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Old 23rd July 2014, 11:00   #7711
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I took my ecosport for a 900 km travel to nainital. the vehicle drove very well in mountains and nowadays it is running heavily in Uttarakhand, still the vehicle was able to surpass a big current of water which drowned all its wheels for almost 100 mt. the only glitch till date is the engine oil change indicator flashing which was corrected by the service team.

I am now planning to buy a front guard for my ecosport. any suggestions?
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I took my ecosport for a 900 km travel to nainital. the vehicle drove very well in mountains and nowadays it is running heavily in Uttarakhand, still the vehicle was able to surpass a big current of water which drowned all its wheels for almost 100 mt. the only glitch till date is the engine oil change indicator flashing which was corrected by the service team.

I am now planning to buy a front guard for my ecosport. any suggestions?
Great feedback, I was wondering how it fared on mountains. Front guard should not be installed as it will damage safety of your car, it will transmit crash damage to the chassis instead of the front of the car taking initial impact.

So while you may save your front from small impacts, you will damage your car much more on larger impacts.
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In kerala the titanium and titanium o pack is available readily with kairali cars. We booked a vehicle titanium o silver colour this week and will get the vehicle probably next week.
Coolfire, or anyone from Kerala, can you help me with what process Kairali ford follows for delivering their cars? I was in the market for a Ecosport 1.5 D Titanium (O) and Kairali Ford Thrissur promised delivery from Thrissur in couple of weeks(I am in Thrissur). As time approached, they said the car will come from Cochin. Now they say it will come from Quilon - thats where the lot of cars has been unloaded! And they will do that ~200km drive from Quilon and deliver at Thrissur!! Essentially I am getting a used car!!!
Is this the norm within Kerala for Ford that the cars get unloaded anywhere - Cochin, Muvattupuzha, Quilon, Trivandrum - based on the lot that has come and then they get driven across districts for delivery?
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I wanted to know considering the 14k kms the test drive vehicle has done do anyone of you with 20k+ kms done on diesel have any problem with the clutch?

(looks like the demand has eased quite a bit).
I have done 30K kms. Clutch is still light for a diesel car. My 90K done swift petrol is heavier than this. Just for comparison.
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I have done 30K kms. Clutch is still light for a diesel car. My 90K done swift petrol is heavier than this. Just for comparison.
Thanks. That helps. How are the service costs? I had a really bad experience with ford (escort) so am a bit vary of ford.
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Coolfire, or anyone from Kerala, can you help me with what process Kairali ford follows for delivering their cars? I was in the market for a Ecosport 1.5 D Titanium (O) and Kairali Ford Thrissur promised delivery from Thrissur in couple of weeks(I am in Thrissur). As time approached, they said the car will come from Cochin. Now they say it will come from Quilon - thats where the lot of cars has been unloaded! And they will do that ~200km drive from Quilon and deliver at Thrissur!! Essentially I am getting a used car!!!
Is this the norm within Kerala for Ford that the cars get unloaded anywhere - Cochin, Muvattupuzha, Quilon, Trivandrum - based on the lot that has come and then they get driven across districts for delivery?
Thats the practice I have seen with Kairali Ford. I think most of their dealer deliveries happen in Cochin, and they move the cars to smaller dealers as required. Why don't you request to move the car to Thrissur on a flatbed truck?
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Coolfire, or anyone from Kerala, can you help me with what process Kairali ford follows for delivering their cars? I was in the market for a Ecosport 1.5 D Titanium (O) and Kairali Ford Thrissur promised delivery from Thrissur in couple of weeks(I am in Thrissur). As time approached, they said the car will come from Cochin. Now they say it will come from Quilon - thats where the lot of cars has been unloaded! And they will do that ~200km drive from Quilon and deliver at Thrissur!! Essentially I am getting a used car!!!
Is this the norm within Kerala for Ford that the cars get unloaded anywhere - Cochin, Muvattupuzha, Quilon, Trivandrum - based on the lot that has come and then they get driven across districts for delivery?
This happened with me when I took delivery of my Fiesta Classic from Kairali Ford a few years back. That time car was unloaded in Quilon and drove to Trivandrum for delivery. In your case since it is around 200 kilometers ask them to get it there in a flatbed.
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Adding on to this.This happened to me as well.When I took the delivery of my Ford Ikon back in 2009 ,they had to drive the car from Cochin to Kottayam.So on delivery the odometer shown 85 kms :(

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This happened with me when I took delivery of my Fiesta Classic from Kairali Ford a few years back. That time car was unloaded in Quilon and drove to Trivandrum for delivery. In your case since it is around 200 kilometers ask them to get it there in a flatbed.
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Had the Ecosport diesel for 6 days from Zoom self drive. Did Bangalore - Coorg - Bangalore.

Model TDCI Titanium.

My inputs on driving a ford after ages. The last ford I drove in India was the escort I owned.

The car looks amazing and is a head turner. Took the delivery, checked for every scratch, underbody damage etc before driving off. The car in question had driven 31000 kms and was just serviced before I picked it up.

Now sit inside and suddenly the SUV feeling goes away. It is a very cramped and claustrophobic cabin to be in. Turn on the car and the diesel engine can barely be heard inside. This car has to be one of the most silent diesels I have driven.

Tried indicating right and off goes the wipers! Its a ford I told my self and I had to remind my self at least 50 times on the trip. This has to be a major dislike for me. The interiors felt straight downmarket. The plastic is hard, the carbon black finish is poor and the dashboard panel gaps didn't go well with me. One positive is the car has ample storage for bottles, phones and other items which are smartly placed.

Now comes the engine. The turbo lag on the car is a loooong. Get to 2 rpm and the car sprints but till then keep yawning. Frequent gear change is required to stay ahead of traffic. The engine is very very smooth and almost feels petrol like which I liked. I got an overall millage of 13 kmpl which is good if you consider 4 days of local coorg driving.

Now handling. The car handles well on slight bends and straight road. The steering is very light and lacks any feedback which keeps you guessing how planted the car is. You can call it feather light which is amazing while parking but at high speeds its big no no. I drove through several broken road/no road. The additional ground clearance is a huge advantage and I am might impressed with it. High speed braking of the car is good and well in control for such a tall body.

In Mumbai I have the Swift VDI, A star AT, Accord, CRV and Innova. I am looking for a replacement for the 6 year old swift and was thinking of ecosport. Will I buy it? I don't think so. Simply for inverted controls, very ok interiors, lack of space, huge turbo lag, light steering and my Wife didn't like it!
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In Mumbai I have the Swift VDI, A star AT, Accord, CRV and Innova. I am looking for a replacement for the 6 year old swift and was thinking of ecosport. Will I buy it? I don't think so. Simply for inverted controls, very ok interiors, lack of space, huge turbo lag, light steering and my Wife didn't like it!
I still have the escort and my garage resembles yours. I too have an A Star AT, Innova and CRV and am looking to go for an ecosport for my son. Regarding Turbo Lag I feel the turbo lag is much lesser than the DDIS (swift) correct me if I am wrong. I only had a small test drive (2km) so i may be wrong. The space aspect I agree but haven't heard complaints of the turbo lag. Can you comment on the clutch?
Considering the car had 30k on the ODO and must have been abused by many drivers.
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I still have the escort and my garage resembles yours. I too have an A Star AT, Innova and CRV and am looking to go for an ecosport for my son. Regarding Turbo Lag I feel the turbo lag is much lesser than the DDIS (swift) correct me if I am wrong. I only had a small test drive (2km) so i may be wrong. The space aspect I agree but haven't heard complaints of the turbo lag. Can you comment on the clutch?
Considering the car had 30k on the ODO and must have been abused by many drivers.
The Clutch is very car like and had no issues with it. The turbo lag or lack of boost/pickup was more than DDIS. In DDIS its not the turbo lag but the sudden rush of power that makes you feel pronounced turbo lag. In short cruising at 60 I always had to down shift from 5th to 4th gear to make progress however same is not needed on swift. The Swift takes off easily in 2nd gear after a speed breaker but Ecosport take time.
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The Clutch is very car like and had no issues with it. The turbo lag or lack of boost/pickup was more than DDIS. In DDIS its not the turbo lag but the sudden rush of power that makes you feel pronounced turbo lag. In short cruising at 60 I always had to down shift from 5th to 4th gear to make progress however same is not needed on swift. The Swift takes off easily in 2nd gear after a speed breaker but Ecosport take time.

Thanks for the help. Looks like i will then proceed with the ecosport and buy it next week. There are no other similar vehicles (duster too crude) in the segment and the car is having a free run.
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5 min? This is what I did.
Press the start button (or turn the ignition) and wait for the service reminder to come. Once that's displayed, press the accelerator and brake together and hold it for 30 seconds. The reminder will disappear and will appear for the next service.
The SA asked me to do it for 5 mins. But I feel 30 secs are probably enough.
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Adding on to this.This happened to me as well.When I took the delivery of my Ford Ikon back in 2009 ,they had to drive the car from Cochin to Kottayam.So on delivery the odometer shown 85 kms :(
Thanks all for the replies!! let me see what I can do regarding getting the delivery at Thrissur itself. I was thinking there was another dealer Malayalam Ford, but seems they are based only in Cochin.
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Locking nut blues

Here come's the first shocker from Ford
I had tried to remove the spare tyre and the locking nut was not engaging.Took it to the service centre and they told they will order a new one.Got it replaced ,only to know that it was not under warranty
And the cost - a whooping Rs 2868 !! (Much costlier than the old spare tyre it's supposed to protect from tyre thieves!)

The reason they gave me was that it was my fault that the threads got damaged.But the only time the spare tyre was removed earlier were during the 10K and 20K services which were done from the service centre only.I can very well argue that the thing would've got damaged while they tightened it last time during service

Feeling bad...cheated
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