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Old 1st November 2007, 14:28   #1
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Exclamation Palio Stile 1.6 or Suzuki Swift Vxi ....... Big Dilemma

Hello All,

I am a first time car buyer, and am looking at buying a spacious hatch. Budget is under/around 5 Lacs.

Key Criteria:

1) Space, comfort
2) Decent Mileage (11 - 12 kmpl in the city would do) - I don't drive too fast in the city (Under 60 kmph)
3) Rugged build
4) Drive Pleasure / Comfort
5) Not very high on maintenance - I would service as often as possible
6) Spare Parts availability and access ... Can't afford long hauls
7) Do not intend to sell ... (Atleast for 5-7 Years)

I Initially I was thinking of the WagonR, but the driveability sucks coz of the gear box.

Then I TD the Palio Swift 1.6 ...... and I was in love for the second time in my life. [It may not be as good as the GTX, but its still 1600 CC and 100 hungry horses, and fully loaded with features - That's all I care]

I also own a Yamaha RX 135, 5 Speed - 2001 model.. and am the first owner.. Don't intend to sell my bike either.

I have been perusing through this content rich site for quite sometime and I have seen quite a few Palio lovers... Great feeling.

But what irkes me is the current status quo of Fiat, I feel its too lethargic and they are doing sweet nothings about the wonderful technology legacy they have built.

Also, I feel the Tata - Fiat JV is still very obscure ,.. and they are already too late and behind in the race... Will they ever catch up ????

The fact still remains that there aren't too many new Palio's on the road, and some of my key evaluation criteria of the car remains unanswered by Fiat.

My only reason to look at the Swift Vxi, is coz there is no other choice in the market (I hate Hyundai cars).

I wish to hear some comments from all hatchers in this forum, and throw some more light, hopefully helping me to decide on the right car.

Am not to pressed for time. I am ready to wait for months, but I don't want to make a choice that I may regret later.

Many Thanks

Ps. Sorry for the long post
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