FuelRunGod

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  1. Maybe some dealers don't have stock yet or are trying to clear their old stocks before they ask for the K-series. FRG
  2. @Anjan: This is a very old thread, just check the dates. FRG
  3. The Figo has already been showcased to the media. We have a first drive report on the website. Ah but don't worry, time will tell. FRG
  4. The GTX was lying almost unused since december. I had been driving a Xylo, Ritz, Fiesta and a Contessa since then. The Safari was safely parked all this while. In fact I drove the bus back yesterday night. Sending the Palio to Tata this coming week if I can get an appointment. Work on the Palio hasn't even started. I've just managed to get new number plates in the standard embossed font just like the ones on the bus. Tomorrow, I go to a neighbouring state for something new. FRGFuelRunGod2010-02-06 09:57:13
  5. Anjan, she still looks great after all these years all thanks to you. Keep up the good work. As for me, today's day is for the GTX. Haven't started her in almost a month, I'm hoping the battery hasn't given up. FRG
  6. Sad but true. But I'm sure you can have atleast the ZXi seat retrofitted into the VDi. FRG
  7. @BF: Yes the ZXi gets tilt steering and seat height adjust. I don't think the diesel has them as it is available only till the VXi (VDi) spec. FRG
  8. Can't say I don't but I'd like to drive it myself before giving you guys a report. FRG
  9. It does seem Maruti is making more of a profit on the Swift than before. And like someone said, the Figo's prices could force Maruti into a price revision. I'd say wait for the Figo and watch that space! FRGFuelRunGod2010-02-06 05:17:39
  10. I'm not sure if the diesel also gets a softer suspension setup. As far as the interior goes, there aren't any changes. But it is yet to rattle and I hope it stays that way. FRG
  11. Yes, the car is just as much fun if not better. The suspension is nice and soft, its way better than the old car as far as bump absorbing goes. On a ten point scale, I'd rate the old car's suspension at 6 and this new one I'd rate an 8. No that isn't me, I didn't go for the shoot. FRGFuelRunGod2010-02-04 13:23:31
  12. The car has been driven and the report is in the following link. Please continue the discussion in that thread. http://archive.autocarindia.com/autocar_forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=6604&PN=1 Thread Closed. FRG
  13. Test Driven: New Swift 1.2-litre K-series With the upcoming emission norms, it was unlikely the old Esteem G13B unit would be continued. So, Maruti went ahead and shoehorned the 1.2-litre K-series engine into the Swift. It is the same engine that does duty in the Maruti Ritz. It puts out 84bhp 11.5kgm of torque. On paper, the 1.2 puts out 3bhp lower than the outgoing 1.3-litre engine. But out on the road, the K-series does just as good a job. On the outside, there is no way you can differentiate this from the older car. The Swift's familiar lines are appreciated by most and the car really does look good. Recently, the Swift was given crystal clear tail lamps and new design alloys which look better than before. To really tell the difference between the old and the new car, you have to either look under the hood or get behind the wheel. So, I got behind the wheel. Start her up and you can barely tell the engine turning over. Driving with the Swift 1.3 back to back, you can tell that the bottom end is much better. As a result, the Swift pulls eagerly from as low as 1500rpm and you don't have to change gears as often as before. In fact, the Swift feels even better than the Ritz initially. Performance overall is good, thanks to a punchy top end with the engine pulling strongly all the way till the redline. With 100cc down and clever gearing, the new car is also more efficient. Preliminary tests show a difference of about 1.5kpl over the older car. Maruti has also tweaked the suspension. The new Swift rides a lot better than before. Bumps are rounded off easily and the suspension is also quieter than before. Where the old Swift would thud, the new Swift goes through without making much noise. The softer suspension might also take care of some of the rattling that the Swifts are known for. This car felt nice and doesn't have a single rattle yet. And I hope it remains that way. The steering also felt slightly lighter, but don't be fooled even with the softer suspension, the Swift is still an entertaining car to drive. And with the new engine, it feels less of an effort. Whenever, somebody asked me about buying a Swift, I would always recommend the DDIS, but with the new K-series, I think I will be recommending a lot more petrol Swifts. It definately gets the thumbs up in my book. I just wished Maruti had reduced the prices especially since the car qualifies for reduced excise duty. But citing increased input costs, Maruti will not be passing on the benefit to the customers. So don't expect the prices to fall. FRG FuelRunGod2010-02-04 12:44:10
  14. Yes you are right. I've seen quite a few Getaways roaming around in the African countryside as seen on National Geographic. FRGFuelRunGod2010-01-31 17:55:54
  15. That's what I thought. Most European cars have more than the standard twin airbags. Even though these cars there have more airbags, we can still draw a conclusion as to which might be better as there are many other safety items in a car other than the airbag. Things like crumple zones, pretensioned seatbelts and cabin deformation and intrusion also have a major impact on passenger injury. FRG FuelRunGod2010-01-31 17:42:53
  16. Correct. Drinking is one thing, but being drunk and above permissible limits is not only illegal but dangerous. Also, I would add that different people have different limits at which alcohol affects them. But for most people, a drink or two is pretty okay. Yes I have driven after a drink once and I could tell my reaction times were slower. After that I made it a point not to be around cars. But, I don't drink anymore, so driver-duty is pretty much the standard for me these days. FRG
  17. That is some good information CB. Thanks for sharing. Was just wondering if the number of airbags on the NCAP cars are the same as the ones on sale in India? FRG
  18. This thing should pop right back into its place. Open the inside of the door and push it out. FRG
  19. It needs to be below Rs 6.5 lakh to have a decent sales run in my opinion. FRG
  20. No no something much older. 14 years to be precise. It used to be the 'Government Babu' car in its time. Not made anymore. FRG
  21. Damn good lighting. That really is some good illumination. Was just wondering, is it possible to adjust the headlights for different load conditions? FRG
  22. I've been driving a vintage of sorts. A lot of fun even with the breakdown. Will try and get some pictures tomorrow. FRG