Durango Dude

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  1. Hi FRG, I get 7 kmpl in the city and 14 kmpl on the highway in my Elantra GLS.
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    Hi Pryas, Sales advisors normally don't know a damn about forthcoming models let alone the features of the car ur going to buy. The public is more aware 'cause of the websites. When I was shopping around for a new car, new Honda City was due and when I asked the advisor he told me it wasn't due till next year and said there was no news regards the model, and lo behold, it was out the next month. The sales staff are there to encourage people to buy the models available then and there not to send away prospective clients on the pretext that a new model is due, in the near future. So read well and go by the websites and by what Hormazd and guys have to say. Remember, when they said they were upgrading the city with airbags and ABS; Honda themselves issued a denial and lo behold out came the 10 Anniv edition of the city VTEC with all the features.
  3. Dear RSSH, It all boils down to the power to weight ratio where the Esteem wins with its tinny build, whereas the Swift with its stiff new chassis looses due to its increased weight. Over to FRG.
  4. Hi Umar, I think going for the 15" wheels and 195/60/15, on a Baleno, is going to foul with your wheel well, make your steering heavy and going to spoil your ride and also increase your fuel consumption. Only thing that will improve will be the looks...if you want to improve looks above all else...go ahead. Also ask FRG, they dish out similar advice in their queries section, and I'm mirroring their opinion, hope I'm right. Over to you FRG.
  5. Hey Zavo, Thanks for the warm reception, sure apprecaite it. DD
  6. Hi FRG, I think in the Anniv. issue, I think Damania's car featured in the photo was an SL500 not an SLK 350: am I right or wrong?
  7. Hi, Are you from the deep south: such diesel obsession is mainly in the south, Im also from Chennai. The best choice u have is Swift ZXI, let's face it. I was in love with the car when I drove it. I bought an Elantra because my wife did not approve of me "stepping" down to a Swift Zxi from an Accent GLS. The money saved on the petrol can be used as fuel expenses for atleast one year. And imagine the amount u'll save on maintainence. Im a petrol head, having driven a petrol, no diesel is as refined as a petrol, in the budget u have in mind. Refined diesel then may be u'll have to think of the E280CDI. Go ahead buy the Swift ZXI...
  8. Hi all, This is DD, sorry for the late intro, I was impatient and jumped headlong and did my first post. Here's my intro: Im from the deep south: Chennai, learned to drive in my dad's Amby and got my license in 1988. Then my dad bought a Sipani D-1, his worst mistake and he never bought a car again. I saved up and got my first M800 in '94: the car that most of us have fond memories of. Then that gave way to an Hyundai Accent in '99. And Accent has now made way for an Elantra GLS in '99. I have been in the Hyundai fold for almost 8 years, and am happy with their products and service. Haven't had a driver so don't really know how the back seat feels like. Even when driven I prefer the front passenger seat.
  9. Hi guys and gals, For the time being I really can't partake in this haloed conversation; 'cause I can't afford the above mentioned rides. But mine has all that is there in the above rides , probably 4 airbags less, and rides like a dream, and can pick up her skirt and float on our roads, unlike the Beemer that can give u instant Spondylitis after spending upwards of 4000K, and mine costs only Rs. 9.3 lakhs, but is mundane as plane Jane, and her name is Elantra.... Durango Dude.
  10. Hi FRG, About the Sipani D-1: Those were real dark days. The car was a M800 lookalike and wider all around. The only redeeming feature was the gem of a BMC 1500 cc diesel engine. The gear box was junk and broke literally twice and had to be replaced. My son was in his kindergarden those days. My first duty in the morning is getting the darned car started; and the whole neighbourhood would know that I was going out. Rarely it would start on first crank, I did not live in cold North but the warm south: Chennai; the battery used to die out and I made friends with the neighbourhood Car electric person. Who would help me out. And when it did crank it farted black smoke that used to keep my son entertained on his way to school. Once we loaded the car and took it to Tirupathi: God, was that an eyeopener, on ascending it did not cross the first bend and the temp needle got firmly stuck in red and then we opened the bonnet and had to literally pour cold water over the engine and wait till the needle came to green..This junk came as rear wheel drive, u know, and since the car was loaded when we carry speeds of 50 kmph the crankshaft would hit the body!!! and it had absolutely no brakes to talk of. This was my dads choice: and he never bought a car again. I saved up and bought myself a new M800 and disposed off the Sipani; the person who bought it insisted that it be sold to him only despite me eliciting all of Sipanis "virtues" to him and he paid a princely Rs.75,000 for that piece of junk and we happily lived ever after. Im always wary about Banglore cars so dont give the Reva or the San a second look. IN INDIA IT DOESNT PAY TO BE DIFFERENT....(Buy a Maruti or a Hyundai)...and we paid a heavy price in trying to be different. The Sipani D-1 costed a princely Rs.2,75,000 on road, in Chennai, for that we could have easily bought a new M800 A/C. Since u asked I have written out my soul on Sipani, sorry couldnt find a photo, those days there were no Digicams, who would spend money to buy a roll of film and shoot this piece of junk. LOL...FuelRunGod2007-10-12 11:32:06
  11. Hi Lokesh, At this rate u can use this review in ur resume if u want to join Autocar, Admin hope u saw this cool review. Congrats Lokesh and Happy driving in ur Aveo 1.4, and who do u have for company Rani Mukherjee, ask her to see me she has a real hoarse voice and Im an ENT surgeon...
  12. Sumit are u an NRI who has returned from abroad recently? There no Fiat dealerships, only TATA: and their plates are full with niggling problems and relaiblity issues from their Indica stable. How will they figure out whats wrong with a Palio, would u think they would bother...only a real die hard Fiat fan would buy a Palio Stile from TATA. I heard that Ferrari is entering India via TATA, God save Ferrari.... TATA must first set right its own products before taking on the big league...The saying now is probably, if u cant beat em, buy em for Tata for sure...
  13. I have owned an Accent for six years...go for the Accent. But get the car thoroughly checked out before u put ur money. It has a real chiller of an a/c and a soft ride and decent pickup and easy steering. Is it the CRDI or the petrol, better go for the 1.6 with ABS. Yes Accents brakes tend to fade, over time and ABS will surely help.
  14. Hi all, I think you all should congratulate me for having lived a lemon of a car.. for almost 2 years. The Blooming SIPANI-D1. This surely takes the cake as the worst car to be produced by India. The Bangalore based B-s-a-d- sure take the cake as the crudest of the crude car makers on planet earth. And their dealers(Upper India Co/ aka The Chandok Co.) in Chennai are also a group of creeps who have duped soo many hapless people. Autocar I wish u get ur hands on one them and do a road test, and let Karun Chandok do it, hes sure to enjoy it, how can I forget his dad and granddad for giving me this experience. Biggest group of frauds one can meet for sure, on planet earth.
  15. Hi Roomy, Make it Indian quid...hehe..., DD
  16. It could either be the rpm or if the A/c is on the compressor sometimes pulls the car...if its in full blast..am I right...
  17. Sure Skoda must be laughing (all the way to the bank) at their hapless customer who just cooked his engine. A side view mirror cost about 15000 quid for the Laura; imagine what this would cost...half the cost of the car for sure...
  18. Things are looking up...I learnt to drive in my dads Amby, that gave way to a Sipani D-1(biggest fraud on the Indian public) You may go blah blah on the Chandoks( they are relatives and in cahoots with the manufacturers of the car) but those are the buggers from whom we bought the Sipani D-1 in Chennai and you should see the kind of service they dished out: thu their Upper India outlet on Mount Road, Chennai; they sure burn in hell for that...that was the costliest mistake my dad did and he never bought a car after that...though I went on to M800, Accent and now Elantra. Hey we have come a long way.. dont worry ur kids and grandkids will get a good deal...
  19. Where is the Sonata Embera; it has both Petrol and Diesel; and I dont see it here...my vote is for Sonata Embera
  20. Optra, of course, Octy is not loaded and not VFM, hey Autocar guys dont go nitpicking about mileage; I have a feeling your Octy is not bought; but gifted to you by Skoda. Short and sweet: Octy is for snobs; and Optra is for guys like me....
  21. Nyet, I dont think so...We Indians love everything big. You know something I graduated from a M800 to a Hyundai Accent in 99. Good that Hyundai just swept me off my feet.. unless u get a true hot hatch, what we have here are all eunuchs of their international counterparts. Unless BMW brings in the 1 series and who knows I may surprise myself, again...hey BMW are you listening.... forget the 3 bring in the 1 and be ready to be bombarded by orders. And Mercedes Benz how about the A series. Why do these guys want to maintain their elitist image of all the places in India and keeping their 1 and A series firmly under wraps for India...
  22. Hi, Being the DD Im for CRDI VGT, I love the underdog, I Hyundai. Go for the Getz CRDI it will be one helluva car...
  23. Hi, These cars are as contrasting as chalk and cheese. Ones a diesel and one a petrol. Though both cost almost the same, they belong to different categories. Autocar always has a liking for Skoda so even if it has 105 bhp in their tests, it will make atleast 185 kmph and though it wieghs 1330 kgs. And their favorite is Honda City, do we need to say, it will do a 175 kmph even if it makes only 77 bhp. And an Elantra with 127 bhp with a power to weight ratio of some 100 will fume and fret to 179 kmph only. Somehow I think your Datron equipment does a not move when fitted on a Hyundai and soars on Hondas and Skodas only. . Hondas and Skodas are definitely taking Indians for a ride...
  24. Hi all, When I was shopping for a new petrol car two years back, I had a look at Optra, City, Indigo and Elantra. The Optra was not that loaded, the City was barebones basic and had a premium, Indigo...oh god, for buying that Id rather keep my six year old Accent. Finally the Elantra GLS(petrol) was fully loaded and had excellent service back up and came at a good price, so I went ahead and bought it. It has given me good service for almost 2 years and is very comfortable and plush, gives me around 7 kmpl in the city and around 14 on the highway. It has good safety kit: ABS, EBD, BAS and all round disc brakes and Dual airbags. It rides like a dream even on poor to moderate roads. And I havent spent a penny in service for the last two years, comes with a 4 yr/80,000 km warranty. And it maintains a cool 120 kmph on the highway and you dont even realise it. And has that all important ground clearance which is 185 mm; thats soo important for our roads. All in all a great car, and costed me a little more than the City VTEC which at that time had nothing in the form of safety kit. Any of you guys going for a 1800 cc vehicle should give Elantra a try...It may not have the image of a Civic or a Corolla but will grow on you over time and sure to give you a smile as you drive on, like it did to me. Moreover even my family loves it. Elantra and me the honeymoon continues.....