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      Quote Originally Posted by arunj View Post
      Then you must be the guys I see there when I take my Thunderbird out on its weekend morning rides.
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      Would love to join on one of the rides, let's see how it works out.
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      Congrats on the Tjet, arunj ! Awesome car you got there !

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      'How many kilometres have you driven in your new car?', a colleague asked me last week.

      'Close to 2900', I smirked.

      'Huh? When did you buy it?', he demanded.

      'Five weeks ago, and of that 500kms was done in the city', I smirked some more.

      'You should have picked a diesel car', he said.

      Maybe not, I thought to myself.



      It has been a happy 6 weeks with the Linea. I find myself not doing things that I used to before, like checking engine and transmission oil levels, or seeing how much white smoke is coming from the exhaust, or worrying about a rattle or hum every time I went past 2000 rpm. I don't think I have looked at the engine more than 2-3 times after I bought this car.

      I am not much of an ICE guy. Give me a car with a decent audio system and speakers, and I will be happy. But the speakers in this car had me scratching my head for some time till I came upon what seems to the be perfect equalizer arrangement that lets me listen without wondering whether I should invest in a new set of speakers or not. Suggestions, any one? My wife will not let me listen to music for more than an hour because it is "boring and gives me a headache", so there is no point in spending a lot of money.

      There were a few niggles which vanished as mysteriously as they appeared. The rear cabin light refused to switch on when any of the doors were opened. The clutch pedal clicked softly when I fully engaged it in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The cabin light works now and the clutch pedal is quiet.

      The turbo at lower gears is a pain though. I am still trying to get the hang of it in traffic, while also making sure that the car doesn't jerk a lot.

      Every journey on the highway was enjoyable. I felt more confident while taking turns at speeds higher than usual. Was it the comfort of knowing that the car had ABS, or 4 disc brakes, or airbags for both of us, or that it is such a solidly-built car, or all of it, I do not know. Suddenly 110 felt as slow as 80 had once felt for me.

      Last Sunday, we were returning from Lal Bagh when I asked my wife if she was game for a drive to Kolar just for the heck of it. She was, so we took off. The maximum speed I had gotten to during test drive was 150, but that car had already done over 19000 kms.

      I was wondering why the steering was shuddering only to realise that the car had touched 160kmph. And I was yet to breach 3000 kms on the odometer. I took my foot off the accelerator pedal more out of reflex than fear. My next thought was how I surpassed the 95mph speed that I had managed while driving on a Californian highway many years ago. I did not touch 100mph only because I saw a board that said speed limits were checked by aircraft and an aircraft flying at the same time!

      The thought of crossing the equivalent of 100mph stayed in my mind, so I made another attempt while returning. Earlier, my wife used to brace herself for any sharp turns whenever I picked up speed in the Baleno. I was a bit surprised when she sat calmly as the speedometer began to approach 150.

      'Aren't you nervous?', I asked.

      'I trust this car', she said simply.

      I think that said it all.

      Oh, and I think the car touched 165 kmph as we crossed 3000 kms on the odometer.

      PS: To the #moderators , is there a way I can change the title of this thread?
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