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Old 31st January 2008, 17:55   #61
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Nice car Steer...Looks like you have to own everything that has a TATA link to it. In this case, it is a near probability. Enjoy the ride man...I dont know much about JAGS so I hope its a fun ride for you
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Old 31st January 2008, 18:34   #62
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just as you mentioned you didnt fancy the S type Jag, even I too dislike it. But somehow all here seem to like it.

the curves as u said look really good but somehow that grill never gels with the looks of the car although its from its predecessor.

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and yes the lumina that you had is an entirely different stuff in comparison to the S. these days it seems modding luminas is cheaper than any other car in bahrain. the exhaust sound, that screaming engine gosh after modding they are really really too fast.
i remember of the time i had a drag with a lumina SS driven by a Saudi which i had mistook for a Lancer as i just had a glance of it in the mirror at the signals driving towards the saudi causeway. he asked for the drag - stung by the Lumina - And that was one hell of a machine!!!

now its mature driving i guess that you chose an S type.
or is the adrenaline decreasing

btw i feel real sorry for the SS
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Old 31st January 2008, 19:34   #63
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Congrats Santosh on a fantastic buy. you seem to have taken your nick so seriously that now uve gone and got a cat on Steroids!!
Enjoy the beast. i dont think a type-R would be common, even in Dubai!! more pics!!
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congrats steer...awesome car.the double headlight look is better executed on this jag than an e class.
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Old 31st January 2008, 22:11   #65
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guyS ! Thanks for all those good wishes.

Now, if there is anyone here that wants to know about MILEAGE HEHEHEHEHE :

I just did a manic tour of the northern Emirates in a whirlwind afternoon tour where I covered over 400 kms to test some specific call scenarios with my team.

SPeeds were almost constantly over 200 kmph (except for the corners on the mountain roads where we did between 140 and 160) and the car returned 13 litres per 100 kmph. Not bad, huh?
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Old 31st January 2008, 22:59   #66
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SPeeds were almost constantly over 200 kmph (except for the corners on the mountain roads where we did between 140 and 160) and the car returned 13 litres per 100 kmph. Not bad, huh?
Wow! And just to put things in perspective, it is close to what a 07 Sonata V6 returned while doing half the speed mentioned above.

A beautiful machine with an even better engine. Congratulations!
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Old 31st January 2008, 23:40   #67
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Congrats Steer. Your new ride is beautiful.
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congratulations Steer!
c'mon, post those pics now.
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I was dismissive of the scale of the problem - redoing your suspension is a much easier job than getting more juice out of your engine, and that was the context in which it was spoken. I said appreciate the Verna for the juice it provides (that others dont) - the handling part is not a major issue.

Fine, now thats clear, I was of the same opinion anyway. and suspension mods are planned.

But you talk like you do.
I'm glad somebody is sure of this, because I'm not.
Damn , you're good

How many Holdens have you driven around? And how many American cars?
Now, how would a person like me form his opinions on cars that i havent driven....Automags, and friends .

And are you aware that the Jag which I own, which you claim is a supreme handler, has its roots in an American sedan? It shares the platform of a Lincoln, no less! Since Lincolns are not exactly known for handling, my car should handle like a boat.
so how does it handle?


I've had the good fortune to have driven or owned cars from different marquees and I've learnt to throw quite a few preconceived notions out of the window. I hope that someday you will be able to say the same too.
I hope so too
Steer, all i was trying to do, was say, for a person who doesnt put much emphasis on handling,and more on straight line, you picked a car that is supposed to handle well.
(Note- this time i've added the word "supposed" to pre-empt any public dressing downs)

Congrats again.
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I'm quite surprised at the way you've commented so authoritatively on my previous (actually, I still own it) car. I've personally found it one of the most entertaining cars to drive around (and to throw around!).
MAN !!!!!! on my one and (unfortunately) only drive i kept my mouth shut and had the biggest smile on my face !!! tooo much fun !

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and 160) and the car returned 13 litres per 100 kmph. Not bad, huh?

Was wondering why nobody was asking that.

The other choice you had in mind (translates to me as Prado - hope I am not wrong) gives about 1 KMpl, according to my BIL, who commutes b/w Sharja and DBX.

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Further update:

I've come to terms to the vehicle and its power-delivery, and have started ripping it around. Very fast lane changes, some sharp overtaking manouvres etc - things that I didnt allow myself to do until I became more comfortable with it.

Also started switching off the traction control and keeping the 'S' button on at all times.

The supercharger whine is addictive - you really dont want to take your foot off the accelerator. The six-speed gearbox is terrific and ensures that you're pushed back into your seat at all times.

The vehicle regularly does 200 kmph plus before I know it - it reaches those speeds so quickly that one doesnt realize how fast its going. Despite my best attempts, I've set off one camera over the last 2 weeks - pretty bad because I've managed with only one speeding fine in the whole of the last year. I need to watch it because I will lose my license if I'm timed at over 200 kmph on a camera.

Brakes are rather noisy and this is irritating. Coupled with is the enormous amount of brakedust that this car seems to generate - the alloys need cleaning every now and then as the black dust really spoils the look.

Wind noise is cut off quite impressively until about 180 kmph or so when there is some intrusion through the door seals. Until 150 there is very little wind noise, after which you can get a detached and very faint bassy tone as the wind gathers speed around the car.

High-speed stability is also impressive as the car takes sweeping corners at pretty good speeds - I'm yet to reach the limit where one gets the feeling that the car will lose it soon. However the suspension does feel a wee bit 'soft' when compared to the Lumina - that car had hard springs that were quite jarring on secondary roads, but kept the car steady on undulations. On the upside, you dont feel every bit of metal on the road when you drive into Sharjah where the road surfaces are not quite as smooth.

Under hard acceleration, there is a hint of tyre squeal at EVERY gear shift. This is a bit disturbing - it cannot be wheelspinning at every change! This phenomenon disappears when DSC (Dynamic Stability Control - Traction Control in simple terms) is engaged.

Mileage seems to be around the same as the Lumina, but the fuel tank is smaller at about 55 litres (75 on the Lumina) which means more frequent visits to the gas station. Still its pretty good when you consider the fact that the driving style is mostly pedal-to-metal accompanied by a silly grin.

There's not much else to report except that the radio reception is very bad. The ICE is nice, but the Lumina's sub-less Blaupunkt setup sounded better than the 6 speakers + Sub Alpine setup in this car. I cant figure out where the sub is, though.

Pictures will hopefully be up tomorow (oops - Today!). Thats the last of the initial driving impresisons here - it does seem like a very good choice at the moment.
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Very fast lane changes, some sharp overtaking manouvres etc - things that I didnt allow myself to do until I became more comfortable with it.
and i thought all these jokers who cut across were only "Locals" good to know we have some country cousins doing the same and feeling comfortable at others cost!!!

i thought all this time you were a mature driver / rider on road, didnt expect this from you.
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There's nothing wrong with a sharp overtaking manoeuvre or fast lane change in the right place and time.

I'm sure that Steer is treating both other road users and his very valuable investment with great respect
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Noisy brakes are a problem with rangerover's as well.. best would be to get the rims painted black!!
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