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Old 26th November 2008, 11:22   #826
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Draping in Stanley would be a nice anniversary gift netchef as it add to the beauty of the baby. For the last two weeks, I've reduced the usage of my baby. This is primarily due to the horrible condition of the roads. Eventhough the car got a very good suspension, i think it won't be able to hold out much if the roads turn into unbroken stretch of potholes, which is even worse than the roads in yemen or somalia

Sometimes it boils the blood that we pay so much tax and yet, the roads are in this situation. To be precise, I've taken out the car only for 5 days in last 14 days. It has been drizzling steadily from morning to evening for the past 5 days. But travelling in bike in rain brings back the memories of days before I had a car.

Missing fabiosi should be given an ultimatum to drop in by the Godfather (netchefiasi carolossini gambrelli) at the earliest
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Hi. Opps.............HAIL FABISOI!
I have been enjoying my 1.2 Petrol since last one and half months. Have clocked 800 kms all of city driving. Ride quality of Fabia compared to my previous swift is superlative.
Did some minor additions/mods in the car like fitting a Pirahana keyless entry system, biege interiors, artificial leather covers and changed my tyres to Goodyear Assurance retaining the orignal size i.e; 185/60/R14. Having experienced tyre bubble problem on my previous car with Pirelli tyres and Tyre dealers experience with Matador tyres (He claims to have replaced damaged Matador tyres in 5 Fabias), I decided to change the tyres. The ride and braking have improved marginially. Our road conditions are really miserable resulting in even reputed tyres experiencing premature failures by either bursting or developing bubbles.
Tryed to add amplifiers for my Subwoofer and and components to the existing Headunit but with only one line out, its a major hassle. The only option is to change the Headunit, which i might in near future.
Still have not calculated the F.E., will do so after completing 2K. 'Thunking' sound from left side as I have discovered is not a myth. its a reminder of our road condition.
will try to post some pictures soon.

Till then
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Forgive me for intruding here while not being in da family, but, I can't help but agree with Mysticeyes.

The roads are non-existent. I feel bad about my car's transmission when I drive here in TVM. Such pathetic state of affairs.
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dear amplyfryed, glad to note that you are enjoying the car. please do post some pics (exterior & interior). hope the rattle snakes haven't dropped their visitng cards at your door yet did you fix the keyless entry system at from the dealer itself?
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@ amplyfryed: good name buddy! anyways, you are running a subwoofer without an amplifier?
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Hi Guys,

My Car has recently clocked 3k mark and had a first chance of taking her to the highways for a trip to Agra. Delhi - Agra - Delhi is a decent highway though has deterioated a lot in last few years.
The 400 km odd drive was silky smooth and she was able to overtake the big babies quite comfortably though on most of the occasions it was kept under 120.
It returned with the milaege of around 20 with 50% AC on which i felt is a decent one. In city conditions it is now giving the milaege of 16-17.

Take care guys... and safe motoring..

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uneet: Thanks for the report and keep them coming. While you go about your business and await your muse, drive safe, Sir.

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Draping in Stanley would be a nice anniversary gift netchef as it add to the beauty of the baby. For the last two weeks, I've reduced the usage of my baby. This is primarily due to the horrible condition of the roads. Eventhough the car got a very good suspension, i think it won't be able to hold out much if the roads turn into unbroken stretch of potholes, which is even worse than the roads in yemen or somalia

Sometimes it boils the blood that we pay so much tax and yet, the roads are in this situation. To be precise, I've taken out the car only for 5 days in last 14 days. It has been drizzling steadily from morning to evening for the past 5 days. But travelling in bike in rain brings back the memories of days before I had a car.

Missing fabiosi should be given an ultimatum to drop in by the Godfather (netchefiasi carolossini gambrelli) at the earliest
Mysticeyes: Stanley leathers: if wishes were horses etc etc.
Really considerate of you to keep off driving your Fabia due to the inclement weather and roads. There aren't many car owners like you, I fear, but it's a philosophy that rings of a true love for the car. Wonderful.

Missing fabiosi should be given an ultimatum to drop in by the Godfather (netchefiasi carolossini gambrelli)

You never cease to make me laugh.

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Hi. Opps.............HAIL FABISOI!
I have been enjoying my 1.2 Petrol since last one and half months. Have clocked 800 kms all of city driving. Ride quality of Fabia compared to my previous swift is superlative.
Did some minor additions/mods in the car like fitting a Pirahana keyless entry system, biege interiors, artificial leather covers and changed my tyres to Goodyear Assurance retaining the orignal size i.e; 185/60/R14. Having experienced tyre bubble problem on my previous car with Pirelli tyres and Tyre dealers experience with Matador tyres (He claims to have replaced damaged Matador tyres in 5 Fabias), I decided to change the tyres. The ride and braking have improved marginially. Our road conditions are really miserable resulting in even reputed tyres experiencing premature failures by either bursting or developing bubbles.
Tryed to add amplifiers for my Subwoofer and and components to the existing Headunit but with only one line out, its a major hassle. The only option is to change the Headunit, which i might in near future.
Still have not calculated the F.E., will do so after completing 2K. 'Thunking' sound from left side as I have discovered is not a myth. its a reminder of our road condition.
will try to post some pictures soon.

Till then
amplyfryed: What brand of tyres have you changed to? You're the second person to complain of poor road conditions.

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Forgive me for intruding here while not being in da family, but, I can't help but agree with Mysticeyes.

The roads are non-existent. I feel bad about my car's transmission when I drive here in TVM. Such pathetic state of affairs.
ImmortalZ: You're not intruding in the least. Most welcome to read and contribute to our Fabia owners' stories/experiences. Car lore is car lore, and you don't have to wear a particular brand on your sleeve to either know about cars and/or have insights uniquely yours. In other words, you can have a valuable opinion we'd like to hear.


BTW I finally got my FREE mud flaps much promised by TAFE. So, they do keep their word. They also tried to sell me a heap of goodies including a set of tint films for the windows and windshield. It was a brand called ARMOUR GUARD (sp?). I never got a price from them, but they did demo the product. Anyone know of this brand? How does it compare with 3M and the other better-known brands?
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It is always better to go for tried and tested brands like 3M, Garware and V-Kool. I was looking for V-Kool and a search at Emperor, EKM had them recommending some brand called IceShield or something instead of V-Kool. Supposedly better than V-Kool while being mucho cheaper. I wasn't convinced - I couldn't find this company on the web after much searching and I decided against it.

Now I found a place who will install V-Kool here at home in TVM, but they require a pre-order and a waiting time. They recommend Garware, but many people have said that while Garware is good VFM, it doesn't hold a candle to V-Kool. My quest for the best sunfilm for my car goes on.

Reader's Digest version : Stick to known brands within your budget.
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It is always better to go for tried and tested brands like 3M, Garware and V-Kool. I was looking for V-Kool and a search at Emperor, EKM had them recommending some brand called IceShield or something instead of V-Kool. Supposedly better than V-Kool while being mucho cheaper. I wasn't convinced - I couldn't find this company on the web after much searching and I decided against it.

Now I found a place who will install V-Kool here at home in TVM, but they require a pre-order and a waiting time. They recommend Garware, but many people have said that while Garware is good VFM, it doesn't hold a candle to V-Kool. My quest for the best sunfilm for my car goes on.

Reader's Digest version : Stick to known brands within your budget.
ImmortalZ: Sound advice, thanks. I too find myself reluctant to be guinea-pig to some tyro, rookie brand. Any idea what V-Kool and Garware would cost for my Fabia (or any hatch)?
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Dear NC, i got my baby tinted in october with Garware (Scratch Resistant, 4 windows+rear) for Rs. 1200 with warranty. V-Kool is surely better than Garware. But its almost double the price. So far i'm having a ncie time with the Garware tint. Honestly, I didn't want to tint my car, but better half kept eating away my ears with constant clamor to tint the car.

Finally, i had to give in since I wanted to fill my ears with some of Ilayarajas music while driving the car, rather than having my ears ring aloud with the demand for tints
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I recently did some additions to my 3 month old 1200 cc petrol. Will be posting a detailed report shortly.

Meanwhile, I went for a Garware ice cool tint (4 windows + rear) and it cost around 1100. They are good - the car is definitely cooler and mileage seems to have picked up by a small bit. One tip: it seems the mechanics outside are not too familiar with the door fixtures in Fabia. They had a lot of trouble opening it, the shop guy had to call a mechanic from Skoda dealer to get it done right.
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@ Mysticeyes : post some pics after tints.
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V-Kool isn't cheap - their range starts at some 17K and goes up to 60K.

Just went today and ordered V-Kool 70 series film all around my Civic - the damage is nearly 36K. But it's around 73% transparent, 91% IR, 99% UV reduction and preserves the airy feeling inside the cabin. Lifetime warranty, company specialist installation included. As for an ownership report, I shall file one next week.

Folks in TVM can go and talk to Mr. Noufal at Motor Plaza. It looks like people in Cochin also might have their only option here considering Emperor didn't want to sell V-Kool to me.

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Dear NC, i got my baby tinted in october with Garware (Scratch Resistant, 4 windows+rear) for Rs. 1200 with warranty. V-Kool is surely better than Garware. But its almost double the price. So far i'm having a ncie time with the Garware tint. Honestly, I didn't want to tint my car, but better half kept eating away my ears with constant clamor to tint the car.

Finally, i had to give in since I wanted to fill my ears with some of Ilayarajas music while driving the car, rather than having my ears ring aloud with the demand for tints
Mysticeyes: Ah, the hegemony of the better half. Believe you me, tis better havin an ear full from the gentler sex than havin a heap of peace an quiet from not having a better half at all! I speak from experience- a VERY silent one .

Sounds like it will be Monsieurs Cheap-and-Best-and-Shady Bros. for me as the V-Kool is way too rich for my blood.
Keep them coming and give us some eye candy please.

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I recently did some additions to my 3 month old 1200 cc petrol. Will be posting a detailed report shortly.

Meanwhile, I went for a Garware ice cool tint (4 windows + rear) and it cost around 1100. They are good - the car is definitely cooler and mileage seems to have picked up by a small bit. One tip: it seems the mechanics outside are not too familiar with the door fixtures in Fabia. They had a lot of trouble opening it, the shop guy had to call a mechanic from Skoda dealer to get it done right.
AdvaithC: Yeah, please tell us about your upgrades. Meanwhile, your tip of handymen conversant with Czech is very useful. Got to watch for that one all right. I read of one bloke who was touring the US on his BMW bike when he needed to pull in for maintenance: the mechanic-obviously a stranger to the machine- broke fins on the barrel while dismantling it and merely said sorry.


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V-Kool isn't cheap - their range starts at some 17K and goes up to 60K.

Just went today and ordered V-Kool 70 series film all around my Civic - the damage is nearly 36K. But it's around 73% transparent, 91% IR, 99% UV reduction and preserves the airy feeling inside the cabin. Lifetime warranty, company specialist installation included. As for an ownership report, I shall file one next week.

Folks in TVM can go and talk to Mr. Noufal at Motor Plaza. It looks like people in Cochin also might have their only option here considering Emperor didn't want to sell V-Kool to me.
ImmortalZ: Jeez! That's expensive.
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ImmortalZ: Jeez! That's expensive.
I shall inquire how much it would cost you when I go to their place on Thursday. I guess it should be near the 18K-20K range for the same film I went for.
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I shall inquire how much it would cost you when I go to their place on Thursday. I guess it should be near the 18K-20K range for the same film I went for.
ImmortalZ: Kind of you, sir, but it's way out of my budget. Thanks, anyway.
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