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  1. The same applies to you' date=' mate. Make her your good friend and ogle (if you want to) at her from 50 ft away. [/quote'] Nope.........I am stealing her from you for sure so you better hide her.
  2. Only people here in India buy Skoda over Corolla because of the diesel factor and nothing else. Its certainly not due to its pedigree in any sense or the hyped build quality. As for changing cars every four years, in US people change in three years and still put their money of Toyota and Honda. If it was not for the diesel factor and the fact that India is still a young market where perceptions of long term ownership and resale value is yet to be formed. Thank the Gods that some of us here in India don't go for hype, idol worship and hearsay to base their decisions to purchase a car.
  3. Now the fun begins, from mediocre hypes, we get true internationally tested prodcuts, bravo.
  4. Gurkha

    Toyota Yaris

    Fantastic, this is the vehicle worth hyping for, has met with good success in US.
  5. True but it can be her good friend in need.
  6. Maybe we can share...........a menage' a trois is always interesting.
  7. Black followed by bottle green.
  8. Black followed by red.
  9. On my last visit to south last year, I saw quite a few of them on highways and cities like Coimbatore etc. so I guess they are still popular with a certain segment.
  10. By the way, Jeremy Clarkson is still quite fair when it comes to journalism, he has the pulse of the enthusiast, not just blind idolators.
  11. If I get to own a A Bat, I will gladly kiss it all over.
  12. The Getz was mentioned as a costly hatch in comparison to the even costlier Fabia hatch, the Swift comparison to Getz was bought in by you and therefore the reply. The Getz is the right comparison to the Fabia and the market perception to a hatch being marketed in the price range of a regular sedan.
  13. If you think Getz has Turbo lag, wait till you drive a 911 Porsche...........nothing happens for seconds and then all 350bhp of hell is unleashed in a rear engine rear heavy vehicle all of a sudden but that never did make it unpopular in any sense. I still fill Getz CRDi is an excellent compromise for those looking for performance with diesel economy. Pity neither the hatch nor the sports car market got to realize that. Getz needs the look near-abouts Swift to sell itself and the price factor also has to come down. That was my original point, no one is willing to pay upward of 6L for a hatch, no matter how good it is.
  14. How the auto brands rank (problems per 100 vehicles INDUSTRY AVG 237 Volkswagen 335 Need I say more...........
  15. Raj, Agreed on all points but the fact remains, Swift petrol feels wheezy when compared to Getz diesel, on highways, the Getz blows away all including Palio S and only City VTEC manages to edge past it. On top of that it returns frugal diesel economy so its quite a good high performance value.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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