Stiffer shocks do add a lot to the handling and enjoy a good life too. The biggest advantage I see with stiffer shocks is their ability to take uneven surfaces at speed. World has to complain how Fortuner is bumpy or stiff but I love it that way only, I just never touch brakes on speed breakers and the fact is that faster you go, lesser is the bump felt (note: its about small ones and those hard plastic ones only and from fast I mean 80 max).
I have once TDed a Liva 1.5 but since it was a customer's car and was meant to be delivered, so drove it a bit cautiously and for just a kilometre or two. Loved the vehicle actually but still figuring out if I need a hatchback and if I buy one then where I will use it?
I have seen a couple of Fortuners and consulted U trust too, the sticker price I always get makes me think over my decision again. Drove the 4*4 A/T a lot and experienced it quite well too, in fact I am impressed with the vehicle. Had a talk with my dealer and he had a good offer too but I guess my finances won't allow me to spend 30 lac on a car for at least next 6 months and if I wait for 6 months then why not save 35 and wait for new Endy or new Fortuner? All in all, I am confused! At times being enthusiastic adds a lot more to the troubles you know.
You just pressed my ailing nerve by mentioning TSi, the black horse with 1.8l engine entered my garage in 2011 and has clocked more than 1 lac kms in 3 years until it was replaced with an XUV as my father's regular car(now a Volvo is doing the duty though). It is now parked at my another home and is seldom driven whenever we visit the place. Best part: the TSi was chauffeur driven and my Corolla D-4D is self driven. This is how it went and how my selfish motive got kicked in face:
I needed to select a car for my father: I selected Laura TSi ambiente.
My father selected car for me(he is paying, he can select even a tata nano) : he selected corolla d4d for me
Most important: your signature is simply awesome and is some day going to be my WhatsApp status