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Old 21st January 2010, 22:43   #16
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That's nice. We get the Vtec back at T-BHP

I noticed GTO's ad a few weeks back and someone in my circle was very interested but I did not bother as this was Mumbai and we were on the other side of the country ( Agra / Delhi )

So only yesterday while browsing the classifieds section I noticed GTO's car sold.

You are a lucky chap as it is one well mantained car. Enjoy !
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Old 23rd January 2010, 11:26   #17
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Welcome to the forum Avinash. Just like the other members have posted, I am glad that my Vtec remains within the Team-BHP family.

It was fantastic dealing with you. It's a win-win really.....I got a premium because of the way I maintained the car, while you got a super clean Vtec for a reasonable price. Both of us ended up happy and that's how all used car deals must conclude.

Feel free to get in touch anytime for anything Vtec. And do keep her well. Visit ONLY service centers / garages from the list I handed to you and as per the schedule.

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Went for a test-drive rehearsing all t-bhp teaching such as- 'Being as stone-faced as possible even if you like what you see, helps in the bargain'.
It was fun to see my own tricks being used on me

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I still remember the owner sitting by my side, holding my hand on the gear lever, stopping me from upshifting early and urging me to take it to 4500 rpm!!
Correction : I stopped you from upshifting at 4,500 rpms.

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Enough of the hard-nosed buyer stuff that I kept rehearsing. Called up the 'owner' and poured my heart out
This was the BEST part. When we spoke that morning, you did exactly what a potential buyer should NOT do. All you did was praise my Vtec and how much you wanted to take her home. Well, all's well that ends well.

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This time I took it to 6000 rpm, thanks to some open road.
Question : How many times have you bounced off the revv limiter after taking delivery?

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Would be fun to know how GTO would have reacted to your stone-faced response & other team-bhp teachings that you would have used during this purchase.
Very honestly, I was sitting on the fence WRT selling the Vtec. If it sold, fine, I'll upgrade to a Civic. If it didn't, even that's fine. I would have used her for another couple of years. Was / am genuinely happy with either situation.
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Very honestly, I was sitting on the fence WRT selling the Vtec. If it sold, fine, I'll upgrade to a Civic. If it didn't, even that's fine. I would have used her for another couple of years. Was / am genuinely happy with either situation.
I've had a civic for 2.5+ years, and I recently got a 1.8 TSI Superb.. The Laura 1.8TSI is pretty much the same price as the civic, possibly cheaper.

If you think the civic is an enthusiasts car, well then the TSI is on another planet. I find it far better than the Octavia RS as well. We all know the Skoda horror stories, but... just something to think about...
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like sid buying FIAT, i think GTO might also end up buying a Skoda

jokes apart, Avinash please provide us details of your first weekend date with V-tec beauty

Surely cleanly maintained VTEC will make petrol heads to turn heads. when i see a OHC V-tec, i keep on staring at it till it fades away.
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When I started reading this thread, I though it was GTOs VTEC that he is buying. It indeed is. Many would have dreamt of owning GTOs vtec, only you got to live it. Congrats and do update your post buy experience.

Keep her well, drive safe.

Is that you in the first pic GTO? Just out of curiosity, wanted to put a face to the name.

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The Laura 1.8TSI is pretty much the same price as the civic, possibly cheaper.
Hey, I'm a fan of the value in low mileage used cars. Am buying a used Civic.

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that you in the first pic GTO? Just out of curiosity, wanted to put a face to the name.
Sure is
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That's nice. We get the Vtec back at T-BHP

I noticed GTO's ad a few weeks back and someone in my circle was very interested but I did not bother as this was Mumbai and we were on the other side of the country ( Agra / Delhi )

So only yesterday while browsing the classifieds section I noticed GTO's car sold.

You are a lucky chap as it is one well mantained car. Enjoy !
Thanks! VTEC was always a dream and getting GTO's was icing on the cake!

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Welcome to the forum Avinash. Just like the other members have posted, I am glad that my Vtec remains within the Team-BHP family.

It was fantastic dealing with you. It's a win-win really.....I got a premium because of the way I maintained the car, while you got a super clean Vtec for a reasonable price. Both of us ended up happy and that's how all used car deals must conclude.

Feel free to get in touch anytime for anything Vtec. And do keep her well. Visit ONLY service centers / garages from the list I handed to you and as per the schedule.

Thanks GTO, same feeling here! Planning to get the scheduled service done in the next weekend.

This was the BEST part. When we spoke that morning, you did exactly what a potential buyer should NOT do. All you did was praise my Vtec and how much you wanted to take her home. Well, all's well that ends well.

Will be better prepared next time!

Question : How many times have you bounced off the revv limiter after taking delivery?

Just once . But it scared the hell out of me!! Though I have not driven that many cars, per say, I have never driven something which accelerates so cleanly and relentlessly! I have actually started respecting her more. She's making me learn driving all over again!

Very honestly, I was sitting on the fence WRT selling the Vtec. If it sold, fine, I'll upgrade to a Civic. If it didn't, even that's fine. I would have used her for another couple of years. Was / am genuinely happy with either situation.

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like sid buying FIAT, i think GTO might also end up buying a Skoda

jokes apart, Avinash please provide us details of your first weekend date with V-tec beauty

Surely cleanly maintained VTEC will make petrol heads to turn heads. when i see a OHC V-tec, i keep on staring at it till it fades away.
First weekend has been pretty good. Wife's in town for the long weekend (26th Jan). She absolutely loved the car, specially the music sytem!! Thanks to the Mumbai traffic though, we went out for drives only late in the night. Worli seaface, BWSL etc. to name a few. The rumblers on the BWSL as well as the pothholed road condition in the western suburbs (WEH included) has given me some nail biting moments with regards to the tyres/wheels (205/45Rs yokos on 16 inchers). Had a preplanned Shirdi trip (by bus), so the car was left alone @home yesterday. Planning to get the scheduled service done on the next weekend. Will post the updates soon.

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When I started reading this thread, I though it was GTOs VTEC that he is buying. It indeed is. Many would have dreamt of owning GTOs vtec, only you got to live it. Congrats and do update your post buy experience.

Keep her well, drive safe.

Is that you in the first pic GTO? Just out of curiosity, wanted to put a face to the name.
As I have already said in my first post, this indeed was a secret desire from the day I'd seen it on T-bhp. Added bonus was the interaction with GTO and Dippy, in person, which has been an excellent experience, to say the least.
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Old 26th January 2010, 16:07   #23
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Congrats Avi, i had driven the car long ago when GTO had just bought it. It was in great shape back then and im sure with the upgrades it's in much better shape today.

But frankly GTO, i doubt you'l be able to enjoy the Civic the way you did the VTEC. Like the name suggests, its a far more civilized car, compared to the raw-brute performance of the OHC.

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Wow, I didn't know GTO was selling the VTEC! Great used buy and the best part is that you're virtually guaranteed of no nasty surprises for a good period.
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good stuff. you will enjoy those cool greddy headers. enjoy.
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Thanks guys..!! Not doing too much driving these days though. Thanks to the work load and the office-hour traffic,the VTEC is resting at home. She's due for her scheduled service this weekend.

Could anyone please help me find some outlets in and around goregaon where I can get branded (Mobil1) engine oils? The VTEC is due for a change.
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Apologies for posting this late, but the VTEC is back from it's scheduled service at Linkway Honda.

I just want to highlight my experience at Linkway, which I can safely say was just not upto mark! The service took more than 12 hours even though all the major jobs, listed out by the SA (after half the day had passed), were turned down by me. Major jobs listed out by the SA:

1) Both Rear Wheel bearings busted. Interestingly, the SA initially said it was only the RR wheel, but the INVOICE says both. Quoted price 5000 (each) for bearing+Labor(400-500)+taxes

2) All dampers leaking oil, hence busted and need replacement. Quoted price 3500 (each damper)+labor 500+ taxes

3) Clutch is hard, needs overhauling.

4) Transmission mount busted (replaced for 2200 approx including labor)

At one point in time, inspite of it being clearly mentioned in the job card, to clean the air filter (K & N), the SA was actually trying to pass it off as 'not required' since the sunlight would fade soon and it'll be very difficult for them to dry it after wash. Just don't understand what did they do until 4:00 pm when I'd reported for service at 7:55 AM. Things like loose mudflap, door handle lubrication, wash, oil change, missing screw etc. should not take 8 hours, I believe!! It was a different thing that they didn't charge me for stuff like fixing the mudflap,door handles & filter cleaning.

If that wasn't enough, to add insult to the injury, the mechanic working on the car has actually disturbed the clutch setting which I was perfectly fine with!! I am seriously angry about this! Why did he touch the clutch if I'd specifically asked him not to?! Gave the SA a piece of my mind this morning, just to let it out of my system. Anyways, I am planning to get a second opinion on the other items highlighted by SA.

I am more worried about the bearings than the dampers coz I do hear clicking sounds arbitrarily from the rear end. About the dampers though, if I understand correctly the car should bounce/bottom-out on humps if the dampers were busted, rt?! Would request the experts to post their valuable inputs on this.

Regards,
Avinash

PS: Pardon my writing skills guys. Also, if someone could please let me know how to adjust the clutch play that the mech has disturbed. Is DIY possible?! I am pretty sure he's loosened it, as in, the clutch now engages near the top position(when pressed completely) unlike pre-service when it engaged near the middle position(when pressed completely).
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I just want to highlight my experience at Linkway, which I can safely say was just not upto mark! The service took more than 12 hours even though all the major jobs, listed out by the SA (after half the day had passed), were turned down by me.
Avinash,

It's normal for a service station to take the entire day for a service, even though the actual work may only be 3 - 4 hours worth. If you dropped the car in the morning, and got it back at night, I'd say its reasonable.

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All dampers leaking oil, hence busted and need replacement.
The master Shanbagh had overhauled my suspension only last year. I have my doubts on this.

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3) Clutch is hard, needs overhauling.
Linkways been telling me to change my clutch since 3 years now . Don't worry, its good for atleast another 30K kms. Related thread (SCAM Alert "Saar, your car needs a clutch overhaul")

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Transmission mount busted (replaced for 2200 approx including labor)
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Both Rear Wheel bearings busted.
Take the car down to Shanbagh. He's your best bet. Remember : On a car this old, visit authorised service center for consumables (filters, plugs, belts and pipes). All other / bigger jobs at an independent specialist.

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PS: Pardon my writing skills guys. Also, if someone could please let me know how to adjust the clutch play that the mech has disturbed.
5 minutes of work. Again, take an appointment with Sunil Shanbagh ASAP.
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The OHC Vtec for sure is a great car to own. Congrats bro!!!
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Congrats and Welcome to the club!
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