octane_100

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  1. but some members here are like they want a Skoda thread otherwise they would not post in any other topic except skoda and again start those old fights about Overpricing of skoda irrespective of what is being discussed right now...this actually becomes boring sometime ...u can see there are maximum threads about skoda haters in this Forum..one should know that everytime u should not come to again old things which have already been discussed..Hope u r getting my point..

     

    Agree with you. No point in going back to the same points. Let's discuss only the "recall" and nothing else.

  2. The point here is not about making mistakes. Everyone does mistakes and it's commendable when people realise it and then come out in the open to accept it and then rectify the mistake. It applied to Skoda as well.

    But the point people are making is the "type" of mistake. Skoda is in India for more than 4 years now and it's more than enough for some one to know the conditions. The mistake they have done clearly shows that they are either plain dumb to have not learnt any thing from their experience here so far or they are just arrogant and do not acknowledge India specific requirements.
    octane_1002008-08-11 06:31:17

  3. City's interior is definitely attractive and is of a higher quality wrt the competition. The Fiesta runs the city close on the quality and feel of the materials but the design itself is subjective. City is a great car to drive on city roads but if you are looking for some spirited driving in your car, then you will be disappointed with the City. Its steering is light and hardly has any feel. If you are fine with it and the fact that you would be buying a model that is going to be replaced in a couple of month's time go for the City. I would still prefer the Fiesta.


  4. Hi ' date=' Asif, Linea would be a better car than Fiesta, its only concerns about Fiat delivering on after sales. Linea is expected in September, it will have a 1.8 litre petrol motor producing- 140 BHP. Expected price- 7L for base model.
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    Hey Speed,

    May i know what's the source for your information?

  5. As i said before, the details on the Linea are very sketchy. The engine options will depend upon how Fiat would want to position Linea. To comment on its efficiency and all will be pure speculation and i don't want to do that.

    One thing's for sure; if you are looking for a fun to drive petrol, you probably cannot get a better deal than the Fiesta 1.6 as of now. So if you like it, go ahead and buy it.


  6. Rumours have it that the Linea will be launched around Diwali, i.e. October.

    If discussions in other notable fora is anything to go by, no one is quite sure on the specs as well as the pricing. But in all probability, there should be atleast a couple of models(if not the top end) available with in your budget(i.e. if Fiat doesn't want this one to bombsmiley2.gif).

    Also, the Linea is much larger a car compared to the Fiestas and SX4s. So if one of your considerations is space, it will definitely be worth it to wait for just a li'l bit longer.

  7. I would suggest you wait for couple more months. By then the Fiat linea will also be out and you can evaluate that as well. Among the current crop that have been discussed, as a product i would vote for the Fiesta 1.6. It's put together well, offers decent amount of space, comfort and now offers safety equipments as well. Above all it's a hoot to drive smiley2.gif. However, service won't be all that good and spares will be costlier. octane_1002008-08-08 11:42:38

  8. While we are talking about spares, here's a titbit which might interest you folks. A fellow TeamBHPian lost one of his plastic wheelcaps when he hit a pothole. When he wanted to replace that he was quoted an amazing Rs2,300/- by the dealer!!!!!!!!! That's the price for a single wheel cap.

     

    I am just wondering if Skoda is spelt 'MERCEDES'smiley4.gif

  9. In my opinion, it's better for newbie to go for a used car especially when one's in a city like Mumbai. A dent and a scratch on a new car will break one's heart. So get used to driving in rush hour traffic and once you are confident that you can handle them all go for a new one. Until then a used Alto VX1.1 or an old zen should be a good choice for you. But once you buy it, keep it atleast for a year else it will be waste of money.

    Enjoy your buy and drive responsibly smiley20.gif


  10. Here comes the big comparison test!

     Honda Accord' date='  Nissan Teana,  Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Sonata Embera and Volkswagon Passat. Which is the best car in all of these according to you?

    Reply me as soon as you can. Also tell me which one is best in= economy,  power,comfort.smiley1.gif

     

     
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    If you are thinking of buying any of the above in India then forget the Mondeo. It's no longer sold in India. Out of the rest I would prefer the Accord since it comes with Japanese reliability and is the best allrounder for that money.

    The Sonata is for those who don't care about Hyundai's lack of brand appeal and who are primarily chauffeur driven.

  11. @ octane= so did  u finally bought indica or some other car for yourself?

     

    No, i stayed away from the Indica. as i mentioned the ergonomics are very poor. I bought myself a sparingly used Elantra petrol.

     

     I am not sure how many people loved this car so much as to buy both the diesel as well as petrol version!!! smiley1.gif

     
    octane_1002008-08-01 13:52:52

  12. I  test drove an Indica Dicor a couple of weeks back  when i was hunting for a car around 5 lakhs price point and i was surprised at the improvements Tata has made! This was my first try at the Indica after i drove a turbo diesel a year ago. the finish seemed tolerable and the biggest improvements in my opinion were the gearshift and the engine. The engine felt refined and responsive. My only grouse was the ergonomics, especially the awkwardly placed throttle pedal which gave my foot a pain with in 5 mins!!!


  13. Skoda would have to reduce Octys. price & to avoid giving it a down market model appeal' date=' give a facelift also.
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    I think they have already done this. I read an ad in TOI some 2-3 months back that "Octavia is now available at 10.XX Lakhs". Cannot remember which variant and whether it was a limited period offer. Has anyone else read this ad??

     

    And i think you are contradicting yourselves. Why would it spend more money on the facelift and then reduce the price??
    octane_1002008-08-01 13:23:26

  14. Theres a 1 min. diff. in our post timings.(my edit & your post)

    Skoda will have to do something new to the Octy. to keep it alive in the competition' date=' its sales have already come down. Nothing generates more consumer interest than a change! & Skoda had itself stated that it intends to give a facelift to Octy. to keep it in reckoning.
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    Even i noticed the time difference :).

    Coming to Octavia, my money is on Skoda coming up with a Laura Rider and lower versions than providing Octavia a facelift. IMO they have already started this process by launching Laura Ambiente. This makes sense if you look at the fact that they will be launching a cheaper Passat with CRDi engine at 20L mark. They have skimmed the market enough with their Laura!

  15. All the hoopla for nothing! Laura is a completely new car & not just a facelift or a new name. We were talking about Octavia per say ' date=' as Skoda intends to sell it for quite some time. [/quote']

     

    Okay may be you didn't get the humour in the earlier posts!

    Anyway i think you know Laura is the new Octavia and the Indian Octavia is not sold anywhere else. In such a situation I don't think Skoda will invest more in giving Octavia a facelift.