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Old 18th October 2009, 18:06   #1
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Default The Line Journal (Linea 1.4 Emotion Pack)

A Joke

Ships have a huge problem of rodents. So in one particular ship, they decided to get rid of rats once and for all. They called a specialist. His advice

was," In each deck, keep a plate. In one side of plate put cashew and in other, put almonds. Just on the edge of plate, put a sharp blade. Leave these

plates overnight. In the night, rats will come out and see these plates. They will go to the plate and see cashew and almond. Now they will think...

should I have cashew or should I have almond, looking left and right at the goodies. When they move their necks, blade will severe it."

The advice was followed, and sure enough, the ship was free of rats. However, problem did not stay away for long. Rats were back. The same expert was

called again.

He said," Put out a plate again on each deck. This time, do not put anything in the plates other than the sharp blade. The rats will come out to feast.

They will see the empty plates and will look left and right saying...no almond...no cashew."

Before I started out to buy a car, my situation was like the rats.. should I have cashew or almond. Being a human being, I saved myself from cutting my neck and was saved by team BHP in giving birth to my decision, firming it, polishing it and eventually following it. Mainly I was stuck between a choice for a hatchback and sedan. Once Punto was launched, decision making became tougher. For the record, I had completely ruled out Maruti products from choices. This was a purely personal choice and nothing was going to alter it. That left Hyundai, GM, Honda and Fiat for hatchbacks and same ones including Toyota and Ford for Sedan. Next criterion was budget and this straightaway knocked off the Japs. Choices were pretty narrowed down to i10, i20, Punto, Uva and Spark for hatchbacks and Accent, Verna, Ikon, Fiesta, Fusion and Linea for Sedans (I did not consider Logan and Xylo).

A round of visits to various dealerships started with checking about physical suitability. Hyundai and Fiat were clear winners in my books here. Somehow

I found i10 more visually appealing than the bigger sibling. In some colors, like white and blue, black, i10 is a cute little car with great interiors.

Spark was too small and Uva looked too dated. Punto was a clear winner amongst hatches here in the looks and presence department.

Amongst sedans, battle finally boiled down to between Fiesta and Linea. Here again, looks and presence made Linea to be a clear winner. There have been loads of discussion on interior quality. Well, I have not experienced Mercs and BMWs so as far as I was concerned, this was not a huge issue. Interior quality on both the contenders was at par if you look at all the fittings holistically. Next round was budget related. I had a budget of 7.5lac and nothing more than that. Now started checking out prices from various CSD depots spread around the country. This was a huge and time consuming exercise, but very rewarding and helped me prepare the groundwork for making the purchase process smoother. After sitting down with the price list and features list of cars of choices, Fiat was emerging as a clear winner. The fear of A.S.S was not there as I have been driving a Fiat Uno since 1998. Ofcourse I had a slight bias towards Fiat in my decision making process, but eventually it was going to be decided on merit.

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Next started the round of test drives. Amongst hatches, Hyundais left their impression as great city cars but not so great highway cars. If you reside in a state like Kerala, which, according to me, is situated along NH47; you will be driving on the highway most of times. Punto impressed with its rock steadiness and road manners accentuated by a great weighted steering. The driver's seat offered an almost crouch-like posture with knees higher than thighs, achieved after adjusting seat in three planes. Personally, I found this to be great sitting position. Having driven Uno for long time, all issues like long clutch throw, positioning of dead pedal, sluggish 2nd gear were not like a new discovery to me.

After this started multiple test drives of Fiesta and Linea. If one looses in one department, it wins another. With my limited running of 300 - 500km per month, diesel was ruled out, more so as it was out of budget. Linea 1.4 Emotion Pack was like a an event aligning all holes in the Swiss cheese. A great bouquet of features taking the driving experience to a whole new level, is what Linea turned out to be. Like I said before, I have never driven a merc or a vehicle of that class, Linea, in this price range seems to offer all that and more. This statement is not meant to put Linea in league with higher class cars, but I guess you get the drift. Frankly, I never found engine to be underpowered and was able to accelerate to 160kmph on NH47, which in itself is an achievement. By end September, after showing both Fiesta and Linea to my family members, Linea was finalized. Linea was a hands down winner with my folks even without a drive.

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Buying from CSD is a complicated process. Different states offer different prices as per their tax structures. Ahmedabad and Kolkata are the cheapest in terms of cost ex - CSD and Haryana, Chandigarh offer least registration prices. After some number crunching, purchase from CSD Chennai and registration from Chandigarh was found to be most suitable. I was predominantly looking for north Indian registration as after retirement, that is where I will be settling. Everything was finalised by first week of October and Demand Darft was sent to my Uncle in Chennai, who did the needful for liasing with CSD Chennai. Special mention here must be made of Mr Venkateshan of Concorde, Velachery Road, Chennai for his outstanding service. He primarily deals with CSD customers and is thorough with his job. Very patient and understanding person, Venkateshan ensured that everything related to final delivery was handled without raising a sweat. I had requested him to finish delivery by 15 Oct as I had a constraint on leave. Concorde motors obliged and blocked a Vocal White 1.4 of Jun 09 make for me. I was a bit apprehensive about Vocal White being discontinued, but was reassured by some posts on TBHP that it
was going to be brought back. I left for Chennai on 13 Oct and went to Concorde on 14 evening. The vehicle had just come back from Temporary
registration from RTO and was filthy. Attending sales person had already told me to not expect vehicle to be in sparkling condition, so I was not
shocked. Delivery was planned for 11AM on 15.

I ordered sunfilms: CR70 for front and RE35 all around. Total cost 11K.Next day morning, with all the paper work and puja etc, car was delivered at
1430hrs. The Manza was launched on the same day and showroom was crowded with curious customers. Took the desmodronic key and rolled out of dealership amongst claps by the employees. Overall, I was impressed by the work ethics of the staff. There were no short cuts etc.
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Next day morning, drive to Kochi started at 5AM, with my father accompanying me as a non driving companion. NH4, NH46 and NH7 are beautifully maintained, including the little landscaping effort in the dividers. Drove at base speed of 80KMPH, keeping the revs below 2500. A few times,
accelerated to 120, 140, 160 for a few seconds. Thanks to Sawyer, Jaggu and GTO for their inputs on this one. Reached Salem at 11Am, that meant an average speed of 55kmph, which I thought was pretty decent. Nightmares were waiting for me on NH47. From Salem to Palghat, a distance of 178km covered in three hours. From Palghat onwards, heavy traffic on a two lane highway in fading sunlight was quite bad. After Trichur, drive was literally in third gear . A distance that can be normally covered in a hour and a half, took three and half hours. Total distance covered 724Km and total fuel consumed 39 litres; overall FE of 18.56, with ACC running full time. On tripmeter, I had set display to instantaneous consumption. I found this to be more useful than the average trip consumption as the you can see the fuel consumption varying as per your driving style. Prior to departure from Kochi, had prepared a 2GB pen drive with my fav songs. Media Player played them in shuffle mode without any hitch whatsoever. My HTC touch 3g was paired without a fuss and B&Me was a boon. Kept making calls throughout the trip. This is one feature that was appreciated even by my father, whose knowledge about autombiles is as good as mine in nuclear physics. Reached home at 2000hrs. Went for Puja but the temple was closed. Thats the story so far, Journal will be continued with time.

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Nice photography and god does it look beautiful in that colour. CONGRATUALTIONS Bud! Guessing the title of the thread should read "Linea Journal" and not 'Line Journal', right?

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Wowwwwww.!!! Congratulations NutsNBolts for your new buy.I welcome you to the Fiat Club.Brilliant write-up,I did really enjoy reading your ownership report..It's really nice to hear that you're getting around 18.56 km/l and that too from a petrol sedan which weighs around 1.2 tonnes..! May be its time for me to learn some driving techniques from you.I'm very much sure that you will enjoy every moment that you spent in this "Italian Master Piece ".By the way from where will you be getting your car serviced.? RF Motors/Concorde Motors..?

Hats off to you for your brilliant write-up and photographs.By the way which camera do you use brother..?

Drive her safe
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Thanks for your wishes Pranav and Amith.

@Amith. I will be going to Concorde. During my interaction with them in Kochi as well as Chennai, they came off as a group of people who intend to do business. I use a Canon EOS 1000D. Thanks for your kind words.
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Nice looking Linea. Do get the title edited. Was wondering what that was all about!
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Well, I thought it was simpler to call Linea by what it means, A Line as against a Point (Punto)
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Congrats on your buy NutsNBolts, White Linea FIRE E+ was my ultimate dream!
Couldn't extend the budget so settled for a Punto in the same colour.
Linea in White is simply stunning, Even now I stop my car when I see this beautiful art piece on the road to admire.

As you are based in Kochi, I would like to give you an information. Never ever give your vehicle for service to RF motors, they are horrible people to deal with. I am a victim of the same and I don't want anybody to get a taste of it again.
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Thanks for the info GTX.I will be using Concorde for servicing or any other hassles. For information of guys looking for Kaarlson in Kochi; they have appointed car shoppe as their fitters in Kochi. So any of you who wants to get the Kaarlson seats, Car Shoppe next to Renaissance Hotel on NH47 is the place.
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Congrats on your new car! Thats a neat looking car made better looking by Canon.
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Excellent pictures, your Linea looks breathtaking! Congratulations on a great sedan. Just wait till that running in is done with (do so over 1500 - 2000 kms). The 1.4L petrol is fun to work and makes an addictive distinctly italian sound when on the redline.

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Excellent pictures, your Linea looks breathtaking! Congratulations on a great sedan. Just wait till that running in is done with (do so over 1500 - 2000 kms). The 1.4L petrol is fun to work and makes an addictive distinctly italian sound when on the redline.

Drive safe!
Thanks thegame and GTO. It is actually very difficult to capture Vocal White in its true shade. A bit of change of lighting alters the hue.

Thanks for the tips GTO. It was sheer pleasure driving Linea from Chennai to Kochi. I have already completed 1000km thanks to the trip. I thought the running in period was to continue till first service. I may be wrong, learned people please advise.
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Thats one beautiful car! I think the Vocal White colour is undoubtedly the best colur in Linea, too bad, it was discontinued.

Your photography skills are very good, FIAT can actually use these images in their advertisements!!

Heartiest Congratulations, the Linea will will surprise you from time to time..and all the surprises will be on the positive side!
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