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Discussion in 'Car Purchase Queries' started by shams, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. pdydeva

    pdydeva Regolare

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    Facing tough time in convincing one of my friend to buy a Linea. It's not that I'm forcing him blindly. Every time we take a test drive, I'll compare the missing features of that car when compared to Linea. He's all convinced except for the rear leg room and initial turbo lag in the 2nd gear. While I proved him that the turbo lag effect can be minimized by shifting rightly, he's concerned about the rear leg room.

    After trying i-Dtec City, Vento, Verna, Rapid and Linea he's planning to opt for Skoda rapid which of course has a good initial pick up and decent rear leg room.

    Following are the points we've discussed which are not worthy in going for a Rapid TDI when compared to Linea MJD (suggest me more to earn another customer for Fiat :D)
    * Poor steering feedback from Rapid's EPS when compared to Fiat's HPS
    * Very short 2nd gear
    * Not so good interiors when compared to 2014 Linea
    * No engine skid plate in Rapid
    * Benefit of Linea's boot struts than a intruding hinge
    * benefit of Fiat's strong panels and the doors
    * 205 tyres and 16" alloys when compared to 185mm tyres and 15" alloys
    * leather upholstery vs cheap fabric
    * Blue n Me
    * Scary skoda service

    Every time I keep telling him, only a Fiat owner can recommend you a Fiat for he knows it's worth.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  2. sine04

    sine04 Regolare

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    Mysore/Bangalore, Karnataka.
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    I feel you've done your part ( perhaps, overdone ). Its best you leave it at this and wish him well. Let him buy whatever he wants. All one can/should do is 'suggest' a car, not force.
    After much coercion, suppose your friend does end up buying a Fiat, you'll be blamed for every single squeak or rattle!

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    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
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  3. zenwalker

    zenwalker Esperto

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    @Pdydeva,
    1. Skoda famous for huge maintenance cost (parts) compared FIAT.
    2. Boot space in Skoda is 460, but in linea 2014 its 500. hence the leg room is a lil short.
    3. The GC is a huge boost compared to belly rub and damaging the turbo hose or some part in skoda.
    4. Powerful AC, not sure in Rapid how it is.
  4. shams

    shams Esperto

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    my 2 cents:
    is skoda rear seat actually more roomy? i hope that feeling is not due to smaller seats compared to linea.
    considering that it is indeed roomier than linea, how often Will the rear seats be occupied?
    i wouldnt make it a deal breaker unless its going to be occupied quite frequently and the difference in space is considerable
  5. pdydeva

    pdydeva Regolare

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    Well, I said I'm not forcing him illogically, so I don't think I have overdone anything. I clearly have stated the pros and cons of owning a Fiat. Anyway thanks for your point.

    Thanks @Zen.

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    That's a point I have proved to him when he was boasting about the rear leg room of new City. Clearly, the rear seat of City is so small with bad under thigh support making way for extra leg room. He was convinced.
    But, Yes the Skoda rear leg room is actually a bit better when compared to Linea with a decent under thigh support too (not as good as Linea though). However, the rear floor hump is not welcoming the 3rd occupant either (especially ladies). About the rear seat usage, that's a valid point I can suggest him.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  6. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    I've convinced 3 totally. 1 Linea, 1 Punto & today I managed to convince a friend to buy a JEEP in Abu Dhabi :D
  7. sine04

    sine04 Regolare

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    Mysore/Bangalore, Karnataka.
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    My comment was directed at your opening remark buddy, "facing tough time in convincing...".
    Perhaps I should have phrased my comment better. I am in no way saying that you are in the wrong. I was just pointing out that what you may deem logical, might seem illogical to others. :)
    Do be careful. 1 less car sold for Fiat is nothing when compared to one sore relationship. :)

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  8. amitp

    amitp Amatore

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    Pune, Maharashtra
    Maximum Warranty: Fiat 5 yrs / 1,50,000 kms Skoda 4 yrs / 1,00,000 kms
    Labor free service till: Fiat 2 yrs / 30,000 kms Skoda 1 yr / 15,000 kms
    Ground Clearance: Linea 185 mm Rapid 168 mm
    Fiat offers most integrated MID in its category
    Safety: Fuel Cut off, Cabin lights ON and Doors unlock protocol standard on Fiat (across all trims). Does anyone know any other vehicle in segment that offers any such protocol?
    Dimensions - Length, Width, Height, Wheelbase, Weight are all larger on Linea. Its a larger car!

    Regards
  9. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

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    Well this reminds me of a conversation with somebody who could not see reason inspite of good persuation from my side. Perhaps what pdydeva meant was he has tried desperately to persuade him.

    This is how the conversation went at one point —

    So yes,I agree with you Sine04, a car buying too can be a big decision. No matter how much you care, sometimes you can still expose yourself to blame even if you have good intentions for people you care about. And one may not get enough credit but many will blame at every instance they second guess their own decision.
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  10. bharath

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    I love it :).
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
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