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Old 19th August 2008, 10:56   #586
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Thanks for the info Nipun The seat guy told that they would show me samples of Stanley and G Sport on Friday so that i can really feel and decide. By the way, you seem to be using the lovable Canon S3. Wonder why you haven't set its focus on your car. I'm also using Canon S3 and itching to click fabia baby
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Was wondering if anyone had some specific experience with the recall? I do not see much activity by way of posts on that front.
Not that I own a Fabia~ simply interested in what could have been, is all!
crackingride: Good you brought it up as it's quite an 'event' in the annals of Indian motoring. The West- who've had cars all their lives it seems- have enjoyed the pleasure of recalls by manufacturers, but it's a first for India? Can anyone confirm this?


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72 hours to go... Finally, one offered Stanley (art leather, as genuine leather is out of my reach) for 10K
Mysticeyes: Considering I've not ever bought a stitch of leather for a car- art or otherwise- in my entire life, I'm probably not the best person to comment on this, but 10K does sound steep to me for 'art'.

Guys- R_R, please give Mysticeyes your inputs on this. It's a lot of money to spend, and you're stuck with your decision for years.

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Mysticeyes, good to hear your wait will be over soon. As for G-sport, its good fit and finish and looks pretty good.

Did a lot of driving this weekend, (went to Pondy and back), and the car was well behaved all through. The good news is it averaged 15 odd kpl, which added with cheaper tamil nadu fuel, made the trip lighter on the wallet.

Haven't heard anything from the dealer about ECU/brake recall, so will check up coming weekend.
nipunkul: Wow Pondy and back is one great drive. What was the weather like? Rain?
Please give us a full report of your trip- if you've the time, of course. That way people will get a fix on the 'performance' of another Fabia, and also insights to the route/destination/roads to Pondy. Pics would add masala- but that's provided you took them
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Old 19th August 2008, 12:12   #588
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I haven't taken a final decision on the seats. Ofcourse, i've turned a penny pincher of late and my better half is walking around with a broom I'm putting in sunfilm and a new horn in addition. the standard horn seems out of breath.

as for recalls, this is not a first time in India. Honda recalled few of their cars in India couple of years back to rectify fuel pump defects. Swift had some peoblems too. But Maruti didn't recall the particular batches and they rectified the new batches. The old batches were left sinking in sea
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Netchef, No rain or even a cloud once I crossed Vellore. The drive was very good in terms of road and eating of miles (went up to 125 kph only, and never hard pressed the pedal), only marred by the highly undisciplined and erratic traffic inside Pondy.

Hope to be able to post the trip with some pics in the appropriate section soon (weekend).

Mysticeyes, I did take a number of the fabia pics and some are in this thread, others on my flickr account. Dont know if I am allowed to post the link but anyway - Flickr: nipun_kul's Photostream
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naikpranav: Sir- just noticed it, Have you been advised to service her at 7500kms? I was told 10,000 kms for the first service though they did say they'd do a check-up at the 5K mark.
yes, i have beed advised to service the car at 7500, the older cars were asked to be serviced at 10000, I think the skoda people are all crazy. done 7000 today, thinking of taking an appointment for monday, though i can always drive-in for the service, I plan on watching it being done, don't really trust these guys, the guys at autobahn skoda don't really know much about the car, and the rely only on the computer to tell them the status.

off-roading update: not so good trip last weekend, I went to my favourite Malshej with the girlfriend. after driving all the way up we got a bit wet, and were a bit hungry, so drove the car onto my favourite cliff (where I put the packed lunch into thick paper bags n place them onto the engine to heat the food ) this is where the car got stuckj in some slush , it just wouldn't budge.
This has never happened with any of my previous cars, anyway, put a large stone underneath, and jacked her up on one side, made a small road under the tires, jacked it up on the other side and made another road, after which i was looking all brown and the car too. Took off from there, went to my private waterfall where I had a bath, then took the car to the natural car wash, after which GF drove and I stood on the seat with most of me outside the car, (almost forgot lunch, so heated it up in the "falling rocks" place and left) what an expierience !
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I haven't taken a final decision on the seats. Ofcourse, i've turned a penny pincher of late and my better half is walking around with a broom I'm putting in sunfilm and a new horn in addition. the standard horn seems out of breath.

as for recalls, this is not a first time in India. Honda recalled few of their cars in India couple of years back to rectify fuel pump defects. Swift had some peoblems too. But Maruti didn't recall the particular batches and they rectified the new batches. The old batches were left sinking in sea
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"...my better half is walking around with a broom ..."
HA HA. You are hilarious, Sir.

Thanks- I didn't know about the Honda recall. We live and learn, eh?


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Netchef, No rain or even a cloud once I crossed Vellore. The drive was very good in terms of road and eating of miles (went up to 125 kph only, and never hard pressed the pedal), only marred by the highly undisciplined and erratic traffic inside Pondy.

Hope to be able to post the trip with some pics in the appropriate section soon (weekend).

Mysticeyes, I did take a number of the fabia pics and some are in this thread, others on my flickr account. Dont know if I am allowed to post the link but anyway - Flickr: nipun_kul's Photostream
nipunkul: I look forward to reading your write-up, Sir. Ages since I visited Pondy.

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yes, i have beed advised to service the car at 7500, the older cars were asked to be serviced at 10000, I think the skoda people are all crazy. )
naikpranav: I agree they sound daft.

"...lunch into thick paper bags n place them onto the engine to heat the food ..." MOST inventive, Sir.

And your pics should be sold to National Geographic- they are truly excellent.

Your 'private waterfall' makes me all wistful. Thanks.
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Old 20th August 2008, 14:01   #592
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24 hours to go.... was just glancing to the skoda dealers compound as i passed by yesterday evening.counted 15 fabia babies in the yard and was informed by the sales guy that they are waiting to be delivered this week seems skoda babies are catching up pretty much here since the festival season started. most are angels in white and 3 red devils.

by the way, mother nature seems to be showering pranav with rain. usually guys love it when their cars get stuck especially when the 'conditions are favorable' and pray for help to come while wishing that help would come late only. but pranav actually jacked it out and drove off. hmmmmmm...an exceptional case or
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by the way, mother nature seems to be showering pranav with rain. usually guys love it when their cars get stuck especially when the 'conditions are favorable' and pray for help to come while wishing that help would come late only. but pranav actually jacked it out and drove off. hmmmmmm...an exceptional case or
Mother Nature is very kind, me being an ardent climber and adventure sports entusiast, believe that the mountain is a giant, and we are playing on his shoulders, no one would like a car stuck in his skin somewhere.

anyway, the car has given me so many good trips and simple joys that I just couldn't see it stuck in that for even a small amount of time, when you are really desperate you can even single-handedly push out a 1400kg vehicle from muck. and well worth the getting dirty too.. with this car, the car has been getting a little more compliments than I have, and this was just what I needed to show off my brains and braun cheers:

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And your pics should be sold to National Geographic- they are truly excellent.

Your 'private waterfall' makes me all wistful. Thanks.
Thank You ! my other pictures do get featured, having the car around is too much of a distraction nowadays. The lens can't keep away from the silver sheen.
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24 hours to go....
Mysticeyes: TODAY is D Day!! Congrats and drive safe. May your New Wheels Transport you in splendour and safety; May they Augur well for you in Every way!

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Thank You ! my other pictures do get featured, having the car around is too much of a distraction nowadays. The lens can't keep away from the silver sheen.
naikpranav: Your pictures are featured in Nat Geo??? That's incredible-puts you among the ranks of the best lenspersons in the world. Glad to have you in our midst and perhaps you'd be so kind as to upload some of your pics for the Teamsters to enjoy. I could be selfish and request you to put them on this thread, but NAT GEO pics deserve a thread of their own.

Makes me want to 'raise my collar' for being able to spot a Nat Geo lensman by his pics.
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Talking Today is the day..

5 hours to go...and the dealer is showing real color again. i've been asking them to put a ROOTS horn from the day I booked the car. But today morning they intimated that its out of stock plus the mudflaps r 'still in transit from some other part of the world' going by the way they describe it, i presume it's being shipped in Queen Mary II

Guys, is it possible to get mudflaps from other shops for skoda?
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...the mudflaps r 'still in transit from some other part of the world' going by the way they describe it, i presume it's being shipped in Queen Mary II
All the very best...counting hours...hmm..I can imagine
As for mud flaps, if they were being shipped in Queen Mary II, I would have got it by now - the voyage shouldnt be more than 6 months, isnt it??? I have stopped following up with them since last few weeks..now I will catch them by their collars, the minute the first service is over
15 Fabias waiting to be delivered in Tvm over this week?

Cant figure out whether to cheer the success (and consequent availability of parts, service etc.) or to feel sad at having lost out on that premium exclusivity.

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[b] Your pictures are featured in Nat Geo??? That's incredible-puts you among the ranks of the best lenspersons in the world. Glad to have you in our midst and perhaps you'd be so kind as to upload some of your pics for the Teamsters to enjoy. I could be selfish and request you to put them on this thread, but NAT GEO pics deserve a thread of their own.

Makes me want to 'raise my collar' for being able to spot a Nat Geo lensman by his pics.

NO ! I wrote what they are featured in and then deleted it sorry netchef, I am not a NatGeo lensman, but I do shoot for myself, which then gets featured in international architecture magazines and journals like Friends of kebyar, Massachusetts Institute of tech library has a collection of my pictures, and a few more international bodies, I am still trying to gain the patience of a NatGeo Lensman, and I am getting close with lots of Nature shots being published here and there.

I am really serious about the car being distracting, many times we drive up to some place, and i'm setting up the equipment for a sunset or landscape, and I end up shooting the car, even though I don't get anything worthwhile handheld, I also drive the car into the scariest of places and then run around it looking for a good angle, rather than my earlier practice of just getting to the job and shooting the birds. its a lot more photogenic than the Wagon R.
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Talking I got the baby i got the baby..

finalllyyyyy..after so many twists and turns, the fabia rolled out at 5 PMexpected some bugs from the dealer since i had them kicked somewhere through the complaints. but things went smooth and was given a walk through on the 'control systems' like the demo before an aircraft takes off.. afterwards, took it to some of the temples for poojas and reached home by 8.

no mudflaps or floor mats yet. they've promised both within 1 week. but to quote RR, i won't be surprised if i would be ringing them up even in december. As for the new horn, they've agreed to put in Laura's horn. it sounds much better. Let me begin uploading some pics..but thankfully, you won't find me anywhere near the car spoiling it's beauty

PS: 1 of the pics got the sales guy wandering near the car.
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All the very best...counting hours...hmm..I can imagine
As for mud flaps, if they were being shipped in Queen Mary II, I would have got it by now - the voyage shouldnt be more than 6 months, isnt it??? I have stopped following up with them since last few weeks..now I will catch them by their collars, the minute the first service is over
15 Fabias waiting to be delivered in Tvm over this week?

Cant figure out whether to cheer the success (and consequent availability of parts, service etc.) or to feel sad at having lost out on that premium exclusivity....

hey RR, don't worry too much about the exclusivity, it's just the onam rush i think. things would settle down soon and you can regain the exclusive membership

by the way i just got the reason why the mudflaps and floor mats are geting delayed so much. Due to thundering typhoons in baltic ocean, the cargoes were unloaded into the boat which is seen below. this is an exclusive spy shot
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Mysticeyes:
Congratulations sir. The car looks great.


Floor mats and mud flaps:
Even I haven't got them fixed when I got my vehicle. After few weeks I went to the Service center to check. I got front mud flaps and carpet floor mat. The floor mat has a Fabia mark on it and it has a lock to fix with the floor.

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