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|23rd December 2005, 14:42||#1|
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Indica TCIC - updated - 6500km after 1st service
Hello fellow members,
Find below initial impressions of my Indica TCIC.
Model : Indica DLX
Colour : Silver
Delivery : 12-Dec-2005
Wheels & Tyres : Stock (Bridgestones)
Mileage till date : Little over 650 kms
Daily Driving is close to 70 kms. Had to be diesel, preferably a hatch. Was sold on the Palio Diesel, based on my own test drive, spin in fellow member cream's Palio and basically the over build quality and looks of the car. While A.S.S was a concern, was not a primary factor or something I was too worried about. I'm sure its nowhere like its generally perceived as I have quite a few FIATS in my acquaintance/friend/relative circle and their experience is not in line with the sever beating FIAT A.S.S. receives, especially my brother with his UNO.
Basically there were only two contenders, the Palio Diesel and the TATA Indigo.
But had been postponing my decision for too long. Then problems with the heavy rains and production slated to start only by January. I know having waited this long, it was a small wait, but I had reached a state where I just could not postpone my purchase anymore.
The Indica was never on my list, it was always the Indigo vs. the Palio D. But the launch of the Indica TCIC, brought it into contention. With power comparable to the Indigo / Palio, it was definitely an option. Took a test drive. Was pleasantly surprised by improvement in overall quality.( though still not as good as the Palio D). Served my requirement for a diesel hatch. Close to 70K cheaper than the Palio D. So went ahead and booked it.
Might as well get the irritants out of the way first.
1. One of the Rear Seat does not "lock".
2. Cigarette Lighter does not work.
3. Door open Indicator on Instrument Panel does not work.
NOT AN ISSUE. Plenty of space all round. Three of my pals were quite comfy behind. Front seat travel is generous. No one feels cramped as such. However, I do not have many 6 feet+ people in my immediate circle (just 1).
Ride Quality / Handling
Okay, this is a mixed bag actually, and fellow-members with good technical understanding should dissect it better.
Ahhh...this is where the real wides smiles start splitting my face.
1 Gear - 0 - 15 kmph
2 Gear - 15 - 35 kmph
3 Gear - 35 - 50~55 kmph
4 Gear - 50~55 - 65~70 kmph
5 Gear - 65~70 and above (Very rarely experienced)
Thanksgiving and Acknowledgements
My thanks and gratitude to team-bhp and all fellow-members here who have contributed in a big way to my "education" and decision-making. I have learned a valuable lot and the sum-total of all the information in these posts have added up to my final decision. I hope to contribute meaningfully in days to come.
Last edited by hell_rider : 23rd December 2005 at 14:59.
|23rd December 2005, 14:52||#2|
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Very comprehensive report I should say. I have heard some good things about Indica Turbo. Hopefully Tatas have improved upon their quality levels. Enjoy your new ride.
|23rd December 2005, 15:03||#3|
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Thats a superb and seemingly unbiased review.
|23rd December 2005, 15:13||#4|
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Very nice review indeed!
Have the gear ratios been changed??
Last edited by DCEite : 23rd December 2005 at 15:15.
|23rd December 2005, 16:09||#5|
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Great detailed review hell_rider and objective too..congrats once again
Your buying decision seems to mirror mine almost totally and with similar results! I loved the Palio 1.2 (ELX/Sport) but ended up buying the Indica :-)
|23rd December 2005, 17:54||#8|
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Its not just Indica Turbo... I purchased a normal Indica some 5-6 months back. It has run some 4.2k kms till date and is soon will go for its first service. Irrespective of all the trepidations I felt, what with the grand Tata reputation, I am relieved to say that till date only two irritants have surfaced in all this running. During the first rain of the season the left Wiper arm lost one of the rebates. I have put in a couple of paper-pins through it and twisted them. Will get a rebate put in during the service. The other irritant that misteriously vanished after a few days was with the cabin lights. The left switch that switches the light on or off irrespective of the door being open or closed started acting funny. Now however it is ok. On its own!
Besides the above two problems everything else is nice and smooth.
|23rd December 2005, 18:29||#9|
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congrats on your new ride! how much did you pay for it on road??? (i assume you went in for the DLX) and is it a bombay registration???
|23rd December 2005, 19:05||#10|
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Its a DLX.
4.77L on road,
but got 5K cash discount and won 1k on scratch card, plus around 2000 off as i did not want that crappy tape player that comes with the DLX.
so basically got it for 4.69L
not aware of the change in gear ratios...will need to look up in specs and compare.
Last edited by hell_rider : 23rd December 2005 at 19:13.
|23rd December 2005, 19:41||#11|
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That is what I call a total value for money package. Low running costs with lots of space and a better engine. Congratulations on your purchase and that was a really well put and comprehensive review
Why dont you put up some pictures of your new baby in the garage section?
|23rd December 2005, 20:03||#12|
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i bought a dls in 2002 and have run it for more than a lakh kilometers and i was a lot more troublefree when compared to my previous carburetted zen which had clocked a similar mileage,i drove the indica turbo recently and was surprised by the fun to drive factor of the car which is better than most 1-1.2 liter petrol cars and being a diesel you can rev the car every time without looking at the fuel gauge,it revs to 5k rpm easily ,crosses 100kmph in 3rd gear which even accent crdi is capable of this makes it a great tool for highway,anyways congrats on your purchase.
|23rd December 2005, 20:14||#13|
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Hey Zappo, I would say every new Indica moves out of factory is better than the previous one. The quality has improved a lot. I own Jan-2005 V2, covered 10,000km, due for second service, no issues so far. I get an average of 18-20kmpl overall. We all have such bad memories of first lot indica that even a small issue found is blown out of proportion and on the same lines I will also say that my Indica's gear knob is rattling a bit, which I think should be taken care in service. From the feedback of my collegues, no car is completely issue free, issue can be minor or major. My friends brand New Palio had a problem of water seeping in from the clutch-break assembly area, other friend owning Wagon-R keeps visiting service station to take care of minor issues(since he has taken an AMC for 3000). So personal feeling is that minor problem with Tata car is seen as major and common whereas similar problem in other car is seen as exception.
Anyway ultimately all the issues cropping up also depend on how you drive, the road conditions and the fuel.
hell_rider, congrats on your Turbo and enjoy saving money on fuel.
|27th December 2005, 02:04||#14|
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That's a very well written review.. thanks a lot for putting so much effort for making this elaborate post.
Indica Turbo is a very very good deal for a hatchback diesel.
It's also fast(surprisingly fast compared to it's predecessor) for a diesel at high RPM's. Though i have not compared the Palio-D and the Indica Turbo one after the other(the Palio-D was driven a year ago), i think that the Indica turbo should be easily faster.
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