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  Thursday, 06 August 2020
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Hi Gagan,

I want to buy a compact SUV good build and handling. I like to pursue landscape photography and therefore would like to use the vehicle for touring purposes. Hence I am thinking of buying the Diesel S variant for Ecosport.
But I am find very polarizing sentiment about the car.

Firstly , While doing my research , I found that It is a good value for money option car, but it has Clutch issue in Diesel variant. I read multiple reviews complaining the clutch is very hard , not possible to drive in city and it will introduce KNEE INJURY and knee problem if I use the car regularly. In fact I read a few reviews where the owner is a doctor and advised against buying the vehicle.

Secondly,While most of the reviews are good but there a very negative reviews also regarding the clutch problem. Even some of the owners complained that the car comes with clutch issue from day 1 and ford never helps them and rather blames the owners for their driving style.

I am planning to use the vehicle primarily for touring purpose but If CLUTCH is a big issue and if I am not able to drive the vehicle after buying it for 14.60 LAKH rupees , then I will end up wasting the money which is a very big amount.

Please advise if CLUTCH is really such big issue and should I avoid buying the car.

I have booked it for 10000/- but can cancel the booking as per your advise.

If I have to cancel , could you please advise a good alternative.

Thanks and Regards
Tryambak Pramanick
3 years ago
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#33519
Greetings !!

Ford Ecosport S Diesel comes with lot of Positives as
> Immaculate Build with Advanced Fully Loaded Safety
> Good Punchy Diesel Engine Performance - fun to drive experience
> Ford Signature Sync3 Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple car play
> Descent Handling and Stiff Suspension for Better Highway Dynamics

which you would have been definite considered in while making selection of the car

However, there is no second thought that
> Clutch is relative stiff
> Lesser space for Footrest
> I also yes observed that for someone like me who wear 10 size shoes has slight tight space near foot pedal
https://www.mycarhelpline.com/images/easyblog_articles/1083/b2ap3_thumbnail_Ecosport-Pedal.jpg

For someone who
> Upgrading to Ecosport Diesel from a Petrol Hatch from Maruti, Hyundai would definite be bothered initially
> Also, for someone who test drive in Creta Diesel, Seltos Diesel can find a significant difference in clutch smoothness and space for relaxing driver side footrest on highway

Having said same - its all an adjustment. As for some one who is going to drive on day to day usage would just get used to with the fact that car is designed with a
> Stiff clutch
> Space is limited for footrest
and wont be bothered in.

Its like getting used to with the car. Personal experience, I drove Ecosport Diesel for a long trip and back from Delhi to Dehradun and back the same day - 500 Kms and it was just comfortable.

But to give you a factor
Now options are extending, yes Ecosport Diesel is
> Fun
> Build, Safety

But if you compare clutch towards even
> XUV300 Diesel
or
> Seltos Diesel

there you wont find any such issue of stiff clutch (as what one get in Ecosport), but as every car has its own pros-cons,
> XUV300 : Although Punchy and Best in class safety in W8 Option but has relative higher noise levels from suspension and not the best for bad roads
> Seltos : An excellent choice in HTK Plus, but lacks advanced safety as otherwise is there in Ecosport S Diesel

So - its more like getting used to, and although Stiff clutch yes is there and yes is stiffer than other cars but not something which can be that bothersome. Been every car has its own set of pros-cons - you have to decide on if you seek to go with it, to my view - its an adjustment and on day to day drive can be near good.

Hope should help !!
3 years ago
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#33520
Ok ... This means it is not as horrible as it seems after reading the negative reviews.

If it is manageable then I think buying the car would not be that bad a decision !

one more query ! The TYRE BURST issue !!
Some buyers report that the low profile 17inch tyre is prone to damage .
However , as I checked in showroom , the car now comes with 16-in 205/60 tyres.
Does this downsizing already rectified the issue ? or the problem still persists with the new downsized tyre aswell?

Please let me know

Also , please help in pointing out , if there is any other negative/con that I should be aware of , as a perspective buyer !

this will help

Tryambak
3 years ago
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#33523
Yes, certainly is not that bad.

Tyre issue - there are many issues reported by owners
> Ecosport Tyre Issue
> Low Profile Tyre Issue

But it was related to 17 Inch, and thus finally Ford decided to stick to 16 Inch Wheel
No issue as such in Ecosport R16

For more details on Ecosport, pl refer - Ford Ecosport Review

Should help !!
3 years ago
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#33768
I have Ecosport petrol 2018 which is damaging my knee due to it's long and hard clutch.i have made complaints to Ford two three times but got zero resolution.Yes it's a fun to drive car but just for fun I can't now think of damaging myself.Now I am thinking of saying goodbye to Ford soon and buy Xuv300(much lighter clutch) or Kia sonet.
Regards
Ronjoy Borthakur
3 years ago
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#34046
Ecosport diesel is definitely very heavy cluth. I own 2020 BS6 diesel. I was very excited that i am buying a sporty and fun car. I was a ford fan.

From the day one, clutch was very heavy. I complained 2,3 times and managed to get the clutch changed in 3rd month of purchase free of cost but it didn't help much. The clutch will seem manageable when you drive on highway or moving traffic. But if you are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic where one needs to keep one foot on clutch then even god can't save the knee.

There is definitely a fun and sporty feeling in drive as the handling is superb but the suffering due to clutch is many many many times more.
I won't keep this car for long.

Repeah after me - do not buy Ecosport diesel if you dowant to suffer in knee pain from day one of buying a brand new car.
3 years ago
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#34215
The clutch is a real problem. Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there are so many features in Ecosport. My Ford Ecosport 2017 model has major clutch issue. It really feels like hurting the knee so bad that sometimes I think about selling the Car off.
I would advice to compare the driving comfort (including clutch) in various models first. Or else in a year or 2, you'll regret your decision.

I repeat, ECOSPORT has a severe Hard Clutch Problem.
2 years ago
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#36577
Hello,
I am planing to buy ecosports diesel variant, i have gone through disc surgery 3 month ago and hard clutch is a serious issue for me.
I query this to showroom but they told me that BS-6 engine is refined and clutch problem is resolved now.
Please guide me guys should i go with ford or i switch to kia.
2 years ago
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#36583
Hey guys,

This is Tryambak. I started this thread a year back when I was palnning to purchase my second car and was considering Ford Ecosport.
I payed the fee and seeked advice from Gagan after watching his youtube channel

However , due to work and other issues that demanded my attention , I forgot to comeback to this thread. But , let me reply now with what car I bought.

Firstly, After getting advice from admin(Gagan) and others, I understood that clutch would really be a problem for For Ecosport. Therefore I decided to totally get rid off CLUTCH from my buying decision and decided to opt for AUTOMATIC variant. Furthermore , this is 2020 and its time to embrace latest technological advances in the field of automobile aswell.

Secondly , I also wanted a SUV for its extra ground clearance ,rough and tough handling and thar extra piece of mind -the go any where do anything mantra.As I have mentioned in the original post,travel and landscape photography is my passion and I wanted a car that can support me in any endeavour

Therefore , When Mahindra launched Thar , it was all that I wanted from my new car. LX Diesel Hard Top model did tick all the boxes - be it a robust 6 speed automatic ( withouth nuance of AMT or DCT), or be it active and passive safety features (such as , Hill hold, hill descent , roll over mitigation , electric stability control, follow me home headlight, lead me to vehicle etc.)

Now, I know Thar is not practical for many , and in the end it was my personal choice.

But the suggestion I would give , is, if you are already pondering on , Clutch and added hassels Manual transmission , better go for AUTOMATIC. It really makes life simple.

Thanks
Tryambak
2 years ago
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#36652
Hello,
I am planing to buy ecosports diesel variant, i have gone through disc surgery 3 month ago and hard clutch is a serious issue for me.
I query this to showroom but they told me that BS-6 engine is refined and clutch problem is resolved now.
Please guide me guys should i go with ford or i switch to kia.


I would repeat..... The Hard clutch is a real problem in Manual Ford Ecosport (Petrol). I cant comment on Diesel Variant, coz I've no experience there. However, as per few others who have commented in this thread, even Diesel Variant has Hard Clutch Problem.

I suggest Try other vehicle like Tata Nexon, Kia Seltos, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti S-Cross.
Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there are so many features in Ecosport. The only features you need in the long run are -- Cabin-Boot Space, Mileage, Engine power, Engine Torque, driving comfort (i.e. clutch, brake, suspension) & Safety Features., which in my opinion you can get better/similar in other models I mentioned.

My Ford Ecosport 2017 model has major clutch issue. It really feels like hurting the knee so bad that sometimes I think about selling the Car off.
I would advice to compare the driving comfort (including clutch) in various models first. Or else in a year or 2, you'll regret your decision.

I repeat, ECOSPORT has a severe Hard Clutch Problem.
2 years ago
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#37041
I'm facing a hard clutch issue in the Ecosport 2020 bs6 titanium model. At the time of 3rd servicing the supervisor told me to change the clutch plate which will cost around 13k and the vehicle is driven 18k.
2 years ago
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#37056
Yes it's a genuine issue in Ecosport(even in petrol model). It has already started damaging my knee
1 year ago
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#40774
I bought Ford Ecosport Petrol Titanium Plus 2018 model with Ecoboost Engine, off late my left knee was started paining and it became difficult for me to walk after physiotherapy and ultrasound heating i can now walk now but injury may take long to heal, now after reading above blogs I could realise that it might be due to extremely hard clutch. Right from day one I was feeling the clutch hard for which I had complained to Ford Service who told that it is kept hard as this is a SUV car. But what to do now I can’t sell car now because its resale value will be too low and I am still on high loan for it. If anyone knows better solution like how to make it soft or convert it to Auto Transmission or Without Clutch Car like Kia it would be too helpful. Please advise.
1 year ago
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#41045
Genuinely, i also don't recommend people to buy an eco sport...
I have bought my vehicle in nov 2019 and the vehicle runs only 29000 kilometres and the clutch plates and other related parts are damaged now.
As contacted the service centre at Pahwa Ford, they claim that it can be due to careless driving...i was driving the Maruti car from last 15 yrs an this is the first time I switched over to another company but really disappointed with the service, car performance and other related issues that are kept on rising each passing day...but I am really pissed off from Ford service.
In a nutshell...dont buy Ford vehicle. It's a big crap and waste of money especially Eco sport
Amit Kalra
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