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Old 19th March 2011, 15:27   #3976
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I was looking through the Ford SA site and comparing the features. The 2 things that I found which is not in the Indian Figo are -

- Height adjustable steering
- High mounted stop lamp

Not sure why this got left out of the Indian models? Would it not be easier for Ford if it standardized everything as much as possible?
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^^ Tilt steering is missing but it does come with a high mounted stop lamp.
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Got my Figo delivered on Mar 14th.
Here's the pic.
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I have booked my Figo 1.4 Titanium yesterday. I went to dealer yesterday just to enquire about the loan but it was luck that they have started a new offer. Just to let all you out there looking to buy Figo, Chennai ford have launched an offer for Free Accessories worth 12K not sure about other dealers.

Free Accessories - Rs.12K
1. Sun Film (they said Opel or something, not sure if its as good as 3M, any idea?)
2. Fog Lamps
3. Floor Mats, Mud Flaps and Boot Mat
4. Scuff Plates
5. Neck rests
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I really don't know whether I should crowd the initial owner ship reports, so am putting up my experiences here

The need for a Car rose after I had to commute and move around with few people regarding to work as I hate to carry pillion on my Motorcycle and sometimes the guys numbering were more than 2 who had to accompany me for my work.

I needed a diesel Car and my only criteria was good handling with decent space. The choice narrowed down to 90HP and Figo and in then end Figo won because of low price, good sales (not really important, but still...).
I do feel that the GP is a better looking Car, but the Figo's look has grown upon me and surprisingly most people preferred the looks of a Figo over Punto. (I do not)

Got the Car on 1-1-'11. Have been on 3 long drives and have managed to clock 3200 kms as of today (with the Car staying idle for around a week).

Smiling aspects:

I love the way the Car corners and is the best thing I have driven >90kmph on a set of fast twisties. Stays flat.
Almost neglible body-roll.
The A/C is a chiller (The Car is w/o tints and I would be getting them fitted on Monday/Tuesday)
Space is generous at the price it comes
The boot is quite larg for a hatch.
The stock OE is pretty good.

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Not exactly modern or new in styling or features aspect.
Few have mistaken it for an Indica :|
My right leg fouls with the door when I am cruising on highways

I went in for 3 long drives with 2 staying under the 500kms mark and one stretching it a bit.

It is not a small Car to drive around but not a large one either. You can potter around in city confines and blast on the highways.

I have seen varied FE figures but then it has to do with the way revs are kept/maintained on highways.

My first free service expense is pegged at Rs. 2808, subtract scuff plates price from the bill and you are looking at a figure of close to Rs. 2000. I am charged extra for a small touch up (happened as a street urchin hurled stone at the moving Car).
I am providing the break-up of the bill.
Rs. 51.77 for wash fluid pouch. (didn't ask for it as I usually top the fluid with amway's Car washer and kent's purified water)
Rs. 334.31 for oil-filter.
Rs. 1139 for oil.
Rs. 20 for color and
Rs. 67.50 is termed as sundry.

I was asked to reach service station by 9:30. Me and Rana Sidhu from Adventure Sports, Adventure Sports In India, Rafting In India, Trekking In India, Vacations In India. - Goadventuresports arrived at almost the same time. He was in his Ikon.

The service center opened up at 10:30. The blokes did apologize and said it isn't a routine feature. I sincerely hope so.

I was insisting on to put Fiesta's alloy wheels. On the phone, they did confirm their availability, but they didn't have one in stock. The prices quoted were (hold you heart-beat) Rs. 16,000 for one piece. I thought that the spare part counter guy had bonkers. In no time, another bloke arrived (he was the owner I believe). They both started saying that we didn't let the price out as you might not be able to afford etc.

Had enough of this BS and it was time to pull out the print-out of the accessory price-list which I was carrying. Despite seeing the list they were adamant about their prices. I asked them to let me know how much do the other wheels cost. They started quoting from 18K and later revised it.

I asked them to cross check from their computer and the price for individual wheels with taxes was pegged at Rs 5.5K with taxes. Still, they guy was quoting above 15K for one. Couldn't take this longer and decided to leave it at that.

He later asked me to get either from after marker (I doubly confirmed as to there would be no issues with after market) or wait for the other Fiesta wheels which I liked. ( 5 spoke with no split)

After this experience, I wanted to get the out from there. I was asked to fill up a feed-back form and I filled it not very honestly as I have to maintain cordial relation with the dealership as to get work done w/o any hassles)

My Car was washed by 1pm and we were made to wait for 1.5 hrs as workers had gone out for lunch.

Things which i realized after my experience were Ford's dealership experience is nothing to boast about. We weren't even offered water when I had gone to get the Car and you guys already read about my experience at the SS.

Went to accessory shop dealer and got the wheels which I wanted.

Putting up a few pictures.

EDIT:-
I know and am praying hard that nothing goes wrong with my Car and I visit the SS just for routine services. I am going to be very careful. After the dealer-ship and service experience this is what I hope to do.
Wish me luck on this count.
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Also worth mentioning that Polo is the winner (thats the 1.6 TDi version, though). And it is tied with BMW 530D for the first place.
rajushank84, thats cool news, I was not aware of that. Good to know that the SA market needs are as good as India, I was assuming they are way forward than us by comparison. Must be an interesting topic to discuss.

But one major difference is that the Figo which is available in SA are those which are manufactured in India and exported unlike the Polo selling there (I guess). Good to know Indian built(not sure if I can use that term) car doing good oversees.

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Great Set of alloys Sheel, where did you get them its clear they are not dealer fitted.
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Great Set of alloys Sheel, where did you get them its clear they are not dealer fitted.
Thanks

I got them from the accessory dealer at Siliguri. Johy from Siliguri, a fellow bhpian helped me a lot.

I got a 5 set for 16.5K. I love 5 spokes and this was simple and classy. I had an instant liking to it the moment I saw.
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I was insisting on to put Fiesta's alloy wheels. On the phone, they did confirm their availability, but they didn't have one in stock. The prices quoted were (hold you heart-beat) Rs. 16,000 for one piece. I thought that the spare part counter guy had bonkers. In no time, another bloke arrived (he was the owner I believe). They both started saying that we didn't let the price out as you might not be able to afford etc.
He sure must have gone bonkers, I got fiesta sxi chrome silver alloys fitted on my fiesta zxi for 14K for a set of 4 wheels.
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Bit surprised to hear the engine stalling when a downshift is done. This is very dangerous if it happens during overtaking in a single lane road. Better to get it thoroughly checked.
Also update what was done to fix it.
I think it is always better to do a downshift a bit earlier when you feel engine is less powered.
Great to see some good FE's. Unfortunately I have never touched 20kmpl so far. But the engine is becoming relatively smooth.
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Got my Figo delivered on Mar 14th.
Here's the pic.
Congratulations on your buy RROD!
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I love what Ford provides in Figo TDCi Titanium for the 5.5L price, but I think the cost cutting exercise went a little too far, specially due to the missing rear power windows. Here are the things that Ford should have provided in their top end variant:
1. Steering height adjustment
2. Rear power windows, plus the windows should move further down
3. 12V Power point in the center console for rear seats and one in the boot if possible.
4. Good alloy designs, the ones available as accessories are extra cost and not all that good looking. I love what OE alloys Linea and Cruze drives with.
5. Make the engine as smooth as Micra

Some things that I observed regarding the engine, try doing the following:
in in any Gear with AC on, remove your foot from the accelerator, and let the RPM drop. You will see that close to 1000 RPM the engine braking happening so far goes missing and the Engine management system controls fuel to prevent stall.
Elsewhere, people have observed that pressing clutch causes the EMS to cut the fuel drastically, and it causes the RPM to drop sharply. This leads to a jerk when you upshift and release clutch as the RPM drop below the ideal RPM needed at the particular speed. Do we need this? What the logic of the EMS dropping RPM so sharply?
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Finally got my permanant registration. Can someone tell me how to fix the number plates in the front?
Also in my second free service, there was an item with code 10500000. Is this the brake wiring kit?
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Chennai ford have launched an offer for Free Accessories worth 12K not sure about other dealers....

3. Floor Mats, Mud Flaps and Boot Mat
Usually Chennai Ford bundles these 3 items in the essential kit price and tell you it's FREE.
Just ask for a breakup of prices.(i.e ex-showroom + Reg. charges + Insurance + Road tax + Essential kit)
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Usually Chennai Ford bundles these 3 items in the essential kit price and tell you it's FREE.
Just ask for a breakup of prices.(i.e ex-showroom + Reg. charges + Insurance + Road tax + Essential kit)
Exshowroom + reg.charges,lifetax + Insurance = 6,37,600
Coroporate Discount = -3500
Essential Pack = -2200
3rd Year warranty = ~5000

My OnRoad = 6,31,900
Items included - 3rd Year warranty + free accessories(worth 12K)
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sheel, the service is cost is way too high. They have charged you way too much for the oil. Find out rate per litre of oil and make sure the quantity is 3.2L which the Figo takes.
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