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Old 10th March 2008, 14:56   #16
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Getz: good car, good service. (Getz diesel if you want that surge.)
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palio: fiat=lazy
uva: GM=general merchandise
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Old 10th March 2008, 20:33   #17
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Well what can I say, all of my choices getting knocked down one by one..huh..
The problem is I don't like Swift and the Santros. I am not in a hurry and can wait for a couple of months but looks like there aren't many reliable choices for that range.

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I suggest Palio 1.1 or 1.6 based on your like, Test Drive them in congested roads and see which you like. Debate between Palio 1.1 and 1.6 and decide which you like

Every person will have his own ideas so more you ask you get confused too much. this is what I realized:

If you ask me GM/ford cars cannot be trusted in long run. and their A.S.S is not pleasant as well. Fixing MUL/Hyundai/TATA/FIAT cars cost less money but GM/Ford cars if started giving trouble its too headache most of the times.

I liked GM cars looks and ride comfort wanted to own one but I postponed because above reasons.

Fiat/TATA improving their service so Palio is right choice for you.

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Hi guys,
I am looking at the following three-
Palio Stile sport
Chevrolet -UVA(LT)
Getz 1.3GLS

My requirements are -
1. 40km/day for commute to work in city traffic, occassional weekend long drives.

2. Reliabitlity, good handling and stability

- Getz and U-VA

3. Intend to keep it for long term, so not particular about resale value.

- Again Getz and U-VA. Palio is going to phased out sooner than later, atleast more so vis-vis Getz and U-VA

4. A good surge in the pedal will be nice to have.

- Palio and Getz. Getz is a fairly peppy car to drive. Its just that its composure and weight is too bland for some.

Having said the above I will use my bike as often and I might not take the car out for work everyday since the traffic here is just hopeless and I don't tolerate jams.

The latest news is that Chevrolet is offering a 3yrs free service for all vehicles bought before 31st march which makes it tempting and their cost of ownership is a good argument too.

Yes it does!! U-va is an excellent little hatch and the offer really makes sense!

My budget is about 5Lakhs and with Palio I will certainly be saving a chunk of cash.
Let me know your thoughts on this?

I would NOT recommend Palio. Why? Its older versus its competition, not really reliable (A**) and short on space.

If you can overlook the Swift's looks. No car comes close to Swift D as a overall package!

Best of luck. Make sure you TEST DRIVE all before making a decision!

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Do not worry about fiat A. S. S. - Tata has a stake in Fiat, the parent company, if I understand posts in other threads on this forum correctly.

You should also look at Indigo / Indigo CS.
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I think Tata Indica Dicor is a better choice
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Why are you limiting your choice to hatchbacks?

At 5.0 L you can also go for Ford Ikon Flair.
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Seems there is a shortage for 1.6 in red color. Dealer couldnt get one even after waiting for a month.

The Mulitjet is out. Do check it too.
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The running cost of the UVA is significantly lower than the others.

Between your options, assuming this is an only car, go for the UVA or the Getz.

I'd stay away from the Fiat stable till aftersales service is proven.
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Go for Getz. As an ex. Hyundai (Santro) owner, I can vouch for their reliability and quality. I10 is a small car, but Getz is a big car minus boot. Think about how many times you will use it. Buy a rack and put it whenever you need. Getz is a spacious car inside just like a sedan, outside small like a hatch so parking/managing is easy. It is good for long trips as well. Also remember the Getz made in Chennai are being exported to Europe, so you can imagine the quality, fit and finish etc they come with. Lastly, the gear**** is one of the best. The only bad about Getz is that there is a talk going on about the new model.
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Why are you limiting your choice to hatchbacks?

At 5.0 L you can also go for Ford Ikon Flair.
Aint the Ford Ikon going to phased out soon ? I've heard about Ford launching the diesel version of the Ikon. Any idea about the launch ?
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We had the same questions some days ago. My Bro wanted a car within 5lac which should have all that u want. He did not want a Swift as I have one.

IMHO your best fit is Swift VDi. Since you do not like Swift - next best is Getz 1.3. I test drove this on and around inner ring road for about an hour and was impressed by space inside/ speed/ accelaration/ ride quality and stability.

You will never get one car that will do everything or will be ideal in every field and also will fit your budget - need to stike balance - so no point in waiting - go for it.
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40kms a day? makes sense to go in for a diesel. once you get the car, i dont think you would use the bike that often. everybosy goes in the same notion in the beggining, but the bike will remain untouched.

i would sugggest the swift VDi or the 1.3MJD
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Well what can I say, all of my choices getting knocked down one by one..huh..
The problem is I don't like Swift and the Santros. I am not in a hurry and can wait for a couple of months but looks like there aren't many reliable choices for that range.

Thanks for your comments,
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Hey buddy... there is NO perfect car. Each car has its own pros and cons. Narrow down your choices. TD the car. While TDing, evaluate the cons whether they really irritate you or you can live with.

You may consider the recently launched Palio MJD. There are some interesting reviews there. Check it out
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once you get the car, i dont think you would use the bike that often. everybosy goes in the same notion in the beggining, but the bike will remain untouched.
Not "everybody" Love driving AND riding - and despite the nomenclature, prefer using my City only on the highways. Around Bangalore its one of the two bikes I have, and both are fun to ride AND quick through traffic.

Ok - this is probably NOT what you're looking for - and dunno if its torque will satisfy your throttle-response need, but ever since I saw (no TD yet) the Indigo CS diesel for 5.02 OTR - very little else makes sense VFM wise. Amazing package, despite the usual niggles you mght face. At 40km a day, the diesel will help too. Will help anyway as you get more used to the low fuel bills and start driving around more without counting the kilometres !
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