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Old 15th December 2011, 10:16   #691
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Surely this seems to be a case of premature wear.



Good that you replaced the tyre.



I replaced my factory fitted Bridgestones on my Indica after they had run 62+K kms. The replacement tyres were Michelins on which I have covered 39+K kms & can still go for another 20-25K.

Michelin comfort oriented tyres are pretty good, I had XM1+ on my Indica Turbo for abt 40k kms, never had any trouble. The first thing I did when I got my Linea MJD was to replace the 195/60 GT3s with 195/65 Primacy LCs (partly for the comfort, partly for the increased GC). The comfort level is amazing, the car glides over potholes and speedbumps, even the annoying triple speedbumps I'm hoping these will perform as well as the XM1+s did.

Caveat: I am a sedate driver now (for the most part :P) so they meet my needs perfectly. I wouldn't recommend taking corners at fast speeds on these tyres.

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Old 16th December 2011, 22:34   #692
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Have been eyeing a T Jet to own since the past couple of months. Am treading carefully ... very carefully indeed.

"What you won't like - Rear seat is the least spacious from this segment."

This is actually bothering me... may be i am failing to notice something! IMHO 134 cm is good space. Head room of course is poor.

How does fitting five fare, as compared to the City or the Vento? If all are not very tall people?
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Have been eyeing a T Jet to own since the past couple of months. Am treading carefully ... very carefully indeed.

"What you won't like - Rear seat is the least spacious from this segment."

This is actually bothering me... may be i am failing to notice something! IMHO 134 cm is good space. Head room of course is poor.

How does fitting five fare, as compared to the City or the Vento? If all are not very tall people?
A six-footer sitting behind another will have only an inch left between his knee and the front seat. Same with head room.
The problem lies with the low-set dash, which eats into the front leg space.

You'll get approximately an inch or two more with the City or Vento.
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Finally, I gave in to the temptation and followed my heart. Just booked my Bronzo Scuro T-jet+
Can't wait for the paper work (loan) to be completed and take delivery of the beautiful machine. I was extremely confused on Diesel v/s T-jet however, GTO's comment "There's more to life than KMPL" helped me realise what I want.
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"What you won't like - Rear seat is the least spacious from this segment."

This is actually bothering me... may be i am failing to notice something! IMHO 134 cm is good space. Head room of course is poor.

How does fitting five fare, as compared to the City or the Vento? If all are not very tall people?
It is this way - in the T-Jet, the front cockpit is extremely airy, in fact nothing else comes close in that segment. But because of that, the rear space is a bit compromised. If a 6 footer drives and pushes the seat back all the way, another 6 footer person sitting behind him will find it very hard. But that's about it. If you are carrying 5 people of average height, the T-Jet is extremely comfortable. I would rate the seat comfort as segment best. The only thing hindering the 5th person is that rear aircon ventwhich eats up some leg space from the person sitting in the middle seat.

The T-Jet's underthigh support is miles ahead of the competition, from what I experienced. Fitting five in the vento is impossible - take a look at the transmission line hump in the rear row to see how bad it is. For a best fit of 5 tall people, City will win. However, City's rear bench has some bounciness at highway speeds which I did not like. Take a call based on your test drive experiences

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Finally, I gave in to the temptation and followed my heart. Just booked my Bronzo Scuro T-jet+
Can't wait for the paper work (loan) to be completed and take delivery of the beautiful machine. I was extremely confused on Diesel v/s T-jet however, GTO's comment "There's more to life than KMPL" helped me realise what I want.
Congrats Biraj, i am sure that's a winning decision... i still remain undecided though!! As I see it, the price of diesel E pk is about 40-50 grand more than T Jet+ . Am I right?
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If you are carrying 5 people of average height, the T-Jet is extremely comfortable. I would rate the seat comfort as segment best.
That's the punchy answer I was looking out for. One big mental block cleared!!
Thanks!
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Congrats Biraj, i am sure that's a winning decision... i still remain undecided though!! As I see it, the price of diesel E pk is about 40-50 grand more than T Jet+ . Am I right?
Thanks Charioteer! After a test drive of T-jet, I wasn't even considering the Linea diesel. Though the diesel was competent, I can't forget the experience of testing T-jet on Greater Noida expressway. The refinement and responsiveness of that engine is awesome. Moreover, my monthly usage is ~1200 Kms so, I wasn't very inclined towards diesel.
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I am seriously considering , re-starting my attempts at persuading my parents to buy me a FIAT Linea T-Jet now that its year end, and discounts are forthcoming. My earlier attempts months ago went futile. My current car Opel astra this whole year has been going through , what one would call as 'Operation parts replacement'. For every 1000 k.m I drive my current car, it needs some part or other and I have to spend atleast Rs. 5000 for every 1000 k.m. car driven. When ever , I read this 'sumptuous' review of T-Jet by GTO , the yearning for T-Jet increases by manifold levels!!.

More importantly, its suits my needs well. Since, 90 % of my driving will be on highways but not everyday, once a week and my top most priority in a car that I desire is highway stability and robust build , has to be a petrol car. As a matter of fact, it checks all the priorities in my list. Lets hope , my renewed endeavour in persuation bears fruit, and that i get a T-Jet.
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Simply an Amazing car.... I have a BS Tjet, 17K on the clock. It simply ceases to amaze. In the traffic its a weaver bird and out on the highways its an rocket on rails. And what stopping power... again absolutely on rails.
And you have the unique satisfaction of knowing that this is not a mass car... a very few special people own it. Good call buying it Biraj... u will never regret it.
Also its a looker!
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Its really nice to know that all T-Jet owners are having a blast with their cars and suddenly so many people seem to be interested in buying it, going by the sudden activity this thread has been getting. Lets see what changes are made in the refersh models come 3rd Jan.
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Time is ticking!!

Seeking another basic clarification associated with TJet vis-a-vis 1.3MJD -

Are diesel cars more comfortable for long distance drives ? As a driver or passenger, would i expect more travelling fatigue in a T jet after, say, a Mumbai-Goa day-drive than a sedately cruising diesel E Pk?
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Dunno about the diesel, but I'll tell you about the T-Jet.

I had to endure 7 hours of driving (continuous) to cover 260 kilometers from Lansdowne to Delhi in peak traffic hours.

The car was fine, my parents (close to 70 years of age) were fine, and I was only marginally cramped (after7 hours without a single break, what do you expect?).

I'd say I would have had to stop at least twice in any other car.

I also did Sawai Madhopur to Delhi with one fuel stop in six hours, and went to work the next day with no fatigue at all - so did my co-passengers.

For the record, my endurance is terrible. I can't walk longer than a couple of kilometers without tiring, so I'd say the T-Jet is exceedingly comfortable for long-distance drives.
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Time is ticking!!

Seeking another basic clarification associated with TJet vis-a-vis 1.3MJD -

Are diesel cars more comfortable for long distance drives ? As a driver or passenger, would i expect more travelling fatigue in a T jet after, say, a Mumbai-Goa day-drive than a sedately cruising diesel E Pk?
whats the logic behind it? tjet can be cruised @ 100-120kmph so does MJD.

dynamic range on highways of both cars is 80-170kmph.

fatigue is the farthest matching word when it comes to traveling in linea.

in my recent pune tirupati trip i managed the whole distance on day 1 itself. and believe me neither me nor the passengers got tired. not even a bit.

same while returning. how much ever i drove i felt as if i drove just few kms.
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Time is ticking!!

Seeking another basic clarification associated with TJet vis-a-vis 1.3MJD -

Are diesel cars more comfortable for long distance drives ? As a driver or passenger, would i expect more travelling fatigue in a T jet after, say, a Mumbai-Goa day-drive than a sedately cruising diesel E Pk?
Lineas whether petrol or diesels are most comfortable long distance runners available as of date. I have done number of Pune-Amravati runs 10 hours with 1 or 2 breaks and not even once were me or my passengers fatigued. I have done Pune-Aurangabad-Pune run with parents having slipped disc and they felt the ride comfortable.
This speaks volumes about the quality of the cars.
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