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Old 5th July 2013, 19:19   #31
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Congratulations, well deserved

Did you notice body roll during any of your drives ? And did the vehicle feel planted at higher speeds ? I'm asking this for a friend who mentioned these are his concerns.
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Congrats a lot quickdraw!!

So when are you getting the car finally? Which Variant/Colour did you finally select?
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Originally Posted by quickdraw View Post
But feel free to ask me specific questions. I would answer it to my best capacity.
I'm sure Quickdraw must be having too much fun driving the car to spare some time on this thread. Maybe we'll hear back from him only when he starts his "long term ownership" thread.
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Hey quick draw,
You must be feeling top of the world, congrats!!!
When are you taking the delivery? Is it an ecoboost or tdci? Do keep us posted.
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Congrats on winning the Ecosport.
So you won the Ecosport. What did the other guys win?? How did you guys decide upon who gets the Ecosport?
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Hey everyone, woah thanks for all the congratulations. I am really sorry that I havent posted or updated this thread. Will try and do it by tonight, have been really tied up.
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Old 29th July 2013, 11:01   #37
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Firstly sorry for taking so long to post here again everyone, I've just been so tied up with life and other things I didn't really get the time to come and post here. I will try and share my insight on some of the questions everybody asked and then get on to some of my own thoughts and feelings.

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Thanks for the report. Dispelled several fears I had about the ecoboost engine with your 'POWERRRRR' description. Here are some questions:
  • How does the ecoboost engine do under full-load on a slope? Do we need to slip clutch in first gear?

    I don't ever remember it stalling under load, the acceleration does die down while accelerating in lower RPM's but it has a nice diesel like feel to it. I've pulled it up in 3rd gear which I should have been in 2nd or 1st. It did take a long time to pick up pace but did not die.
  • Which are the situations, if any, when the engine feels 'out of breath'?

    Only when accelerating, shift down or it will take a long time to pick up pace.
  • How comfortable is this engine with stop-and-go traffic? Will it pick up from zero in second gear (heard the second gear is quite tall and didn't have a chance to test this well in my TD)

    Like I mentioned earlier, it wont stall but it wont pick up the pace. I think there have been occasions when I tried to get things going at almost 0 speeds in 2nd gear.
  • Can I use voice-commands to request for a song to be played from my bluetooth connected smart-phone? Ford's facebook page says I can, but it didn't work when I tried.

    You can! It doesn't work well with Hindi names obviously

  • Did you ever face issues with the thick A-Pillar?

    Yep, but I don't like SUV visibility in general, I got pretty used to driving it around and was comfortable with it. There is a little peek-hole glass over there which you can see though but have to just bend forward a little.
  • After the 15 days of rough driving, did you notice any squeaks, loose contacts - from the boot, dashboard, anywhere?

    Glad to see you know we did some rough driving . Nope nothing at all. This thing is solidly built. There were other issues which I've mentioned elsewhere, but nothing 'fell apart'. And am really glad about that.
  • The mat-finished cladding all around the car - will it get scratched quickly? Is that easy to maintain?

    I did not notice any scratches actually. But I was not looking. If there were scratches I doubt they were visible at all, I usually would notice things like that since I am quite peculiar about dings/scratches. So actually the answer to your question would be 'its easy to maintain'.

  • Are there any bothersome reflections of the dash / chrome AC vents on the windshield / windows?

    No it doesn't reflect in the windshield (thankfully, I had the same thought when I first saw them). I've driven the car on the highway for long distance, and it settles down pretty nice. Its nice in the night too. The illumination is quite subtle, I liked it quite a lot. Even though I wish there was a dimmer for it.
  • Last but not the least - real world mileage?

    I never actually calculated it, but if I remember correctly we got about 450-500km out of a tankfull. Depending on where we were driving. Thats about Rs 4k of fuel. I don't remember the tank capacity of the Eco Boost. I was happy with the mileage.
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Congatulations Quickdraw. You have made the T-BHP family proud by winning the contest. Must be a nice feeling to have won the car in which you were driving. BTW can you share which variant of the Ecosport you drove for the contest. Can you also share the 3 weeks travails - where did you travel to?

"We drifted it in a closed parking lot and dirt" - Now this is something we are keenly interested in knowing more.
Thank you! I would urge you to take a look at this video

You would also ask you to go to http://ecosportdiscoveries.co.in/team/mumbai-boyz/ for a log of what we did.

Originally Posted by gr8guzzler View Post
Congrats Quickdraw. Good to see a tbhpian win this, I always thought these company sponsored events were always rigged. Nice to know that a normal person has a fair chance to participate and win.

Ah yes indeed, lot of people had conspiracy theories on us winning. Imagine that. Guess its a mindset thing. This whole contest was an absolute blast. We had a chance to meet the people at Ford Motor Company and JWT. They have worked so hard and for so long to get this thing into the market, they absolutely deserve the success and respect. A bunch of truly, genuinely amazing people. They are very proud of the EcoSport and love it to bits!

Originally Posted by Mohan Mathew A View Post
I hope these 2 are just random incidents caused by over enthusiastic drivers. but the news seems to be spreading in the market.Yesterday a friend (he is not a car person and doesn't follow the automobile scene)called me to take my opinion on which car he should buy and the first thing he asked me about the ecosport was about the toppling. I only knew about the goa incident and said it shouldn't bother him and he should book it (his other options were Honda city and Vento). I hope there is no inherent stability issues a.la the original A class
I think its a psychology thing, I feel. Loads of people were quite concerned about the glow plug issue recall thing. Even though they had no intention of buying the car. I think its the same thing when people like to talk about film stars hugging each other. I will chalk it down to people wanting to discuss whats popular in the news. This is my analysis of why this is so talked about. As far as the car's stability is concerned I will like to mention that I've driven it quite hard in a wide variety of settings (check our team page link and contents) and have to strictly mention that it didn't feel like it was going to topple anytime soon, the people who did manage to flip it must possess extraordinary talkent.

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Did you get an opportunity to drive the DSG AT1.5P - if so how does the power differ from the 1L EcoBoost in the real world usage?
Unfortunately no. :(

Originally Posted by binz View Post
I was going to say you're one lucky guy; till i saw the video. Fantastic conceptualization and editing, you definitely deserved to win it .. Congratulations!

I still think you're lucky for getting that Mondeo though
Thank you, I learnt how to make videos from YouTube

Interesting that you know of the Mondeo, my other Ford, it was indeed a very special car and I do think about it from time to time. I am hoping this new Ford can fill the void that old one left behind.

I have taken delivery of my car since I started this thread.

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Happily pottering around in the Diesel, I do miss the petrol though. Boy that thing was quick. Also I will be handing this car over to Dad as my gift to him, it was a no brainer really. I am a bike person, I love the car. But I don't really need it that much. In my day to day life its just office and home. But would definitely be taking it for long drives and keeping this thread updated with my findings and would love to keep answering any questions people have about the car. Some of the things I've noticed since I got the new EcoSport are
  • Wipers are nice, I didn't get to drive the EcoBoost in the rain.
  • The car only came with a single carpet for the driver. : /
  • I feel the accessories for the EcoSport are expensive.
  • The diesel can be left in a gear without worrying too much, it potters on.
  • The diesel noise in cabin is a little bit more than I'd like.
  • I LOVE THE REVERSE SENSORS (the eco boost that I had didn't have them.)
  • Black color with the chrome all around looks great!
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Quickdraw, thanks for taking the time to answer the battery of questions I posted, but I must say it was a little too late. I've been driving the ecoboost for the past 20 days and have been enjoying it every bit. I'm sure those answers will help those who're still considering the ecoboost.
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Congrats dude! The EcoSport looks stunning in Black, get some good pictures for us please.
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Congrats quickdraw!

The black looks stunning! More pics please!
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I might be a little late, but I believe an update to this thread is in order. I felt especially inclined since I submitted a consumer court complaint against Ford today. Over 20 workshop visits and countless emails/phone calls and I've exhausted my patience. I've accepted my fate and decided to use the car for a little while more and change it mid-2018.

Thought others considering the EcoSport could benefit from a long-term ownership report.

The car was delivered in Mid 2013 if I remember correctly, it was one of the first units in Mumbai. I had gifted the car to Dad at that time. The car came back to me around late 2015 when Dad got a *real* SUV.

Here is a long-term download of what the ownership entailed. Please feel free to quote this post and ask me any questions. Will be happy to answer.

Up to 80k KM (2.5 years of ownership)
  • Headlight vibrating, issue since start could never be fixed
  • Weak horn and headlights
  • HU Software had to be reset
  • Minor Mechanical issues
  • Recall for some glow plug or something early on
  • Diesel filter error light
  • Stereo lost punch?!

Post 2.5 years till date (Car did around 80k when Engine was replaced)
  • Engine Replacement x2
  • Clutch replaced (without reason)
  • Suspension components need constant replacement
  • Rear Boot lock failed (expensive)
  • Clutch becomes hard
  • Windshield glass has spoilt with tiny scratches (from wipers?)
  • Constant sound from rear tire and cover on boot.

The interior has held on decently, the only complaint is the steering material has deteriorated and the interiors have a tendency to trap odours. I keep the car well maintained and clean but this issue persists. Something to do with floor carpet which is different from other cars I've noticed (the part below the carpets). The leather is of great quality and held on pretty well with minimal signs of ageing (its black).

Overall I am kind-of disappointed since this is a 13 lakh rupee car and I wish it would have aged better than it has. The worse caveat of owning a Ford is their Dealers who are clueless about the mechanical or other issues in their largest selling model. The car had issues around 80 km mark where I felt the engine was sluggish and mileage dropped considerably. Their dealer Harpreet Ford advised a clutch change which didn't help much. On further complaint, they said that there seems to be a compression issue with the engine and they will change the engine out of goodwill. I was very concerned about this and the quality of work. I was assured the work carried out would be of factory quality and the issues would be solved for good.

This was my biggest mistake as the dealership took over a month to deliver my car back, that too after 2x engine changes because they botched up the first one. The engine now keeps throwing a check engine error which none of the dealers could diagnose or fix over 20 visits to Ford workshops. There are also random issues that keep cropping up and the service centre people now refuse to accept my car because I raised a huge hue and cry over the issue I faced (which is still not fixed.) There are some random wiring in the engine bay which the dealer is pointing out to and blaming the issue on. The wiring is aftermarket and goes to the fog lamps and likely put by the other Ford dealer since the car has never been to a non-authorised service centre.

I think I had to bear the brunt of issues for owning a Gen 1 car, but nevertheless how the complaint was handled by Ford was pathetic, all they kept saying is take the car to the service centre. They reset the warning. Problem Fixed! VOILA! Only to return again in a day, rinse repeat. And if this horrible treatment is meted out to me, the unofficial brand ambassador who won the damn thing at the height of EcoSport fever. I can't imagine how it must be like for others.
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