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Old 29th June 2019, 09:09   #196
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Congratulations on joining the TDCi club. By the way, which variant is it?

P.S. Don't forget to break it in gently for the running in period & although Ford doesn't specify an oil change in first (inspection) service @ 2.5k but it would be a good idea to voluntarily opt for an oil & filter change. Helps a lot in long term.

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Thanks. This is a Titanium. Ruby Red. And thanks for your suggestion.
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First week of ownership: The car is fantastic, very easy to drive. Relatively quiet cabin. Extremely easy to overtake in city speeds. Very fun to drive even under 1800RPM. I'm starting to wonder why people don't buy these cars.
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Thanks. This is a Titanium. Ruby Red. And thanks for your suggestion.
But why an oil and filter change at 2500 km? The days of the Ambassador etc are long past when the first few thousand km would lead to your oil sump being full of metal particles from the engine.
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+1. Almost all car companies are not recommending oil/filter change during first service. Usually they err on the side of caution and would recommend it even if there was a slight hint of performance/engine issues in long run. I just completed 3000 kms and did not opt for oil change.

Also wanted to know from fellow Aspire owners how they felt about the suspension behavior when going over a sharp undulation or deep cuts/damages on road? My petrol Aspire behaves quite well on non tarmac roads or evenly broken but if something sharp comes up then kind of a "shockwave" is felt specially through the dashboard. Its like over inflated tyres not soaking up the undulation(have checked tyre pressure thrice and kept them at 32pi). Is this a regular behaviour expected from Ford's suspension? I have only driven Maruti's all my life so not sure how different suspensions behave from different manufacturers.
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I am with previous generation Aspire & running stock tyres. Didn't notice any abnormal behaviour while hitting any such cuts, specially on flyovers.

What you are writting feels like over inflated tyres, so may be you should try a different tyre pressure checking machine next time. It is possible the one you have used may not be calibrated properly.

Some time when we check the pressure during cooler night hours, the volume expands during mid day heat. I am sure you are aware of this, but just pointing, make sure this isn't the case too.

Very uneventful car for me. It's been 2.5 years since I took delivery & there isn't a single niggle to write about. Often mind diverts to certain things which aren't actually a problem but since it's such a reliable machine, at times mind over reacts. Make sure that isn't the case too.

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Also wanted to know from fellow Aspire owners how they felt about the suspension behavior when going over a sharp undulation or deep cuts/damages on road? My petrol Aspire behaves quite well on non tarmac roads or evenly broken but if something sharp comes up then kind of a "shockwave" is felt specially through the dashboard. Its like over inflated tyres not soaking up the undulation(have checked tyre pressure thrice and kept them at 32pi). Is this a regular behaviour expected from Ford's suspension?
Ford suspension has always been on a little stiffer side but in the Aspire, the stiffness is not so high that it will make the passengers uncomfortable. Do check the tyre pressure at some other machine or at home, preferably in the early morning hours if possible. Also, do check the behaviour in some other Aspire, maybe in a test drive car. If you find your car's behaviour different, then you will have to make a visit to the service centre and get it checked.
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Also wanted to know from fellow Aspire owners how they felt about the suspension behavior when going over a sharp undulation or deep cuts/damages on road? My petrol Aspire behaves quite well on non tarmac roads or evenly broken but if something sharp comes up then kind of a "shockwave" is felt specially through the dashboard. Its like over inflated tyres not soaking up the undulation(have checked tyre pressure thrice and kept them at 32pi). Is this a regular behaviour expected from Ford's suspension? I have only driven Maruti's all my life so not sure how different suspensions behave from different manufacturers.
Aspire's front suspension is hard, but not bad as you are facing. No shocks filter into cabin/ dash as in your car. My advice (like others) will be to get front suspension checked thoroughly (if possible at independent garage) & get replacement done under warranty. The costs aren't prohibitive as in past rather cheap, but for peace of mind it's better to get replacement now.

My advice for going over unplanned/ illegal speed-breakers is to go slow, but not in undulations on road. Watch out for bigger ones on your route though.

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What you are writting feels like over inflated tyres, so may be you should try a different tyre pressure checking machine next time. It is possible the one you have used may not be calibrated properly.

The symptoms do suggest over inflated tyres and hence I got them checked thrice at different petrol pumps. I am also thinking if it can be the tyres. These are Apollo 3G Maxx and not the Alnacs. Any thoughts?



I just hate going to service stations and specially due to these suspension issues which requires lot of efforts on our part to convince those service advisors that it indeed is some problem and not a regular behaviour. I would have been happy if the common consensus here was that this is normal. But seems like its not the case and I would need to spoil a week or two fighting it off.
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The symptoms do suggest over inflated tyres and hence I got them checked thrice at different petrol pumps. I am also thinking if it can be the tyres. These are Apollo 3G Maxx and not the Alnacs. Any thoughts?
It's really hard to judge the actual feeling by simply reading. But don't rule out tyre issue.

Mind you, many members here & overall in general received warranty from Ford due to excessive rolling noise from MRF tyres on their previous generation Aspire/Figo.

So I don't think it would be a pointless or painful experience in Ford ASC to troubleshoot the issue.

But before going to Ford start reducing tyre pressure by a point or two & test to find the idle pressure settings according to your own preference.

If you find the issue of hard tyre transferring the hit to the suspension even with abnormally low air pressure, then I guess you need to pay Ford ASC a visit.

Usually tyres are supposed to flex just enough to soak that hit (like those bridge joints or such horizontal impacts) & don't cause any excessive uncomfortable feeling inside the cabin.

I am too with Apollo Tyres but I guess the model is different in my Titanium variant.

Last of all try taking test drive on a different Aspire running same tyres as your to judge the difference. Usually if this is within normal permissible limit, Ford ASC is expected arrange the test drive for you to explain you the issue.

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