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Old 14th July 2014, 11:48   #376
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Hey Finney. Congrats. Finally you did go for the 1.3 MJD Happy miles to you
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Congrats Finney , she looks fantastic and wishing you a great ownership experience with her!!
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Great choice and awesome looking car. Many congrats, wishing many many happy miles and smiles with another italian beauty!

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I just had my first long weekend drive from Pune to Lavasa with tjet. Picturesque drive and ideal for checking out tjet. The drive offers some great straight runs plus sharp curves on a small ghat section.

I had absolute fun driving tjet although I was mindful of not stretching her as of now.
Got a good understanding of the engine characteristics especially how the turbo kicks in and how to utilize it in a better manner. Enjoyed every bit of it. :-)

Total kms now covered are 192kms.
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Thanks Krishna, Gautam, Puchoo & Autocop!

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The front number plate looks a little bigger than usual, is it the camera angle doing the trick here?
Number plate is of the standard size, maybe the redesigned bumper is giving that impression.

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Finally you did go for the 1.3 MJD
Gautam, excel calculations forced me to go for MJD :(
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Congratulations finney on your new ride.

Couple of queries on the number plate.

Was the plate provided by the RTO/their accredited agency or by the dealer/bought by you

It is not riveted into the bumper, is it?

I could not see the leaser etched security number on the same, so presuming there is none

Were you given a security card by the RTO along with the RC

Basically what I am trying to ascertain is whether the secure number plates are being affixed in states other than DL & HR or not. Enjoy the drive, Ciao.

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Number plate is of the standard size, maybe the redesigned bumper is giving that impression.


Gautam, excel calculations forced me to go for MJD :(
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Was the plate provided by the RTO/their accredited agency or by the dealer/bought by you

It is not riveted into the bumper, is it?

I could not see the leaser etched security number on the same, so presuming there is none

Were you given a security card by the RTO along with the RC

Basically what I am trying to ascertain is whether the secure number plates are being affixed in states other than DL & HR or not. Enjoy the drive, Ciao.
Thanks Khoj.

I got the number plate from the dealer (at an additional cost), not from RTO. I don't think it is high security number plate.
And it is just screwed on to the bumper.
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Congratulations on your purchase!

Good to see those 2 men taking photos of the Linea. Friends and family?
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One query. I was removing the interior plastic covers from the seats and while removing the back seat one, it got stuck. I thought of folding the rear seat, however could not locate any lever or strap to do so. Silly of me to ask but is there such a provision on the emotion variant?
I am not able to recollect if the SA touched on this point when he showed the features.
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One query. I was removing the interior plastic covers from the seats and while removing the back seat one, it got stuck. I thought of folding the rear seat, however could not locate any lever or strap to do so. Silly of me to ask but is there such a provision on the emotion variant?
I am not able to recollect if the SA touched on this point when he showed the features.
No. Post 2013 the Linea lost the 3rd head rest and the seat folding feature. Not sure what Fiat gained by doing this. The facelift too does not have the seat folding feature.
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Thanks for pointing it out nkrishnap. In fact I had to cut the plastic cover with scissors as it got stuck somewhere behind the rear seat without any easy approach.

As you said it, pretty difficult to understand why this feature has been removed if it was there earlier. Maybe the boot is quite large but then why provide it in the first place.
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Congrats finneyp on your new purchase. TW looks nice and yes the number plate looks bigger.
Happy driving!!
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Congrats Finney. Having brought a T-Jet myself about 6 months back, I have fallen in love with Linea, and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I wish you a very happy motoring.
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Test drove a T-Jet last week. They came to my house for the test drive. It was a white beauty. It went very well. The personnel was very respectful and patient. Had some observations to add some of which I didn't seem to find elsewhere on the thread. I will try to avoid repetitions as much as possible.

1. The ORVMs though not electrically foldable are India ready (similar to say Ecosport). They bend outwards.
2. Both the boot as well as the bonnet has good insulation underneath
3. The cruise control was not difficult to use. In fact I found it easy
4. The engine bay was not cluttered and had enough breathing space for parts
5. There is partial but sufficient underbody protection for the engine in spite of the 190mm ground clearance
6. Found enough room for the legs both front and back (5' 10')
7. No raised sections underneath the driver and passenger seats at the front unlike the City, but no storage space unlike the Ecosport either
8. Steering adjustment is tilt only
9. Seat belts are height adjustable
10. Was told the music system was 'Blobong' though I couldn't find it on the internet. Not the best in quality but it does feature speed sensing volume
11. No change blinkers while shifting lanes
12. Vanity mirrors available for both driver and passenger with ticket holder on the driver side.

There were some niggles as well:
1. Didn't like the 'trunk' open button near the car audio (visible on the review pics). It opens the boot even if the car is moving! Not a good thing especially with kids or old people
2. The bottle holders were not big except for the one behind the driver's armrest. Even the retractable holder on the back hand rest were very slim. I was told they were 'can' holders. Who drives with so many cans but no bottle?
3. I had a tough time placing my wallet (intentionally made fat) after I placed my iPhone in the space near the Blue&Me aux. Even the glove box with the car's manual etc was already full.
4. I found a second spot under/near the bumper in the back which looked like a tow hook. But when I opened it - nothing! While this is not significant, I hope they didn't miss something out. Must be something for other markets.
5. No hooks for the floor mats. Would have been a good touch

Hope that helps.
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10. Was told the music system was 'Blobong' though I couldn't find it on the internet. Not the best in quality but it does feature speed sensing volume
Blaupunkt became blobong?
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