Not very good at story telling but still would try and give a best shot. We (as a family) are impulsive buyers when it comes to vehicles. We never look at resale value as deciding factor and diesels have never been our favorite. There's more to life than "Kitna Detee Hai". In fact we sold our Opel Astra as scrap by weight for 20K Requirement: It had to be a petrol vehicle It had to be a sedan as we sold Opel Astra as scrap by weight last year before we bought Ford Figo ZXI in December. It had to be something that not everyone drives. It had to be a driver's car as when I am in the vehicle I simply cannot trust anyone else behind the wheels. So I wasn't looking for a CAAAAAR! That's why nothing was even in consideration from the likes of Sunny, Scala etc. Budget (around 8.5 lakhs and no way above 9.0 lakhs) Safety and other bells & whistles. The shorlist: Linea T-Jet -- Had been yearning (but not earning enough to get one) to get a FIAT sedan from the day I saw Siena Skoda Rapid VW Vento The TD Phase: Skoda Rapid was always a doubtful candidate owing to many horror stories floating around the net. Following factors went right against them Online request for a TD went answered for 4 days. In fact had to call the dealer requesting for a TD. Online request for RFQ got no response. On asking a simple query on their FB page -- Convince me why i should by Rapid and not T-jet - resulted in the post being deleted and I was banned from posting any further. They did not have a Petrol TD and came with a Diesel TD vehicle and told me if I want a petrol to test it would take 4 days. Even their Area manager called but never explained why i was banned from FB page. I did a 30km long TD of their diesel vehicle even after making up my mind not to buy. Just needed them to pay some price for banning me on their FB page. The clutch had a scaring vibration and the SA said this is for ensuring that half clutch driving is not done. This really put me off because I had read many horror stories about clutch failures in Skoda. Vento:Ruled out as it came from the same genes as RAPID. In addition, relatively more Ventos on road as comapred to TJet. T-Jet: Dealer sent a diesel vehicle whereas we had made it clear that it has to be T-Jet. This was done without a fuss and in fact the new Linea T-Jet (with barely 100 KM on ODO) was made available with no loss of time and a 30 km drive (done shared by 3 of us) left everyone spell bound. While son was behind the wheels he started slowing down seeing a series of speed-breakers ahead and I told him not to slow down. Took over the speak breakers @70+ and didn't feel much inside. Everything else has been said so many times on this forum so wouldn't repeat it again T-Jet it had to be and decison was made without much thinking and then started the negotiations for freebies. Couldn't manage much beyond: 1 lac discount (70k + free insurance -- the stadnard that was on offer for all) on T-Jet Dynamic MY 2014 (pre-facelift model) + Fiat branded reverse parking sensor + Linea branded footmaps. Loan was through in les than 48 hours. Courtsey HDFC bank where we also have our current a/c. Paid 21K as booking amount though dealer as asking for 1 lakh. This was done on March 28th. The shortlived agony: PDI was commted by dealer to be on 6th April. Then there was is shortlived painful wait because of a cat-fight between the delaer and FIAt India (already discussed here so not repeating). PDI (on 11th April): Armed wth PDI checklist did a PDI today and this lasted around 45 mintes. Few small issues: 1. A mark on the left door panel just above runner board. I was told that this would be off during polishing and this is due to paint protection stickers: 2. The usual fit and finish problem of uneven gap (right to left the gap is not same) as seen between bonnet and the front grill. Don't this anything can be done. This is FIAT trademark: 3. During glass roll up on left door two bands of dust were showing up. Told them to get the doors checked for any dust accumulation inside. 4. Another minor eye sore. Take a look at rear quarter glass: 5. Another Fiat trademark. Look at the glovebox. This was promsied to be fixed: 6. The beige sections on door looked a bit dirty. This was agreed to be cleaned. Rest of the stuff -- engine bay, under body, tires, electricals, AC etc was all normal. Wipers would check on the day of delivery. Post PDI at Showroom: Went to showroom at around 5 PM or so for paying the margin money so that loan disbursal formalities could start. No hassles here and the ar was at showroom so here are few pics of showroom and the car: The Jet at showroom with parking sensors fitted More of Jet -- the gentleman seen is the GM at the Dealership: More of Showroom Delivery: Driving out on 12th morning for a 1000km (up/dn combined -- not on Jet but it would be 4 month old Figo) and will be back on 16th. So most probaly we will schedule delivery on the 18th. The current trip would have been on Jet if there was no cat fight between the dealer and Fiat India. But, as the saying goes -- If ifs and ands were pots and pans there would be no need for tinkers!. So the next long trip is reserved for the Jet The next problem: Wife still drives her National Car - Maruti 800. Now she says she wants a NANO and I said NO NO. Not sure how long i would be able to win Phew! This is the longest post ever that I did on any forum so far. Thanks for reading.