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Old 16th October 2007, 20:00   #16
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I would recommend the Ford Fusion over the Marina any day. True, its a little overpriced, but its engineered and built extremely well and the quality is top notch. Not to mention the Ford Duratorq engine doing duty under the hood. No comparison to the Tata Marina. And unlike someone mentioned here, the boot space is more or less same as the Fiesta - not comparable to the Getz at all. The feel-good factor inside the Fusion is astronomically better than the muck ugly marina (interiors and plastics). With an expected mileage of 17-22kms per litre, you can't ask for more. The engine is not as racy as the swift, but its a pleasure to drive around. Ford Fusion all the way. I'm getting mine on Thursday
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I doubt the swift coming with the multi jet, since the multi jet J Engine from Fiat was sourced on the following parameter ' Meant for TATA only'.

Let's see the wait is on till diwali and if not You got to be at the Auto Expo to check the offerings in store early next year onwards.

About the Marina, Well its a great VFM,sadly Station Wagons don't have much acceptance as of yet in India.

Any reason why you are not considering the Indigo Dicor., I'm sure it can take the Baby's Pram and all.
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With an expected mileage of 17-22kms per litre, you can't ask for more. The engine is not as racy as the swift, but its a pleasure to drive around. Ford Fusion all the way. I'm getting mine on Thursday
Nip, congrats on your new buy, I am eagerly waiting to see the pics and first hand report.

I doubt if Fusion gives 17-22 KM, at least not in city, Marina owners, please confirm

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About the Marina, Well its a great VFM,sadly Station Wagons don't have much acceptance as of yet in India.

Any reason why you are not considering the Indigo Dicor., I'm sure it can take the Baby's Pram and all.
When I bought my Indica in Mar, 2002, small diesel car and that so from TATA, was a simple no no from the customer. Now you see, its there everywhere, so who brought the concept.

Also so far I liked the car, I am ok. :-)

I agree with you, Indigo, has also good space, but as a personal liking, Marina appeals me more than Indigo Sedan
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@rk : I have already replied to the SX part in the marina thread. As for your other queries :
1. Hill driving is very precise. I have been driving in hills all my life and have driven a variety of vehicles but I must say that Marina impressed me no end. There is no roll around the corners though there is a slight under steer but the vehicle holds a good line. I drove with my dad from our home in Shimla to the service station in Solan in flat 50 mins. Even he was impressed with the handling.
2.Highway drive is pleasant and comfortable. Bad tarmac does not pose much of a problem and you can make do with just a slight easing of pressure on the pedal to reduce the speed slightly.
3. FE figures with 100% AC : City 15 to 16.5, Highway both hills n plains : 17.5 to 18.
4. No electric issues till now though had a cut rubber bush on the rear suspension link arm which was promptly replaced.
5. I feel there is a slight diesel clatter between 1200 to 1900 rpm but others who have tried my car say its just normal for a diesel. The noise goes once the needle is beyond 1900 rpm though.
6. Acceleration is something that would surprise you.It surely surprised me. I have the Dicor one and believe me its fast not the toe curling type fast but adequate enough to leave a grin on your face.

Last but not the least you are welcome to come and drive it for yourself on any weekend and see for yourself.
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Last but not the least you are welcome to come and drive it for yourself on any weekend and see for yourself.
Thanks alot for your responses, I am impressed with all the data you have provided.

It will be treat to have a drive at your car. Please PM me your number(and your real name :-) ) and I will contact you
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Nip, congrats on your new buy, I am eagerly waiting to see the pics and first hand report.

I doubt if Fusion gives 17-22 KM, at least not in city, Marina owners, please confirm
Sorry, its for Fusion owners and not for Marina owners to confirm. my apologies for mistake.
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If mileage is what you are seeking then Marina would be better, but if you are seeking a great draiver car, responsive engine and a great road presence /view.

Fusion is the bet
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Old 17th October 2007, 12:46   #24
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Nip, congrats on your new buy, I am eagerly waiting to see the pics and first hand report.

I doubt if Fusion gives 17-22 KM, at least not in city, Marina owners, please confirm
i will definitely post my first hand report and pics of the Fusion. And yes...the 17-22kms funda was given by ford, but i know folks who are getting 15kms in Bangalore city driving with 100% AC. thats a comforting thought...and they also say 20+ on the highways...which i believe as i've been driving fords since the Ford Escort zamana. A friends escort used to give 22-23kms on long runs, which was quite amazing.
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Work-In-Progress comparison chart for both

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Just called Harpreet Ford, Gurgaon for test drive, they will confirm back with the time they can arrange TD
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Ford Fusion all the way. I'm getting mine on Thursday
Congrats!! Thats one underrated car... comes with the right rubber too! Here's to miles of smiles
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Old 17th October 2007, 16:12   #28
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hey thanks souljah ! and yea...the tires are pretty good. tubeless goodyear 195/60 15 profile. at first i thought i'd upgrade once i get the car, but now i'm thinking i'll just get alloys a little later and spend on some decent ICE for now. its pathetic that they dont give a stereo with the car, but when i saw the 'free stereo' that they're giving with the fiesta (kenwood), i'm better off without that crap.

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Just came back after the TD.

Following are my observations:
Throttle response superb. Cars picks up really good. I must say really really good.
Gear Shift is soft and accurate.
Brakes are excellent and accurate.
AC cooling is good, though weather in Delhi is bit cooler now.
On NH8 I took it till 120 without any problem and I was very comfortable at 120.
Though the cabin noise after 100 is high.
Tilt Steering is a good feature.
Could not get a chance to take it to bit rough road.
195/60R15 tyres looks impressive, but sad they do not provide alloy at that cost. Very bad
Dash is ok, I will not call it great but very decent and looks sober and clean.
60:40 rear seat is good usage.
Boot looks smaller than Marina.
Bonnet hook is at odd position, on the co driver side.
Wiper Switch and Indicator Switch are opposite, so switched on wiper couple of times while trying to switch on indicator.
KM-To-Drive is also good, though not sure how they calculate.
Lots of knick-knack storage space, but I guess Marina has better arrangement. Boot Arrangement of Marina is much better that Fusion
Overall I am impressed but not flat. I guess, I may not be flat with the TD of marina. or may be I am over-expecting. But you start expecting more at 6.6 lacs, right?

14000 Rs of corporate discount, in the form of accessories and extended warranty, bad part you can not convert it into cash.

10 days of waiting period.

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hey thanks souljah ! and yea...the tires are pretty good. tubeless goodyear 195/60 15 profile. at first i thought i'd upgrade once i get the car, but now i'm thinking i'll just get alloys a little later and spend on some decent ICE for now. its pathetic that they dont give a stereo with the car, but when i saw the 'free stereo' that they're giving with the fiesta (kenwood), i'm better off without that crap.
Just a good alloy will work, tyre size is perfect for the car. I guess they should provide the stereo and some speakers with the car, so that at least I have some time to get some good ICE.
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