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  1. Skoda India introduces Online Service Cost calculator

    Good service by Skoda! Now customers doesn't need to get disappointed after coming to dealership they can get disappointed even sitting at home too!! Such high costs of maintenance are the trade mark of Skoda on which Skoda doesn't seem to be working at all. Rather of creating an online system they should concentrate on creating goo service structure all around the country.
  2. Congratulations! Wishing you a happy and safe journey in your new ride. Do add some pics and ownership experience of it!
  3. Renault announces 'Gang of Dusters' initiative

    Are they trying to make this product an "Enfield"??
  4. pics: 2014 outlander

    If this is what Mitsubishi is readying for India than best of luck for other competitors and thumbs up for Mitsubishi!
  5. Toyota Innova facelift; now Launched

    Again an annoying upgrade. Nothing new then a few chrome stripes here & there with some tweaks in styling and that's all the engineers could think of. The Innova has litreally got old and needs a total remake rather than such silly upgrades. Although this so called "NEW INNOVA" will also sell a lot but it's the high time now! Toyota do it!!!
  6. Pics: 2014 Fiat Linea facelift testing in India

    Not that excited about the car but more excited about that 1.6 multijet hitting Indian streets. It will be a hit again like the smaller cousin 1.3 Let's keep finger's crossed!!
  7. Hahahaha Sarabjeet good one! He will definitely price it well. But the looks of the SUV are really tough. Esp. those big wheel arches and monster truck like tyres. Muscle man typical American styling. Will see the face of buyers when it comes to Indian market. "Hey lord, may Ford price this one too well like Figo and Ecosport !! Amen"
  8. I think Q7 was never a hardcore SUV and nor this would be one. The Q7 was always made for most urban use with high on techies and can do mild off roading too. Looks like Audi will stick to the base plan now too!!
  9. Brake issues

    I apologies for the mistake i committed above. This post was meant for somewhere else but due to some technical faults went up here. It's got nothing related to this post. So please avoid it.
  10. Toyota Etios V/s Competition

    Mine pick would be grey! Definitely between these two.
  11. OK, now the new car seems to be more imposing on road than the outgoing model. Talking of the exteriors the car carries away a bit of same stance as of the old car, the new matrix LED headlamps are giving the car a bit sporty and sturdy look and making it distinctive on road. At rear the broad new tail lamps are looking great too (although not clearly visible in picture) but resemble kind of the Audi's sedan composure mixed with the old Q7's styling. The best part is the wide rear bumper ( although the old car too had that) but now it's more prominently visible and gives the SUV a bold look. Talking of the use of carbon fibre ( would increase costs though) will make the performance unbeatable because of reduction of that heavy weight. Chassis will be more tougher now making it a better place for driver. Hope Audi places it right on the price list.
  12. Brake issues

    Yes there you go. Another reasons to buy the Toyota.
  13. Brake issues

    AmeyaSG, failure of a disc breake is a scary situation that you are facing. The basics include that - ** Get it checked at the authorized service point of company by an experienced mechanic. ** Cable stretch can be a major problem, it leads to spongy feel in the disc brakes and reduces braking power. ** Cables and housing can be rusted that ultimately leads to jamming of braking system. ** Dirty, rusty, wrecked and damaged rotor can also be a main cause to this. ** Check all the bolts from rotors to the cable housing. Loosening of bolts can also be a cause of this. If this primary inspection leads to fault then get it done & still if you don't find anything suspicious then please immediately go to the dealership.
  14. Toyota Etios V/s Competition

    See thecompro, Etios in itself is a 'Jack of all trades'. If you can get then please refer to the May 2013 issue of the Autocar magazine and go for the cover story that compared Toyota Etios with competitors (although the other vehicles didn't included the one' you mentioned above) but the overall winner was Etios deisel. That issue focused on every strenght and weakness of Etios. But, for now, trying to clear your thought's:- 1.) See, safety is a no concern for Toyota. Altough the car was made keeping VFM tag but that never allowed Toyota's engineer's to compromise on safety. The car uses a light but strong packaging. I too live in Delhi and know that driving is worse than any other city but this car have cleared all crash test and believe me it' safer than the cars say Verito & Sail. So, cut safety point of concern from the card. 2.) Spending around 8.5 lakhs on Toyota's sedan is worth it. First of all clear yourself what you are looking for. If looks is the priority than Sail is made for you but look towards this car only if you need a strict VFM car that doesn't go wrong over the time. The car is oveall perfect and not a winner in every area. 3.) Toyota too didn't want to deprive it's customers from these gadgets but the fact that Etios faces is VFM tag. The car was toyota's first production car in India that was meant for mass distribution. "Quality" tagline was kept aside to create this vehicle, thus some missing features coincide with low cost of vehicle. 4.) Judging a car on paper with only 68 ps on tap does not lead to the real judgment. On paper, tough others may win easily but it's the road which ultimately they are going to face off. Toyota always make real driveable engines and this one is no different. The car simply feels great to drive and the engine feels superb on city & on highways both. THe light kerb weight of car is the main reason behind this. The car is a real peppy machine. There is no turbo lag and picks up cleanly from 1000 - 12000 rpm and goes all upto 4000 rpm easily. After that power delivery is limited but that's where you are going to drive in the crazy city traffic and on the highways. 0 to 100 kmph comes in 15.88 secs that is great for a car. But. it's the driveability of engine that makes it so sound. The car cleanly picks up from as low as 20 kmph in 3 rd gear. For traffic like Delhi the car is great. Also, it never feels underpowered with passengers nor on the plains and nor on mountains, so you can easily move around the hills on weekend trips with your family and luggage. No worries at all. 5.) See if you are keen on buying a car immediately than go ahead as market is on a low of it's there are plenty of discounts plus bonuses that you will find, but if you are ready to wait then wait for navratra's and you will see a lot more bonuses & special packages coming in. At last you have yourself written the strenghts of the car so i think now you are clear what you want to buy. Toyota's owns a great respect for vehicle quality and this car too have same traits in it's veins. The car needs very less maintenance and is great to own experience especially for a Dilliwaasi!! So, go ahead!!
  15. Pics: 2013 toyota rav 4

    Toyota testing this car here means that it could possibly come here. The R&D center's are always instructed to test the cars in the worst conditions to prepare the vehicle for best. India (ofcourse is already a great place) for checking the off-roading skills of the vehicle, thus finger's crossed over the launch. but still hope that Toyota's engineer's setting up their minds for the Indian market after the huge success of Fortuner. Talking of the vehicle, the SUV looks tough though, seems like a Pajero sport kind of 'coz of it's high stance to width ratio aspects. But, a few more pictures of the vehicle would be welcome in order to get a pure image of this Indian test 'mule'.
  16. There is nothing to worry about as i told you in reply to my inbox. The car is fantastic and is not ruined by the comapy's sales and mangement policies as done with SKoda. If you have booked it and liked it then don't judge your decision now. The car won't prove negative in any sense of ownership. Go for it.
  17. BMW Owners Club

    Good to see someone starting a club for so many die hard fans and owners of BM's!!! Hope many will join you soon! Tell us what car you drive?
  18. Scoop pics: Audi A3 sedan spotted testing in Mumbai

    Looks a normal Audi, nothing to excite about!! Simple used and tested power mills under the hood, although good and powerful for Indian traffic conditions. Now, the things depends upon how the Audi prices it. THe main competition that it's going to face would be the very first car of their own brand i.e. A4 2.0 TDi that's priced very very well for luxury car market. Also A3 have same design language as for A4 plus the A4 have plus point for more rear seat space. The other that would definitely hamper the Audi is the upcoming Merc CLA. That's got incredible design language to attract crowd anywhere. The car looks stunning for it's price plus the space is also nearly same. Altough the cost is not clear yet but would be priced nearly same with a max. +1 Lakh. Let's see what happens but it's sure Audi is going to rock the market again.
  19. polo GT TSI

    Leshy, surely one of them is taking for you ride 'coz it's something non- understandable how a car can have two waiting periods in the very same city???
  20. Owing a Royal Enfield was a dream with which i was born. For the rest of the world (including my family: excluding the male members) it was a machine that made aloud noise and was owned by the richie rich notorious guys. But for me it was just something that nothing else could beat. It was a BULLET. The dream of owing one came true when my father gifted me one on my b'day. In fact it was a surprise gift (i didn't knew it was coming home) & OMG, within a minute i was owing an Enfield. Now the review.... FIRST RIDE The first impressions were - 1.) Bike was heavy. 2.) Size of the vehicle was large enough for getting used to (it took me about a month to get the beautiful beast in full control). 3.) Ride quality esp. at bumps and the potholes was awesome. 4.) Riding it was like riding a time machine (became a rockstar in the hood' bike was an eye candy) 5.) Performance was real good for such a heavy bike. (0 to 100 kmph comes nearly in 15 16 secs.) LONG TERM INVESTIGATION As the time passed excitement came down and seriousness started. The main engine aspects, that were discovered during a RE rally, and owing it a long termer were:- 1.) 350 UCE was much smooth, sharp and easy to use than the old cast iron. 2.) Gearbox was much better now, but, gears were a bit hard. 3.) Gear ratios were simply best for a cruiser like this. (even felt good than Calssic 500 ratios) 4.) Engine performed more aggressively after been used for a few minutes. 5.) Engine needed upshifts early to use the torquey powereband. 6.) Kick was as easy to use as a Hero Splendor. 7.) Fuel efficiency was awesome. It always gave 40+ kmpl ( the worst i got was 30 kmpl when i rode it at a mighty 120kmph :-p !!) 8.) Cruising capability was remarkable. I rode it for 18 hours with only 6 stoppages and it was right there! The best speed to cruise was 70 to 85 kmph. Below 70 kmph it feels slow and above 85 vibrations came down through the handle rod and footpegs. 9.) Vibration was an issue. As the bike went up to 90kmph mark everything started vibrating like hell!! But, as iwas a bullet maniac, to me it was like a massaging seat which massages faster as fast you go. It had it's own experience. 10.) Mirrors, though, looked retro classic were only half of use. As, i left off clutch they vibrated like have been shaked, but, as the bike went fast they stabled themselves. But, were not of much use. 11.) Overall quality, though made like a gun, was not as good as other models, say the Standard 350 UCE. 12.) Battery powered lights worked like projector headlamps. Illuminated road perfectly. 13.) Electric starter was a much convince in stop go traffic. 14.) The chain was half covered and now was on the right side of the bike, threw very much of grease. Made it a project to clean it every day. 15.) Saddle seat with springs was awesome but the optional pillion seat was a nightmare for pillion over long rides. 16.) Stock silencer felt a bit too long. 17.) Handle rod was a tad upright, thus, made handling tricky in city traffic esp. with a heavy pillion. 18.) Front 280 mm disc helped a lot in stopping the "Bigfoot" at high speeds. 19.) Broad rear tyre made stability very good on highways plus made it a joy to operate. The bike felt more stable than it's cousins with thin rear tyres like Electra and Std. 20.) Rear brake pedal fell loose off very often due to repeated use. THUMP SHUMP Bullet is known for it's traditional thump and i too wanted same from mine. The stock silencer proved good and silent, but i was keen on having a bit loud voice. So, ordered the optional upswept silencer for Classic and my god, it had a 1 month waiting period. After 1 month got one of them, but what i see was a nightmare. It came with a manufacturing defect and looked defected too. The dealer promised to change it and what i got was another month of waiting period. Again the silencer came and it was a hell!!! Again it was defected!!!! After waiting for 2 months i decided to stick with the original. The accessory truck of company came only once a month, thus, had to wait 1 month for every single part you order. Irritating. Went out for some local one's but they were like just a loud pipe meant to scare the pedestrians and make you look odd, therefore cancelled the idea of changing it! CONS 1.) Kick got jammed after 5000 kms. Took to the dealership, got it fixed. 2.) Big size means a lot of care while driving esp. in city traffic. 3.) All metal, very heavy plus prone to rust and color fading. So, polish it once in a week and keep it away from water as much as possible. I washed it every Sunday for 5 months regularly and as a result my tool kit got rusted (b'coz water leaked inside the tool box) HORRIBLE!!!! 4.) Vibrations. As, stated above, were always annoying. Despite of thinking it a massaging chair it distracted from high speed driving. 5.) Backup. The service is the main part of ownership experience and RE is lagging very much behind in this field. Every single part have a waiting period of 1 month in North India. Even the bike owns a waiting period of 5 to 6 months. 6.) Switchgear. Very light, need to improve quality. 7.) Small voices of metal rubbing start coming as the temp. fell down. It was whole december and january when a sharp voice kept off coming from rear springs. The service guys said "bhaisahab itni toh bullet se aati hi rehti hai" TERRIBLE!!!!!!!! After the season passed off the voice too went off. 8.) Take it to a public place and you will find somebody definitely "TESTING" your bike. So, touching and disturbing the adjustments like changing mirror positions, switch gone from low to high beam, indicators on are some of the common things that you would find after returnig. 9.) Costly service. Every even numbered service cost around 1100 bucks!! Even the Swift petrol is serviced in only 2200 bucks.... 10.) The axle lock. It's always need to be reminded off that the lock is at the front "neck" of the bike and not merged with the ignition switch. A bit annoying. But, still looks and feels retro, not much a problem. 11.) Handle rod. A tad up thus makes it a cumbersome to ride in traffic. 12.) Pillion seat. Very narrow and uncomfortable. and at last my personal favorite part....... FAQ's (Frequently Asked questions by JANTA JANARDAN) 1.) Bhaisahab kitne ki hai? 2.) Average kitni deti hai?? 3.) Ktni top speed hai?? 4.) Left side gear waali hai kya?? 5.) Electric start bhi hai?? 6.) Disc break kab se aane lage isme?? and this one stole my heart when a Sardar ji asked me this.... "BECHOGE KYA, 1 LAKH DUNGA??" Anyway's this is a bit of what owing a RE feels like. It was dream came true for a hardcore bulleteer like me and loves it the most. I still own it and would never never sell this legend. NEVER!
  21. @ neerajd, thanx for liking & most welcome for the review. And yes go for the bullet whenever you change the bike. you will experience an unforgettable experience!!!
  22. Agree with Sarabjeet, a rear AC unit is something that a company would definitely be willing to add to their cars (esp. at this price point) there has to be something another reason behind this!! Also, it's not the cost cutting b'coz they have another better ways to do so and if they were to reduce the costs of the product they would have changed many other aspects too!! Rear AC worked well without any fault, thus faulty system is also marked out from the card.
  23. polo GT TSI

    Leshy, don't just think about the Laura TSI. It's a fab car deteriorated by company's own image. You can read my ownership experience of owing a Laura for about an year on the form topic "Ecosport or Laura for self driven!!" Polo TSI is just a fab car and there is nothing to worry about the service, maintenance and ownership experience issues. All these would be less than the cost of petrol you pay for your car... Simply buy it!
  24. Yes, agree with Sstar. Some pics (if you have them) or any other source would be a huge welcome.
  25. Heating issue with WagonR

    The above is a link from a good article wrote on the main causes of heating of an engine. So, read it carefully. It provides every info you require on your car. I have attached this, so , apologies for copy & paste.