Today I met Figoian and I have to admit that the fuel efficiency is low mainly because of the jerking issue. It's not a Clutch Release bearing issue (initially when the thread was started, I thought the bearing was faulty).
The jerk is very prominent in second gear and is very annoying to drive. I feel if the jerking issue is not fixed then slowly the drive shafts, suspension bushes too will start to wear out sooner. We did see that there is a mild oil stain (initial phase/stage of leak) at the master cylinder area near the clutch pedal(below dashboard area). May be they need to have a check at the master cylinder as well. OT
The AC is a killer (chills to the bone!) may be the best AC I have felt in a hatchback so far. I feel even some sedans dont have this kind of chilling AC! Suspension is good (
Figoian, I did not run over pot holes to check this), feels a bit better in every aspect compared to Swift/Ritz. A few points I noticed
- Heavy doors
- Good suspension
- "ZERO" rattles from dashboard!
- Everything feels like built to last for a looonng time :)
- The ergonomics is fantastic - position of gear knob, handbrake, pedal distance is perfect
- Good torque (very evident when in lower gears even without the accelerator input)
- Nothing is losely fit (I expected the headlamp switch/bonnet release to be of just average quality, but its good)
- All in all you have a fantastic car Subbu Sir.
- NO WAY FEELS LIKE A 40K+kms driven car, you must be a sedate driver for sure.
Issues/Dislikes with the car
- The jerking issue is very high when shifting from 1st to 2nd, its slightly lesser in 3rd gear
- Headlamp throw is not sufficient (car is quite big and definately needs better headlamps - HOPE FORD IS LISTENING)
- Oil stain (possibly the start of leak) on clutch pedal, master cylinder needs to be checked
- A mild rattle from the rear portion of the cabin
- Fuel tank floater noise (something inside the fuel tank is lose and is hitting the inner side of the fuel tank when ever we brake/stop). It can be heard if we switch off the engine & ICE then allow the car to move slowly on an incline and halt the car, you can hear it clearly.
- Why does Ford always keep the Bonnet release either hidden/far away from the driver?
- Engine Bay is packed with load and loads of stuff, a mechanics nightmare to do anything from the top side, a ramp is a must to do any kind of detailed repairs.
I usually find new car buyers who dont know much about their car, they pay their EMI, put fuel, drive around and that's it.
Figoian and his car were a big surprise for me, he knows a lot about his car, he knew most of the things which I mentioned above, best part is the explanation he gave for the jerking issue was so simple, good and easy to understand, I wonder how come Ford Technicians cant understand it (I'm 100% sure FORD people are pretending that it is normal in Figo to have the Jerking issue).
It was a nice mini-meet and I also got to meet Junior Figoian (Tarun). Thanks again.
Hope the Ford technician fixes all these issues. All the best