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  2. I agree, Sachtech. Dashcams have become a need more than a fancy gadget to make road trip movies later. They help in event of an accident, altercation with traffic police or even during the overnight parking. For me, the must have accessories on the car include the following in no particular order: Reverse assist - I prefer the audio audio aid rather than the camera. Camera tends to get dirty/scratchy and you have to change your rear view mirror too to a HUGE one/ungainly design. Floor Lamination - I got this done to help keep the interiors clean. It is easy to clean and also makes it spill-proof if you have a kid. Good quality leatherette seat covers (if your car comes with fabric seats) - not the typical cushion covers types. These are snug fit to the seat contours and last the life of the vehicle. Come a bit expensive.. but totally worth it. Good speakers - not everyone is an audiophile. But sometimes, the music system you get is crap. May want to look at changing speakers. We feel it does not matter at first, but listening to good music on long drives or even on office commutes is so relaxing. Add better coaxial and component speakers if not amplifiers and bass tubes. And they don't cost a bomb either. 5-6k should get you decent components from JBL/Sony/Pioneers/Rock etc. Good 3D floor mats - seems like an expense, but they help keep the interiors very clean. The tray type design also help keep the dust/mud/pebbles in place while you pull it out for a wash. Scuff Plates & 3M PPF wraps around the scuff areas - it does help have a scuff plate to avoid the heel brushes while getting in an out. A white/silver color won't show that much but a darker color would. Better Lights - In this age where LEDs and HIDs have gone cheap, our car manufacturers still provide us halogens. While it might be okay for occasional night driving, better lighting helps reduce stress when driving in the night. Switch to the Philips Xtreme vision or the Osram Nightbreakers at least. It makes whole lot of a difference. You may have noticed, none of the above accessories add a bling to your car. But these are more towards your safety and your car's safety. The speakers are to keep us entertained in our journey
  3. I had tried using the relay on my Swift. Used it for 8 full years and had to change the 100/90 Philips bulbs only once in those 8 years. But, I had a problem with the relay once and had to change that due to a stupid car wash guy who blasted the engine bay with a spray. It might have shorted something. But, my experience using Rally spec bulbs was satisfactory. With average night usage, the reflectors were showing signs of burning out. With my Fiesta and i10, I've switched to the Philips Xtreme vision and Osram Nightbreaker Laser respectively. The Osram is better compared to the Xtremevision and they do a decent job on the highways. For these set of cars, I decided not to introduce any new wiring harnesses and direct currents from the battery and avoided the relays totally. If you have a double barrel headlamp, just change all bulbs to Osram or Philips higher ends and you should be satisfied.
  4. Jeep plans in India

    For one, I hope at least one manufacturer stays away from the sub-4 meter SUV segment. Jeep is a heritage line-up and the design and length should not be altered for any India specific law. Hyundai was doing a good job so far keeping out but seems the money that manufacturers make by selling a sub-4 meter car in India far outclasses the profits made on higher segments, partly because of the numbers it sells too. The Renegade should come in the same size and engine options sold internationally. Anything apart from the Renegade and Compass is far too pricey. It just gets into the elite 3 and Volvo category.
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  6. Hyundai i20 Asta (o) vs Honda Amaze VX [Petrol]

    My vote would go for the i20 here. Amaze is a pretentious sedan and ideally should have no place in the market. But crazy Indian laws and greedy manufacturers... Anyway. The i20 top variant has 6 airbags, looks much better than the Amaze and also has the best interiors. Trust me, that touch control AC is more of a tedious task when trying to use it while driving. Engine is refined too and you won't feel sad or cheated if you choose to pass on the Amaze. I'd say, do a comparison between the i20 and the Jazz. That would be healthy.
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  8. The Tucson facelift for the Chinese market has been spied! Notice how the front-end gets some changes when compared to the one revealed for American and European markets? Source
  9. New Hyundai Lafesta images

    The Lafesta has been spotted once again! It's expected to launch in the Chinese market by the end of this year. Here's everything you need to know about the Hyundai Lafesta: Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
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  11. I totally stand by it. The sub-4 meter sedans are all pretentious (wannabe) 3 box cars. Their B2 segment counterparts are far more superior to them. Case in point Xcent to i20, Amaze to Jazz. The Dzire outclasses the Baleno in almost all aspects. But I still do not give in to the sub-4 meter sedan here. My only next upgrade would have been the Jetta/Octavia or given that I do end up scraping the car with a load full, a crossover or maybe the Jeep Compass kind of a vehicle. I'll still stick to a 5 seater. The Japanese/Koreans are no match to the solid builds and ageless designs. The Jetta still does not feel outdated, neither does the Vento or even the Rapid (newer one). The Honda City has become one tin can.. the build quality and sheet metal being no better than the Ciaz's. Jeep Compass and any car that I actually liked are all beyond 20 lacs and that's a huge sum to pledge for a car, at least at this point for me. I see a lateral upgrade to be they way ahead.. trying to find a used one would be difficult but will give me a chance to get more for a C2 sedan's money.
  12. This video gives a nice up-close look at the updated Everest/Endeavour... It's expected to launch in India sometime next year!
  13. Another rendering showing what a crossover variant of the new Ertiga could look like. Source Head over HERE to find out more about the recently-revealed new Eritga
  14. Nice to see you back Neeraj with the update. I fully agree with you that Fiesta/Classic was a great car from Ford. Don't know why Ford or even other manufacturers have exited the C1 sedan segment. Now you only have compact sedans (which I personally don't like) or you have C2 segment sedans which doesn't offer anything great over C1 sedans for the premium they command. I guess it's an era of people giving more importance to bling rather than simplicity and practicality.
  15. Reviving this thread. Realized that I haven't updated this since the last 2 years. The Fiesta is doing just great. Update around this ^^ - It were the tires and not the brake pads. Got them changed at 36000 kms on the odo. The Goodyear GT3 are told to be notorious and go out of shape pretty soon. There was no warranty left on it by the time I realized they were bad. Have changed to Michelin XM2+ and the ride has changed drastically.. for the better. The vibrations are gone. It's like a new ride again. The car is so cost effective to maintain!! ~4.5k at max a year, this is cheaper than almost any new car. The launch of the Jeep Compass had me thinking but then I've decided to hold back on this for the life of the car. Another 3 years for sure. BTW, Year 2017, I did a road trip to Mysuru, Ooty and back to Pune. A total of 2400 kms in 9 days. I'll start writing a nice travelogue on that soon. The car was filled to the brim. Me, my wife, 2 ½ year old son, my sister and her husband & luggage for all of us. The Honda Amaze may have 420 ltr of boot space - similar to that of my car here. But it sure does not swallow that much amount of luggage that could fit in the Fiesta. On money spent other than maintenance, my Fiesta had a repainted front bumper recently. genuinely my fault. I halted at the parking at a mall when I had been to test drive the Jeep Compass. Talking on the phone with my wife who wasn't really happy with me at the Jeep showroom, I pulled the handbrake and let go of the clutch. Then BANG!!! The car was in first and as I let go the clutch, it jilted forward. I managed to brake it but it had touched the rough wall of the parking ahead of me. Most of the brunt was taken by the number plate. But the bumper also had a few dimples. No snaps of that actually. So I got it repainted. But apart from that, there have been no additional expenses other than regular oil and oil filter change. Such a lovely, no nonsense car really. It makes me wonder why the new age cars really run bills upwards 12-15k for regular yearly servicing. Average has been steady at 17-18 kmpl and the car has done mostly city runs so far. This is with 0 luggage and 2-3 on board. A tank-full generally runs for 750-800 kms and refills ~45 liters of diesel. A couple of recent Mahabaleshwar runs gave me ~20 kmpl because of the long open stretches. This figure with minimum 3 on board with their luggage.
  16. Hyundai i20 Asta (o) vs Honda Amaze VX [Petrol]

    If you are considering i20 Asta (O), nothing better than her. She has got 16" tires with diamond cut alloys, 6 airbags with other safety features, smart key features. I think, front looks of Amaze is better than its rear which is flat and ugly. The new i20 now looks better from rear and with projector headlamps, it looks masculine from front. Interiors of Amaze is modern and is better than i20 (I think, it is even better than city). I have driven i20 and observed driving to be effortless with its smooth steering wheels. I would suggest, please drive Amaze also to decide finally. In my view, Nexon has got maximum features and appears to be safest car due to being a SUV and high driving position.
  17. Some new images of the new RE Classic 500 Pegasus in India. Internationally, this bike is available in two shades – Olive Drab Green and Service Brown. But India will only get the Service Brown colour. Differences between the Pegasus and the standard Classic 500 include a Pegasus logo on the fuel tank and the canvas panniers, leather strap with brass buckles on the battery box, brown handlebar grips, and an ‘RE’ tank badge that’s similar to the one used on the Flying Flea. It also gets a unique serial number painted on the tank in large font. Enhancing its retro appeal are blacked-out elements like the exhaust muffler, engine, rims, handlebar and headlight bezel. For more info, you can head HERE Image source
  18. Some new images of the facelifted Tucson. Powertrain options in Europe include a new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel (available with two output options - 115hp and 136hp), 1.6-liter GDi and T-GDi petrol units. The Premium trim level gets a 2.0-liter CRDi, with a 48v mild hybrid system (pictured below). However, as reported by Autocar India HERE, we can expect the India-spec car to continue with the current engine options - the 155hp, 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 185hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor. Source
  19. Finally some more pics of the facelifted Endeavour (Everest in international markets). Ford's launched the SUV in Thailand, where it gets some minor styling updates mainly on the front with an updated grille, bumper and headlamp inserts. Under the hood, the facelifted Endeavour (Everest) gets an all-new 2.0-litre diesel motor, which was introduced internationally on the Ranger pickup truck, along with a new 10-speed automatic. It comes with two output options – a 180hp/420Nm variant and a twin-turbo 213hp/500Nm one. While this engine will be available on the SUV sold in most international markets, it won’t make it to India. Inside, the infotainment system sees an inclusion of Ford’s Sync 3 interface. As far as safety goes, it gets autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. As reported by Autocar India HERE the current engine line-up on the India-spec Ford Endeavour SUV will see an update to make them sail through the stricter BS-VI emission norms that will come into play sometime in 2020.
  20. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Season of recalls continue, now Mercedes recalls CLA 200 petrol for Steering Column issue. More details in below link:
  21. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Got my Innova Crysta attended for the engine wiring harness campaign. Took around 2 hrs for the job, majority of time is spent in removing windshield cowl as in case of Innova some part of engine gets covered under it. For Fortuners it is much easy for them as full engine is accessible. Attaching an image which shows the part in red where they will open, check and do the taping. As per technician it's a precautionary step as wires passing through that channel can rub against each other and deteriorate over time. Also got my 20k service done along with it.
  22. Suzuki Jimny ! This is the right time

    Here's a walkaround video of the new Jimny Sierra: While the base Jimny gets a 660cc petrol engine, the Jimny Sierra gets Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine. It also gets a a higher ground clearance of 210 mm and wheel arch extensions
  23. Found this pretty cool rendering showing what a hotter (possible Si) version of the Amaze could look like! What do you think of it? Source
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  25. What is your favorite car? Why?

    My favourite car/SUV is BMW X5
  26. Suzuki Jimny ! This is the right time

    And we finally have in-depth walkaround videos! Check out the video HERE:
  27. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Thanks. I have already fixed an appointment for my Crysta diesel this week to get the engine wiring harness inspected. As per my talk with SA it will take couple of hours to inspect and in most cases they will just be taping the harness wherever necessary (replacement will be in very few cases). I will update the action taken on my car here later. Actually they have 2 recalls, engine wiring harness inspection and taping for diesel Innova/Fortuners and fuel hose routing inspection for petrol Innova/Fortuners. Obviously number of petrol Innova/Fortuners will be far less than diesel ones, so impact of engine wirning harness is more. Interestingly, recall for wiring harness was declared on 7-May as per Toyota website and they were fixing it silently for Innovas which were coming for regular service. Recall for fuel hose routing was announced on 3-Jul.
  28. Current Vehicle Recalls

    Adding to the previous post Looks like the season of recalls is here.. Ford EcoSport Recall 4379 - lower control arm check - front recliner lock check Source C&B,NDTV on MSN video
  29. Current Vehicle Recalls

    CRYSTA AND FORTUNER RECALL - recalled to fix faulty wiring harnesses and fuel hoses, and the replacements will be carried out by authorised Toyota dealerships across India at no cost to the customer. SOURCE
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