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Old 25th May 2010, 17:14   #886
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It has dual tone/dual finish/dual something paint coat - looks dark green in sunlight and black in the evening or night under lights. The gray bit is a plastic cladding all around the car - starts from the front bumper, goes along the wheel arches and ends with the rear bumper.

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A friend of mine just came back from Mangalore. Except for a small 20 minute stretch (which is not too bad apparently), the road is in a good condition.
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Old 25th May 2010, 18:28   #887
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Chey Chey MX6 -> You need to go back to school. Can't even recognize a Tucson? It literally flew off the shelves when it was launched - sold in millions I think.

Yeah arishi1/ampere - bought an used Hyundai Tucson. Has AWD and traction control. Now I'm finally ready to handle the tough Raid De Himalaya rivalling offroading circuit in India - the Bangalore Mangalore National Highway.

Congrats smartcat...
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Nice buy! Congrats and may you start one more thread on the adventures with the new Shrek!
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Who is Mazhar? That name rings a bell.

I chose the Hyundai Tucson
Hey that Unoczar's driver... Read the travelogue Summers in India - south to north... to hell and back! you will know the story.

For Hyundai Tucson - Congrats Dude that's one cool beast.
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nice choice and a perfect lateral upgrade from what you were driving! happy miles
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Congrats!! Smartcat. Tuscan is a good choice for the ride. So now we should expect atleast one more thread on the new ride.
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Congrats!!. Enviable buy, waiting for your post in initial ownership thread.
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Earlier, I was following this thread as a guest and in the 2 days of my weekend, I spent almost my whole waking hours reading this BRILLIANT travelogue. It's wonderful to see you bought this beautiful vehicle. Hope to see you around Nagarbhavi puttering around with this beast
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Congrats smartcat...
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For Hyundai Tucson - Congrats Dude that's one cool beast.
Thanks!

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Nice buy! Congrats and may you start one more thread on the adventures with the new Shrek!
Shrek! Seems every appropriate. Big. Ugly. Green!

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nice choice and a perfect lateral upgrade from what you were driving! happy miles
Yeah, inspired by GTO's lateral upgrade, but not executed very well I guess. My net outflow is Rs. 6 lacs.

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Will do.

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It's wonderful to see you bought this beautiful vehicle. Hope to see you around Nagarbhavi puttering around with this beast
Nagarbhavi area has some hills/mounds. Will check out its 4WD prowess
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Congrats Smartcat on the new acquisition. Should be quite a change from a Sedan to a SUV. So the next 100,000 kms will done in a SUV
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Hi smartcat.

congratulations on your upgrade. having known your researching abilities, i am sure the previous owner of the SUV would have learnt a thing or two about the vehicle and not he must be thinking why the hell i sold my SUV for such a low price?

wish you many more miles (sorry KMs) in your pre-worshiped SUV.

Hope your catrina is happy with your new found love. ?
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Shrek! Seems every appropriate. Big. Ugly. Green!
That was intentional pun intended. In reality I very much like the Tuscon!
A great vehicle. Dont know why Hyundai is not backing it much.
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Nagarbhavi area has some hills/mounds. Will check out its 4WD prowess
Thats going to be a great start ...
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Now I guess the auto walas, 2 wheelers and tata indicas are going to keep at least 2 ft distance from your Tuscon.

Your old Optra was called Chameli, what do you plan to call this one? I hope this is going to be a single driver driven. Some suggestions here
- If it drinks too much diesel you can call it Bakasura or Ghatodgacha.
- If it scares the autowalas, 2 wheelers and tata indicas away you can call it "the raging bull".
- Or how about "Transmogrifier"?
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Should be quite a change from a Sedan to a SUV.
First impressions (after the long test drive) show that SUV's driving characteristics are different from a sedan. You can feel the SUV rolling on a sharp turn and when you slam the brakes at low speeds, you can feel the front end dipping in like a boat - inspite of what everybody says about Tucson being a "car like" SUV.

More detailed review coming up under 'ownership review' thread. But for my rather sedate style of driving, these things don't matter much.

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Hope your catrina is happy with your new found love. ?
She is, but tears welled up in her eyes yesterday - we bid goodbye to our beloved Optra as the new owner drove it away.

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Your old Optra was called Chameli, what do you plan to call this one?
Chintu

I like ampere's "SHREK" name though.

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No way. My friends & myself are already planning to extract the maximum out of the car. We intend to "Climb Ev'ry Mountain".

I do not think multiple drivers will affect the car's overall condition - as long as it is maintained impeccably. And moreover, we all have more or less similar (sedate) driving styles.
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