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Old 13th October 2013, 08:24   #1936
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Did Mr. M.A.S.S. give any particular reason for singling out the G3 as the product of preference.
My bro went by his word and did not really ask for a reason - apparently, the guy recently changed to the Potenza G3's on his Cruze.

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If you do not want to explore unchartered waters with the ST3 then let go of the noise criteria and go in for anything from the Yokohama C drives.
Yoko's are a next close option. Will look into these.



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For the tyres, may I suggest the Yokohama AVS DB 550V? Search the forum and enough content is available on these tyres.
Sure. Will look into these. Thanks for sharing your first hand experience.

I am sure the Yokos will have tyres in the same specs as the stock nct's of - 205, 55, R16. Will start looking out.

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Old 14th October 2013, 14:11   #1937
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A sad day for me today as Biker deliberately rammed my Linea Tjet from back.I Shouted at him albeit in a civilized manner and then I let me go.What I can do as I Know he can't pay for damages.
BTW what is the cost of replacing bumper and is part readily available?
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A sad day for me today as Biker deliberately rammed my Linea Tjet from back.I Shouted at him albeit in a civilized manner and then I let me go.What I can do as I Know he can't pay for damages.
BTW what is the cost of replacing bumper and is part readily available?
It should be available at FASS at something around Rs. 3000.00; however the price may have been revised now.

However, 99RPM.com shows the cost as Rs. 3677.00 ( plus 950.00 for delivery).
Link : http://www.99rpm.com/rear-bumper-linea.html
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It should be available at FASS at something around Rs. 3000.00; however the price may have been revised now.

However, 99RPM.com shows the cost as Rs. 3677.00 ( plus 950.00 for delivery).
Link : http://www.99rpm.com/rear-bumper-linea.html
Linea bumper is strong... mine got no less thsn 12 hits in signals and I once reversed into a wall as parking sensor failed. Even now it does not look out of shape. The cost of painting might be more than cost of bumper.
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Even if you buy a new bumper (as it comes without paint) it has to be locally painted in the matching color (done in your dealer paint shop).

If the paint damage and dents (if any) on the bumper are repairable you will be better off getting existing bumper repaired (dents removed) and painted. This option will be much cheaper (assuming dents if any are repairable).

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A sad day for me today as Biker deliberately rammed my Linea Tjet from back.I Shouted at him albeit in a civilized manner and then I let me go.What I can do as I Know he can't pay for damages.
BTW what is the cost of replacing bumper and is part readily available?
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Guys, need some opinions and suggestions regarding the third "FREE" service of the Linea T-jet. I called up the service center today regarding the cost that I will incur for the third free service and was informed that it would come to around 8-8.5k.
And I told the guy, that I thought this is a free service , so he told me that it would be of consumables and labor that I need to bear as in the third service a lot of components would be changed in the car like the filters et all and all coolants, liquids etc.

Can anyone in the group share their cost for getting the third free service vis a vis a regular paid service for their T-jet?
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A follow-up question to the one above is that would you guys prefer to stay by the car or atleast in the garage while the car is being serviced OR preferably leave the car in the morning and come back in the evening to collect the car? Please do answer both the questions above as I need to go for service on Friday/Saturday this week. Answers are really appreciated.
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A follow-up question to the one above is that would you guys prefer to stay by the car or atleast in the garage while the car is being serviced OR preferably leave the car in the morning and come back in the evening to collect the car? Please do answer both the questions above as I need to go for service on Friday/Saturday this week. Answers are really appreciated.
Only when I was not allowed by the workshop to stand besides my car when it was being serviced, I have left it alone. 95% of all the major services, I have always stood besides my car caring least for other things, be it hunger or thirst. I had to face a lot many abuses from my family for giving more attention to car than family. But then car has always reciprocated my love. It has not been stranded on the road even for once in the last 132K kms, it does its duty silently, without any complaints (fair enough I think for the care I take of her)
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Guys, need some opinions and suggestions regarding the third "FREE" service of the Linea T-jet. I called up the service center today regarding the cost that I will incur for the third free service and was informed that it would come to around 8-8.5k.
And I told the guy, that I thought this is a free service , so he told me that it would be of consumables and labor that I need to bear as in the third service a lot of components would be changed in the car like the filters et all and all coolants, liquids etc.

Can anyone in the group share their cost for getting the third free service vis a vis a regular paid service for their T-jet?
Third free service is no different than the second one. So cost should be in the range of 4000-4500. No labour should be charged for regular jobs like filter replacements (oil / pollen / air / fuel), engine oil refill, etc. Cost could go up by another 3000 odd if your car has completed two years and needs replacement of fluids like, transmission oil, brake fluid, power steering oil, coolant etc. Check the manual for what all is recommended to be changed. In addition, check brake pad wear and condition of discs - both front and rear.

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A follow-up question to the one above is that would you guys prefer to stay by the car or atleast in the garage while the car is being serviced OR preferably leave the car in the morning and come back in the evening to collect the car? Please do answer both the questions above as I need to go for service on Friday/Saturday this week. Answers are really appreciated.
I have never left my cars without supervision. But it depends on your relationship with the staff as they generally don't let you hang around the car. But you can request them to let you stay and they could oblige. But its not something which is a given.
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Third free service is no different than the second one. So cost should be in the range of 4000-4500. No labour should be charged for regular jobs like filter replacements (oil / pollen / air / fuel), engine oil refill, etc. Cost could go up by another 3000 odd if your car has completed two years and needs replacement of fluids like, transmission oil, brake fluid, power steering oil, coolant etc. Check the manual for what all is recommended to be changed. In addition, check brake pad wear and condition of discs - both front and rear.



I have never left my cars without supervision. But it depends on your relationship with the staff as they generally don't let you hang around the car. But you can request them to let you stay and they could oblige. But its not something which is a given.
Thanks a lot for the tip. I have atleast been told on the phone that all fluids will be changed, but I will make sure to read the service manual and check if that is required.
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Guys, need some opinions and suggestions regarding the third "FREE" service of the Linea T-jet. I called up the service center today regarding the cost that I will incur for the third free service and was informed that it would come to around 8-8.5k.
And I told the guy, that I thought this is a free service , so he told me that it would be of consumables and labor that I need to bear as in the third service a lot of components would be changed in the car like the filters et all and all coolants, liquids etc.

Can anyone in the group share their cost for getting the third free service vis a vis a regular paid service for their T-jet?
I got my third service done during July, and the bill came up to ~6k. This is because most of the fluids will be drained and replaced with fresh stock. You could read this post of mine which gave the break-up of third service costs :
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...ml#post3168644

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A follow-up question to the one above is that would you guys prefer to stay by the car or atleast in the garage while the car is being serviced OR preferably leave the car in the morning and come back in the evening to collect the car? Please do answer both the questions above as I need to go for service on Friday/Saturday this week. Answers are really appreciated.
I prefer to stay by the car and not return home. The reason for that (for me) is not so much about being worried about what goes on in my absence, but more because the service centre is quite far off from home and is in a different direction from office too. I would be wasting a lot of time and energy commuting to and from home/office if I were to collect the car on the same day, so I prefer to stay back, watch the work, collect the car on the same evening and go home once and for all. One day's leave is a casualty though.
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Received my Oceanic Blue Tjet (Belleza Clara) on Oct 15th and you would have guessed what i was doing on yesterday's holiday

She is a sight to behold, should say. The sales guy told me that there is no run-in per se. But am just maintaining a rpm of less than 4000 rpm anyways!

Took her for a sedate a trip to lavasa yesterday. It was good fun with her on the twisties. From temghar dam to Lavasa water front i had to change the gear from 3rd gear a total of 5 times (all on hairpins)!

N.B: For those not from Pune (or been to it), Lavasa is a section of twisties which has 55 corners from Temghar dam to Lavasa gate mostly uphill (7.5 kms) and then another 45 corners from Lavasa gate to the waterfront (7.9 kms downhill). This road has all types of corners starting with u-turn hairpins, decreasing radius turns etc. Closest thing that comes to a race track here albeit a public road.

That third gear is the best thing about this car. But the overhang of the boot means its slighly tricky on the chicanes! Am waiting for a self imposed run-in to get over to just enjoy her to the potential
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There is nothing mentioned to indicate anything on the run in period in the owners manual either , i decided however to play it safe , despite the temptations and not really go beyond 2500 RPM for the first 700-800 Km's

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Am yet to take the Jet for a long spin - here are my initial views so far:
  • Upgrading from an Alto, the Jet is overwhelmingly overwhelming! Both in drive and ownership. I have to accept it that I earned it or deserve it! Also, a sudden notice and hatred towards junta driving around who really like to kiss the Jet as they pass by.
  • First thing out of showroom was 'tanking' up Shell Normal Petrol.
  • Thanks for all the reviews and inputs folks in helping decide a buy - I swapped the stock tyres to Yokos Avs db 550 and filled Nitrogen. Having driven <60kms so far on them, they come across as being very comfy on the drive and very silent as well. True test comes in December when the Jet goes cruising from Bangalore to Rajasthan and back! A 5k+ trip in a go!
  • Still to find the right sitting position. Also, the back support in the seat needs getting bit used to. Guess it's the leather - find it to be bit stiff for my back. Hope I get used to is soon.
  • Also, strangely after owning it, now notice that the front under-thigh support is not as comfy as SX-4 (our family ride). It feels couple inches short and am just 5' 7".
  • The auto-lights is a really cool feature and am getting used to this as well. Is there a way to disable it though? When the car stops abruptly, the lights stay turned ON. Is it ok to start the car with the lights ON? I haven't found the 'auto-lights on-off' switch if there is one.
  • Here is something that I find bugging - my left feet feels the steering-rod rotation when the clutch is floored for changing gears. Strangely, i do not recall reading this anywhere on the Linea threads. Is this normal?
  • I am yet to go through the Manual.
  • Connected my phone to blue&me. Was simple and straight forward. Still need to figure out how to make calls by talking into it and all the other cool things the car features in terms of the display settings. Like figuring out the FE and stuff like that. Btw - is there a video anywhere that walks through these settings?
  • When resting my hand on the gear, whenever i accelerate or decelerate, I feel a soft click on the gear. Am guessing this is normal (?).
  • Last two days, I have started to hear a squeaking sound on braking. This is annoying for a new car. Any suspects?
  • Installations and treatments due next week - reverse car parking sensors, under-body rust proof coating and maybe an exterior paint sealant.
Will share more as I continue driving.
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Am yet to take the Jet for a long spin - here are my initial views so far:
  • Still to find the right sitting position. Also, the back support in the seat needs getting bit used to. Guess it's the leather - find it to be bit stiff for my back. Hope I get used to is soon.
  • Last two days, I have started to hear a squeaking sound on braking. This is annoying for a new car. Any suspects?
  • Installations and treatments due next week - reverse car parking sensors, under-body rust proof coating and maybe an exterior paint sealant.
Will share more as I continue driving.
All my friends had warned that its quite difficult to find the seating position on the fiat. So you will be able to "discover" this in due course of time.

The Squeaking sound on braking - It could be the link rod. But if it has to be the link rod it should be there irrespective of you are braking or not. I had to visit the garage on the third day of car ownership after i found this squeaking sound.

Are u installing reverse parking sensors from FIAT? If not, it might void warranty. And i was under the impression that all new cars came with antirust body coating nowadays.
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