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Old 18th December 2015, 17:13   #121
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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.
I know, it use to bug me everyday when I left home to see the car just sitting there. It was like the car was calling out that 'please take me out, don't leave me'. But I am trying to be a responsible citizen and have started car pooling for work .

I really don't care about the FE. I am just taking it a bit easy as the engine is new, though I am not babying the car. Now that my wife has started using this one, miles should be put on quite quickly.
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Its been sometime and there are some mixed updates!

1) The Fiesta picked up a bad scratch on the under-body on new year's eve. It is the first time the car hit the ground in all of 11 months and it was totally my fault. I had to move some things weighing about a 100 kilos in the boot due to the renovation work that was happening at home. I had gone to pick up a few lighter items and ended up getting a lot more as the workers ran out of some stuff.

Loaded the car from the basement of the shop and there was a nasty hump to cross at the very top of the incline where the path met the road to stop rain water from flowing down.

I crossed that at an angle but the right side was a little too heavy (holiday weight I guess!) and the under body scraped the top of the hump and picked up a bad scar. :( I could have easily avoided it with better planning but it was all haphazard at that moment.

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Planning to get it covered with Wurth Aerosol High-Build Underseal. And I have ordered it from the US and waiting for the same.



2) A bus broke the left ORVM at a very busy junction here. Its all a bit tight due to flyover construction here and all vehicles are too close to each other. The bus was on to my left and came too close and bent the ORVM the other way round. There was a truck on to my right and I had nowhere to go but watch in horror. The mirror closed after a bit of resistance with an unpleasant sound and I could see the indicator hanging on its wire. Thankfully, the bus fella noticed it after I stood on the horn and moved to the right and held his hand and face out and showed the half lotus mudra.

I didn't want to stop there and create a scene so went ahead and parked the car on the left without blocking traffic. Checked the mirror and it was fine except for the broken indicator and the cowl was missing. I knew it would be run over as the traffic was thick, but went back to the spot keeping a faint hope. And there it was lying on the road crushed into a million pieces.

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As you can expect with most parts on the Fiesta, its written 'Slovakia' on the inside of the mirror housing. God knows whether its a brand or the place of manufacture. LOL
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One clamp for the indicator is also broken and is now held in place with the help of 3M double side tape. It should be okay as the cowl secures the indicator once that's in place.
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On the hindsight, I could have avoided it if I were a little defensive around the bus. Checked with Ford and thankfully the cowl alone is available for purchase. The only had the right one in stock and placed an order for the left. It took nearly 3 days and I used a packing tape to seal the mirror to block water and dust in the meanwhile.
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The cowl is not painted and the joins are visible. And Ford charges INR 1500 for the same without painting which is quite steep. Gulp!
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I have left it unpainted for the time being, and maybe I should make it gloss black. A 3M wrap will cost INR 1100 for both mirrors but I have decided against that since it won't be as durable as paint and I don't know how well it can hold up against light brushes which are inevitable.

The colour of plastic is more Oxford White of the new Figo than Diamond White of the Fiesta. Maybe, Ford did get it right with the colour! Diamond White looks much more suited to car here.
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And this has reaffirmed my faith in manual ORVMs. I totally do not see the point of electric folding mirrors. I would have folded the mirror all of 3 times when the Swift was with me. A non electric mirror wouldn't have put up so much resistance to a bus and would have folded on it own before taking such a load. And with the Fiesta, I am always afraid to keep the mirrors open when the car is parked. I used to keep it open in the Swift for others to mind the gap when the car was parked.



And the good ones now!

3) CR70 is in town after wandering the world and we got the first installation done from the new lot. My wife gifted me a 3M gift voucher for my b'day (yay!) and I redeemed that for the install. 3M Kochi as always was extremely professional and did both rear quarter windows as well.

There is a bit of money left in the voucher and I can use them for future visits. The film itself is performing brilliantly and my wife commented its much nicer to sit at the back when the sun is out in its full glory. Perfect!

What's not so perfect is the fact that there are a few bubbles at the bottom edge of the windshield and I am hoping it will be alright after facing the sun for a few days. Will take it back to 3M for checks if its not so.

The CR70 installation.
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The film is hardly obvious out in the sun and there is only a slight tint to the rear windshield which makes the car look good.
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4) And I bought a pack of WhiteLeaf' natural deodorizer for the car after getting to know about it from our dedicated thread. ? (How does your car smell) They don't respond to mails but the delivery is very prompt. I got the package in 2 days after sending an order through their site. It can be picked up from Amazon too. They have many products and I picked the one for INR 349.

I am running a slight cold for the past few days so can't quite tell how it smells inside the car now. But the car was smelling of soap after the CR70 installation and I can't feel any of that now. Maybe, that's exactly how it is supposed to work.

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The cling film had a bit of charcoal powder upon receipt but the box is holding up fine now.
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And the wooden box looks very nice on the parcel tray.
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Have completed 2,200 kms till date. The experience has been wonderful till date. My wife has fallen in love with the car and can't stop praising the driving experience. The car bottomed out with a full load of 5 people on a unreasonably high speed breaker at Film City. Actually my fault as I did not realise how high the bump was nor was it painted. Had I taken the bump at crawling speed, I would have been ok. Will need to get the underbelly checked. As it is, the rust protection treatment is pending so should be taken care of at that time.

Only other development is updating of the Sync software. Here I found the experience of downloading the software extremely frustrating. It seems that the software cannot be downloaded unless you are using Windows and Internet Explorer (I use Mac) . The installation of the updated software in car was fairly painless. Only thing is that you need to sit in the car for about 30 minutes till the update is complete. So sat in the car reading Kindle to pass time.
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The installation of the updated software in car was fairly painless. Only thing is that you need to sit in the car for about 30 minutes till the update is complete. So sat in the car reading Kindle to pass time.
LOL What's new in the latest version?


Got the Wurth underseal last week. A colleague of mine brought it from the US and it cost me INR 1470. Planning to get this applied on the car during next service at 20k.

Quite a big bottle and weighs 500 g
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And its from Canada
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Drove the new Endeavour yesterday and it got trumpet horns and they sound really nice. I hope its not XL sized like everything on that big truck and can fit in the Fiesta.

Horns on the Fiesta got bespoke pins and its not easy to source aftermarket trumpet horns which can fit properly.
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Both horns are sitting quite low around the right side fog lamp and is water proof. That's one issue with getting trumpet horns as they hate water. But they sound so much better.
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...Both horns are sitting quite low around the right side fog lamp and is water proof. That's one issue with getting trumpet horns as they hate water. But they sound so much better.
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If you can't get the horns to be placed within the engine bay or in front of the engine, it may not be wise to spend money on it. I remember having changed 3 sets, which lasted less than an year. This thing gets conked off in an instant in rains.


But once you are addicted to the sound, there is no looking back!
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LOL What's new in the latest version?


Got the Wurth underseal last week. A colleague of mine brought it from the US and it cost me INR 1470. Planning to get this applied on the car during next service at 20k.
Nothing extraordinary. Its just better Bluetooth integration and optimisation of the current kernel. Also though it is not mentioned, I think a few more phone models have been added to the Sync integration.

Thanks for the Wurth pointer. Will be looking into it seriously.
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We completed one year last week. And the Ford is performing as expected.

The current mileage.
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This is how CR70 looks in the hot sun. It works very well and the Fiesta with the light grey tint looks good from a distance. But, there are some bubbles at the trailing edge of the windshield. 3M hasn't done a good job during installation. The acute angle between the windshield and parcel tray makes it difficult though. I haven't made up my mind on what needs to be done to fix this.
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And some bonus pictures from a drive to Munnar with friends last month. The convoy included a Polo 1.5 TDi, GT TSi and a Creta 1.6 CRDi.

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This was on the way to a waterfall. We didn't proceed further as the roads were bad from this point on wards. That's BHPian microaubin on the recce. LOL
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I need to do something about the tyres. They are turned hard and noisy.
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Needless to say, the Fiesta was truck loads of fun on those sublime roads. Every time a corner is up, the Ford will just inch way closer to the car in-front without even trying. LOL I also found that I didn't have to brake for some corners when the speed is right and even when the car in front had the brake lights glowing.

The agility of the Swift with the stability of a Punto, that's what the Fiesta is.
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Will take the car for the 20k service in the next few days. Have fun and drive safe!

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Got the 20k service done last weekend and it cost me INR 4500 without opting for a wash and alignment check. Quite decent I think. Ford has worked hard over the last few years to keep the rates reasonable.

Ford also replaced one of the smart keys under warranty as the key wasn't able to hold battery charge. A new battery will go almost dry after using for just a day and I used to get a warning on the MID. The door lock, ignition etc. used to work fine though. Kudos to Ford for getting the replacement done without any hassle. All I had to do was raise a complaint with the SA, wait for the key from the plant and get it configured at the dealer during service. They also deleted the old key from the car and send back to factory for checks. The smart key costs around 6k.

What was not good was the fact that Ford forgot to reset the service reminder and I got this warning on the MID as the Odo reached 20k.
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I had to reset it manually by keeping the accelerator and brake pedal pressed for about 10 seconds after switching the ignition on. Like this:



Also, I had written to Ford for clarification on the oil being used for 1.5 TDCi as a sticker on the engine cover mandates using only synthetic oil for the Fiesta.
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Ford wrote back saying the Castrol Magnatec that they use is as per specification.
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So, that's that then. The oil doesn't feel like a fully synthetic one in feel or pricing though. It costs just INR 288 for a liter and about 3.9L is needed for the 1.5 TDCi. That's cheaper than what Maruti charges for mineral oil if I am not mistaken. I am thinking about maintaining an oil change every 5000 KM till the warranty is over. Then, I am free to use Shell or Mobil 1. Its a pity Ford doesn't have any other option other than Castrol.

Got the alignment done at my usual place 'DBS' and guess what? No change in the numbers for the past 10,000 KM. Its a very pleasant surprise coming from the Swift where the readings used to vary from time to time. The fella there also confirmed that both Fiesta and EcoSport doesn't bother much about our roads. And that's a good thing given that Ford's suspension tuning is kind of firm and not at all soft.

Shot this pic when the wheels were being rotated. Note the wind deflector which runs till the left hand side across the front. The brake pads were fine with the rear showing more wear than the front. Don't know if that's normal.
Our 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5L TDCi-img_20160220_112428337.jpg

I am also thinking about a tyre change at 25K. Primacy 3 ST and Conti MC5 is what I have in mind. Thinking of sticking to stock size as the car has the perfect balance between ride and handling and I don't want to disturb that for the time being.

Bonus pic: Saw these two brutes side by side a the service center. Who says big UVs make sedans look small? LOL
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Ford wrote back saying the Castrol Magnatec that they use is as per specification.
So, that's that then. The oil doesn't feel like a fully synthetic one in feel or pricing though.
This is what is being advised for all ford diesel owners in the oil thread:

Do the Rs.2199 service at every 5k/6 months in which they change the oil, oil filter and give a full body wash. I also request them to clean the air-filter, which they oblige(no extra cost).

The regular service can be done as per ford's schedule. A semi-synthetic replaced twice an year should be equally good as the fully synthetic for an year.
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Ford WSS-M2C913-C
Fully backwards compatible and is strongly recommended for all applications that currently require the specification Ford M2C913-B. The new engine oil provides various benefits to the customer such as improved fuel economy benefits and high robustness to biodiesel fuels.

According to the specifications as listed on the Castrol website:
  • Uses fully synthetic technology.
  • Provides protection during the critical warm-up period and beyond.
  • Bonds to metal surfaces making engine parts more resistant to wear.
  • Provides superior performance under extreme cold start up conditions.

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How is the whiteleaf working out for you? Would you recommend it?
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Hello Rajath! Yes, it works. No odour in the cabin.
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Hello deetjohn, i am also owner of paprika red Fiesta. My RH mirror cover clips are broken and hence it does not fit tightly with the base. Service centre at Hyderabad quoted approximately 7000 for new set of RH entire mirror set. They dont have just mirror cover in stock. I declined to the option of changing entire set.


I feel the plastics used for mirrors are deliberately of cheap quality and brittle in nature. May be car companies want to make some quick money from owners. My queries are,

1. Can we source any third party mirrors for Fiesta from aliexpress or similar online store?
2. Can we have access to mirror drawings of Fiesta. I think we should do 3D printing of these small parts.
3. Can we use any other Ford car mirrors? Even if they dont lok like Fiesta mirrors.

Thanks in advance. Good thread John.
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Hello deetjohn, i am also owner of paprika red Fiesta. My RH mirror cover clips are broken and hence it does not fit tightly with the base. Service centre at Hyderabad quoted approximately 7000 for new set of RH entire mirror set. They dont have just mirror cover in stock. I declined to the option of changing entire set.
Is only the outer cover (the piece in red) broken? Then, that can be sourced separately. Its a bit expensive at INR 1500 approx. but you don't have to pay for and replace the whole unit. Please attach a photo of the broken mirror if you can.

ORVMs are bespoke for each car and not easy to swap. But since it's fitted on the door panel rather than the window frame for the Fiesta, there is a slightly better chance to find something that may fit.

But let's first look at fixing the mirror on your car before exploring other options.
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