Head Up Display (HUD) Road Test

A Head Up Display (HUD) is any transparent-display device that eliminates the need to look away in order to access information. It is usually placed horizontally on the dashboard so that its reflection can be seen clearly by the user, without having to look down on the instrument cluster, thus, keeping the ‘head up’. You may also install an HUD device on any compatible vehicle (e.g., with an OBDII port) such as an EcoSport

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To watch a test video of an HUD device installed in an EcoSport, head directly to Head Up Display (HUD) Road Test.

Related link: Installing an HUD in an EcoSport

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Installing an LTO RFID Sticker

We have finally received the registration plate of our EcoSport. LTO-issued plates come with a pair of stickers, one of which has an embedded RFID tag. The stickers must be installed on the windshield, behind the rear view mirror (installing one sticker on top of the other). In this video, I have shown how I installed the sticker set (one transparent and one with the RFID tag) in an EcoSport.

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To watch the video demonstrating how I installed LTO’s RFID sticker set, head directly to Installing an LTO RFID Sticker.

Related link: Installing the LTO Registration Plate 

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Polaroid N302 Dashcam Road Test

The following product review is NOT sponsored by Polaroid. There are NO sponsored reviews nor advertisements on this website, EcoSport DIY Series.

A pitch-black highway illuminated with just the headlights and fog lights presents an opportunity to test the night-vision feature of the Polaroid N302. Please note also that the video was taken through a dark tint.

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To watch the video demonstrating the enhanced low-light capability of a Polaroid N302 dash camera (night vision), head directly to Polaroid N302 Dashcam Road Test.

Related links:
Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode
Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera

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Wheelspin with an EcoSport

Wheelspin occurs when the torque (power) delivered to the wheels overcomes the friction between the tires (front tires only in the case of an EcoSport) and the road surface. To perform a wheelspin, step on the accelerator to bring the RPM to at least 4000, and then very quickly, release the clutch (at your own risk!). I am not sure how to do this on an AT variant, but I suppose stepping hard on the accelerator would do it. Wheelspin may also occur when climbing a wet uphill road, as the drive wheels are likely to lose traction.

To watch the video demonstrating a wheel spin with my EcoSport (Trend MT), head directly to Wheel Spin with an EcoSport Trend MT.

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Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode

I have purchased a Polaroid N302 precisely for its superb night-vision capability. I have been using this dash camera with my EcoSport for more than a year now and has never had any issue with it. It captures video with time-stamp at 1080P (HD) resolution. Shown below are photos extracted from the video-recorded files, to demonstrate the difference between normal mode (colored), and night-vision mode (black and white).

Take note that these images were taken through a 3M medium dark tint.

High-end dash cameras feature what is called night vision mode. In night vision mode, the camera achieves heightened sensitivity in low-light environment by capturing not only visible light, but also infrared light (which is visible to the camera but invisible to the human eye). This is the same technology used in military-grade night-vision goggles.

To watch the video demonstrating the enhanced low-light capability of a Polaroid N302 dash camera (night vision), head directly to Dash Camera with Night Vision Mode.

Related links:
Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera

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Bolinao-Baguio Roadtrip

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Last March, we took our EcoSport on a 4-day roadtrip to visit the beaches of Pangasinan, and try for the first time, the winding roads to Baguio City via Kennon road.

Day 1: We left Cavite at 4 am, and reached Alaminos at 1 pm, via NLEX-SCTEX. We had a short tour around the Hundred Islands, where we rented a boat so we could island-hop. We then continued with the trip and reached Bolinao at around 4 pm. We were able to squeeze a short kayaking activity before dinner. We then spent the night in a beach-front resort in Bolinao, with magnificent views of the night sky—we saw the Milky Way and was able to take a shot with our EcoSport in the foreground!

Day 2: We had breakfast with a clear view of the sea. There were birds fishing in the low tide, so we decided to spend an hour bird-watching with our binoculars. We then explored the Patar beach and the Bolinao lighthouse. From the vantage point at the lighthouse, you could see cruise ships heading north, passing through the distant waters west of the Philippines. Lucky for us, we had binoculars to see the ships up close! In the afternoon, we went to the Bolinao Marine Laboratory of the UP MSI to see the giant clams. We then left Pangasinan at 2 pm and began our trip to Baguio. The sunset view at Lingayen Gulf was simply breathtaking! Passing through La Union, we started climbing to Baguio right after sunset, via Kennon Road. We reached city proper at around 8 pm and ate dinner at 50s Diner.

Day 3: We explored Baguio starting with a breakfast at Chocolate Batirol at Camp John Hay, then visited Starbucks! We bought some stuff at Mile Hi Center, then spent much of the day strolling around the camp and taking photos here and there. We then left Camp John Hay and head to Ben Cab Museum. It was a steep descent going to Ben Cab, manageable through engine braking! We ate late lunch there and spent the afternoon looking at Sabel. We went back to the city proper, checked out Baguio Brewery, and in the evening, dropped by Mount Cloud to purchase some books. We had dinner at the Hill Station. Finding a parking space nearby was extremely difficult!

Day 4:  We woke up early so we could buy a styro box with ice in the nearby market, as we had planned to hand-pick strawberry at La Trinidad that day. We reached the strawberry farms at around 9 am (we were told we should have arrived at 6 am!). They charge 400 pesos per kilo for the hand-picked strawberries. We then went to Good Shepherd to buy more pasalubong. We had our lunch at Kamiseta Hotel, and at around 3 pm, started our descent through Kennon Road. We had a short stop at the Lion’s Head, and reached Cavite at 10 pm due to extended stops at NLEX.

Looking forward to more roadtrips and weekend getaways with our beloved EcoSport!

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LTO’s Practical Driving Exam

In 2017, I have made a video about the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) practical driving exam (driving test), a special episode of this auto blog, EcoSport DIY Series. Hopefully, this video helps you prepare for your practical driving exam.

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Information Display

The Information Display is one of the sections of the Instrument Cluster panel in the dashboard of an EcoSport. Some of the information shown in the Information Display are the following:

1. Total distance traveled since the vehicle rolled out of the factory – this is useful in reminding us about the scheduled preventive maintenance service of the vehicle
2. Range (KM to empty) – tells you the estimated distance that the car can travel to, based on the remaining fuel and driving habits
3. Speed Alarm settings – useful if you want to be reminded with a beep whenever you exceed a set limit
4. Distance Counter – useful for estimating the distance covered in a particular trip
5. Average Speed – to give you an idea if your trip is faster or slower than your usual speed
6. Fuel Efficiency – gives you an estimate on the “current kilometers per liter” of the car
7. Ambient Temperature – tells you the outdoor temperature (not the engine temperature)

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Spare Tire Key

Stopped at the side of the road, you are trying to remove the spare tire of your EcoSport so you could replace a flat tire. Suddenly you realized, to remove the spare tire, you need a special key!

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Every EcoSport unit comes with a spare tire that is protected by a special key. The key and the nut the pairs with it, serves as an anti-theft device. Without it, it would be very difficult to turn the nut (it can be by-passed but I won’t discuss it here). There are 32 different “keys”, so you can’t simply borrow one from a fellow EcoSport owner and expect that it will work with your unit.

If you lose your key, it is best to ask for a replacement from your dealer. Have you tried removing the spare tire, using the special key?

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Full Tank Method

Have you ever wondered how much gas your EcoSport actually consumes? I am not talking about the estimated fuel consumption shown in the information display, but rather an actual computation. There is a way to compute for the actual fuel consumption, and it is called the Full Tank Method.

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To measure how much fuel is used:
1. Start by filling the vehicle’s fuel tank (full tank).
2. Travel to your destination, keeping in mind the road distance.
3. Once you’ve arrived, get another full tank.
4. Take note of the number of liters you were able to fill. This corresponds to the amount of fuel that you consumed.
5. To get the actual fuel consumption, find the ratio between road distance and the amount of gas consumed.

Example:
Road Distance Traveled: 690 km (Manila-Bataan-Manila-Daet) (see Step 2)
Fuel Consumed: 46.56 liters (see Step 4)
690 km ÷ 46.56 liter = 14.8 km per liter fuel consumption (see Step 5)

To watch the video on how to compute the true fuel efficiency of an EcoSport (actual fuel used and not just an estimate) or any car for that matter, head directly to Full Tank Method.

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