Rajeevraj

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  1. Hi, I am planning to go in for a 2nd hand SX4. I prefer the Zxi over Vxi due to the safety features. A sales guy in a reputed True Value showroom(whom I know) made a statement that it is better to go for Vxi over Zxi. And the reason he quoted was that the airbags in SX4 can deploy even in the event of a minor hit by a bike. According to him there is a sensor somewhere in the front bumper area and if there is a hit directly on it( for example even if it is minor bike hit), it can trigger the deployment. Now, I don't really believe this and I think it was a ploy by the salesman to push the Vxi (he did not have Zxi available). I also searched all over different forums and could not find any reference to such an issue. But would like to hear the input of experts in this forum on this topic. Thanks, Rajeev
  2. Discovery Turbo- 24/7 Auto Channel now in India

    Here is some additional Info: This channel is available on TataSky as part of the COSMOS add on pack which costs Rs45 per month. Other channels in this pack are movie channels (WB, MGM, TCM, NDTV Luminere). There is also another channel Discovery Science which is also very good. What i understand is that this is currently exclusive to Tata Sky only. Will be available on other platforms after this exclusive period is over.
  3. Benefits Nitrogen in Tires

    I have had this in my Zen for the past year. Did it from Pratham motors Bangalore when they marketed it to me(Rs100 for 5 tyres and then free topups for ever). As many here have said, I have not seen any particular benefit in the drive. But one good thing is that there is hardly any loss of pressure. Initially i checked it every month and there was no loss of pressure for 3-4 months . Now i check every 3 months.. Rajeevraj2009-11-19 12:07:11
  4. Issues with Safari2.2

    I think this is because of fuel quality issues(as mentioned above by Cyrus). I have noticed this 2-3 times in my Zen. All times it has happened when I have filled from quarter/half to full tank from a bunk which was not my normal filling station.
  5. Here is a small travelogue with pictures on my drive from Bangalore to my hometown called Tirur in Kerala. Car: Zen Lxi People: Me and my wife Date: 7th Aug 2009 We decided the previous night that we would start of at 5am on 7th. I had done full service of the car on 4th itself and petrol was full tank. To our great surprise at 5am on 7th I was in the car ready to move. Started off from Sarjapur Road, went through Silk Board and ORR to meet up at Mysore Road by 5.30 am. It was a cool cloudy morning and Mysore Road looked inviting Reached Mysore Byepass by 7.30. Since it was early traffic going out was minimal From the byepass, took the left turn and via the Lalit Mahal palace reached the Gundlepet Road. The stretch of road for 10-12 km was quite bad. After that the surface was quite good and the traffic was minimal. Some sunflower Gardens on the way By 9am we were at Gundlepet. There is a new 24hr Cafe Coffee Day outlet opened there. Stopped for a coffee and some snacks. Had travelled around 190km. Once we left Gundlepet, we hit a very bad stretch of road leading up to the Bandipur wild life santuary. And as the photo below shows, vehicles did not have the right of way One we overcame that obstacle and after a stretch of non existent roads, we entered the Bandipur forests. Here the roads were excellent, lots of twists and turns and almost non existent traffic along with beautiful views of forests. The santuary is caled Bandipur on the Karnataka side and Mudumalai on the Tamil Nadu side. Following pictures show the drive through the santuary. Not much words are needed. This deer did not liks us disturbing We exited the forest and stopped for a break amidst bamboo forests before reaching Gudalur(Gudalur is the base from where you climb to OOty) A great view of the Western ghats just after Gudalur We crossed Gudalur by 11.15am and then entered Kerala through the Nadugani ghats. Again great roads with almost no traffic. Crossing this section we reached Nilambur by 12.30pm, the first major town after you enter Kerala. From here another 1.5 hours, I was at my hometown Tirur by 2pm. Couple of pictures of the final stretches Summary: Total Distance: 387km Time taken: 9hrs(including 1 hr break) Roads: Apart from a couple of small stretches absolutely brilliant with plenty of twisties. No potholes. TRaffic almost nil most of the way Milage: 16km/ltr
  6. automobile engineering colleges

    Many Engineering colleges have B.Tech/B.E in Automobile Engineering. U need to have completed 12th and then take admission tests etc... College where i studied (PSG COllege of Technology, Coimbatore, TamilNadu) has a good B.E in Automobile Engineering.
  7. Toyota has plans for a hatch??

    Today morning around 6am I was travelling on the Sarjapur-Attibelle road on the outskirts of Bangalore and I saw a toyota hatch pass by. Seemed to be a test vehicle. I clearly could see the toyota badging, but since it was passing by in opposite direction, I could not see it in more detail. This was surprising because I have not heard about any Toyota hatch plans in india in the next few months atleast... Any more info on this?
  8. Here is a report on a one day trip I did to Hogenakkal which is a tourist spot around 180km from Bangalore. It is a spot with a number of waterfalls cascading into River Cauvery. We started at 7.45 on Saturday morning. Since we stay on the city outskirts, completely avoided the Hosur Road Stretch upto Electronic city, Joined the 4 lane highway at Attibelle. From there on till Krishnagiri it was an absolute beauty, as people familiar with this route will know, this road has always been a wonderful stretch. The reliance A1 plaza's which were a great stop on this route are closed. INstead there is a new BP petrol pump complex with Adayar Ananda Bhavan restaurent. Good food and clean washrooms. The pleasant surprise was the stretch from Krishnagiri to Dharmapuri. The 4 laning on this stretch is complete and the road is amazing. Very little traffic also. You can do any speeds. I am more of a conservative driver and my zen has run 55000 km. So I stuck to around 90-100km/h. Occasionally hitting 120. A passat zoomed by doing god knows how much. I was at 100 and that fellow disappeared from my view in an instant. We left the highway at Dharmapuri and took the road to Hogenakkal which is a further 45 km. Normal 2 lane road. But very smooth and no potholes. There was a ghat and forest section just before we reached the place. Some nice curvy well tarred roads. The place is extremely beautiful and spent a couple of hours in the round boats called coracles(The boatmen start at Rs1000 and you need good negotiation skills. We managed to bring down to Rs400). They take u under the waterfall and get you drenched. After monsoon the place resembles niagara according to the boat man. The place is not very well maintained and no changing facilities or good rest rooms. Also no good hotels. So need to carry some food. But the beauty of the place compensates for all else. We left back by 1.30 and were back in Bangalore by 5. The road was so tempting that my wife also decided to drive and took over the wheel for a good 70-80km Overall the wonderful drive and a nice place make a good choice for a one day outing from Bangalore. Will try to add some pictures also. Summary: Vehicle: My 2003 Zen Lxi People: Me and my wife Petrol: Regular petrol-full tank from Indian Oil, Sarjapur Road Route: Bangalore-Sarjapur-Attibelle-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Hogenakkal Distance: 175km one way Milage: Approx 18 km/liter with AC Time taken: 3.5 hrs with a half hour stop at BP-Adayar Anandabhavan hotel. Roads: Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. There were 3 small potholes on the total 350 to and fro trip. Will add some pictures once i figure out how to do it. FuelRunGod2009-02-24 17:45:51
  9. Pulsar 2004 Model just 1848Kms run- Sale

    You have to pay the road tax first. If you plan to stay for more than 1 year you need to change registration. For that you need to get NOC from the actual regr office where it is registered. IN both cases paying the state road tax is mandatory. Traffic police in bangalore mostly check only road tax reciept when checking other state registered vehicles.
  10. Exclusive: Tata Nano Test Drive Report

    Awesome Review. Thanks FRG. Looks like a sure shot winner once Tata can start to meet the demand.
  11. Tata Nano Launching 23 March. Launched!

    Hope we going to get an exclusive review
  12. Pulsar 2004 Model just 1848Kms run- Sale

    Varun, One thing to note is that it is TN reg and you are selling in Bangalore. Even if you have paid the Karnataka road tax, your resale value will be lower if you try to sell TN reg vehicle in Bangalore.
  13. Road Rage & How To Avoid It

    I read a case recently in Bangalore where a guy was patiently waiting at a red light. A car came up behind and kept honking for the first guy to ignore the light and move as the intersection was clear. First guy ignored this and kept waiting. Then 4 guys got down from the 2nd car and bashed this guy up.... Thats what you get for following rules....
  14. IBM to buy Sun

    I saw a similar article in CNN Finance now. Looks like Sun is going around looking for buyers and IBM is now very interested. Would be a very interesting take over...
  15. INDICATOR LAMP ETIQUTTE ON THE ROAD

    Yup is done by everybody in my home town also... Both inidcators on are used to indicate straight movement Have seen it regularly in bangalore also...
  16. Fatigue Kills!!!

  17. Cheap Cars in the US!!

    Found this article on CNN which lists the best 'cheap' cars in the US. Cheap cars have been defined as those that come under $18000(Approx Rs900,000) http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/autos/0903/gallery.cheap_cars/index.htmlRajeevraj2009-03-10 13:10:15
  18. Why are Automatic Cars Not Popular ?

    Is low fuel efficiency the only reason? Or as SGIITK Sir said is it the not so great quality of the auto transmission in the auto cars in india. (especially towards lower segment) Reason for my thought is that today also there are a lot of vehicles even in the mid segment which dont have very good fue efficiency and they still sell very well... Which suggests fuel efficiency is not always a amajor criteria.. So wont all those folks opt for an auto vehicle given the choice... Another point.. auto's still seem to be much more costly than manual for the same model.. i suppose this could be a reason... Rajeevraj2009-03-10 09:40:22
  19. NANO down payment!!!

  20. Maruti Suzuki to launch 'Ritz' in April 09!!!

    I like the boot space of wagon r. you can fit in a lot of stuff. I think thats a major plus point why it still sells. Lack of boot space prevents other hatches from being used as a family car for long trips. Just curious. Does any other hatch have better boot space?
  21. Bangalore - Wayanad Ride Report

    Nice reports and great pictures. This is a wonderful drive and the road is great throughout. Maybe if you had a couple of days more you could have driver further from Wyanad to Calicut. Its a awesome ghat section and wonderful to drive.
  22. Bangalore-Hogenakkal Trip report

    I think the Zen speed question was raised by a member who has been subsequently banned for making unwanted posts. I too was suprised at that comment as it implied i was lying . Recently last year when I did a Bangalore-Calicut(kerala) trip with a driver friend, he was consistently driving at 110