Hello everyone, My first post on the Team FIAT form so starting off with my introduction. Little bit about me: I'm a Sr. Manager in an IT firm, currently living in Bangalore with my nuclear family (myself, wife and daughter). Apart from my job, I’m very passionate about cars and vivid follower of Indian automobile scene. I also do lot of reading, love electronics and follow the game of cricket. Automobiles owned in family: Yezdi mini (250cc) – our fist automobile and learned driving on it, Hero Honda CD 100, Hero Honda Splendor, Classic Pulsar 150, Hyundai Santro Xing, Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol, Honda Accord V6 (I owned it in the US) and Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 petrol. I have driven plenty of other cars on rent and owned by friends. What I'm driving now: Hip Hop Black Fiat Linea T-JET, bought on Aug-29-2014. Our journey towards buying Linea T-JET: Last year (mid 2013) we moved back from US and we have started looking for a petrol hatchback with 7L price cap for my daily commute to office and occasional weekend drives. Our primary considerations were: maximum safety, solid build quality, spacious, fun to drive and preferably should have HPS similar to that of Santro. We had shortlisted and test driven the following petrol hatchbacks but dropped them due to the reason stated next to each: Maruti Suzuki Swift – dropped due to flimsy build Volkswagen Polo – dropped due to medicore/unrefined 3 cylinder engine Skoda Fabia – dropped due to medicore/unrefined 3 cylinder engine Ford Figo – dropped since we already had one in family Hyundai i20 – dropped since we already had a Santro and wanted try a non-Hyundai car Fiat Punto – dropped since only 1.2L was available for test drive and was not satisfied with performance Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse – somehow both the cars did not interest us Honda Brio – dropped since it was too small and interiors were just okay We also test drove below diesel hatchbacks just in case: Volkswagen Polo – dropped due to noisy 3 cylinder engine Skoda Fabia – dropped due to medicore 3 cylinder engine Ford Figo – liked the drive but dropped due to my wife’s insistence on not having another Figo in family Fiat Punto MJD – liked it and kept it on hold due to OTR price for top end model was crossing 8.5L and 90HP was crossing 9L By now we had spent close to 3-4 months in new car search and my daughter has started to refuse to come to cars showrooms any more. We were driving my father’s car (Santro) so we needed to get it back to hometown for him. Meanwhile Hyundai has launched Grand i10. We checked it out and liked it very much on all the aspects for the price except for its steering. I took a test drive with my father at hometown; he quite liked all the gizmos it offered plus the tallboy stand and roomy interior. So we had decided to buy it for him and kept the Santro with us as a stopgap solution. The plan was to sell Santro once we find the new car. However, I was spoiled by Santro’s HPS, zippy 4 cylinder petrol engine and the ease of drive in city with its tall stand and all round visibility and I couldn’t honestly conclude on any new car on these aspects. So, I had put the car search aside undecidedly however the only car kept crossing my mind was Punto MJD and I kept looking it at on roads, while crossing showrooms. Come June 2014, it was almost a year and there were ads on TOI on huge discounts on Fiat cars. We decided to check it out again (honestly I dragged my wife to Fiat showroom to drool on Punto again). We then learned that the discounts on 2013 Linea’s were huge – 1L. My wife now pushed me to take a closer look at Linea under the pretext that we had been driving small a hatchback for a year now and it was time to upgrade to a sedan. We had a closer look at the 2013 Linea and were thoroughly impressed with its solid build, superb paint quality, chick interiors, confortable back seat and large trunk space. By now, I had already done lot of reading on Fiats in the last 1 year and on Linea as well especially the rave reviews on T-JET and had it in the back of my mind this was probably the car I needed. We came back home with the price list of Punto and Linea; dilly-dallied a lot for few days and decided take a plunge on a sedan. By now during last one year I had already checked out most the sedans during my showroom visits in terms of build quality, interior looks and space. So, we had shortlisted only Vento, Rapid, City and Linea T-JET as the cars to take closer look decided to go with one among these after taking test drives. Vento – I had already test driven both petrol and diesel versions during my hatchback search. Thought about it and decided drop it primarily due to its joy stick kind of steering and higher price tag for diesel versions. Petrol car had nothing special to offer City – My office college has it and offered me test drives couple of times. Dropped it after thoroughly checking it out. Did not find it lot of fun to drive and build quality, futures were not a match to Linea It finally came down to Rapid TDI and Linea T-JET. I dropped Linea MJD due to smaller 1.3 engine though I took a test drive of it too. Took multiple test drives of Rapid and T-JET and finally T-JET won my heart due to its supremely calibrated hydraulic power steering, solid feel of the ride complimented by its fantastic suspension, all 4 wheel disk brakes and the smooth turbo charged petrol engine that was superb to drive. The fantastic looks, 16” alloy wheels and 1L discount were icing on the cake. Linea has its own shortcomings (terrible wind noise after 100km/h speed, tightly spaced footwell, lack of interior utility space) but no car is 100% perfect, isn’t it? Our color choice was Tuscan wine but it was not available in 2013 stock. Of the remaining 4 colors (pearl white, minimal gray aka silver, oceanic blue and hip hop black) we decided to choose between blue and black. After many visits to stock yard, service center to see the cars in person and spending lot of nights in googling Linea pictures we finally booked Hip Hop Black and took the delivery on Aug 29th. I must say that we are pretty happy with our color choice now, it really looks like a car worth the million bucks. (Picture of my T-JET taken during our recent trip to Nandi Hills, Bangalore) The car had a manufacturing date of 30th January and had arrived at dealer stock yard in April 2014. I have to say that we took a chance on a 7 month old (new) car however the Linea was on top shape and we took the delivery after a thorough PDI at the stock yard. We have clocked 7800 happy kms so far and T-JET continues to excite us as she did on day 1 of our ownership. That’s all for now. I wanted write a short introduction about me but guess I ended up writing a long story on my car. Hope you liked reading it. I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2015 and looking for interacting with you all on this great forum.