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Old 29th October 2015, 10:41   #106
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The Fiesta has done 14K now and doing its job very well. The engine has opened up well and the car is a pleasure on open roads. Everything is holding up well and there are no unwanted sounds from anywhere. Just wish I had better rubber on the car. The GoodYear Eagle doesn't offer that much grip when you want to have fun, but its good if you like the rear to be a bit loose though.


My search for good quality sun blind for the rear windshield bear no fruit. Most after market ones are of sad quality or completely blocks vision. So, decided to go with sun control films with the most visibility. It also provides superior heat rejection over blinds.

I have decided on 3M' CR70 and waiting for stock at the 3M shop here. Will get it done for the rear windshield alone and they quoted INR 5400 for the same. I decided to not put Garware' sun control film as all they have is a pack for all windows plus rear windshield for their most transparent film and it is priced at 10k. Besides, CR70 is a much superior product and cost is not that high compared to Garware.


I also lowered the position of the front number plate and got a bracket too. Looks much better now as you can see from these bonus photos with the Aspire. Both cars are similar yet so different.

The Aspire is taller and the Fiesta is lower, wider and longer.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20151027_221149355.jpg

The Fiesta looks more angry and got a better stance. Frame less wipers will make the Aspire look much better from the front.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20151027_221202256.jpg

The bonnet and the windscreen is sharply raked and wheel arches are also pronounced in the older brother.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20151027_221212010.jpg

The bumper also got very sharp detailing on the Fiesta.
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Old 30th October 2015, 16:38   #107
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Looking at the above pictures, I feel (personal take) that the Fiesta looks more Aston like than the Aspire. The sharp edges give it a better presence and identity.

By the way, will be taking delivery of my car tomorrow. Have a feeling will not be sleeping too well tonight

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as you can see from these bonus photos with the Aspire. Both cars are similar yet so different.
Every potential and current Figo/Aspire owner will probably want to hang you for such a comparison. The Fiesta makes the Aspire look like a plain-old 3-box sedan. Why Ford, why? Why did you kill the Fiesta?
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Why Ford, why? Why did you kill the Fiesta?
If the Fiesta has been killed, what will take its place? What will Ford offer in that segment, given that the Aspire is in the entry sedan segment only?

Is there any clue to what Ford is up to? People like me will look eagerly towards the Fiesta or a replacement which will have the same driving dynamics to offer.

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Spoke to a Ford Dealership last week about the Fiesta, and the SA said they have none in the stock, but an updated version is expected soon. So the hope is still alive.
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Spoke to a Ford Dealership last week about the Fiesta, and the SA said they have none in the stock, but an updated version is expected soon. So the hope is still alive.
Hi ScorpMan,
Are you sure? That's both good and bad news for me. Good that I can hope of seeing the lovely car again, sad because I just bought Aspire. How I wish I waited few more months . I will lose quite an amount if I were to sell Aspire and aspire to buy Fiesta.
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Spoke to a Ford Dealership last week about the Fiesta, and the SA said they have none in the stock, but an updated version is expected soon. So the hope is still alive.
I have been Desperately Searching for Fiesta, Spoke Wrote an Email to Ford to Continue the "Legend" for God Sake and Ford Official Statement is that We are considering Various things. Nothing Definitive here

I recently Took a Test Drive of New 100 BHP Eco sports and I have to admit those
extra 10 Horses does make some impact Would love to have it on fiesta

Keeping the Finger Crossed and Candle burning
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I don't think there is any plans for a new Fiesta (if there is one) any time soon. Ford is busy with the new Endy and the Mustang.


Crossed 15K a few days back. I was near the service station over the weekend and the good folks there cleaned the air filter upon request, and they didn't charge me anything. And I took the car on a drive through the very beautiful and wide International Container Terminal road and the difference in breathing was evident. The SM told me there was quite a bit of dust on the filter. Not surprising given the continual rain post monsoon this year. Brings a lot of dust onto the road when the water dries up.

And I have been travelling over the past few weekends. Twice to the beautiful Nelliyampathy with fellow BHPians and once to the gorgeous Paniyeli Poru. The drive to Paniyeli Poru from Ernakulam is brilliant with great roads that the Fiesta loves to be on. Well paved and a bit tight with lot of curves and elevation changes. Didn't take the Ford to Nelliyampathy as it required a bit of mild off-roading. The climate was brilliant there though as you can make out from the snap below.

A pic of Nelliyampathy from inside jacs' Tusker. I had a lot of fun driving the Xylo through the forest during the trip. The Fiesta and Xylo are so different in very many ways, and it was mighty fun.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20151114_165424668.jpg

And this is when I was exploring that super amazing 1.6 CRDi of Naveen' Creta. Its opened up very well and this is my engine of choice from that segment.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img20151024wa0003.jpg
And we stayed at the excellent Kailas Plantations resort.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img20151024wa0009.jpg


And these are from the Paniyeli Poru drive. IIRC, BHPians from Bangalore too visited the place a few months back. These cobbled road leads to a giant parking inside the forest.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20151108_141731175_top.jpg

And then there is a bit of walk to reach the water . Kept very clean.
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There are lot of forest officials manning the place. Access to water is very limited when the levels are high as this place is quite dangerous.
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I didn't take the Fiesta inside and parked where the tarmac ended.
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Hi deetjohn, sorry to go OT, but could you share some more snaps/ details about the place ? Neliampathy looks so inviting !
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I don't think there is any plans for a new Fiesta (if there is one) any time soon. Ford is busy with the new Endy and the Mustang.


Crossed 15K....
A new Fiesta will only come post 2017. It will be at least 1.5 years before a new one will be seen on Indian roads. A few months back there was news that Ford has started work on completely new platform on which the Fiesta among others will be based. It was also mentioned that the expected new platform should be ready for the market by 2017. Hence, for the time being, by stopping production of the current Fiesta, Ford has ceased to have a presence in premium A3 segment and is leaving field open for City, Verna, etc.

It's been 26 days since we took delivery of our car. I am not writing a detailed review as @DeetJohn has already got a fabulous ownership thread going and there is hardly anything that I can add to it that he has not covered. So no point being repeatative.

Only couple of things to mention; did a Mumbai - Pune trip and got a fuel efficiency of 26 kmpl . I am also getting consistently a fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl in Mumbai traffic. Yes, since the car is new while we are not babying it, we are also not going over 3 figures in speed.

The other thing that I wanted to mention is the follow up call that I received from Ford India (and not the dealer as is the usual practice). Till date I have taken delivery of 8 Fords and never had a call come in from Ford. I spent about 15 minutes with the person on the call. My car's 12V socket is not functioning. I just mentioned it to the person and next day I get a call from the dealer pleading me that I bring the car in so that they can fix it immediately. The sales guys was literally @#%$ing bricks. He said look if you don't bring it in right now, at least tell Ford when they call up again that we have followed up on your feedback and you will bring the car in for the problem to be corrected. Impressive, if this is how Ford is lifting its game, the future for the brand is bright.

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I have a quick question on the Fiesta. The Engine/Sump guard came off second time in an year. The bolts holding the front side are giving away when going through water puddles ( say till the wheel bolts)
Last time i got extra bolts fitted at a local shop, which seems to be removed while 2 nd service, with only ford bolts the engine guard gave away and got dragged for 1/2 km ( This is broken this time), I need to get it replaced now.
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The ECM of the Fiesta learns quite fast. So, if you drive on the highways quite enthusiastically, say shifting at 3000 rpm most of the times, the car will be that much more responsive the next day. I made a quick getaway to Thrissur and back on Sat and the Ford was so eager to rev on my trip to Kothamangalam yesterday. Its easy to feel this change. And the converse is also true. If you keep the rpm low and drive peacefully for long, you can feel a certain reluctance at higher revs. I think all modern day cars do this, but its much more evident on the Fiesta.

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Hi deetjohn, sorry to go OT, but could you share some more snaps/ details about the place ? Neliampathy looks so inviting !
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Some more photos from my phone. We stayed at Kailas Plantations

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Impressive, if this is how Ford is lifting its game, the future for the brand is bright.
Yes, there is an eagerness by Ford to keep the customers happy. What I know for a fact that everyone at the Ford service center loves the Fiesta. let's hope they keep it up.

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I have a quick question on the Fiesta. The Engine/Sump guard came off second time in an year. The bolts holding the front side are giving away when going through water puddles ( say till the wheel bolts)
Secure the guard again using bolts. It has to be removed to drain the older oil from engine, so remind them to secure the guard properly after each oil change.
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Crossed 1000 kms yesterday on my trip to Bharuch and back. I know, I know, thats really slow going, but my wife would not let go of the old Fiesta. This one was just sitting idle for 15 days as I car pool with my office colleagues. Finally, was able pry wife's hands off the old car and sent it for Stage 1 mods that have been in planning for past 3 months. Will write a detailed thread on that car if the mods permit.

As for this one, couple of observations; the car gives amazing fuel efficiency (its our first diesel). Just can't get over the fact that how much more efficient than the petrol one this is.

The second one being the cruise control. The cruise control really takes off a lot of work load on long distance trips. Not having to regulate the throttle constantly for the entire trip keeps you reasonably fresh and fatigue free.

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Hello Deetjohn. Congrats for your Fiesta buddy. I used to be an ardent follower of your thread when my heart was set on purchasing the Fiesta but then came the Horror news "Ford Fiesta Discontinued" making me very upset that a gem of a car is no more from Ford and my dreams for the Fiesta have crashed. Your review is beautifully explained and is a joy to read buddy. At present am keeping my eye on the Ecosport or the Creta since the Fiesta is no more. Anyways congrats for your new ride buddy and wishing you loads of happy miles in it .
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The second one being the cruise control. The cruise control really takes off a lot of work load on long distance trips. Not having to regulate the throttle constantly for the entire trip keeps you reasonably fresh and fatigue free.
How can you let a Fiesta sit idle at home?

In Kerala, cruise control is of not much use unless you go driving early in the morning on specific roads which are way too boring. And that kind of beats the purpose of going out for the drive early in morning. LOL

Can totally relate to the feeling of the fuel needle refusing to come down compared to petrol cars. And if its FE that you are after, manual mode trumps cruise control. But its a fun toy. Also, the average will improve tremendously once the engine has done about 5000 plus.
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