Diptanshu Mishra

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  1. I believe that TUV300 will be replacing the Quanto, since they both will be sharing parts, and as we all know that Quanto ain't doing that well. Also Mahindra plans to not discontinue the Bolero but there is a rumour that as soon as the parts based production run is over they are gonna pull the plug on the Quanto. Anyways I have to admit that the TUV300 looks good except the rear where it reminds me of the Quanto and the disproportionately small tyres.

  2. Had a lot of free time on Sundays, so decided to do something creative and ended up deciding to paint the engine cover of my '07 Honda Civic 1.8V. Took me around an hour and is a totally DIY job with no expertise.

    Step 1: Remove the engine cover from your car (mostly a couple of screws hold it there).

    Step 2: Mask off or remove any decal and logos that are there on the engine cover.

    Step 3: Use a glossy or matt rattle can spray paint (I preferred a gloss red).

    Step 4: Spread a sheet of old newspaper and put the cover on it (you don't want to spoil your floor).

    Step 5: Heat the rattle can with a hair drier so that the flow is even and no clotting takes place.

    Step 6: Evenly spray a coat of spray paint and it let it dry in fan for about half an hour.

    Step 7: Spray a second coat of paint and let it fully dry.

    Step 8: After the paint has dried, carefully unmask or put back any decals or logos that you had removed earlier.

    Step 9: Put the engine cover back in the car, and you're done.

    I was liking the red engine cover so ended up painting the compressor head and the hose also in red colour.












  3. Renault unveiled the Kwid amidst much fanfare and the car community went bonkers with the features and the price that its offered at. "Its a hatchback that has spawned its cross version before the hatch" this is what it seemed from the launch pics. If Renault plan a future full blown SUV spawned of the Kwid, here is what it would look like.


  4. Introduction

    Its been just over 2 months since I bought the Tata Aria. It was a tough decision since there were so many options in the market one will be spoilt for choice. I still did some research and narrowed down to six cars with Tata Aria, MS Ertiga, Toyota Innova, 2014 Mahindra Scorpio, Chevy Enjoy, Safari Storme. I expelled the Enjoy for its dated cabin and poor quality, next to go was the Storme just because it was so similar to the old safari, next in line to go was the Innova for its taxi image. I narrowed down to 3 options and then deducted the Scorpio because I already owned a 2012 Scorpio and this one was too similar. With the last 2 contender the Tata Aria seemed to be a better contender on parameter of space, practicality and goods on offer in the car.


    One would be amazed by looking at its gigantic proportions with a close to 5 meters of length its definitely long. From the front you see a resemblance to other Tata products with vertically slotted sharp headlamps and the smiling grill being the prominent features in the front. Move on to the side and you’re bound to notice the huge proportions of the vehicle. Although the side is pretty much plain you have some design cues such as blacked out B & C pillars and Aria decal running on the side of the car. On the rear it’s the same familiar Tata look with vertical pillar stacked tail lamps with clear lenses. I would like to mention that the panel gaps are prominent in this car although not as drastic and one will be finding these in the bonnet shut lines and the hatch shut lining in the rear, all the other places have almost no panel gaps. The car is quite high and moving in and out of the car is a bit of a task. Also the ORVM are awkwardly designed and are about a feet excess to the car's width.


    Interior quality is decent but not upto the mark of say a Toyota Innova. One can find some panel gaps although have to mention that the fit and finish is decent and you get a faint resemblance of a range rover dashboard. You get a lot of kit with the car as seen in the pictures which include one touch power down on all windows, Leather upholstery, 3 Rows of AC with independent controls, etc. One thing that might be a sore eye are the ergonomics of the car. For example, there are almost no cubby holes in the car, the twin glove boxes are so shallow that they cant even house the cars own user manual, front passenger footwell is intruded by the 4X4 transfer box, cup holders on the center stack are practically useless as you end up spilling coffee on your gear knob. One saving grace is the size of door pockets which are big enough to have a 2 litre bottle in them and even then have enough space for a harry potter book. Also the bolstering on these seats are not the most efficient and broad frame people will have a problem fitting in them. Middle row is very comfortable with good underthigh support and a reclining backrest and 4 AC vents to keep you cool. Last row is miserable with not enough space for even 5 footer although you have 2 AC vents and enough space for nic nacks. The rear hatch door houses a dedicated subwoofer housing with bracket and boot has an amplifier housing although it’s small, this housing can also be utilized to keep small but necessary things. AC vents are one thing that are in abundance and hence you get 10 AC vents. The armrest does not come in the base model and the one here is a custom made one.

    Performance and Ride Quality

    Tata tweaked the engine to make it more refine and up the power to 150 PS and so it’s a good cruiser. The power is there when you want if you keep it in 1500 – 3000 RPM range. Although in lower RPM it showcases a turbo lag. The NVH level of the car are decent considering it to be a single mass flywheel although higher models have a very good NVH level with a dual mass flywheel. The car gives a mileage of 13 in city with AC and 17 on highways with AC and these are good enough for a car in Mumbai. It cruises in peace at about 120Kmph but feels out of place and pushed hard at over 120Kmph. The ride is very leveled with only crater sized potholes filtering into the cabin. It feels at home on highways because car is about 2.5 tonnes it sticks to the tarmac on high speeds and does not wobble. Its sometimes strange to drive of these enormous proportions with this ease.


    Many said that I was taking a wrong step in going for a Tata but it was a heart over mind decision and I don’t regret it, although the after sales are very poor and unpremium and regular services take a lifetime to get done let alone the change of parts and Tata is synonymous with poor reliability, but in all due respect I shall say that I will wait and see it for myself how this Tata delivers. Let’s just hope for good, Fingers Crossed.



















  5. Its definitely possible to get it installed outside but in order to protect your car go for a good brand in sunroof installation because cheaper ones tend to invite rust in sill areas and make matter even worse by leaking water into the car. You can get an aftermarket sunroof starting from 20,000 all the way upto a lac rupees but its better to go for a sunroof in 60,000 range and above since quality of install in displayed in that range only. For any OEM sunroof be ready to spend about 20% more. For example an install in a Mahindra XUV 5OO costs about Rs 1,10,000 including taxes, therefore you can assume the prices but the work done is of very satisfactory quality.

  6. You can go in for the Hyundai Elantra as its significantly cheaper than Octavia and an update is due soon and for the rest 10 lac you have got to spare wait for the Renault Lodgy as it has those 7 seats, is spacious and has the same suspension setup as the Terrano and Duster so it would be a comfortable cruiser and it would be more practical than a hatch. Renault unofficially claims a fuel efficiency of 19.5kmpl for the Lodgy so it would be somewhat economical than a hatch too.

  7. Was recently in bandra scouting when I came across this farm yard of a parsi guy who owned some cars and bikes of the bygone era.

    I tipped the watchman and went inside this abandoned property only to find a hoard of cars.

    As I entered the property there was a 93 Bently Brookland, as i scouted the front yard I found a rusted Triumph TR6, MG T Series one of only 3000 ever made, Mercedes 230SL, Willy's Jeeps, Harley Davidson, There was an old Indian bike under a rag top. I didn't dare to go to the backyard but found a car guy outside who said that this parsi also owns an Impala, Ford Mustang, Austin Coopers, A BMW 3 series I presumed it to be an E30 from the description and also a couple of old bikes.

    The worst part was that this guy hardly comes to India and is situated in USA for the past 3 years. God knows how many gems he has hidden back there.

  8. Just had a proper look at the amaze's steering wheel. Its an E2E fitment rather than a console unit. Pulling it out will pose a threat of ruining the circuitry, and over that the buttons are designed for the left side and putting them in the right side will not allow for any proper fitment. But since you have been able to remove the right side i would suggest a simpler way of going in for an aftermarket steering mounted control kit for about 1500 rupees and get them properly fitted in the right side bracket. I would suggest you to hire a professional to do it.

  9. I recently bought a new Tata Aria as I posted earlier and, it had a temporary registration when it came, now since the car has to get a registration the dealer which is called as Wasan Motors is demanding Rs.8000 as adjustment charges to the RTO. As my proof I have submitted-

    1. Latest electricity bill

    2. Latest property tax reciept

    3. House Agreement

    4. Posession Letter

    The reason he said for the same is that electricity bill as an address proof wont do the whole job so I need to give some adjustment charges. Please Advice that is it necessary to give such charges.

  10. I Would suggest going in for a primer, then a coat of gloss black paint, and finish it up with 2 sprays of clear coat, and ask someone to polish it with wax and 2 coats of automotive polish, and if you're budget permits and want to go that extra mile you can end up putting a Teflon spray over them. I'm pretty sure after these you're plastic parts will get a magnificent lustre and also age well.

  11. I just got delivery of my Tata Aria Pure LX Pearl White and as you all know it doesn't come with a music system so I'm planning to install a Volkswagen RCD320 BT music system that I sourced from my Vento. The connectors on the rear look the same as universal connectors but I want to make sure that the system does run in the Aria. I would like you all to put some light on my query.