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Old 26th April 2010, 00:30   #16
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Another Figo and that too in black. Looks stunning. Congrats gr8guzzler. Those snaps were brilliant. Happy mile crunching with the Ford.
BTW, Would you mind posting some interior snaps as well.
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Congratulations. The Figo really looks fantastic in black. I am still confused why Ford chose that green for their marketing efforts, maybe it was just to make it look different. With no offense to owners of the Green colour (it's called squeeze I presume), I think it's the worst in the Figo line-up.

Also, the money you spent on the Fog-lamps, is money really well spent. Not only does it make it look great it adds to the visibility is poorly lit areas.

Would like to get your perspective on the ground clearance of the Figo.
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With no offense to owners of the Green colour (it's called squeeze I presume), I think it's the worst in the Figo line-up.
Thank your gods that mkerala is not here. He would have made you run for your life for this.
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Thank your gods that mkerala is not here. He would have made you run for your life for this.
, I actually tried to do a quick mental run-through of the Figo pictures I'd seen on ownership threads and I thought I am safe. Then I realized that someone would soon be chasing after me with "Brix".

I'd read his thread, but I couldn't recall any pictures. Darn .
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Hi! Everyone, I bought my Panther Black Ford Figo TDCi Exi home on 17th March'10. With 500+ km on the odo, I wanted to share my experience with all of you.

Why the Figo?

The main factors that I was looking for in a car were
* Diesel - My daily commute is 50+ KM
* Price - 5 Lacs
* Hatchback - We are a family of 3, going to become 4 soon.
* Solid Build - My last car was 5 year old used Ford Ikon 1.6 ZXi, but still felt quiet solid without any rattles.
* Fun to Drive - Again, thanks to my previous car, this was a must.
* Built in Music system, Central/Remote Locking, etc
* Should be available in Black Color

The options that I had apart from the Figo
* Fiat Grande Punto - Punto is a fantastic car and met my criteria except for the price factor and the active model which was in my budget was lacking in features.
* Maruti Swift - Did not consider it as I find it quiet common.
* Maruti Ritz - Did not consider it as I hate the looks.
* VW Polo - Way above my budget and currently not available
* Indica Vista - Did not consider as I don't like the build quality or driving experience of Tata Cars

Last year when the Figo was announced, I sort of made up my mind to go for it. The pricing announced in March was perfect and had decided to go in for it after the test drive.

The Buying Experience

I decided on the EXi model as it had everything that I was expecting as far as features is concerned and did not want to stretch myself for the Titanium.

In Navi Mumbai there is only 1 Ford dealer - Bhavna Ford, so did not have much choice as far as picking up the dealer is concerned. I had second thoughts after I read the review of Iceman and his experience of dealing with Bhavna and thought I would also approach Wasan. However, the SP at Bhavna, Swapnil Sawant was very helpful and hence did not face any issues with the overall buying process.

I was pleasantly surprised when I went to Bhavna to see the there were 4 Panther Black 1.4 EXi models readily available with them in stock. I wanted to check out the color as I had not seen any black color cars in the showroom. The SP obliged and asked me to goto the stockyard and check the cars out. I went to the stockyard and choose the car that I wanted after a brief PDI and noted down the VIN number. Gave the same to the SP and made some payment to block it. I had to wait for 1 week for my bank loan to get processed. On 16th I got the balance payment from the Bank and went to Bhavna and paid them the complete amount to start the registeration process. The SP was suggesting me to pick up the car only after full registeration was complete and they were facing some issues getting cars registered in Pen RTO for folks who were living in rental accomodations. But I was adamant, I wanted to take the car as I could not wait anymore. On 17th, I was in Powai with my clients and got a call from the SP at 3PM, he was ready to deliver the car on a temp registration as my docs were OK and he felt there will be no issues with the registeration process.


It took me 3 hrs to come back home, pick up my family and goto the dealer to pick up the car. I arrived at 6PM and saw my black beauty all clean and shinny waiting for me. Met the SP, he gave me the user manuals, invoices, Temp reg doc, etc. He mentiond that the mud flaps would be given later as they were out of stock. Went down immediately and was ready to leave the place when a person gave me a brief demo of all the features and a 5 lt slip to get fuel from the nearest pump. Drove straight to the pump, got the tank filled and had a pleasant drive back home.

The Cost

Ford Figo 1.4 TDCi EXi - 4,72,900
Depo Charges - 2,000
Insurance - 13,500 (Got a 20% discount on the dealer pricelist)
RTO - 38,603
Temp Reg Charges - 1,000
Accessories - 6,168 (4.5K for the fog lamps and the rest for the essential kit)
Extended Warranty - Free (Corporate Discount)

The Car

There is a lot said about the car already on the forum so I'll stick to things I like/Dislike.

Positives
- Well proportionate design, I especially like the (mini CRVish) back design.
- All black interiors with decent plastics and upholstery used. I hate Beige or Gray interiors.
- Fantastic diesel engine with almost no turbo lag
- Spacious interiors and the fantastic boot
- Big car like ride quality and fantastic driveability
- Tacho available, even though it's a EXi model
- Sound Quality of the OEM music system
- Small things like Vanity mirror, small storage bin below the steering for my Ciggis, boot opening capability on the remote, electric boot open right on the dashboard, air vents design.

Negatives
- Ride quality especially at low speeds is very bumpy. Thought it might be for the Tyre pressure, but even at 30PSI, it is quiet bumpy at low speeds especially on concrete roads
- Rear power windows absent. usually not a problem, but sometimes my 6 yr old son plays with the lever and I have to stop to close them again
- Accessing the toggle switch on the speedo while driving is quiet a challenge
- Bonet release switch is on the passenger side

Finally some pics of my Panther...

Ur son can sure go for the FIGO Ad, he is very sweet
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Congrats Kishore.
The car in black looks really kool .
Enjoy
Cheers
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Old 26th April 2010, 12:17   #22
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Oh! My god! Did you park your car in the middle of some highway to get those pics. Fantastic Clicks.

I suggest you get those chrome lines for the front and rear. It should look great on black.

How are the fog lamps. I somehow get a feeling that the left side one is angled towards the right and the right one is angled towards the left. Is it just a feeling or does the light focus like that. Wanted to know if its worth those 4-5K's they are asking.
Thanks! Gemi. The pics were taken on a unused road besides Central Park in Kharghar. Pics were taken by my dear friend & tbhpian Grandeur, all credits to him for such fantastic snaps.

Chrome is not really my cup of tea, infact one of the reason I liked EXi version was for the lack of it.

The fogs focus is fine, but I will check again tonight on how effective they are, I think they are worth the Moolah as the switch is neatly integrated with the headlight switch.

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Kishore: Just wanted to know what are those designs on the road where your Figo is parked. Is it Rangoli?
I think so.

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@gr8guzzler - Car is fantastic. I have booked the same spec/color. Looks excellent. As Gemi says - chrom grill will give an excellent look.
- what are the stock tires
- how is a/c performance
- is it Panvel highway from Navimumbai
- Do you get the chrome finish on the ring of the headlights for EXi. I feel black finish for EXI models
Thanks RKG, when are you getting your car?
- Stock Tyres are fine, no issues with them.
- Mumbai is pretty hot right now and also due to the color of the car, it does get pretty hot, but the A/C is pretty effective, cools down the cabin within 3-4 mins.
- Nope, it's a unused road in Kharghar
- I am not sure what you are referring to, can you post a pic of the ring on Titanium, I can check and let you know.

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Congrats on your new car, Kishore. A repeat customer for a manufacturer is reason enough to be proud of.
Thanks! Benny. Yes, I love the way Ford cars behave and that was one major reason for me to pick up Figo.

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great great Guzzlu Bhaiya thats a sweet ride there hearty congratulations "Muah Muah"
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Another Figo and that too in black. Looks stunning. Congrats gr8guzzler. Those snaps were brilliant. Happy mile crunching with the Ford.
BTW, Would you mind posting some interior snaps as well.
Thanks Utopian, I don't have any interior pics handy, I will take them and post tomorrow.

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Congratulations. The Figo really looks fantastic in black. I am still confused why Ford chose that green for their marketing efforts, maybe it was just to make it look different. With no offense to owners of the Green colour (it's called squeeze I presume), I think it's the worst in the Figo line-up.

Also, the money you spent on the Fog-lamps, is money really well spent. Not only does it make it look great it adds to the visibility is poorly lit areas.

Would like to get your perspective on the ground clearance of the Figo.
Thanks! Amartya. The Squeeze color does not really look as bad as the pics in reality and I guess they wanted a fresh look for their marketing campaign. IMHO fog lamps are worth the moolah. Ground clearance is not an issue yet, I have traveled max with 4 persons, maybe it is an issue when fully loaded.


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Ur son can sure go for the FIGO Ad, he is very sweet
Thanks! Owaiskm

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Congrats Kishore.
The car in black looks really kool .
Enjoy
Cheers
Thanks! Schoudhury
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Another Figo on team-bhp! Congrats @gr8! Black looks fantastic on the Figo. Surprised to see that Mumbai dealers started handing corporate discounts. Congrats again...
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@gr8guzzler -<< Stock Tyres are fine, no issues with them>>
I am getting in May.
I mean what make it is
Regarding the headlights - the inner ring outside the focus area comes with same chrome finish in ZXi & Titanium. - What about in EXi. Pl see the picture
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hah!
Another black donkey here! and I thought I was the only one with a black figo.
Congrats your pictures are beautiful!
What kind of FE are you getting in Mumbai traffic?
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Another Figo on team-bhp! Congrats @gr8! Black looks fantastic on the Figo. Surprised to see that Mumbai dealers started handing corporate discounts. Congrats again...
Thanks! e-biz. Yes, I was surprised too when the SP offered me the discount.

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@gr8guzzler -<< Stock Tyres are fine, no issues with them>>
I am getting in May.
I mean what make it is
Regarding the headlights - the inner ring outside the focus area comes with same chrome finish in ZXi & Titanium. - What about in EXi. Pl see the picture
Goodyear GT3. As far as the inner ring is concerned, I think it's the same in EXi too, zoom the 4th pic I have posted.

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hah!
Another black donkey here! and I thought I was the only one with a black figo.
Congrats your pictures are beautiful!
What kind of FE are you getting in Mumbai traffic?
Thanks! Captain. I filled up my tank on the day of delivery and the DTE was showing 560KM. But now with 600KM already done, the DTE still shows 90KM. 15+ is what I think it will eventually give, I was not expecting more than that.
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Hey Congrats! Great color choice. Have fun & drive safe. PM me for support whenever needed.
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Congrats Guzzlu.

The FORD love story continues eh ? I wanted to TD the Figo but due to the IPL matches the service road was cordoned off.

Anyways when and where do I get a TD ?
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Hey Congrats! Great color choice. Have fun & drive safe. PM me for support whenever needed.
Thanks! Mustang. Sure, I will reach out to you if needed.

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Congrats Guzzlu.

The FORD love story continues eh ? I wanted to TD the Figo but due to the IPL matches the service road was cordoned off.

Anyways when and where do I get a TD ?
Thanks! NC. Yes, there is something about Ford cars that I could not find in others. TD anytime you wish buddy, I can drop in at your factory while going to work.
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Black Figo is just awesome ! Congrats Kishore !
I wanted to get black figo but was voted out :( :( in "local" elections.
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