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Old 8th April 2009, 15:26   #1351
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Invinsible: Oh, our cars have an Intercooler? That's news to me
Every turbo diesel on sale comes with an Intercooler now a days. It is required to cool the pressurised air that comes from the turbo, colder air is more dense and has better oxygen that's that reason they are providing it with an intercooler. Better cold air means better power and torque. One can see it through the right front fog lamp grill.

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There was a model/trim called 'Active' (don't know whether its available now or not). That came without a music system. So check with the dealer for the housing.
Thanks for that vital suggestion will looking into it. Will find out from my dealer.

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Every turbo diesel on sale comes with an Intercooler now a days. It is required to cool the pressurised air that comes from the turbo, colder air is more dense and has better oxygen that's that reason they are providing it with an intercooler. Better cold air means better power and torque. One can see it through the right front fog lamp grill.
Coo cool cooll! (had to resort to alliteration else it lacked character )
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Morning Fabiosi!
Hey guys...I finally did attend the inauguration of the new TAFE/Skoda showroom on Hosur Road last eveing. Considering they couriered me an invite and followed up with a half dozen phone calls, I figured 1) they must want me there 2) it'd be bad manners to decline, especially considering I missed the event/shennanigans for the Superb launch.

Anyway, there were speeches and garlands and more speeches and cameras 6 deep. Fancy looking building, and my old TAFE friend- Russell- is to be Manager there. It's sales and service being offered. TAFE St Marks Rd will continue as will the Service Centre on the opposite side of Hosur Rd where- OH GOD I forgot the free A/C Service Camp....anyway I digress.

The high tea that followed was a good opportunity to connect with some of the suits, so that's what I did. Also sat in the Superb Diesel and twiddled knobs like a virgin petrolhead with his first...WELL, doesn't matter. Propriety (and the Editorial whips) prevent me :-)

Lovely machine. I heard-and could be wrong- that the first out was a 1.8 Superb petrol. Now the 2 litre, 4 cylinder diesel. Also for imminent release is the 3.5 L V6 petrol, and a 4x4! The all wheel drive should be exquisite.
Nice car with very swank interiors and ALL- meaning EVERY- gizmo you can think of. Few I remember are auto-aligning headlights. Fog lights that automatically light on the side you are turning towards so the curb is always aware of you. Touchscreen ICE control centre. 7 speed auto on petrol, 6 speed on the diesel (with overriding Tiptronic). Seats with more memory than I have. etc.
Double lid boot- either open just the metal lid, or press a button or something and the windshield opens with it. Auto shut/latching boot. All you need to do is bring the lid down to sea level, and a little Czech chap that resides in the cavernous trunk, gently clicks it shut (and murmurs thank-you). Such a polite car.

...more later

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Its good news for Skoda fans with the launch of the beastey 3.6 V6. Seems Skoda got sensible with the pricing and hope that Accord would soon have someone snapping at their heels. New Superb is surely beautiful and you are lucky enough to be caressing it for a while, NC.

Tango calling Charlies, Tango calling Charlies.. All fabiosi units on standby, we got an unidentified brand new fabia in town with dark tints. The vehicle is being driven by a cute daisy accompanied with 2 other daisies. I repeat, we got 3 daisies in a fabia. The suspect vehicle is moving around in the area of our esteemed fabiosi, Shykrish's home yesterday evening and today morning. Do you get me Charlies? Over Over.. How many fabiosi would drive down here to intercept them and make them TBHP members?

Meanwhile fabiosis like fiRobin and others must be taking their cars through exotic locations now. Shykrish, you might have the chance to meet up with Robin at Munnarand please keep your camera ready. Starting tommorow, I'm also taking my baby through places for a vacation till wednesday. Hope to be back with some pics
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The vehicle is being driven by a cute daisy accompanied with 2 other daisies. I repeat, we got 3 daisies in a fabia. The suspect vehicle is moving around in the area of our esteemed fabiosi, Shykrish's home yesterday evening and today morning. Do you get me Charlies? Over Over.. How many fabiosi would drive down here to intercept them and make them TBHP members?
Good news for me, but 'hope its not Mr Daisy Sr, when I have an encounter..

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Meanwhile fabiosis like fiRobin and others must be taking their cars through exotic locations now. Shykrish, you might have the chance to meet up with Robin at Munnarand please keep your camera ready. Starting tommorow, I'm also taking my baby through places for a vacation till wednesday. Hope to be back with some pics
Robin: I will also me in an around Munnar Marayur etc this weekend, hope we meet,
btw I will not be in my Fab, but my friend's Xylo(brand new), let me see how new M&M beast is..
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Tango calling Charlies, Tango calling Charlies.. we got an unidentified brand new fabia in town driven by a cute daisy accompanied with 2 other daisies.
Mysticeyes: Ha ha. You are funny. All you handsome, single gents, please remember some among us pull rank and get preferential allotment when it comes to Daisies .

(Shum of ush are shtill shingle.)
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Wanted to check if there any members here who bought the Active model. Would like to check if there is any difference in the dashboard stereo consol. Is it the same as the other models with the stereo? Does it come with double din stereo consol ready for installing the 2 din stereo?
Does anyone here noticed this?
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Guys: first Fabia for sale on Team-Bhp
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and it's Bangalore-based! Does anybody know him?
Not quite the first one, netchef.

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Hey guys, Just got back from a drive to lonavala. After having a lovely dinner decided to go for a drive with couple of friends. Left by 1am when the traffic was thin. Once I got on to the express way just floored her. Boy O boy! does she drive, she flies by now. As soon as I stepped on the pedal in no time she was doing 160kph with 140 reaching in 4th gear. Had some Japanese and it's own sibling for a company. That's right it was it's own sibling the Laura L&K first, which was doing about 120 cruising when I overtook him at 130. After which I could see the person catching up on me, using the dipper furiously. It was time to show what wolf in sheep's clothing is like. I floored the pedal and with all that turbo boost she went on and on 140,150, 160, 170 and I could see the laura light's fadding away. Stuck to 170 cruising before I had to brake for one of the trucker right on the 1st lane overtaking another one. At this point the laura was right at my back, I let him pass healing his ego just for a little while I let him pull away by about 300 meters, me on 100 step on to the gas and there I was right behind him again overtook him at 160, smoked him and still my baby was pulling at ease. After which I never had a chance to see him. looks like he went to look out for a first aid kit

While coming back had 2 Japanese cars, a Corolla and Civic. I was cruising at 120 where both these cars went past me at 130 or so. Again I had a chance to test how she does compared to the Jap babies. I floor the pedal and there I was right behind them at 160, flashed my lights but all in vain this time as the bus trying to juggle another truck slowed us down to 90 or so. I put her in 3rd gear and as soon as the road is cleared I pulled on Corolla, Civic being right ahead of me, touch 130 and put her in 5th gear and she pulls. Went passed the civic at 150 and kept her pushing and retire at 190. Man! she does know how to keep my testosterone alive, After a doing 180 for a short time, settle down at cruising 140.
I don't know whether the civic guy was good enough to push her or was it the torque on baby doing the magic. Whatever it was, it was great fun to see her perform to something I wasn't expecting. Let's see what we have here a 3 cylinder diesel engine pulling on 4 cylinder vtec engines, that really surprises me. In the end, a drive which was well worth it. But, onething for sure she begs for bigger rubber now. Time to look out for one.

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Hi guys I am back. The trip was wonderfull and very refreshing. The drive was good too, with weather doing the magic tricks. While I write this and post the pics, I realize that I am a hopeless photographer :(.

Everything on the trip happened as per plan but there is something which I want to share. On our way back, on the Dharmapuri - Bangalore stretch we saw an accident. An old blue color honda city tail ended a truck. Though none of the five passenger were critically wounded, they were shocked and traumartised, and so were we. Worst part, three of them were heavily drunk.

Around 30 mins before the acccident, I was constantly doing 130-150 and overtook the OHC and a Wagon R. Soon I realized that we were kind of racing against each other. After doing at that speed for some distance my wife asked me to back out, I obliged and entered the FE mode and reduced to 70. Soon the Wagon R also stopped to take care of the baby on board. Just little after we saw the accident of the OHC.

Now I look back and think how insane it was of me. Driving on a superfast expressway is different from driving on other highways, even if they are 4 laned. You will always find jerks in your lane coming from the oppisite direction. Better late than never.
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Hey guys, Just got back from a drive to lonavala. After having a lovely dinner decided to go for a drive with couple of friends. Left by 1am when the traffic was thin. Once I got on to the express way just floored her. Boy O boy! does she drive, she flies by now.
[quote=fi.robin;1256371]Hi guys I am back.

An old blue color honda city tail ended a truck.
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Gents, please be circumspect. I'm pretty sure you guys have the skills and reflexes (AND common sense), but accidents are caused because there is another very grey area to that equation: the part that the OTHER PARTY brings to the road! Fact is you just cannot predict what the other highwayman is capable of or what condition he/she is in (DUI for instance) etc. On top of that are the standard variables of a possible tyre blow out which no one can do a thing about.
PLEASE drive carefully. I've heard of a spate of terrible accidents in the last week or ten days.

Robin: nice pics. Bet the rain delivered a sexy cool drive.
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Guys, sorry for being way out of line. However, I'm keen to get traction for this ad I posted on Team-Bhp classifieds on behalf of a friend, so if any of ye know someone that's looking, it's a classic machine in classic condition (I can vouch for it).
Them that may be interested are requested to contact the phone/email id provided in the ad as I am NOT fielding questions.
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Gents, please be circumspect. I'm pretty sure you guys have the skills and reflexes (AND common sense), but accidents are caused because there is another very grey area to that equation: the part that the OTHER PARTY brings to the road! Fact is you just cannot predict what the other highwayman is capable of or what condition he/she is in (DUI for instance) etc. On top of that are the standard variables of a possible tyre blow out which no one can do a thing about.
PLEASE drive carefully. I've heard of a spate of terrible accidents in the last week or ten days.
Completely agree with you. How good driver one is, one will never how good the opposite person is. Driving fast and being safe is one tricky situation that happens very rarely. I see many people on expressway accelerating even when road is at curve or at a turn, where they are trying to push their cars over limit. Speed limits given by the manufacturers on the cars just has to say that it would handle the particular speed limit safely provided it's driven in safe manner. There are cars which may oversteer or understeer with too much power sent to the wheels. Flooring the pedal at turns is always gonna be risky affair, you may never know when the tail comes out sending your car out of control unless you know how car handles and it's dynamics. I always leave the throttle pedal when going in a turn while just mildly touching the brake pedal making the grip little better on turn and while getting out of the turn just press the throttle unlike some who even keep the throttle touched all the while they finish the turn.
Another thing I have noticed is people driving with 1 hand. At high speed you will always find the steering becomes more free than it is on low speed and in some cars at high speed the steering becomes heavy and tighter, like in the fabia. Irrespective of that I always make sure both my hands are at the wheel holding it tightly and not holding it with one hand or loose. This may even help to control the car incase of tyre burst or if you or someone hits you, you will be able to keep the car in control.

In Today's paper read that some family of 5 passed off in an accident at the pune expressway. It seems that their car turtled as they hit the divider and it was a swift. Very sad.
Now it could even be tyre burst or may be too much power send to the wheels while at a turn. Who knows.
One of the most important thing is to Understand the limit of your tyres. Every tyre is specified a speed rating and load rating which is very important to know. Most of the tubeless tyres given by the company comes with a speed rating of 160-170 max. Pushing these tyres over the limit may always be risky affair of blowing them off. Also, many of us keep the same air pressure as we keep in city driving. It is also advised to increase the tyre pressure by 2-3 psi over the pressure kept for city driving. I always would suggest to put in nitrogen when going on long drives as it stays much much colder than air and on highways the normal air filled in tyres tend to expand with it's temp rising, one of the reason of tyre blowout. Incase of nitrogen it stays colder and doesn't expand as much as the air. It keeps tyre cooler avoiding even the chances of bursting the tyre coz of the heat.

Here are few tips and explanation on it.

Tire Tech Information - Driving Through Tire Blowouts

Tire Tech Information - How to Read Speed Rating, Load Index & Service Descriptions

Tire Tech Information - Sidewall Markings


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Gents, please be circumspect. I'm pretty sure you guys have the skills and reflexes (AND common sense), but accidents are caused because there is another very grey area to that equation: the part that the OTHER PARTY brings to the road! Fact is you just cannot predict what the other highwayman is capable of or what condition he/she is in (DUI for instance) etc. On top of that are the standard variables of a possible tyre blow out which no one can do a thing about.
PLEASE drive carefully. I've heard of a spate of terrible accidents in the last week or ten days.

Robin: nice pics. Bet the rain delivered a sexy cool drive.
Yes, lessons learnt. Although I was in total control, there was absolutley no reason to do that. I was well ahead of our planned time and a sedate 80-90 would have been good.


We were expecting warm weather in Munnar but it was a magical surprise.
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Hey Fabiosi,

Sorry I've not been able to get around here for a while... Last week got a li'l busy and some of you know that I don't yet have internet access at home, so I'm missing on all weekends too [I've submitted applications for broadband so I might get it in a month's time].

@ fi.Robin: Super cool trip you've had there, mate. The photo with the dew drops and fog say everything there is to, about the time you've had on the trip.

@ netchef: With you, on the need to adhere to safe driving practices, over and above us being highly capable lot behind the wheels. Only thing is, we cannot give the same guarantee/assurance to ourselves, about the other person behind the wheel of the other vehicle. Why take a chance??

@ Invinsible: sir, you're fab is now officially a pocket rocket.. I suspect the only thing stock in your vehicle now, is the outer body shell + the super crappy matador tyres... lol... great going, is all I can say right now..

@ Mysticeyes: Daisies on your block, eh? Be ready with a shining fabia and some flowery daisy in your Fab, should you be able to chance on any.... Hey, only to get them to join tbhp... Did you get any other idea? lol


I feel silly to have missed posting the pics of the summer camp checklist, but think it's too late to post now. Sorry. If someone still needs to have a 'dekho', lemme know and I'll try uploading again [which failed several times prior].

Have fun & be safe.... aK
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