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Old 20th September 2014, 12:46   #1
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Hi Guys,

This is Yogesh from the land of Peshwas, aged 43 and employed as a Cost Accountant. It was around a year and a half back that I thought of upgrading my car and was surfing the internet for reviews of different cars that I came across Team-BHP.

Ten years back, if somebody had told me that I would be driving four cars, I would have called that person crazy. In those days, I never imagined that I could drive ever. The cars were limited in India, prohibitively expensive for an average middle class person and top of it my physique! I was on the left side of a quintal then (though within striking distance of it) and towered 190 cm above the ground!

But in 2004, I got a chance to go abroad for my job and the company offered me a car. So the first thing I did was to hire a driver who would teach me to drive on weekends. The car was a red coloured Cielo which was later on changed to Toyota Carona (AT)! Had this been my first car, I doubt whether I could have driven a manual transmission later on. So after four years it was time for me to return for good to India.

Having reached India, I was looking for a car which could accommodate me rather than a car which I liked! I was left with only one option and that was Wagon R. I preferred the Wagon R Duo. I never thought that in the six years that I owned it, I would cross 90K on the ODO. I have very fond memories of that car and wished I had kept it as a second car.

Now six months have passed since I sold it and got myself an Ertiga ZDI. I am still trying to negotiate this big car in the mad traffic of Pune! One particularly annoying thing about Ertiga is the large A pillar. I literally have to lean forward while taking a right turn and banged against one elderly lady in the first month. Thank God she was not injured!

Before zeroing in on Ertiga, I went through every review available on team-BHP on every available car and possibly every comment also! That gave me a lot of insight into cars available but I must admit that I was more confused than ever before! A big THANK YOU to Parag Sachnia who had the same wheels that I have and his ownership reviews and DIY stuff are stupendous. It helped a lot in making a final decision.

So that’s it guys! I hope I haven’t bored you but these magical words “Team-BHP membership APPROVED” mean a lot to me, having waited for more than a year!

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Welcome to Team-BHP CoolCarNi (must be Kulkarni for sure ). The Ertiga is indeed a good choice. Good to know that Team-BHP was of use in helping you make your decision.

These days, thick A-pillars are a common problem in most cars. All I can say is, the driver has to take a little more care while driving. Stay safe.

Do take some time out and go through the Forum Rules.

See you on the forum.

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Originally Posted by CoolCarNi View Post
...So that’s it guys! I hope I haven’t bored you but these magical words “Team-BHP membership APPROVED” mean a lot to me, having waited for more than a year!
Welcome aboard! It makes me happy to see some lovely intros like yours! Trust me, those words mean a lot more than passing the toughest of the exams for some of us!

Frankly, I have re-appeared for the team-bhp membership than any exams in my life!
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Old 24th September 2014, 09:23   #4
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Thanks Aditya and swiftnfurious for the kind words of encouragement. Believe me, cracking this one was more difficult than my CMA course! But I guess one is my profession and the other one is passion which kept me going...
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