After 3.5 years, our daily-driven 2017 EcoSport Trend MT has reached a mileage, or more accurately, kilometer-age of 77777. We have not encountered any issue with our unit since its purchase in December 2016. Thank you for keeping us safe on the road!
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The dealer registers a new vehicle for an initial period of 3 years, which must then be renewed yearly. For vehicles with license plates available, LTO will need to match the plate number with the prescribed renewal schedule. In the case of our EcoSport, the 3-year registration expires February 2020 while the last digit of the plate number is 9 (September).
In order to align the yearly payment schedule with the plate number’s last digit, we paid for an extension from February to August 2020 (7 months only), and by September 2020, we will again renew the registration, but this time, for a full 1 year or 12 months (to cover the period September 2020 to September 2021). Other requirements for the registration include a copy of the most recent OR-CR, emission test, and a TPL insurance.
With a loose connection, the battery is unable to supply the necessary current to sudden hi-wattage demands of accessories such as the headlights high beams. Loose connection problem may cause momentary blacking out of the dashboard, which means the safety features of the car are also momentarily compromised while rebooting (the electronic-assisted power steering, in particular, will be unavailable).
The video was taken with our EcoSport in mid-2019, showing the dashboard shutting down as soon as the high beams are switched on (leaving the car in-gear will automatically re-start the car). This issue was later found out and verified to be due to a corrosion on the positive battery terminal. Cleaning the terminal fixed the problem. The battery continued to serve for a few more months (with the issue fixed and never to recur) but was later replaced as part of a regular maintenance schedule. Always check the terminals for any possible leaks as corrosion is one of the main reasons for a faulty battery terminal connection.
I’ve upgraded the stock halogen headlight bulb of our EcoSport from 55/60W to 90/100W bulb. It resulted to more light output but generated a lot of heat. It also posed greater electrical load than the stock bulb, thus requiring a thicker wire harness. I used 4 relays (two for high beams, two for low beams), a few meters of thick stranded wire (harness) with protective sleeve, two ceramic bulb socket connectors, and two 10A fuses.
Notice the difference in the amount of light output in high and low beams with the high wattage halogen bulb (90/100 watts) and stock halogen bulb (55/60 watts).
Never install high wattage bulbs without the proper upgrades in wiring (harness) and fuse protection, doing so may cause the stock wiring to fail as they were never designed to accommodate load beyond the rated load of the stock bulb.
I have also tested light bulbs with 100W low beam and 130W high beam, and despite the increase in wattage, the headlight assembly dissipates the heat well. After a few months of testing, there appears to be no damage to the reflector (I will update this post if melting or any sort of damage occurs later on).
I have installed a pair of 55W auxiliary lights that turn on only when the high beams are on. The lights switch on and off with the help of an electronic switch called a relay. The relay is connected in parallel to the line that powers the high beams, and thus, is energized only when the headlights are in high beam mode.
To watch a video on how to install a pair of auxiliary lights that only turn on with the high beams, head directly to Auxiliary High Beam Lights.