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  1. I would blindly madly love to get my hands on a HM Ambassador Mark II Petrol
  2. I dont know how i missed this, but heres some from my garage, the very few of the last hurriedly rolled out SS80's in March 1986
  3. One should take much care while driving on the Ghat section of the Hills. One small mistake can lead to a great loss. Spotted a accident recently, luckily no one was hurt but physical damage to vehicles can also cause pains!!
  4. The pic of the white Indica (Supposed to be a Cab) looks like cab driver flipped over and gives those dramtic moments!! Poor passengers, hope there was not much loss. Cab drivers should get civilized soon!
  5. To start with I am posting a accident which happened on Jul 30th early morning on the Ooty and Coonoor Highway when a huge tree fell over a parked mini bus and on a Fuel Station because of heavy rains. Luckily there was no causalities as there was no diver or conductor was sleeping inside the bus. Below are a couple of pictures: Trees were cut and traffic resumed before sunrise!!
  6. Hello all, Here I have made a small attempt to showcase our members and others the various road mishaps that happen everyday. This should bring in the responsibility for all of to always drive safe because 'We have someone waiting for us at our homes' Mod's: Please merge this topic if there is already a forum for the same.
  7. And adding to the list here is the link for the youtube video, 2011 Maruti Swift Indian Model Walk Around I am sorry I never knew how to upload a video!
  8. Wow a good catch! But Doctor, are you sure that we will be getting a Zdi version?? If yes i'd upgrade by booking to a Zdi. The dealer here in Ooty still has no clue on the details or specifications! Kindly throw some light.
  9. It does not seem to be strange with a front and rear facelift' date=' refreshed interiors and an 90mm extra length. FYI it's not a new model, it's a new version. Does the pictures below look the same? Swift Dzire grille All New 2011 Swift grille Here is the interior picture of the Glam: Here is the interior picture of the all new 2011 swift: Are the both similair or same? Here is another picture which shows the Glam's so called dual interiors, There is still another picture above showing clearly the interiors of the new swift. Even though there are no major differences, the new 2011 swift is refreshed and neatly tweaked than the current swift. And Financial Chronicle people are not auto enthu's and have no clues or brains about the specs and details of cars and they blindly discourage the new buyers whenever a new model is launched.
  10. I owned a CBZ star and currently own a Pulsar 150, and i stongly recommend the CBZ for it's sheer power and low maintenance when compared to the pulsar. And the Hunk, yes it looks more cramped at the rear end.
  11. First Priority: Name Transfer - Got My jeep a Water wash, took all documents RC original, Insurance, P.U.C, ID proof Photocopies, Photographs. Got the application forms, filled out the details paid the challan for Name transfer, and Finally parked my jeep with the bonnet open for the RTO to inspect, and here's the twist!!! RTO: So what's happening here? ME: I've got this Jeep, and I want to transfer it's ownership to my name. RTO: (Gazes at the Jeep and asks) Is this a military disposal? ME: Yes sir. RTO: (Says with a cool tone) Change the colour, will sign the papers. ME: But why sir? RTO: No one can differentiate if this is a civilian jeep of a Army Jeep, I don't want anyone to misuse this beautiful piece. ME: Sir but this is Olive Green and the RTO approved it and registered it in Chennai only a couple of months before. RTO: Someone has done a mistake at one end, and I don't want to make the same mistake again, i'm a bit different. ME: But sir why will I misuse it? I got this jeep with a desire to have it and retain it's originality, wanted it to be classic as always, moreover i have a defence pass on my jeep for entering the local regiment here. RTO: Sir I'm sorry rules are rules. Even if you are an majaor general I cannot sign papers, You paint your official Army jeep in whatsoever colour you want, but not a civilian one. paint it in any other colour you want other than Green, I'm ready to sign papers. ME: Okay sir. I will do. (Grrrrrrrr) Minutes later a broker rushes to me saying, "I was hearing your conversation with the RTO, a month back there was a same problem and argument from the manager of an Ex chief Minister here and the RTO signed papers after getting some $$$$$ from them, If u can, just spend Rs. 1000/- I shall help you to transfer the name". The moment he told this I thought NO. I finally took my phone and the screensaver was my friend's Jeep. Jeep Captain from T-BHP, his Shade US marine army Jeep colour for his MM 550 was on my mind, I rushed to the RTO's cabin immediately and showed him my phone and asked him, is this colour okay sir? and the RTO said as far as it is not green I'm okay with it. I replied telling him, "Sir this is used by the US Marine forces for their Vehicles, after I change the colour don't refuse to sign papers saying this is another Army colour". The RTO assured me this colour is Okay. This was the shade I showed the officer: Finally i left the RTOffice, to my painter. Took him to the paint store got him the shade, and asked him for a matt finish. Two days was his time. In a day he started the work. Some Pictures at the painting shop: I wanted to keep out some heat and sound from the engine compartment and I fixed some Thermocoal sheet dampings and found a good transformation. Less Sound and Heat. In two days time painting was done, showed the same to the RTO, got the name transfered and got the papers the next day. This is how it looked when I got her home. On the same night, a heavy down pour. night vision. Now I need to change tyres and soft top. getting quotes for: **Apollo Bullet San cum highway 7.50 x R16 **MRF Sandgrips 7.50 x R16 **J&K Sand cum Highway 7.50 x R16 I'm getting deined the Apollo and MRF's. Only J&K's are available in this spec, I want to maintain the originality by using the same Army sand tyres. Moreover changing to new tyres with alignment and balancing can improve my ride.
  12. Wait like I am waiting for My New 2011 Swift Diesel. I have done the booking, now waiting for the launch, the production and delivery hopefully in the 1st batch. I am the 1st to book it in my town and I am sure that I am not doing a mistake. Hopefully the new 2011 Swift does not have RATTLES, and have a Zdi too!
  13. Good write up and Congrats on your new buy ashikawa, I'd say it's the best buy. it would be really interesting if you can upload more real time pictures and everyday driving reports. This would really help buyers decide on this wonderful piece of engineering.
  14. Check this out, it was "But if you are really lucky enough try to get a Accent Viva CRDi, one of the best diesel sedans" A well maintained Crdi is too hard to find and it was never a failure, it has it's own +'s FYI the need of the buyer is "maintenance of the vehicle should be cheap" There was not a word about the swift, and in todays market the Dzire's are the most successful versions and has the least maintenance.
  15. @Bikerboy: You wanted a SUV, Why backing, thinking of a Civic and the laura? The GV is the best of the lot when compared to Captiva or the CRV! The Suzuki GV is more refined and gives you more pleasure while driving, and trust me it has the excellent off road capabilities amongst the lot, and u can play with mud and slush during your weekends. Captiva is best too, but then you will have to stretch your budjet. CRV outdated, you wont get the new gen CRV for the budget.
  16. @autocarrider : With my personal experiences, my choice would be a Hero Honda first. Check the Splendor, the most comfy bike, less maintenance, Excellent FE, Good resale value,And for your budget it leaves your pocket with extra bucks. The Honda Shine is also a good choice, but i suggest you to stick on to Splendor.
  17. Left home with possible amount of mud~! My all 4 tyres were bald, so in most of the rough terrains I had to drive in 4L 1st and 2nd Gears. Some pictures when we left the place. I had no road to move further: Dirty: After a week the balance amount was paid for the Jeep and the Jeep is all mine now. Started to plan for some little work on the jeep. 1. Name Transfer 2. Change all 4 tyres (Alignment and Balancing) 3. Steering ply was more, it always pulled me to the right, (But experts said a wheel balancing and new tyres will solve the problem). 4. There was little water seeping though the foldable windscreen, so need to replace the rubber beeding. 5. Military Horns a big no no, there was no sound, so a pair of Roots horn. 6. Check for electricals, instrument lightings, Convoy lights front and rear, Replace hood lights. 7. Badly wanted a pair of yellow for lamps for the frequent mist in ooty and a reversing lamp. 8. Soundproof thermocoal sheets inside the engine compartment, under hood, and the place behind the dash board inside. 9. Floor antirust coat and thermocoal sheet with the Floor Rubber mats. 10. Seat belts. 11. Rattling of rear seats, there was no straps that can hold the rear benches if folded. 12. Huge radiator never gets heated, but i wanted a coolant oil tank. 13. Fuel tank lid with a lock. (mine came with original fuel tank lid without locks) I went to my mechanic introduced by Benny John (Beejay of T-BHP), Sasi Yetta in Coonoor a very experienced mechanic who has done many jeep works successfully, and he said except for some cosmetics there is nothing to be done mechanically, even the steering ply was adjusted and i felt more better, new tyres would do the magic he said. I was too happy to save bucks.
  18. And to add another point to this (I am not branding the M 800 but I narrate my experience) I usually drive on the estate roads in ooty here, normally roads without Tar but with hard mud and rocks. I drive on the same routes everyday, sometimes with my family too on a M800, the maximum i would have experienced was my mud flap rubbing the rocks or the ground, but to my surprise once i had a guest at my place, and we went out in his Indica (three adults), when climbing a small hill, trying to negotiate a rocky bump, it unfortunately hit the under body and the gear shift got stuck in 1st gear, could not position it to neutral also. Then had to call another mechanic and did some tricks to rectify it! I found this many times with Indica, So from my personal experience M 800 is good at GC.
  19. As said earlier, mahindra or many enthusiasts does not look at the common crowd! The Thar was launched as a Lifestyle vehicle and it will not attract masses as said by members earlier! Thar was specially designed for people who love mud, off road enthu's and people who always loved the durability of the old school design rugged Jeep. But yes Cost Factor should be considered, as mahindra cannot be fooling it's customers by giving them such inferior quality plastics and pathetic interior fit finishing for a 6-7L 4x4. I hope mahindra is working on this too and will satisfy it's customer needs!!
  20. Well it isn't a good idea!!! Mr. Behram Dhabhar the man behind the re-make of the Thar wouldn't be happy with the punny 1.5L motor, as the Thar was carefully designed with 100% customer feedback and yes it is not just for any other man, it's purely for the jeep gurus. a 1.5 diesel motor won make the magic to make run the heavy tub!!! and re-designing will make the Thar a goat! A 2WD Thar with a 1.5L motor can never be imagined.