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  1. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    I have driven the petrol and disel Swift as well as my friend's Getz CRDi, the CRDi blows the Petrol Swift, the diesel is not even in the picture. Hyundai used a small quick spool Garret research turbo which has minimal lag but no turbo is without lag. There is absolutely no comparison in terms of performance ratio on the Getz CRDi and the only thing it looses to the Swift is looks and handling which I admit with stock tires is a bit porky but with the right set of plus one sized Yokohama Advan or AVS, it can run give cars like the City VTEC a good run for money.
  2. Skoda very pricey..ya! Patrick of Harwich MA (5/19/05): Thanks to the fabulous engineering at Volkswagen USA, my 2001 VW Jetta 1.8 Turbo has been in and out of VW dealerships like salmon up the stream during mating season. As an honest man or woman you are lost to these salesmen and corporate (types) at VW. I have seen a water pump recently kill the timing belt and the cylinder head, some 15,000 miles before the water pump should ever have to be replaced. I've seen the all-too-often problems of the repeated check engine light, windows, and anything but expected performance out of my VW Jetta. WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.
  3. Tribute to Esteem

    Esteem has always been one of my favorites, I have seen countless examples of Esteem engines running for over 2.5L without overhaul. It represented an excellent value in its segments specially when Maruti woke up due to competition and improved its overall fit and finish to a great extent.
  4. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    CR doesn't do survey, first get familiar with these ratings and then talk, its obvious you are Skoda fanatic in every sense. VW sells junk period and is rated way lower than Hyundai. The only reason they manage to sell in China is because they were the first to enter the market with the Fox which was made in joint collaboration with a Chinese company. That don't negate the fact that VW has made junk. I have not driven the Fabia in India but your dealer friend has?, thats preposterous in every sense. I don't live in India anyways, so I have not only driven the Fabia, my sister in law owned one for a year till she upgraded to a Toyota Camry for obvious reasons. Since you give the dubious logic that Hyundai hasn't higher numbers of Getz, if going by sales numbers, Maruti is the best vehicle around period. The reason Getz hasn't sold is due to its price, no one in India is willing to spend over 6L in a hatch. This should tell you how great a flop Skoda Fabia will be. The world sales figures and CR reports in US are final authority, so are the words of car magazines there like R&T, C&D etc. When they rave about Skoda or VW Golf which is the equivalent sold in US, then come back and do the Aarti that you are doing in Skoda currently. There is no sense in raving about Fabia, if it was a world beater, Toyota and Honda would be shivering in their shoes by the global sales numbers, obviously you are hooked on Skoda and your vision is clouded to see the marketing nightmare of a 7.5L hatch. In that case Chevy had a hot hatch in India in the 6L bracket which looked nice but due to the high price, failed miserably. Its totally hopeless to discuss with a person who fails to see logic. Looks like Skoda is the only vehicle you have been exposed to. Lastly check the meaning of racism, its hatred of people based on race as reflected by the comments left on the Scorpio test, I am not condemning the Eastern Europeans people in general, just the stuff they are making currently so stop taking a holier than thou attitude on this regard. Need I remind you of Lada, Yugo, Trabant etc. Gurkha2008-01-07 10:51:06
  5. Can Detroit Stop Its Slide in 2008?

    If you have watched Michael Moore's Roger and I, then you get a clear pic why Detroit can't compete with the Japanese. They need to make reliable cars with appeal. Most of the ill repute from domestic buyers have come due to Detroit selling sheer junks and not being responsible for it. Their recalls have not been frequent for vehicles with known mechanical and reliability issues, their resale even worse as they are perceived to be poor buys in second hand car market.
  6. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    Someone commented that VW is reliable, that a joke of a statement. In the April 2004 edition's reliability page (page 17), VW bottomed out at 28th out of 30 for 3 year old Passats and DEAD LAST (29th of 29) for 5 year old Passats. On page 81, Volkswagen has 3 models (Golf, Jetta, New Beetle) in the "REPEAT OFFENDERS" section of "USED CARS TO AVOID". On the same page, Passat 1998-2000, 2002 4 cyl, and 1996-1997 6cyl make the general AVOID list. Also do check for the true accounts of owners with VW and their woes. Touareg is among the lowest most unreliable vehicle in its class with multiple recalls, just google Touareg and you will see its chequered history.
  7. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    LOL! East Europe has never stood for quality and VW or Skoda is the last word in quality, I have owned VW and won a lawsuit against VW to get my money refunded. How many VW have you owned or have collected data on? If you are talking about racism, check the comments posted on the Mahindra Scorpio test in Australia, thats racism for you. By the way, how do you know I haven't driven a Fabia?, are you aware of my social circle or my stature or my access to various automobiles. You challegned sgiitk in the same way, its rude of you in every sene. 110bhp diesel hatch sold for less is a waste and a east Euro hype made by VW and sold for 7.5L reflect market for you. Obviously hype rather than performance is the asset of you choice. I can tell you with contention, market aside, 7.5L hatch will be a bomb and even Indians have now realized to look through the Euro marketing hype as seen by the Renault Logan flop. Are you aware about who are the global players in the automotive world. Please check again and bring the whole world to the equation, just not India. How many Fabias are sold in SE Asia or for that matter how many Golf are sold in US. There are more Hyundais sold FYI and of course, I won't even bring the Japanese in this equation. Doesn't matter if you agree with my viewpoint, a Skoda dealer will obviously peddle his bread and butter and will also have a narrowed perspective in his/her assessment and it definitely can not be considered a fair judgement in any sense.Gurkha2008-01-07 08:11:19
  8. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    Obviously a Skoda dealers' vested interests will make him come out with a statement like that. Rs.7.5L for a East European re-skinned VW Golf hatch is a joke and calling it God's Own Creation is journalistic license stretched too far. VW Golf has truly poor quality rep and is quite poorly build as well. Has high levels of reliability issues, lets hope the Fabia has learnt to iron out those. Except for the fuel economy and the Diesel factor, there is absolutely no justification spending so much money when one can get a City close to the same price and the more powerful Getz CRDi which is among the best value at less price.Gurkha2008-01-07 07:29:46
  9. Marutis Highest ever sales

    Not surprisng, fancy and luxury cars aside, Maruti is the bread and butter vehcile for India which has now put families on safety of 4 wheels from the highly unsafe 2 wheels.

    Awesome pics, thanks mndvishnu. I will sell my soul to the devil for the black one.Gurkha2008-01-07 06:40:31

    The Type R is a different CIVIC than the one sold here in India, totally different suspension setup.
  12. Global Launch of COnept Car from MSL

    Lets see how it competes with the Jazz.

    Will post soon, Civic Type R seating is for race, designed to hold you during high G corners.
  14. Toyotas Concept hyb truck!!

    I want one.............willing to sell myself for it or sell my soul to the devil as well.
  15. Unleaded Petrol Additive-Vintage Cars

    The ashless synthetic 2T like Castrol JetX is perfectly fine to use in a 1% mixture with petrol, this way the plugs don't foul and neither does carbon build up on the head and your valve seats stay intact.
  16. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    Jazz is the only car in its range to meet NHSTA 5 stars, something that even big SUVs fail sometimes, has five airbags and HONDA quality, pity its not in diesel but I still expect the sales to be higher than Skoda Fabia.
  17. Skoda very pricey..ya!

    LOL! and *******s are born every minute here, they will shell out for East European hype when Swift and Getz offer far better value and the Jazz will trounce them all.

    Your Santro economy is fine for an auto, if you can put the Mobil-1 ATF in it, you will extend the life and get a bit better economy.
  19. Civic or innova

    And do test drive the petrol Innova.

    The trick with auto trannies is to keep the torque converter in good shape and the bands tight. After every 50,000km, its a good idea to get the bands tightened. To reduce operating temps inside the tranny during summer and reduce torque converter slippage, its best to spend money and use synthetic ATF like Mobil-1 ATF.Gurkha2008-01-06 04:16:45
  21. Delhi Madness

    Most *****ic idea ever to be put across, are they on drugs when they propose this kind of stupidity. Considering the number of out of staters from Haryana and UP coming in to Delhi every day for business or work, the sheer impact of screening each and every one of them is just preposterous even for a rich nation like US with all its resources, forget about India. Wait till Haryana, Punjab and UP retaliates.
  22. The agony of being a Chevy Tavera

    Qualis has a much better ride even though it also has the same leaf spring suspension in back and smaller tires than Tavera or Sumo. Thats Toyota expertise for you.
  23. Future for the Maruti 800?The 800& the VW Beetle

    The 1L four cylinder was turbocharged and sold in US, it was decked up with spoilers etc and was quite quick due to the excellent power to weight ratio. The same principle can be applied to 800 but then serious mods will be needed for the chassis. If marketed, it might put a serious dent on the Swift as well.
  24. The agony of being a Chevy Tavera

    Considering the myriads of engine failures on DP as well as Scorpio and around the same with Safari, I would consider both even. Of course the Indigo is another story, its far less reliable than anything else out there. Are you aware of timing chain break issue in Scorpio engine, or the fact that the diesel heater breaks often and so does the ECU, or the dreaded failure of the elecronic 4WD switch which I have seen few of my friends suffer during our 4WD outings. Also the front wheel drive coupling on 4WD comes loose during heavy duty off road outings on Scorpio. Its a common complaint yet to be addressed by Mahindra. Also the inner tire wear on frotn tires is a common complaint which Mahindra dealers tell you its normal. So along with Safari's complaints, Mahindra has a long way to go. Also the sad fact is that compalints are not addressed promptly nor are recalls, in case of Toyota, what makes it good is their almost paranoid recalls. For a small thing like surface rust, or loose ignition tubler, they will do mass recalls. Not the case with Safari or Scorpio. You have to prod customer service and dealers to get any answers. The Scorpio CRDe has oil consumption issues....almost one liter of oil every 1500km which is high but the company tells you its all normal. So both have long way to go.

    Thanks, the W123 300TD was the last of the Panzer Tankwagen MB made with engine and rest of the vehicle made to last forever. Its also the last MB to really look like a MB with its distinct image.