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  1. congratulations for your new car, I too own a classic and it's now one month old and 2k done on odo. Feel free to ask anything about the car and I will be glad to help. And do the share 11th and 12th character of the VIN i can decode it for you. And the top end variant comes with beige interiors only, don't worry You can keep it looking it as new by buying a interior cleaning solution.
  2. I used shell for the first full tank after I purchased the car. Somehow I felt there is not much difference and the cost difference is definitely not worth it, though the engine felt a tad smoother. And about my mileage figures, it has improved a lot, last time i got 720 kms for a full tank with 70% AC driving (fuel was normal diesel from indian oil) And neeraj, how much kms do u clock on a full tank of fuel (include the DTE figure) and while fueling, do u fuel up to the auto cut off or fuel further and fill up to the brim?
  3. Today snapdeal is offering 20% off on car accessories, so I was thinking I could pick up a tire inflator So wanted to know how good is COIDO brand and their performance. I am looking at models 3326 and 6526 there is also a model 2411 with tire sealant, no idea how safe it is to use that Please guide me at the earliest as the offer is only today
  4. I just got a new car and been using Formula one(genuine) Wash and wax shampoo for washing the car. How safe is to use wash and wax shampoo or is it recommended to use only car shampoo? And what is water beading?
  5. I just got a heart attack today, filled up my second full tank today upto the brim, drove it for 101kms exact and then refuelled again till the brim, it took 9.3 litres which makes a effective mileage of 10.8!! frustrated and highly disappointed, I drive it normally and neve took it above 80 till now, any idea why so low mileage and is there anything I need to check?
  6. Thats a awesome mileage you are getting neeraj, I am not so lucky I have done about 1000kms till date and I am not getting more than 13.5kmpl (with 70%AC) in city driving. I tanked up to the brim (48.3lts) and could drive only 640kms till the DTE showed 6kms to empty. Any idea why I am getting low mileage?
  7. my clutch is acting a bit hard or i would call it jumpy because I have experienced the car coming to a jerking halt while in first gear(sometimes in second gear) after i release the clutch upon shifting the gear, the dashboard sound is common with me too.
  8. Totally agreed Thanks lohith Yeah will update as I cover more kms, and as i read somewhere on the internet, FORD should write a book on handling and pass it on to all the other car manufacturers Thanks, I too feel the same The green lightning is a bit too bright, but its alright for me, no issues More than a gimmick I feel FORD needs to have some good car in the sedan place and they are retaining fiesta for the same
  9. Ya the pros of the car out numbers the cons by a huge margin. Eventually the niggles will be overlooked. Thanks for the much needed clarification which I was asking everybody. The thud noise from the front suspension is annoying but slowing down almost fully helps. And as you said I am kind of used to now about the low power in the initial gears, though it gets my nerve when I have to down shift to 1st gear even for a small uphill or halt and move traffic. Apart from this car is a real gem to drive and own. It almost feels a petrol car to drive, the refinement level is very good. Overall happy with the purchase
  10. Hey neeraj, **Same Pinch** I too have purchased a beautiful moon dust Silver ford classic like you three days back, trust me I was in the same dilemma as you were, I just wished at least I should have come across your buying decision thread before, but nevertheless just like you went with my heart and I wasn't wrong, absolutely thrilled with my purchase Its been three days and I can't stop it driving, already covered around 350kms and my work place is just 4kms away!! I have a few queries, 1. What is the floor lamination you have done and how much did it cost you? 2. Which sun film have you put on and how much did it cost you? 3. for me the clutch is a little jerky in the first and second gear, was it same for you in the initial days 4. Any dashboard noises? I get a gurrr shaking sound at lower RPMs while driving in 3rd and 4th gear And fantastic write up and good pics!! Cheers
  11. The difference is very minimal but the base variant of the new fiesta is not going to be sold for the next six months or so(Thats what every ford dealer in bangalore told me) and more over the rear of the new fiesta is a very bad place to be in, its claustrophobic and uncomfortable and the space is less than ford classic. The new fiesta is suited for young professionals with wife and small children or single people
  12. @LeoRahi - Glad you liked my writing, and yes for me its always heart over head wil post more pics once i cover more kms
  13. @Prancing horse - Thanks for the approval of my post, and you saying its a good buy and fantastic drivers car reassures my decision to have bought this car, thanks will write up more as i do more kms on the car, cheers
  14. Hello all, Joined this forum today and decided to write my initial ownership review of my new car - Ford Classic 1.4 TDCI I know a lot of people on this forum would disapprove of buying this car, even my friends suggested to look elsewhere as this is a aged car and going to be discontinued soon, but I listened to my heart and went ahead and bought this car Usually my heart rules my head always, so went ahead booked the car with 10K at cauvery ford and then started to look at other cars I test drove all C segment sedans(proper sedans not sub 4 meter cross breeds) on sale except Fiat Linea(as I don't like FIAT cars) and here is my opinion 1. ETIOS - Good car but driving experience is nothing to write home about, the test drive vehicle had done around 20K and I literally experienced what it is like being a taxi driver....the driving exp. and the feedback from the car dynamics was too bad. The interior had space but not much quality and really Toyota could have done a lot more 2. Hyundai Verna Fluidic - Build Quality is like always excellent, and having owned Accent CRDi in the past I knew there would be no quality issues. The only worry was the handling department and it has gotten from bad to worse on the Verna fluidic. Its feels very detached from the road grip, like riding in a air balloon at high speeds and its very scary. Individually I am a very spirited driver and this character of the car made me stay away from Hyundai again. Rest all is good with the car and also the service bills are expensive 3. Honda City diesel - The car build quality is a step down from the out going model. Nevertheless this times it comes with fully loaded features, Space inside is class leading and the touch AC looks cool. But the car is very expensive for what it offers, the same features on other cars can be had for nearly two lakhs less. The test drive was short one but noticed that engine clatter was way too much inside and there were absolutely no offers on the car. Since I had already liked Ford classic....this car with similar features On the S variant made it look very expensive (8.6 lakhs vs 12.5 lakhs....45% more expensive) even if I considered the new new model, more space and more top end performance....4 lakhs extra wont make economical sense 4. Skoda Rapid - The dealer tried to sell me a 2013 model, too shocked I left the showroom, but later found a friend with this car and test drove it...all feels nice but when he mentioned he was charged 16k for his fourth service, it turned me off 5. Volkswagen Vento - Good car, german engineering and powerful engine and performance, but too plain with not much features and looks plain, somehow I did not like the car as my neighbour who owns advised me against it 6. TATA Manza - Never wanted to buy a TATA, even then went ahead with a open mind....liked the space inside....its royal....it not too lengthy like Nissan Sunny....its a perfect chauffeur driven car but for a proper performance driver like me it would be suicide 7. Nissan Sunny/Renault scala - Nissan Sunny as everybody knows has plenty of space but the seats lack proper thigh support and is unusually long for a city car. And the car was not exciting enough, I thought hard over the scala(as it is better looking) but later got to know update is on its way with much better improvement overall - I did not wanted to wait so I moved on 8. Chevrolet Sail - Did not like it from the word go.Even refused to take a test drive. No comments So finally coming to the Ford Classic, I found it to be reasonable and worth buying the car even if its old and main point was that supposedly there is a law in India that car manufacturer should provide service, spares and support up to 10 years from the time they discontinue a particular model, I was not sure of this so called the customer care of the Ford and they confirmed it, so most of my worries were put to rest. Also a friend working at ford factory in chennai told me they would discontinue this model only next year in June Why I finalised on the FORD CLASSIC 1. Value for money and was getting good discount too 2. Its a proper sedan for the price of a hatch with a boot 3. Fantastic Driving Dynamics 4. Feature loaded - for 8.6 lakhs on road i get ABS with EBD and two airbags-it just wins my heart and mind too 5. The maintenance costs have actually come down with ford, and most of all ford has introduced happy pocket service for 2199 net and the service centre is closer to home I booked the car on 30th May and on 5th june the showroom called that car has arrived and I can come and see the car, I went quickly and the car was being unloaded from the truck, I checked the VIN and I was surprised that the car was manufactured in may 2014 itself, even checked the tyres they were made between april 3rd and 4th week, did the PDI and it was too my satisfaction. The dealer had asked for 20 days to deliver the car so I had not got my cash ready, it took me a while as I was going for full cash, Finally took the delivery on 24th June, a good 20 days later, nevertheless the car was maintained well till my delivery. The showroom was cauvery ford in magadi road, bangalore. The SA was helpful and good but the manager was shrewd, they declined me the free accessories worth 10k if I buy the insurance outside, as I wanted the side body moulding to be done from showroom only(as there will be no colour difference) which costs 6k I budged for it. Went for the bumper to bumper insurance from reliance. And I used the F and F (friends and family) price listing for buying the car which got me 40k discount(no showroom discount of 20k, so effective discount on selling price was only 20K) Went with family to take delivery, very normal process nothing to write about. Coming to the car I bought it in MoonDust Silver, Which I am loving it. The car feels nice and good to drive. Power in the first and second gear is low, thats the only thing I hate write now and I have to down shift to 1st gear even for a small slope and in bumper to bumper traffic I have to keep juggling between the two gears which is a concern right now, will anything change after first service? I need inputs who have owned fiesta. Rest all are to my liking. The music system is just too awesome, great sound quality and also bluetooth functions very well with phone book features and redial, dialled, received and missed calls. Also bluetooth music streaming is very good with no loss in quality, even 320kbps and 480kbps songs stream well with zero lag. The USB takes a lot of time to read if its fully loaded with songs and its bad that it does every time the music system is restarted but it picks up from the place and song it left last time even after switching off and restarting the car. Rear lamps are very well lit and with the front map lights the car is totally lit if you want it to. The glove box and the boot are illuminated as well. Boot space for me is good at 430lts. Coming to the engine bay the showroom guys have sprayed some paint kind of thing all over the engine and other parts to avoid rats. Headlights are good and too my satisfaction and fog lamps are way more powerful than expected. Lots of storage options in the dash and other places. Coming to the suspension its kind of weird and I am still not able to make a opinion on it. It feels bumpy on some patches on the road and sometimes its too good absorbing all irregularities on the road, and with big road potholes it makes a thud noise from the front....please anyone tell me about this suspension The windscreen has the dashboard reflection if you are riding in direct sun light, not distracting but intrusive of course. AC is a gem, I am very happy with the performance, hope it stays the same always. Haven't tested the wipers yet. Sound Insulation is decent and with AC on it gets reduced. with windows down its noticeable only if u want to hear it otherwise its nothing to bother. Have to yet get the under chassis treatment and paint protection treatment from 3M and any suggestions on affordable transparent sun films? CR70 and CR90 from 3M are way out of my budget I think it was a long read. Thanks for staying till here, Looking forward to connect with you all BEST, Safe Driving