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Old 30th September 2010, 22:35   #61
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@SUV_offroading
You said it mate! The all row air-con takes it away.

@V-16
Thanks for your advice on the low rpm torque attitude of the T-Fort.
Since I drive an Octy (torquey) and a VDi Swift (not much torque below 1600rpm), I know what it feels like.
And yes, an AWD SUV is what we want (not the Innova).

@ACM
Thanks for your inputs mate.
Our needs are getting more sufficed with the T-Fort now.

@Gill22g
Thanks for the info and the economy figures.
I was wanting these from a captiva owner!

@n.devdath
Thanks for the useful data.
I've TD'd the X-trail, the T-Fort and yet to TD the Captiva.
X-trail is a refined machine, solid built, but too overpriced for a 5-seater :(
T-Fort, no issues except the braking.
Captiva - sure NO to 2WD and AT. Leaves us with the Captiva X-treme.
They dont have a TD vehicle at the dealership yet.
GM's loss.
p.s. - I've TD'd the above in medium category off-road environments.

@Off Roadie
Thnx for sharing.
IMO - why drive an SUV and expect a smooth handeling and a car-like driving comforts? Might as well buy a car then!
I will definitley check up on the middle row under-thigh support when I TD the Captiva. Will keep u updated.

@nilanjanray
Right said!
To each, his own - perception of the interior of the T-Fort.
When we got down to shortlisting - A big NO to the Petrol Outlander!

Waiting for one final TD of the Captiva Xtreme.
See it and believe it, they say!

Thanks guys for sharing your views and the enthusiasm. Eager to join the off-roaders club!
Will keep ya'll updated once the last TD is done.
Then its a different story. Banks and dealers..hee hee.

Cheers.

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Old 1st October 2010, 09:28   #62
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Captiva - sure NO to 2WD and AT. Leaves us with the Captiva X-treme.
They dont have a TD vehicle at the dealership yet.
GM's loss.

Waiting for one final TD of the Captiva Xtreme.
See it and believe it, they say!
Monaro, I thought you wanted AWD - I don't think the Xtreme comes in AWD. AFAIK, the AT is the only one with AWD.
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hey buddy
all the best - i know this is OT but I wish you all the best in your new assignment and location.

good that you're hanging on to Hariya.

I am also of the same mind - to hang on to my Scorpio for as long as possible because yesterday late afternoon, I really enjoyed buzzing around in my "purring" beast on the empty roads of Bangalore!

maybe one day I will consider a second-hand T-Fort. A brand new one is priced expensively in my opinion.

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Very well summed up Shankar.
Relocating to Bombay, yes, for at least a year due to office compulsions and work.
Buying a T-Fort, well, that is the aspiration, but not immediately since I cannot afford it.
I am completely satisfied with Hariya at this point of time.
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Yes Shankar, I saw you purring at the India Garage traffic light on Victoria Road this morning
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Fortuner brakes are very manageable, as I am finding out for the last few days. One needs to adjust to a different driving style, that is all. One can't expect to (and shouldn't) ride an elephant like one would ride a polo horse.
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hey Ajmat!
was that Skoda behind me this morning yours? Is it white/ silver-ish?

yesterday while all the world was awaiting the verdict we were playing a most enjoyable round at KGA - 2 rounds in fact. 9 in the morning and 14 in the afternoon! nothing feels better than to play truant and use the time playing golf.
and when I left the KGA around 630-645 ish Bangalore felt like it used to be 20 years ago. Dark and empty roads with minimal traffic and zero noise and smoke/ pollution. Amazing!

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I was in the opposite direct going towards Airport Road. I now play on Weds afternoon - no crowd, no waiting
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sorry wasnt looking at the other side of the road this morning. was lurking behind that bus waiting for him to move.

i find early morning 0530 first come first served from the 10th on Thursdays gives us time for a peaceful, enjoyable un-encumbered, 9. Can also easily manage washup, breakfast and be at work at 915am.

weekends i prefer ASC or even Clover (early morning) though Clover is a bit far off.
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^^^ Guys, above 3 posts - really OT.
Sorry to be a spoilsport


@suman
I thought the Xtreme was an AWD. (I know its not a 2WD for sure)
Lets recheck.

@nilanjan
I Agree.

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I thought the Xtreme was an AWD. (I know its not a 2WD for sure)
Lets recheck.
Monaro, the Xtreme is just a 2wd with some cosmetic changes that's all. It is not a AWD. FYI -
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^^^ hmmm..saw the link. I thought that the Xtreme was a better version, made up where the MT lacked.
Bummer!

Would you happen to know - what does 'Automatic Level Ride Control' mean?
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^^^ hmmm..saw the link. I thought that the Xtreme was a better version, made up where the MT lacked.
Bummer!

Would you happen to know - what does 'Automatic Level Ride Control' mean?
I remember seeing that in some ad. It means that even if the rear is loaded up the ride height will remain the same.
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Akshay - That explanation is not convincing enough, maybe there's more to it than that.

BTW -
@nilanjan
Congrats mate for the new Fortuner!
Absolute Delight!
Looking forward to your thread getting reinstated and your write up too.

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Would you happen to know - what does 'Automatic Level Ride Control' mean?
As Akshay said, it basically means a self-levelling rear suspension. Even if you load up the rear with 3 hefty passengers, the ride height will remain the same.

Though the Fortuner remains my pick in the 20 lakh segment, it's certainly not for everyone. The ride is too bumpy within the city, the interiors too spartan and the overall feeling too utilitarian. The Captiva, on the other hand, feels more "car like" (read = plush, soft & comfortable) and is probably a better bet for most urban buyers. If you can stretch your budget, nothing quite like the X-Trail. Punchy diesel, balanced ride & handling, robust engineering and superb brakes.
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Though the Fortuner remains my pick in the 20 lakh segment, it's certainly not for everyone. The ride is too bumpy within the city, the interiors too spartan and the overall feeling too utilitarian. The Captiva, on the other hand, feels more "car like" (read = plush, soft & comfortable) and is probably a better bet for most urban buyers.
Like I said in my post #61:

"IMO - why drive an SUV and expect a smooth handeling and a car-like driving comforts? Might as well buy a car then! "
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