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Old 27th January 2022, 21:37   #1591
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As of 1549 Hrs 27/01/2022 it is owned by a Jeweller based in Cuttack and they have sent it for repairs. They say that they are not interested in selling it .

Glad I found them before I booked by ticket to Bhubhaneshwar.

The search goes on.
India's restrictive import policies on used cars make it the worst country for car enthusiasts on a limited budget. If we want something reasonably priced we need to search for damaged cars like this, talk to shady used car dealers / garage owners and RTO agents for registration and waste hours trying to restore rubbish cars because of exorbitant used car prices.

I wish the government would amend vintage car import rules by classifying 30 year old cars as vintage / classic cars and allow free import at low customs duty. This would have little to no impact on the protectionism that automakers in India currently enjoy.
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Old 27th January 2022, 22:31   #1592
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As of 1549 Hrs 27/01/2022 it is owned by a Jeweller based in Cuttack and they have sent it for repairs. They say that they are not interested in selling it .

Glad I found them before I booked by ticket to Bhubhaneshwar.

The search goes on.
Quite a few GTI’s for sale down south. One for sale in GJ as well.

You can have a look on the online platforms.
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Old 28th January 2022, 02:26   #1593
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As of 1549 Hrs 27/01/2022 it is owned by a Jeweller based in Cuttack and they have sent it for repairs. They say that they are not interested in selling it .

Glad I found them before I booked by ticket to Bhubhaneshwar.

The search goes on.
Even I was thinking of making a quick trip to gather some information about the car

This is a very mouth watering car even in its current condition.
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Old 28th January 2022, 09:21   #1594
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India's restrictive import policies on used cars make it the worst country for car enthusiasts on a limited budget. If we want something reasonably priced we need to search for damaged cars like this, talk to shady used car dealers / garage owners and RTO agents for registration and waste hours trying to restore rubbish cars because of exorbitant used car prices.

I wish the government would amend vintage car import rules by classifying 30 year old cars as vintage / classic cars and allow free import at low customs duty. This would have little to no impact on the protectionism that automakers in India currently enjoy.
True.

Leave the past license raj era. They could atleast change things now. Most countries have a liberal import policy for 25+ year old cars. Like, who is going to import a 25+ yr old vehicle for utilitarian purpose and take away sales from local manufacturers?

We have an exemption for pre-1950 cars, but (no offence to those collectors) that is elitist and for a group of concour level car owners. Would have been good, atleast if it had a rolling year criteria.

Anyways, as a result we have car prices jacked by atleast 10-50X times.
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Old 28th January 2022, 19:03   #1595
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Quite a few GTI’s for sale down south. One for sale in GJ as well.

You can have a look on the online platforms.
The GTIs listed for sale online are priced at 17 to 20 lakhs. Given that VW was unable to sell them at this price when they were new, in my opinion these prices are very high for a used car with potential DSG gearbox issues which are expected to come up in the future.

I would not mind buying a used GTI for around 7 lakhs but the listed prices do not seem realistic. If we can get a car in bad shape like the Odisha car for 3-4 lakhs and then spend another 3 to 4 lakhs getting it repaired then it would be a good buy IMO and I am guessing that is why there was interest in this car by forum members
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The GTIs listed for sale online are priced at 17 to 20 lakhs. Given that VW was unable to sell them at this price when they were new, in my opinion these prices are very high for a used car with potential DSG gearbox issues which are expected to come up in the future.

I would not mind buying a used GTI for around 7 lakhs but the listed prices do not seem realistic. If we can get a car in bad shape like the Odisha car for 3-4 lakhs and then spend another 3 to 4 lakhs getting it repaired then it would be a good buy IMO and I am guessing that is why there was interest in this car by forum members
Honestly its quite impossible to get a decent condition 2016/2017 onwards GT TSI for 7 lakhs these days let alone a GTI. The prices being quoted in the used car market is way too high citing high demand for the enthusiast segment that is already short on options and chip shortages on new cars has made the situation even more adverse.

I was in the fray for a Stage II GT TSI project but backed out looking at 9 out of 10 cars being plagued with weak gearboxes that are about to or already gone kaput (all less than 60k on the odo) in the Hyderabad used car market.

The GTI's are demanding a huge value proposition with depreciation not being considered anywhere in the country currently owing to aforementioned reasons and literally impossible to find a fine example south of 17 lakhs figure.

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Old 7th February 2022, 12:22   #1597
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Spotted two 190Es on the weekend. The red car appears to be the donor vehicle, while the white one is getting prepped. Seemed to have fresh white paint.

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Right across the street was this nice W123. Might be the same owner / Mercedes fan:
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Old 17th February 2022, 18:00   #1598
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Toyota Land Cruiser 60 Series spotted abandoned in India

A 60 Series Toyota Land Cruiser has been spotted abandoned in India. Its exact location is not known.

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The 5-door SUV has been left in a pitiful condition with a missing radiator and a completely stripped interior.

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The 60 Series of this iconic off-roader was built between 1980 and 1992. The Land Cruiser remains one of the most popular off-roaders ever built. Today, the J300 Series commands a 4-year waiting period globally.

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Old 20th February 2022, 15:13   #1599
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Right across the street was this nice W123. Might be the same owner / Mercedes fan:
That one is now for sale:
https://www.olx.in/item/mercedes-ben...iid-1674167714

Also, is that Mazda MX3 parked behind the 190Es ever used? It's been in the same spot for years, albeit washed and cleaned regularly.
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Thought it was a Passat. A closer look yielded that this was the very car that was ridiculed as Ferdinand Piech’s folly. This VW Phaeton has certainly seen much better days. Parked in Sikanderpur market.

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Thought it was a Passat. A closer look yielded that this was the very car that was ridiculed as Ferdinand Piech’s folly. This VW Phaeton has certainly seen much better days. Parked in Sikanderpur market.
I have never understood why cars like these are parked on the roadside. The car shows it is registered to a real estate developer and I am sure they will have some enclosed property were they can park the vehicle.
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Old 21st April 2022, 11:53   #1602
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An Audi A7 with its air suspension busted and it went so low down! On looking at the front from a distance, it looked like an R8.

The car is standing at Goregaon but looks like it's there for restoration.

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Old 25th April 2022, 18:26   #1603
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Spotted the below at a Metro Station Parking in Chennai

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Old 25th April 2022, 20:42   #1604
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Spotted the below at a Metro Station Parking in Chennai
These seem like old embassy cars.

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Old 25th April 2022, 20:59   #1605
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Spotted the below at a Metro Station Parking in Chennai
How old are these images? If I am not mistaken, that Volvo wagon was seen in Chennai over the weekend looking fresh and running. Unless of course, there's another TN reg car in the same blue.

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