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Old 24th May 2009, 09:07   #1
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Default New guy with the sickness.....

...not the swine flu, but German car sickness

I have been a lurker for a some time on Team-BHP and I have finally decided to join. Originally I'm from Bangalore, India and have lived in the US for the past 6 years. I am 27 yrs old and I'm work for an oilfield services company in Houston, Texas as a mechanical engineer.

I have always had a lot of interest in cars, especially German cars and living in the US affords the opportunity to own nice cars that are otherwise expensive to own in countries like India. I'm assuming the cost of ownership of a German or a European car in general is a lot in India and one is forced to go to the dealership for any and all repairs. But gradually with more of these European cars coming to India there will be a big market for used European cars in the near future. And that I am sure that will be followed by independent 'Euro' mechanics that will have trained staff to service these awesome cars and people won't have to pay an arm and a leg to get their cars repaired at the stealerships.

Anyway, over the past few years I have had the pleasure of owning many different cars, two of which are Audis .

Here is the complete list:

Past cars:

1) 1988 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
2) 1996 Nissan 200SX
3) 2003 Audi A6 3.0 Quattro

Current cars:

1) 2006 Audi A3 2.0T 6-sp Manual
2) 1995 Nissan Altima GXE

Here are some pictures of the cars:

Toyota Corolla

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Nissan 200SX:

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Audi A6

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Nissan Altima:

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Audi A3 [my current daily driver and my fav)]:

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I am happy to be a member of this vibrant forum. I am here to learn and to contribute!
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Old 24th May 2009, 14:51   #2
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Great pics mate. Welcome aboard.

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Old 25th May 2009, 09:11   #3
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Those are a great set of wheels. Welcome to TBHP.
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Old 25th May 2009, 13:31   #4
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Welcome saintforlife! I see you've left the world of boring cars way behind with the Corolla. Nice garage. Owning a Euro car in India is infinitely more expensive than in the States (unfortunately). Think more like E280 / 530D for the same $$$ that you'd pay for a well-equipped S500 in the States. It's only BMW that has introduced the 5 year maintenance packages, Merc still continues with its antiquated 2 year warranty. Luckily, there are some good independent garages around. While you can buy an EVO for $35,000, the one that is rumoured for launch here will cost the equivalent of $75,000 - $80,000.

We'd appreciate your taking a quick pitstop by our board rules section, just once, for familiarisation. See ya over on some interesting thread!
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Welcome to Team BHP saintforlife ! That was a nice set of pics, how about some ownership reviews about them now ?
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Welcome aboard. Great set of pics there. Enjoy your stay here.
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