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SK01 posted a question in Quick questionsNow I can say, it's a necessity for me to replace my Honda City with a new car and that should surely be a SUV or at least a crossover. Me and my father do many roadtrips, we travel much, but never did we face problems with the Honda City. That's a beautiful car. A car that introduced me to the world of revvs and performance. This car performs extremely well on the highways, effortlessly cruises at 140kmph. But as the trips kept increasing, rather the exploring part kept increasing, the need for a SUV started. This beauty isn't able to take bad roads well. We always feel bad for abusing the car taking it to badly laid roads. We scraped it's under body 4 times in one year which stopped is from doing further exploration trips on this car. Here, the need of a SUV or a crossover came up. A brief about the car: It's a 2014 Honda City VX (topend) i-VTEC which comes with a cruise control, sunroof, auto climate control, rear AC vents, 2 airbags, ABS with EBD, ventilated leather seats, all leather upholstery. A car with class leading comfort, luxury and space. (Here I don't consider any of the Maruti Suzuki cars because they don't even come near to any of the C segment cars in the market) The boot is so huge that it takes almost everything that a family carriers during long drives without compromising on the second row leg room. So, an upgrade or even replacement means that the vehicle should offer few more latest features including those which my City offers. Or at least should offer those which already exists. Now as I'm already a satisfied and happy owner of Ford Freestyle my second car, I want my next car to be a Ford and not others even if they're better. Test drove the Tata Harrier, Hexa, XUV5OO (ridiculous interior plastic quality) Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta. All these cars are no doubt awesome. Of all these I loved the Hexa. But as said I don't want to come out of Ford and want to be a Ford owner always. So, here comes the problem. I'm in a confusion of what to do. Shall I wait for the new SUV launch from Ford in collaboration with Mahindra? Or take the EcoSport? Is EcoSport really a proper replacement or upgrade to my City? Does it offer more than what my City offers including space? Or at least what my City offer? all these are everytime running in my head. And a thought of restricted rear space, rear AC and boot space is stopping me from taking the EcoSport. I request EcoSport owners to give me some detailed information of EcoSport and request others to help me get the answers to the questions that are running in my mind.
Exploring Yanam Part 1 Origin: Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Destination: Yanam, Puducherry. Route Taken: Ramachandrapuram - Tallapolam - Draksharamam - Kuyyeru - Yanam Start Time:5:10AM Distance: 27KMS Time Taken: 1hr Car: Honda City VX i-VTEC Mileage: 13.2KMPL Road Condition: Mix of good, average, bad and worst. Scenic Views: Single lane roads with beautiful scenes at either side of the roads. The roads are surrounded by lush green farms on either side. Trip Report Yanam, the place that I first visited in 2013, when I was 17. And this time again I wanted to visit the place only to know it better and love it more... Started early in the morning at 5:10 and reached the area in 1hr. The only thing I thought I could do in the place is to take the initial sunrise photo touching the waters. That's a beautiful sight and I never missed that. But surprisingly this time I got more than what I expected. I got to know about the area more and explore the area and the backwaters. This time, unfortunately, I could take my favourite shot, the sun touching the waters because of clouds. But got a chance to explore the area a bit. It was 7:00 AM, the sun just started rising pushing the clouds aside. And there I saw a person in a white shirt and white pant, assumed him to be a local and approached him to inquire more about the place. To my surprise, he turned out to be the government boat operator. Upon asking him, he arranged a boat ride into the waters and at 7:15 I was on the boat moving gently on the backwaters. The boat driver Ramakrishna, is a very nice guy. I finished taking photos and started talking with him. he spoke many things, from the political situation in Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh, their lives, the local MLA and not to forget, the insider information about the place. Yanam, a very beautiful place, mostly unexplored and left undeveloped. "Yanam chala manchi ooru Saru, Kani Chala mandi teliyaka raru. Tourists perigite maku income perugutundi" said the boat driver. Yanam indeed is a really beautiful place, there are many places to explore from Yanam. The first one, Bhairavapalem Mangrove Forests (Where we can find many rare migratory birds. It takes 2 hours to come and 2 hours stay on this island. Total of 6 hours. Price for 10 is 6000 INR) Koringa Mangrove Forests And many small unexplored islands (We can find many migratory birds) I think the area should be developed, but that development shouldn't destroy the natural beauty and serenity of the place. The local activities early in the morning, sunrise, birds chirping and the fishing activities are really beautiful and the development should not destroy these... Part 2 coming soon... I'll be writing about the places that in have visited in part 2. Places to stay: The Regency Hotel (best for families as per trip advisor) Sarva Inn Puducherry Government Guest House Few Pictures
Hey guys this is second post in the forum. 3 months ownership report of my Golden Horse (PETROL). This is a pre owned car bought in 2014. My father bought it from his close friend as he was moving to Singapore. We clocked 24000 KM in 2 years and 3000 KM in 3 months. So this is based on my personal observations during these three months. I've done one long trip Hyderabad to Nellore 454 KM and geeting prepared for another trip to Vishakhapatanam by the end of this month. Coming to the point, The car never got an opportunity to hit a highway as the previous owner is mostly travelling out of country, it's in scratchless condition. This is the first long drive on my car. Nothing bad to say about this car, I cruised at 110 KMPH and felt nothing unsafe and could easily touch 140KMPH and the mileage is 15KMPL . At 140KMPH I was bit tensed and heard a lot of engine noise, Steering was slightly out of control, not at all smooth, The engine noise was that loud that I checked the gear I thought it was in low gear. Overall comfort is good no road noise even after 2 years[emoji3]. Coming to the features I liked the cruise control and sunroof a lot. cruise control was blessing for me during my trip and the Air Conditioner the touch system is the worst thing, every time I change the gear my fingers touch the panel and the modes change. Don't know why they've given that instead of something useful like the HUD, or sensing lights or wipers. The interior quality is nice and also the exterior quality. Leg room is excellent front and rear same with the boot I always keep my seat back still there is place in the rear for a medium sized person to sit comfortably for hours. No modifications done interior and exterior. likes: Looks Cruise Control Sunroof Crome Grill[emoji173] Alloys Tail lamps Space Seat Positioning and comfort Smoothness No Noise. Dislikes: Not many dislikes except the air conditioning panel. Sadly Honda City facelift is also getting the same one. This is my personal opinion and observation in 3 months compared to my Swift Dzire ZXI. Here are few pictures.