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Old 14th January 2010, 23:33   #46
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Thanks Ravi.
Are you having a spoiler, can I see some picture?

So far I have filled Petrol only once. And that was Speed (91). Not sure on the avilability of 97 octane petrol here in Bangalore.

In fact before getting my car, I was showing your car pictures to my family members to give some idea of a black Laura.
Here are a few pics of my car showing the spoiler. The pics were taken during a road trip last month (If you want to see what the Laura is capable of see my threads - AP to AP: In search of a white X-mas and found a street party! and Skoda Laura L&K : 20,000 kms review).

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BTW - the spoiler is not a stick on - holes have to be drilled and the spoiler fitted, the glue is only to make it vibration proof. The cost of the spoiler is about Rs.8K - painting, finishing and fitting included.

The spoiler has improved the dynamics of the vehicle at high speed.

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BTW - the spoiler is not a stick on - holes have to be drilled and the spoiler fitted, the glue is only to make it vibration proof. The cost of the spoiler is about Rs.8K - painting, finishing and fitting included.

The spoiler has improved the dynamics of the vehicle at high speed.
Cheers,
Looks good, I will definitely check that out, but immediate priority is to put Sun film.

That was an amazing trip you did!! I am going to read that again later.
Sorry, I some how assumed that yours is a black laura.
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Looks good, I will definitely check that out, but immediate priority is to put Sun film.

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The glasses on the Laura are quite thermally efficient i.e. they do not let too much of the heat in (or out), so sun-film is not a necessity.

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Congratulations Sivadas. Fantastic car!!!
Too much confusion while getting the alloys eh? The wheels look superb now.

How is the stock audio?Please stick to Vinayak for servicing.

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The glasses on the Laura are quite thermally efficient i.e. they do not let too much of the heat in (or out), so sun-film is not a necessity.

Cheers,
Having a black car, may be I should be a bit more careful.
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Congratulations Sivadas. Fantastic car!!!
Too much confusion while getting the alloys eh? The wheels look superb now.

How is the stock audio?Please stick to Vinayak for servicing.

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Thanks Ajay.
Default audio is excellent. But it is a single CD player without USB drive.
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Thumbs up Speed 97 is available in Bangalore

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Thanks Ravi.
Are you having a spoiler, can I see some picture?

So far I have filled Petrol only once. And that was Speed (91). Not sure on the avilability of 97 octane petrol here in Bangalore.

In fact before getting my car, I was showing your car pictures to my family members to give some idea of a black Laura.
Hey Siva,
Congrats on that beauty! Speed 97 is available in Bangalore at a few BP bunks. I filled up once at the bunk opposite Empire on Residency Road and usually tank up in the BP bunk in Bhashyam Circle in Sadashivnagar - near home. I have a Civic - which your don't like though...
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Having a black car, may be I should be a bit more careful.
The car has excellent insulation (designed to keep out the cold), this also gives it very good NVH levels. I suggest you try the car for a bit without film before making up your mind.

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Default audio is excellent. But it is a single CD player without USB drive.
I have connected an Ipod via the AUX in and find it the best solution in the absence of an USB slot.

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Hey Siva,
Congrats on that beauty! Speed 97 is available in Bangalore at a few BP bunks. I filled up once at the bunk opposite Empire on Residency Road and usually tank up in the BP bunk in Bhashyam Circle in Sadashivnagar - near home. I have a Civic - which your don't like though...
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Speed 97 is a great fuel but it is mighty addictive .

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Hey Siva,
Congrats on that beauty! Speed 97 is available in Bangalore at a few BP bunks. I filled up once at the bunk opposite Empire on Residency Road and usually tank up in the BP bunk in Bhashyam Circle in Sadashivnagar - near home. I have a Civic - which your don't like though...
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Thanks Sunil, Regarding Civic, it is not that simple. Every thing is relative you know
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Here are a few pics of my car showing the spoiler. The pics were taken during a road trip last month
BTW - the spoiler is not a stick on - holes have to be drilled and the spoiler fitted, the glue is only to make it vibration proof. The cost of the spoiler is about Rs.8K - painting, finishing and fitting included.
The spoiler has improved the dynamics of the vehicle at high speed.

Cheers,
Looks very good . JMD quoted a much higher figure for the spoiler - the list price is > 8K. Painting etc was said to be additional.
Will read your posts on the Laura.

Dynamics improving: --- are you sure its not the placebo effect (just kidding). In a Baleno I had, I used to think K&N filters (stock replacement) slightly improved my performance !
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Looks very good . JMD quoted a much higher figure for the spoiler - the list price is > 8K. Painting etc was said to be additional.
Will read your posts on the Laura.

Dynamics improving: --- are you sure its not the placebo effect (just kidding). In a Baleno I had, I used to think K&N filters (stock replacement) slightly improved my performance !
About the cost - yes it is a little above 8K. I am not sure if painting is included normally or was done under 'goodwill' by the dealer here.

Before the spoiler was fitted the rear would feel a little 'light' in heavy crosswinds, nothing alarming, one just felt an inclination to wiggle from the rear (a bit like having overinflated tyres on the rear). Once the spoiler went on the rear is firmly planted and even the strongest cross wind does not elicit any hesitancy/tendency to do a jig. I would definitely recommend this spoiler to anyone who intends to do long drives on windy roads.

About filters - I use Green Cotton (stock replacement) filters and have found that the engines tend to become a little rev happy. The 'filtration' properties of 'performance' filters is a little suspect so I shift to OE paper filters for long trips if I expect dusty conditions.

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Looks stunning in black with those Elegance wheels! Too bad Black was not an option on Elegance when i got mine. Try and get HSRPs and trust me, the car will make more heads turn.
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Looks stunning in black with those Elegance wheels! Too bad Black was not an option on Elegance when i got mine. Try and get HSRPs and trust me, the car will make more heads turn.
Thanks Akki.
Sorry for my ignorance, what is HSRP? Number plates?
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I am really Enjoying every moment in the car. More on that later.
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