was addicted to the impeccable handling of the Ford. My daughter also loved the Kinetic Blue, but it would have been a pain to maintain it.

Appreciate your comments and I will try to update the thread regularly.

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Congratulations on the car MAS! A great choice, far better than the vento or the verna. Ive personally fallen in love with the car! Ford's are very reliable I have owned an Endeavour for 6 years clocking more than a lakh kilometers. Can you post more interior shots (during day light) of the dashboard and the front and rear seats? Are some of the plastics actually blue and not black? Also what happened about your meeting on Thursday with the Ford officials?
Many thanks Yash. I am yet to take picture of the dash and the interiors. The plastics are actually Dark Blue in colour. On a bright sunny day, it looks Blue, like the picture below. This was taken before i put the sunfilms.

My 2012 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi. EDIT: Sold at 116,430 Km-dash-pic.jpg

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Congratulations! Happy to see a ownership report for the Fiesta D. Thank you for a good comprehensive review
Thanks Deep Blue. I just hope Ford offers better interiors in the Ecosport, as i think i will have a look at the 1.0 Petrol version to replace my Santro.


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MAS, my hearty congratulations! All the best and enjoy!
Mine's now 2.5 months and 3800 km old. FE had improved though not by much (thanks to the crawling traffic in Bangalore). But the car's a lot of fun to drive and keeps improving as I put on more miles. I recall someone mentioning on another thread about the handling getting better around 7k+ km's - now that will be interesting to see!
Thanks nk1969. Sugeeta has completed 7K kms. I have not been using the car as i was travelling. Took it for a long drive yesterday and crossed 1000 kms (1113 kms as i write this reply). Will be taking the car for another 500 km trip on Wednesday. I think i will clock more kms after i get used to the newness of the car.

My 2012 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi. EDIT: Sold at 116,430 Km-img00449201201221243.jpg


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However, based on the size, interiors, plastics etc, I would consider the car as VFM for a price of about 8 - 8.5L in petrol and 9 - 9.5L (you do not do such cost cutting on a 10L+ car).

If what you say about price is true. i.e, the car is costly due to components being imported, I think it's Ford (more than any other manufacturer) who needs to localize production of these components and bring the price down.
Thanks Sydras. Fiesta is a great car and i don't think Ford ever wanted it to be marketed as a VFM. I don't think Ford expects to sell the car in huge numbers and the components may continue to be imported. The ex-showroom price of the Titanium Plus i purchased is 10.39 Lakhs and the rest is Tax (1.58 Lakhs) and Insurance (0.30 Lakhs). The tax component in Tamilnadu is 15% for cars over 10 Lakhs.

Having said that, the accessories provided are of superb quality and need not be replaced with "after market" parts.

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Congrats on the new fiesta MAS. I wanted to buy the new one, but got a heart attack when I got to know of the price (especially in Bangalore). Also my wife doesnt think we are "upgrading", since I own a fiesta 1.4TDCi already. So looking at the new cruze or the jetta. Hope the car is trouble-free. The driving pleasure is the best one can get in that segment. Safe driving.
If you can get a Cruze, please go ahead with the purchase. The Cruze will be a good upgrade and a wonderful piece of machinery. You will enjoy it more than the Fiesta (it is from a segment above!!!).
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Old 25th January 2012, 16:08   #37
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Many Congrats MAS. I can fully understand the reasons why you went for Ford again as I have 3 fords now ikon + fiesta + recently acquired used fusion. Driveability and handling of Ford spoils you and its not possible to like any other car.
While the Fiesta is expensive on paper and if one takes an independent view, but a "Fordian" will always be biased and will pay for the premium of the sheer joy of driving these beauties. The FE is a bonus which you are getting and with your kind of miles, i'm sure you will recover yr premium much faster.
Ah! another 3rd Ford owner. So there are more of my kind.
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Great ownership thread. This will actually help me as next car will be either a new fiesta tdci or an ecosport tdci. Will decide once the ecosport launches.
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Old 26th January 2012, 02:33   #39
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Great ownership thread. This will actually help me as next car will be either a new fiesta tdci or an ecosport tdci. Will decide once the ecosport launches.
Thanks Mustang. The ECOSPORT with the 1.5 litre diesel heart will be a better replacement for the Fusion.

I am driving the car more and more now. The speedo read 1260 today as I drove almost 130 km today in Chennai. I enjoyed driving the car through the traffic and the light steering is a blessing. No tiredness whatsoever.

Few observations
- The EPS has started acting a bit strange. No problems while driving normally or while parked. But when the car is driven at crawling speeds and the steering is turned completely (in any direction), there seems to be a distinct shudder from the steering. It is as if the tyres are turning in installments. Need to get this checked, as I'm not sure if this is normal with other Fiestas too.
- The EPS has also started to be a bit more vocal than before with electric motor being audible when the ICE is not playing
- The door locks have become more audible too. Earlier the car emits a "click" noise, but today I noticed the noise was a bit louder with a distinct "clank"
- The bluetooth connectivity with the phone was "lost" two times today. I had to disconnect the call, restart the music system, reconnect the phone and continue talking. All said and done, the Bluetooth is the most used OE accessory in my car.
Has any other Fiesta owner experienced such changes? Would appreciate your inputs.

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Thanks Mustang. The ECOSPORT with the 1.5 litre diesel heart will be a better replacement for the Fusion.

I am driving the car more and more now. The speedo read 1260 today as I drove almost 130 km today in Chennai. I enjoyed driving the car through the traffic and the light steering is a blessing. No tiredness whatsoever.

Few observations
- The EPS has started acting a bit strange. No problems while driving normally or while parked. But when the car is driven at crawling speeds and the steering is turned completely (in any direction), there seems to be a distinct shudder from the steering. It is as if the tyres are turning in installments. Need to get this checked, as I'm not sure if this is normal with other Fiestas too.
- The EPS has also started to be a bit more vocal than before with electric motor being audible when the ICE is not playing
- The door locks have become more audible too. Earlier the car emits a "click" noise, but today I noticed the noise was a bit louder with a distinct "clank"
- The bluetooth connectivity with the phone was "lost" two times today. I had to disconnect the call, restart the music system, reconnect the phone and continue talking. All said and done, the Bluetooth is the most used OE accessory in my car.
Has any other Fiesta owner experienced such changes? Would appreciate your inputs.
Dear MAS congrats on your dashing fiesta ! On the EPS , there is one piece of advice thats given on Volkswagen India's Facebook page - I am reproducing it verbatim for you " While turning your steering wheel, don’t hold it to an extreme right or left position for more than a few seconds, doing so can damage the power-steering pump! " Thus its very clear that the pump is overworked at the extremities, maybe that's why the shudder . Given that its become more vocal , it may make sense to have the pump checked
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Ah! another 3rd Ford owner. So there are more of my kind.
Sure: There are definitely many more of our kind.
With A** now manageable in metros and low cost of maintenance and no fuss extended warranty, Ford is surely VFM except the new diesel fiesta. When my Fiesta's (classic) right side winder konked off. Dropped the car at the service centre, they didn't ask for any docs of extended warranty as they get approval online basis chassis number, changed the winder and dropped the car home.
The sheer driving pleasure is sufficient to get you hooked.

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A bit late but hearty congratulations for your new car

Your ownership report has made me reconsider the fiesta.A well equipped ford with discounts running is a lot more tempting than the Vento considering the recent price increase.
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Congrats MAS. Thanks for your much waited ownership report.

I was following all the posts of Fiesta's test drive thread and knew about long waiting period of Sugeeta and your waiting period for better discount even after booking long before. Finally you got it with better price.

The quality of this car with great handling makes me to wait for either Ecosport 1.5D or Fiesta hatch 1.5D to replace my 3+ yrs i10 kappa. I am not considering this new Fiesta or any sedan only due to budget & parking space constrains. Now I am following this thread to know all +/- about this car. Keep updating.
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Congrats MAS, on getting the Blue Oval home. Like you & a lot of other fellow members here, I have become a fan of the way their cars drive. We were at one of Ford's dealerships in Delhi/NCR yesterday for a test-drive of their hatchback Figo & I am so in love with it.

The other hatches like the Maruti twins or even the Etios Liva somehow felt more powerful, but the smiles that I got while driving the Figo were not reproduced in any of the others. Hard to explain, but I am sure you understand what I mean.

However, this is the first time we would be putting our money on a Ford, so have a few inhibitions. You & the others on this thread being Ford owners since long may be able to clarify a few things, & I hope it's alright to ask here.

1. How reliable & durable is the 1.4 TDCi oil burner? Why I ask is because you have had the Fusion with the same engine for quite some time now. I am somebody who keeps cars for a very long time. My own Alto is about 7.5 years old now & has some good mileage on it & the only reason I am planning to change it is the fuel costs. So, is this motor capable of about 2L kms without major repairs?

2. Do Fords have rusting issues?

3. How is the quality of A.S.S & the spare parts?

Drive safe.

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1. How reliable & durable is the 1.4 TDCi oil burner?
This is a bomb proof engine. The engine is a very old design but still very capable. It is going to take Ford some time for them to shelve this engine. The Fiat engine found on several cars is quieter, equally reliable and more refined.

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3. How is the quality of A.S.S & the spare parts?
The Fusion, Escort, Mondeo and Ikon were very expensive cars to fix and maintain. Not so with the newer line up of cars. By this I mean Fiesta Classic and Figo. I do not know anything about maintaining a new Fiesta. After sales is a hit or miss. Ford are always in the mood to replace stuff instead of try and fix. Spare part quality is top notch.
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