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Old 6th January 2012, 11:55   #3751
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Is there another hike around the corner. Another price hike and the vento goes to the 18% tax category (from 15%) in Bangalore. That is going to have a huge difference in price. And not to mention the difference between rapid and vento top-end will also go up.
Scroll back the last couple of pages. We all had a pretty good discussion over the supposed price hike.
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Old 6th January 2012, 15:06   #3752
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Can fellow owners confirm if you can open the bonnet with the front right door closed? For some reason I am not able to. I am not sure if something has gone wrong after my ice install.
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Can fellow owners confirm if you can open the bonnet with the front right door closed? For some reason I am not able to. I am not sure if something has gone wrong after my ice install.
I have tried it, Since this a mechanical lock you should not be having an issue here. Other can correct me.

Which ICE you got? You could post some detail on that.
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Can fellow owners confirm if you can open the bonnet with the front right door closed? For some reason I am not able to. I am not sure if something has gone wrong after my ice install.
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I have tried it, Since this a mechanical lock you should not be having an issue here. Other can correct me.

Which ICE you got? You could post some detail on that.

No you cannot open Bonnet while having Driver door closed. Stupid design but I guess it is like this only.
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I have tried it, Since this a mechanical lock you should not be having an issue here. Other can correct me.
Yup- can be done!

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No you cannot open Bonnet while having Driver door closed. Stupid design but I guess it is like this only.
Simple yet elegant solution: use your LEFT hand!
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May be a safety feature? I dont see any other reason why it cannot be opened when the driver door is closed.

I recollect the discussions on the old fiesta (classic), where one of major negatives people pointed out to was the placement of bonnet lever on the passenger side and hence subsequently the danger of someone opening it by mistake!

Though in vento it is placed somewhere near the right bottom on the driver side, may be there is a chance to accidently brush it with your boot while driving? Just thinking aloud, couldnt think of any other reason.

By the way, I dont know if there is anything to complain about this, if anything it should actually be good, right? Does security checks at malls/cinemas require you to open the hood? I have only been asked to open the boot and never the bonnet.

Edit - I have never tried this, so pardon my ignorance, if thats not the case.

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No you cannot open Bonnet while having Driver door closed. Stupid design but I guess it is like this only.

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May be a safety feature? I dont see any other reason why it cannot be opened when the driver door is closed.

I recollect the discussions on the old fiesta (classic), where one of major negatives people pointed out to was the placement of bonnet lever on the passenger side and hence subsequently the danger of someone opening it by mistake!

Though in vento it is placed somewhere near the right bottom on the driver side, may be there is a chance to accidently brush it with your boot while driving? Just thinking aloud, couldnt think of any other reason.

By the way, I dont know if there is anything to complain about this, if anything it should actually be good, right? Does security checks at malls/cinemas require you to open the hood? I have only been asked to open the boot and never the bonnet.

Edit - I have never tried this, so pardon my ignorance, if thats not the case.
Marriot Hotel always wants you to open the bonnet and its annoying to open the door every time to open the door.

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I will try the left hand method!

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Note - Am adding this post in this thread cause it has a lot to deal with the car itself and its dealership + roadside assistance.

Alas my 1 month honeymoon with my new Vento comes to harsh end temporarily. (My 14 year accident free driving streak coming to an end). I was traveling to Bangalore with my family a couple of days ago. We just crossed one of the toll plazas when a moron in a Hyundai (accent as my father remembers it) pulls perpendicularly into the NH from the roadside shops and took e a sharp left to be right in front of me (am in the inner most lane near the road dividers). Sensing a drunk driver i applied my brakes and slowed down but then this driver cuts off to the outer lane freeing up the road in front of me. So I take my foot off the brakes and allow the car to coast when the unexpected happened. He cuts sharply at a 90' angle to the right cause he wanted to take a U turn to the other side of the road. I was left with a car that is approaching me on the left lane (a micra) and this moron who cuts and stops in the junction (his rear end still in my lane). Either its a head on collision with this moron or if i swerve to my left it would be hit on the side with my front definitely banging up this moron. So I just slam the brakes hoping no-one rear-ends me with slightly turning to the left so that the impact is restricted to one side as much as possible. But considering that the entire episode probably happened in a span of 3 - 4 seconds I was left with no room for alternatives.

My baby got badly injured due to frontal collision. The entire bumper + headlights, side fenders on the driver side is completely damaged. From what I could see, the radiator is damaged but there seems to be no damage to the engine. The oil sump is intact but a lot of plastic containers and hoses on the driver side is damaged. The passenger side fenders and the rest of the car dont have any impact.

Fortunately none of us even had a scratch cause we were wearing the seat belts (interestingly the air bags did not deploy - am sure we hit him at least at 40 - 50kmph speed). Since my door was jammed , i lowered the window to take a look at the other and this guy takes off. He doesn't even bother to wait there for police complaint or at least take a courtesy check on what happened. The micra (who was on our left) did stop and waited for us to ensure him that we were safe. So we send him away assuring that all of us were in good shape.

Next the ordeal with VW tow and police starts. I call up VW asking for a flat bed and the guys asks me to talk to the dealer to ensure on police formalities. Abra motors as usual passed on my call to 6 - 7 different numbers before i blasted the hell out the last one when he tried to transfer the call. Luckily with an practicing high court advocate (read my wife) beside me we figured out the right jurisdiction (thanks to her advocate friends who did the background work from Chennai) & called up the police station. The cops who came to the spot checked on the accident and were compassionate enough as the car cannot be moved. So we went to the police station which was 8 kms away, filled a hit and run CSR got the relevant papers and came back to the spot. By that time it was 8:30. The accident happened around 5. In the mean time VW 24x7 road side assistance (which sucked by the way) dispatched my "flat-bed" truck around 6pm from Chennai !! (They asked if Chennai was near or Bangalore. With Chennai being 185kms away and Bangalore being 150 kms away I chose Chennai cause the home advantage was much better than the extra 35Kms. The flat bed truck turned out to be a tow truck driven by a kid (stupid VW, i told them i dont want the car towed and wanted to have a flat bed) who reached the spot by 10:30pm. So we put the car on tow and left the area around 11:30pm by a taxi that my family had arranged. We reached home by 2am and I got a call at 5am from the tow guy that he dropped the car at Abra Motors body shop.

I call up Abra next day morning who ask me to come and file the claims form. I head there and they make my wait for around 50 minutes before the SA turned up. He estimates around 1.5L worth of damage (rough estimate, cant determine until they open the bonnet - need to wait for the surveyor) of which i would have to pay up around 40 - 50K from my pocket(cause plastic parts like bumper and hoses are covered only 50%). I had specifically asked abra to do bumper to bumper insurance and they did not do it. I have partly myself to blame since in the excitement of getting the car I had failed to notice the kind of insurance they had done. Now with parts delivery taking about 10 days and the work around 10 days + all the tests they do post the work, it would around 3 - 4 weeks before I get the car !!! My baby had just 4868 kms on the ODO and only 40 days old and had to suffer the stupidity of some drunk moron.

But I am glad that my entire family safe thanks to the tough build of the car. I still cant take my mind off the fact that the air bags did not deploy. If it wont deploy at 40kmph impact what speed will it deploy in ?

A rough illustration, the blue car is mine, the red was the moron guy and the green was the micra which traveled besides us. The U-Turn spot where this happened can be seen in the second picture besides my car which is parked at the shoulder.
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Old 7th January 2012, 14:06   #3759
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My baby got badly injured due to frontal collision.
I was shocked for a moment when I read that. Then I realized what you meant.

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Fortunately none of us even had a scratch cause we were wearing the seat belts (interestingly the air bags did not deploy - am sure we hit him at least at 40 - 50kmph speed). Since my door was jammed , i lowered the window to take a look at the other and this guy takes off. He doesn't even bother to wait there for police complaint or at least take a courtesy check on what happened. The micra (who was on our left) did stop and waited for us to ensure him that we were safe. So we send him away assuring that all of us were in good shape.
My blood boils thinking about the existence of such careless and insensitive morons.

Thankfully, your family came out completely safe and unscathed.

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From what I know, airbags deploy based on G-force, not on the speed. So even if you are stationary and a speeding vehicle hits you, the airbags will deploy. In your case, probably the G-forces were not so high, which also probably saved from any serious injuries as well.
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^^SR-71

I feel so relieved yet pissed off on reading your ordeal.

Relieved to hear that all of you are safe. If you managed all that in a matter of 3-4 seconds, kudos to you and your driving habits.

Pissed off to see the morons you have had to face - the idiot in the Accent and the SE of Abra motors who forgot to get you the zero dep insurance.

The image of the car is most painful to behold - especially considering its just a month since you got it.


Btw any chance of asking the police to check up with the toll gate you passed (just before the incident) - the Accent did make the u-turn to pass in that direction right? If so, they should have the records in their system.
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Alas my 1 month honeymoon with my new Vento comes to harsh end temporarily. (My 14 year accident free driving streak coming to an end). I was traveling to Bangalore with my family a couple of days ago.
Really very very unfortunate incident. Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, out of the blue most importantly for no fault of yours (which is very much the case over here). Feel sorry for your Vento, more so because it is hardly one month that it has seen the roads. I get deeply hurt even if I see a minor scratch on my 8 years old car, so I can understand your plight.

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But I am glad that my entire family safe thanks to the tough build of the car.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining & this was it. Your entire family came unscathed out of this whole episode. You couldn't have asked for more.

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Btw any chance of asking the police to check up with the toll gate you passed (just before the incident) - the Accent did make the u-turn to pass in that direction right? If so, they should have the records in their system.
Have any one of you recorded that moron's car number? If not then what Ninja has suggested makes all the more sense. Get his number from the toll both & trace his name/ address through RTO records. You have a lawyer at your home to take care of the rest. I know currently your focus would be to get your car back in shape, but don't leave that drunkard so easily.
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SR71, wishing you and your family a speedy recovery from the trauma that you had to go through and going through. I hope that your baby gets fully cured quickly. This indeed is an eye opener for all of us and I think I should double check my insurance too. As for morons like this on the road, since your wife is an advocate and should be knowing people who deal with the law, I sincerely urge you to track down this idiot and teach him a thorough lesson. A permanent life ban on driving for these types of drivers are very much needed in India. Actually his license should be cut into pieces to teach morons like him a thorough lesson. I simply fail to understand how can people drive so recklessly assuming they are the only persons on the road ignoring the lives of fellow citizens. A very stringent implementation of traffic laws and driving rules is soooo much needed in this nation and the government should stop playing to the lowest common denominator in the name of socialism and alleviating poverty by letting folks ignore the law.
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A very stringent implementation of traffic laws and driving rules is soooo much needed in this nation and the government should stop playing to the lowest common denominator in the name of socialism and alleviating poverty by letting folks ignore the law.
+1 to that

Besides the moron, I also think the Micra driver who was driving parallel to you on left lane has to take some blame for this accident. Was he racing with you & blocking your escape route? Knowing what's in store for you he should have either braked to let you take a left cut or driven fast past that moron to give you sufficient room for some last moment manouvre.

Similar incident happened with me exactly one week back. I was on Nagar road (near Aga Khan Palace) driving towards city (Pune folks would know it). I was in the position of the Micra, there was a Wagon-R in the position of the Vento & a Maruti 800 in the position of the accent. The only difference being the Maruti -800 fellow slowed down with a proper right turn indicator for taking a U turn. I saw it well from a distance, but the Wagon-R fella simply failed to notice it & almost hand banged into the Maruti 800. He had emergency braking at the last moment. I was towards the left of Wagon-R & the moment I saw he has misjudged the Maruti-800, I diverted towards left, giving him enough room to do a left manouvre, if he wished to do so at the last moment, but fortunately he stopped at the right moment inches behind the 800.
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In the mean time VW 24x7 road side assistance (which sucked by the way) dispatched my "flat-bed" truck around 6pm from Chennai !! .... The flat bed truck turned out to be a tow truck driven by a kid (stupid VW, i told them i dont want the car towed and wanted to have a flat bed) who reached the spot by 10:30pm
I am wondering if an actual flat-bed truck would have helped in your case. Was the car in a state to be driven up the flatbed ramp? Wouldn't towing be the only option? I have not seen flatbeds in action so excuse me if I am thinking wrong fundamentally.
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Sorry to hear about the accident, hope your drive gets back to its prime soon ! Just imagining the situation I am almost tempted to ask (though I know its wrong) , why didn't you speed up and ram that idiotic Verna real hard so that he would not have been able to drive off and financially at least he would have been setback quite a bit .


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Besides the moron, I also think the Micra driver who was driving parallel to you on left lane has to take some blame for this accident. Was he racing with you & blocking your escape route? Knowing what's in store for you he should have either braked to let you take a left cut or driven fast past that moron to give you sufficient room for some last moment manouvre.
A very good point , when I drive I always make sure that the guys near me have space if they are being pushed into a corner ( e.g. the notorious BEST buses which literally bullies their way around ) . I would guess 99% of the time we would be running out of luck if we expect considerate drivers around us given my experience when I try to change lanes after switching on the indicators and let at least 2 cars pass by - no one slows down ! Given the state of affairs I have stopped expecting people to be accomodative , much less in a situation described here

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