There is was sitting in Haryana roadways bus going to my hometown. Sitting in the seat half in daze thinking about what she would look like in purple.
The bus made a right to enter the bus stand and thats the time i saw her.
it looked stunning. Finally my fears of being seen in a crappy color car were dispersed in one go like a cool breeze after it rains.
The Buying decision: It was an easy one. we wanted an entry level car with a boot reason being we were upgrading from an m800 and wanted to graduate slowly.
The contenders were-Swift dzire, Indigo/Manza.
we were contemplating on which car to buy. our earlier estimate was that the car would not clock high mileage so it can be a petrol as well.
Dzire-i did TD it. Stunning engine loved it. looks-hated them.
it just looks like a cheap glue job done by maruti without thinking about what the final product would look like.
Indigo/Manza- well we had an indigo in the family and it gave trouble service.
it was a diesel. in winters it just would start. and if it did it made a racket.
anyway its engine went kaput after around 90k kms. so never really considered a tata.
Among all this mind numbing chaos the ford launched ikon with 1.4 tdci.
i say chaos because we had already sold our car and were travelling in buses and bikes.
i told my father about this and in the same line i told him its a bad idea.
reason being we had an ikon 1.8d in the family too(we are a large and close knit family
). i drove it multiple times. it was sluggish, made angry sounds all the time and did not go anywhere. And the upkeep was a pain in you know where.
well the decision was not made and off i go to delhi for my exams.
Now one day while studying(who am i kidding) i got a call from pop. he said they are in faridabad and are going to buy ford tommorow.
did not argue with pop as we did not really had a choice.
i told him many a precautions to take while taking delivery and what to notice in the td.
some hours later got call again. He said what accessories do i want in the car. I thought he might asking to check my mood or if was happy with the decision or not. i told him a nice stereo and thats all. i will tell details later when you buy the car and take it for accessorizing.
Here comes another shocker. He told me he has already bought the car and is getting things done on it right now. it was a shock and a pleasant surprise as well. i was slated to go home 2 days later. He did not even TDed the car.
Anyway i was slated to go home 2 days later.
There she was gleaming in the sun. I got down from the bus and walked towards the car. Pop was waiting.
got the keys fro him and started the engine. I tell you one thing. There is some sort of sophistication the way a common rail diesel engine starts.
i slot in first and the car moved. AND i could not remove the grin from my face the whole 15 kms journey to my village. The car was powerful.
I was expecting same sort slug performance as is in the ikon 1.8d. But boy i was in for a huge surprise. The car was/is quick.
The in gear accelaration is god send. This is what happens when you slot a 1.4 turbo diesel in a car thats just 1000 kgs heavy.
one more thing about the driving position. its spot on.
Thats the buying part.
i will be mentioning other aspect of this car in my later posts.