That's a great buy. It's a great feeling to know you are behind the wheels of the exact car you want. How's is to drive? How's the clutch and engine? Do update on the feedback on the impressions of the early runs.
Finally, I've managed to find some time to update of the buy!
The car was in very good condition expect there was body work and repainting done at the boot. Look at how they fixed '1.6' at the back!A few bits of dents and scratches are there which is understandable for car ran in Pune and Mumbai. All 4 tyres were brand new (ran 2k) Alnac 4G. The alloys were from Onyx - planning to change with Ford OE from 2015 Fiesta. The alloys have arrived before the car was bought!
These Pictures are taken outside home after a regular wash just after the car reached home. My son (3 year old) really loves this colour!
The engine is in pristine condition and it begs to be revved. The clutch was slightly on the heavier side and I wanted to inspect the clutch and brake fluid. The fluid in the reservoir seemed to have lost viscosity.
Look at the colour of brake oil which should have been golden yellow. We replaced Dot 4 oil after bleeding the clutch and all four brakes. It consumed 950 ml.
Total Cost - Rs.310/liter
During test drive and while driven back, the brakes lacked the bite and the pedal was too spongy. We knew the rotors had lots of graining on them. When inspected, the rotors measured 20.5 mm thickness and needed atleast 1mm of skimming. i didn't want to take a chance on them and duly replaced with Ford OE rotors. The pads were reasonably new, so just had to even them out with emery sheet and fixed them back. Here below are the pics.
New rotors went in! Cost - Rs.2600/set. Very Cheap. thanks Ford for keeping prices low!
The rear drums were filled with a heap of brake dust and looked neglected for long. The shoes were in good condition. Got them cleaned and fixed.
I bedded-in the brakes and was still not happy with the initial bite action from them. I'll probable spend the week end checking the brake booster, vacuum pump and ABS
module. I've already told my FNG guy to change the ABS
module from his Fiesta and will be seeing the results. If the problem is with ABS
module, then it would make a big hole into pocket. Its costs Rs.55450.
The car when I picked had 88480 on its odo. It's covered 2000kms so far with me and I'm enjoying every moment I spend with it. I just wonder where is the match for it in its price range at the moment. The car makers in India had moved away from enthusiasts and what we have these days are donkeys underneath horse's skin.
I'll update on the progress and feedback later. cheers!