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Old 25th May 2009, 11:32   #1
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Default Red Linea Emotion Pack MJD - 10000km Report

Alright, after being very impatient waiting for my car to be delivered earlier in the year, here I am about 3 months later writing my initial and 5000km ownership report together.

So the story started with an aimless search for a new car, with the likes of Swifts, Dzires, Fabias then jumping to the civic and d segment gang and then coming back to some sensible c segment options.

So without any clue or logic started test driving random cars which is odd because most of the people I know consult me when they buy a new car. So technically I should have all my priorities and requirements sorted out and should already have a list of contenders to choose from. Oh well that didnít happen and I didnít know what I wanted.

I started my journey with the safest bet, Dzire Zdi. Unfortunately the test drive car was in such a bad shape that within 100 meters I had to get out. Being super disappointed on the way back, I took the wrong road and went pass a Ford dealership. I didnít even consider the fiesta but somehow part of me went to TD it anyway. Surprise surprise, I think we have a winner. A Sxi TDci. I immediately organized a TD for the family. After the TD, dadís thought was ďdo you really need a diesel?Ē He showed me some wicked calculations and turns out a petrol is a better option.

Round 2 Fiesta S vs Fiesta Sxi Duratec. This petrol was brilliant. I personally think itís one of the most easiest and peppiest cars I have ever driven. The interiors were the only area of concern in the S and felt the Sxi was much nicer. Any who after a couple weeks of mind debates and an ANHC and SX4 TD, it was the S that was the winner.
Before order it though I had to sell my beloved esteem and I was busy doing that. Got a great deal and was set to book the new car. I got a call from the Ford Dealer that if color wasnít a preference there was a silver S with a fat discount on it. Apparently the guy who ordered it didnít get his loan approved.
Wow I thought and after discussing with dad, told the dealer to pick up the booking cheque that evening. Here is the twist though. It was a Saturday and the dealer couldnít make it to pick up the cheque and he was going to pick it up on Monday. Monday morning the Linea was out, saw it, drove it and booked a Red Emotion Pack MJD. And the hunt was over.

Quick Facts D Day:
Fiat Linea Emotion Pack MJD Ė Flemenco Red
Date of Delivery: 5th February 2009
OTR Ahmedabad with extended warranty: Rs9,14,---(exactly the same as nehamitís.)
Initial Impressions:
Pros: Head turning Looks, Fantastic features, Great Ride and Handling.
Cons: Felt underpowered, turning radius and Fuel pump gasket defective had to be replaced day one.

I wasnít too impressed in the beginning being a petrol enthusiast. Felt city driving to be a bit of a yawn and the driving position and the blind spots werenít helping at all. The looks, ride, handling were exceptional and the fuel efficiency was okay about 13kmpl in city driving.

5000km UPDATE:
Between now and 5th February here are the highlights:

Pros:
The car has started growing on me big time and the engine I think has graduated through the break-in time (all thanks to my elder bro). The engine has become sharper, more responsive and very light to drive, even sounds different. I think the MJD has decided to sign a peace treaty with me. Fuel efficiency has suddenly shot up to 15.8kmpl in City conditions. Overall I am much happier then I was a couple months back

Cons/Incidents:
Biker took off the lower front grill and tore the bumper (had to be replaced) - Bumper Rs.3000 and Grill Rs6000 + Paint.
Logo stolen Ė Rs 500
Fog Lamp replaced (warranty)
Rattles from glove box and creaking from driver side A-Pillar
Alignment Issue

Apart from the minor issues, Overall car is responding well and am glad I bought it. Enough of talking, enjoy the pictures.
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Old 25th May 2009, 11:49   #2
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Nice car.

Congrats dude.

FE of 15 KMPL in city is amazing.

But the small issues with a new car is bit worrisome.

Any way, you have every reason to be emotionally packed, enjoy the car!!!
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The pics are stunning. Are they taken at the time of delivery or now? As the car looks straight out of the showroom.
The gloss & the shine is excellent. Have you done any Paint protection treatment?

I also have F. Red Linea petrol. there are minor small scratches already being visible, hence asking above info
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Welcome to the linea club. I have a linea emotion pack petrol flamenco red. Did ypu finish the first service?. Were not the Rattles from glove box and creaking from driver side A-Pillar and Alignment Issue issues resolved?
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Thanks a lot vahan. Yes i have a custom surface protection plan called my hands! lol. Nope no surface treatment man. I polish it myself. The pictures have been taken yesterday afternoon. Check out the last picture, it has the date.

Try polishing it, it should get rid of some scratches.
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Wow I thought and after discussing with dad, told the dealer to pick up the booking cheque that evening. Here is the twist though. It was a Saturday and the dealer couldn’t make it to pick up the cheque and he was going to pick it up on Monday. Monday morning the Linea was out, saw it, drove it and booked a Red Emotion Pack MJD. And the hunt was over.
What an anticlimax! Glad to know you are enjoying your car.
9.14 OTR ? Is that for a top end model ?

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JRD, your selection process had the suspense of IPL last over

Congrats, Nice choice, enjoy the Italian beauty!
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congrats and welcome to the Linea club mate. nice review and 15kmpl in city is amazingly frugal.
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The car just looks WOW! Congratulations and enjoy the ride!

BTW - I am bit confused about why you opted out from the Ford and went it for the Linea. Some more details might help.
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good review. what exactly eas the problem with the fuel pump. how did the car behave/how did you identify the prblem. and how was the a.s.s in sorting out the issue.
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JRD,

Your car looks like a million bucks!

Even I thought that the pics were from delivery time.
You have to tell us how to do such a polishing!

I have never attempted polishing myself (I am afraid in trying to polish, I might rub too hard and end up with more scratches :( )
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Thanks a lot vahan. Yes i have a custom surface protection plan called my hands! lol. Nope no surface treatment man. I polish it myself. The pictures have been taken yesterday afternoon. Check out the last picture, it has the date.

Try polishing it, it should get rid of some scratches.
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I'm doing DIY waxing with Formula 1 Carnauba Wax once a month. Then yday (3 weeks after waxing), I applied some Euro Gold Spray shiner (which seems to be a detailer) & the colour was shining.

Which polish do you use? How do you do it? Can you share more details
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Awesome pics. The car is indeed a beauty in all the colors. Congrats JRD
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The car is indeed a beauty in all the colors.
You can say that again. Very few companies can manage that.
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Thats quite an honest review, shocasing your joys and the sorrows. how has the service experience been? What are the service intervals like?
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