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Old 22nd August 2008, 11:38   #601
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Thank you madrash. An important message for Rakesh Raja - I've been intimated by dealer today morning that MUDFLAPS are available and I gave my car just now to get mudflaps fitted. So if you are reading this message, please do ring up the dealer immediately. I'm also putting in Laura's horn today. However, the mats are yet to arrive.Got almost full tank petrol, courtesy the dealer. thankfully i don't have to make the petrol pump guys smile for quite some time

The car also feels so smooth, really much different from the TD 1.2 car with the dealer. so little bit of tuning/reprograming/any name you can call by Skoda seems to be having its effect. I hope it rubs off positively on the mileage too. The response is much more sensitive and it was so much fun get it into 5th and drive on open road. Couldn't drive that way for long since traffic caught up. Even then, its such a bliss not to be shifting gears like i used to do beforeThe side pilars seems to be bit obstructive while reversing or cutting into side roads.

Over and above everything, it's the secret glances from few select 'human beings' which i enjoy the most. Hope my better half is not reading this post would be back with more experiences if the broom doesn't land upon me soon
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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
rakesh_raja: Great to have you back, Sir.
If you chaps make enough noise with Skoda in God's Own Country, perhaps they'll send me a set of mud Flaps!!

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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
naikpranav: that's an achievement in its own right, but the writing's on the wall, Sir- you MUST approach NatGeo. No point hiding such brilliant work.

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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.
Mysticeyes: Sir, that's superb. She looks grand. Congrats. As they say in these parts, 'enjoy maadi'.

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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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MadRash: Mahesh, a lock for the floor mat? what will they think of next? Wonder if my car has them.

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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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The old airport road in Bangalore is suddenly freed-up, and Sundays are especially cool for a leisurely, unstressed drive. So, there I was sauntering down it in the am. when at the intersection at Domlur, a cheeky blue Indica with number ending 3540 was halted mid-way with his nose protruding. I proceeded to pass him when I heard (and felt) a minor thump. Stopped the car inches ahead of him. Guess what he says when I accosted him: "I didn't bang your car!". If he hadn't been sitting with a lady I might have done a Bobbit on him, not because he was a bad driver and misjudged the distance - ANy of us could have been him and been distracted for a fraction of a second, or had the foot slip off the clutch or been in a hurry to get to a hospital to see a loved one ...or whatever. Being a poor driver is not a moral situation but just a motor control one. I was miffed because the blister hadn't the spine to own up.

I left him with, "All you need to do is say sorry!" (which he did).

Another scrape, fortunately just 2 inches and barely visible. WHERE DO SUCH SPECIMENS COME FROM?
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WHERE DO SUCH SPECIMENS COME FROM?
netchef sir:
Sorry to hear about it. These specimens are there all over the country. You can't escape from them for a long time.

Even my car's front bumper was scraped in a wallet parking. But it was a very small and an inch size, so I ignored it.

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Even my car's front bumper was scraped in a wallet parking.
I mean valet parking. Sorry guys.

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it's pretty sad to note that some guys don't have any civic sense at all..even today morning, as i was taking my car for registration, some fool in a bike bumped into the rear of my car. luckily, it was a minor contact. It happened during a traffic block when i was stationary for more than 1 minute with no other vehicles behind my car. He had all the time in the world to stop his bike. As i stepped out of my car, he started showing all his pristine teeth saying that nothing happened. guess there's some competition goin on nowadays to find out which is more rare..common sense or civic sense

i'm still in 2 minds whether to put on sunfilms or not Got impressed with the Dance music system. Even my earlier Alpine didn't have this kind of clarity.
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Sorry to hear about it. These specimens are there all over the country. You can't escape from them for a long time.
Mahesh S: real shame we have such people in our midst, Sir. Disgusting too. There's nothing as low as a lack of moral fibre- IMHO.
You guys tread carefully. Way I see it there's no point having a myocardial over what is just rust bait, but such episodes show the more grim and seedy side to peoples' natures, and it's hard to digest.

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i'm still in 2 minds whether to put on sunfilms or not Got impressed with the Dance music system. Even my earlier Alpine didn't have this kind of clarity.
Mysticeyes: that's saying something, Sir. You're the first to heap such praise on the Dance. I've never heard an Alpine, but I'd rate my Fabia's ICE below the Sony head unit and 4 x Blaupunkt speakers I personally matched for my Cielo. But perhaps it was the acoustics of the car that made the difference -I'll NEVER know
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If he hadn't been sitting with a lady I might have done a Bobbit on him, ......

I was miffed because the blister hadn't the spine to own up.\
Netchef: Sorry to hear about the incident.

I hope the guy has read your post. A hefty fine or a night spent behind bars wouldn't make him feel worse. Such creepy creatures are all over the place, increasing in numbers like cancer.
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Netchef: Sorry to hear about the incident.

I hope the guy has read your post. A hefty fine or a night spent behind bars wouldn't make him feel worse. Such creepy creatures are all over the place, increasing in numbers like cancer.
CBlazer: Thanks for the support and empathy- all you guys. It's reassuring- and a forum like Team-BHP is sure to spread awareness and -one hopes- improve behaviour by leaps and bounds.

People MUST know and expect censure. They must be made to realise that anything DOES NOT GO. There is the Law, there ARE 'soft' norms they must comply with. We need to spread that.
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Dear NC, guess i should be hiding under cover since i'm the only one who rated Dance high. can feel 1000 eyes upon me in pindrop silence. May be i'm such a damn fool on acoustics that i gave marks for Dance But still, the set seems good if you are not particular about attaining nirvana by listening to Led Zeppelin in full trash. i'd rather drive along listening to 'still loving you' by Scorpions in medium range, which is more sedate
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Dear NC, guess i should be hiding under cover since i'm the only one who rated Dance high. can feel 1000 eyes upon me in pindrop silence. May be i'm such a damn fool on acoustics that i gave marks for Dance But still, the set seems good if you are not particular about attaining nirvana by listening to Led Zeppelin in full trash. i'd rather drive along listening to 'still loving you' by Scorpions in medium range, which is more sedate
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You really don't have to cover up. 'Dance' is the best stock music system available in sub 10L cars. Listen to those stock HUs in Marutis and other brands, you will understand. Only problem in Fabia's music system is it does not have speakers at the rear. But it has 4 speakers which is a decent setup for 2 passengers. Even if you want to upgrade, you don't have to change the HU.
  • Its has treble, mid, bass & loud adjustments.
  • It has AM radio along with FM
  • The car's speed info is fed into the HU. In one particular mode, the sound increases with speed. There are many other useful modes
  • The display is not jazzy. so it will not take your attention from the road
  • Auxiliary input near the gear lever
  • In top end model, the display of dance is also used for the parktronics
There are many more features which will not be there in the after market products.

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just finished reading the manual of Dance and slowly crawling out of the cover. The gizmos listed sounds really coolgeting the seats art-leathered today (might get back the car by 4 pm). Hope it would look nice. the car is slowly growing into me, making me wish the city roads had less traffic.

Hats off to Skoda for such a compact package cheers: I think the comparison between swift and fabia should end with the price. the suspension setup is really good, comparable to the volvo bus (sighhhh..memories of good ol' times when the trivandrum-bangalore journey in volvo was such a frequent event)
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Great to hear you enjoying/basking in your fabia Mysticeyes. I have personally found the audio adequate and clear for the front passengers. Never really had anyone sitting in the rear for long.


Sorry to hear netchef getting a scratch due to someone's imbecility, but I have suffered a similar fate on my passenger side doors due to some biker/auto passing too close. I didn't notice it right then, since maybe the FM drowned the small noise that might have happened, but realized as soon as I stepped out at home. Nothing one can do, so soft painted the scratch, so that it doesnt show, except in direct sunlight. <sob!>
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Dear NC, guess i should be hiding under cover since i'm the only one who rated Dance high. can feel 1000 eyes upon me in pindrop silence. May be i'm such a damn fool on acoustics that i gave marks for Dance But still, the set seems good if you are not particular about attaining nirvana by listening to Led Zeppelin in full trash. i'd rather drive along listening to 'still loving you' by Scorpions in medium range, which is more sedate
Mysticeyes: Sir, no need to be apologetic about your 'electronic' preferences. It's a murky area anyway as one man's meat etc etc.

I like your analogy of Led Zepplin vs. Scorpions, and it does go to show how one's listening choices could impact how one views the ICE.
I used to gravitate towards hard rock, but these days it's mostly opera (Tony Henry, Placido Domingo etc), blues and some jazz.

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Its has treble, mid, bass & loud adjustments.
  • It has AM radio along with FM
  • The car's speed info is fed into the HU. In one particular mode, the sound increases with speed. There are many other useful modes
  • The display is not jazzy. so it will not take your attention from the road
  • Auxiliary input near the gear lever
  • In top end model, the display of dance is also used for the parktronics
MadRash: There we go- enlightened! (I had no clue the diminutive and innocuous looking Dance did all that. Thanks, Mahesh.

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Mysticeyes: Volvo? I don't know who'd be impressed, the Swedes or the Huns
Please post pics of your art-leather seats, Sir.

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Sorry to hear netchef getting a scratch due to someone's imbecility, but I have suffered a similar fate on my passenger side doors due to some biker/auto passing too close. I didn't notice it right then, since maybe the FM drowned the small noise that might have happened, but realized as soon as I stepped out at home. Nothing one can do, so soft painted the scratch, so that it doesnt show, except in direct sunlight. <sob!>
nipunkul: Oh, that's a real shame. Repainting via Skoda dealers is expensive - as I learned first hand, so perhaps we need to accumulate the abrasions (and dents to our egos) and have them done en masse. Perhaps it'll make us eligible for a bulk discount (God forbid).
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finally got the seats done. but it's no substitute for genuine leather. would love to drool at Rakesh's seats one he gets his seats Stanley-ed there's a news in todays rediff column that SKoda has been selected by JD Power Asia Pacific 2008 as India's most popular car manufacturer. Skoda emerges India's most popular car
How come, they left us TBHP-ians out of the survey????grrrrrrrrrr... we definitely would want to say something about the mudflaps and floormats. i doubt whether this survey inludes dealer experience as a parameter

speaking about mudflaps, i couldn't get my baby fitted with mudflaps last week. well, the reason they quoted was that 1 of the mF in the set was broken. so they didn't put in.coming from the same dealers, it sounds so trustworthy since i parked my car with them for a full day to get it fitted. instead they gave full body wash as compensation
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Ho! That's a beautiful house you have there! And the car goes really well with it.

Oh dear, almost everything I read here about the Fabia says I shouldn't bu one, but I do like it a lot more than the swift.

Of course, I've driven a Swift for a year, and only seen a Fabia ---and there's no money unless the market recovers.
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