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Old 10th April 2009, 15:49   #46
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awesome car and photography! It makes me want to own an optra
+1. To hell with an Optra, I'd love to own a Rudra!

Stunning pics (they always are) and a very nice review. I don't think the PP2s have soft sidewalls; the PP1s did. I know lots of people running those tyres and all of them are very satisfied with the performance, me included.
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Just not lovingly driven enough. 32k in five years (atleast in my books) is close to neglect
Boss, there are two points here.
1. My everyday average driving doesn't go beyond 20km.
2. I have another old lady to drive around too.
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I don't think the PP2s have soft sidewalls; the PP1s did. I know lots of people running those tyres and all of them are very satisfied with the performance, me included.
Boss, my knowledge is very limited. Our in house tyrewallah told me that. And now if you're saying that's not the case then I'm only happy to get those.

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Ishaan, I said I would like to change those in next few months. It's flexible and greatly depends on my pocket condition. I was keeping little less pressure to comfort my back side and there are uniform wear out.

Well, it's not a must to go for a change right now.
Sirji, I was talking about changing the car, not the tyres! I usually never discourage people from changing tyres
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Hi Rudra, What camera you used for these shots? I can see Canon EOS Mark III in your profile. Is that the camera you used to capture her?
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Hi Rudra,

Brilliant writeup, that is one lovingly maintained car for sure. Immaculate is the word that describes her best.

As beautiful as the car is, the photos are even better. Especially the last photo taken from behind the car. That is, without doubt, the best photo(well,of a car anyway) that I have ever seen. I'm speechless

Any chances of you coming down to Mumbai & obliging me by photographing my steed??
Or maybe I should plan on driving down to Bangy soon, what with all the Elantra mods going on there as well.

Edit : Eagerly anticipating the pics of the car on the go.

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Hi Rudra,

Awesome!!! What makes it even more intriguing is the almost expense free ownership experience. Five years is a long period.

Besides the human factor of taking care of your car, it would be really helpful if you can share some tips. The frequency of washes, how you do detailing, cleaning, any other general tips to that you would like us to know. The review presently is awe inspiring and surely motivational. But adding these details will give us less mortals an opportunity to take clues.

Maintaining car is like maintaining an elephant. I have often heard this statement. And many believe (may be, including me) that spending money is the only way to maintain a car. This is a refreshing thread.

P.S.: If I am not wrong your car has Bosch wiper blades. If you can post a sentence or two about your experience with them.

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Hi Rudra, What camera you used for these shots? I can see Canon EOS Mark III in your profile. Is that the camera you used to capture her?
Iíve used my only camera EOS 1Ds MarkII. All shots are with 70-200, 2.8L lens except for the one in front of the house. 20mm, 2.8 was used there.
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Especially the last photo taken from behind the car. That is, without doubt, the best photo(well,of a car anyway) that I have ever seen.
Thanks. Yes thatís a nice one and I like it too.
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Besides the human factor of taking care of your car, it would be really helpful if you can share some tips. The frequency of washes, how you do detailing, cleaning, any other general tips to that you would like us to know. The review presently is awe inspiring and surely motivational. But adding these details will give us less mortals an opportunity to take clues.
Iíve written about these long back here
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Bosch AEROTWIN is GOOD. Itís over a year now and working flawless. Post my purchase Ajmat bought them for his VRs and Swift. deepuG bought a set for his Magnum also. I believe both of them are happy.
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As usual, the creative director at his best

I was snobby about the Optra until I drove this one. Have watched it evolve. On a long run, it outruns my previous VTEC and stays nice and planted. Only thing it lacks is a tactile steering.

One invaluable input that Ruda forgot to mention was Ramalingam, his driver who insists pigeons flyig overhead wear diapers. Imagine on a sunday evening, Rudra driving in from a "dirty" weekend, Ramalingam will be waiting to clean the car, not waiting till Monday.
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Excellent writeup, Rudraji. Now I know what you've been busy with all these days. The pics are mindblowing.

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I like the Apple sticker on the rear. Can I have one please?
Dippy, you can buy an ipod and they will give you 2 stickers free.
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I’ve written about these long back here
Thanks. I never realized that you started that thread. I was always looking at the recent pages.
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Boss your love affair with your black beauties is the stuff of legends.

Thank you for taking some time off your busy schedule to take those pics (you would've taken them anyway - so that should be 'post those pics') and create this thread.

Lovely writeup - like you I prefer cars that cruise well rather than those that burn rubber at the traffic lights.

When are you getting the Aussies ECU?
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Mind blowing Pics!!
excellent Detailing of ur car.
Might i say, a very very very well maintained car.
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Excellent pics and review, Rudra Sen !

But, Optra is a Korean product ???
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Rudra ji, two things from the writeup that I find to be invaluable statements.

The first is about the undertstanding that you develop with a car over time and the second about all cars serving you well if you take good care of them, provided they are reasonably well-built. Your car, after five years, is living proof of it.

And yes, the photographs are just what I expected from you, seeing earlier ones. It is the reflection on the paint surface and the way the background appears. You know there has been some touch up, but its still sublime, yet glamourous in its own way.
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Fantastic photographs sir. I'm just amazed the way you've kept the lighting.

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Anirban.
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