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Old 12th September 2011, 20:30   #5236
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Am driving an ford ikon, addicted to its handling/build quality/solid feel/stiff ride.

Does the figo retain all this ford characteristics?

PS: The 10 year old ikon 1.8D still has no rattles.
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Am driving an ford ikon, addicted to its handling/build quality/solid feel/stiff ride.

Does the figo retain all this ford characteristics?

PS: The 10 year old ikon 1.8D still has no rattles.

Sure Ramzsys! I have been driving my around for 15K kms and yet to find anything thats a niggle. I just confidently drive around zipping into 120 plus without a worry...superb car and completely suggest it!
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Am driving an ford ikon, addicted to its handling/build quality/solid feel/stiff ride.

Does the figo retain all this ford characteristics?

PS: The 10 year old ikon 1.8D still has no rattles.
Apart from rattles, the Figo retains most. But, considering its a segment lower, you should expect only that much quality.
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I dont think Figo's Back seat is Cramped for 3 persons since We recently did a 250+250 KM onday trip with 3 on back seat and it was non stop journey on each stretch. None of them had any complaint about space and ride quality and Nobody requested any break journey. I dont have any experience about new Swift but yes in Old swift it was definitely cramped.



dhanushmenon, Can you please give me idea how you have done without puncturing Back Cap ? It will be a great help to me. I am not finding any clean way to do it. I talked to Service manager while my car was there for 2.5K service but he just waved off the idea telling that All electrical warranty will be void by doing the upgrade, Instead he suggested I can go for Removable Aux. Lamps with a all together different circuit which will minimize risk of any short circuits and interference with other electrical components. But in that case also warranty will be Void if Detected by Ford A.S.S.C.

I found a Interesting Link Please Comment On that.
Did i mention that i managed it without puncturing it?? i could not manage it without doing so. Thats why i have the best say about misting, cos i'm already experiencing it.
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Does anyone feel that the seats in the Figo are small? When I drove the NHC Gxi, I find that I sit in the seat. In the Figo, I sit on the seat. My shoulders are outside the seat edges. Over long drives, >600KM, this causes a pain in my mid back. I checked out in the Fusion and Old Fiesta and found that their seats are also like the Figo. Anyone else noticed this?
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Does anyone feel that the seats in the Figo are small? When I drove the NHC Gxi, I find that I sit in the seat. In the Figo, I sit on the seat. My shoulders are outside the seat edges. Over long drives, >600KM, this causes a pain in my mid back. I checked out in the Fusion and Old Fiesta and found that their seats are also like the Figo. Anyone else noticed this?
Yes the seats are definitely smaller for people who are taller than 6 feet.

However it does not cause any sort of pain in my case but yes the seats are narrower and smaller than the rest but are of a good size for average built indians as it gives the masses a snug fit.
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Did i mention that i managed it without puncturing it?? i could not manage it without doing so. Thats why i have the best say about misting, cos i'm already experiencing it.
Sorry DhanushMenon, please dont mind it, since I was strongly wishing to have 90/100 upgrade in clean way, I read your post conveniently and got a false impression that you have done it without puncturing Cap which was my desire. Now I know the ground reality that its almost impossible to do it without puncturing the Caps. With your first hand experience about misting of Head Lamps I am thinking of other options like removable Aux. Lamps or something like that which will be used on need basis and powered by a separate Circuit from 12V supply in cabin. I will discuss this option with Service Manager of A.S.S.C. so that neither Warranty is void nor it will lead to such niggles but Lighting problem is solved. Hope he cooperates and helps in achieving the Goal.
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Yes the seats are definitely smaller for people who are taller than 6 feet.

However it does not cause any sort of pain in my case but yes the seats are narrower and smaller than the rest but are of a good size for average built indians as it gives the masses a snug fit.
True I agree with you. I am 5'-5" with slightly stout built and I find seats to be comfortable and snugging. However One problem I face is Pedals are away from seat and I have to sit close to steering and my belly is almost brushing to steering. I think Ford has to understand Build nature of Indians and do some minor design changes to have scope for adjustments to pedals also like we do for seats.
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@Mustang.101 & @whitelion, I am not saying the seats are uncomfortable. But please compare with other cars. I compared with the NHC. I get the pain only after driving >600KM. On my trips from Tirunelveli to Bangalore, in the NHC, I never needed a break, but in the Figo or Fusion, I need a nap somewhere near Hosur. I'm guessing this is because of the slightly smaller seats. The bolstering on Figo is definitely better. You can notice it on hard cornering.
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My DTE system started acting up a bit. On the other day I was just checking the DTE figures and was surprised to see the numbers, they are changing like the milli secs on a stop watch varying from 560 to 630 and back continuously, it stopped when I turned the ignition off and on. This repeated only once. Luckily I could record a video of the same.

Also, ever since, the fuel gauge was showing erroneous reading towards empty. Previously I used to fill 35-38 lts when fuel gauge showed E completely, but recently tank fills up at 30-32 lts.

Yesterday I had some work in Chinchwad and the service center was just a few kms away, so decided to make a visit. I explained the problem and showed the video, so they had to check the fuel sump and electronic float that gives the signal for fuel level. They wanted to change the float, but I asked them to show me the existing one was faulty.

So we got a multimeter and checked the reading at various levels of float, for new and the old pieces. The readings were exactly the same, so the matter has been forwarded to ford along with the video.

They also have upgraded my ECU firmware claiming that it actually lessens the noise. I am not too sure about noise, but I feel the performance of my car bettered. I observed that while the same amount of acceleration used to take my car to where abouts of 80-90, she is now racing to 100 :O! Now this is something nice :P
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Does anyone feel that the seats in the Figo are small? When I drove the NHC Gxi, I find that I sit in the seat. In the Figo, I sit on the seat. My shoulders are outside the seat edges. Over long drives, >600KM, this causes a pain in my mid back. I checked out in the Fusion and Old Fiesta and found that their seats are also like the Figo. Anyone else noticed this?
+1 to this. The seats are smaller both on shoulder amd thigh support. I switch between my dad's city and Figo and there is a difference.
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They also have upgraded my ECU firmware claiming that it actually lessens the noise. I am not too sure about noise, but I feel the performance of my car bettered. I observed that while the same amount of acceleration used to take my car to where abouts of 80-90, she is now racing to 100 :O! Now this is something nice :P
Is this the cluster upgrade? After a recent software upgrade, the dash cluster glass has started to rattle on bad roads.
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Is this the cluster upgrade? After a recent software upgrade, the dash cluster glass has started to rattle on bad roads.
This is firmware upgrade for ECU which is aimed at lessening the engine noise by varying the engine parameters. My car had no such issue, but I could see that for a Fiesta TDCi; the diesel clatter was very apparent, especially when the engine was loaded (ac on). They upgraded the firmware before me and the clatter (of the Fiesta) was subsided to large extent.

Since this is an Engine ECU firmware upgrade there should not be any increase in rattle of dash board cluster! Also not too sure if there is any cluster software upgrade (if you meant the on board meter clusters).

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Is this the cluster upgrade? After a recent software upgrade, the dash cluster glass has started to rattle on bad roads.
No it should not be. Anil's observation is right. The software upgrade will fix some of its defects and ensure correct instructions to the engine and its peripheral devices. This may result in better and smooth running of the engine and also reduction of engine clatter.

My colleague's car has undergone a Cluster IP replacement completely under warranty. Are you mentioning about the entire dash replacement.

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This is firmware upgrade for ECU which is aimed at lessening the engine noise by varying the engine parameters. My car had no such issue, but I could see that for a Fiesta TDCi; the diesel clatter was very apparent, especially when the engine was loaded (ac on). They upgraded the firmware before me and the clatter (of the Fiesta) was subsided to large extent.

Since this is an Engine ECU firmware upgrade there should not be any increase in rattle of dash board cluster! Also not too sure if there is any cluster software upgrade (if you meant the on board meter clusters).
Thanks Anil. I checked about this here in the SC. They say nothing like that. If this is a common fix, then Ford should inform to all its Service Centres. I have asked the SA to check and update.

I dropped my car in the SC for steering noise. The SA & technician suspect the noise from the steering rack.
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Since I had promised whitelion photos of my headlamp fixture, I tried to open the bonnet. Bonnet would not open. I started getting little jittery abt ford quality. Spend a few minutes trying various things amd finally ended up solving it. Put pressure on my bonnet and asked someome to open it from inside and then it opened! By this time it was dark and could not take decent pics with the phone! Sorry!
Rohing,

Hope you have sorted out problems for taking photographs of 90/100 wiring, how ceramic holders are taken in cluster and if you have punctured the HL cluster Cap then how it has been properly sealed. DhanushMenon has described Misting of HL, whether you also suffer from such issues ?
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