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Old 15th October 2011, 22:07   #1
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Will start with a little background on my car buying decision

I owned a maruti wagon r Lxi duo since Feb 2008. had no problems with it, was a hassle free expirience but somehow always longed for a diesel due to my daily travel of about 50-60 kms.

April 2010: Had a huge pay raise, so decided that it was time to fulfill my dream and thus started search and test drives of various cars.

Hyundai i 20: Absolutely loved the looks of this car plus the rich premium interiors

from my side , this was the car i wanted to buy but had a few negatives:

1. A/C performance not adequate

2. ride quality not satisfying

Slightly cramped rear, dead steering

So placed it at the back of my mind for consideration

Ford Figo: Was a good car in all aspects - Good ride, food space, boot, handling

Negatives, Boring looks, Rear power windows absent, expensive ford mantainence so rejected by my better half

Swift VDi/ /dezire: Rejected outright due to outdated looks, lack of rear and boot space

Till now, the winner was I 20, but there were to be lots of twists and turns
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Old 15th October 2011, 22:10   #2
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Well, to start with, the budget was between 6-6.5 lakhs max. but as is well known, it always gets stretched a bit and in my case, it got stretched too much.



Was passing in front of tata showroom and saw a manza parked there. looked good, spacious but wasnt too keen on a tata product but my wife asked to atleast see it. Saw the car and she totally loved it, the space , features and the price, 7.07 lakhs for top variant in amritsar. looked like THE deal for me.

Also there as a linea in the showroom, saw it from a distance, asked the price, 8.72 lakhs. REJECTED

So booked manza aura + with advance of Rs 10000, silver colour.

The car was to be delivered within 25 days and so started the wait

Till that time , i was hooked onto various car discussion forums on the net, Team BHP being 1 of them

So to fill in the time, searched lot of cars and here is where i got floored by linea


To continue the story, saw a bossa nova white linea at a function parking and i was like woooooooow, this is beautiful. That was when i decided to test drive it.
Went to Hind motors Chandigarh, the staff was cordial and informative. A sales executive answered all my questions (Its a different matter that i knew about various features more than him

Took a test drive and absolutely loved it. The interiors looked good, and if disregard the initial slight turbolag, it felt a very good car, infact a level above

Booked the car then and there. Was told, the delivery ll be withhin a week.
Completed the loan formalities during that period and finally took the delivery on 29 Aug 10
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Let me be the FIRST to congratulate on BOTH - HUGE SALARY HIKE as well as LINEA MJD !

Please share the photgraphs of Italian Beauty as well.

Cheers!
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Following were my initial observations about the car

The good:
1. Stunningly beautiful
2. Solid built Quality
3. interiors are refreshing
4.Ample space (but cant call it spacious)
5. Humongous Boot
6. Lots of Gizmos: esp Blue n me s adorable. absolutely love it
7. Fabulous steering: piece of art it is
8. brilliant ride and handling: does corners with ease, stable at speeds upto 150
9. Fuel economy: 19.5 km/l with a mix of highway and city drive with 100 % AC on
10. Steering mounted controla are a delight to use

The Bad

1. No Bottle holders
2. Dead pedal oddly placed
3.Few panel gaps here and there
4. My central locking had a problem within 1st week of buying. The driver side door would not respond to central lock and thus i had to manually open and close it. Was rectified under warranty
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Let me be the FIRST to congratulate on BOTH - HUGE SALARY HIKE as well as LINEA MJD !

Please share the photgraphs of Italian Beauty as well.

Cheers!
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Thanks irish I ll be puttting up the pics shortly
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Took my beloved linea for a ride to shimla. Must say it was more of an adventure trip with bad, water logged roads, traffic jams , landslides and what not??
But as long as we were inside the car, absolutely no probs. It behaved wonderfully well, soaked up all the potholes with ease.

The underbody did scrapped a few uneven humps and my heart always used to stop beating whenever that happened. But inspected the underbody and all was ok there. Good underbody protection it has got

Overall mileage i got during the wholw trip was 15.9 km/l
Its wonderful considering that most of the time we were in a start stop traffic. this can be considered from the fact that it took 8 hrs for us to reach chndigarh from shimla instead of the usual 4-5 hrs

Accessories:

1. Seat covers- art leather along with armrest (front n back) and door hand rest covers: Rs 4800
2. Garware sun film arctic cool: Rs 3500
3. Floor mats L Fabric and transparent) Rs 1000
4. Reverse parking sensors: Rs 2900
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Got 1st service done from hind motors mohali with odometer reading 2980 kms in 1 month 29 days. Impressions:

1. Very cordial staff
2. Had taken an appointment for 9 Am, reached there at 9.45 but even then i was attended to immediately
3. The glove box panel gap was corrected
4. Wheel allign ment done
5.Car properly washed and cleaned
6. They even did touchup of minor scratches at the back though i had not asked for it
7. Everything was completed in 3 hrs
8. They close at 6.30 and i was a bit busy so could not come earlier to collect the car. Called them up ta 6.10 that i ll be reaching in 30-40 min so can they wait a bit and they were only happy do so

All in all a very happy and satisfied FIAT customer . No ownership hassles, no niggles, no rattles, no plastic parts falling off and a BIG THUMBSUP to HIND MOTORS MOHALI for the ***
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Impressions after 1st service:

1. the pickup has improved a lot. Not that i found it bad initially but now there s a substantial difference. the car comfortably pulls even in 4 th gear. The downshifting of gears is not a prob anymore.

2. reduced in cabin noise levels: this s a very welcome improvement. whether it has somethin to do with the engine getting tuned, me getting used to the noise or something else, i dunno but whatever it is i am happy

3. smooth gear shifting: initially the gear shift was not that smooth but now it s smoothened up a lot. i really enjoy changing gears now

4. mileage: did a chandigarh- amritsar round trip i got an overall mileage of 20 km/l which included 30% city driving. The highway mileage that i got over these 500 kms was 22 kms/l and all this with 100% AC on, 4 members on board and half boot space filled with luggage. .

5. the car has been absolutely rattle free

6. No issues of any parts falling or seat height adjustment ever going down on its own.

7. ABS: its a boon for the traffic that we get on highways. i had to apply brakes all of a sudden when out of nowhere a scooter came out in front of me from a sidelane. i was driving at 90 km/hr speed then. Thanks to ABS, the car came to halt immediately.

8. the suspension i think has become much better than before. the seats ve become very comfortable. initially i found them a bit on the firm side but now they seem perfect. I drove continously for 4.5 hrs and was feeling good to continue for 2 hrs more :

9. stability: i reached a top speed of 140 km.hr on Beas-ASR highway as it is a very broad highway and traffic was not too much. I maintained it for about 4-5 min. what an experience it was?? The car was as stable as any can be. only when i looked at the odometer, i realised that i had touched 140. otherwise there was no vibrations, swaying,,, nothing . it was nice to overtale cars like honda city, hyundai verna during that time

10. And finally its looks: what can i say about that?? i am as much in love with it now as i was when i bought it
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As of now i have munched 30000 kms in my linea in the last 1.4 years and i must say that i am a very satisfied FIAT customer.

Its been a dream ride so far and i hope this trend continues. I must admit i was very hesitant in going for a FIAT when i decided to buy a new car due to all the negative publicity attatched with a fiat. I almost had to fight my case with my family to get their approval. But now after having driven it for 30000 kms, i feel vindicated as it brings a smile on my face each time i set myself in the drivers seat

During all these 30000 kms i havent had any issues with the beauty ever except for a legendary misaligned glove box that was rectified in 1 st service and a problem with central locking of drivers door. that unit was replaced under warranty.
i ve driven the car extensively on plains, highways. hills, rains and foggy conditions ( Chandigarh to Amritsar, shimla, delhi, dharamshala) and it has always given me a safe feeling.
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@ manasmadaan: Good to hear that you've had a trouble free ride not to mention the fact that you're happy with the dealer's service.

Where did you source the seat covers from? Are they are a Fiat Genuine Accessory? How's the car's interiors after 30K?
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Congrats for the Linea, Manas. Even after a slew of sedan launches in the C segment, it still stands out. The interiors look quite good in the pics.
BTW, the front disc seems to have rusted a bit or is it just me.
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@ manasmadaan: Good to hear that you've had a trouble free ride not to mention the fact that you're happy with the dealer's service.

Where did you source the seat covers from? Are they are a Fiat Genuine Accessory? How's the car's interiors after 30K?
Hi, thanks for the kind words. Seat covers were done from a local accessory shop and must say, did the job very well. Interiors have been good so far. Hope it mantains itself well.

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Congrats for the Linea, Manas. Even after a slew of sedan launches in the C segment, it still stands out. The interiors look quite good in the pics.
BTW, the front disc seems to have rusted a bit or is it just me.
Thanks for the appreciation. Yup, it still stands out even after so many launches in this segment. The front disc has rusted a bit though.

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