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Old 24th November 2004, 22:10   #1
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Hi,

I'm planning to buy a car (5 - 6 lakhs). I've
shortlisted the Getz GLS and the Baleno LXi (this
will stretch my budget, -- I prefer not to go any
higher). My priorities are decent space, build,
ride, mileage, after sale service, reasonable cost
of maintenance. I may not necessarily sell the car
in a few years, so resale value is of secondary
concern. I've previously driven automatics only. So
I tend to prefer the Baleno (less gear shifts etc.).
However, future of the Baleno is a concern.

I've ruled out Ikon and Corsa due to high ownership
cost; Esteem because of flimsy build, and Accent/
Indica/Indigo because I don't believe they are worth
buying for the long term. I've seriously considered
Petra/Palio. However, the best kept secret is that they
are not built for people taller than 5'10" or so,- none
of the magazines warn you about it, but try sitting
inside, and you'd want to remove the roof/hand-grips !

I'm also ok with waiting for the Swift, if it does
come out no later than March/April, 2005. Does a
used Baleno (say from True Value) make sense? Please
suggest what would be the best choice for me. Thanks.
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Old 24th November 2004, 22:28   #2
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i would say baleno if u wannna buy soon..and if u can wait for 9-12 months then swift..but both are gonna have the same engine and gear box...i.e. if u are takin the 1.6 petrol variant of the swift...also u prefer a saloon or hatch makes an impact on u r choice...???
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dude

what are u thinkin i know the baleno is priced higher but its amazing its got everythin and doesnt lack a thing.its got a 1.6 l engine its spacious ....

but there is only 1 prob the wheels u get with the lxi are 165/80 R 13

the 13" rim is ok but i feel 165 is a bit to small for a car that wide so you'll def have to go in for wider tires if u want better road grip n stability at high speeds

for that you'll have to spend a little more and also the lxi doesnt come with a stereo so you'll be spending on that too wont regret it......

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Old 25th November 2004, 00:46   #4
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From the cars that you have shortlisted i would pick the Baleno without thinking about it. And the Swift is gonna come with 3 engine options - the esteems 1.3, the balenos 1.6 and a new diesel. But, i have no idea when they are going to launch it. I would choose the Baleno though.
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My decission would be something like this.

1. Baleno vs Swift - Swift

2. Baleno vs Getz - Getz

3. Swift vs Getz - Swift

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Old 25th November 2004, 00:52   #6
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i think if saloon is not your priority then go for the getz .. its really cool.. its very spacious trust me .. even so if u plan to keep it for a longer time .. you dont want to be outdated... the getz will give u better standard equipments .. .. and resale as well.. its ur choice wether u want a top notch hatch or a base model saloon ... personally i would go fer getz... if you could wait then check the swift out ... if u find it better than getz ..go fer it.
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Go for the Baleno!! firstly , i don't know too much abt the Getz but it is slightly overpriced IMO. Sceondly, the swift isn't arriving anytime soon. You can get a decent 2nd hand Baleno for a very low price due to its very low resale value. I don't know exact figures. But if u go for 2nd hand, then it'll be slightly lighter on the pocket if you source it from a private owner. True Value guys will try to loot you like crazy. The Baleno may not be the best looking, but it has the biggest space, best reliablility and Maruti's unbeateable after sales service!
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well
go for baleno
its jus6t awesome for its price but looks bring it down
if u can get better tyres then please do
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oh and try for a discount they will certainly give

BTW - my dad is 6.1 and has no problems sitting in the palio or the earlier siena
ifact he drove 1200 km in the siena in a couple of days and was just reving about its performance and and comfort and all and thats why he agreed to get the palio also
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BALENO all the way man...
atleast if ur a performance enthu guy, i'v driven balenos(modded) and they FLY...newayz, the stock are decent too...
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baleno, then getz in that order of preference!

baleno has a sweet engine. and maruti's service back-up is legendary!

if baleno is out of budget, go for getz.
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Old 25th November 2004, 17:24   #13
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if you are planning to buy a new vehicle buy a baleno,
since you are even think abt second hands how abt a good honda city?or a lancer?
no point buying a used baleno as the true value guy will quote the moon put a little more and you will get a new one
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Maruti Baleno, better rubber.
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Baleno is the choice from the lot. The Getz is a wonderful car.. good looks and decent performance but let down by a higher sticker price. Baleno on the other hand great value for money, great engine and tranny, good power delivery,excellent service and cheap to keep. Also go for better rubber.

If you can live with the looks, nothing like the Baleno

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