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Old 6th February 2009, 09:11   #16
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The linea is not at all for you. PLease stay away from it and save yourself from being a FIAT hater. You wont appreciate the space at the rear or the Service as you would on the corolla altis. I still believe that thats the car for you.

The linea is for those who love FIAT. Those who dont mind spending some time once in a while with the incompetent(mostly) service guys. THose who love to drive over potholes in style without being unsettled. THose who want a very stable car that never tires you. Those who want Value for Money. Those who are not drivers but lovers.

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Hmm..its getting interesting (and confusing).
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Old 6th February 2009, 10:21   #18
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I'm surprised you are getting confused. No confusion brother - Altis is the car for them. It's got the right snob and loaded with gizmos which they will like.

Am not surprised by the attitude of the FIAT folks in the showroom. I don't know when will they improve.

Have you considered the Civic?

OT - Very well put Gemi
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Hmm, let me see. One car I loved when I was being driven around is the stretched Indigo, I think it is called the XL or something. It beats all the Toyotas, Fords etc hollow. It is custom made for being driven by drivers with the owner lolling about in the back.

Nothing beats that one's rear seat for support, space - it has every gizmo including video screens! I suspect that it must be horrid to drive but then, let the driver earn his keep.

If classy is what you are looking for, you might as well jump to the E class of the Mercs.

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Old 6th February 2009, 11:14   #20
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I am certain the Tata guys won't have the Indigo XL on display. Also not sure if I will want to go there again .
What is Ratan Tata doing???
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I am certain the Tata guys won't have the Indigo XL on display. Also not sure if I will want to go there again
I doubt if the XL would be on display and I would not blame the showroom or TATA. It sells in small volumes. You may want to consider the Indigo Marina.

Or because they are first time drivers looking for a "status symbol" car, a used sedan - like the NHC.

If status is not too much a problem, you they should look at the Vista too.
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I guess the final decision will be:
Hatch - i20 top end. No other competition.
Sedan - Between Honda City New Gen, Verna, & Linea.
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I guess the final decision will be:
Hatch - i20 top end. No other competition.
Sedan - Between Honda City New Gen, Verna, & Linea.
Fabia is also a very comfortable & roomy hatch and should be considered as well!
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Agreed with most of BHPians.

Given the situation, majority is city driving , & your sis will be also driving, than Go for Altis AT.

An excellent VFM with problem free driving for years to come.
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Fabia is also a very comfortable & roomy hatch and should be considered as well!

Tejas, do you have any scores to settle with the thread starter / his BIL?

If so, find kinder means of taking revenge on him.

(Explanation - look for Sam's post on his problems with his boss' Laura and the dealer experience.)
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I guess the final decision will be:
Hatch - i20 top end. No other competition.
Sedan - Between Honda City New Gen, Verna, & Linea.
And why is the altis still not in the list. any reasons. Dont assess it on the thrill of driving. As a chauffer driven car with Snob Value i dont understand why its just not on the list.


And i dont think you should be looking at verna for the back seat. I suggest you dont think about the driving factor when its for your brother in law who does not know driving and would mostly use a driver. You should assess cars on teh back seat comfort , gizmos and snob value.

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I guess the final decision will be:
Hatch - i20 top end. No other competition.
Sedan - Between Honda City New Gen, Verna, & Linea.
Please consider the Toyota products Innova and Altis. Both of them are infact able to meet your criteria very well. Very comfortable cars they are. In case of Innova, along with slightly low capital cost, if they are going to have a chauffeur, its the best deal.
And IMHO, rethink buying Linea. The reasons are mentioned by many here.
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I don't understand this... you have a budget of Rs 12 lakhs and you want a quality car which is to be chauffer driven and has to exude a good image and you still don't shortlist the Altis? Why?

And I think you are too smitten by the looks of the Linea. However, while it may not a bad car if driven by a driver, the rear seat comfort couldbe compromised (from what I hear)

Very well said about Fiats, Gemi. They are not fill it, shut it, forget it cars although I have been doing just that for 10 months and 18,000 kms now.
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Thanks a ton for all the guidance folks. Finally going to test drive the Altis today. Pursuading sister to forget i20 and go for a big car straightaway.
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Good!

We will be waiting to hear from you. I'll be asking again - Are you not considering Civic?
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