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      **Now Sold** - 2012 First Generation Ford Figo Titanium Diesel: Ownership Experiences - 7.5 Years, 85000 Kms

      A lot his been written and talked about Figo in last 2 years but still I would like to add my 2 cents. It was decided in October 2011 that our family needs a new Car, hence search was started in November. Search ended with Figo Titanium Diesel in January 2012, which was brought home from Harpreet Ford Gurgaon. I will post different dealership experiences in a separate thread which we went through during car hunt.

      Car is manufactured in January 2012 and had 26 kms on odometer when bought. Currently odometer readings stands at 950 kms. Got the tyres changed from Goodyear to Michelin XM1 +. As per my observation and understanding, below are the pros & cons and some other points:

      Pros:
      1. Typical Ford steering and handling, simply put it is excellent and no car in this segment is superior to it. I can vouch for this and many would agree on it.
      2. Spacious boot (284 liters), only next to i20 (295 liters) and Fabia (315 liters??) in hatchback segment.
      3. One of best stock ICE, loaded with bluetooth, USB, CD player, FM etc.
      4. Value for money, titanium version loaded with ABS, Airbags, tilt steering and alloy wheels at a decent price.
      5. Tolerable Turbo lag.
      6. Excellent for city driving.
      7. Excellent Front Seats.
      8. Flexible bumpers, good in case of minor hits, bumpers come to its position without any scratches.
      9. With ABS and Michelin tyres, I found braking quite effective. Had one emergency braking instance at ~ 40 kmph, it stopped in straight line without any wheel lock and ABS was not activated. This may not be sufficient evidence of strong braking system but I would say brakes are Ok.
      10. Auto locking of doors at speed greater than 7 kmph is quite a good feature.
      11. Body rolls are minimum.
      12. Decent fuel economy, getting close to 16 km/liter, expect to increase in due course, say up to 17-19.
      13. Old but proven Ford Engine.
      14. Solid build feeling while sitting inside (but not sure if it adds to safety).
      15. Driver can not attempt to re-start engine by mistake if it is already running.

      Cons:
      1. Those rattles/thud sounds: On bad roads/speed brakers I can hear rattles from front driver side door/ sometimes from dashboard and some mild thud sounds from some where rear. Will get these checked in first service.
      2. Missing rear power windows, ~ 60 % rolling down is fine but power windows would have been really helpful.
      3. Less highway presence. Due to low height and body design, car seems to loose it space/presence on highway. In my opinion, roof rails and alloy wheels can save some grace though.
      4. While overtaking on highway, I am forced to downshift when other vehicle is moving fast, annoying at times.
      5. Interior feels like to me that they are made from some low quality material, prone to scratching by children or hand luggage.
      6. Fit & Finish is inconsistent at few places and visible on careful observation.
      7. Thick pillars block view on blind turns.
      8. Rear seats are congested with third person.
      9. Accelerator and brake pedals are located close to each other, due to big shoe size of mine, sometimes I end up pressing both of these pedals together though unintended pedal is pressed partially.
      10. Ride quality is too much dependent on tyre pressure. 30 psi in all tyres improves ride a bit but still I m not satisfied with the ride quality on uneven/bad roads though I have Michelin tyres :-(. Gearheads may please express their opinion on it.
      11. Rear seat passengers are complaining about ineffectiveness of cooling. Now as per my knowledge, Figo had an effective AC, will get this checked in first service.
      12. Horn is hard to press, at least it feels so to me.
      13. Fuel lid feels like that someone can just peal it off with little effort.
      14. Temperature gauge would have been good on console.
      15. Shifting gears at little incorrect RPM strains the engine immediately. It seems to me that Figo Engine wants gear shifting precisely between 2000-2500 RPM. Anything outside this range will make car vibrate.
      16. Car's body vibrates like old jeeps when ignition is turned on/off.
      17. First and reverse gears need good amount of force to slot, else these stuck on the way and car makes some karr karr sound.

      Some other points:
      1. There is definitely some upgrade in Figo suspension after Oct/Nov 2011. I never scrapped the belly, though I have been careless on bad roads and on big unscientific speed brakers. Figo just passes them without any problem.
      2. Headlights are decent, unlike some folks complaining about them.
      3. It seems that Ford India is trying to improve their after sale service after success of Figo, but still they are way behind. Ford India opened 45 new dealers recently but many old dealers were given these new outlets. New dealerships with new people managing them would have been good.
      4. Fourth year warranty is missing, I believe this will boost confidence of buyers.
      5. I do not why I feel that there are few inferior parts inside the car to reduce cost. This may create problems if abused. This is just my wild thinking and I have nothing to prove this.
      6. Car has switch for rear fog lights, even there is indicator for the same on console but it has neither rear Fog lamps nor any wiring for same.

      So this is all about my initial experience with the Car till date. At the end of the day I am very much satisfied with the Car. It handles in a lovely way and I enjoy driving it all the times. Thanks Ford for this Car. I will post pics by end of week.

      I would love to hear and accept criticism from fellow Gearheads on my ownership report. At the end, all this helps us to choose and drive a car which satisfies our hearts and needs.
      Thanks
      Yogesh
      Last edited by yksharma; 22nd Mar 2013 at 14:51. Reason: Updated the title and fixed few typos.

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      Very unbiased review. Very well composed.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      15. Shifting gears at little incorrect RPM strains the engine immediately. It seems to me that Figo Engine wants gear shifting precisely between 2000-2500 RPM. Anything outside this range will make car vibrate.
      From all the diesels I've driven this is pretty standard. But, in most cases, the Diesel engine will not stall as compared to a petrol one.

      16. Car's body vibrates like old jeeps when ignition is turned on/off.
      Again pretty standard from my point of view. But still, get the engine mounting (bushes, shoes, etc) checked.
      17. First and reverse gears need good amount of force to slot, else these stuck on the way and car makes some karr karr sound.
      I think you must get this checked. It's better to be safe than sorry.

      So you have not serviced the car as yet? I think there will be some improvements after 2 services - within 6~12 months?
      Good luck and wish you many happy miles on your machine!

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      Great review. Figo is avery VFM car.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      First and reverse gears need good amount of force to slo
      Ensure that you're depressing the full Clutch. If you're using multiple foot mats they could be hindering the clutch movement.
      This happened with me in my Vento, I wasn't depressing the Clutch fully and had issues while slotting in the first gear. Just try it out.
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      Now THAT is one comprehensive review and one of the most un-biased takes on a car I've seen in a very long time! Well done Yogesh. Absolutely loved reading every bit of it.

      I agree with almost everything you have to say. Pics of the car please

      Edit - Infact, we liked it so much that the 1st post has now been made an article in the Home Page of this forum.
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      Congratulations Yogesh for Figo!

      Very well written review.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Squid View Post
      I think you must get this checked. It's better to be safe than sorry.

      So you have not serviced the car as yet? I think there will be some improvements after 2 services - within 6~12 months?
      I will observe for couple of hundred kms, if it continues, will get it checked. Service is not yet due, for Figo first service interval is 2500 kms or 3 months.


      Quote Originally Posted by nfspoet View Post
      Ensure that you're depressing the full Clutch. If you're using multiple foot mats they could be hindering the clutch movement.
      oops, indeed I have double foot mats, plastic one on top of stock mat. And the plastic one jiggles under my feet. Better I get rid of it, also it is not good to have messy foot mats on driver side, better stick with stock one on driver side. Thanks.


      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Pics of the car please
      Pics will follow by end of week. I realized today that I do not have any pic of the car , was too busy in driving around and in other routine things.

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      Congratulations Yogesh for Figo!
      Thank you!

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      Congrats on the good buy.....

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      1. Those rattles/thud sounds: On bad roads/speed breakers I can hear rattles from front driver side door/ sometimes from dashboard and some mild thud sounds from some where rear. Will get these checked in first service.
      Have Jan 2012 model, and I really dont hear these noises. Maybe my PHD speakers is making it less effective on my ears not sure

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      2. Missing rear power windows, ~ 60 % rolling down is fine but power windows would have been really helpful.
      Its purely a design issue, which I believe the Ford argued that, Figo should be running with A/C all times and so no need for a power window or to roll down completely in the rear. I guess the rear wheel arch eats away some space, leading to this issue. Not sure though.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      3. Less highway presence. Due to low height and body design, car seems to loose it space/presence on highway. In my opinion, roof rails and alloy wheels can save some grace though.
      Ford is providing "Roof Rails" and "Rear Visor" etc as a additional package, check with your A.S.S. Alloys a BIG YES. But dont Titanium comes with alloys????

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      4. While overtaking on highway, I am forced to downshift when other vehicle is moving fast, annoying at times.
      Haven't traveled yet in the highway, but IMHO its your driving style and calculation which is needed to do a overtake more than downshifting.
      (I tend to turn off A/C instead of downshift it works for me)

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      5. Interior feels like to me that they are made from some low quality material, prone to scratching by children or hand luggage.
      Tell me about it.... sucks big time.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      6. Fit & Finish is inconsistent at few places and visible on careful observation.
      Common to all car manufactured in India I guess, I maybe wrong, but have seen Marutis/VW/GM have these niggles.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      7. Thick pillars block view on blind turns.
      Not for me, coz I was driving ikon for 5 years, and I believe Figo offer more clear vision than Ikon. So no complaints.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      8. Rear seats are congested with third person.
      Yes, the rear seat is little short in width than ikon.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      11. Rear seat passengers are complaining about ineffectiveness of cooling. Now as per my knowledge, Figo had an effective AC, will get this checked in first service.
      A BIG NO. My mom who was in the rear was cursing me to keep the A/C down (with 5 adults) that too the blower was in 1 and the A/C volume was in the middle.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      12. Horn is hard to press, at least it feels so to me.
      Known issue with Titanium version, as the Air Bags makes it hard to press the horn.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      13. Fuel lid feels like that someone can just peal it off with little effort.
      Honestly I have tried this in ikon, and I have scratched my hand badly, reason was busy talking with the petrol pump guy and forgot to release the lock. Not sure its the same with Figo, will try but safely and let you know....

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      14. Temperature gauge would have been good on console.
      It is available, but you need to know the trick. Do a google you should get that trick, I believe its there in GH too.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      15. Shifting gears at little incorrect RPM strains the engine immediately. It seems to me that Figo Engine wants gear shifting precisely between 2000-2500 RPM. Anything outside this range will make car vibrate.
      Not seen this, but I seen the Turbo lag. No vibrate honestly.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      16. Car's body vibrates like old jeeps when ignition is turned on/off.
      Common to most diesel engine. Even my Ikon - petrol does that when I start for the first time in the day.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      17. First and reverse gears need good amount of force to slot, else these stuck on the way and car makes some karr karr sound.
      No for me. I hope you are pushing the clutch pedal to the fullest. Some has the tendency of half push. Still issues, zoom to the workshop. If you live with this, it might lead to other issue

      I would be doing my 2 cents once my car cross 1000km....

      Enjoy ur drive and am happy for your purchase...

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      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      Ford is providing "Roof Rails" and "Rear Visor" etc as a additional package, check with your A.S.S. Alloys a BIG YES. But dont Titanium comes with alloys????
      Yeah right, alloy wheels are there which make car look good, will decide on roof rails and visor later.

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      Haven't traveled yet in the highway, but IMHO its your driving style and calculation which is needed to do a overtake more than downshifting.
      I am new to diesel cars, still adjusting to correct driving style for a diesel. May be I need more practice.

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      Tell me about it.... sucks big time.
      At times my child's shoes, hand handled items hit the dashboard/ clutch areas and leave marks on the same. In due course, this may lead to faded/scratched interiors. Polishing in frequent intervals will be helpful.

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      Common to all car manufactured in India I guess, I maybe wrong, but have seen Marutis/VW/GM have these niggles.
      Yes I agree.

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      A BIG NO. My mom who was in the rear was cursing me to keep the A/C down (with 5 adults) that too the blower was in 1 and the A/C volume was in the middle.
      Yes, I want to hear same from rear passengers! Need to get it checked at F.A.S.S. I have a question, is your car parked in garage away from Sun? Mine is generally parked under sun during non office hours and I do not have installed sun films yet.

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost06 View Post
      No for me. I hope you are pushing the clutch pedal to the fullest. Some has the tendency of half push. Still issues, zoom to the workshop. If you live with this, it might lead to other issue
      I had double foot mat, got rid of it today, left with stock mat now. I will be careful in pushing clutch pedal to full and see if it helps. Thanks.

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      The most perfect FIGO review i have ever seen, congrats on your car. I am sure you have a microscopic eye and hence the unbiased review.

      Enjoy the mile crunching on your diesel mill

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      yksharma, First of all congrats on your buy. Enjoy the drive. Wish you happy miles ahead.
      For me, some cons which you have mentioned here looks like an issue with your vehicle & with not all Figo's. So please get it checked.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Had one emergency breaking instance at ~ 40 kmph, it stopped in straight line without any wheel lock and ABS was not activated. This may not be sufficient evidence of strong breaking system but I would say breaks are Ok.
      I own a 1.4 Titanium & it runs on stock Goodyear GT3's. Brakes are good & effective till now.
      Yesterday also I had to brake hard to avoid a collision between a 800 in front of me who braked hard cos an idiot in an Omni which was parked on the side of the road suddenly swerved to the middle of the road. 800 was on the left lane & I was about(but still behind) to overtake it thorugh the right lane. As I look ahead(always) through the windshield of the Car in front of me I could see what is happening. Omni suddenly came to the left lane & 800 swerved a bit to the middle of the road covering half of the right lane & applied brake & in the process leaving no space for me to squeeze. I slammed the brake as I was close. ABS came to effect & I could feel it in the Brake pedal. I stopped in a safe distance.
      ABS came into effect many times in my 16+ months ownership. Only issue will be on gravel it won't help you & will slide you too. Experienced this.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      On bad roads/speed breakers I can hear rattles from front driver side door/ sometimes from dashboard and some mild thud sounds from some where rear. Will get these checked in first service.
      Yeah. Get it checked. They will fix a two way tape where ever you complain about rattles. But rattles from door & rear should be taken care off.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Less highway presence. Due to low height and body design, car seems to loose it space/presence on highway
      If you are concerned about the looks & presence only... Then may be but remember that cos of it slow stance it gives you good cornering ability & sticks to the road on high speeds.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      While overtaking on highway, I am forced to downshift when other vehicle is moving fast, annoying at times.
      Didn't felt so. You mean to say how fast? Done 165Km/hr on Highways. May be the vehicle you want to overtake is more than 150Km/hr, you may struggle to overtake.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Interior feels like to me that they are made from some low quality material, prone to scratching by children or hand luggage.
      Am not an expert to comment on the plastic quality but for me it looks descent. My driver side door left with some scratches on the panel & I wondered how it happened. Then I realized my bag caused it. Previously while getting down at office I used to get down & then put the bag on shoulder & get wallet & phone from the Car without opening the door fully.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Thick pillars block view on blind turns.
      Driver side A Pillar blocks sharp 90 degree turns & pedestrians & bikes coming from that angle.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Rear seat passengers are complaining about ineffectiveness of cooling.
      Looks like something to do with the a/c vent. Position the center vents to blow air at the rear passengers.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Horn is hard to press, at least it feels so to me.
      Heard about it before & according to them it is for Titanium only & cos of the Airbag. Not sure. May be it is all about getting used to it.
      Would like to know about the horn though. Took a delivery of a 2012 Figo & felt the horn is not useful. What is your take?

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Fuel lid feels like that someone can just peal it off with little effort.
      The design is in such a way that people think they have to open it manually. To be on the safer side, once you enter the Fuel Station open the lid thus avoiding their tendency to pull it off. I used to do so.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      It seems to me that Figo Engine wants gear shifting precisely between 2000-2500 RPM. Anything outside this range will make car vibrate.
      Not high as that. 1600-2200 is good enough. May be it will change after first service.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Car's body vibrates like old jeeps when ignition is turned on/off.
      Didn't felt so. In fact the first thing which my cousin commented on my recent visit to Hometown is that after turning on the ignition it doesn't feel like a Diesel car as there is no such vibration or say very minimal vibration.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      First and reverse gears need good amount of force to slot, else these stuck on the way and car makes some karr karr sound.
      It was not the case when I bought the Car. But after the engine stalling issue & the clutch pedal adjustment am facing issue with slotting the reverse gear. I think for the new Figo's also they have done the clutch pedal adjustment & thus introduce this issue. Anyway get the Gear cable alignment checked too.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Fourth year warranty is missing, I believe this will boost confidence of buyers.
      Then people will start demanding for a 5th year one too & thus go on to lifetime warranty.

      Quote Originally Posted by yksharma View Post
      Car has switch for rear fog lights, even there is indicator for the same on console but it has neither rear Fog lamps nor any wiring for same.
      Yup. They ship Figo to other Countries too & may be there they will have a rear fog lamp which will meet the norms. I know people who have used the provision in the switch for extra fog lamps/running lights on the front.

      Any queries are welcome. Will help you out with what I know. Other fellow GH's are also there to do so.
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