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Old 8th July 2017, 14:17   #406
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Guys looking for another addition to the fleet. Will be primarily driven by my wife and myself. Looking at used options.

Actually have the entire gamut under consideration. Some of the choices are

1. Mercedes - C/E Class
2. BMW -3/5 Series/ X1
3. Audi A4/A6
4. Any Volvo
5. Toyota Fortuner/ Camry
6. Honda CRV/ Accord
7. NISSAN X-Trail/ Teana


My budget is INR 15 lakhs (upper limit) and dont want to spend more than IN 30-40K a year in maintenance. Running is about 4-5K a year

My initial thoughts - A 4-6 year German would fit in the budget. However not sure on the reliability aspect

Volvo would be willing but not many examples out there

Toyota Fortuner holds its value rather too well. Would prefer the newer CAMRY Model

Honda CRV/ Accord- Safe but boring options

NISSAN Teana seems exciting and cheap. However no idea on the spare parts/ maintenance.

Please through light on the conundrum. Preferably looking for a car 2011 onwards. Needs to be automatic (Mumbai Traffic) and should be relatively easy to maintain.

Okay with a Sedan or an SUV.

Guys please help. Feel Free to add anything i missed out.

Wee here goes with regard to consideration points
1. Needs to be a bit of an upgrade/ similar level to a Passat
2. Needs to drive reasonably well
3. Needs to be fairly reliable with no more than 50K spent in a year
4. Primarily for city driving
5. Running is less than 5K a year so fuel costs dont really matter
6. Should be fairly comfortable place to be in.

Just reiterating, will not be spend more than 5K a year in this car. Hence fuel wont matter. Yes Reliability, manoeuvrability in traffic, front seat comfort and
a bit of driving pleasure would help.

Open to SUV or a sedan. Help appreciated
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Hi guys. Help needed. A close acquaintance is selling his very well maintained Oct 2008 Honda City ZX (Gxi) with 68,000 km on the odo. I am seriously considering it as it is well maintained and Honda cars seem to have really good reliability record.

I was anyway thinking of buying a bigger car to replace my 2012 Brio. The cost he is quoting is very tempting (Rs. 2 lakh) and I actually might make money on the deal as my Brio might bring a little bit more than that.

How risky is it to buy a 8 year old Honda? I understand that clutch, suspension or engine mounts may require replacement. Is that true? Or as long as they are in good condition, that may not be required? I plan to keep that car for 3-4 years and may be upgrade again. I am considering it as I may get very high value for the City even after 3-4 years when I plan to sell it.

Kindly let me know what you guys think. I am ok with cancelling the plan if it goes against all logic. But it being a Honda and such a good price it seems like a good decision as I really want to upgrade the Brio.

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Hi guys. Help needed. A close acquaintance is selling his very well maintained Oct 2008 Honda City ZX (Gxi) with 68,000 km on the odo. I am seriously considering it as it is well maintained and Honda cars seem to have really good reliability record.
Apart from offering more space and a larger boot, I don't know if it will really be an upgrade. It is an older generation so don't expect crash safety to be up to the mark, also speaking of safety, I don't think that model had any airbags. As far as buying it goes, don't be too tempted by the price; the car has done 70k kms and will soon need bushes, belts etc. replaced which will cost a lot. Lastly, what great resale value are you expecting to get for a car that is being sold to you for 2 lakhs? It will become 13 years old by the time you are done with it and that too it is the least popular generation of the City. The model you are talking about is under-powered and does not even come with VTEC which is a basic expectation from anyone looking to buy a Honda. For some enthusiasts like me, a Honda with no VTEC is not even a Honda

I'd suggest waiting for some time and saving up for atleast the next generation 2009 model. I for one simply don't see the temptation behind this one.

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