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Fuelled FIRE into my (T)JET

Discussion in 'Linea 1.4 T-Jet' started by bnzjon, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Greetings everyone!


    Association or companionship, platonic relationship or submissive endurance, live to love or till death do us part; my liking for my beauty on four wheels knows no boundaries and needless to say there’s; no love lost either. Guess I am turning too melodramatic, or is it that my compassion for my diva is worth every praise I shower on her. Take it or leave it but there’s no way that we can deny it. My FIAT Linea FIRE was certainly the love of my life. (And yes my better half has learnt to live with it. She knows my Linea is her surrogate). Funny it may sound but I sincerely love her that badly.

    Change on the other hand is the only thing that is constant. And with technological advances coming into picture I didn’t want the love of my life to live in jeopardy. When those walking the ramp can undergo Botox and those on the silver screen can have a Facelift, when liposuction can make you look younger by 10 years and when everything comes tagged with a Version 1.0 attached to it there laid every logic for me to upgrade and make my love life happening as well.

    Yes! I too underwent a change and opted for the Version 2.0 of Linea – the “Linea T-Jet”.


    Am I sounding too obsessed; so be it. But my arm candy definitely has to be up-to-date to give a tough competition to all others on the street. So when I traded my Linea FIRE for a Linea T-Jet I definitely got a boost in my arm to embrace my old wine in a new bottle. I was thrilled to the core to show my prized possession among all my friends. And she too was by my side always like my true companion matching every move I made. Someone has rightly said incredible matches are definitely made in heaven.

    But was the transition from Fire to T-Jet so smooth?

    I would be honest with everyone. How would it feel if one is asked to breathe in an atmosphere of different concoction of gases minus the oxygen? How does it feel to have all your senses tonsured and then asked to see, feel, smell, taste and hear around? How does it feel to have your body in flesh and bones and remove all the haemoglobin enriched blood from there? Impossible; right? Absolutely, I underwent a similar turbulent phase from the last Christmas of 2010 till the first week of February 2011. My Linea Fire was away from me “as if” I underwent a bypass surgery and I was asked to survive without my heart in place. The battle of survival was one of the toughest I came across as I seriously wanted to embrace my Love once again. The solitary phase of those 2 months was too much to handle but then I came out of it victoriously when I was successful in acquiring my rejuvenated, refurbished, relived Fiat Linea with a new heart called the T-Jet. I had my re-birth the day I acquired her after the phase of isolation. And thereby blossomed my love life once again.


    Why did I sell the FIRE for TJET?
    I loved the Linea since its launch in India. In fact, many months prior to its launch, I admired her Jaw dropping, drop dead gorgeous looks in the net and scoop pictures. I always loved FIAT for its rock solid cars. That’s the reason I bought home the Linea 1.4 FIRE in June 2009.

    I had owned the Linea 1.4 NA petrol for 18 months and sold it "just" for the fun and excitement of owning the TJet. The other reason was the underpowered engine. The 1st and 2nd gear were an irritant in the city and it lacked punch. Once you slot her into the 3rd, she is fun to drive. You will never have the underpowered feel. However, I enjoyed her company thoroughly.

    I booked TJet just for her Power, Acceleration, Punchy Mid Range and the feel of turbo kick. I would say, love at first 'drive'.

    I lost 30 percent on depreciation but what I got in the trade off is the additional Turbo kick!

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    Booking Experience:
    Dealer: Concorde Motors, Velachery, Chennai
    Booked on: 12/Jan/2011 (opted for the 2011 model)
    Car reached the dealer on: 31/Jan/2011
    Registered on: 02/Feb/2011
    Colour: Sunbeam Beige
    Finance: Company Lease

    The booking experience was excellent. The sales guy (Mr Raman PS) was very helpful. He kept me updated on the status of the car every 2 days. The car was delivered in pristine condition with no spots or markings, he ensured no dealer stickers were put on the rear glasses, and all paper works were ready when I reached the dealers place. He gave me a call after 2 days of delivery to check if everything is fine with the car. He was ahead of me in arranging for everything. He did everything perfectly as if he was the one purchasing the car.

    One of the rare customer centric sales guys in the Concorde sales force (other ones care a damn for customers).
    I would rate the sales guy 10/10 (& 7/10 for the dealer).

    Freebies: Extended Warranty + Roadside Assistance + Floor Mats + Boot Mat + Mud flaps
    Discounts: Corporate Discount (Rs. 4000) and Cash Discount (Rs.6,000)
    Others: customary box of chocolates and 5 litre petrol coupons


    Ownership report:
    Just 10 days old and she is in her run-in period. I am very very careful not to cross the 2500 rpm mark (around 100 km speed). But just can’t stop revving her resulting in a couple of occasion touching the 150 mark.

    I am in love with the turbo and believe me, it is very linear.

    I am just waiting for the Run-in period to get over. Might plan for a long drive just to complete the run-in so that I could be myself and I could explore the beast in the machine.

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    Good to Great:
    Tjet plus has the following features which my earlier FIRE didn’t have
    - 114PS & 207NM Turbocharged engine
    - Italian Leather Seats & Door trims
    - 16 inch Alloy Wheels
    - All wheel Disc brakes
    - Spare wheel is a full sized Alloy!
    - 170 mm Ground clearance
    - Improvised Soft touch plastics and Loads of chrome in the cabin
    - Improved Air conditioner. It’s a chiller


    Feel Good:
    - Drop dead gorgeous looks
    - Amazing Power and the Turbo Band
    - FIAT build quality
    - Perfectly weighted Steering
    - High speed handling and cornering
    - Decent Ground clearance of 170 mm
    - Refined NVH
    - 'Windows Microsoft Blue & Me' with steering mounted controls & USB port
    - Collapsible rear windscreen curtain
    - Air vents for rear passengers
    - Instant Fuel Consumption on MID
    - 'Follow Me home' Headlamps
    - Dual Airbags, ABS & EBD
    - Auto Climate Control. Air conditioner is a chiller
    - Foldable Key
    - Electric Mirrors
    - Rear seat hand rest and cup holders
    - Height adjustable Driver seat and armrest
    - Exhaustive 'MyCar' customisation menu
    - 500 litre boot
    - 50 months warranty and 24*7 road side assistance
    - Low maintenance cost (based on previous experience)


    Let downs:
    - OE Speakers though the HU is decent
    - Where do i find the bottle holders?
    - Noise of wind passing through the door and ovrm during high speeds
    - Headlamps need up gradation. Good for city drives but doubtful for highways


    Accessories fitted:
    Autocop Reverse parking sensor

    Accessories/Mods in the near future:
    3M/VKool tints
    Illuminated TJET Door Sill plates
    Under-body coating
    Speaker upgrade

    Ownership as of date:Distance covered: ¬ 300 kms
    Kitna deti hai: 11 plus in Chennai city with 100 % AC on.
    Driving: with a very light foot (am conscious of the run-in period)


    Special Thanks to
    - All TFI'ians for your excellent reviews, support and encouragement.
    - Forum member Dr. Ashwin Kumar (Handle: Geeash) who was with me during the booking phase and for all the pain he took to do a detailed PDI of my car.
    - Forum member Mr. Satya (Handle: Satya_SC) who introduced the sales guy and was patient enough to answer my technical queries.
    - Of course, my family who after the initial resistance agreed & stood by me while trading the 1.5 year FIRE for the JET.

    Finally, hats off to FIAT for the brilliant engine. This is the Best drivers’ petrol car in the lower side of 10 Lacs.

    Wish me good luck and Blessings in abundance.
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  4. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Awesome car, awesome pictures, and awesome report.

    Hope this lives upto your expectation.
  5. Some more pictures (sorry for the low quality pics).
    Will post High quality ones after the photoshoot planned in the near future.

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  6. ansal11

    ansal11 Esperto

    Awesome writeup Bnzjon. Great Pictures. Hope ur njoying the Jet albeit its runin period. The car looks amazing.

    You mentioned two things. 3M/VKool tints. Whats the combinateion you went for. Also, speaker upgrade. What config is it.

    I noticed something. Did you get the mudflaps painted as well in SBB ?? They Look better than most.

    Njoy the Power of Jet.
  7. @Ravi, thanks. I love the turbo kick & the power.The Jet satisfies all my desires to the T. :)

    @ Ansal, thanks.
    I am yet to fix the sunfilms and speaker upgrade. These are mods/additions planned in the coming days (read my report again). I am going through your ownership reviews again for the Best mods i can do.

    Mudflaps - LOL ::V those are dust stuck to the mud flaps from the non-existent roads near my home.
  8. Arun1100

    Arun1100 Regolare

    Hey congrats on the JET! Please keep updating your thread in all Forums!
  9. Rajen

    Rajen Regolare

    Congrats bnzjon. Great writeup. Enjoy the drive with T jet
  10. ansal11

    ansal11 Esperto

    The dirty mudlaps looks almost like SBB. ::O Thats why i got confused. Looks like I need some dirt to make the mudflaps looks good.

    About the Mods, do lemme know if you need some info. ::T

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