abhigtr

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  1. CHEVROLET CRUZE BACK IN 2009-"FATE SEPARATED US" "FATE" is all that i can say .Chevy cruze was destined from the time it was launched to be part of my family .search began to buy a new car during the year 2009 as we had to let go of our ageing 7 year old Chevrolet optra . Me and my dad being huge auto enthusiast was always certain on picking the car that wowed us both .chevrolet cruze was just launched in the following month and we decided to take a test drive of her .During this stages i was no expert in handling car and was just a amateur but gradually improved my driving style .so it was only my dad and sister who took behind the wheel of cruze leaving me in the rear .never had a chance to drive her but though what the heck she will be coming home soon and then when the time comes take her out for a spin . Initially my dad was a bit concerned over the kick back of the clutch in the cruze but was satisfied with the drive pleasure and the power it offered and he being experienced driver for 30 years didn't mind at all.This was decided that cruze is our next car. But wait one thing happened that changed the whole story and regret it .The asking price for the cruze was then 13lac on road for the ltz and dad was ready to pay the booking amount "50,000rs" the next day for the caviar black and promised delivery of 15 days .but my dads better half (My MOM) knowing the price of cruze was reluctant to allow my dad on buying the car (WHY DID WE TAKE MOM FOR TEST DRIVE) .owing to the point that the following year my sister was on the path to higher education in the uk and due to financial worries that my mom had we had to let go of our desire and be practical and did not want to spend a lot on a sedan costing more than 10lac .Dad ,me and my sister felt bad of not buying the cruze at that point and mom was insistent on saving the money for my sister education expenditure as you all know how the cost of living is in uk.This saddened me a bit .but on FEB 2010 we brought home the Hyundai i20(crdi)asta(o).This car was the next powerful hatchback we owned after our fiat punto . My mom failed to understand that we paid close to 9lac for this hatchback and spending a extra few lacs would have got a much better and powerful c+ segment car .TO BE CONTINUED .......
  2. @durango dude thanx very much !!nothing to complain much .The car is a gem and i don't go without driving her every day . @guiguiswiss thanx! yes that's the engine displacement .
  3. AQS IS MISSING IN 2011 CRUZE ...WHY???
  4. sorry on not posting those pictures you all were waiting for !!! here they are .
  5. Thanx @dr.nishu ..got the car yesterday and must say she looks gorgeous .will upload photos in few days .i found something strange the AQS button in the aircon unit is missing in my 2011 cruze ltz..is this feature removed and my car battery is now placed with exide rather than ac delco is the dealer at fault or the manufacturer changed its battery vendor ..dealership experience was at most pathetic .here are the problems faced during delivery 1) never explained any features though we new our way around the car 2)never did pooja ,no photos ,congrats ,choc box , bouquet, no fuel voucher ..anyways its for courtesy sake these guys follow these basic procedure's when buying a car costing close to 17 lac's might be because we took from yard and not showroom and our SE was at time on leave .so another guy attended to us . 3)they have a spanking showroom of Renault and its service center near the yard they could have called my dad in to that showroom and sign the papers as even Renault belongs to that dealer for Chevrolet .but rather made my dad sign under the bonnet of a wagonr in the hot sun of chennai . 4)never provided the promise of boot mat and floor mats and mud flaps for which they told will provide in the following week after my dad blasted them . 5)car was not cleaned to our expectations .dad at this stage just lost it and blasted the SE and the general manager 6)tank was empty and the cruze was showing the warning and why the hell the dealer could at least give few liters of diesel till we reach the bunk .thank god a coco bunk was near buy and she guzzled a full tank of diesel overall feedback for this dealer is a strict no no and this is what Chevrolet customers receive for purchasing a 17 lacs vehicle were even a maruti customer will get a better satisfaction in delivery .but the car is what we want and she is a gem and not one niggle thank god .will love cruze to very end
  6. Uploaded with ImageShack.us[/img] fastest hatchback in india is going to share garage space with a beast ....be prepared little i20abhigtr2011-11-13 18:01:16
  7. Uploaded with ImageShack.us my mini prancing horse ...abhigtr2011-11-13 17:59:04
  8. Uploaded with ImageShack.us[/img] never had the heart to see her go......abhigtr2011-11-13 18:00:15
  9. PRICE BREAK UP CHEVROLET CRUZE LTZ -13,89,010rs ex-showroom 40,000rs insurance (icici Lombard bumper to bumper cover and dealer insisted we do insurance from them for the discount to apply as they have some tie up . dad tried getting done from his icici bank as his freind is the branch manager and was giving at a fairly low price quote ) REGISTRATION AND TAX-2,30,000rs total of 16,59,000 approx cash discount -50,000rs flat total -16,09,000 with all standard dealership freebies included
  10. BOOKING COMMENCES -The cruze ltz costs 16.59 on-road Chennai. Now we started negotiating the deals a lot on the cruze between two dealers and owing to fact that one dealer KLN motors never bothered to reply to my father regarding this and only called us after purchasing the vehicle in final stages .and more over they didn't seem interested at all and were accused of selling new car that are being used for demo to other customers .so stay away from them is a humble request . SUNDHRAM MOTORS -The did not have the car in stock and said delivery is roughly 12 days for velvet red and this dealer SE srikanth told that velvet red was not metallic and this made us decide colors we didn't like apart from black,white ,red ..cruze doesn't strike chord with other colors (purely my opinion guys)white and black ruled out due to maintenance of the color and diamond white costing 10k more never justified a bit ,sand drift grey(never liked at all)and we were deciding with Atlantis blue and switchblade silver.They offered a straight 35,000rs discount and freebies like floor mats , Teflon coat,3m sunfilm .dad wanted them to reduce further in cash discount but they never budged till the very end dropping them also out of the picture .The next dealer we chose was relatively a new month and they are ..... KHIVIRAJ MOTORS - These guys are in the automotive scene for a long time and were the first few dealers for bajaj and then maruti Suzuki . and they recently are the sole dealers of RENAULT CHENNAI and their newest addition Chevrolet .contacted a SE mr.sarvanan he immediately was courteous enough to bring a TD vehicle eve though we TD her .and we told him about sundhram motors and the discount offered by them and wanted him to give a better deal .He said he had to speak to his higher authorities and next day called us and said if we booked immediately he would give us flat cash discount of 50,000rs and all freebies like 3m sun film, Teflon,mudflap, boot mat,floor mats and all . we booked immediately by paying 1lac and he said velvet red was metallic and this we confirmed with general motors for which they to confirmed regarding the color issue .so booked velvet red and he said the vehicle is readily available in this color and hence we paid the balance the following week and did a PDI of the car And checked the vin nos and the manufacturing date being july 2011 and the car was spotless of errors was in immaculate condition in their yard.Must mention that their showroom in Nandanam is a tad small and the area undergoing some work .we have decided to take the delivery form their yard in mount road .This is one of the best i have seen and houses all the new RENAULT FLUENCE AND CHEVROLET CRUZE that are dispatched and is a very well maintained yard with their workshop for Renault and Chevrolet and maruti Suzuki and the reanult showroom all adjacent to each other a very big place .There were some delivery issues in the past week due to public holidays in RTO and auspicious dates put by my mom.Will be bringing her home tomorrow and will post picture in 24hrs .hope you like this short review put forth by me .
  11. AMG1 the update is not likely till next year of mid 2012 and will be launched only after the new captiva so might take time a lot and we can live without the 163hp and extra NM torque.I found this itself more satisfying in the roads and highway use and we needed a car immediately and there was no waiting any more .
  12. OCTOBER 2011- Test drives has begun ..... SKODA Laura -My friend had purchased this car in that month and got to see it .he had bought the elegance diesel manual and had costed him 19lac on -road .TD the car at the dealer and was put of by the unfriendly staff who thought we were not potential customers as i and my friend were the ones who went along and dad was busy with work and not such a fan of skoda.Car was great to drive in terms of handling and interiors had class .only thing didnt like in this car was engine noise was high compared to cruze and the staff ,a$$.so strike one of the list . VW jetta -hmm i guess both skoda and vw share the same genes in even selling the cars .staff were even worse in this case in abra motors and they never bothered to attend to me and my friend, remember the friend who bought the laura .The car looked identical to the younger sibling the vw vento and the rear a bit audish .The positives on this car were the space at the back and that's it from my point of view never justified the 19lac price point as it never even came with ACC and their so called leatherette seats(artificial) .my dad never came to TD even this one as he didn't like a vento looking car for 19lac .and staff were never bothered to attend to the customer and no TD vehicle at that moment ,had gone to the managing directors house it seems and 3month waiting period .BYE BYE TO GERMAN ENGINEERING "MADE IN INDIA" CAR. BMW 3 AND AUDI A4 - Saturday morning went to both the showrooms and TD with dad. Liked the BMW a lot and was mind blowing in its dynamic characteristics and enjoyed the feeling of royalty with the staff .and we went down to Audi Chennai and TD the a4 and like her also .The feature on the 2.0tdi were a little more than the BMW 320d Ce and the on road price was approx lac's with all the bell's and whistles and the tempting discount .There was a stage when my dad was going to book this car by selling the i20 also and later buying a small car in the future . but here again my mom intervened after our TD of both a4 and 3series and did not allow a bit to buy car costing 30 lac's and more as i was next in line to go abroad for further studies and didn't want to waste money down the drain is what my mom spoke .Dad called me silently and told these words "AS LONG AS YOUR MOM IS ALIVE WE CAN NEVER BUY CARS COSTING 20 LAC'S OR MORE " and she wanted the budget to be around lac's only on-road . CHEVROLET CRUZE STRIKES BACK HARD -Thats it dad finalized the cruze as our next car and booking procedures were going on .called Sundhram motors to bring the car for me to TD (remember i was not ready in 2009..nut was ready for her now ) Mr.Sridhar came immediately the following day of our call and brought the car .Without hesitating a bit sat on the caviar black 2011 cruze and this time in the drivers seat .pressed the ignition start and she roared to life and lighting the cockpit (uber cool) in night .drove her along elliots beach a few meters from where i stay and immediately floored her, the acceleration was pretty intoxicating and adrenaline rush it gave .nothing like the i20 crdi .liked her a lot except a few niggles like plastic quality ,rear seat space and finish for 16lacs you pay .but hey i bought her only for her engine and looks and me and dad only behind the wheel rather than the back and though the SE was lacking knowledge on the car and whether velvet red was metallic or not he didn't know as we wanted her as the next color apart form black being the primary one and ruled out after punto.so cruze was it .To be continued ......
  13. Now what happens during the stages of 2011 is where FATE has united me and Chevrolet cruze.During the month of june 2011 our Beloved Fiat punto had started to trouble us with all her glory and me taking our i20 to college and my dad taking punto to his work increased his hatred even more on fiat and tata and made him decide to sell the car as quickly as possible and never consider fiat-ta ta again in his life .I was the one who suggested my dad on purchasing the punto the day it launched .but FATE .... that we landed on a not so properly built car .The car started to crop problems right from the point it was a year old .It started to be more puncture prone ,created a lot of rattling noise and a point were it even had its suspension squeaking all the time when we went over pot holes and this was our first and last black car we ever bought and the problem my dad had cleaning and maintaining the car was a tedious task and this why we decided never to buy a black on our next car .Our factory security guard a "OLD TIMER" had put deep scratches on the bonnet and told my dad he was cleaning the car .My dad chased him out of work for this and fired of the security agents who appointed him . AUGUST 2011- we had seen the new hyundai verna and decided as our next replacement for the fiat punto . Initially my dad when he looked in the newspapers was rather disgusted initially by the looks ..hmm have no idea might be to fluidic in this case for his taste .But when my dad once drove down from his work and heading home ,he passed through V3 Hyundai in thiruvanmiyur and had a look at the car and was quite fascinated by the looks ... that's why pictures don't do justice and should always be there in flesh to see the car. Immediately we contacted our kun hyundai dealer from whom we bought the i20 Mr.Razaq and asked him for a TD at our home .He told us that the car has not gone through the R.T.O Formalities and would take some time .Contacted V3 Hyundai and asked for a TD and they promptly bought a white sx diesel home .And might i add that we decided to look only diesel cars as our future purchase due to the rapid and irritating price in petrol would not justify on buying a petrol saloon at any cause in Chennai. Back to the topic so dad entered the car and me and my mom at the back seat .I was immediately put off by the low seats in the back and dad was never happy with the bits and pieces of i20 in the car like the steering wheel and so on and more frankly didn't like the handling that much as it never inspired confidence to him .I drove the car and practically felt more comfortable and like the car for its presence .We were now ready to buy the car and the price of the top end sx(o) purple(forgot the shade) manual diesel being close to 11 lac on-road looked a bit high for a Hyundai and a Verna in my dad's case and delivery was guaranteed in 1 month .but booking was not the problem as it was our punto not being sold at the moment being the one.so took some months .during the stage we read in the news reels that Verna has gathered booking of close to 23,000 and this shocked my dad that the car has become a instant hit . SEPTEMBER 2011- bid adieu to our lovely punto as the problem increased further and taking her to the service station made it even worse .we sold her at a astonishing price of 5,10,000RS and during this stage the car covered roughly 35,000km and 2 years of ownership,lots of problems in the car and deep scratches here and there and the buyer asked us to repair some problems which we did and gave and when we bought the diesel emotion pack it costed 7lac on road which was a good deal in selling . During this stage i had to go on a visit to Manchester to visit my sister on 30th September "the day we sold our punto" .irony i never used the blue and me in the punto till the very end hmm m.. didn't think of this .So dad told me that we will decide on our next car as soon as i return back from UK.Landed on the 10th October and the scouting started for the new cars Our budget started from 12-30 lac which was huge and the cars considered were AUDI A4,BMW 3SERIES ,CHEVROLET CRUZE(SHE HAS RETURNED) ,SKODA LAURA,VW JETTA .TO be continued .......
  14. chevrolet cruze

    Hi all its been a long time since i have posted .guys i have booked my chevrolet cruze ltz from a new dealership khiviraj motors in chennai . Payed the booking advance .The color we have choosen is velvet red and the dealer has promised to dispatch the car in 5 days since we are ready with the full payment and the color is readily available . Here comes the problem the dealer has sent me the VIN number of the car and i have used team bhp vin decoder and to my shock the car has been manufactured in the month of JUNE 2011 .Is it safe to take delivery of a 5 month old car that's been lying in their stock yard for 1 month . please provide your valuable feedback on this issue .Will be going to dealer tomorrow to sort out the problem.
  15. chevrolet cruze

    encountered a hiccup today.Since today was bakrid the registration of the car couldn't be done .But my mom being a spiritual person insisted today being a good day wanted to take delivery of the car .we told the dealer that we take the car and register it on tuesday .The dealer says that we can take the car to the temple .but must handover it back to the driver from their side and will not allow us to take it home and bring it to the rto owing to the insurance since its valid only from the time of registration .So are we not allowed to take the vehicle or is the dealer playing with us .More over he told we can take delivery of vehicle on Wednesday.but my mom is telling the next good day is on a Monday .So sad i am not able to see my cruze today!!!
  16. chevrolet cruze

    @Tsivipul Its a 2011 with the jet black interiors with titanium dashboard inserts saw and verified it .just pours oodles of sexiness on the cruze .can't wait to take delivery of the beast .
  17. chevrolet cruze

    When to their yard and did a thorough pdi of the car .It looks spanking new and seems unused.@Dr nishu i have contacted the other dealers both say 12 days for delivery and i have gone through all the 3 dealers and found the new dealer khiviraj motors a better bet as they are also sole dealers for renault , and have maruti suzuki and given a hefty discount of 50,000rs on the on road price since its a new dealership. whereas KLN motors doesnt seem bothered in selling their cars to customers and have a dont care attitude . Sundhram motors gave a meager discount of 10,000rs and didn't have the basic knowledge whether velvet red is metallic or not .Anyways the cruze looked fine in their yard and hasn't been touched .
  18. chevrolet cruze

    @dr_Nishu appreciate your views and i have thoroughly checked the vin nos its a july 2011 model . The dealer says that we ll get only jun/jul models maximum since the have been sent from Chevrolet factory and since the demand is sluggish a bit .The production is slow and they are not making models on go .Is this true.
  19. chevrolet cruze

    which colors do you think looks sexy on the cruze apart from black and white since both colors are hard to maintain and i know black is the sexiest of the lot .but all car owners know the risk involved .which color do you rate the next looker after black and white
  20. Hi Wildon .I have read your vin decoder post in team bhp .see i have booked my chevrolet cruze ltz and the vin nos is ma6jfdfdbbho15973 and i have found the date of manufacture to be june 2011 .Is it safe for me to take delivery of this car and the color is velvet red .
  21. Narain back in F1

    Even chandok ...the major reason these guys were there in cockpit of the car was because of money and power.