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VENT(O)ed out because I needed a (T)JET

Discussion in 'Linea 1.4 T-Jet' started by tjetdriver, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. tjetdriver

    tjetdriver Amatore

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    Bengaluru, India
    This is my first huge post in any kind of forum !!!

    FLASHBACK:
    Year 2005: Joined a new company, the need for 2 cars in the house prompted me to look for a new car. The other car in the house was a Zen. Swift had recently been released and test drove it and immediately booked it. I had booked the Zxi Model and the waiting period was over 5 months. Waited for almost 1 and half months and then the dealer told a further 3-4 weeks delay can happen. Somehow my patience ran out, cancelled the car booking and since I did not want anything other than Maruti, blindly booked the Baleno Lxi. Got the car in 1 week. Though it was the second choice car, began to like it and loved the car.

    PRESENT:
    Year 2010: Still in the same company, in between sold the Zen and bought a i10 AT. Was very happy with the Baleno but somewhere in the corner of my mind wanted to sell because it was more than 5 years old and had run 80,000 kms. Apart from its ground clearance frustrating me, there was nothing I could complain of. But the encouragement to sell and buy a new car came from unknown quarters, my family !! It was almost like doctor's prescription to me and decided to sell the car off, though it did not make much financial sense. After the decision was made, just mentioned this to my friend who also runs the MASS that I serviced my car. I had put the ad on team-bhp and carwale the next day. That evening itself my friend called me up and told me he has a few customers. Went to talk to them and before I could realize what was happening, the handshake had happened and the car was gone !!!!! I was without a car and got my father-in-law's car for my use.

    As soon as my mind was inclined on a new car, had started scouting for cars.

    The first in the list was the VW Vento. Went to a test drive. Immediately liked and had made up my mind that this would be my car, since I used to own a VW Jetta back in USA. I don’t want to mention much about its pros and cons as it has been discussed at length.

    Then somewhere I felt I need a family vehicle. So that brought Scorpio into picture. Went to the dealer to TD. In the showroom saw the Xylo and its interiors. Was very impressed with it. First went for Scorpio TD. It was good feeling to be able to see the road at such a height. The mHawk was impressive. But the diesel vibrations, diesel noise, very less 3rd row seating, body roll were the negatives in my mind. Then went on a TD on Xylo. The start of the engine and the engine noise made the Scorpio feel like a petrol sedan in front of it. The interior comfort was too good but the huge body roll and the engine vibration/noise was a huge let off. So went from the dealer that Scorpio will be my next vehicle.

    A few days were spent discussing and deliberations with the family. Finally concluded that for my kind of use and the number of times we go together for long trips, a SUV is not worth it. Mostly it will be wife and kids and very rarely parents and sister's family. So was back to square one, Vento without alternatives.

    Went to the VW showroom, got the quote, finance deals, the waiting time. It was over 5 months. Reminded me of 2005. I had read the news of the T-Jet and a few of my friends had suggested me to TD it. I somehow was not very convinced on Fiat support and in general its future in India. Though they had good products, company was suffering. And more importantly I did not want to repeat the same as 2005 and cancel the booking and buy a car of second choice. But pulled myself to go check out the T-Jet. Went to Prerana Motors in Lalbagh Road for a TD. The initial impression and the feature list was impressive. The start of the engine and acceleration literally floored me. It was a TD on the busy JC road and surroundings and yet it made me happy. Asked him to get the car to my house(in Yelahanka) and drove it on the highway to BIA and some bumpy roads. After that Vento was slowing venting out my mind. Took my family to a Vento TD again and finally made a decision. I VENT(O)ed out because I needed a (T)JET !!!!!

    November 16:
    Booked a Fiat Linea T-Jet Plus, sunbeam biege color. The waiting period was 2-3 weeks since the color was not available. Started the car finance process and my "personal" finance for the down payment.

    November 22:
    Got a call from the dealer that the car has arrived and payment process to be completed for registration. Told the Sales guy that I will arrange my own insurance and asked him to put the following accessories:
    1) Mud flap - 525(free)
    2) Linea Mats - 1003
    3) Sill plates - 325
    4) Boot Mats - 625

    The next day all payment formalities completed.

    November 24:
    Researched for Insurance and finally got the best deal with Tata AIG. The deal was done in 1 hour. Saved 3500 from the dealer provided insurance. Received a copy by night.

    November 25:
    Sent the insurance copy to dealer and the registration process started.

    FUTURE:
    Will be taking the delivery tomorrow and will update everyone with the photos and initial report etc etc.

    P.S:- This will be the same post in multiple forums. So member of both the forums bear with the repetation :wink:
  2. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Bangalore
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Wow, thats a story.

    So real.
  3. Rajen

    Rajen Regolare

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    275
    Bangalore
    You made the correct decision to go for T Jet Madhukar like me ::D . I got my car yesterday.
  4. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

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    2,697
    Chandigarh
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Congrats tjetdriver. :clap
    T-JET is an awesome car. Enjoy your Jet.

    I hope you did a PDI before registration as I don't find it anywhere. Do it once before delivery. Download link here:
    viewtopic.php?f=52&t=787&start=0
  5. Congrats Madhukar! Excellent decision. I had also written the same about Vento in my post. Why should one pay 10 Lacs or so for a Sedan that looks like Polo from front!!!
  6. donzil_pinto

    donzil_pinto

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    Mumbai
    Congrats and have fun.
  7. nk4FIAT

    nk4FIAT Superiore

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    576
    Hyderabad
    @anand_27 I can continue more -- Why Dzire which looks like Swift, Why IndigoCS which looks like Indica from front!!!
    Congrates Tjetdriver. 1000% correct decision. Welcome to family of FIATs!!!
  8. soccerfan

    soccerfan Regolare

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    480
    Kochi
    Congrats bro on the new car. Post some pics and the driving experience also
  9. ansal11

    ansal11 Esperto

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    1,373
    Noida
    great to hear the story. Have fun with the Jet, Njoy the ride. Speedy delivery u got. I booked on 11th and still waiting :-( . Nyways, as always, waiting for the pictures of the beauty.
  10. pvsuryap

    pvsuryap Amatore

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    Hyderabad
    I have a similar story ... I know how it feels.. Great choice. Congracts.. I am sure you will not miss Vento.

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