Now 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
Time Taken: 1hr
Car: Honda City VX i-VTEC
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.
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
Go-Karting tracks in Hyderabad
1. Chicane Circuit (Leonia Shameerpet)
1.2 kilometers (600 meters recreational : 1200 meters professional)
Weekdays: 10 AM to 12 Midnight Weekends: 10 AM to 12 Midnight Monday Holiday
Baby Kart - 8 Laps INR 280/- Level 1 - 7 bhp - 12 Laps INR 370/- Level 1 - 7 bhp 10 mins INR 540/- Twin Kart - 7 Laps with Max of 5 Mins. INR 530/- Micro Max Kart INR 660/- Level 2 - 16 bhp 10 mins INR 1050/- Level 3 - Rotax (7 laps) INR 900/-
Finally got a chance to fix my bumper scratches.
Two weeks back I had small bumper damage.
Minor bumper crack Broken clips Deep scratches
Replace rear bumper Repaint rear bumper Need to order bumper Insurance claim charges Three days time (once the bumper is available)
From the past 15 years,
I never gave my car outside the showroom.
All the repaint jobs are done at showroom.
Last weekend, I decided to explore lower Tankbund options.
I contacted my friend who live around that area,
He said most of them does the work well.
We picked a shop that my friend visits for bumper repairs.
Quote given was 1200/-
I was in shock :p (my aim was to get it done under 2.5k)
Price was too tempting to leave,
I gave a go ahead without any bargain.
Reached paint booth at 10AM They remove the fuel cap Took it to paint shop Got the color premixed They applied some Patti Some rubbing work done Removed tail lamp Fixed the broken bumper clamp Tail lamp fixed back
It was like a war zone, 5 members working on it.
He spotted few scratches on front bumper Asked me another 300/- to fix :o I gave a go ahead Masked all the parts They sprayed 4 different types of paints At 11AM it is done and I out
Cheap Quick 100% colour matching Cons:
Long term reliability Not so professional Ideal for only bumper damages Finishing is not so great, I can feel some rough edges.
Ideal place to fix scratches for a 5+ year old cars.
For new cars it is always better to claim the insurance and fix it. (If you need professional quality)
Removed the fuel cap to get the correct paint
Applied some patti
Removed the tail lamp to fix the bumper clamps from inside (to avoid external screws)
Rubbing is done.
Had few bumper scratches at the front corner,
Shop owner asked for another 300/- bucks to fix it, since the paint will be left over.
I gave a go ahead.
They sprayed around 4-layers
Let the pint dry
Final output : Front bumper
Once I get time,
I will click pictures in the sunlight for the analysis.
Gandikota meetup on January 26 and 27th