Well some may have read my review on the other forum mainly Tbhp or Aci but have written this altogether new review for our new forum.. I would detail the review in parts and keep posting it one by one so bear with me for that. A picture of my beauty first Initial buying procedure and cars covered It was in March, 09 when me and dad felt that we needed a “lambi gaadi” for our highway drives and Scorpio wasn’t the safest bet after our pretty bad accident in it. We already had a Santro for going to congested places etc. It was my decision to go for a new car and I had already decided that whatever “lambi gaadi” we now buy ought to have most modern features and most important being ABS and Airbags which should be there at any cost. Let me tell a secret – Linea wasn’t even there in my mind till now, I didn’t know that a car like Linea exists :hit Cars considered and reasons for ousting from the race – Hyundai Verna – No TD taken for this one. I had already driven it and was madly in love with the car, 90% because of that gem of an engine- the 1.6 Crdi unit which pumped out 110 bhp. The car shoots away like crazy in almost any gear but was very disheartened to note that my main priority – airbags don’t even come in the topmost model costing almost 9 L +. Eliminated from my kitty. Honda City – Honda had launched the new city and I pretty much liked the looks of it. On top of that I knew about the loyalty factor that the straight H badge manages to acquire in India. It was a pretty straightforward car – cost quite high for the S MT model and the driveability and gearshifts slick and smooth as expected. Somehow I was disappointed because there wasn’t any feature at all in the car, not even alloy wheels but still we would have most probably bought this as dad was quite happy with the City- somehow I wasn’t convinced but had no choice so was at the showroom and had a conversation with salesman. Me: Features kya hain ? (already knew about the engine) Salesman : GCON (me clueless), body coloured door handles (we call that a feature?), integrated audio etc etc :lol: Me: Opened bonnet and was shocked to see the beautiful Italian marble below and asked him where is the engine guard? Salesman: Sir it wont hit from below, Honda has designed it in this way, it doesn’t need it. Me: You kidding, even Linea has it and it’s a compulsory thing for our Indian roads. He kept yapping about Honda this and Honda that. City not yet out but didnt win my heart too. If you ask me about Fiesta or SX4 then Fiesta wasnt even in my consideration and for SX4, i hate its looks and i prefer to stay away from Maruti cars for a reason well kept to me. Twist of tale – Linea enters and conquers my heart We were just passing by a Hyundai dealership when dad said “ Son, lets go and check out that new car by FIAT- called Linea”. I replied back “When we aren’t gonna buy it, why waste our time on it”. Still I went in almost lackluster with no interest but things changed. Standing in front was a Flamenco red Linea – I was like – MENTOS - Zubaan pe lagaam with absolutely no answer or to speak anything. Just standin there and admiring the Aston martin front and beautifully designed car. I almost shouted with joy when I saw the rear of this car, I can bet that it is the best designed butt in all cars till 15 L. Salesman came and started interacting and I started asking him questions. I already saw the price list and saw it costed just 7.70 L on road Delhi so I was sure this car is bland. Me : Okay dude, what all does this car have. Salesman: 1.4 L engine, 90 bhp and blah blah Me : Oh…. Leave the tech specs and tell about features (Saw his eyes gleaming) Salesman: You would be surprised sir, ACC, Airbags, Abs with Ebd, auto lock, a info giving screen on average etc, Bluetooth connectivity with mobile and a long long list. That was enough for me, he kept asking me for the contact number but I bid adieu and walked out. I was shocked, I had expected a barebones car for this cost but it was like having a car for half its cost. Dad sensed something and said “ Its not gonna be a Fiat anyways, don’t even think of it, this company has just come back from death and I wont risk my 8 L on it” Listened to dad’s warning through one ear and out from another (SMILEY). Started searching for reviews on all forums. Wherever I browsed I heard all good things and praises for this car – contacted owners personally to check with them, sales weren’t much at that time with long waiting lists so couldn’t ask guys on road driving their love. When I was convinced, I called for a test drive and a silver Linea petrol came home whereas I had requested for a diesel. The drive was quite good, with 4 people and ACC on the car did feel underpowered at sometimes and I needed to downshift to get that bout of power. Revving till 6000 rpm was a new found joy for me as its never possible in a Scorpio. Was happy with almost everything barring FIAT A.S.S – more to that fact that salesman didn’t know how to control the ACC. Had a drive in MJD too but the engine sounded quite boomy at higher revs and my calculations told me that am buying a sedan for highways so my running wont justify a diesel so petrol it was. Fights continued with dad for 10 days and I managed to conquer as sons usually do and the car was booked on 28-3-09. Once Linea was finalized I didn’t even look at City again, I was told that there is waiting so kept waiting for my car to arrive for days until I became restless and threatened to cancel my booking if I didn’t get my car in next few days. My worries about FIAT A.S.S were increasing day by day. Delivery day arrives and everything goes fine Some pics on delivery day I was still wondering that If anything bad were to happen with car, the guy who would be blamed for life would be me. Still I plunged with the risk of buying it – a true Fiati’an in the making. Got a call from dealer, rushed with the remaining money and I was like a jumping jack seeing my own car, which I decided to buy and which is gonna be my personal car – the feeling was ecstatic. The delivery process was smooth, I checked the car nicely and found everything allright so got the customary click with family and claps all the way as we exited. Next coming -- back to the dealer within 20 mins of delivery with a problem.