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Old 3rd May 2012, 09:37   #601
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It is so nice to see the trip coming to an end with a happy note

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8:30 pm: Had dinner @ some road-side restaurant, Siliguri bypass

12 midnight: Arrival @ BP COCO/Ghar Dhaba outlet, Dalkhola for refuelling and tea

29 April 2012

1:00 am: Left BP COCO/Ghar Dhaba outlet, Dalkhola after power-napping for about an hour
Sir, how much time did you take to reach BP COCO @ Dalkola from Siliguri?

At 12am, I don't think I would have made it.

Will get to the travelogue once it is up & running.
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No way. My Linea gave me self-confidence to do such a long trips.
As a Linean I confirm Mr. Ravi's confidence in Linea: The beauty contest winner, but a powerhouse neatly packed in a rock-solid body, wonderfully stable, stuck to road-surface at high speeds on even 45 degree curves, with a safe bottom-plate, with amazing FE.....

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Sir, how much time did you take to reach BP COCO @ Dalkola from Siliguri?
We halted at a roadside restaurant on Siliguri bypass for dinner from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm and continued our journey to reach BP COCO/Ghar Dhaba outlet @ 12 midnight. Let's see if we could meet in future as my Linea is yet to explore Bihar!
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Believe it or not, when my Linea entered the parking lot of Hotel Supreme, Beach Road, Visakhapatnam, the time was exactly 11:15 am today! We had a pleasant journey.
Dear Ravi,

I missed such a good opportunity to meet you here at Visakhapatnam!!

Have been reading up on this thread with lot of interest. Not surprising to see the fan following that you have.

A colleague of mine did the Vizag- Bhutan- Vizag stretch in his Cruze A/T in End Apr too and we have been frequently discussing your experiences ever since.

We look forward to you getting back on the forum soon.
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Smile New Year Update

It's time for update in the new year.

The cost of servicing and maintaining my Linea works out to mere 99 Paise/km after 3 years and 57 k km.

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I replaced the 4 OE stock Good Year GT3 tyres by the new ones of the same brand at Tyre Zone, Manimajra, Chandigarh after 52 k km.

My Linea had her faulty front right shocks and both the elastic pads with caps replaced at Lexus Motors, Kolkata after 40 k km.

My Linea's OE stock Exide battery and clutch plates are still going strong even after 3.25 years and 59 k km.

It's time for some photo ops.

On the way from Nako to Kaza, Himachal Pradesh:

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When my Linea ascended from Kaza to Kunjam Pass, Himachal Pradesh, the ambient temperature descended.

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At Kunjam Pass, my Linea warned me of possible ice on the road at sub-zero temperature conditions. I drove my Linea at minus 1 deg C for a couple of hours!

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J.Ravi - I have followed your threads since the inception and I have really like the way you have written this ownership thread.
I loved the 90HP as soon I test drove it, however I was worried as to how the car would age and after reading the experience of you,Epicentre and Anshuman I bought it.
Now after 2 years with it and 43K KMS done, its just the same beast and touchwood I have not replaced anything other then brake pads and visits to the A.S.S were only for the yearly service, nothing else. Period.

Your thread is really a great testimonial of how are FIATs - cut above the rest.

So - any plans for the next upgrade ? Abarth or 1.6MJD for you?

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So - any plans for the next upgrade ? Abarth or 1.6MJD for you?
Having enjoyed my Linea for more than 3 years, if I wish to upgrade, the new one will again be a FIAT. Let FIAT India come out with their new/upgraded products; then, I can think of it.
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Welcome back sir. You returned back from your sabbatical for the spirit of T-BHP is what I salute. Wish you update this thread again now like you used to do. Keep driving sir.

Subhra.
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Happy to see the update again in this thread, Ravi Ji. Keep it coming. How about another adventure with your Linea? Any plans in the near future?

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Happy to see the update again in this thread, Ravi Ji. Keep it coming.
Thanks, Ramesh.
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How about another adventure with your Linea? Any plans in the near future?
There will definitely be an adventure in 2013 for sure. But, I am yet to decide the destination [Bihar/Nepal or Ladakh] and mode [Linea or yet-to-be-delivered RE TB500 after running in].
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There will definitely be an adventure in 2013 for sure. But, I am yet to decide the destination [Bihar/Nepal or Ladakh] and mode [Linea or yet-to-be-delivered RE TB500 after running in].
Take your own time to decide on the destination, Ravi Ji. But, there shouldn't be any confusion with regard to mode. It has to be Linea.
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Welcome back from your long break, Ravi Sir!

Looking forward to hearing more about your Linea experiences.
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Smile Another Red-Lettered Day For My Linea

Not all cars will be lucky enough to visit their birth place even once in their life time; but, my Linea is fortunate enough to visit her birth place, FIAT Ranjangaon plant, not once, but twice already!

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Cara Mia Fiat Linea visited her birth place for the second time on 14 December 2012 and met her 175 siblings and their families and friends from all over India. The first FIAT Ranjangaon plant visit took place on 3 December 2010. The details are here (If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Agra!). Both these plant visits were organised by FIAT India and Team FIAT India.

We reached FIAT Ranjangaon plant by 11 am on that D-day. FIAT officials welcomed us and guided us to the display area where FIAT 500, Bravo and Alfa Romeo cars were kept.

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After exploring these cars and clicking photographs, we entered the special pandal that FIAT created for this purpose. FIAT officials addressed the gathering. The of Enrico Atanasio, Managing Director, FIAT Group India Automobiles Private Limited, was the icing on the cake.

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After the speech, we were split into groups and taken in their buses to power train/engine plants and assembly line. We watched assembling of many TATA Vistas, Manzas, Puntos and very few Lineas on the assembly line. Paint shop was not included in the plant visit in view of strict maintenance of dust-free atmosphere. Photography was not allowed inside the plant.

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FIAT India played a perfect host. We were treated with mouth-watering sumptuous vegetarian lunch, snacks, biscuits, cakes, fruit juices and coffee/tea intermittently.

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There were many BHPians, who participated in the plant visit. I had opportunity to meet teky, Sathya_sc, h14, hemanth.anand, rohittunga, nkrishnap, to name a few. In this photograph, standing L to R: teky and self; kneeling L to R: fellow-Linea owner Sundhu Kumar and Sathya_sc; hemanth.anand looks on from his Punto.

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The last, but not the least, all the participants were presented with a surprise parting gift of stuffed panda. I am safe-keeping these pandas for my Australian grand-daughter, who liked them a lot.

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On 1 October 2012, some few km ahead of Akpa check-post, Himachal Pradesh on NH 22, the traffic was stopped due to blasting and clearance of debris by BRO staff. So, I stopped my Linea and started clicking photographs. As the work seemed to take some more time, I sat inside my Linea. Then, I heard a 'tip' sound. The very next moment I saw at least two cracks on the windshield in front me. Then, I realised that a stone chip might have fallen from the mountain top on my Linea's windshield resulting in cracks.

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After returning to Bangalore, I took my Linea to the nearby Windshield Experts on Chord Road on 16 October 2012 and got a new windshield for my Linea, bearing FIAT logo, costing Name:  rupeesymbol.gif
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That's an unfortunate incident of breaking the windshield! Nice pics from the Fiat plant visit! Want to be a part of it atleast once.
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