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  1. TSReddy


    CYRUS I had 1975 Fiat spyder. After an accident in it within 3 months of purchase, the fellow who ran into my car ended up paying enough through his insurance company (after I filed a case against him and his insurance company in a court in US), I purchased a 1976 spyder. It was a 2 seater essentially with a back seat big enough to seat your cat and dog. I could stretch my hands back and get the convertible top up. The speed limit was 70 mph (116 kmph)in the Tennessee State that I was living in. I went no further than 150 kmph on American highways. It was lot of fun. I used to ride without the top even in light rain (rain would fall off) and winter(ofcourse, had the hot air coming in from the bottom). One factor that influenced me in buying that as well as the Benz later on was that they were popular among the American young and restless. I will, after going through the boxes that I shipped in from US, will post pictures of that fiat spyder and the benz, and other cars that I owned. Have a nice day TSR
  2. TSReddy


    Brief Introduction: I joined this forum a few months ago. I am an NRI and I am back living in my village in AP after taking early voluntary retirement from my work as an environmental manager in USA. I am doing some teachhing at a local college, spending some time working with children in the village and in helpful activities to the needy people. I like travelling in comfort and there is still a substantial portion of India I have not discovered. I enjoyed owning several American cars, fiat spider, and a 1982 Benz. I have been back since 2005. I switched from Santro to a 2009 Chevrolet Tavera recently and it has been good for long trips to Karnataka recently. I was surprised by the weather and beauty of coffee plantations. I do enjoy posts on this board TSR
  3. sgitk: I have searched all the 25 pages that are available. I think that it is very sad that you are too eager in your recommendation to close this thread. I sincerely trust that you do not repeat yourself on this forum in your posts. If some one wants to respond let him choose to do so. If you are not interested, you need not respond. Let the post die on it's own if no one is interested . It sure wold be nice to be kind and courteous. This post is not meant to be offensive. TSR
  4. Greetings A friend of mine seeking my advice as to which car to buy for about 4 lakhs. Functionality and reliability is the most important consideration. To serve for a long time with less maintenance is the most important consideration. The space in Santro or Wagon R or indica is satisfactory. I donot know if I missed other models. I took him around and showed him the above listed 3 cars yesterday. Petol/LPG or Diesel car is desirable. There is a fear of taking risk on new engine designs. It is good to have an engine that has been around for a few years. I read a lot of old posts on this board last night. My friend will be driving about 1000 Kms per month. So, for about 4 lakhs, what is your recommendation. Thanks TSR
  5. Greetings I read it in the Hindu 4 months ago, read it on GM website last week and heard it on NDTV yesterday that the GM India will be adding 250 dealerships and service centers by the end of 2009. That is only about 6 months. I believe that the GM India will do well here and GM China also should well as long as they make cars that people prefer. TSR
  6. Hi 325i: Greetings In electronic climate control - the compressor turns off when the desired temperature is attained and so, physical comfort and also, some savings in fuel consumption. When you use the manual knob to mix hot and cold air, is not the compressor still on?. For all guys on this board: I purchased a chevrolet Tavera 2 months ago. The AC is great right now during the day time, but from 6PM, it is cold even when I set the fan setting on 1. I am having to mix the hot air with the manual knob. Is that not a waste of compressor use?. Can an climate control be installed now? I am all ears to hear some solutions. Thanks TSR
  7. Greetings Need some advice I bought a new Tavera 2 months ago. I am thinking about having a Spoiler installede. The dealer told me that if I wanted a Chevrolet spoiler, he has to drill some holes to install. If he installed one from Kumar associates called "classique" brand, he could do with a clamp. Any suggestions on which route to go. By the way, I am satisfied with the top-end Tavera so far. The mileage is about 10 km in town and about 14 on the highway. They said that the mileage will improve to 13 in town and 18 on high way by the 3rd oil change. We will see. After sitting on leather seats in my Benz in US for about 20 years, it is good to sit on the leather seats with good lower back support in Tavera. TSR
  8. SORRY! It is for LPG kit TSR Hi' date=' TSR Are you sure you are getting CNG kit for Rs. 18500. Here in Ahmedabad CNG kit cost Rs. 37500. and LPG kit cost At Rs. 18000. Where do you get this much cheap and which brand? Pl provide me the information. Thanks in advance. [/quote']
  9. I will check and clarify. TSR Hi' date=' TSR Are you sure you are getting CNG kit for Rs. 18500. Here in Ahmedabad CNG kit cost Rs. 37500. and LPG kit cost At Rs. 18000. Where do you get this much cheap and which brand? Pl provide me the information. Thanks in advance. [/quote']
  10. I am getting a CNG kit in my 2001 Santro for 18500 rupees and this includes getting the RTO certification. It will be in the shape of a tire and will take up the space of my spare tire (for 28 litres of usable gas capacity) and the rest of the space would be available in the boot area. TSR
  11. Hi I got 3M under body coating and cavity protection done with a 5 year warranty for about 6 thousand rupees by the GM Chevrolet dealer. I do live about 7 km from the ocean and drive for about 3 to 4 months on roads with pot holes full of water. After spending about 11 lakhs for the Tavera, I didnot think that this is much for that peace of mind. I had lot of tinkering done recently on my 2001 Santro. I wish the original owner got the underbody coating and cavity protection when it was new for about 1000 bucks then. I have a 2 year - 50000 km waranty on Tavera, but I purchased an additonal 2 year warranty for about 11500 rupees. I may not need it- but, after spending 11 lakhs for this MUV, it didnot seem expensive. Any way, one needs to do cost benefit analysis to decide as to what is the right thing to do. Some times the benefit may be just peace of mind. TSR
  12. I was charged about 300 rupees per suuare feet and it came to be about 9800 for my Tavera which has about 33 square feet of glass on the sides and in the rear. If you know the area of your glass on the sides and rear, please multiply it with 300 rupees per square feet and that price is what would a dealer charge. You can get it done a little cheaper at an accessories shop. TSR
  13. How much area of glass are you having the suncontrol film installed? I am guessing that you are installing film on the side windows and the rear glass. The price depends on the area to be covered and the type of film. TSR
  14. Vas 007 1. Suncontrol film I purchased a new Tavera last week. After a good check on the internet, I had installed 3M Crystalline film (CR 50visibility for the sides and CR70 visibility for the rear- in compliance with the rules). Crystalline film is their tops and it should run about 280 Rs per squarefoot, and why not get it done at your dealer. 3M's head office is in Bangalore. Authentic 3M film will carry faintly visible 3M name on it. Since it is expensive, they will not keep the crystalline film in stock, but will order and get it overnight for you. I had it installed and there were no problems. 2. Antirust under body coating and cavity protection My 2001 Santro ( which I bought in 2005) has lot of rust and I am gettting some tinkering done on it. I really wish the original owner had the rust protection on it and I would not have all this nonsense. I live about 10 km from the sea and we drive in pothole riddent roads , mud and water for about 3to 4 months in a year. I paid about 6000 rs for a 5 year warranty and got it done at the dealer for my Tavera. I will get it done again after 5 years. When I paid good money for the new vehicle, spending for an excellent sun control film and rust protection is not that expensive. I live in a hot and humid area and If I was in Bangalore, I would not have had any sun contol film as my glasses came tinted by GM for the topend model of Tavera. Since my glasses were tinted and I had the 3M CR-50 and CR-70 films put on, I may not be in compliance with the law. GM didnot return my e-mail asking for info on the visibility of their tinted glasses. Have fun TSR