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  1. We don't need estates, which is why we don't buy them. Large families and tourist taxis prefer MPVs, and small families prefer something fuel-efficient and easy to park. Where's the need? If any manufacturer can create desirability, we'll automatically find that we need them, just like we 'need' sedans right now.
  2. @Rohit: Thank you. Saved me some searching.
  3. Because people are willing to pay more for a diesel car
  4. Hi. I've been around a while, and I don't know how often I'll be around any more, so thought an introduction will be in order. My name is Charles Pennefather, and I love cars and bikes. That's about it, really.
  5. I remember reading somewhere that using Nitrogen for everyday applications is bad, if anything. Can't remember where I read it, though - will look for the source and paste the link when I have the time.
  6. FRG's got a box for sale. PM him.
  7. Take your dad for a nice 200km ride on the Avenger. Between the narrow rear seat, vibes and the pogo-stick damping at the rear, he'll rather walk home than ride back with you. Just don't let him ride the T-bird as well!
  8. My 2p: Engine braking. I do not know how progressive most rear brakes are if there's a disc in the front simply because I don't use them that much. The Karizma's rear has a wooden feel to it, yes, but I don't recall ever using the rear brake while on tarmac! @rssh: No offence, but the rear brakes don't really count unless we're discussing something like a Splendor. They're a different matter.
  9. That's a vote for the '06 SEMA show. Bear in mind that 'modifiers' the world over, including the USA, trick out their car with body kits and ICE first. Performance is only secondary. This just happens to be the result of a survey conducted at SEMA. As far as I know, tuners prefer Civics upto the '98 model because of the front suspension and B/K series of motors.
  10. Er... How does "saving fuel" come under "performance"?
  11. I've only found them useful for two things: 1.To read the instruments when it's too dark to see them clearly, but light enough to not warrant switching the headlamp on, and 2. To help others see me in the same low-light conditions. Personally, I don't see their point. We can do without them unless parked in a dark area.
  12. I merely repeat what HMSI tells us Will find out about the size in a bit, yeah?
  13. Scooty runs leading-link at the front, it merely looks like telescopic. I got fooled myself.
  14. The alloys will probably be heavier than your spoked wheels, so that isn't really a performance mod, now, is it? You can fit a 100/90 tyre, but the new Unicorn's tyre won't fit on the old rim - strange but true. Get your wheels balanced for the wobbling, should sort it out.
  15. Suzuki Access: 468km in three days, mostly on open highways at 70kmph and enjoyed every minute of it.
  16. Do let me know anything you can about them - links, specific examples, related things, the lot. Thank you.
  17. Hope no one rains on Ford's parade! I predict stormy times ahead for them.
  18. The Baleno's G16 is much better suited to revs, but the M16 has a better torque spread - it's a little coarse near the redline. As for your last sentence, I disagree. There are many engines made today that are performance-oriented and yet comply with ULEV norms in California.
  19. Then go ahead and get it, and don't listen to anyone after that