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Old 30th July 2007, 22:17   #16
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Good review Benny! Mike is fabulous. Its good that everything you do at Ford is so convenient. Could relate to a lot of your experiences. The courtesy shown by the workshop staff is also fabulous. Its just that in Kolkata getting to the workshop creates the negative energy, cos if one has to drop the car off and get back to work, its a huge pain. So every visit has to be planned and then re-visits really create a sore point.

I have had problems with some parts (Fuel Pump) failing over again and again. Last time, they put in a pump of the Escort design and touchwood thats not given any trouble so far (Dad loves to use my Ikon as I am currently in US).

But one thing is sure, the sound of the "tiger" is mesmerising and makes you smile with its grunt at the same time turns like a "gazelle". If only it stopped like a brick!
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Nice review. Shows your love for MIKE.

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Nice write-up benny,any thing in particular behind the name MIKE.
Remember reading somewhere MIKE stands for My Ikon. Right benny?
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Nice review Benny. Keep the miles munching along.
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Keep the miles munching along.
Your vocabulary has grown - thanks to MTR.

Big Ben- nice writeup. Nice car. I'm an Ikon fan myself - having had the 1.6 Zxi earlier. Irrespective of engine, its a car to reckon with.

Btw- you'll need to tell your driver in the 3rd pic to appear presentable and brush his teeth - atleast when momentous photos are taken.
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Old 30th July 2007, 23:29   #20
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Benny boy !!!

One amazing review there... Thanks for sharing most of the points. Amazed with the FE figures too. Glad that Cauvery is up to the mark.

Dad use to say "Buying a car is not a deal, but maintaining it is a big deal".
I hope Metro learns lessons from Cauvery.

Jai.
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Old 30th July 2007, 23:45   #21
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Nice review benny, I have an Ikon 1.6 and now thinking of buying Ikon flair CNG.
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Nice write-up benny,any thing in particular behind the name MIKE.
rahul, it is as simple as ABC. it is his ikon, so it is Hike, now who is gonna take a hike ?

fantastic review of your love benny, i am so glad like all the others that you love yike & 3 cheers to your mike. & one more (2 smiley rule)

P.S. I have a lot more to say.
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Old 31st July 2007, 02:18   #23
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eh guys was searching for ikon bodykit and this is what i saw
all i could think is hunh!




also i saw a ford ikon gt

model presents a Ford Ikon GT Model during an unveiling ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. With modifications designed by Dilip Chhabria, Ikon GT is yet another addition to the country’s expanding small to medium car market which latecomer Ford hopes to stake a claim in. — AFP photo

Anybody having any idea regarding engine specs
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Great review benny . The Ikon was the best handling car of its time alongwith the lancer.
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Great review Benny. Enjoy the Ikon. One of my favorite steering positions is in the Ikon.
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So Benny, at long last you picked up the pen.....oooops, I meant keyboard! Nice review mate - looks like the expensive-to-maintain-Ford vehicle is giving you the time of your life , nice pics too
Suman, it was in the pipeline since quite a long time. Had always been wanting to put it down here. Yesterday was a prefect opportunity with my manager not being in office. Hehe.. so made the most of it.

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Nice write-up benny,any thing in particular behind the name MIKE.
Rahul, as CrazyDriver has rightly mentioned, it was coined by me as a simple abbreviation for My IKon.

Jaggu, you can also pitch in with your inputs. You had a gteat time with your Ikon for 7 long years.

Abhi, glad you liked the car. You have seen him up, close n not too personal.

Hormaz, although people blame Ford for the after-sales, no one as such despises their cars, based on what i have come across here. Granted they arent as proactive as MUL, but a lot depends on the dealers involved.

Speedmeister, just hope it stays that way.

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Now keep the ball rolling and give her some jewellery and footwear dude.

Yeda kalla pray that I dont get to lay my hands on your car.I would be more than happy to show you how nice some scratches would look on a darker color .
Riju, i had to pawn all jewellery i had access to in order to get him. Maybe you can help me out now. Footwear i would definitely do, but a lot depends upon how my salary rises, and also need to look at housing needs. They are the only stumbling blocks in my way.

As for scratches, there are a few, thanks to a scooter, and the most recent one being a cyclist who couldnt stop in time and went right into the rear bumper from the left side. Left behind a nice big scratch there. As of now, i dont need any more volunteers to add scratches.

Sammyboy (Samarth), felt quite nice to be of help, buddy. However small it may be.

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Your FE figures are impressive. Its spacious sedan nice car.
I dont use the car on a daily basis as such, so maybe i dont lie around in traffic all day long. That is also a factor to consider. I use the car only twice a week or so for office commutes.

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Keep writing buddy, really enjoy reading from you.
I should show this to the guy who evaluated my English paper in Engg first year. Got a measly 66 in that paper, while i was thinking i would get a lot more.

Nimz, Mike conveys his love to Sparky. Looking forward to meeting her someday.

1100D, i agree with what you said. Guess i have been blessed so far. Wifey also understands the bonding with the car, and so never creates an issue of it. Re-visits are a pain for me too, as the service centre is quite far from where i stay. Seriously !!

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Nice review Benny. Keep the miles munching along.
Munch? Dont even remind me of that ad.

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I'm an Ikon fan myself - having had the 1.6 Zxi earlier. Irrespective of engine, its a car to reckon with.

Btw- you'll need to tell your driver in the 3rd pic to appear presentable and brush his teeth - atleast when momentous photos are taken.
Now thats news for me, Mahesh. Didnt know you had an Ikon earlier.
As for the pose, shall make sure the next time the owner flashes his teeth, he uses Cloromint.

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Glad that Cauvery is up to the mark.
Jai, news is that one of our members here knows the owner himself. Not sure though.

Compenn, good luck buddy, although i have no idea how the CNG version fares. Good to see you moving on from one Ikon to the next.

John, Hike sounds good, although too early to take a hike. Seems you have a lot more to say... we're waiting.

ReignOfChaos, Moralfibre, what you've mentioned are indeed the virtues of the Ikon.
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Old 31st July 2007, 10:22   #27
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Nice that you finally step out to write about MIKE, and what a review .

Yeah, those PW switches and inclined parcel shelf is something I still couldn't digest. Then, nothing is perfect!

Plan your first anniversary, and don't forget to invite fellow TBHPians. MIKE also needs some esteemed company
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Jogi, wouldnt mind the esteemed company, for sure.

Guys, as promised, here is a snapshot for my fuel expenses on Mike.
I havent started right from the beginning as i didnt have this xls then.
Details present are from February.

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HI,

Guys, I am back after my business travel, gr8 to read MIKE's stroy and have lot in common be it year and going to pick up my wife from off on 1st day etc.

I truly love my IKON with the kind of responsive streeing and handling.

After hearing from benbsb29 vbmenu_register("postmenu_517488", true); some time back, i have made it a point using Shell normal petrol and mark my words I see decent FE with city mileage with all ac is btwt 11-12kmpl and w/o AC is btw 12-14kmpl.


My car is panther black looks neat and striking, have recently added leather seating and chrome door handles ( stick on's).

I ll post the pictures soon...

Now the Xinome just blowed me back seeing teh modified IKON truly a racing spirited.

I am a very happy staisfied IKON customer.

cheers!!!
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Nice tab work!

Am going to do the same from now on.
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